No time to lose if you want to bag a bril­liant break

Mem­o­ries of your last hol­i­day may still be fresh, but this is the time to start plan­ning for 2019. Nick Trend picks the trips you need to sort – now

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - FRONT PAGE -

The art of travel is not just about know­ing where to go and when, it is also about know­ing when to book. And for many hol­i­days, the an­swer is now. Ev­ery year, just af­ter Christ­mas, there is a spec­tac­u­lar surge in the num­ber of peo­ple re­search­ing and book­ing their hol­i­days for the next year. The travel in­dus­try is well used to it, and each Jan­uary it gears up for the de­mand. In con­trast, how­ever, Novem­ber and the first weeks of De­cem­ber are the qui­etest time of all. Peo­ple are fo­cused on the build-up to the fes­tive sea­son and travel agents and tour op­er­a­tors are left drum­ming their fin­gers.

So, as­sum­ing you are able to com­mit, you would do well to for­get about stir­ring the Christ­mas pud­ding mix for a while and set aside some time to think about plan­ning your hol­i­days for next year and, in some cases, be­yond. Not only are you likely to be able to se­cure a bet­ter price, but you will have the most flex­i­bil­ity, the best choice of rooms, seats, cab­ins or de­par­ture dates. You will also find that con­sul­tants have more time and hope­fully more in­cli­na­tion to help you find ex­actly what you want.

In short, you will much bet­ter hol­i­day much bet­ter price.

To help you plan, we’ve picked out 50 ex­am­ples of hol­i­days that you would do well to book much sooner rather than later. Of course, there are ex­cep­tions. If you like to travel off-peak to places where there are lots of flights and plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tion, you will do well to wait. Oth­er­wise, act now to beat the rush. get for a a

AHEAD OF THE GAMEFam­i­lies can make huge sav­ings by book­ing early

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