Package holidays have been available for around 150 years, courtesy of Thomas Cookís first chartered train journey, which led the way for pre-booked trips encompassing travel, accommodation and sometimes an excursion along the way. They grew to become a hugely popular annual ritual and up until the 1960ís were mostly taken at the seaside resorts and holiday camps of the UK. It was the dawn of low cost air travel in the 1970ís that helped change the scenery, by providing easy access to warmer climates and giving Britonís their first taste of two weeks abroad.
Standard package holidays from the big tour companies such as Thomson and First Choice are still going strong and are ideal for families and holidaymakers that are unfamiliar with the countries they are visiting. They supply all the elements you need such as flights, accommodation and transfers taken care of in advance. They also provide their own kids clubs and a local representative to meet and greet, plus be on-hand for any questions or challenges that travellers face whilst away from the home environment.
Holidays in general have now evolved thanks to the internet, with most providers now offering the simple combination of flight and hotel deals with optional extras on the side. This allows them to offer you a broad choice of deals from a range of board basis options. These include self catering for holidaymakers that enjoy exploring their resort and the local cuisines or half and full board for those that want to maximise their time and get more from their accommodation. Additionally, there are also all inclusive packages that are perfect for those operating within a tight budget, those that want everything at hand or those that want to make sure everything is taken care of before they leave, as these packages provide all your meals, snacks, local beverages and entertainment.