I notice a lot of articles offering advice on how to find the best flight, car rental, and hotel, but information for finding the best vacation package appears less often. With summer almost over, the time to search out winter vacations is fast approaching. If you need some motivation and a plan to start your search, here are 8 steps for snagging the best vacation package.
1. Plan in advance or book last minute?
Whether to plan far in advance or leave it until the last minute depends on your destination needs. If you’ve been dreaming about a specific destination, then it’s best to start researching early. Generally, best pricing on a planned-destination is available 4 to 6 months in advance. With packages, the less the availability per package, the more expensive that package is.
Last minute deals aren’t receiving as much buzz as they used to, but they are still a good bet especially if you are flexible about where to go. You can start searching these sites 2 or 3 weeks prior to your preferred departure date.