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Most people take a long time to finalize their vacation plans.  If you are a laggard when  it comes to planning, read our Travel Planning articles.  In addition, be sure to book your reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

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Travel Advice - Book reservations early

Most travelers do not have complete flexibility in setting the dates for their vacation. If you have a specific destination or type of vacation in mind, do yourself a favor and make reservations as far in advance as possible. One of the greatest disappointments in travel is to decide on a vacation destination only to find that transportation, housing, or other reservations are not available.

What’s the best way to avoid this problem?

Simple: plan your travel as far in advance as possible and book your reservations early.

For some reason, most of us delay making vacation plans until the last minute and wind up with a less than satisfying vacation. Over sixty percent of Americans plan their vacations less than two weeks in advance. For that reason, most Americans visit their relatives when they vacation. Hey, seeing family is great but doing so isn’t a real vacation in our book! You need to get out of the “I can’t plan” rut. Commit early to the dates for your next vacation, book it, take it, and enjoy it.

We are not suggesting that it is impossible to snag reservations at the last minute. However, the more popular the destination, the less likely that you will be able to book at the last minute and find the kind of lodging that you prefer. Sometimes it is possible to substitute money for planning and if you are willing to pay top dollar you may be able to book during the season and find a great place to stay. In addition, you may be able to work with a consolidator and pick up real bargains at the last moment: however, if you are not a gambler, take the time to make your reservations as far in advance as possible.

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