General election ‘divides holidaymakers into one of two camps’

General election ‘divides holidaymakers into one of two camps’

Those still to book their summer holidays are likely to fall into one of two camps following prime minister Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8, according to TravelSupermarket.com.

They will either be cautious about booking until the outcome of the election is known, or be keen to escape “the madness” and get away.

“If you are flexible on your destination and dates, booking a last minute deal could be the best option, however, if you are limited by the times you can travel, or have a specific destination in mind, booking ahead will give you the peace of mind your holiday is sorted,” a spokeswoman for the price comparison website said.

“Regardless of when you plan to actually book, consider the local cost of living, as well as the exchange rate in your destination of choice. Opting for an all-inclusive deal to help control costs when in resort will also help in sticking to a budget.”

She also cautioned about likelihood of continued volatility of the pound, which could impact the deals available to holidaymakers.

“If you are going on holiday in the coming days or weeks and haven’t sorted your cash yet, you have no choice but to change your money, however, make sure you get the best exchange rate possible by looking for the best deals available online for collection, airport pick up or home delivery. Never leave buying it until last minute at the airport where you could end up paying considerably more,” the spokeswoman said.

“Let the markets settle down after the announcement of the proposed general election and monitor rates in the weeks leading up to your holiday. Again, never leave ordering your cash until last minute and shop around for the best deals.”

She added: “If you’re out of the country on the proposed date of June 8, you would not lose your right to vote. There is more information on the Gov.uk website around voting by proxy.”

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