Another summer comes around and the credit crunch is still weighing heavy on our shoudlers - broad and rugged as they may be. But in spite of recent cutbacks and the increasing costs of living, we still feel we are owed our annual summer pilgrimage with the boys, so it’s time to start thinking creatively and find ways to get the man-cations we crave without upsetting our finances for the rest of the year.
There are a range of solutions available to us, requiring varying degrees of online shopping expertise. One of the simplest ways to start is by heading down to a reputable high street travel agent such as Thomas Cook and making enquiries about the latest special offers available.
The best way to get great value for money when it comes to dealing with travel agencies is to keep an open mind. If you go in with a fixed idea of where you want to go, how long you want to stay, what you want to do and how much you want to spend, you are likely to come out disappointed. If you go in with a flexible attitude you are far more likely to find the best holiday bargains. Cheap package holidays are often the best value, including flights, transfers and accommodation in one easy payment, but you might find your range of destinations a little more restricted when looking at these types of deals.
Alternatively, go for a domestic holiday. After all, they’re all the rage this year and how better to bond with your best guy mates than over a camp fire in the Cotswolds or hiking up Helvellyn in the Lake District? The range of popular British holiday destinations is growing by the minute as the domestic tourist industry flourishes in the face of the financial crisis. Run it by the guys and see what fun-filled holidays from home you can come up with this summer.