Taking a last minute holiday can be a great way to swap that umbrella for the parasol without sustaining a huge dent in your wallet. Last minute holidays are perfect for individuals who want to enjoy their vacation to the fullest and save money along the way, and when you consider that a last minute package deal includes flights, accommodation, and transfers, you really can’t go wrong. Very often a last minute bargain holiday on the cheap can be more enjoyable than a holiday you’ve been anticipating for months on end. The build-up and expectation rarely lives up to the reality, but a last minute break usually excels.
Why Last Minute Holidays Are Cheaper
The reason last minute deals are invariably such a bargain is that as the flight date approaches, the tour operators become rather jittery and desperate to shift any unsold or cancelled holidays. Empty seats on the plane and empty hotel rooms mean a loss of earnings. A loss that they can’t afford. Obviously, they would rather just get some of their money back or break even than lose out altogether. Hence the holiday maker wins.
When to Book
The general rule of thumb when booking last minute and getting that unbeatable bargain is the later the better. Another point to bear in mind is that usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly out, and flying out during those unsociable hours late at night or early in the morning usually mean even further reductions in your fees. On the other hand, Fridays and Sundays are usually the most costly. So be flexible.
Where Might You Go
There are plenty of destinations on offer when it comes to last minute holidays. Spain, Greece, Turkey, and of course that favourite winter getaway of the Brits, the Canaries. All these, and many more besides, have some fantastic offers that could have you jetting far above the leaden skies of the UK and basking under the azure blue of warmer climes, and without breaking the bank.
Wherever you go, you can be sure of making a significant saving when you book a last minute holiday.
Contributed by Sandy Cretz.