Last minute travel?

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Apr 19th, 2010, 07:39 AM
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Last minute travel?

My wife and I would like to plan a vacation without planning. My work situation doesn't allow it. Basically, take 5-7 days and go somewhere and make the best of it.

Does anyone have any advice? I can't imagine showing up at the airport and picking a flight is very cost effective. Has anyone ever done this before? I will have a week to a few days notice.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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I'd have a couple places in mind, then keep track of plane fares online. I can often get economical flights to Hawaii or Mexico without much notice (from Seattle, for example).

Same principal with hotels, I'd have a short-list of places that sound nice in your budget, and call them direct once you book the flights.

With the internet, even a last minute trip, doesn't have to mean going to the airport without a ticket, or landing in a city without a place to stay.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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You can sign up with airlines for weekend specials, as well as with outfits like smartertravel, travelzoo, farefinder etc for weekly emails of near-in specials. I believe you can register at sites like expedia and travelocity to be notified when a particular route goes down in price. I think it's roomstogo that only sells hotel rooms about 10-20 days out, and there are hotwire and priceline. Basically, sign up with any site that offers cheap rates close in.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 11:02 PM
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Thanks for the info. I have a rough list of likely options (the hard part is weeding the list down to a workable size) so I will follow that idea. If anyone has any good stories or issues to watch out for, please let me know.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 06:54 PM
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We've booked two of the last minute packages through Travelocity. One trip was to Boston and another to Atlanta, both were very reasonable.

Another last minute vacation we've done a few times is to take a cruise. We live near one of the ports in south Florida, so there was no transportation issue for us.
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