The whole concept of 'package holidays' has undergone many changes since they were introduced around the same time as cheap air travel became the norm around Europe. With these cheap prices and great deals on flight and hotel packages, it opened up the opportunity for those who wanted to take regular holidays abroad.
Nowadays you can find numerous deals for package holidays from most respected tour operators, giving you the chance to visit some of the world's most popular destinations in the world.
Let’s take a look at the three most obvious benefits to taking a modern package holiday:
In these difficult financial times, many people are looking for ways in which to budget carefully without cutting back on life's little luxuries. A package holiday allows you to cover the costs of all the most important parts of your holiday upfront, including the flights, transfers and the accommodation when you are there. This is great for those who like to stay in control of their spending.
Another big benefit of a package holiday is the security it provides in the case of things going wrong. All reputable tour operators and travel companies will be members of ABTA, and will also be signed up to the ATOL scheme, meaning that if there is any problems with the company going into administration while you are away for example, your money is safe and refundable.
The Air Travel Organiser’s Licence is a Government-backed scheme which protects customers from losing money or becoming stranded abroad if a travel company collapses. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has a Code of Conduct which governs the relationship between its members and their customers, providing a tried and tested method for resolving any complaints that a customer may have.
Some people may still be under the illusion that buying a package holiday means a restricted choice when it comes to destinations. In fact, when choosing a resort you will find that the range of places available covers all the firm favourites and many more besides.
From the classic Costas of Spain through to some exotic Caribbean locations across the Atlantic, there certainly isn’t a limited choice when it comes to picking a package holiday. They also usually cater for all budgets, from the top of the range 5-star resorts through to budget-friendly self-catering apartments.