The Dos and Don’ts of booking a last minute holiday in 2020
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- Travel with kids
- Published on Thursday, 03 December 2020 13:33
- Last Updated on 03 December 2020
- Monica Costa
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Travel isn’t cheap, but you can save a lot of money if you book last minute. When airlines and hotels have spaces to fill, they will often sell off cheap package deals so you can get a trip for a fraction of the price that it would normally cost, as long as you are willing to be a bit flexible about times and destinations.
There’s something quite exciting about booking a last minute, spontaneous trip, but it is a bit more difficult at the moment with COVID restrictions in place. However, travel restrictions are being eased in a lot of places and it is still possible to get some great last minute trips. Just follow these tips and you can make some huge savings.
Flexibility is important when booking last minute trips, especially at the minute. You never know how the situation could change and if you have your heart set on a particular place, you may feel let down if you are no longer allowed to travel there. But if you are open to trying new places that you would not have considered before, you can find safer countries to travel to and you will also have more choice when it comes to finding cheap deals.
Look For Package Deals
Package deals with your hotel and flights all rolled into one are usually cheaper than buying separate if you are booking last minute. There are some great sites, like lastminute.com, where you can search through all of the available deals in your price range. Then, it’s just a case of choosing where you want to go and booking it.
Make Sure You Can Fly
It’s vital that you check the travel restrictions in the destinations that you are planning to travel to. The last thing you want is to book an impromptu trip, only to get to the airport and find out that you need to be tested before you can fly. The good news is, you can get a same day fit to fly test, so even if your trip is very last minute, you should be fine. Not all countries require you to be tested before you can enter, but many do, so make sure that you check exactly what the regulations are so you don’t get caught out.
If you are concerned about your safety, you may be apprehensive about flying. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a trip abroad somewhere because you can just drive instead. As long as you set your car up for a long road trip, you can travel across to Europe by ferry or on the Eurostar. You can reduce your risk of infection a lot if you limit your contact with people by driving instead of flying.
Booking last minute holidays is still a good way to save money in 2020 because airlines and hotels are desperate to fill all of their spaces. However, you need to think about the current COVID situation and make sure that you account for the guidelines when making your plans.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums