The Rainbow Nation continues to draw big crowds, so booking in advance isn’t just recommended, it’s strongly advised.

Some destinations are just too sought after for their own good. So don’t wait for the last minute to organise your holiday and start booking in advance!

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS 

Whether you plan on heading to Iceland or Scandinavia, the Northern Lights frequently attracts countless travellers on a quest to see Mother Nature’s famed lights show. It comes to no surprise then that availability can run out fairly quickly, particularly when the window to admire them is fairly small. Whilst they are visible from September to April, we prefer heading there between January and March, when the skies are darker and clearer, increasing the chances of seeing them.

When to book: Start booking four to six months in advance if you are travelling during the Northern Lights season. If you are planning on heading there during Christmas and New Year, it’s best to start locking down accommodation six months prior.

Iridescent lights in Norway
Iridescent lights in Norway

SOUTH AFRICA 

Whether you’re travelling there in summer or winter, there is always something unique to experience in South Africa: The Big Five, the whale migration, wine harvesting and much more. One thing that doesn’t change is the fact that the Rainbow Nation continues to draw big crowds, so booking in advance isn’t just recommended, it’s strongly advised.

When to book: Claim your place six months ahead of time or if you want to be there over the Christmas period, make sure that you book a year ahead.

On top of the world, South Africa
On top of the world, South Africa

NISEKO, JAPAN 

For Asian residents, Niseko is hands-down the best destination for a winter wonderland holiday. The powder is second-to-none, the accommodation is truly convenient, it has superb facilities and is an ideal place for anyone attempting to ski for the first time.

When to book: From March, hotels start promoting their early-bird offers and that’s the ideal time to start snagging up great deals and making sure you are right by the slopes

Fun times in Niseko
Fun times in Niseko

BHUTAN

Getting into Bhutan can be a tricky ordeal due to the limited flights going into the Kingdom (it requires super-hero skills to land at Paro International Airport) and the restricted number of hotels. Come festival season time, the country is filled with travellers looking to experience a unique and as yet very much preserved way of life.

When to book: There are festivals throughout the year in Bhutan, so once you have decided on which one appeals the most to you, start planning six to eight months in advance.

Traditional dance at the festival in the Timphu Dzong
Traditional dance at the festival in the Timphu Dzong

CUBA

Whilst travel to Cuba has been ongoing for many years (albeit very regulated and restricted), its new found ‘freedom’ from US embargo means that travel will increase drastically. However, the country is very limited in terms of accommodation, so planning in advance is a must if you are hoping to travel to the Caribbean island.

When to book: With Cuba’s popularity spiking, it’s recommended to start planning at least six months ahead to ensure you get accommodation as well as a rental car (should you be keen to do a bit of self-driving on the island).

Colourful vintage cars are aplenty in Cuba
Colourful vintage cars are aplenty in Cuba

SRI LANKA OVER CHRISTMAS 

Celebrating Christmas abroad with the entire family is very much a growing tradition and whether you’re used to snowy or tropical Christmases, you will most likely need space for your entire clan. Enter Sri Lanka and its gorgeous villas – perfect for home-away-from-home getaways. While there is a growing number of beautiful colonial houses turned villas, finding the one that caters to your family can be tricky if you leave it too late.

When to book: Generally speaking, booking four to six months in advance should guarantee you get the villa you had your heart set on. During the Christmas and New Year’s period, it’s best to plan eight months in advance to avoid disappointment.

A retreat just steps away from the heart of Galle
A retreat just steps away from the heart of Galle

RAJASTHAN, INDIA 

If you’ve always wanted to live it up like a Maharaja, chances are the ‘Land of the Kings’ is already high up on your list. The region of Rajasthan is peppered with countless havelis and forts that have been transformed into history-filled and charming boutique hotels. Whilst these former palaces are aplenty, they remain intimate in size and get filled up very quickly.

When to book: Booking six months in advance will enable you to get some great accommodation.

Overlooking the Blue City of Jodhpur
Overlooking the Blue City of Jodhpur

BALI VILLAS DURING SUMMER 

Having your own place to yourself on a heavenly island such as Bali is always a terrific idea and one which attracts an increasing number of travellers. Booking a villa in Bali over the summer is no easy feat: there is an over-abundance of choice, yet, all the amazing villas get booked up very quickly. With that in mind, preparing your holiday way in advance can only prove beneficial.

When to book: At least six months in advance to get the villa of your dreams.

World-renowned Tanah Lot Temple
World-renowned Tanah Lot Temple

ANTARCTICA

Commercial travel to Antarctica kicked off in 1966 with Lindblad Expeditions and is a growing and thriving destination. That being said, to maintain the continent as pristine and untouched as possible there is a limited number of expedition ships that crosses the hard waters of the Drake Passage. Add to that a restricted travel period and it’s easy to understand that cabins sell out like hot cakes!

When to book: At least a year in advance and with some of the more popular ships, even earlier!

Trip of a lifetime in Antarctic waters
Trip of a lifetime in Antarctic waters

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