• Charlotte Brenner

    If you’re feeling spontaneous or just want to save a little extra cash, last-minute holidays are a great way to get some winter sun. Ironically, though, it does pay to be organised so you get the best deal that you possibly can, and end up going somewhere that you actually want to go!

    So how do you go about getting a great last-minute deal? Simply follow our tips and tricks for the perfect spur-of-the-moment getaway…

    Be flexible

    Of course, the key element of a last-minute trip is flexibility. If you’re open-minded about where you want to go, and when you want to go there, then you’re in the best possible position for bagging a great deal. If you’re tied to work commitments, an easy way around it is to book two weeks off for a one-week holiday (if you have the allowance to spare, of course!), then you will have a week’s worth of wiggle room for your departure date.

    Last-minute deals are also a great way to try places that you wouldn’t normally consider. While this might be a scary prospect, you might find that you fall in love with a place you would never expect! However, to put your mind at ease, do a little bit of research first. You can always read our guides to find out if the destination is right for you.

    Hold your nerve

    If you really want a bargain, you should hold out on booking until around eight weeks before your departure. However, if you’re feeling really brave, you can wait until around a week before your holiday to get some red-hot deals. Obviously this requires a great deal of flexibility on your part, but that’s why they are available so cheaply. Not many people can drop everything for two weeks in the sun at two days’ notice!

    Once you've booked your perfect holiday, you can relax!

    Once you’ve booked your perfect holiday, you can relax!

    Be decisive

    Due to the nature of last-minute holidays, you have to act quickly. Once you have spotted a deal that looks good, you need to take action fast to make sure that it isn’t snapped up right in front of your nose. The availability of last-minute deals is very limited, so people who tend to chew over decisions for a long time tend to lose out. If you see something that looks like it would fit the bill, be spontaneous and go for it!

    Booking a last-minute holiday can be a great way to save some cash if you are decisive and organised. All you need is a little bit of flexibility and an open mind, and you could seeon be jetting off to paradise for a fraction of the cost!

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