Too Late? Yes and No

A good holiday is one spent among people whose
notions of time are vaguer than yours.
–J. B. Priestly

If you are just now thinking you want to make special plans to travel this Christmas or New Year’s, it is very likely that you are too late to find your heart’s and wallet’s desire.

The least expensive seats on flights at high demand travel times cost more than in the off season and even these sell out early. Cruise lines charge full rates for these times too, and the ships fill up quickly. Resorts might require 7 or 10 night stays, but they are able to fill all their rooms. So people hoping to book a short, reasonably priced get-away between Christmas and New Year’s might have to re-consider.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t have any hope for a holiday vacation.

Maybe I should say a holiday-ish vacation.

You will have more of the beach to yourself if you travel in early December.

You will have more of the beach to yourself if you travel in early December.

Can you travel in mid-December or mid-January? It is amazing how quiet many resorts are in those weeks before and after their busiest times. The weather is the same as the high traffic time but without the crowds. Many places offer special pricing until about December 18 when suddenly everything they do becomes twice as valuable. After the first week of January, prices recede to normal levels in all the areas which are not ski slopes or “sun and sand” destinations. If you can keep an open mind about visiting other sorts of locations at these times, there is still plenty of the world open for business. Even Caribbean cruises become possible again once you get away from the big holidays. So my first advice is expanding the window of your travel dates if possible.

A family holiday away can be a trip of a lifetime.

A family holiday away can be a trip of a lifetime.

Are you hemmed in by the school calendar? There is always the option of taking children out of school for travel. Travel definitely is educational in ways that classroom lessons can never be. But the older children are, the harder it is to disrupt life. That’s a pity because children in the upper grades are just beginning to appreciate the lessons of travel on an entirely different level than young children do. Parents must decide whether traveling is worth missing school — but it is possible.

It is not too early to start planning for the winter of 2014-15.

It is not too early to start planning for the winter of 2014-15.

If you really only want to be traveling to the prime locations during the peak times, then the answer is clear. Start planning now for next winter (December 2014). Yes, yikes, and yes, that is your best option. As I said earlier planning a holiday trip, especially if you want others to join you, takes careful research, expert orchestration, and consistent marketing. This fall you should select your destination and start collecting information. People will want to know what it costs, so be sure to have those numbers. But once they know what to expect and they see how excited you are about it, they can get with the program and start planning the finances. Do not stop with the advertising. Call me to reserve your own space for 2014 as soon as you can.

At the same time, if you really, really want to make a big trip this holiday season, get out your durable credit card and call me. I will be happy to make it happen!

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

26 September 2013

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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