Last-MinuteLast minute travel is adventurous. It adds something special to a trip. But you want to go on a vacation that avoids stress. You won’t have much time to plan and probably need to watch your budget. It can be done and very well too by trying some things out of your comfort zone and by being flexible.

Tips for Last Minute Trips:

Don’t get stuck on a Location – Maybe you’ve been dreaming of a trip to Miami, FL, but when you go to book your flight or hotel, the cost is out of your league. Instead of giving up, look at other locations where you’ll find a similar feel, such as Tampa, FL.

Use Last Minute Travel Sites – When airlines have empty seats and hotels have empty rooms, they are listed on these types of sites. When you find a site that you like, sign up for their email alerts. This way you’re notified of good travel deals. Take a look at what Forbes had to say about these sites.

Book a Package Deal – To save the most money, it’s recommended that you book your flight, hotel and even rental car together, for your last minute travels.

Ask for Discounts – Almost every hotel has empty rooms which they would rather have someone stay in a pay for. Ask politely and don’t sound desperate!

Consider a Local Trip – Sometimes we just need to get away from our routine at home. Why not look at your own area and make it into a vacation? Staycations were once popular, and when done right, they can be just what you’re looking for in a last minute trip. Visit a new museum or beach. Eat at a restaurant that’s gotten excellent reviews. Stay in a kitschy motel, like the Coral Sands Inn in Palm Springs.

Forget the Hotel – Consider a bed and breakfast, a vacation rental property or a hostel. Try something new. Remember, being flexible will get you on a last minute trip instead of staying home thinking about one.

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Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.