Bagging The Best Holiday Deal In France

Everybody wants to jet off on their next holiday, already feeling like they've bagged the deal of a lifetime. It's a tricky thing to achieve, but it is possible. Let's face it, there's nothing better than a week on the beach and the splendid knowledge that you've saved yourself a fortune on hotel or flight costs. There genuinely isn't anything better than that.

In order to get that feeling, however, you've got to find a spectacular holiday deal. France is a great place to go, if you're looking for a budget getaway. Just because Paris is super expensive, it doesn't mean that the rest of France is quite as costly. There are hundreds of quaint and beautiful towns in this country, towns that won't cost you the earth. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to bag yourself the best holiday deal in France.

Travel Off Peak

There has never been a good deal offered during the Christmas, or summer holidays. Demand for travel is so high at these points of the year, that hotels and airlines have absolutely no need to give customers discounted fares. If at all possible, travel during the quieter times of the year. January is a great time to book a holiday, as is August. According to TravelZoo.com, long haul flights are always cheaper in October and November. Keep these dates in mind, when you book your next holiday to France.

Be Date Flexible

To reiterate, getting the cheapest deal is all about flexibility. If you're willing to travel when other people won't or can't, you are guaranteed a much better price. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the most expensive days of the week to fly - why not jet off on a Tuesday or a Wednesday afternoon? You'd be surprised at how much quieter it can be, says Telegraph journalist Nick Trend. You might even get a bit of extra legroom to stretch out in.

Book A Late Hotel

Where flights tend to get more expensive, the closer they are to departure - hotels seem to work the other way around. You are much more likely to get a great deal, if you leave your booking until a few weeks before your stay. Obviously, this is going to work much better if you don't have a specific stay in mind. If you're flexible, however, you'll bag a super bargain by holding off for a few extra weeks. If they have empty accommodation, companies like Chez Nous are happy to offer it at a discount cost.

 

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Shop Around

According to MoneyMagpie.com journalist Alessia Horwich, it's important that you don't just jump feet first into the second or third deal that you find. Keep all of the bargain holidays that you find in mind, but make sure that you've price matched them against a lot of other so called 'deals.' If you want to bag the bargain of a lifetime, you've got to be willing to put the legwork in. Fortunately, this is very easy to achieve with the help of the internet. Don't book your French adventure, until you're sure that you can't find a better holiday deal.

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Thinking About Food

Have you thought about booking a self catering holiday, this year? Going self catering can be a great way to save money, and it'll make you feel more at home. If you're staying in a French gîte or holiday cottage, you'll need to buy and cook your own meals. All cottages have state of the art kitchens and owners who can advise you on the best places to shop for ingredients. Don't write off the experience - a self catering holiday in France can be a truly wonderful thing.

Author Bio: John Summers writes for a travel and lifestyle magazine. He recommends www.cheznous.com, for the very best deals on holidays to France. He can usually be found interviewing tour operator reps, or sampling the cocktails at a beachfront bar.