The question of when you should book a holiday cannot be answered in a general way. It depends on many factors, such as the type of trip and the destination. Just one piece of information in advance: Last minute is not always the best option.
The major tour operators usually offer early-booking discounts up to about six months before departure. This not only provides planning security for you, but also for the travel companies. They like to know early on that they are selling their products (i.e. package tours) and therefore entice you with special offers. So if you want to travel during the summer holidays, you should book in late autumn or winter.
The same period applies to other dates. For example, if you’re planning during the holidays for sunshine and warmth, you should book in the winter. Just remember that the period over Christmas and New Year is particularly expensive, as many people travel then too.
When Should You Book Short Break?
In between a few days to escape the daily grind for a short while? This is where last-minute fans get their money’s worth, if they don’t commit to a specific destination or even hotel. If your desired destination is “somewhere by the sea where the sun is shining”, rummage around for last minute offers and let yourself be inspired. With a little luck, discounts of up to 50% are possible at dream destinations worldwide.
However, if you want to travel to a city with famous German Christmas markets such as Nuremberg, Dresden or Cologne in the run-up to Christmas, you have to expect high prices and full hotels. It’s better to book as early as possible while beds are still available at fair prices. The same applies to large folk festivals and other events.
When To Book Long Distance Travel?
Are you drawn to exotic climes and wondering when to book that holiday? Factors such as the early-booking and last-minute discounts offered by German tour operators are not the only ones that play a role here. Many countries are geared towards other target groups.
If you want to travel to the Caribbean islands, Mexico or Florida in spring, for example, you should keep the infamous American spring break in mind: The break between the winter and summer semesters at US universities. Young students travel south in droves to party and drive up prices along the Mexican Riviera Maya around Cancun, among other places.
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