Didn’t you schedule a summer vacation and feel like you missed the boat? Don’t worry, if you haven’t attempted a last-minute holiday yet, it’s time to do that now. This year’s rather grim economic climate, rising inflation, pay freezes, and the Pound’s declining value put a lot of people of overseas holidays. For travel companies, this has spelt bad news. Many hoped that 2011 would be a return to form with more families whisking off to foreign climates. But the extent of government spending cuts and runaway inflation had not been predicted. We, therefore, have a backlog of unsold summer vacations that they want to move and transfer rapidly.
It can be quite stressful last-minute vacations. Upon locating, booking, and paying for your holiday, you have to be ready to go for a week. If deciding to apply for annual leave, this can pose problems. If everyone else in the office is going off mid-August, your last-minute application will likely not be accepted.
You may also need to fly from an airport other than you’re used to. The best deals tend to be uncomfortable and antisocial at regional airports and travel times. A good idea is to book an airport hotel so that on the day of departure you don’t have to drive far to the airport with exhausted children.
Apart from the cost advantages of last-minute travelling, there’s also a lot of excitement and even a surprise element. With a break, you can surprise the kids and tell them they need to pack now because they’re going in a couple of days. To you, that means that you can choose a different place than you’re familiar with because you’re drawn by its cost into a box.
This year, Egypt is one of British travellers’ best value destinations. After the civil unrest in the north of the country at the start of the year, there was a dearth of visitors. The tourism industry is now competing for your business as a result. With two-for-one offers, free places for children, and free room upgrades, they do so.