The early bird catches the worm – surely you’ve heard that saying before?
Well in the case of grabbing a holiday bargain, that early bird holds all the cards in his or her pocket, or wings, and has the most control over finding that money saving deal.
You might think that flying by the seat of your pants and booking a last minute deal is the way to go, but these days there are less and less of those no-time-to-spare bargains, because flight prices don’t always drop like they used to, regardless of the cost of a hotel. In my opinion, the early bird certainly catches the bargain when it comes to holiday booking.
If you’re still not convinced, see if any of these reasons give you food for thought.
Free child places – Yes, they do still exist with certain companies, and they are on a first come, first served basis, so the earlier you book, the more chance you have of taking one of your little darlings away for zero pennies. The later you leave it? No chance!
Extras! – It’s not just your long-awaited holiday you should be thinking about, because there are extras you need to consider too, such as how you’re going to get to the airport. The sooner you do this, generally the cheaper it will be, and this is also true of booking your airport parking spot. I regularly use ParkBCP, and have always found a great deal and high level of service. This is also a nationwide deal, so look into what’s available near you. I often use Heathrow parking, which helps me when grabbing that cheaper London airport flight too.
Something to look forward to – This is probably the main reason why I book early, because I am one of those irritating people who loves a holiday countdown, whether it’s in the 100s, 10s, or single figures! During those dark winter months, having a holiday to focus on gives you the boost you need towards summer, and pressing ‘book’ on that new holiday is also the best way to beat post-holiday blues.
You have time to research – If you’re heading off for two weeks somewhere new, you should give yourself plenty of time to look into the activities you can do there, and the places in the surrounding area you should visit. Going at the last minute doesn’t give you spare time to do this, and you could end up missing out on something amazing.
You’re not going to forget anything – If you need a visa for your destination, or if your passport needs renewing, last minute deals will not be your friend. Having time means you’re less likely to forget something important, and you’re more likely to be organised, which of course lowers stress.
There are bargains to be had – It’s not true that the longer away your holiday, the less likely you are to find a cheap deal, because these days holiday companies like to entice you to book on the back of your post-holiday moodiness! It does take some searching, but it is very possible!
Don’t leave it until the very last second to book that dream holiday – spontaneity may be good for some, but not everyone!
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