A few years ago there was a craze for late holiday bookings. People were leaving their planning until the last minute in hope that they could cash in on a cheap last minute accommodation deal. But these days are now long gone.
If you leave booking your vacation close to the time that you actually want to go away then you will find yourself paying extortionate prices. The roles have well and truly reversed. Nowadays, there are many benefits associated with making an early reservation, making it very much recommended that you go down this route.
As touched upon in the introduction, one of the main advantages associated with booking early is the fact that you will reap the gains of lower prices. Nowadays you will find that most hotels and other accommodation types actually increase the cost of their rooms as a certain amount of bookings have been made. For example, one company may start off with their price tag at £100 per night, and then once 20 rooms have been booked they increase this to £110 per night and so on and so forth.
It is worth bearing in mind that this also occurs when dealing with transport. Therefore, if you need to buy bus, train, or airplane tickets, then you will find yourself paying extra closer to the time as well. These all combine together to make the vacation a lot more expensive. And thus what seemed like a cheap getaway to a nice country location becomes a very expensive weekend.
In fact, a lot of holiday companies have ‘early bird discounts’. They will offer people a discount of say 10% off merely for booking a holiday in advance. This means that you can lower the price of your vacation even further.
Aside from reaping financial benefits you will also gain in the form of finding the best accommodation. If you book early then you will be able to select from the best cottages, the best hotels and the best rooms in the hotel. You can ensure that you get the most from your vacation. If you leave booking until the last minute then you won’t be left with any choice and you will simply have to make do with what is left.
In addition to the points that have already been mentioned, you should also book early to avoid disappointment. Imagine how gutted you would feel if you had a great vacation in mind, you then left booking the accommodation until later on in hope of a good deal, yet you find that the cottage you want has been rented out or the hotel is now fully booked. This would be highly disappointing to say the least.
And finally, if you book your accommodation in advance then you may gain financially via being able to pay in instalments. You may be allowed to simply put down a deposit and then pay off your accommodation when it suits you. This is advantageous because it makes it more comfortable for people financially.
There are many benefits to gain by booking your vacation accommodation in advance. So, don’t delay, book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Kate Smith has a good understanding of the tourism industry as a whole and prefers writing on relating areas. Many of his articles are about Sussex self catering accommodation.