The Best Time To Book Accommodation
Knowing the right time to book accommodation is absolutely essential when planning a holiday.
It goes without saying that leaving your accommodation plans to the last minute can easily become a disaster as you find yourself struggling with the lack of vacancies.
Booking too early or too late can result in paying higher prices, and there is more to the equation than just seasons.
Some dates are a no-brainer like Christmas and New Years. Everyone knows that finding last minute accommodation for the jolly season is extremely difficult.
So, when is the right time to book your accommodation?
The answer, is of course dependent on where you’re looking to go:
Accommodation in Europe: Italy, Spain & France
Most seaside European destinations have their peak season in July and August, with a slightly less high season during June and September – which is the beginning and the end of the main summer season and the temperatures are usually around 24-27°C.
Prices are at their highest during this time and luxury holiday houses are usually booked 2-3 months ahead.
September through to April is considered the low season as these locations are typical summer holiday spots, and most destinations do not really have any winter activities. Some luxury holiday houses are even closed during the winter season!
“Mid” season usually starts in May when the temperatures rises significantly, but the weather is still very unpredictable.
However, not everything is quite as black and white.
Italy is very diverse; amongst the many seaside villas there also have chateau-like mansions located inland which serve as wonderful retreats for wine tasting trips, especially in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not scorching hot.
With this in mind, the peak season in this case may extend from June till the beginning of October.
Summer in inland Italy averages around 40+ degrees, which is much worse than on the coastline.
On the other hand, Northern Italy is popular in winter as it is home to picturesque cities & Alps.
So what does this mean? The high season is usually around Easter and Christmas/New Year’s Eve.
France follows a similar pattern; unpredictable.
You’ll find that key tourist hotspots are at their peak in July and August.
This may seem like the time to avoid going to France, you may find that metropolitan France would be a great time to visit, as locals make up a huge amount of tourists flocking to popular French destinations.
However, as professionals and hard-working people tend to take their holidays in this time, you may find many businesses in metropolitan areas are closed in this period.
Spain, being generally hotter than other European destinations, is to hot to consider travelling in July and August.
It is recommended that spring and autumn are the best times to travel to Spain; so pick either April, May, June, September or October as the weather is warm but not unbearable.
If you choose one of these months, pay attention to the location. Many coastal mediterranean destinations may be packed with tourists and locals escaping for some sea and sun, so avoid resorts in these areas.
New Zealand & Australia
New Zealand, land of the long white cloud and home to Amazing Accom.
Being in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand does not get a white Christmas – unless you count playing cricket on a white sandy beach as a white Christmas.
The top summer destinations fill up very quickly just like anywhere else in the world. Peak seasons down here in Middle Earth range from December and January, but the weather tends to stay nice all the way into March.
North Island destinations such as Mt Maunganui, Bay of Islands and Waiheke Island are very popular during the warmer seasons.
The best time to plan a trip to one of these destinations is around Easter time, but you will need to book about 2-3 months in advance as the weather during easter is still very mild.
Other destinations, mainly the South Island towns such as Queenstown, or Taupo and Mt Ruapehu in the North Island are popular skiing destinations, so they have another peak season from June all the way till end of August.
Some Ski Fields in the Queenstown Lakes district are open until October, which is great if you want to hit the slopes without the crowds.
Australia is a summer-seeker’s dream! The country varies in different levels of heat all year round, even Australia’s winter is a Kiwi’s winter dream!
Temperatures and climates vary between cities and states. Sydney averages at 23 in January to a cool 13 in July, so while it isn’t the hottest destination in Australia it will still appeal to European travellers.
Cairns on the other hand basks in the heat being so much closer to the equator than New South Wales and Queensland. You can expect an average temperatures of 28 degrees in January and 22 degrees in June.
So what does this mean for booking your accommodation?
It’s up to you.
We recommend anything but December and January and you’ll have a great time – these are the months of the summer school holidays, so as you can imagine everywhere will popular.
School holidays throughout the year are a popular option for families looking for a warm escape!
Bali, Thailand and Vietnam
South East Asia enjoys year round tourism, but once again there are certain hot spots at certain times of the year.
Bali for example has a high season of July and August, when many families are visiting during school holidays.
March and October makes up the low season, and accommodations prices are usually at their lowest during this time.
If you are travelling to Bali for surfing you can experience it year round, however due to weather conditions at certain times of the year, April to October is your best bet for the West Coast while November to March you’re better off on the East Coast.
South East Asian destinations are also home to many festivals, and doing your research on these are paramount, as accommodation rates can sky rocket during these events.
Weather wise, you’re looking at a tropical climate, with wet and dry seasons. The dry season falls from May to October, and is the perfect time to visit, so book at least a few months early to ensure you get the best deals.
The Pacific Islands: Fiji, Rarotonga & Vanuatu
Because Fiji is close to the equator, anyone in the world wanting to escape their winter flocks to Fiji all year round.
July to August is one of the busier times in the year visitors descend on Fiji to make the most of the winter school holidays.
We recommend October for travelling to Fiji. It’s not as hot as the key summer months from November to February, but it is still warm enough to enjoy an early summer.
Rarotonga is similar to Fiji being a Pacific Island.
October is still one of the better months to go; there’s not as much tourists around and there are great deals to be had on accommodation during this time.
It is well known in Rarotonga that the wind comes from the east more than other directions, so Muri Beach is vulnerable to this wind.
While it can keep you cold in the summer months, it makes the cooler months less desirable!
Conditions in Vanuatu are perfect for a getaway between April and October, following the trend of its Pacific neighbours.
However, November marks the arrival of the wet season, where short showers are common throughout the day.
Looking at historic trends, October has proven to be the best time to book accommodation in Vanuatu.
It’s not as hot as it gets in December – January, and you can enjoy a lot more without the crowds.