How to Plan a Last-Minute Vacation

Are you considering last-minute vacation arrangements?

The idea of heading off to the beach on a whim is something we all dream of doing at least once in a lifetime. Most of us don’t do it because it seems impractical – what about commitments like work and the kids, and where will the money come from? However, it can be done with a bit of effort and planning on your part and there are many benefits of last-minute travel. Here’s how you might be able to make the most of a last-minute vacation.

How to Plan a Last-Minute Vacation

Book Time Off Work in Advance

You may have to plan your vacation time in advance for those working, which can be a big obstacle. Find out the minimum number of weeks you can give in advance and book that time off. You don’t have to book the holiday itself until the week before (this will allow you to then shop for last-minute deals!).

Or Make it a Weekend Trip

A weekend trip could be another option. Even if you’re only getting away for two days, you might still be able to get some sun, and you won’t have to book any time off work allowing you to do it more spontaneously. Better yet, wait until those three-day weekends come along as you can get an extra day. As it will only be a weekend trip, you may want to keep the destination local to avoid spending all your time driving or on a plane. There are many ways to plan a successful staycation. Aim to go on a Friday evening to make the most of your holiday – if you can wrangle the Friday afternoon off work last minute, that could be a bonus.

Make the Most of Last-Minute Deals

Without the time to save up, you may wonder how you can afford a last-minute holiday. However, last-minute deals can be very cheap. Hotels may be looking to book up rooms fast that may have gone empty due to a cancellation, while flights will want to book up seats quickly. You could end up paying half of what you might usually pay for a vacation if it were planned in advance. Last-minute deals in winter can be especially good – booking last minute allows you to check the weather so that you can guarantee the sun.

Consider Borrowing Some Money

If you’re worried about cash, you can consider borrowing some money that might allow you to take advantage of these last-minute deals, even if it’s to pay off a vacation contribution. Various loans can offer you advance cash so that you don’t have to wait until payday. You could even consider paying some of it off on a credit card. Avoid borrowing too much as hefty loan repayments could cause you to regret your holiday once it’s over. 

Be Careful Taking Kids out of School

In some states, schools may fine you for taking kids out of school during the semesters. Others may have a minimum warning notice period. For example, Madison is allowed ten days away before getting a penalty. You could always do a last-minute vacation during school vacations (although it will be more expensive, as everyone will be out of school at that time). Alternatively, you could wait until there’s an inset day and take an extended weekend – other schools won’t be having inset days at the same time, and so you’ll still be able to take advantage of off-peak last-minute deals. 

So pack your bags because taking that last-minute vacation is absolutely possible.

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