• 18 August 2020

Most of us know that the best time of the year to get great holiday travel deals (or any other promotions) is during Black Friday. While the savings are great, shopping over this time can bring madness to malls and the online shopping experience too!  To help you find the perfect vacation, we have put together a few affordable travel and last-minute holiday booking tips!

We love Black Friday travel deals, but it’s definitely not the only time of year you can book a last-minute holiday.  Late availability holidays mean you don’t need to wait months to depart on your much-needed break. It’s easy to book a last-minute holiday that you can shop at your own pace.

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Dreaming of the perfect getaway? Use these affordable travel tips to start planning your trip!

How to shop for holiday vacation and affordable travel deals

You may be looking for a spur-of-the-moment birthday trip, or perhaps you’re just in urgent need of a vacation on the beach. If you’re itching for a getaway, but you’re on a budget, sales and promotions for travel packages are your best option. 

Here are some tips on how to find the best holiday deals when the time is right for you: 
  • Be flexible – if you have flexible dates and destinations, you can usually pick up lower-priced trips and tours. 
  • Keep an eye out on newsletter subscriptions, social media, and website updates – this is where you’re going to find any sudden or future-planned promotions. 
  • Chat to friends – they may know about specials that you don’t.
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Don’t miss out – shop early Black Friday deals

One thing is for sure when it comes to shopping on Black Friday; the early bird gets the deal. In our previous Black Friday sales, many of our tours on special were sold out before the end of the day. 

Purchasing your Black Friday travel deals early means you get to pick from the best. This lets you avoid having to choose from what’s left. It also means that there’s less of a chance that the trip you’ve been eyeing will be sold out by the time you decide to buy it. 

So we suggest that you plan to shop as early as possible. Knowing how early Black Friday specials go-live on various websites will allow you to be first in the virtual queue. 

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Use promotions like Black Friday to your advantage and travel to bucket-list destinations!

Bagging the best last-minute holiday travel deals

Last-minute travel packages can be bought when you have the money. These types of deals are perfect for people who have unexpected money to spend, or perhaps have saved and are in need of a vacation pronto. 

While these tours are hard to plan for, if you look hard enough you’ll likely find something that will delight the wanderlust in your heart!

Travel Tip: Expat Explore has last-minute travel options that are available all year round. These are the tours that have not yet been sold out and still have space. With these deals, you get affordable prices, comfortable accommodation and modern transport that Expat Explore is well-known for. 

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Last-minute group holidays to places like Prague will be unforgettable!

Get last-minute Christmas vacations and New Year deals

Christmas is often a family affair but it can be just as spell-bounding while exploring new lands. Perhaps you’ve decided to spoil the family, or your kids are all grown up and now you need your own adventure. Either way, a travel deal over the festive season is a great way to inspire some festive joy. 

There are many great destinations for the festive season, and often, after Black Friday sales have quietened down, there are some stunning holiday opportunities available. And don’t forget that after the weekend has ended, you still have Cyber Monday to look forward to!

You can find spectacular festive energy, snowy landscapes, and foodie delights on almost all of our Northern Explorer tours

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Spend Christmas somewhere new! Tallinn, Estonia is home to festive Christmas markets.

If you have skipped the Black Friday stress, but still need to book a last-minute getaway, we suggest you check out some late departures. You can shop for travel deals at your own pace without joining the chaotic crowds!

Also, remember to have your passport ready and your visas and travel insurance prepared. Once you know you’re ready to embark on your next adventure, simply scroll through the tours that are available and book your last-minute holiday!

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