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The Christmas holidays are a long, distant memory and your New Year’s resolution has already become a tedious ordeal. What could possibly pull you from the rigours of a post-festive slump? Why, booking your big summer 2016 holiday, of course. Whether you are planning a week in the sun, a city break for a long weekend or your main family getaway, you will be deluged with advertising shouting about holiday deals and offers. And, of course, getting organised by researching, planning and booking now will certainly give you something to look forward to at a time when the winter weather can get you down. But is it worth booking this far in advance or should you wait until the last minute to find a better deal? Here we place both arguments head-to-head to help solve a common holiday dilemma. Round one: Your situation If you have a family with school-aged children, work in a job with restricted holiday periods or have a set idea on the type of holiday you want to go on, booking now will be your best solution. Getting in early means you get the pick of the holiday crop and will be able to snare the holiday you want before everyone else piles in and snaps up those valuable seats on the plane. This is especially important for departures during the busy school holiday periods of Easter, Whit week and summer. However, if you’re just after a week away in the sun as a pick-me-up or are happy to be inspired by available deals, booking late and waiting for a bargain might suit you better. Round two: Your flexibility If you have to travel at a certain time or have a specific room or hotel requirement, booking now will mean you won’t have to compromise on your day of departure, or any other element of your break – as being one of the first bookers of the year means you’ll get the best choice of hotel or hotel room type, destinations and holiday length. If, on the other hand, you are truly flexible in terms of where and when you can travel then leaving it late and playing ‘holiday roulette’ can pay off with some truly stunning late deals. You won’t find many last-minute bargains in peak dates, though, so...Read More
Updated advice: The current state of emergency in Tunisia has now been extended until February 2016. Please see the FCO site for further information. Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – many holidaymakers will have had their summer holidays cancelled and may be wondering whether they should still travel to this popular sunshine destination in 2016. Current Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice warns against all but essential travel to Tunisia and the state of emergency has been extended to February 21 2016. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. So, what do you need to know if you’ve booked a trip to Tunisia or are planning to? I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia in 2016. Can I change or cancel my booking? The current advice from the FCO has been updated to extend the state of emergency status until February 2016. If you are concerned about your booking for travel in February 2016 and beyond, contact your travel company or look on their site for any updates. Thomson has announced (January 22, 2016) that it will be canceling its entire summer programme to Tunisia, with flights not set to restart until at least November 1, 2016. Thomas Cook recently followed suit, cancelling all holidays to Tunisia up until November 1, 2016. If you have a holiday booked to Tunisia this year, with Thomson, Thomas Cook or any other airline or tour operator, we recommend that you contact your provider directly regarding your options and the status of your booking. I have made independent arrangements to travel to the country – do I have any rights? If you cancel your trip you may lose money if the travel company you have booked with is not offering free cancellations on its arrangements. However, the vast majority of booking companies should be able to help. Independent travellers with future bookings should contact their airline and hotel companies to discuss options open to them. Can I claim for any losses from an insurer? This will be dependent on the type of policy you have, but try to claim what you can back from your travel provider first and then work out your final losses. It’s unlikely that...Read More