Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Do "Last Minute" Holiday Deals Still Exist?

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Some of the most memorable holidays can take months of planning and budgeting to pull off without a hitch. Indeed, many of those who wish to take a holiday in August may very well begin preparing their travel itinerary as early as April or May. However, things do not always go as planned. Perhaps a work schedule changes or a budget needs to be modified. One may be forced to look for a holiday deal at the very last minute. Are such windfalls a myth or do these last minute options actually exist? Although it may come as a bit of a surprise, finding the perfect holiday destination on short notice is not only possible, but it is easier than ever before.

Be Flexible

One of the most important things to remember when shopping for an "11th hour" holiday is the fact that there are numerous options to choose from, although not all of these may be what were originally desired. While booking a last-minute plane ticket may prove to be prohibitively expensive, why not search online for an all-inclusive travel package on a cruise ship? Should a luxury hotel of choice be fully occupied, it is often a great idea to find a budget hotel on the outskirts of the destination. These smaller hotels and resorts will often prove to allow you to see more of the surrounding area and encounter scenery you may have never known existed otherwise.

Use the Internet

This next tip is all but apparent, but many holidaymakers may still choose the first option they find. Never forget that there are a plethora of online search portals that can compare and contrast pricing options in a matter of seconds. Additionally, many of these search engines allow you the option to be notified if a spot suddenly becomes available.

While search portals are undoubtedly a powerful tool, remember that many sites such as Clearsky Holidays can not only provide rock-bottom pricing options but also allow the user to customise a trip based off of specific needs. These sites can save a great deal of your already precious time, as they provide the ability to book airline flights and reserve hotel rooms simultaneously.

Speak to Local Travel Agents

Although this may seem a bit counter-intuitive due to the breadth of choices the internet can provide, many agencies may actually be able to offer competitive prices that will rival those found online. In fact, some have little choice due to the amount of competition from the internet itself. Simply stated, many such agencies need the business and likewise may offer a lower quote as opposed to losing a customer.

These three tips can help take the stress out of booking a last-minute holiday. Last-minute holiday deals do indeed exist and by following these simple steps above, comparing and contrasting numerous offers can provide a last-minute deal that may provide holiday memories to last a lifetime.

14 comments:

~Ms. Joy mH~ April 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM  

Yes, internet is the best resource when finding best deal on plane ticket, that's where I found mine.

April M. April 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM  

i always buy my tickets online. I never tried going to a travel agent.

Adin B April 26, 2013 at 2:16 PM  

Just traveling alone can be pretty stressful, but it doesn't have to. I do agree, a stress-free vacation or trip should start with a stress-free planning and preparation. Nice to have the internet these days that can help us with that. We too use the internet in looking for great deals.

Jerla Oh lalala April 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM  

Oh this would be timely if we pursue our plan to visit vegas this yr, we can surely save money using package deals or something like that.

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Mel Cole April 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM  

yes, online ticket purchase helped me save more money in my international trips. http://www.heartscontentofamama.com/2013/04/picking-the-right-ballet-shoes.html

Prettymom April 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM  

no doubt one can find last minute holiday deals online.. hopefully I can travel before the end of the year..

Bless April 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM  

When we plan of going on vacation, we usually search online for great deals as well as talk to local travel agents especially in military post as they have lists for deals for military service members.

Dhemz Apdian - Dias April 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM  

indeed! these tips always come in handy when you go and travel places in last minute...:)

Makoy April 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM  

internet is such a powerful tool. easier to compare and book flights or deals!

Claire April 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM  

These are a handful of traveling tips, thanks for the heads up

wifetoalineman02 April 27, 2013 at 5:22 AM  

These are helpful tips Mommy Sheila :-) It will saves you money big time. I am in the process of looking affordable flights as well. Thank you for sharing this Website, definitely will check it :-)

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Mary Anne Vinzon April 27, 2013 at 5:26 AM  

We can always find for the great deal specially booking our ticket by the use of the internet. There's even promo just be patience.

Shela April 27, 2013 at 6:56 AM  

My friend is thinking for a trip but no fix time yet depends on her work schedule... will share this to her so she knows what to do eventually!

Gene Corbito April 29, 2013 at 4:56 AM  

Though I am not a fan of last minute travel plans, I often get ideas on where to go to based on blog posts of backpackers. They usually get the cheapest accommodation and most often than not, the most exciting activities in certain destinations.

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