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- Posted:Monday, June 29, 2009
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Dare you book at the last minute
This tactic has certainly worked for me in the past and although it could backfire - you might not find a deal that suits you after all - the thrill of not deciding where you are actually going to go until late can really add to the excitement of a trip.
If you're going to be staying in hostels you can usually book in with little or no notice so there's no problems with a late travel deal on that front.
And Darren McCormick, head of aviation at Travel Counsellors, reckons that more people than ever are making last-minute decisions, with those looking for cheap travel to long-haul destinations in particular taking advantage.
Backpackers may be looking to save money in this way, but he added that tourism is experiencing a bit of an upturn despite the problems that people are having.
"Even in the current climate we are seeing that people are becoming more confident in their spending in general and we are definitely seeing sales pick up," he said.
Another travel firm, youtravel.com, recently found that more than a fifth of bookings lately have been for trips being made within four weeks, so the popularity of the last-minute tactic certainly does seem to be increasing.
If you're planning to go hostelling this summer and are flexible about where you want to visit, a late, cheap travel deal could therefore definitely be the way to go.