How to Get the Best Deals When Planning a Last-Minute Vacation

Do you want to become savvier when it comes to booking your holiday in order to save some extra money? Leaving it until the last minute to book your annual vacation is a growing trend for vacationers to grab fantastic breaks, along with fantastic price tags! Now that the excitement of the festive holiday is over, there’s no better time to begin your search for a last minute trip. Here are a few tips on where to find them and also where you can pick up some great itineraries along the way.

Word of Mouth

Begin with the most trustworthy source of all…your loved ones! If you remember them bragging about a great holiday last year with huge savings, ask them to point you in the right direction with a few dos and don’ts to get you started on booking your last minute cottage.

Travel Supplements in Newspapers

If you want some great tips from someone who knows what they’re talking about, check out the travel pages of both local and national newspapers. It won’t take long to spot the ones with the top deals, so keep a close eye on them a few weeks before your intended arrival.

Self Catering Vacation

It is becoming much cheaper for families and groups to book a last minute holiday cottage, apartment or villa rather than spending extra money on multiple hotel rooms. This can give you the added luxury of your very own private pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor area and kitchen so you can do a large food shop for the week. However we all like to be wined and dined, so make sure you treat yourself to one or two nights out.

Vacation Accomodations

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Last Minute Websites

If you’re the spontaneous sort and can keep an open mind on where and when you holiday, it’s more than likely that you will pay a lot less than the original asking price. With the key to bagging a last minute cottage being flexibility, surf some of the top websites that are dedicated to last minute holidays and you could be sipping fruity cocktails before you know it.

eBay and Competitions

Fan of eBay? This could be the one for you!  Vacation rental owners are using this site to shift their left over available weeks. Whether you opt to ‘buy now’ or bid for your holiday break, you could end up with a deal you won’t be able to turn down.

Travel companies love giving away freebies and the place to find these are on Facebook, Twitter and blogs!  Money saving forums is also a great way to hear about competition giveaways, our favorite is www.moneysavingexpert.com which could give you a vacation that costs absolutely nothing.

Family Vacation

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Now that we have covered how to find a great deal on your vacation, you will need to know how to plan your travel itinerary to make sure you don’t waste time on bad restaurants and poor attractions.

Tripwolf has to be one of our favorite websites with great travel guides for almost anywhere. Simply type in your desired destination, read useful reviews on the top attractions and best of all, download the travel itinerary put together by the travel team at Tripwolf.

Have a smart phone? The world is at your fingertips with great apps including the new Trip Advisor city guide. There’s nothing worse than going to a restaurant and not enjoying the food that you paid for. This great app rates attractions, activities restaurants and pubs, so you don’t make the mistake of wasting time or money on your vacation. If you are only on a short break with a tight schedule, it is perfect for planning ahead.

Well there you have it, a few tips to get you on your way for booking a great last minute vacation, with the price tag you were hoping for!

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