If you haven’t been away yet this summer, chances are that you’ve spent much of your time on social media scrolling through everyone else’s vacation pics and feeling a slight sense of envy. Perhaps you’ve comforted yourself by deciding to head away somewhere with sun, sea, and sand next summer. But why wait? There’s still plenty of opportunity to get away sooner rather than later. Now, undertaking a last minute trip can be relatively daunting, as you have a whole lot more planning on your plate to complete in a shorter period of time than you’d have if you’d booked months in advance. But it is feasible and the extra pressure will only give you that extra sense of relaxation when you finally reach your destination. Here are just a few things that you can do to ensure your last minute getaway is planned as well as possible!
Search for Last Minute Deals
You tend to get better deals when booking a vacation last minute. Airlines want to fill empty seats on their flights, so will sell tickets off cheap last minute. Most hotels would also rather let a room go at a cheaper rate than let it remain unoccupied. So, browse all of the different options out there. Your best option is heading online and using price comparison sites, which will draw up the best deals to suit your needs.
Expedite Passport Services
It will take an average of four to six weeks for your new passport to arrive once your application has been received. This, of course, isn’t an option for those of us who are heading away in less than four weeks. In fact, if you’re going away any time in the next seven weeks, you probably shouldn’t risk standard passport application or renewal processes. After all, there can always be delays and you don’t want to miss your flight because you don’t have the necessary documentation to board it. For last minute getaways, you should Expedite a U.S. Passport. This costs extra, but is worth receiving your passport back in time.
Exchange Currency Before Reaching the Airport
Now, you may be tempted to leave exchanging currency until you arrive at the airport. This saves time, as you will have to spend time waiting in the departure lounge anyway, so you might as well get one of your tasks completed while you can’t do anything else. However, wherever possible you should avoid exchanging currency at the airport. Try to find an alternative place to exchange first, as airports tend to have worse rates and higher fees than any other outlet.
These are just a few steps that you should take before heading away last minute. Sure, time may be limited, but there are ways to arrange your journey relatively smoothly in time. You just have to be a little more organized and aware of what steps you need to take immediately.