Getting Organized ~ Your 2014 Travel Plans
January is all about getting our lives organized, so why not organize your 2014 travel plans as well? Spontaneity is great, but when you want to travel over Spring Break, the middle of the summer or over the holidays, it makes a lot of sense to plan ahead.
Here are a few reasons to plan (and book) your 2014 travel now:
- If you are using frequent flier miles, the best time to try to obtain award seats is six months prior to your travel date. Many airlines open their award seats a year in advance. For more on using your frequent flier miles check out my article from Destinations Travel Magazine.
International flights are less expensive if booked further out - studies show that the lowest prices are approximately three months before the travel date.
Popular spots over school holidays book up quickly. I usually reserve for Spring Break in the fall. I recently searched the Caribbean for Spring Break ideas for a client and was amazed by how many places were fully booked for March. (Having said that, if you haven't booked Spring Break yet, let me know - I have found a few fantastic places, including villa rentals, that still have availability and are offering great deals!)
Small boutique hotels book up very quickly - if your favorite hotel only has 13 rooms, don't be disappointed to find out it is fully booked for your travel dates. Most have flexible cancellation policies, so reserve your room now. You can always change it if the rate drops or your plans change.
Vacation home rentals usually book a year in advance. Don't miss out on the perfect rental because you didn't plan ahead. Look for a post later this week on finding a perfect vacation rental.
You can always purchase travel insurance including "cancel for any reason" insurance in case your plans change.
Don't forget to check your passport expiration date. Many countries require that your passport be valid for six months beyond your date of travel. (My own passport expires this year so I need to take my own advice and renew NOW!).
Likewise, plan now if you want to apply for ClearPass, TSAPreCheck or Global Entry (more on that in an upcoming post as well.)
Don't miss out on your dream vacation this year? Plan it now!!