Let’s talk about forward planning and the travel challenge
When you are a mother, a writer, a translator and a traveler. When you blog in English, think in Spanish and swear in Italian, you are bound to miss something! As a family travel blog in full swing, there are always around 10 articles in draft, hundreds of photographs to sort, half-packed suitcases and a head filled with daydreams of beaches and sunshine. Amidst all this travel madness, forward planning is a great asset to have: it alleviates the travel challenge minimising travel stress… And it also saves you a ton of cash.
How to Plan Forward
There are several tricks you can learn to face this challenge, but first, stay alert. Subscribe to newsletters, follow travel blogs (us, for instance ;-)) and surround yourself with useful resources.
Inspiring shots on Instagram can ignite the spark when you don’t really know where to go.
Be ready! You might get that extra tip at the right moment. And it can become a wonderful unplanned escape, which was indeed planned, only that you didn’t notice.
Take a look:
Early Bird Offers:
The early bird is typically known as the one that gets the worm; this idiom can be applied to mostly everything. It certainly applies to our favourite topic: travel! Early travel birds will make their plans well in advance of their desired departure date. It’s usually part of the whole book now – save later mentality, which means that you’ve mastered the notion of cash flow, as you have to have a budget available to spend now, but enjoy it later. Some people are of the mindset that prescribes: If I don’t book it in advance, I’ll never book it. If that’s the case, by all means, book it!
Many hotels and travel businesses know this, and try to entice potential travelers with special early bird offers that range in terms of savings. For example, we have our eyes on some special cruise offers by our favorite boutique cruiser, Variety Cruises, that give us the opportunity to save 10 % for each booking we make in advance. For a family of four, 10 % x 4 is quite appealing. Do the math!
Last minute deals:
Last minute deals are a great way to save money, but you have to be available to pack up and go whenever the offer is valid – and usually at very short notice. This is, by definition, the opposite of forward planning. However, there are some tricks that can combine last-minute offers with forward planning! For example, you can plan your travel desires in advance.
Select a destination (or cluster of destinations) that you’d like to visit, and regularly check the last-minute prices for a range of time periods. That way, you can start to see a pattern emerging of when it’s most affordable to visit. Then you can make your travel decisions and anticipate a trip at the time period during which you observed the last-minute deals appear most. On the subject of last-minute deals, be sure to check this -25% discount and free excursions cruise package and get to discover the wonders of antiquity, the remnants of Byzantium all along the Peloponnese coast.
Research destinations that offer friendly bookings:
Families are a big slice of the travel pie, several hospitality businesses offer special bookings for family groups. It could be a discount on price, a room upgrade, some inclusive services or complimentary use of facilities, among others.
Other things to consider are the activities available for children (and adults alike), the room layout and the type of gastronomy served are all factors affecting your family’s stay. Some resorts may even offer customized family bookings, such as the stunning resort of Mayor Pelekas Monastery in Corfu. Contact them with your family enquire and get their absolute best offer to suit your family needs and desires, and make sure you are getting the most out of your next holiday.
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