While many families book their family vacations in advance, sometimes you are left booking last minute travel. We’ve had a few times when plans changed, and suddenly we were unexpectedly free over a vacation. Planning a last minute trip can be expensive, but there are definitely ways to get last minute travel deals.
Getting Last Minute Travel Deals
Getting flights is usually the most difficult (and expensive) part of planning a last minute trip. If possible, drive to your destination. That way, you’ll save money by skipping both the flights and the rental car. Consider stopping half-way overnight if your destination is especially far. Even with the hotel costs for a night or two, you’ll still likely save money.
It’s best to create a list of destinations and then figure out the various costs. Some destinations will definitely be more expensive than others. For example, a last minute trip to Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms is likely to be costly. Instead check out different destinations that may be less crowded. See our affordable travel destinations post for some inspiration.
Check Out These Sites
There are a few websites that can help you get great last minute travel deals. Here are the ones I recommend:
Priceline: Much unsold inventory ends up on priceline.com, and you can definitely save some money by booking there. I recommend reviewing this post with advice from a Priceline insider before booking.
Last Minute Travel: I love the Last Minute Travel app for finding great deals on hotels, vacations, and flights.
WhaToDo: Last Minute Travel JUST announced a brand-new app, WhaToDo, which offers activities, attractions, tours, shows, sporting events, transfers and more at a great price.
Trivago: I love using the Trivago app to find the best price on hotels. It searches a number of websites to show you the best prices available.
Have you ever booked a last minute vacation?