I’m very happy!! It’s 1st of January and we finally booked our first trip in 2013. I have to say I was a bit anxious and afraid it wouldn’t happen, but hubby finally decided to help out and thanks to his stubbornness, we managed to get a great deal.
I’m pretty lazy when it comes to organising trips – I don’t like checking several different websites for best hotels and deals, etc. I just can’t seem to make up my mind with so many options available.
The first thing I did was to search on holidays websites, like Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook, etc. I chose a date (March – hubby’s birthday week, and a good period to go to the Caribbean, and not to late in the pregnancy so I still can fly). Looking for hotels wasn’t a simple task: we didn’t want anything expensive and luxurious, but we didn’t want anything too cheap either.
After setting a budget and checking a few hotels on Trip Advisor, we settled for the Coral Mist Beach Hotel, in the south of the Island. The package on Virgin Holidays wasn’t too bad, but hubby kept questioning several things and I started getting annoyed – I just wanted to book it and forget about it! To cut a long story short, we ended up booking everything using different websites. The air tickets were booked via Virgin Atlantic, on the phone, as we wanted to use the miles Mr. C had. We only had enough for one one-way trip so we used it as part of the payment, so we saved about £300 there. Then we started looking for the hotel, the same Coral Mist Beach Hotel (very good ratings on Trip Advisor and really good price too). We ended up finding a great deal on Trivago.co.uk (that sent us to clever-hotels.com to book it), £270 cheaper for the same period. Ok, we went for a room only option, while the more expensive option was a self-catering room, with kitchen and appliances. Still we saved £570 altogether that can be used on meals(*).
Now we are looking for a car to rent. The package we looked at originally included the transfer from the airport to the hotel (about 12.5km distance – 30 minutes max driving), but since we saved some money, it might be a good idea to have a car available. We just need to check whether parking is easy and how much we plan to drive around.
(*) We stayed in self-catering rooms before and it’s great, but we ended eating out several times, because we didn’t want to spend our holidays cooking and washing up; after all, we are on holidays!
We are also going to Romania at some point. We are waiting to hear snow news there before we pick up a date to go. Romania is easier, because all we need to do is book the tickets. We are staying at my in-laws and Mr. C will go to the mountains nearby to ski. Cheap and cheerful.