5 Top Reasons to Book your Short Break in Advance
Thinking of booking your next staycation in the UK?
How far ahead should you be booking? Can you just wait for a last-minute deal?
If you have particular ideas about what you would like from your next short break then booking as far in advance as you can will ensure you are going to be able to pick as
many of the items on your wish list as you can.
Firstly, draw up your wish list…
- Wood burner
- Hot tub
- Enclosed garden for the dog
- Nice walks
- At least two bedrooms
With your list in mind next think about the location….
National park – Acres and acres of off-road roaming. Remote is good but remember this means less access to pubs, fish and chips and social opportunities.
Coastal – Stunning views and very exposed, sea air is so good for our wellbeing but can be more crowded.
City break – Shopping therapy or sightseeing. Historic cities are amazing places for great food and culture too. The downside is they are less likely to have dog friendly accommodation and have a garden.
When are you able to travel…?
Summer or peak times usually means a minimum of 7 nights. It can also be very busy. Booking around 12 months in advance is advisable.
Off peak – Autumn or winter. Less busy and less competition for larger properties. Smaller properties that sleep 2 are in more demand.
Spring breaks can be a great option, the weather can be a little colder but generally peaceful and relaxing. Check that the places you would like to visit are open, some attractions can stay closed until the Easter break.
While waiting for a last-minute deal can save you money on your accommodation it may mean you pay more in the long run. If you book in advance you can research and plan saving money on your shopping, gathering attraction discounts and finding out about places to eat. If booking late you may have to sacrifice some of your wish list meaning the dog needs to go to kennels or you have to travel a lot further, again increasing costs.
When you book a deposit is required, then you do not have to pay the balance until around 8-10 weeks before the trip. Booking early means you can spread that cost throughout the year and help you budget.
Effect on Wellbeing
Booking well in advance has shown to increase the pleasure of a holiday and leave a much longer lasting effect too. Having more time to look forward to a holiday is one of the most common reasons people book in advance according to ABTA – the Travel Association.
Remember to book with a credit card and take out travel insurance for all members of your group. Travel Insurance should be one of the first things you purchase either when you book your holiday or straight after. Consequently, if you have to cancel your holiday you should be able to make a claim.
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