Guest Author - Jim Fortune
Last minute travel can be difficult to arrange. There are many things that you need to deal with, first of all, with travel in general. Now try to add panic to the mix and you can see how difficult last minute travel can truly be. You need to be able to get to places on time, have your passports and visas checked, your clothes all packed, all your necessities together and in the right places, and all your travel plans in place. Can you get to a place on time, have all your documents ready, all your packing done, and great plans for an enjoyable vacation without getting frazzled by the last minute situation?
There are a lot of travel deals available for last minute travel, and if you know where to look, you will be able to get the deals that you need and want. One kind of travel deal involves packaging your trip, accommodations, and even your tour in one combination. If you can book this way ahead of time, then you can get great deals on this kind of combination.
Sometimes, however, booking a packaged tour can be expensive if you have to do it at the last minute. It can be risky as well: you are not sure if you are going to get the tour that you want because you could be on a long waiting list of lots and lots of people who want to have the same tour as you, but already have reservations.
An advantage to packaged tours, however, is that they can save you a lot of time. If you have to still spend time looking for travel deals at the last minute, you are taking away precious time from your packing and document verification, and other things that should make your travel a success. This may also translate into spending money in the long run, because you have all your things packed and your documents ready, and you don't need to worry about spending for necessities when you get to your destination.
If you talk to your travel agent, he or she may also offer you some good travel deals that can allow you to get a good and cheap trip to your destination, and all you need to do is find your own lodging. This can be a good travel deal for last minute travel as well, since you can still get lodging discounts by logging on to the websites of different hotels and making your reservation and booking there. Beware, however, that not all hotels will allow you to make late reservations. You will need to be aware about which hotels are kind to last minute travelers.
You can also get good travel deals on site, after you have landed. Make a sacrifice of a day or two by staying at a pension house or hostel, somewhere cheap that you can sleep in and not worry about lodgings first. On your first day, after you have rested, you can start looking for better lodgings and then start negotiating for prices while facing the person who actually works at the hotel. This can be advantageous over Internet dealings because you can ask for fees up front and not worry that you may be charged more than you can afford.
These are only a few places that you can get good travel deals for last minute travel. Ask around in other places, such as your credit card company, for more last minute discounts.
Despite the economy I hope you are travelling and enjoying yourself. Until next time, let me know what is on your mind, and how you are doing, O.K.?
Jim Fortune - the Bella Budget Travel Guy