If the blustery Winter weather has you daydreaming about your next getaway, it may be time to put that plan into action. The beginning of the year is typically the slowest travel time, meaning companies are trying to entice you to buy with great flight or hotel discounts.
But no matter when you start planning for that Summer vacation, booking a flight and a place to stay is only half the battle. The fun part comes when you actually get there, so I spoke with Kelly Gillease, vice president of Viator — which offers packages for sightseeing, tours, and other activities all over the world — for tips on how to get the best value as soon as your plane touches down.
- Be flexible. Many times, finding the perfect place at a great deal means beginning by researching activities that you've always wanted to do, like scuba diving or museum hopping. Think about "where you want to go and why you want to go there," says Kelly. "January is a great time to get started doing your research, and if you see something that you're definitely really, really interested in, now's a good time to book it," she says.
- Book in advance. "For some parts of travel it's still possible to get last-minute deals, but in terms of tours and activities, generally speaking, it's better to book ahead of time," Kelly says. To avoid missing out on a sold-out activity — or having to pay a premium — book as early as possible. Don't worry about if your plans or travel dates change; Viator has no cancellation or change fees for many of products.
For more tips on vacation planning, including which popular cities may offer the best travel value this year, read more after the break.
I know how much you love to travel, so tell me, how will you be planning your next savvy vacation?
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