While there are many great low-cost airlines popping up everywhere, booking a cheap trip isn’t as easy as you may assume. This is particularly true if you’re booking a family vacation.

First you need to think about flights. Specifically, booking them. If you book in advance, you’re more likely to get a good deal since all of your tickets will be in the same booking class. You’re also more likely to be able to sit together.

Direct flights are likely to cost more, since your overall travel time is shorter. If you’re looking at a long flight, it can actually sometimes be better to book a flight with a stopover and find somewhere to sleep for the night so the kids are better prepared for the next half of the trip.

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However if you can fly within a few hours, it makes sense to fly direct if you can get a good deal. It will also depend on your landing time- if you land late at night, you’ll only want to go to the hotel and sleep which means that’s the first day of your vacation gone. However, even if you arrive during the day, you may just want to take a nap- something that’s not great for jetlag.

When you book your flight, you’ll notice that flight prices are sometimes different online compared to going through a travel agent. While some travel agents offer a deal where they have to find you the same flight that you’ve found online, if you’re already looking at the cheap deal online it often makes sense to just go ahead and book it.

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There are a number of new airlines flying now, and whatever airline you choose, you’ll want to check that they have a good record. Some airlines are flying older aircraft which, even when maintained well, aren’t likely to be as safe as an airline flying with a newer plane.

Next, you need to think about accommodation. If you’re a female traveling alone, you’re likely going to need an area with a good reputation for being safe. Of course, this also applies if you’re traveling with your kids. If you’re planning to visit a few different places in one country, you’ll need to find accommodation in each place, along with figuring out how you’ll get from point A to point B each time.

If you’re looking for a vacation that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but will still give you plenty of bang for your buck, Tel Aviv is the place to go. This is a city that’s great for both luxury vacations and budget trips, and you’ll find plenty of great attractions and event, along with delicious food, a great nightlife, and some of the best beaches in the world.

Convinced? Look into flights to Tel Aviv today, and get started with planning your vacation to Israel.