When Is the Best Time to Book Summer Travel?

For many top destinations, summertime is considered the peak season, when availability is at its lowest and prices are at their highest. If your timing is flexible, traveling during “shoulder” season (between peak and off-peak) can be easier.

When to Book Flights for Summer

When to book flights depends on whether you’re looking to book domestic or international flights. (One way families can afford to travel more is by choosing a closer destination where you can drive instead of fly.)

Booking Hotels for Summer

If you’re a planner, you may want to lock down your itinerary by booking your hotel early. However, you may be able to save money on hotels by waiting until closer to your travel dates.

Book Rental Cars for Summer

If you are renting a car for your summer travel, you can often use the same trick. It is common for many car rental places to offer the ability to book your rental car and pay at the counter.

When to Book a Summer Cruise

Prices for cruises may be low several months before departure and gradually rise, but it’s also common for cruise lines to offer “last-minute” specials to fill rooms that might otherwise go empty.

Best Time to Book Tours, Sites, and Activities for Summer

It’s generally a good idea to book these sooner rather than later, since preferred dates and times can fill up fast. Keep your travel fund stocked, so you have enough money in your budget to do everything on your bucket list.

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