Saving for the holidays is getting tough

The most beautiful time of the year

The desire to travel is unrelenting in Mittelbaden. Vacationers are also digging deep into their pockets for the best time of year. Saving for the holidays will be difficult this year, but it’s not impossible.

Doing well: Peter Radischat sees no travel chaos at Baden-Airpark. The handling of travelers is well organized.

Photo: Mathias Ernert/dpa

The people of Central Baden are more willing to travel than ever. Despite inflation and the exploding cost of living, money is not an issue when it comes to vacations. If you still want to save money, it’s difficult.

“Everyone wants to go away,” says Selina Felsner, owner of the Albatros travel agency in Rastatt. The travel agency is almost completely closed from morning to night.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, young people are also using travel agencies for their trips. “We can do a lot with vouchers and we can always be approached,” explains the holiday expert.

Private pools are often requested and reservations are made for higher class rooms.

Selina Felsner, travel expert

Money is not an issue for customers on holiday this year. “People often want private pools and book rooms in higher categories.” According to the travel expert, people just want to have a good time. The Maldives, the number one luxury holiday destination, is selling as well as sliced ​​bread

2022 is a great year

Peter Radischat can also confirm the phenomenon. “This year will be a great year,” says the managing director of the travel agency “Billiger-weltweit” at the Baden-Airpark in Söllingen. But he’s sure the rude awakening is yet to come. At the earliest, when the electricity and gas bills are rippling through the letterbox. “No one is really feeling the inflation yet. You get upset, but you can still deal with it.”

People are willing to spend more this year, Radischat said. “Prices in the travel industry have been a bit higher for some time. People accept that, for whatever reason.”

But who knows what’s coming next year, says the travel expert. It seems to him that his customers are saying that we are really taking things with us this year. In addition, some people have not taken a vacation for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many hotels are full

If you want to save, however, look inside the tube. Buying last minute is as good as dead. “Anyone who hasn’t booked yet should either book as soon as possible or wait until the fall or next year,” advises Felsner.

Many hotels are fully booked this year. In addition, plane tickets have become more expensive. The culprit is understaffing or poor scheduling due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s really brutal right now.”

Felsner knows a client who booked a trip to the Dominican Republic last October. Price: 3,500 euros. “The same trip would now cost 11,000 euros,” explains Felsner. The situation is similar to holidays in Greece. If you want to stay in a five-star hotel there during the summer holidays, you pay at least 10,000 euros or it is fully booked.

“If you want to save, you need to book as early as possible,” Felsner advises. Many customers will be booking for 2023 or later. “Some want to book so far in advance that nothing has been activated yet.”

According to the travel expert, cruises are cheaper than they have been in a long time. “It depends on the routes there. But it’s also a nice family holiday.” Felsner still advises the Canary Islands. “You can still get good bang for your buck there.”

There is no leader.

Peter Radischat, travel expert

Every travel destination is popular this year. “There is no leader,” says Radischat. All of Spain, Portugal and Greece went great. Turkey is also very popular again, the travel expert knows.

Opportunities are based on the purchasing power of the euro

Turkey in particular is ideal for die-hard bargain hunters. Because there European vacationers get a lot for their money.

If you don’t want to save on bookings but on holidays, you need to consider the purchasing power of the local currency when choosing a travel destination. It’s worth taking a look at the purchasing power comparison. This shows how much the euro is worth abroad. The Federal Association of German Banks, for example, provides information on this.

Due to Turkey’s falling lira, holidaymakers between the Black Sea and Mediterranean coasts are currently getting more than three times more goods and services for their money, the federation writes. Specifically: In Turkey, you can get daily necessities for one euro, which would cost around 3.13 euros in Germany. In Spain and Italy the price level is similar to that in Germany. So in the US it is slightly more expensive than at home (0.88 euros) and in Israel it is particularly expensive (0.68 euros).

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