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It's peak holiday booking season, and you’ll probably be bombarded with special offers to a range of destinations. I thought it would be useful to point out some of the pitfalls of deals that look too good to be true.

BE CAREFUL OF DEPARTURE DATES. For example, you’re likely to see offers to the Caribbean in September and October (hurricane season) to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Kenya in May (rainy season) and to Dubai from June-August when the heat will be oppressive for even the most enthusiastic sun worshippers. The offers I feature in my Facebook private group avoid flying you to destinations when the weather won’t be good.

WATCH OUT FOR THE BOARD BASIS OF ANY DEALS. There will be offers to European summer destinations where the lead in price is based on Bed & Breakfast and the supplement to stay on All Inclusive could add substantially to the price of the holiday. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong in staying in a hotel on Bed & Breakfast – as long as the resort isn’t in the middle of nowhere and you have to take a taxi every night to get to local restaurants. I always make sure that if my clients prefer to stay on Bed & Breakfast that they’re a stroll away from dining options.

DON'T BE SEDUCED BY FREE CHILD PLACES. They can be great value for money, but sometimes they’re not. You need to assess the cost against the quality of the accommodation. For example, is the promotional room offered suitable for the ages of your children or are they going to have share a sofa bed?

BEWARE OF AIRLINE SALES UNLESS YOU'RE FLYING IN BUSINESS. Business and First Class flights are where you’ll see reasonable savings against published fares. In my experience, the savings to be made on Economy flights are negligible.

Why don’t you let me sort out your holiday for you? I guarantee it will save you time and aggravation and I'll look after you from the day you book until the day you arrive home. Just get in touch and we can get the ball rolling.

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