Package holidays and independent travel - why choose one and not the other?
Posted on: 12 July 2012 by John Spike
This is the question that I always ask myself and try to understand why some holiday-makers like to purchase an all-inclusive holiday while others prefer to book the flights, accommodations and entertainments all by themselves.
Let's face it; when it comes to planning and picking your holidays, one of the first thing we think about is our budget. Sure we would all love to hop on a plane and fly off to a Caribbean island at the drop of a hat. But not all of us can afford this luxury. Instead, some of us (myself included) plan ahead, get some information and work out what is the cheapest way to organise a holiday. The way I see it, there are two ways of booking a holiday;
- Package holiday - visit a travel agent on the high street or online and pay for an all-inclusive holiday
- Independent travel - search for flights and acommodations by yourself
The problem is deciding which is cheaper, but it all depends on who you are, what you plan to do and what you prefer to do on a holiday. You might prefer to pay for everything and not worry about any additional payments, or maybe you prefer to search for the cheapests flights and accommodations possible by yourself.
Now I'm not saying there is the right and wrong way of booking a holiday. Everyone has their own preferences and I respect that. Package holidays and independent travels both have their pros and cons but personally, I prefer to book everything by myself. Call me crazy but I like having controls of which flights and accommodations to choose, the flexibility to do whatever I want and also view the breakdown of all the costs involves.
The last time I looked at holidays with a friend, I came across a number of travel agents such as Tropical Sky where they have amazing looking holiday packages available. I admit, I was very tempted by the all-inclusive resorts and tours. This particular friend eventually went on a holiday which was booked via a travel agent (I can't remember who) and she came back very pleased with the service and also had a fantastic time. I thought of giving it a go but in the end, I couldn't help it; I eventually switched to SkyScanner and looked at a list of flights followed by a Google search for hotels.
I can see why some people book package holidays though; less hassle, pay for everything at once, protections from companies going bust. I can actually see myself booking a holiday through a travel agent in the future, especially if it's with a young family or a group of friends. But for now, I think I'll stick to my own method.
As the old saying goes; old habits die hard.