need help booking a holiday?

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As I can’t quite get away with booking another 10 holidays this year I’ve decided to flex my booking skills for others instead – give his girl the Nobel Peace prize or summit riiiiight?

I’ll then post my findings on here each week so that we can all be tempted to book the shit out of some cheap (but lushhhhh) getaways.

So, how to get in touch? Send me a message to chelsea@howmanyholidays.com and answer the following:

  • What dates are you looking to go and is there any flexibility?
  • Where are leaving from?
  • Where would you like to go?
  • Where would you not like to go? (already visited, etc.)
  • Who are you going with?
  • What’s your budget per person?
  • What temperature are you after?
  • What do you like to do on holiday? Sightseeing, food & drink, hiking, etc.
  • What has been your favourite holiday of the last couple of years?

In general, I’ll only find you well rated and nice looking accommodation so also point out if you’re willing to slum it a little if it means you get the best price out there.

Right, let’s see what comes of this, eh?!!

the recap | most drunk, biggest fail & best accommodation

Do you remember at the end of each series of Friends where they did their ‘and here’s our best bits’ episode? Well, this is basically that.

Featuring most drunk, biggest fail and best accomm – oh, and James attempts to do the non-handed shot one last time…

WHY DOES THAT BOY NOT LEARN?!!

Cheap weekend flights from London to Reykjavik – May

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Whilst the Northern Lights may be tucked away until early September (tours stop running at the end of April), there’s still plenty more to do in Reykjavik in May, including a trip to the gorgeous Blue Lagoon thermal spa.

And with these cheap deals that land over the weekend, what’s not to love?

Wed 16th May – Sun 20th May £41

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Fri 18th May – Sun 20th May £55
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I AM TEMPTED, ARE YOU?!!

april short breaks for less than £150pp

My holiday withdrawals are too much.

So, to take the edge off, I’ve decided to do a monthly round up of some of the great getaways on offer in the coming months.

We’re talking weekend breaks (1 day off maximum) with decent flight times and well rated accommodation.

All prices will be based on two people sharing a room and I’ll tend to recommend hotels just so that you have a place to store your luggage before and after check in.

I’ll also be flinging in some NON-LONDON (😱) options every single month.

Right! Let’s kick things off with April.

FROM LONDON

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Where?

Copenhagen – the capital of Denmark

When?

Saturday 21st April – Monday 23rd April

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*Note that you’ll fly from Stansted and come back to Luton.

How much?

£36 with Go To Gate via Momondo, or you can buy directly with Ryanair for £44. Remember to use a private browser!

Where should I stay?

66 Guldsmeden

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  • 3 star
  • Close to the city centre
  • In Vesterbro, Copenhagen’s fashionable meat packing district
  • Great ratings
  • £113 a night via iloveecohotels

Total cost

£149 per person

Why Copenhagen?

Great food, great architecture and bloody lovely people. I recommend checking out Torvehallerne food market, Kanal Cafeen for smørrebrød and Tivoli for the world’s most aesthetically pleasing amusement park!

FROM LIVERPOOL

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Where?

Ibiza – Spain’s party island (before the party kicks off!)

When?

Sat 21st – Mon 23rd April (also available the weekend before for £2 more)

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How much?

£38 with Go To Gate via Momondo, or you can buy directly with Ryanair for £40.

Where should I stay?

OD Ocean Drive

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  • 4 star
  • Close to Ibiza Town
  • Great ratings
  • Roof terrace with sea views
  • Breakfast included
  • £99 a night via loveholidays

Total cost

£137 per person

Why Ibiza?

Ibiza’s clubs don’t open until May so if that’s what you’re after, hold off. However, spring is an amazing time to visit as the island is blooming into life. There’s plenty of restaurants still open if you base yourself near a main town and you’ll be blessed with near empty beaches when you go exploring. What’s more, with an average temperature of 18°C, it’s a great place to reacquaint yourself with a little bit of sunshine!

FROM GLASGOW

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Where?

Olhão – a small fishing town that’s just an 18 minute taxi journey from the airport

When?

Fri 20th April – Sun 22nd April

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How much?

£90 – I found the rate on Skyscanner, but you could also book direct with Ryanair

Where should I stay?

Hotel Cidade de Olhão

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Worth a mention also is Real Marina Hotel & Spa which would send you a whopping £7 over your budget – but it comes with breakfast and is a 5 star spa hotel 💅🏻

Total cost

£148 per person

Why Olhão?

Before going to Olhão for the first time, a Portuguese friend laughed and said ‘why on earth are you going there?’. Unlike its neighbouring Algarve towns, Olhão is not a tourist hotspot. Instead, you get a small fishing town that’s full of character and great, fresh food. Make sure you check out the local fruit and fish markets and take the ferry out to Culatra, a large sand bar island with a charming small village vibe. If you’re after loads to do, this isn’t the place for you, but if you’re after a chill in the sunshine (average temps are around 22°C by this point), then I’d definitely recommend it.


As well as booking holidays, I also LOVE hearing about them, so make sure to let me know where you end up heading this April!

One quick tip to get £25 off your next stay with Booking.com

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3 of the 6 times I booked a hotel for my 10 holiday challenge, Booking.com offered the best rates – NICE ONE LADS.

And so when they sent me an email to say ‘would you like to give how many holidays fan folk £25 off their next booking’ I was like ‘erm, yeah? What’s the catch?’.

But it turns out that apart from needing to book a hotel worth £50 or more, there wasn’t one.

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So, if you’ve got a hotel that needs booking, USE THIS LINK PALS:

https://www.booking.com/s/how0ma64

After check in, £25 will be credited back onto the card registered on your Booking.com account (so make sure you also set up an account with your card details saved!)

It’s also worth saying that Booking.com isn’t just about hotels, I actually booked our amazing Gdańsk apartment through it as well (though pssst, that link won’t get you the money off!)

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You can also see it in the flesh here!

There’s currently no expiry date on this offer and it even works if you’ve booked with the site in the past so why not save this page and keep it in mind for any upcoming jaunts.

You can only claim this once per account but if you’re booking for a second time and staying with someone else, why not set them up an account too?

HAPPY HOLIDAYING and don’t forget to tell me where you end up going!



If, like me, you’re a bit of a weirdo and fancy a trawl through the terms and conditions, here you go!

we ran out of money | miami & key west | the final vlog

It’s here! The final one!

Featuring a road trip to Key West, lots and lots of beer (naturally) and what happens when you fly home on Christmas day…

Plus, did I actually manage to book 10 holidays for half the price the average Brit spends in a year?

WEL U CAN FIND OUT HERE:

top tips for booking a cheap holiday

So, I think you all know how much I like booking cheap holidays by now and after completing 10 trips away in 2017, what would I say were my top tips for getting away for a good price?

Use search engines to find the cheapest dates to fly

Forget hitting search and hoping for the best prices on the dates you’ve searched for, websites like Skyscanner, Kayak, Momondo and Google Flights allow you to see when it’s cheapest to fly to your desired destination.

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Be flexible with your location

If you’re not too sure where to go, Skyscanner and Kayak also allow you to see what locations are the cheapest for your timeframe.

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You can do this by typing in ‘Everywhere’ for the destination on Skyscanner, or by clicking the ‘explore’ function on Kayak.

 

Always check comparison sites before booking your hotel

Trivago is a great option for checking you’ve got the best price for your hotel. My extra tip here is to always click on ‘More Deals’ and don’t just settle for the collection of prices they offer you. Whilst you’ll find prices from a variety of lesser known hotels, I recently saved an extra £20 by booking through them!

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You know what they say – if you don’t ask, you don’t get. I ALWAYS email the hotel once when booking and again a few days before arriving to tell them how excited I am to stay and to let them know it’s a special occasion. Don’t feel comfortable with lying? You’re not. A holiday IS a special occasion and don’t you ever forget that! In the last year this trick has worked 3 times, the best being upgraded on a work trip from the smallest room in the hotel to a suite!

 

 

 

 

Don’t stay in a hotel

Airbnb has been around long enough that most of us know the huge savings that can be made from staying in someone’s home when abroad, however there are plenty of other option to check out as well. My favourites are windmu, ownersdirect, holidaylettings and homestay.

Sign up for cashback

I always say to not book just because of a good cashback deal (sometimes they don’t come through and you’re left feeling cheated) but you should definitely buy through cashback sites to earn a little bonus on all of your holiday booking. And don’t just stop at hotels and flights – you can save on travel insurance, car hire and a whole host of different areas as well. I use TopCashback and in the last year, I’ve earned more than £100 by doing absolutely nothing extra. Winner.

Check for codes before booking

Always check to see if there are any voucher codes floating around the internet. For example, if you were booking through hotels.com I’d search ‘hotels.com voucher codes’ and ‘hotels.com promo code’ on both Google and Twitter. It doesn’t always pay off but when it does, it sure feels sweet! Also, if you’ve never used Airbnb before you can usually get around £30 off your first stay if a friend refers you.

Get yourself free accommodation

What better way than to keep costs down than by getting your accommodation for free! Yes, free. Home and pet sitting means that owners have someone looking after their house and animals whilst they’re away and you get totally free accommodation (albeit with a sprinkle of responsibility thrown in there). I used a site called nomador to stay in a beautiful house in Paris for 14 days this summer, looking after a sweet cat called Biscotte. I loved it!

 

 

 

Hit the road

What happens when holidaymakers do a road trip from one place to another? A lonely campervan is left miles away from its home with no way of getting back. And that’s where you come in! Wickedcampers and Spaceship Rentals are amongst the companies that offer relocation deals where you could bag a vehicle from just £1 a day as long as you return it back to where it belongs. Heading to the US or Australia? Try imoova or jucy.

Sign up for error flight updates

An error flight is when some wally who works for head office/computer cocks up and posts a flight for a whole lot cheaper than it’s supposed to be. Airlines can refuse the flight and refund you your money but now and again they will honour them. Now, just happening on one of these bad boys is a bit like finding a needble in a haystack so instead websites such as Secret Flying, Jack’s Flight Club and Holiday Pirates are all on it – I’d recommend signing up to their facebook pages for updates and other holiday bargains in your social feeds.

Plan to be spontaneous

I know it sounds a tad hypocritical but if you see a great deal, you often don’t have much time to leap on it. Therefore, it definitely won’t hurt you to know who you’d like to go away with, know when they’re able to get time off, have their passport details to hand and know how you’re going to pay so that you can jump on a deal when it comes your way.

So there’s my top tips – I hope they bring you as much holiday booking luck as they have for me!