When’s the best time to book your 2014 summer holiday?

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Now that the UK has recuperated after the frivolities of New Year, many have their sights fixed firmly on the prospect of a sunny summer holiday. Whether your heart’s set on a life-changing Caribbean getaway or an action-packed family holiday in Spain, anyone in the travel industry will tell you that now is the best time to book- and it’s the same story for UK cottage holidays. Here at Sykes, we’re experiencing our busiest January to date, with hundreds of customers a day reserving their favourite holiday home for the summer. But does it really pay to book in advance? We take a look at the benefits of booking a cottage holiday for summer 2014 early.

What are the advantages of booking a cottage holiday in January?

Via Flickr

Via Flickr

It’s a common predicament: should I book now or wait for the possibility of a last minute bargain? Here at Sykes, we say play it safe and book today. Waiting for a last minute deal is always a gamble, especially if you’ve got a specific location, price bracket or property in mind. Not convinced? We’ve listed a few more benefits of booking early below:

  • Choose from the cream of the cottage crop. That’s right, book early and you stand a much better chance of finding your perfect holiday cottage before all the best ones are snapped up. From the Cornish Coast to the banks of Lake Windermere, the best cottages in the best areas almost always book up early in the year.
  • Get the dates YOU want. If you already know when you want to go away, then don’t wait around or you risk missing out. This is especially important if you’re planning to go away at peak times such as the Easter and summer school holidays. Essentially, wait for a last minute deal and you’ll be picking through the date dregs…
  • You’ll have longer to save for your holiday. Yes, with our stress-free payment plan, you’ll have until 6 weeks before your holiday to pay us the outstanding amount, which means you can reserve your perfect summer getaway without breaking the bank. Leave it late (within 6 weeks before the start date of your holiday) however, and we require the full amount at the time of booking!
  • You’ll have something driving you onward through the chilly winter months. There’s nothing more motivating than the prospect of a lovely summer’s break and booking in advance means you’ll have plenty of time to plan and research exactly what you want to do during your holiday.

How much will I have to pay now?

Book now for your 2014 summer holiday and we only require a deposit of 30% of the overall cost of the booking, as well as the booking fee. That gives you plenty of time to save the pennies needed to cover the overall cost of your break, as well as a few extra paydays to help you set aside your spending money.

But what about last minute breaks?

Do you consider yourself a spontaneous individual with nerves of steel? If so, it might be worth taking a gamble and opting for a last minute break. Yes, waiting can be terrifying, but with a little luck and a whole lot of guts, you could  save up to 35% of the weekly cost of your summer holiday. Our last minute breaks are ideal for those who are completely flexible on when and where they go on holiday. Just remember, nothing is guaranteed and waiting to book can often lead to disappointment and heartache.

A top tip from our expert

Sally- Our Reservations Extraordinaire

Sally- Our Reservations Extraordinaire

To get the lowdown on booking a cottage for summer 2014, we asked our reservations expert Sally Holmes to give our readers a top tip on when’s best to book. Sally is an expert at all things reservation related, having helped thousands of people find their dream cottage during her seven year stint at Sykes; this is what she had to say:

“When you’re contacting us to plan your holiday, try to provide us with as much information as possible. This will help us match you with your dream cottage quickly and efficiently to ensure that you don’t miss out. Typically, the things we need to know include your preferred destination, party size and whether you require a pet friendly cottage.”

So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to booking your 2014 summer holiday. Whether you’re reaching for the phone as we speak or waiting ‘til June, we look forward to planning your perfect cottage holiday!

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Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

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