5 Best Ways to Book Your Vacation

Whether you’re going to Mexico or the Caribbean, here are five tips to keep in mind when you’re booking an all-inclusive vacation.

My best friends, for instance, love all-inclusive vacation packages that cover every aspect of their trip, while my parents, who value peace of mind and convenience, but appreciate flexibility, almost always count on their travel agent to create a custom itinerary that suits their budget and preferences. Me, I’m all about enriching, authentic experiences, cultural immersion, and serendipity, so I’ve embraced a more DIY attitude towards travel.

Long story short, what’s best for me might be a nightmare for you, so explore your options and find the one that best suits your traveling style and interests.

From vacation rentals to all-inclusive packages, here are the best ways to book your next trip and make the most of it:

1. Book During the Off-Season

You’ll get the best deals in the Caribbean and Mexico from the end of May through October, for obvious reasons. But if you want to enjoy the sun when it’s in scarce supply in Canada, your best bet is to travel in October or November, when prices are still low. They soar around Christmas, drop again after New Year’s and rise steadily through January and February, peaking in March.

2. Opt for a Less Expensive Destination

Cuba and the Dominican Republic qualify as the least expensive destinations and have some truly lovely four-star resorts with lots of activities to keep both the young and the old happily occupied.

3. Take Advantage of Early Booking Bonuses

Lock in your all-inclusive vacation plans earlier and you’ll pay less. Early booking bonuses can sometimes save several thousand dollars on the cost of a vacation package for your family. You’ll also likely have your pick of resorts and dates.

4. Go the Last-Minute Route

If you’re not travelling during peak times like Christmas or March Break and you’re flexible about where you go, you can get some terrific last-minute deals.

5. Look for Kid-Friendly Deals

Travelling with the kids on your all-inclusive vacation? Keep your eyes peeled for deals where kids stay and eat for free