When it comes to vacations you can either plan in advance or go at the last minute. Most of the time people prepare early, and for good reason. Whether it’s needing exact dates to fit your family’s calendar or because you’re attending a specific event, getting everything sorted out months in advance is the way to go. But that doesn’t mean last-minute trips should be completely off the table. There are plenty of reasons to book a few weeks or even just a few days ahead of time. Here are just a few:
Feeling Secure in Knowing More
From the weather to destination restrictions and rules, waiting until the eleventh hour to prepare for a trip means you’ll ultimately have more knowledge about where to go and what to do. Right now, both within the U.S. and in international destinations the guidelines are changing regularly. It’s hard to know what will be happening months down the line. But a last-minute trip planned with the expertise and up-to-date travel knowledge our GOGO-backed travel advisors have, along with Flight Centre Travel Group’s COVID-19 Travel Map gives you the confidence you need.
Then there’s the forecast. No matter where you’re planning to go, it’s always a gamble on what the weather will be like. This is especially true for outdoor-oriented vacations when you’re hoping for plenty of sun so you can hit the beach or need days of snow beforehand so the slopes have the perfect powder. Although forecasts aren’t always completely accurate, they’ll give you a better idea of the big picture. And a quick getaway to experience the perfect four day weekend can be planned in less than a week.
Recharging When You Need it Most
Some trips are those big annual events that are on the calendar simply to check off the vacation box. But there are other times when you just simply need to get away from reality for a bit. Whether work has been super stressful and you know recharging on a beach will help improve your productivity, relatives have graciously offered to watch your kids, or you simply could use a mental break from your day-to-day life, sometimes you need to get away from it all. If you’re scrolling through photos of all the places you’d rather be rather than where you are, maybe it’s time to act on that impulse.
The Thrill of Being Spontaneous
Dropping everything to jet off on an unexpected getaway is the type of impromptu move that inspires envy in us all. For those who live a little more unscripted on a regular basis it’s easier to book at the last minute than those who shun spur-of-the-moment decisions. Yet the reality is that everyone can benefit from a little spontaneity now and then. There’s a rush that comes from throwing caution to the wind and making plans for the thrill of it. Last minute travel planning may mean you won’t get the same resort you’ve gone to every year or the four-star restaurant you want to try is booked solid. But you’ll end up with an experience that’s just as amazing because sometimes the best moments in life come from the unforeseen.
Potential for the Best Price Possible
Although planning in advance delivers the comfort in knowing everything—from your airplane seat to the hotel room’s view—exactly the way you want it, last-minute travel can mean cashing in on some great deals. It’s not always a guarantee, but if you’re flexible in your flight times and hotel stays, you’ll have a good chance to see savings. GOGO Vacations works along with our partners to secure last-minute vacation offers. And when you book a GOGO vacation package, you won’t have to spend hours researching resorts with availability or hunting down the best possible airfare. Your GOGO-backed travel advisors handles everything, so you can just relish in the excitement and exhilaration of escaping on a last-minute vacation.