If you are like us we have a long travel list and a short list. Some countries move up and down the list based on a recent blog or article we've read or a discussion with a friend who has just come back from a trip. Do you have a 5 year travel plan outline? 2 years planned out? 1 year? ... or fly by the seat of your pants and book a couple of weeks before you leave.
Generally, how far in advance do you book your trip?
We'd love to hear your stories and process!
My travel plans depend on where I want to go. I've booked some things (such as the eclipse last year) more than a year in advance, and others I booked it that morning. In general, I research how far in advance I need to get cheap airfares, lodging reservations, and attraction tickets, and then book close to that limit. For my big road trip I had a whole spreadsheet of when to start reserving various places.
As for the general where-to-go plan, I have vague ideas several years out, and make them concrete about a year in advance.
How far out do you book your airline tickets to get your cheapest fares? Do you generally use the major airlines?
It depends on the destination. Within the US it's around 2-3 months, earlier for more popular routes. I tend to stick to major airlines, with a major preference for Southwest.
Hi all, I like to plan my trips way in advance. And not because it can help me to save money, but because I really enjoy the process. I enjoy reading and learning about the place - what to see, unique experiences, cultural activities, hidden gems, real stories, etc. This gives me more time to enjoy the process.
Plus, it gives me something to wait for! I love the anticipation. I do have a list of the places that I want to see the most, but it only grows with every blog post I read, with every movie or friends stories I hear.
I agree. We love the reading, research and planning. It is joyful to think of all the things you might see. Yes, our list continues to grow just as your does.