So you want to spend a month—maybe even a month-and-a-half in Italy —and live like a local. First you need enough money for a trip this big, and I don’t think early planning is out of the norm.
Ann Foley is a one of my clients, and we started her trip plan to Korea about eleven months in advance.
Nick Hayes wanted to attend a festival in Cheju Island and a student’s wedding, so to be sure about hotels, etc., we started quite early. We are also working on a January 2019 South America and Antarctica cruise simply because people book reservations far in advance.
Matt Frawley is planning a trip back home to the UK and we started his trip plan more than a year in advance.
When Lori Campbell went to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, we started on her hotel reservations a year out. Looking back, it was a good move, because prices went up after we booked her room.
Darryl Mac committed to a Berlin trip a year-and-a-half prior, then we started making reservations and buying airline tickets six months in advance.
Because Beverly Hurley needed to use frequent flyer miles, we started planning her London and Paris trip nine months in advance.
And, finally, Pat Curry and I spent a year planning an Alaskan cruise with her parents. Coordinating schedules for six people was one reason; saving up the money was another. She also bought travel insurance for this one, which we offer . There were too many chances of someone not being able to go.
Going International in 2018?
A place like Africa, the earlier you plan the better. Nine to twelve months ahead of time is ideal if a client wants a particular lodge, especially with luxury lodges since they tend to be more intimate and space can fill up quickly. That said, some of my clients wait to book four to six months out and can do so, but may not have as many options available to them. You should always start your preliminary planning about a year in advance:
The first step is deciding where you would like to go and when. Once you have this info, we can start planning the details. When planning a year ahead, we have a better chance of getting the reservations you are looking for — the resort, the dates, any special activities, etc. This also gives you many months to save and learn more about the destination. If you are adding airline tickets, booking as early as possible when flights are released, will give us more of a variety of times and prices available.
A Traveler’s New Year Resolutions
This doesn’t mean last-minute planning doesn’t have its benefits or perks. We’ve arranged some pretty cool very last-minute adventures. “For flexible travelers, this can be an awesome experience, but we recommend that couples or small groups contact us at least 60 days in advance for booking trips to world-renowned heritage destinations. Larger groups can plan at least 6 months or more in advance.”
This gives us time to find the best hotels and to provide information about local festivals or other potential congestion that could affect travel.