Happy New Year from my family to yours! I hope your 2018 holidays were filled with joy. Our family chose to spend Christmas on a cruise in the Southern Caribbean, but that decision was made almost a year in advance of the actual trip. Why so early? The holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Spring Break, etc. are peak travel times. These are the first dates to sell out, and as a result, they’re also the most expensive times to travel. So, when is the time to get the best pricing and availability on your next vacation? NOW!
Aren't last minute deals better?
Oftentimes people think they’ll snag a great deal if they wait until the last minute to book. Well, kind of, and only maybe. If you really want a great deal, book your vacation in January. If you wait until the last minute to reserve, you will usually have a hard time finding inventory and you’ll be stuck picking from the leftovers that no one else wanted (read: that interior cabin at the bottom of the ship, or the resort room that overlooks the parking lot). Are you looking for connecting staterooms? Fat chance if you're a last minute booker. Families snatch those up as soon as they’re released. I had a hard time finding staterooms next door to each other that would suit our family and I booked about a year in advance. And, how much will you save by grabbing a last minute deal, really? Not all that much because Wave Season, which is right now, is the BEST time to buy!
What is Wave Season?
In the travel industry January is the beginning of “Wave Season.” How’s that for an insider tip? It is the time of the year when the best bargains and promotions can be had. It is when you will get the best fares, the most amenities, and best promotions of the year. Trust me. I’ve seen all the deals come and go over the years. Many cruise lines offer discounts such as 2nd passenger 60% off. Perks may include free airfare, drink packages, internet, shore excursion credits, on board credit, or all of the above. This is not for luxury lines only. Even mainstream cruise lines will be running the best deals of the year RIGHT NOW! Are you someone that has been longing to try a European river cruise? Yes, those cruise lines are also taking part in the ever popular Wave Season sales and promotions. If it's on a boat, there's no better time to plan to ship out.
I don’t want to cruise
Don’t worry if cruising is not your thing. Most land packages and tours are also discounted during Wave Season. I guess they didn’t want to be left behind! Many offers are coming down for those of you that prefer to travel NOT by boat. Everything from 25% off trips to the Galapagos, to $1 deposits, and even 2 for 1 International air included in package prices to Ireland, Britain, Iceland, and Italy and are all available for booking now. If a sunny and warm Caribbean beach destination is more your style, there are sales of up to 45% off land and air packages or up to $200-500 in resort credit available.
How do I get started?
Are you ready to start planning? Do you want to find the destination that is just right for you? Do you want a travel consultant to make the vacation planning process as painless as possible and save you hours of online research only to realize you still have no idea if the hotel or cruise line or resort is the right one for you? If you are ready to stop dreaming about that next great vacation and start planning, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Wave Season doesn't last forever, and it will be over and gone before you know it. Promotional end dates vary.
In case you need a little inspiration, step outside with your laptop and watch this video - where would you rather be right now? Contact me to start planing.
Because life is short.
Stop Dreaming. Start Going.