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When it comes to planning a vacation, we’re always tempted to pull a spur-of-the-moment trip, which often results in expensive hotel rooms, high-cost flights, and detours that may have us missing the things we really want to see.
That said, sometimes those quickly chosen trips are worth it, however, when you plan ahead you can save money and see far more than you might at the last minute.
Planning ahead will allow you to find the best deals and discounts for airfare and rentals
It is no secret that the further ahead you plan your flight, the lower the cost tends to be. Unless you are planning to fly out on Christmas Eve to Paris on a non-stop flight in First Class, in which case you may as well plan on paying a premium rate anyway. We all know that holidays pose a greater price range than other times throughout the year.
If you plan your vacation at least two months in advance, there is a good chance you are going to find some outstanding rates available for flights and car rentals, as well as hotel room packages. Although there is a bit of excitement involved in last minute plans, the savings of a well-planned flight could add up to one more sight you get to see.
Travel packages carry lower rates when arranged in advance
One of the great advantages to arranging your vacation well in advance is the many travel packages that are available. By doing some research you could find yourself booking a package that puts you on a great flight, to a beautiful location, where you will stay at an outstanding resort.
The same can be said of the many deals that cruise lines offer. Many lines have stops at different ports as well, adding to the adventure as you get to enjoy some faraway lands during your cruise. A cruise is a lot like a five-star vacation complete with meals and entertainment, so it is worth checking into one and booking ahead.
Scheduling ahead gives you the opportunity to arrange unique experiences
Have you ever watched grunion run? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to see the vast tulip fields in Holland. These are clearly seasonal occurrences and you will need to plan them accordingly. Sure, you could take off on an unplanned adventure, but you’re going to save money by arranging lodging and transportation in advance.
Also, for those who enjoy more outdoor type experiences, there are several ranches in the United States that offer cattle drives. These vacations require advance booking, so you’ve no choice but to plan ahead and do your homework.
Plan ahead and create a vacation that becomes a lifelong memory
By taking the time to plan ahead, you can check out reviews, set up tickets for attractions, and become immersed in the events of the area you are visiting. Once all of the planning is complete, all you have left to do is pack your bags, purchase a camera, and head off for the adventure of a lifetime.