We are all up for a good deal, no matter how rich or less fortunate we are, we always enjoy a good bargain. Today, more than ever, the advertisers fly around images with great discounts and even a better last minute deals whether it is for clothing, household item, travel deals and many more.
There are all around us. See them on billboards spread around the cities, might be the first things poping up when we open a computer or even via messages just because once we purchased something maybe not even remotely related to that particular deal. Anyhow, I am sure you all know what I am talking about.
Therefore, while it is an amazing opportunity to take advantage of a good deal, it is also best to have some check points to tick to make sure is the right option for you. So, in this article we want to look at the concept of the last minute travel with its ups and downs, making sure that we all enjoy the travel adventure.
In todays virtual world, there is no shortage of websites offering last minute travel deals. The idea behind these deals is that if a hotel is going to have a room empty or a flight is going to have an empty seat, it is better for them to offer it to you at the last minute for a steep discount than it is to just let that spare capacity go to waste.
The big contradiction of last minute travel, however, is that while the places with a lot of spare capacity get cheaper, the places with very little get much more expensive. Booking Christmas flights at the last minute, for example, will never get you a good deal, simply because so many people want those flights. Instead, you will probably end up paying much more than you would have if you had booked early.
However, there is also a downside or less positive thing about these deals. As last minute travel deals are for the least in-demand places so you can end up with places that no-one wanted for a reason. Some of the hotels on offer cannot attract any customers because they are truly dire.
The flights on offer are often in the middle of the night, at times when it is very difficult to even get to the airport without a car because the public transport links are closed. There are all sorts of gotchas waiting with cheap last minute travel.
But it is cheap, and, as ever, that makes up for all sorts of sins. If you are willing to be flexible about when you fly and where you go, you can still get some very good deals and you will probably end up with the all-round budget experience, but what do you expect?
To avoid the very worst holidays, though, you should at least take the time to look up a review of the hotel you are going to stay in before you commit to booking it, no matter how good the deal seems, to make sure that you are not getting yourself into anything truly terrible.
Last Minute Travel Made Easy
The growth of the Internet and budget airlines has turned last-minute flights into a huge industry you can just be surfing around, and then, right there, there is a flight cheap enough for you to buy on impulse and go away this weekend. If you are thinking about booking last minute flights, however, there are a few things you need to know.
An important point to make is that you can not trust the prices you see quoted in advertising for last minute flights. This is because of the common practice of excluding booking fees, airport taxes and all sorts of other little extras from the price. These all get added on just when you have got your card out and you are ready to pay, in the hope that by then you won’t want to back out.
Also, you should realise that just because a flight says it goes to a big city like London or Paris, it does not mean that the airport is actually anywhere near. Budget airlines use smaller airports to avoid paying the higher airport charges at the larger ones, and these smaller airports can be as much as two hours away from the city centre by often unreliable public transport. In some cases, you can end up paying as much as you did for your plane tickets just to get a train to the place you thought was your destination.
On airlines that take bookings for seats, it is also worth noting that last minute flights will only have the seats that no-one else wanted, which usually means the ones in the middle of the row. This can be very important if you get airsick, or if you really want to sit together as a couple or family.
The biggest gotcha is that last-minute flights are always non-refundable. If you are going to buy one on impulse, make sure you can actually make it first, as there won’t be any backing out of the deal afterwards.
Last minute travel options
Together with last minute flights, last minute hotels are big business nowadays. The idea is that you take a room that would otherwise be empty (often because of cancellations), and in return you get a steep discount. However, as ever, it is a case of buyer beware.
It can be a very common experience to arrive in a hotel and find that there is actually no-one in it who didn’t come on a last-minute travel deal. This is either because the prices the hotel is trying to charge normal customers are too high, or because it is a terrible hotel. To avoid these places, check whether the hotel you find a last-minute deal on is otherwise fully-booked or at least busy if not, you should probably stay away.
Even in good hotels, though, you might find yourself stuck with the one bad room that they haven’t been able to shift and the one that smells funny, or has a view of a brick wall outside the window. While this isn’t generally so terrible, you should at least prepare yourself for this possibility.
It is also quite likely, though not inevitable, that the cheaper hotels will be nowhere near the city centre, leaving you to commute by public transport each day if you want to see the sights, or else hang around in the suburbs. You should consider the costs of transport before you book, as a slightly more expensive hotel that is more central can often save you more than it costs.
A final thing to be aware of is that you can often get a good discount by booking a last minute flight and hotel as a package deal through the various agency websites. If you are doing this, though, make sure that you don’t let the savings pressure you into taking a bad flight or a bad hotel just because the other half of the deal seems so good.
Last Minute Family Travel
We might all have some great day dreams about taking our family on the perfect vacation, whether it is to see Disneyland or on a cruise to the Bahamas, but more often than not, life intervenes. There might be accidents or problems and you might find that your plans get knocked for a loop.
The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and that there are options for you. More people than you might believe end up doing some last minute travel preparations and even if you have the majority of the trip to plan and not much time to plan it , you will find that last minute family travel is not nearly as bad as you might think.
When thinking about planning some last minute family travel, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, make sure you know where you are going and why. Are you or your children (or preferably both) interested in it? Just because a destination is popular does not make it a good idea.
Remember that there are no universally perfect vacations, just perfect ones for you! Speak with your family about it; you might be surprised by what comes up as being a great place to visit.
Remember that when you engage in last minute family travel some methods of travel are more forgiving than others. For instance, there is a good chance that trying to travel by air will be difficult if not impossible to some of the destinations. Unless you manage to luck into some truly stupendous deals, you will end up paying a great deal of money for your tickets. Investigate other forms of travel.
Of course, driving is one of the greatest and most convenient ways to travel, but if you have the need for speed, you might be stuck with a plane ticket. If speed is less of a concern, consider taking a train. It’s roughly equivalent to the speed of a car, depending on where you are going, and you will find that you will have time to enjoy yourself.
When you are thinking about last minute family travel, this does not mean that you can skip on calling ahead to get hotel rooms. Some places will even allow you to make reservations online, so make sure that you have a plan on where you will spend the night.
You never know when a convention or a local sporting event will tie up every hotel room within 10 miles, so make sure that you have a good idea of where you and your family are sleeping. Even if you are calling less than 24 hours in advance, you will still beat out the walk ins who show up after your call.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your traveling goes smoothly, no matter when you have planned it. There are always options open to you, no matter where you are, so to get some great ideas and solutions, head to http://lastminutefamilytravel.com and see what other fast ideas and swift savings you can find!
Purchasing Insurance For Travel
To purchase or not to purchase travel insurance, that is the question. If you have done some research or talked to a travel agent, you might have been told that insurance is absolutely necessary. After all, you have put a lot of money into airfare and booking your hotel. But does that mean you need to spend more on insurance? I would said it is wise and highly recommended.
As with the flights and hotels last minute deals mentioned earlier there are also many companies that offer good deals on last minute travel insurance so, make sure you shop around to choose the best option for you.
Travel insurance was created to make sure your money is refunded should something go wrong at the last second. This includes many circumstances that would prevent you from traveling, like illness or a flight being canceled due to inclimate weather. If your plans are put on hold, at least you will get your money back. But there are ways this insurance can help you while you are on vacation as well.
When taking travel tours abroad, check and see if your normal health insurance will cover you in a foreign country. Often, plans either do not cover you, or are just not accepted abroad. Should this be the case for you, then invest in travel insurance. This way, you are sure to be covered if you need medical attention while on vacation.
Unfortunately, travelers these days need to be aware of terrorism when they travel abroad. Should terrorist activity occur where you are about to vacation, your airline is not necessarily required to refund the cost of your ticket. However, if you have travel insurance, you will be covered.
Flight cancellation is another eventuality covered by travel insurance. Any number of things could prevent you from leaving the ground. You might have scheduled your vacation during the worst snow storm in twenty years, or maybe your airline just goes out of business.
Travel insurance protects the money you have invested in your ticket. Perhaps circumstances in your life prevent you from taking advantage of vacation deals. Should somebody in your family die or become ill, you can cancel your plans without penalty. Whatever may happen to prevent you from leaving, you are covered.
If you loose your luggage, you will also be covered by travel insurance. Usually, the baggage is returned by the airline; though, sometimes, it is simply misplaced and never found. Or, your luggage might be returned with items missing. Travel insurance gives you the money to replace anything that cannot be found so you can enjoy your trip as planned.
As mentioned earlier, when deciding on a specific insurance company, it is a good idea to research your options before choosing. Different plans work best for specific vacations. Perhaps you are not buying a plane ticket, but taking a cruise. If you travel often for business or pleasure, you can even purchase a policy that covers you for extended periods of time.
These plans save you the hassle of buying a policy for each individual trip. Ask questions before you make a final decision to be sure that you are getting all the coverage you need. You wouldn’t want to insure yourself, only to find that your particular vacation disaster is not covered under your policy.
As you could see a last minute travel does not have to be a disaster or a stresful time, but instead could be a very good deal pricewise and even a wonderful adventure thanks to a well researched and organised plan.
Once you know what you are looking for, how flexible your plans are and all the ups and downs of the last minute deals you are well on track for your best and memorable travel adventures.
Whether is a last minute package or you rather go for individual separate last minute deals on travel, accomodation and insurance there is something specially design or able to accomodate for you. With the huge number of companies that offer travel and hospitality services there is no doubt that there is something great for each of us.
Remember the pro and cons mentioned here and go with your gut.
Have a wonderful year, full of joy, amazing holidays and light travel !!!
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Until next time, Oana and Paula