Whether you know it or not, you have exited the holiday season and entered…the wave season! If you have been watching any TV and don’t forward through all the commercials, you might have noticed a high number of advertisements for cruises and resorts. No, you are not imagining things!
Wave season occurs every year between January and March. It started as a cruise industry promotion but has expanded a bit into most forms of travel. The original idea was to get as many cabins and rooms booked early in the year, so companies did not have to run discounts later in the year. You will see some really good offers out there, so should you book?
Here is my advice:
- If you were thinking about booking a vacation, it might be a good time to lock in your plans. Booking vacations is a lot like investing in the stock market. You might not be able to hit the top or bottom of the market. I can assure you of one thing, rooms and cabins are going to book up. There will be less availability tomorrow than today. If you have very specific needs (mid ship balconies, connecting cabins, cabins with capacity for 3 or 4 people), I highly recommend you start moving. Those kind of accommodations have limited availability.
- The current “booking window” has shortened to about 6 months. The Booking Window is defined as the average timeframe between booking and traveling. Remember that number includes many different types of trips. People tend to have a longer booking window for longer trips or trips to more distant locations (Europe or Asia). People tend to have shorter booking windows for shorter, less expensive trips. We all know that averages can be misleading but if you are thinking about a spring break trip or an early summer vacations, you probably need to get on that. Don’t despair. There is still availability out there but your availability is getting smaller every day.
- When is a deal a deal? When you get good value for your money at a destination YOU want to experience! Getting that match of experience and value is a big part of my job. One thing I know for sure, if you’re working, your vacation time is limited and you won’t get any more until next year. If you are retired, you want to make the most of the budget you have set aside for travel. Vacation time is precious. I want you to get the most out of it by being in an environment that fits your wants and needs. If you and I focus our conversations on price and not on the experience you want to have…we will have wasted your time. Not all resorts and cruises are the same. I want to recommend experiences that match your needs and confirm why I think that match works for you. Those conversations are critical to getting the best value for your vacation dollar!
- Make a new year’s resolution to update your travel bucket list. Use those advertisements to decide if that is a trip you are interested in. Find that trip on the list that needs to climb to the top. Give me a call and let’s turn that vacation dream into a Dream Vacation!
One thing I know for sure, time keeps ticking away. We don’t need a lot to get the conversation started. All I need is a timeframe and a location. I can take a world of options and narrow it down to a manageable list. From there, we can work together to hit the bullseye and find the right vacation for you! It all starts with one call or email! Hey, even a text will do! I hope to hear from you soon!