We are getting inquiries about travels but people are holding off booking their holidays.
And while that is completely understandable, it is not necessarily smart.
Here is why now is the best time to book your adventure travel holiday for 2021 and 2022.
1) Sales are on right now - but they won't last
This past month we have seen some great sales and I expect this to continue in January. After that the expectation is that sales will stop as tour operators are seeing demand returning and space on small-group tours filling up.
2) Credits are expiring
People with travel credits are booking before their credits expire and to have something to look forward to. Demand will increase as time goes.
3) Supply is tight
Most tour operators have gone back to basics and are running only best-selling tours in 2021. Gone are one-off departures and tours to far-flung places. Combined with clients using their credits it means more people are vying for a lot less capacity.
4) Flexible booking conditions
In an effort to get people to book, tour operator booking conditions are extremely flexible. You can book with a deposit as low as $1 and may be allowed to cancel up to 30 days ahead of departure. But that won't last. As space fills up and the risks associated with COVID-19 diminishes, normal booking conditions will return.
5) Half-empty planes means great prices
Planes are flying across the ocean with much lower passenger numbers than in the past. Many airlines allow you to book tickets you can change for free. And there are some great deals to be had - when is the last time you flew from Toronto to Heathrow in July for less than $700 tax-in? Now is the time to snap up a deal, travel in comfort, and take advantage of flexible booking conditions.
6) Europeans are booking up European tours
If you are planning to travel to Europe in 2021, you may find Europeans are travelling within the EU and are booking the same trips you are looking at. This is especially the case with operators who have a strong European customer base such as G-Adventures, Explore! and Exodus. It is why you want to book ahead of the crowds.
Are you ready to take advantage of low deposits and flexible booking conditions? And where do you think you might be going next?