Tips for Planning a Last Minute Trip

Posted on 29 November 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

It goes without saying that planning a holiday in advance has its advantages. However, life happens and being an early bird is not always possible.

Additionally, not every travel enthusiast is an eager planner and some simply enjoy embracing spontaneity.

If you are planning a last minute trip, here are a few tips to make it an stress-free experience.

Suitcases packed for a last minute trip

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Be flexible with dates

When it comes to last minute travel, flexibility is key. Having flexible travel dates will allow you to secure better deals. For example, travelling on Christmas or New Year’s Day may be cheaper than travelling on the eve of those days. This is because less people are willing to sacrifice those special days sitting in a plane or a train. If your travel dates are not set in stone, you can take advantage of such deals.

Check your budget

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Going on trips is undoubtedly exhilarating, but ensuring that you have enough money before leaving your home is of utmost importance.

Fixing your budget is essential to ensure that you have enough funds, especially because it is a last minute plan. Along with availability, your budget will dictate your destination, which hotel you will stay in, and whether you are able to partake in certain activities.

Finalise your mode of transport

Being decisive when it comes to your mode of transport is essential. This will affect the amount of time you will use travelling and how much you will pay.

Finding availability on your chosen mode of transport will depend largely on your destination, budget and chosen travel days.

Look out for the cheapest deals

Travel Deals

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One of the common disadvantages of last minute planning include very high prices. However, this does not mean good deals do not exist. If you look hard enough, you can still get some last minute bargains and affordable travel deals.

Look around for these, and when you find them, grab them with both hands.

Be informed about your destination

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Research is an extremely important part of the planning process. If you are travelling to your chosen destination for the very first time, read up on the local and famous food, as well as the areas popular attractions.

Because your planning is last minute  it is also beneficial to look into areas that do not require one to book in advance. Such information will be helpful as you draft your itinerary and plan for a memorable holiday.

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