Last minute travel guide


HOW TO GO AT SHORT NOTICE

Who doesn’t love to be a little spontaneous? And yet, with schedules and social whirls that seem to just get more and more hectic, many of us are losing an ability to just pack and go. The travel industry doesn’t always make it that easy for us either, with information overkill on the internet when it comes to late availability holidays. This Last minute travel guide aims to awaken that dormant adventure seeker within, and make the get up and go as smooth a journey as possible. With information on what sort of last minute holidays are available, whether you need a visa or not, what you need to pack, what fits in with the school holidays and how our customer services team at Responsible Travel can help you along the way. We don’t panic when it comes to latecomers to the ball. They are often the coolest travellers of all.
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How to go on holiday at the last minute


ITS AS EASY AS ABC

A - Always call us


We have become so internet focused these days and think that the best way to book a holiday at the last minute is to go online searching until the early hours of the morning, put in our credit card details, which will probably be wrong, because we are so tired searching we’ve forgotten all our passwords and just press ‘book’. Wrong. We have people who care. Rosy, Alice, Tom and Tessa on our Holiday Helpdesk team, to be precise. They are real people who will be excited about the fact that you want to book at the last minute, and throw themselves into making that work for you. At the end of a phone. Not in a chat room in Outer Mongolia. Although they will do their utmost to send you to Outer Mongolia at the last minute if that is what you’re after.

B - Browse


Before you call Rosy and her team, do have a browse through our last minute holiday offers. We have no hesitation in boasting about the fact that we are a top site for shopping the world’s best small holiday companies. And small holiday companies are good at late availability, because they are used to working in a bespoke, one to one way. Small tour operators don’t pre-book things the way mass tourism giants do, who pay hotels and airlines up for the whole season way in advance. So, if they can fit you in on a tour, they will. Small tour operators also offer a lot of small group tours, and if only eight people have booked on a tour which can accommodate ten, there’s your late availability. We also have clear listings of holidays all around the world that are offering late availability. They might not be offering smash and grab last minute deals, as these are small companies with a fair pay for all ethos, but they will have spaces ready to go.

C - Carpe diem


As someone once told the author of this guide, you are never going to lie on your death bed and say to yourself, ‘I really wish I hadn’t taken that last minute holiday to Africa’. Life is for living. So seize the day, call us, check our daily Facebook and Twitter updates for late availability offers, sign up for our emails packed with offers and last minute holiday ideas, scroll through our late availability offers to the right of this guide, be inspired by the tempting adventures waiting to be grabbed, and just go.
Written by Catherine Mack
Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan

Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan

Cycling trip through stunning desert scenery

From £1699 9 Days inc UK flights
Egypt cultural holiday, small group

Egypt cultural holiday, small group

Discover Egypt on this amazing 9 day tour

From £529 10 days ex flights
Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam

Reunification Express holiday, Vietnam

Most wonderful way to travel from north to south of Vietnam

From £1017 15 Days ex flights
Albania walking holiday

Albania walking holiday

A wild and rugged landscape with historic folkore

From £1129 8 Days inc UK flights
Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc holiday, Tour du Mont Blanc

The best of the Tour du Mont Blanc

From £1099 8 Days inc UK flights
Cape Town to Victoria Falls holiday in South Africa

Cape Town to Victoria Falls holiday in South Africa

A spectacular and diverse African journey

From £2549 22 Days inc UK flights
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