We all have in mind the ad for this flight comparator where a guy spends days and nights looking for the right travel plan. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I’m like him when we’re planning our holidays. Although there are now “topissistic” flight comparators, booking a trip always takes us… days (and sometimes even nights, yes!), in short, hours, in search of the ideal hotel, the cheapest flight, a good cheap holiday plan.
There are also private travel websites. I am registered on Vente-Privée.com for example, and between two clothing sales, I often come across private travel sales, in France or at the other end of the planet. There have been a lot of times when I’ve done simulations, “to see”, and I’ve found that the offer looked pretty good, but I haven’t gone all the way because I’m never quite sure that if I went directly to that tour operator’s site, I wouldn’t have the same rate. Or cheaper. Not to mention the fact that I like to check on Trip Advisor what are the reviews left by the guests on the proposed accommodations. So, the time to check all these points one by one, zou, the offer is over.
In short, booking a vacation often turns into… No, I wouldn’t say nightmare, because it’s still fun, but just, you have to have time, a lot of time in front of you, and that’s the thing I’m missing the most right now. Suffice to say that planning a last minute stay has become a pretty abstract thing for us, especially since we became parents!
Fortunately, tools exist to simplify the life (too hard!) of all those who are looking to plan a cheap holiday. Not only that, but also interesting and original offers, even unusual. The Officiel des vacances is one of those tools that I discovered recently, and for which, rarely, I even split a subscription to the newsletter!
L’Officiel des vacances is a website that will graffouiller (sisi, ce verbe existe) on the web and on the websites of online tour operators in search of good deals and original offers. The site does not sell anything, it simply lists the best offers selected every day by “real people”. And this last point is very important, since, unlike conventional online comparators, “real people” can access the flash sales and private sales for which a user account is often required.