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The Travel Dilemma: Book Ahead or Last Minute?

The great dilemma of whether to book ahead for a planned holiday or to wait for a last-minute bargain is common. South Africans, in particular, worry about losing out on currency fluctuations and often leave booking their holiday abroad ’til the last minute, hoping that the Rand will improve by then.

“The digital age has fueled the perception that customers will enjoy the best prices if they wait until the last minute to book. This simply isn’t the case,” says Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation in South Africa.

“At Trafalgar, we offer a rand guarantee, which fixes the rand price of your holiday, so no matter what the rand does, you’ll have peace of mind that you won’t pay more for your holiday,” Richardson explains. “This is of incredible value to South African passengers travelling on the Rand.”

“The time to take advantage of the best prices for 2019 travel is now, using our Early Payment deals,” she says. 

Trafalgar is currently offering guided holiday savings of up to ten percent on selected 2019 Europe and Britain departures that are booked before 31 January 2019.

Trafalgar’s recent study into what constitutes ‘Good Travel’ revealed that consumers are looking for ease, joy and real connections, with 70% of respondents also saying they preferred trips where they could enjoy new experiences over those where they see all the sights, one of the top trends of 2019.

As the category leader in immersive travel experiences, only with Trafalgar can guests enjoy exclusive inclusions like Be My Guest, where guests discover the heart of a destination from those that know it best – the locals themselves.

The first brand to champion this type of true local experiences 10 years ago, dining with an Italian Count in his villa, exploring a Norwegian farmhouse once held by kings and exploring the 17th Century French homestead of one of President Kennedy’s advisors are just a few of the 103 exclusives in the Be My Guest experiences. Other inclusions like hands-on cooking lessons with local chefs in Paris and Florence, and dining after-hours in the Vatican are just a taste of what’s in store on Trafalgar’s unmatchable itineraries.

Giving back is also a key part of Trafalgar itineraries through more than 80 JoinTrafalgar initiatives that positively impact as they travel. Guests will discover how Trafalgar makes a difference, through supporting World Heritage Listed Sites on 63% of itineraries, learning from a fourth-generation Umbrian weaver, or experiencing centuries old farming traditions with nuns at a Convent in Austria, to name but a few. Add to this all the travel logistics sorted for all the possible travel ease for guests, resulting in simply the best travel experience in the guided travel category.

Choosing to travel well in 2019 means choosing the best possible holiday experience at the best price now, rather than at the last minute.

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