The holiday season runs pretty much all year round, but summer holidays remain our favourites and there are some fantastic last minute deals to be had, but before you book check out a few holiday essentials.

Where to go? Check the exchange rate against sterling. Choosing a holiday destination where the pound is strong will give you more buying power.

Driving to the airport? Compare car park charges across a variety of UK airports. You may find that the cost of leaving your car far outweighs any saving on your flight. Look at the whole airport experience: fuel to the airport, parking, flight times, flight surcharges for regional airports, transfer costs at your destination and convenience.

Book ‘off-centre’. Check for safe, regular and inexpensive public transport links to the beach, town centre or tourist attractions from out of town accommodation as staying off-centre, in a suburb or neighbouring town or village, is often far cheaper and can be a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the most popular areas.

Self-catering and room only accommodation keeps the cost down and gives you the perfect opportunity to sample local cafes, restaurants and bars.

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Compare the cost of annual travel insurance with a single trip policy. Pick the one that suits your needs best.

Weigh luggage before you leave home to avoid excess baggage charges.

Pre-book airport car parking.

Lunch is usually cheaper than dinner, so make it your main meal.

Eat local food – imported foods are always more expensive.

Take a charge-free credit card for bigger buys. The exchange rate is often a good one.

Duty free shopping – check UK prices before you go as the deals aren’t as good as they used to be, especially when travelling in Europe.

Happy holiday!