Many people will have had holidays cancelled over the past year and it is fair to say that everyone needs a break. Due to the fact that the future of holidays is still quite uncertain, it is predicted that when travel is finally allowed again, the number of people booking last-minute holidays will increase dramatically, and it is also thought that many of these people will be wanting to book private holiday rentals rather than hotels to limit their contact with others.
So, as you may expect, booking a last-minute self-catering holiday this year may potentially be quite challenging, especially if you have a specific destination in mind. To help anyone who is keen to go abroad as soon as it is safe to do so, below we have put together some top tips that can help you bag yourself the last-minute break you are desperate for.
Try to be as flexible as possible
It goes without saying really, that the more flexible you are, the easier it will be to book a last-minute holiday. Ideally, be flexible with the destinations you’re wanting to visit, you will probably find that less popular places have more holiday homes to rent, as they won’t be the first choice for many holidaymakers.
You should also try to be flexible with your dates as well, being able to book flights and accommodation for any date will dramatically increase your options. Also, if you can, being flexible with the duration of your holiday can help too, sometimes a standard 7-day holiday is much harder to book than a less common 10 or 11-day holiday.
Consider midweek and unsocial flights
When choosing to book your flights and accommodation separately, it is likely that you will have a lot more options than if you wanted a ‘package holiday’, but even still, you can increase your options by looking at less favourable flight days and times.
Generally speaking, you will have more flight options to choose from if you expand your search and look at midweek flights, as well as early morning and late-night flights. Often, there are plenty of seats left when doing so. It is also worthwhile looking at lots of different airports too and if you’re willing to travel to get to the airport, you will have even more options.
Know the best holiday rental sites to use
The majority of people know which websites to turn to when looking for flights and they will even use a number of comparison sites, but when trying to find holiday homes to rent, many don’t know where to go to. Take some time to do your research in advance and find some holiday rental website that you can rely on.
Contrary to popular belief, big-named websites aren’t always the best to use. It is likely that you will pick up better deals and have more options to choose from when you explore other smaller holiday rental sites. Try to find a site that auctions off any unsold weeks at holiday homes too, you might be able to get a real bargain.
Don’t always aim for the cheapest deal
Whilst it is always nice to get a good deal for both your flights and accommodation, this shouldn’t be your main aim. When you simply want to get away and you don’t have to stick to a restricted budget, you should open up your search options.
Lots of people will be looking specifically for cheap last-minute self-catering holidays, so if you’re able to, search for slightly more expensive options, you will then have more flight times and holiday homes to choose from. You will be less likely to struggle to find something suitable if you don’t always filter everything by price.
Booking a holiday home for your last-minute holiday
When wanting to have a break from day-to-day life in the UK and jump on a plane to somewhere sunny, hopefully, the tips above will help you to book a last-minute self-catering holiday this year. There is no denying that lots of people will be wanting to go on holiday as soon as possible, so by using the tips above, you can ensure that you don’t get left behind or miss out on any of the brilliant deals out there.
If you’re looking for holiday homes to rent this year, whether you’re wanting to holiday in Europe or further afield, this is something that we can help with here at Rental Cloud. We have a huge range of different private holiday rentals available for you to book on our site and we pride ourselves on making it incredibly easy for holidaymakers to snap up last-minute deals. So, save yourself a lot of time and hassle when looking for holiday homes to rent and turn straight to us.