Now that travel bans are lifting, most of us are desperate to get away, feverishly looking up flights every few minutes, our eyes aglow with possibilities. And we don’t blame you. It’s the generation for wanting “experiences” not material goods, and we spent the last year inside, earning a vitamin D deficiency. If you are looking to get away as soon as possible, there are things you can do to make sure you don’t overspend. Read our tips for getting away last minute.
We know you are desperate to get away, but a last-minute deal is no guarantee of leaving tomorrow, neither is it a guarantee of leaving whenever you want to. Don’t set your sights on typical school holidays for example, since thousands of other eyes will be too. They will be the first to go.
In the same vein, don’t keep your eye on the one destination. It is a wide world out there, and even in the state the world is in, there are a lot of places to see. However, because of the state the world is in, there are a lot of places not allowing travel right now. As of writing this, the US has only just opened up travel routes to the UK, and more will likely open and close as time goes on.
Be flexible on your airport too. Most major cities in the UK have at least one airport, London has six. Switching to a less popular airport might save you money or open up a range of more choices to fly to. You have a lot of airports to choose from with a lot of airlines offering different rates. Be willing to adapt to what is offering the best deal.
Keep on top of your deals
Take a look at comparison sights to make sure you are getting the best deals. Compare everything: your flights, your accommodation, even your insurance.
We’re not joking. You will need holiday insurance, especially insurance that will cover any cancellations or medical issues caused by COVID. Your lost or damaged baggage will be protected, as will your personal liability, and you won’t have to worry about cancelled flights and medical bills.
To avoid cancellations as much as possible, take a look at package holidays. Package holidays have more protection under the Package Travel Regulations but they will also be likely to save you money as hotels and flights try to fill empty space in their services. Be aware that package holiday prices only go down the later you book, while flights will go up due to you competing with other folks willing to pay more for the last seat.
Keep your eye on the best deals available by signing up for travel newsletters offering last minute savings. Follow travel airlines and your favourite hotels on social media to be offered a stream of lower prices for your travel.
Learn to haggle
As much as you can find the best deals online, websites cannot be negotiated with. Once you have your holiday picked out, try calling up a few travel agencies to see if they can offer a better quote. If you see a deal you want with the same flights, you can see if the travel agent is willing to match the price you have.
Even if the travel agent is having trouble giving you a cheaper price, it is worth the call since it is likely that the travel agent with sweeten the deal with a room upgrade or free transfer.
Make sure you have everything you need
What to pack for your next trip?
Make your next trip as simple and as enjoyable as possible by packing smart. It’s amazing how much stress top travel items can save you, so choose carefully.
Things like lightweight travel backpacks, for example, are ideal for short trips and allow you to move around with ease, and a passport holder will make sure you keep your documents safe at all times.
Check our travel checklist guide for 2021 to make sure you haven’t missed anything, and travel to your next destination in style and with maximum comfort.