“We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” –Jawaharlal Nehru
For most of us, travel planning can be an overwhelming task that’s also time-consuming. The question repeatedly pops up – should you book your holiday in advance or leave it till the last minute? If you are looking for the perfect trip, you need to put in time and effort to research the best options, from flights to hotels to things to do.
There are of course spur-of-the-moment decisions that lead to great getaways, but there’s nothing as satisfying as bagging the advantages by booking early. Savvy travellers are always up for a bargain break and you’ll see why they’re so good at it. Just look at what you stand to gain:
1. Discounts, discounts, and more discounts:
No matter which destination you’re off to, booking early always comes with discounts. Initially, the amount might seem meagre but it can quickly add up and save you quite a bit. You can get discounts for flight tickets, local transportation, accommodation, and local activities.
2. Cheaper flight tickets:
There is no easier way to reach your destination than by flying. It’s fast, convenient, and hassle-free. Unfortunately, it is also expensive. The best way to avoid shelling out a huge amount would be to book your flight tickets well in advance. Destinations that are in demand will have higher prices when you book closer to your date of travel. Don’t daydream; start looking for deals, look at all the offers and prices, and then book. This will ensure a good price.
If you book your vacation in advance, it gives you and your family or travel companions ample time and flexibility to choose the perfect getaway.
4. Never be second-best:
Settling for second-best when travelling is similar to turning up to a party late – you only have a few snacks to choose from because all the good ones are over. Similarly, if you book early, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Not just the primary aspects of the trip such as accommodation, but also other things such as sightseeing packages, wildlife tours, family tours, adventure activities, local events, etc.
5. Save time and money:
If you book early, you will have sufficient time to look into minor details such as type of visa, paperwork, cash for the trip, driving routes, etc. Also, you will have enough time to plan your daily activities, and booking these early can fetch you discounts – free day passes to museums, city passes that give you discounts on public transport etc. Starting early also enables you to keep your vacation budget in check. So as the months go by, you are spending the money you need on a day-to-day basis as well as saving up for your great escape.
Booking in advance is more relaxing because there is no clock ticking away causing you to get pressured into booking a vacation that is merely ‘okay’ rather than ‘wow’. Building anticipation in the months leading up to your vacation increases levels of happiness. Moreover, it will help you survive the remainder of the dreary days in office. Also, if it’s winter and you’ve booked a vacation for the summer, you can banish those winter blues by daydreaming about your sunny sojourn.
Finding a beautiful place to get lost in
Whether you’re looking for a sunny break in Spain, Turkey, or Greece, dreaming of Disneyland in Orlando, waiting to hit the snowy slopes in Switzerland, or heading for the turquoise waters and sandy beaches of Hawaii, a booked holiday conjures up a thrilling feeling. Vacations should be filled with moments that are treasured for years to come. So make yours special by planning well in advance. By booking early, you will not only get your dream holiday but also save money.