There is something very romantic about spur of the moment travel. Suddenly, on a whim, you drop everything, pack a quick bag and you’re away to a far-away place with a strange sounding name. Maybe in the distant past that was something you could do on a shoestring because you suddenly discovered a bargain opportunity that was only available with practically no notice. But in this day and age last minute holidays rarely work that way.
In reality, increased expenses in the transportation industry have forced airlines to tighten up their operations. The possibility of not sitting next to another passenger aboard a flight is becoming less and less frequent. The companies can’t afford not to fill up their planes, so they are scheduling fewer flights. As a result, airfares often cost more the closer you get to the departure date.
This does not mean you cannot find a discounted vacation at the last minute. Hotels and resorts are still trying to find ways to fill up their empty rooms, and last minute discounts and other incentive packages may still be found. That is why I recommend that anyone who is looking to get away at the spur of the moment should look for deals on rooms relatively close to home, and then go there by car rather than by air.
For me, living in Vancouver, there is a good variety of destinations that are not too far away. Whistler, Seattle, and even the Oregon beaches are all accessible in less than a day’s drive, and to my mind, all of these places qualify as excellent locations to enjoy last minute holidays.
Budget conscious travelers who are interested in finding holiday deals, especially between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are well advised to book their airfare as early as possible. It has been shown that low price travel bargains are much less available than they were in years past, and airline ticket prices seem to get higher and higher as you near the date on which you want to fly.