You may delay, but time will not.
I know we have only just arrived in summer and that our first real summer holiday is this weekend. But travel agents live in the future, always wondering “What are you planning to do six months from now?” So while you are making iced tea, taking trips to the beach, or getting the air conditioner fixed, we are checking availability for Christmas and New Year. Or February vacation. Or river cruises for next summer.
So here I am to sound the bell – winter is coming. Far be it from me to play the Ant to all you Grasshoppers, but that is how it is in booking travel. You need to plan now for vacations in the future which feels distant. If I could be excused for mixing metaphors, the early bird gets the balcony cabin – or the preferred suite at the resort.
Why should you act now?
- There is more space available for the holidays now than there will be in September. This is the season when we get emails with subject lines like “Limited Space Remains on Holiday Departures.” If this is the year you plan to do something really special, now is the time to plan it.
- I am not as busy with other clients now as I will be (hope to be) in September. I am “in town” through most of July but I will be traveling and working remotely for much of August. I will not have all my resources close at hand at that time so it will serve you better to call me now with your interests.
- You might need time to consider options or to consult with co-travelers. This weekend (over the barbecue and potato salad) would be a good time to talk with those you want to bring along. See what kind of winter escapades get them most excited. Follow the excitement, and call me with your indicators.
- The anticipation of a vacation accounts for a significant portion of the total enjoyment which can be derived from that vacation. Recent articles report that the glow of a vacation wears off surprisingly quickly after a return to Life As Usual. You can frontload your total enjoyment factor of a trip by being involved in the planning well in advance of the actual start. It is never too soon to begin sorting through the possibilities for your next trip.
The only bad time to plan a trip is “too late” — when you pay top dollar for the last space on something you would not have settled for if you had other options. If you know now that you want to travel this winter, do us all a favor and call me so we can begin!
In the meantime, happy Fourth of July!
Boundaries divide. Travel unites.
2 July 2015