Planning a Last-Minute Holiday? Here Are Our Top Tips
Updated November 7, 2021
While planning a vacation in advance has its perks, there are perks to booking last minute too. For example, you can be rewarded with a great hotel deal or a discount on a destination activity such as diving. So, if you’re thinking about indulging in spontaneity and booking a last minute vacation, check out our top tips for a stress-free experience.
Be flexible with appointments
Flexibility is the key to last minute travel. If you are flexible with your travel dates, you can secure yourself better deals (and in general, this advice applies whether or not you are traveling during a pandemic).
For example, traveling on Christmas Day is likely cheaper than on Christmas Eve, as fewer people are willing to sacrifice December 25th to travel by plane or train.
Be flexible with your plans
In addition to being flexible, if you are looking to travel now or in the near future, keep in mind that restrictions change quickly and you may face the prospect of trip cancellation or the need for isolation on the day your return.
It is advisable to build some flexibility into your travel plans and be prepared with a plan B.
Understand the fine print
Find out about the cancellation policy for your flight, adventure and / or hotels. Many airlines have relaxed their policies and offer flexible booking options so you can easily change your plans if necessary.
When booking your hotel, be sure to allow you to cancel or change dates of your stay at short notice so you don’t get caught if travel restrictions in your area change.
Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance is currently complicated as different providers offer different levels of coverage for COVID-related cancellations. If you already have travel insurance – for example an annual policy – check the fine print to see which conditions have been added for cancellations and disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
If you’re booking a last minute trip and don’t have insurance, check out different providers to see what they have to offer. Some travel insurance search engines allow you to filter on COVID-19 protection, which makes your job easier.
Contact a specialist
Talking to a travel specialist may be your best bet for a good last minute deal. Not only will they be able to find the cheapest bang for your buck, but they will also prove to be invaluable in helping you secure a refund should you need it.
Consider a group or private adventure
If you’ve never taken part in an organized group or private adventure, now may be time to try one out. They offer the opportunity to pack a whole lot of activities and sightseeing into a long weekend, week, two week or longer.
Booking at the last minute means you have a pre-planned trip to yourself with no footwork involved in planning. Book close to your departure date and you can get great deals on adventure, and many providers offer flexibility so you can rebook for a later date if your plans need to change.
Are you thinking of booking a last minute adventure? Contact TourRadar’s team of travel experts now for personal assistance in finding your perfect trip.
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