With summer holidays just a few months away in South Africa, many couples, families and groups of friends are starting to daydream about escaping to a sun drenched island, or perhaps getting away from the heat with a ski holiday. Once you have an idea of where you want to go, it is a good idea to start planning as early as possible, before the mad end of year rush begins.

From November onwards, flights and resorts start to get pricier and busier. If you leave things too late, you may end up spending far more than you bargained, or worse, you may not have the summer holidays you have been dreaming of all year.

Why Plan Your Summer Holidays Now?

The top reasons to start planning your summer holidays right now include the following:

  • Enjoy mid season discounts. Peak season is when prices are at their highest, and holiday packages are in the highest demand. By looking for great deals during the low and mid seasons, you can take advantage of reduced rates on resorts, flights and all inclusive holiday packages. On the other hand, if you wait until peak booking time, prices often start to increase, making it a lot less affordable to plan your holiday.
  • Avoid disappointment. For the exact reason that travel packages are in higher demand during the busy season, which is when everyone starts to book their year end holiday, it is often a lot harder to find resorts and hotels that suit your preferences and budget. Booking early while resorts are still available means that you can get more peace of mind without the risk of disappointment.
  • Get organised. Finally, getting your holiday sorted early leaves you feel to focus on preparing for your holiday, without the added pressure of booking flights and accommodation at the last minute. This in turn means that you will be able to plan an even more rewarding holiday, as you have ample time to plan. You could do some research to get an idea of activities, tours and attractions in your chosen destination, or start looking for ski gear, snorkels and other items you may need on your holiday.

After a long, hard year, it is time to reward yourself with the kind of break that you deserve. Wherever you plan to go – Mauritius, Seychelles, the Maldives, Disney World, Zanzibar or even the Swiss Alps, make sure that you start planning your summer holidays now to get the most from your break.

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