Leaving your holiday booking to the last minute can actually work in your favour. Here's how...
A recent article suggested that more people are becoming savvy when it comes to booking their holiday in order to save themselves some money. It stated that 26% of people prefer to book their holidays at the last minute, and those that do are often families with younger children.
So what are their motives for leaving it until the last minute to book?
To enjoy cheaper prices
First and foremost, booking a last minute holiday is a great way to save money. Often, hundreds can be saved on the original booking price. This is because as the time comes for the holiday departure, airlines and hotels are looking to fill any available spaces before it is too late and they are left with empty seats/rooms.
Some people worry that because they are leaving their booking until the last minute, the amount of choice they will have will be limited. However, in this day and age this is not usually the case. They’ll often find a great range of destinations and hotels to choose from, all at far lower prices than they may have paid had they booked in advance.
To explore & experience
Many people who book in advance also do so because they want to ensure they can visit their favourite destination and hotel. However, by booking at the last minute they may find that there isn’t a good deal to do this. It’s more than likely, though, that a range of other destinations will be available at a great price, meaning they are persuaded to try something different every time.
The key to finding great deals on last minute holidays is having an open mind. Those who are willing to try new experiences, visit different countries and encounter various cultures will find that not only will they save money, they’ll also benefit from exploring parts of the world that they may not have considered visiting before.
Benefits for families
One of the most expensive times to book a holiday is during the six-week school summer holiday period – particularly the weeks that fall during August. As mentioned earlier, recent times have seen an increase in families with young children booking their holiday at the last minute. This is because doing so during such a crucial holiday period is far cheaper when waiting until a couple of weeks before, especially when compared to booking months in advance.
Those who know what dates they have off work, or are flexible to what time they can take off during the school’s summer holiday will gain the most benefit from leaving their booking until the last minute. An element of open-mindedness may be required however, and those that are set on going to a particular hotel or resort would probably be advised to book in advance to ensure they get the holiday they want.
Book last minute holidays with The Co-operative Travel
Looking for a last minute deal to sunny shores? The Co-operative Travel currently has a great range of holidays leaving within the next few weeks. For more information visit the website: http://www.co-operativetravel.co.uk/.
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