The motto of Boy Scouts everywhere is simply, “Be Prepared.” As an adult I have to ask, “Prepared for what?” Should I be walking the halls of my office with a pocket full of water-proof matches, a compass, some rope, some biodegradable soap, and a good sharp knife? Somehow I doubt that the next time you’re in a meeting, you’ll hear, “Thanks everyone for coming, it appears that the projector bulb has burned out, can anyone here start a fire?”
Being prepared for last minute travel is a worthy pursuit, however, because it can save you some money. I worked a job once where the “lucky” group member who carried the pager on the weekends had to be ready, under certain circumstances, to head straight to the airport when that beeper started beeping. That’s not the “last minute travel” I’m talking about in this article!
I’m talking about the, “Christmas is in two days, I don’t have any family obligations, and I just don’t want to stay home this year, where should I go on such short notice” kind of last minute travel. Last minute travel deals can be so cheap, they’re downright irresistible. While it’s true that travel tickets are universally cheaper the earlier you buy them, there’s a point when you get so close to the deadline that airlines, cruise ships, trains, etc, cut their prices to the bone so they can get the last few empty seats or cabins occupied.
Situations like this are when you need to be prepared. Everyone in this country who’s even thought about taking a trip somewhere should have a passport. If you’re reading this and you don’t have one, get one! The other thing you’ll need to take advantage of this is a reliable source to use to search for trips. This could be a good travel agent that you trust, e-bay, price-line, even a ticket agent who works for an airline or cruise ship company.
Two years ago, I needed about 2,500 miles to make Platinum with Northwest airlines. I called a NWA agent and she told me, “If you can leave tomorrow and stay the weekend in
I have a friend at church who swears by the “last minute cruise.” He’s always checking e-bay and cruise line websites for late cancellations. His mantra is, “Old people take cruises, they book cabins early, and sometimes they die.” It’s morbid, I know… but he’s been all over the Caribbean and to
So, keep your eyes and ears open. Be prepared. Call a travel agent on a Thursday and ask, “I have a bag packed and I need to get away for awhile, where’s the cheapest place you can put me this weekend?” You might be surprised at the answer. Surprise a loved one with an impulsive romantic getaway, or just get yourself away for a weekend to recharge your batteries! Either way, you can’t lose!
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