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The traditional summer holiday period has come to an end for another year. So booking next year’s holiday and vacation is perhaps not the first item on your to-do list at the moment.

However, booking now, before the year is out could be the best and most cost effective option for you.

Avventure Bellissime –the Italian holiday and Italian tour specialist – has been working in the tourism and vacation business since 1999. Here’s our honest travel industry insider view on why it is best to book now versus book later:

How flexible are you on when you take a vacation or go on holiday?

Some of us may only be able to take leave at a specific time of year. For instance, those in the teaching profession or the retail industries are contracted to take leave at pre-agreed times of the year. Or, perhaps you have children who are at school and this means you can only go on vacation during school holidays. Some of us are restricted on when we can go on vacation or take a holiday.

If that’s the case, booking before the year is out, is the best solution. You will get the best choice on times and dates before everyone else starts looking. And there is little point in waiting for a bargain for a peak period, because most peak dates will fill up quickly and companies simply don’t have the capacity to make a special offer later in the year.

Are you looking for a specific type of holiday, accommodation type or location?

If you have something or somewhere specific in mind, then you will have more choice if you book a vacation early. You’ll be able to get exactly what you need when you book a vacation ahead of your fellow travellers. Otherwise, you might risk not finding your ideal break.

The best offers do not always appear at the last minute.

If you follow the rule that it is best to wait till January or even later in order to get a last minute bargain, then as Italian holidays specialists, we can absolutely guarantee that the best offers do not always appear later on, or at the last minute. In fact, many sell out well before then.

You can get a good deal if you book now versus book later. At Avventure Bellissime, we release our discounted vacation packages from autumn onwards and find that the bargains and special offers are snapped up early. (If you’d like to find out more about our discounted vacation packages for travel in 2017, please visit: tours-italy.com/packages).

Booking now doesn’t mean paying now! It often means book now pay later.

Booking your holiday now does not mean that you have to pay now. Yes, most travel and tourism providers will want you to show your commitment by asking you to pay a deposit to secure your booking. However, payment does not need to happen now. You’ll be able to pay much later, usually in the weeks before your vacation. So book now versus book later means that you’ll have more choice on where you go and when you go, you are also more likely to get a special offer.

More pressure on specific destinations means there will be an effect on cost and availability.

One trend that we found was that there was much more demand for holidays in Europe in destinations like Italy, Spain and Croatia, as well as long haul destinations like New Zealand. The industry acknowledged that this was probably because of the unfortunate challenges and crises that had played out in the eastern Mediterranean in 2015 and 2016. The industry also expects that demand will remain higher for holidays in Europe in 2017.

So, that is our insider guide into why it is best to book now versus book later. You are more likely to get the dates you want, the location you want, the type of holiday you want, and you are more likely to bag a special offer and still be able to spread the cost of your break. Book now versus book later makes a lot of sense.

If you would like to see the special offers we have for our 2017 Italian Vacation packages, then please do visit our website. Alternatively please contact one of our experts and let us help design your dream vacation. We currently have many discounted vacation packages for our 2017 Italian vacations, like:

- Our 8 day Rome to Venice Essence of Italy Tour

- Our 6 day Taste of Italy Tour, which focuses on Rome, Florence and Tuscany

- Our 10 day Amalfi, Rome, Florence and Venice Tour

- Our Exclusive 9 day Seven Wonders of Italy Tour.

And, if you would like to see what the holiday makers who took an Italian vacation with us earlier this year had to say, then please feel free to take a look at our Facebook page and you can also find us on Trip Advisor too.

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