Last minute vacations might have been around forever, but even now they are still a hugely popular way to find a low-cost break.
What's more, you don't have to compromise on value. Here's a tip: These are THE SAME vacation packages that have been advertised all year round! They are just cheaper and as such require a little more spontaneity and creativity to find.
On the subject of spontaneity, gone are the days when booking on a Friday and travelling on a Saturday was the best way to find a deal.
Now, there are so many different choices being offered! You can take your time to browse the market and have your pick between the exotic or the the familiar, the scorching or the pleasantly mild, and the family-friendly or the couples-only. Or how about a little of all of the above!
The key to picking a great last minute holidays is flexibility. Try to keep your criteria as loose as possible and be flexible with departure dates, destination, choice of resort, accommodation and even your departure airport.
It helps if you can list your criteria in order of importance, as this will help you to search for only the most essential requirements - such as departure date, because it's the only week you can book off work - while leaving the rest of your search terms open.
For example, if you check out late deals with The Co-operative Travel you would see that they have a page dedicated to last minute holidays. You can also use their search panel to expand your hunt for a bargain break.
Enter your most important criteria and see what comes back, then filter your results by price, followed by your next must-have, to see if anything fits the bill.
This is a great way to identify those holidays that suit your wish-list and also helps you to get an idea of average prices too.
So what are you waiting for? Get online, start searching and let the holidays begin!
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...