How to Book a Brilliant Last Minute Holiday
Saving the most money you can on a holiday is all in the strategy. Some go about it by booking at the last minute and manage to pick up some real bargains that take them to some amazing places. Here are a few strategies you can use to arrange the best last minute holiday for your family and add to the already sizable savings that some of these deals offer.
Steal a March on Other Last Minute Bookers
Normally, when people are trying to bag a bargain at the last minute, we really are talking about the last minute, with them leaving it in the last couple of weeks. Instead of waiting till then, book a little earlier still – say, four to six weeks ahead – so you can have your pick of the late deals. This will keep you a step ahead of the late bookers.
Be as Flexible as Possible
The more flexible you can be about when you travel, the better the deal you can pick up. Consider flying in early in the day or at the end of the day, as these flights are often cheaper, and try to avoid peak holiday times of the year. Think, too, about how long you’re staying in your destination. You can sometimes get more for your money or make savings if you holiday for two weeks instead of one.
And although you might have your heart set on a certain destination, be open to others. Somewhere you might not originally have been open to visiting may look appealing with a lower price tag!
Consider Holidaying to Destinations in the Mediterranean
When you’re booking late, the widest range of options you have are likely to be in the Mediterranean. Spain especially spoils you with its range of accommodation, flight and destination options. In fact, it’s one of the most family friendly destinations you’ll ever visit, with its range of water parks and theme parks and the general affability of the Spanish themselves.
The vast demand for holidays in the Mediterranean also allows companies to offer some flexibility in the price. Since the Med is good for driving around, this leaves you with some extra money to explore. Speaking of driving around abroad…
Keep An Eye Out for Family Friendly Freebies
As you browse through the last minute offers, keep your eye open for special family friendly deals, particularly if you have a large family. Some firms offer free places for children, which include meals and accommodation, on some of their holiday packages. Grab it while you can!
Hire a Car Before you Arrive
If you do not fancy lazing by the pool all day at your chalet, villa or hotel, or just slapping on a whole load of sun cream and then ying on a beach, you’ll probably want to get behind the wheel and see a bit more of the place. Research and book your vehicle online, as this is often cheaper than hiring a car once you reach your destination. By booking online, you might have get yourself a more elegant vehicle for that little bit less, so why not treat yourself and explore in style?
The key to bagging yourself a top quality last minute deal is to still do that tiny bit of organization so you can increase the savings. It is an approach that can open up new and interesting destinations to your family, all the while letting you get on with the immensely important business of enjoying yourselves when you arrive.