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Well that’s it – the late August Bank Holiday has been and gone, next week’s got a big circle on it to remind the offspring that it’s time to get back to the classroom and the UK summer holidays are officially over. But if sales of Real Tenerife Island Drives and Island Walks over the past week are anything to go by, it also means that the thing uppermost on many people’s minds is…booking their next holiday.

When the nights start to draw in and the prospect of a long, cold winter sneaks in to replace the disappointment of a poor summer, there’s only one thing that’s going to keep seasonal adjustment disorder from the door and that’s the knowledge that there’s an aircraft seat on a flight to the sun with your name on it.

According to a survey conducted this year by TotalMedia, almost 70% of consumers now use the internet to book their holidays, compared to 23% by phone and just 8% who use travel agents.
And you can be sure that the folks who sell travel and holidays online are only too aware of that statistic too and are constantly adding new content to lure browsers.

With so many flights, hotels and travel sites to choose from, it pays to be a canny shopper and to learn to seek out the best bargains. But that can be a time-consuming affair. So how can you find the best discounts without donating hours of your time to Google search pages?
Well one way is to use a site that does all the leg work for you and the other day I came across a UK site that gives you access to all those holiday voucher codes that I often see people on the TripAdvisor Tenerife Forum asking for but which I’ve never known how to find without spending hours trawling individual travel domains.

If you haven’t already discovered VoucherCodes.co.uk, they’re well worth a visit before you commit to any bookings online because they might have a discount code that will get you savings on the flight, hotel or holiday you were just about to book. They seem to have very good deals for many of the main travel retailers including a Thomson discount code, a lowcostholidays promotion code, an Expedia voucher code and loads more.

Those of you who aren’t tied to school holidays for getaways will find some exceptionally good deals on flights to Tenerife in the coming weeks and it’s the perfect time to visit the island. My personal favourite months, September and October bring long, hot days and sultry nights. So, grab a flight and a voucher discount code and top up the sunshine quota before someone starts telling you how many shopping days there are left to Christmas.

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I’ve been updating the prices in our independent guide to car hire in order to take into account the reduced value of Sterling against the Euro and I’ve discovered a few surprises.

Some car hire firms have actually increased the Euro price quoted on their websites; an interesting marketing strategy. Most are unchanged which means the cost to British hirers has effectively increased.

But some have made significant reductions so that if you’re coming from Britain and want to hire a car while you’re in Tenerife, there’s no difference to the price you’ll pay now than the price you would have paid six months ago, despite the falling value of the pound. Which is very good news indeed.

However, the really good news is reserved for anyone travelling from the US to Tenerife and wanting to hire a car. With the reduction in prices, combined with the strength of the Dollar against the Euro, there are some fantastic bargains to be had. For example, you can now hire a car for a week from as little as US$109, and that’s with a company who gets consistently good feedback on its service.

We’ve done all the work for you; all you have to do is compare and decide.

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