July Travel Deals
December 1st, 2010
For many people, July is the height of the travel season – it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, that initial giddyness of being out of school or looking at a slightly diminished workload has passed, and it’s time to enjoy the long days before the intense heat of August sets in. The trouble is that so many people are having the exact same thought that finding July travel deals can be a bit more troublesome than you might want.
There are opportunities to find great deals on travel in July, but it will take a bit more sleuthing than a trip in – for instance – January or March, and may require you to be more flexible with your destination wish-list and your travel itinerary. Of course, if you don’t want to be flexible and don’t have time to plan ahead, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel in July – it just means you’ll be paying more for the privilege.
With summer travel deals more difficult to come by than winter travel deals, it’s a very good idea to start searching early for low prices on airfare and hotel rooms for July travel. You may not be booking your trip six months in advance, but if you’re already paying attention to prices you’ll know when they’re truly low – you’ll have something to compare them to.
Also keep in mind that holiday travel can jack prices up as well, and July has two big holidays in it. Taking a trip over July 4th in the U.S. is always fun, and that’s definitely something that needs to be arranged and booked early. July is also when France celebrates its biggest national holiday, Bastille Day – which is not only an excellent excuse to head to Paris (there’s a giant parade down the Champs-Elysees), it could be a reason to seek out the nearest French population closer to home.
Of course, July doesn’t have to be when you plan that big two-week trip, either. Some people prefer to spread their holidays out, enjoying the many weekend travel deals they see pop up and getting out of town for 2-3 days at a time. Budget travelers with a sense of adventure may also want to leave their options open and just pick from whatever deals on last minute trips are available when they’re ready to take off.
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