Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
21 August 2012 09:18
Holidaymakers should be more realistic about what to expect for their money when booking last-minute deals, a travel agent has said
A travel agent has warned people thinking of booking a last-minute holiday deal to be realistic over the price.
Appearing on the BBC Breakfast programme, Donna Waddington said holidaymakers needed to understand how much a deal would actually set them back and have an idea of what to expect for their money.
The experienced travel agent, who works for Woodford-based Travel Counsellors, said the company was inundated with enquiries for last-minute deals at this time of year.
But she revealed many customers are unrealistic about how much the holiday they want would actually cost them.
The advice from the travel expert could see people put more planning into working out the budget for their holiday, but they shouldn't forget other essentials such as
Ms Waddington said: "Customers come to me and say their budget starts at £500 for all-inclusive and they want to be near the beach, have tennis courts and five-star standard."
She added that while she makes every effort to find something suitable, holidaymakers need to be realistic about what's on offer for them, and urged them to be open minded.
She said: "You might normally be able to say to somebody 'where would you like to go?', this year I'm having to say 'would you go to Turkey or Greece'. I've got Tunisia which might not be top of my list to offer somebody but I'm having to think outside the box."
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.
09 September 2016
People travelling to regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak should practise safe sex for at least half a year upon their return, health leaders say.
08 September 2016
British Airways is apologising to passengers for delays after an IT glitch hit check-in systems.
07 September 2016
Tiny particles that are breathed in and taken into the brain through air pollution could trigger Alzheimer's disease, research finds.