Should you book at the last minute or plan in advance?

Are you the sort of person who plans their holiday with meticulous detail? Or do you prefer to book at the last minute (probably saving you a heap of cash)? Below we’ve summed up the pros and cons of both approaches. You decide – last minute or plan in advance?

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Last minute opportunism
If you’re looking to book a last minute holiday then you won’t find yourself short of websites to visit. A quick Google Search reveals the likes of lastminute.com, Travel Supermarket and Thomas Cook. The obvious benefit to booking at the last minute is significant cost savings. The downside is that the best savings are only found if you’re truly looking to leave things at the last minute – will you be able to negotiate the time off work?

Our advice is to make sure you don’t get carried away. Some deals may not be all that they seem. Still spend time researching and be prepared to jump on that plane with just hours to spare!

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The careful considerate planner
According to the biggest social media travel website, TripAdvisor, the majority of their users spend between 3 and 4 months planning their trip; a considerable amount of time. Over those months you can pick a dream holiday, spend oodles of time researching hotel information and how travel methods will interconnect. All of this means that when your holiday begins you know exactly what you will be doing and where you will be going. Perfect? Of course, you may spend time researching for cheap options when actually the best course of action may have been to simply book at the last minute.

Our advice is to make sure that you have carefully planned your trip (including your insurance, of course…). You will still find good deals but perhaps not of the same spec as those who prefer booking at the last minute.

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