It used to be the case that holidays needed to be booked well in advance. Leaving things late could lead to higher costs and rushed arrangements, so holidaymakers trusted package tour operators long in advance of their trips.
But the internet changed all of that. Nowadays, millions of travellers choose to book their holidays at the very last minute. Various travel sites have revolutionised the way we travel, offering hotel rooms that suppliers have failed to fill alongside airline tickets that could not be sold. By filling in the gaps, holidaymakers can often make big savings.
However, life isn't always simple with last minute holidays. Many travel companies offer what seem like big discounts. They might offer 50% off for last minute travellers, which sounds great, but there could be a catch. The problem is, that the traveller does not know what the company is discounting from. If their prices fluctuate from day to day, you might not be getting the large saving you expect. So shop around for deals in the destination that you want to visit, and make sure you don't fall for this trap.
Then again, you might be the kind of traveller who does not mind where they go, and just want a hot, comfortable beach holiday, preferably with lively nightlife (but not too lively). In that case, look around the online marketplaces. See which destinations are being discounted most heavily, and choose them as your destination.
Another thing to consider is whether to buy a package or go it alone. Package tours can be more expensive, but not necessarily if you are travelling for a week or a fortnight. And packages are covered by insurance that going it alone often isn't (unless you pay the extra). Try booking package trips a few weeks before leaving, and shop around. Mention discounts from other providers to travel agents and you may even receive deeper discounts, as many operators are desperate to sell.
Whatever you do, travel safely and enjoy the great savings that last minute travel can provide.