Well, it largely dependents on the holiday destination that you have selected on going to and the date of travel. For example, when traveling to an European destination, they are often a little less costly if you book on your own, especially when the major airlines are running discounts or specials from the various European airlines, most often during the off-season.
On the other hand, if you are traveling to an exotic location, such as Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Thailand, South Africa, or India, they are usually a lot less expensive if booked through a preset vacation package company or through a travel agent. That’s because these tour companies often negotiate special discount deal packages with all the various national airlines and resort hotels, to provide unbeatable prices in exchange for a steady loyal flow of business.
Also, provided you do a bit of price shopping, you will be able to book say a vacation package from New York to Thailand for an excellent price, which includes: airfare, a great hotel, some meals, airport transfers, and some daily sightseeing or guided tours. The cost would be far less than you would pay if you would of had booked this trip independently.
Similar deals will exist for other exotic locales including: China, India, or Taiwan. So make sure to check out the availability of these travel package deals when shopping online for a budget travel deal.
So this is not to say that some great deals cannot be found on your own, and at times may be the way to go, especially if you plan to travel solo. Most of these package deals are tailored for travelers vacationing in pairs, and may not be packaged for singles.
It’s extremely important that you find out exactly what’s included in the package, and what’s not. Many of these package deals have optional excursions built in, and all the extras can easily add up quickly. Make sure that you ask for a detailed daily itinerary and any additional costs, if any, you are responsible for. Also ask for a list of any optional excursions, including descriptions and prices, and then compare the total cost to what you would pay on your own.
If you do decide to travel on your own, make sure you start shopping early, especially if you’re traveling by air. The most important thing to keep in mind is that airlines will allocate just so many seats for those advertised, discount low fares, and if you don’t act quickly, you may be out of luck. It’s important that you book the airfare, the hotel, as early as possible to ensure you have the lowest possible prices.
Ultimately, deciding on choosing a vacation package or independently getting prices on your own is up to you. It’s important to consider your personal traveling preferences and style. Some are just more comfortable with a prepackaged tour, particularly to unfamiliar locations, while others want the freedom from preset schedules that independent travel will provide.