"Everyone is different, and while some people spend a huge amount of time booking things ahead and being organised down to the smallest detail, others go through life without much planning at all. The perfect approach is always the one that works best for you, and also the one that allows you to make use of the most opportunities. Whether you like to book things early or leave them until the last minute, make sure you know what you are doing. In this article, we use the example of a trip to Noosa to look at the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches.
Booking last minute
Advantages Booking last minute can often be when you get the best deals, as by this point most companies are just trying to ensure that they fill that flight or book up all those rooms. Waiting until the last second to book also allows you to keep your options open for longer, giving you a better chance to survey all of the choices, and make sure you aren’t missing out on anything. On a trip to Noosa, for example, you’ll often find great last minute deals.
Disadvantages Depending on what it is you are booking, waiting until the last minute to book your Noosa holiday can mean the product or service you are looking for sells out or books up, and in some cases the later you leave it to book, the more expensive it will be to do it. Booking last minute will also often mean you have far less choice, and therefore you may need to be a little more flexible with what you want to do and how you do it.
Booking in advance
Advantages Booking in advance is a smart idea if you want to make sure you are going to be able to do everything you want. Especially if you are planning on going at a popular time, or with a group of people, booking in advance is a must. Whether you are after accommodation in Noosa or a tour of the Great Barrier Reef, failing to book early will lead to guaranteed disappointment. By booking early you can also occasionally get better deals on things like flights, accommodation or even rental cars, making it quite rewarding to make your plan early. Having your tickets booked and knowing you are definitely going on that holiday or to that concert can also do wonders for your peace of mind.
Disadvantages Booking early commits you to a plan, and while this might seem perfect when you are making your booking, if a better plan comes up, you won’t be able to take advantage of it as you will be locked in already. Similarly, if you fall ill and are not able to make your trip, having booked too early can cause you some problems. You may be able to cancel your booking in some circumstances, but this will more often than not cost you a sizeable fee. If you are someone who is stressed out easily, booking everything early is a smart way to be able to calm yourself down, but if you don’t stress about much, nothing says you have to always book ahead. If you are willing to be flexible it can sometimes be more fun to just wing it, but whether you are planning a Noosa holiday or a European backpacking adventure, make sure you have at least the essentials booked."