Tips on booking a holiday to America

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen over the weekend that Josh and I booked a holiday to Florida for in August. I learned a lot of things over the 8 hours of searching and actual booking so I thought I'd share some of my tips. Josh has been to Florida before but never booked it himself and I've never been so we didn't have too much knowledge to start with. As this is the first time either of us has booked such a big holiday I don't have every tip in the world but this is just some advice I picked up on the way. 
  1.  Forget everything you think you know about booking a holiday - if you've never booked a big holiday like this forget everything you know about booking European holidays because it's just not in the same league
  2. Arm yourself with a notebook and pen - you're going to need to take notes and organise your thoughts. It's not quick and simple and you need to remember prices, websites and dates so you really need to write stuff down
  3. Get comfy - you're in this for the long haul. It took us 8 hours to find and book the perfect holiday for us so your going to want to be comfy
  4. Know what you want before you start looking - have a decent idea of your budget, the area you want to stay and other things such as places you want to visit so you can see how easy it is to travel to other places from your hotel location
  5. Go it alone - booking through lets say Virgin or Thomas Cook is much quicker and simpler than finding things yourself, however it is so much more expensive as well. For example our exact holiday (same dates, same hotel) costs £867 more by booking with Virgin
  6. Look, look and look some more - it's not a cheap holiday so you really want to be getting the most for your money. Check on every website you can think of and weigh up all the options. This is where the notebook will come in handy as you'll be looking at lots of different dates, hotels and prices and you need to keep note of where you find the most suitable deals
  7. Get quotes with a reference number - if you're phoning or emailing travel companies for quotes be sure to get the name of the person you have spoken to and a reference number, that way your quotes and holiday details can easily be traced if you phone them back to book
  8. Factor in extra costs - when you've got a price for the flights and hotel be sure to factor in things such as baggage (a lot of airlines now charge extra for luggage), return transfers and resort fees to make sure the holiday you've found is still within your price range
  9. When you think you've find the one just double check - when you think you've found the perfect holiday just double check everything to make sure you really have got the best deal you can find
  10. When it's all done get excited - congratulations you've booked your holiday! After hours and hours of searching it's all done and now the fun can begin. It's time to get excited!

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