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How to book your own vacation or business trip in 7 easy steps

It’s not particularly tricky to make your own holiday bookings. If you know what you’re looking for, and when, the rest will fall into place.

If your trip isn’t complicated, using a travel agent can be unnecessary. If you’re a seasoned traveler, the procedure can be easier than you think. Additionally, when you use a travel agent, you must communicate with them, wait for business hours, and adhere to their timetable in general.

It is not always easy to find a travel agent that is reliable and trustworthy. We don’t recommend using a travel agent unless you’ve done your homework well.

Some travel agents have limited options, and if that’s not in itself a red flag, it can turn out cheaper to find a super deal without having to pay an agent fee.

We will show you how to book your own trip and share travel tips on how and where to make savings. It’s easy!

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When it comes to affordability you must take all the factors into account that may have an impact on your budget. 

  • Transport costs like flights, airport transfers, car rentals, or using your own car. Also, if you’re not traveling with your own car or a rental car, allow bus or train tickets to and from different sightseeing spots.
  • Accommodation expenses don’t refer to only hotels, lodges, and so on. When you stay over with friends or family, there are always additional expenses to contribute to the household or buy thank-you gifts.
  • Meals and drinks are sometimes included in holiday packages like cruises, but at hotels, it’s usually only breakfast meals. 
  • Visa applications and travel insurance are two other important allowances and yet easy to forget when it comes to working out your budget. 

Knowing where you want to go is half the battle won. Summer holidays in the peak season can be awfully expensive, so you may want to consider a week or two before or after the peak season. For that matter, the same goes for the winter holidays like a snow ski holiday.   Find loads of inspiration on our destinations page.

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Dubrovnik Croatia

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Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik: 11 Days (11 Cities, 2 Countries)
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Use a reliable aggregator  (Just a big word for something simple that can help you a lot 🙂 )

You can research prices by comparing one provider with another, but that takes far too much time. Leave it to the professionals to do the research, like travel aggregators.

A website that collects travel deals and costs from several sources and presents them in one location is known as a travel aggregator. Out of all the results the aggregator has located, this aids users in finding the best pricing. Consumers can easily confirm that their reservations are being made at the most affordable rate.

There are many travel aggregators in the market, and we (Travel and Home) continuously put them to the test. We do that because not all travel aggregators are indeed the cheapest. Some well-known brands may claim to be cheap, but they’re not.

The only exception to using a travel aggregator is when you book through a provider that offers a price match guarantee for any identical reservations booked on their site. Like

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Sea & Olives Villas and Suites

Plaka, Greece
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Belle Maroc

Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa
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Archrock Resort

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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Aan de Oever Guesthouse

Swellendam, South Africa
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Taormina Panoramic Hotel

Taormina, Italy
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Rock Villa

Clifton, South Africa
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Simply said, losing a checked bag is terrible. I lost a checked suitcase containing all the gifts I painstakingly bought for my nieces, nephews, sister, brother, and others. If you can manage without a few things, it’s a clever idea to only bring a carry-on to lessen the likelihood that you’ll misplace anything.

Keep reading because we have the ultimate solution for painless travel.

The quickest and safest method through the airport on both ends of your journey is to ship your bags ahead. When you ship bags ahead, you can save time, reduce encounters at check-in, and avoid crowded areas like the baggage carousel. It’s also the best way to make sure you don’t end up with lost baggage.

Furthermore, you have no more trekking with your baggage because it will go straight to your hotel!

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Only bring carry-on luggage if you can.

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Avoid long security and customs lines at airports.

Save yourself plenty of time at USA airports with expedited security screening.

Apply for TSA Precheck and Global Entry

This is the fun part where you get to plan what you’re going to see and do, and when. Making the bookings yourself gives you greater flexibility when it comes to planning your itinerary. No travel agent knows your likes and dislikes as well as you do.

Make your own travel bookings.  Travel to beautiful places – beautiful destinations.  See the world.  Experience life outside of your comfort zone. Begin the adventure.

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Apartment in Oberaudorf, Germany

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Don’t forget to reserve your rental vehicle in advance. Prices for car rentals are also steadily rising. As a limited resource, cars are in high demand over the holidays. Be sure to reserve your required vehicle before it is lost. Only book from a rental provider that does a price comparison on your behalf, so you get the best deal.

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Make sure to book your vehicle for a tune-up if you drive. The last thing you need is for your car to break down when you least expect it. Before starting off on the road, make sure to have a quick tune-up.

The links we recommend on our website, are all links to companies we use ourselves when planning our travels across the globe.  May you have many safe travels and enjoy life as each moment is precious.  Let’s Go on our next adventure together.

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Travel Tip(s)

Ask your hotel, or tour provider whether they provide transfers to and from the airport before you book and spend unnecessary money.

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Don’t stress | Be flexible | Don’t schedule thing too close | Allow yourself time to relax |  Allow down time at the hotel or resort | If you get lost while doing some sightseeing – see at as an opportunity to explore and get to know the locals and their culture.

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More beautiful places we can recommend to stay

Watch the sunsets in Santorini

Sunsets in Oia Santorini Where to stay

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Oia Mare Villas – Greece

Perched on Caldera Cliff and centrally located in the traditional Oia Village, Oia Mare Villas overlook the Aegean Sea, the Caldera and Thirasia Island.

No better place to escape

The Whispering Pine Lodge where to stay with Travel and Home

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The Whispering Pine Lodge – UK

A tranquil Highland retreat set against a backdrop of steep forested mountains on the banks of Loch Lochy.

Spectacular Views

Spectacular places to stay in South Africa Cape Town Western Cape Travel and Home

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Harbour House Hotel – SA

Manor House Romantic rooms, come with a views over the garden and pool area from a balcony or patio.  This is the way to enjoy a South African vacation.  One of the best spots to book in Hermanus.

Luxury amongst the French Vineyards

Stay in Provence Best places to stay in France

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Château de Berne – France

Château de Berne is located in the heart of the Provence Vineyard Region. Everything you ever wanted in one place.

Enjoy the best of the Maldives

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Soneva Jani – Maldives

Located on the island of Medhufaru in a 5.6 km lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani features both overwater and island villas. Each water villa opens to its very own stretch of lagoon and is complete with a private pool and a retractable roof to stargaze from the master bedroom. Some of the villas have slides from the top floor directly into the lagoon below.

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Haus Schlafgemach – Germany

Each unit has separate bedrooms, compact bathroom and a cosy livingroom.  Meals can be prepared in the apartment’s stylish kitchen. Guests can also dine in the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants located in Flensburg’s pedestrian area.