Booking A Holiday Online For The First Time? Here’s What You Need To Remember!
Stay Protected When Booking A Trip On The Internet
Use the web to your advantage when booking a holiday online – do your research, read through reviews and beware of holiday fraud and insecure booking engines.
Using the Internet to book your holiday offers a way to surf for the perfect break at a time that is convenient to you. However, there are various things that you do need to bear in mind when virtually organising your trip, not least because you’re parting with your hard-earned cash.
Package Or Independent Travel?
One of the first things you need to decide when researching your holiday is whether you’d like to book it through a traditional travel company or if you’d like to go independently, meaning that you book your hotels, travel options and excursions separately on dates that suit you. There are great savings to be made if you choose independent travel and you are likely to have more scope for flexibility with your trip. On the other hand, booking a package holiday through a travel company usually means that you are protected by special regulations and you will have a holiday representative on hand to deal with any issues that arise during your stay, which can be a huge comfort.
Use Your Credit Card
Even though there are usually telephone hotlines available when booking a holiday and often the opportunity to pop into a travel agent, it is important that you pay the deposit for your holiday using your credit card. The Consumer Credit Act gives you added protection by covering holidays that cost between £100 and £30,000. This ensures that responsibility is shared with the credit card company if there’s a problem such as the breach of your holiday contract.
Beware Of Fake Holiday Websites
It is vital that you’re certain of the legitimacy of a holiday website before you enter your credit card or any personal information into a booking engine on the Internet. Unfortunately, holiday fraud does exist and it is possible for replica holiday websites to steal your money. There are ways to protect yourself against this happening. Always check that the holiday company is a member of the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), or similar, so you know that your booking will be safe and covered by a regulated protection scheme. When entering information into an online booking system, you should also check that the padlock symbol is displayed in the address bar of your browser, along with https:// or shttp:// at the start of the web address, which indicates that your data is secure.
Online website reviews for hotels and travel companies are a great way to read word-of-mouth experiences which can persuade or dissuade you when making a decision about your holiday. Be careful though as negative opinions are common, so try to take a balanced view and don’t base your choice on the content of a single bad review. Reading the most recent reviews can indicate if a previously good hotel has gone downhill recently.
Once you’ve booked your holiday, whether independently or through a travel company, it is vital that you purchase some travel insurance so that your booking is immediately covered against any unforeseen circumstances, such as the need to cancel your trip. Travel insurance is an extremely affordable way to obtain peace of mind and provides cover against medical emergencies that may occur when you’re overseas.
Booking a holiday online allows you the opportunity to look into many different styles of holiday before committing your money to anything. Take your time, do your research and hopefully your eyes will be opened to a new world of travel possibilities.
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