The internet is a great place to review holiday options and to seek out the best prices. But buyers need to beware of some of the common mistakes people can make when buying online, says online travel agent Travelcare.co.uk who has compiled a top ten list of some of the more common booking errors people make online. They were:

1). Don’t know your mouse from your modem? You’re about to commit the biggest internet holiday error of all - not even looking. Get a friend or relative to take you online. Once connected, checking out travel and holiday options is quicker and often more detailed than flicking through a brochure.

2). Ever been lured into a website by a ludicrously low price for a resort, only to find that your exact dates and hotel specifications take the package price into the stratosphere? Open your mind, get out your diaries and surf holiday options over a range of dates. There’s every chance you’ll see prices plummet as a result.

3). Internet scams sadly do abound so only give your credit or debit card details to safe, secure websites. Reputable online travel agents use advanced security including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to secure your booking and its details.

4). You can’t believe your eyes. That four star hotel is only £19 a night so you head to the payment page. It lists the hotel as £119 a night but you press on, convinced that the price you first saw, is the price you will pay. Mistyped webpage errors do occur and the price you’ll pay is the one shown on the final, booking page. Check carefully.

5). Thought you’d booked a seaview room with balcony? Make sure you understand the difference between available (rooms that can be booked immediately) and on request (likely to be available but the travel agent has to confirm with the hotel first). Follow up and confirm with your online agent.

6). Even if the Jacksons at number 32 used unknown and unbonded websites to go to Bermuda for 3 weeks for £150, shy away from any online travel agent who is not ABTA or ATOL bonded. These bonds gives you protection should the holiday company go bust.

7). Always print out the details of your booking and any confirmation emails you receive from your online agent. Sounds obvious but terms and conditions can change on the website after you’ve made your booking while a computer crash can erase all details of your travel arrangements.

8). If your holiday needs are more complex than the website’s options appear to offer, don’t just turn away. Good travel websites usually include a telephone contact so you can talk through your requirements.

9). Don’t assume your details are correct or squint at them slackly. In a few seconds, your credit or debit card will be registering a purchase. Focus, check out the small print and the final price before pressing the ‘confirm booking’ button.

10). Don’t back yourself into a corner assuming that last-minute booking is the only way you can afford the holiday you want. Many online agencies have special offers months ahead of the departure date.