I know that some of you will gasp at this, but now is a good time to start your next holiday trip. This is something that I have definitely thought more about recently because of planning a big vacation next summer.
These are some of the reasons why I think that booking a holiday in advance is beneficial for you, whether you’re traveling solo or with your family.
Holiday firms want to start booking their hotels, planes and even trains up as early as possible to so that they can actually run them. To get the ball rolling, some travel providers will give out huge discounts, sometimes up to 15%. This is super advantageous because you can get some of the best deals out on the market. A lot of last minute websites make it seem as though booking early is a non-starter. But with a 15% discount? That surely isn’t the case.
You can also get some freebies and added extras if you book your holiday in advance. Examples are free airport/port parking and on board credit to spend in the shops on your cruise. They all sound pretty good to me!
Another reason to book your next summer holiday in advance is the deposit function many travel providers offer. It’s standard for a lot of websites. With it, you can secure your holiday booking without letting it eat into your credit card overdraft or loan. This is always something that concerns me when booking a longer holiday. You want to make sure you are getting the best deal but without having to sacrifice money you would normally spend on bills or rent or mortgage.
Doing it last minute can often mean getting the dregs of accommodation, with crazy low prices being the priority, this often means you get poor flight times or hotels with negative reviews, not what you want for your summer holiday. By booking early, you have the pick of the travel bunch and can choose the best flights and hotels for you. You don’t have to stress yourself out trying to match up departure dates and hotel arrivals on the last minute. Booking your holiday trip well in advance gives you time to go through different reviews and recommendations online, making sure you have picked the perfect destination and accommodation.
The earlier you book your trip, the lower the prices. While there are probably some last minute travel sites that would disagree with that, prices are generally when you book your holiday in advance. On top of that, you get to choose a really good flight schedule. Getting up at 2am for a 4am for a 12 hour flight just to get a lower rate can be horrendously tiring, and just not worth the small amount you can save.
There is nothing more exciting than having something amazing to look forward to. It’s also a fun idea to put up a picture of your destination up on your fridge to make sure you keep your amazing holiday in mind. It will make lying on that sun-drenched beach eventually all the more satisfying.
In the end, we are all trying to save pennies and there is plenty of information to demonstrate how to save money on your holiday. But booking early also has a positive psychological effect, when sometimes through the winter everything gets a bit full on you can be safe and happy in the knowledge that you have a fantastic vacation to look forward to.
I want to hear what you think…
Do you normally book your holidays far in advance or do you only book last minute? Is it realistic to think that you can actually save money by booking far in advance? Also what is the worst flight time you have ever had? Mine is 5am to Florida, on Christmas day!
For some holiday inspiration, why not check out this new summer holidays advert by easyJet. It’s sure to embolden you to book something and look forward to that amazing once-in-a-lifetime vacation.