Catch a last-minute deal for 2013

Goa, India, Chapora River Sunset (Creative Commons)

Goa, India, Chapora River Sunset (Creative Commons)

While many of us spend hours carefully planning our holidays each year, others take one look out of the window during the autumn and winter months and make a snap decision to go away. It is particularly tempting as the weather gets colder to join this group of last-minute holiday aficionados and there are a number of benefits associated with taking this approach.

Save money

Last-minute deals can often be cheaper than those booked well in advance, as they represent the final chance for holiday companies to fill up seats on planes and occupy rooms. This means that you can often get your trip for a bit less or have high quality extras included that you wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.

Travelling in the winter months to popular summer destinations also brings the price down as this time of year is not high season. This means many hotels and resorts are keen to attract as much custom as possible.

Try something new

The key to finding a successful last-minute deal is having an open mind and realising that you will probably not end up going to the same hotel as in previous years. Instead of looking at this as a downside, consider it an opportunity to explore somewhere new.

With a last-minute booking, much of the decision is up to fate, which can be incredibly liberating. Yes, you will still have a certain amount of choice, but this is cut down somewhat, helping to lead you in a whole new direction. Who knows, perhaps it could be the start of another love affair with a place.

Have all the facts

Another great thing about late deals is that you know exactly what the situation is at the time of booking. This may refer to your own circumstances, as you now know exactly what your budget is and can split this between flights, accommodation and spending money.

If you had organised your trip months in advance you may have been overly cautious and booked a cheaper destination because you couldn’t predict how much money you would have. Alternatively you might have overstretched yourself and ended up feeling less relaxed due to worry over the budget.

In a similar way, it can be difficult to predict a situation in a country and unseasonably bad weather or political instability can appear unexpectedly. The chances are you will be in the know if you sort out your holiday just weeks before departure.

Where can I go?

The beauty of booking a last-minute holiday is the range and diversity of destinations on offer. It is a good idea to look for yourself, but here are a few suggestions for the places you could be jetting off to in just a matter of weeks.

Goa – There are some fantastic offers available for North, South and Central Goa at the moment. This coastal region of India makes a great alternative to the sun, sea and sand choices in Europe and guarantees good weather.

Bodrum and Antalya – Turkey is a wonderful winter sun destination, with options on the Aegean and Mediterranean up for grabs. These two locations are great if you want a bargain holiday with all the classic elements included.

Majorca and Menorca – Take your pick from these two Balearic Islands and you can’t go wrong. Offering a great mixture of beach, culture and sporting activities, flight times are short and the pay-off high.


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