Last minute travel or book in advance

@maximax8 (27048)
August 11, 2012 5:28am CST
Have you ever been on a last minute trip? If so why did you leave it until the last moment to go on that trip? Would you prefer to book in advance? If so why would you do that? Have you ever had a trip planned canceled and you had to swap it for another trip? When I was 13 years old I got a paper round and saved up my earnings. My mom booked a last minute vacation to Greece and I used my earnings to pay for my half of the cost. We stayed at in room on a Greek Island and explored Athens before our homeward flight. In my mid twenties I booked a last minute 14 night vacation to a beach hotel south of Mombasa in Kenya. My intention was go to Nairobi by train and seek out a cheap safari. This was a wonderful way to have what would usually be a very expensive trip on a low budget. The other times I have booked in advance to get the best prices. How about you?
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
11 Aug 12
I found a last minute trip for my mother with a friend to Ireland. By last minute - I mean it too - I called her in the morning and she was catching the flight by late afternoon! I guess the best part was that the trip was nearly free!
@maximax8 (27048)
11 Aug 12
Wow! That flight booking to Ireland was last minute for sure. I hope your mother and her friend had a fantastic time in Ireland. Getting such a low price for a flight must be delightful.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
11 Aug 12
My friend worked for an advertizing agency and her client would schedule "shopping" tours of Ireland. They said if they ever had a cancellation they wanted her to go (and write an article about it.) Turned out it was 2 seats and after she had gone through her list of people who could take off and her list of those with passports - twice - I mentioned that my mom had a passport and wasn't doing anything!
@Daisy_22 (1230)
• Philippines
12 Aug 12
If always bok my flight in advance to avoid hazzle and to be prepared in advance.I hate to prepare in the last minute because the tendency of forgetting some important things is in the the highest circumstamces.
@maximax8 (27048)
13 Aug 12
I believe there is something big to look forward to if you book a trip in advance. It can be a rush to get packed for travel at the last minute. In 2010 volcanic ash was a problem in Europe and then the airline I was going to Vancouver had strikes.
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
11 Aug 12
I have never gone on a last minute trip, but one of my friends has done it a couple of times and one time he got a really cheap trip to Spain I would also like to get a cheap trip that way, but it is not easy for me to travel that way. If I want to take time off work I have to tell my boss in advance so that he can find a replacement while I am away. I have been away from work for one month in the past and I am able to do that, but I have to let my boss know several months in advance so that he has the chance to arrange things. That prevents me from going on a last minute trip. Another problem is my many pets. I have to find someone to take care of them while I am gone and I am I have to arrange those things in advance.
@maximax8 (27048)
11 Aug 12
I offered my mom the trip to Cornwall but she said she would prefer to stay at home looking after my dogs. I just took my two children on the trip to Cornwall which I booked one week before departure. The trip took place in the summer holidays. So it wasn't a time for work or school. I appreciate a last minute trip is not at all suitable for you having to give your boss notice to find a replacement employee to cover your absence. Do you have the same person to care for your pets each time you go off on a trip I wonder. I am glad your friend got a cheap trip to Spain arranging at the last minute.