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Summer holiday booking tips from Momondo

Starting to think about Summer holidays? Booking for a family is obviously fraught with its own issues (will there be a travel cot, will we struggle with the buggy up a billion stairs? etc) but being stung for un-necessary costs need not be one of them.

The nice people at momondo have put together a few tips based on their extensive research of travel stats. According to them, “The price of a hotel room always goes up and down. Seasons, popular events in a destination and the time of booking are all essential factors to bear in mind, which influence price. Costs of hotels can vary dramatically and there is potentially a lot of cash to save by paying attention to a few aspects that are essential to hoteliers, when they set their rates.”

And they’ve also put together a handy chart showing peak times in key cities.

And momondo have a few tips on getting the best flight deals too:

  • Book your trip 53 days in advance to get the cheapest tickets – and you can achieve average savings of 26%
  • Tickets are generally most expensive on the day of departure
  • Evening departures between the hours of 6pm and 12am typically offer the cheapest fares
  • It is usually more expensive to fly in the morning and midday, before 3pm
  • A Tuesday is generally the cheapest day to fly
  • Saturday is routinely the most expensive day of the week to fly

Get more advice and compare rates at momondo.

momondo.co.uk is a free, independent and global travel search site that compares billions of prices on flights, hotels, car hire and holiday rental.

How to… cope with summer allergies

From hayfever to heatrash, hives from a holiday bought laundry detergent or food intolerance, children’s Summer allergies can prove a headache (especially if you are suffering too!)

Here are a few tips…

Check the pollen count: Piriton have a useful calendar on their website showing different types of pollen and their peak irritant times.Tough as it is to keep children indoors at these times, you’ll thank yourself for it – Piriton and Play Ambassador Jeni Hooper suggest a few creative ideas for indoor play such as creating skittles from used plastic bottles and entertaining the little ones with a bowling alley or turning a big cardboard box into a den. (Editor’s tip: if you want to cheat on den-making, check out the gorgeous range at Just for Tiny People)

– Take medication with you: even if you are not heading somewhere remote, stock up so you’re not caught short. Allergy.org offer useful cards in 27 languages explaining different conditions – handy if your holiday does take you off the beaten track.

– Talk to your kids: sneezing for no reason or random rashes can be terrifying, get some dialogue going so that they understand what’s happening.

SM tip: “my son got really upset when sneezes seemed to come out of nowhere. We found getting him to choose a set of handkerchiefs and take control of them – putting clean ones in his pocket and dirty ones in the laundry basket – helped. Get some with a favourite character, or you can even have a drawing immortalised – check out NotontheHighSt for some creative ideas…”