If you haven’t booked your summer vacation yet, now is the time to do it. A lot of resorts are adding some great activities; Shakira is performing at Moon Palace in Cancun, Atlantis in the Bahamas has creative culinary classes for kids, mega cruise ships have more than you can see or do in just one cruise.
Don’t wait for the ‘last minute deals’. With soaring fuel costs, there’s no guarantee that air fares, cruise fares and the pump prices will still be within your travel budget when you decide to make plans and book.
When it comes to the hotels and resorts, the lesser expensive rooms always book first so if you are on a tight budget, it’s best to secure those as early as possible. Most of the time, at a non-refundable rate, hotels and resorts have ‘early booking bonuses’ which will give you extra amenities. It’s best to take advantage of that opportunity.
There isn’t any way to avoid the possibility of fuel surcharges with the cruise lines. They all have a disclaimer that they can reinstate it at any time with rising fuel costs. Aside from that, booking early is highly advised for the same reason as with hotels and resorts…the lower cost cabins sell out quickly as well as the cabins located mid-ship where most experienced cruisers prefer to be.
Planning a trip to Disney? If you’re utilizing their dining plans, you’ll want to make your dining reservations as early as possible, especially if it’s for one of the character meals such as Chef Mickey’s Buffet or Cinderella’s Royal Table.
The best deals aren’t always the last minute ones, whether it’s a cruise, honeymoon, weekend jaunt or week-long family vacation. If you’re thinking about traveling anywhere, book it now.