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Travel Experts: Bargain hunters should hurry

2022-12-27T16:08:08.200Z


Travel Experts: Bargain hunters should hurry Created: 12/27/2022, 5:00 p.m By: Rudi Stallein Egypt is currently tempting with summer warmth and, according to travel experts, is cheap. © Sui Xiankai Anyone who now wanders into the distance is on the right track. Because the summer holiday becomes more expensive the longer you wait to book. Travel experts give tips. Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen – Th


Travel Experts: Bargain hunters should hurry

Created: 12/27/2022, 5:00 p.m

By: Rudi Stallein

Egypt is currently tempting with summer warmth and, according to travel experts, is cheap.

© Sui Xiankai

Anyone who now wanders into the distance is on the right track.

Because the summer holiday becomes more expensive the longer you wait to book.

Travel experts give tips.

Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen – The Christmas season awakens the desire to travel: Many people use the time between the years to plan their next summer vacation.

And others are tempted to escape the cool temperatures with a trip to warmer regions for a while.

Our newspaper asked around at some travel agencies to see which destinations are ideal for a spontaneous trip - and what tips the experts have for booking the next holiday.

Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen: Travel experts provide tips for summer vacations 

First of all, the corona pandemic has not made travel cheaper.

On the contrary: bargains have become rare, last-minute offers at dumping prices have almost disappeared from the billboards.

"You can also get bargains at short notice, but less often than in previous years," says Ralf Hecher, owner of two travel agencies in Geretsried and Wolfratshausen.

According to Hecher, the limited offer is largely due to the fact that tour operators reduced their flight and hotel contingents massively in some cases during the pandemic.

As a result, there are hardly any flights and beds left that have to be sold off on the travel market in order to fill airplanes and hotels.

"There are plenty of planes around that have not yet been brought out of the pandemic sleep," confirms Daniel Lipp from the Wolfratshausen travel agency Wolf Travel.

Demand is gradually increasing, but the airlines are still uncertain as to how booking behavior will continue to develop.

In addition, "they lack the staff," says Lipp.

Nevertheless, there are cheaper offers for quick-deciders who have been gripped by the travel bug.

"Egypt is always possible," says Lipp.

"The ships on the Nile are being made afloat again," advertises the specialist for the holiday combination of a cultural trip and a beach holiday on the Red Sea.

Egypt, Thailand or Turkey: cheap offers and warmth are waiting

"Egypt is cheap and currently the warmest," Ralf Hecher advises sun-seekers to take a trip to the land of the pharaohs.

In addition, “the hotels in Thailand are still relatively cheap”.

Likewise Turkey, which he recommends for long-term vacationers: four weeks from mid-January in a four-star hotel near Side from around 800 euros, including flights and transfers.

For the Canary Islands, also a popular winter destination, there is currently a 14-day combined trip consisting of a week cruise on the AIDAnova and a week all-inclusive on Fuerteventura including flight from Munich from 1299 euros per person.

Anyone who is drawn to faraway places will have to put more strain on their bank accounts this winter than in previous years.

"I have very little hope that there will be bargains," says Annemarie Scheitterer from the AS Reisecenter in Bad Tölz.

One reason for this: "There are hardly any non-stop flights from Munich to long-distance destinations, mostly via Frankfurt and Dubai, which affects the prices," explains the travel saleswoman.

Also: Inflation and the energy crisis are causing prices to rise around the world this winter.

Nevertheless, Scheitterer states: "Despite the rise in prices, the booking situation is already very good." Daniel Lipp can confirm this - as well as a trend that can be observed nationwide: "People book more expensive and more valuable, and they travel longer, usually two or three weeks.

Short trips, on the other hand, have decreased significantly.”

"The longer you wait, the higher the price will go"

The travel specialists agree with their recommendation, especially for parents who are now looking for a holiday destination for the Pentecost or summer holidays in catalogs or on the Internet.

"Many providers are still reluctant because they don't know what else is in store for them," says Annemarie Scheitterer.

She recommends families “book relatively quickly” and take advantage of early bird discounts instead of hoping that it will be cheaper in the summer of 2023.

"That will certainly not be the case," predicts Scheitterer.

"The longer you wait, the higher the price will go."

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Ralf Hecher agrees.

"Families should book now, it's getting more expensive every month," says Geretsrieder.

Especially since many organizers offer so-called "flex options".

These have to be booked separately, but according to Hecher, the prices are “between 50 and 200 euros depending on the travel price”.

But they offer more financial security, because with these flexible packages, trips can be rebooked or canceled at relatively short notice.

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