Think back to last January … you are sitting in your home dreading going out into the bitter cold weather. As you walk towards the metro you can’t decide which is worse: the crippling wind or the darting icy sidewalk that you so cautiously walk on. At this moment you start to curse the winter months and wonder why you are not on a tropical island sipping on a Pina Colada.
Could this moment have been avoided?
Of course! Now is the time to start planning your winter gateway. However, preparation is key and early booking will allow you to get the best possible deals. To help motivate you to get ahead of the game, I’ve compiled a list of benefits/advantages to booking your next holiday in advance!
YOU’LL HAVE MORE OPTIONS
Seeing that it is still August and everyone is enjoying the last moments of summer, it is safe to say that most people are not thinking about what they will be doing this winter (not everyone is as organized as you!) That being said, the best accommodations and flights have yet to be fully reserved.
If you plan your holiday now, chances are that you will have a large selection to choose from. That luxurious hotel that seems to always be booked out … has many rooms still available. That boat model you’ve always dreamed about sailing … is still an option for a yacht charter in the Bahamas. The possibilities are endless!
THERE ARE BETTER DEALS TO BE FOUND
The most attractive advantage of booking early is that you’ll save money. At this moment, companies are starting to advertise early booking deals. Some offer discounted prices, while others propose incentives such as a complimentary spa treatment. A great way to stay informed is by signing up for company newsletters. They are regularly sending out emails to customers with incredible promotions and insider knowledge on the travel market. Don’t miss out on these opportunities you’ll regret it in the long run.
YOU’LL MINIMISE STRESS
There is nothing worse or more chaotic than trying to organize something last minute. By booking ahead, that stress will be minimized, and you can go on with your daily life in peace. Take this extra time to plan other essentials that are not price sensitive: what you will pack, where you will eat, transportation to and from the airport, etc. You can also start planning your itinerary!
So you won’t be completely lost in your new environment upon your arrival, research the top things to do and see. Those traveling with you will be impressed by your travel expertise! Plus, booking your travels in advance will give you something to look forward to! Days at work won’t seem as long if you know that as each day passes, you are that much closer to basking in the winter sun without a care in the world.
YOU CAN SPREAD THE COST
As noted above, advanced booking discounts will help you save money. If you pay upfront, you will have already dealt with the burden of putting a dent in your savings. Over the course of the next few months, you will be able to focus on saving up extra cash for some fun stuff such as buying new holiday outfits or for adventurous excursions on your trip.
YOU’LL GET THE CHEAP SEATS
As soon as you choose your destination, book your flights! It is proven that the earlier you book your flights, the cheaper they will be. By doing so, not only will you get them at a better price, but you will also have more options to flight times, airports, and your seat selection. Knowing that the first leg of your trip is taken care of will allow you to have peace of mind going forward with your travel plans!
There is no time to waste. Start researching, find the perfect deal, and book your next adventure. You may even inspire your family and friends to come along with you!