Destinations to Book in Advance
There are some destinations which draw lots of tourists; from hiking to Machu Picchu to going in search of gorillas in Uganda, these sites are nothing short of iconic and everyone wants to see them. As a result, travellers need to book much further in advance to secure that perfect itinerary. We want you to see and do everything you want on your holiday so our specialists have picked out some of the main destinations that need the most advance planning and identified how far ahead you need to start thinking about each one.We advise you book all these destinations a year in advance so if you want to snap up a holiday in 2021 now is the time to be looking!
Best time to go: May - October
Going in search of bears is one of the most epic wildlife adventures imaginable. Spotting one of these majestic and powerful creatures in the wild is a thrilling and humbling experience, and one that has become so popular that many of Canada's bear lodges book up over a year in advance. The bear spotting season runs from May to October, with the salmon run which takes place from late August to October providing arguably the best sightings.
Best time to go: July - October
Recognised as the largest movement of mammals on Earth, the Great Wildebeest Migration is a natural phenomenon like no other. The wildebeests’ nomadic lifestyle follows Africa’s rains, which provides them with fresh grass on which to graze. From July to October, the herds are in the Masai Mara, where the show reaches its climax with some seriously dramatic river crossings. The lodges with the best views of these crossing points book up almost a year in advance.
Best time to go: April - October
Successfully securing a Machu Picchu permit tends to be a deal breaker when planning a trip to Peru, and from 2020 onwards capacity is set to be just a third of what it used to be. Permits for the year ahead start to be released around October, making this the optimum time to book your holiday. The best time of year to travel is between April and October, so these permits are usually the first to get whipped up.
Best time to go: April
Images of Japan’s cherry blossoms have graced many travel inspiration lists, so much so that it has become synonymous with the country itself. Many tourists want to visit Japan in April so they can join flower-watching parties, called Hanami, and enjoy the rosy ambience, making cherry blossom season particularly hard to book. Japanese hotels release their rooms a year before travel so it's best to book in April for the following year.
Best time to go: December - February
Many flock to Scandinavia in hopes of seeing the elusive Northern Lights as the winter nights grow longer. Iceland, Finland and Norway are especially popular as they are firmly in the Arctic circle, maximising your chances of seeing this impressive phenomenon. This is the ultimate family holiday for the February half term as holidays are jam-packed with things to so you better book in advance!
Best time to go: January - February & June - September
Uganda is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world and to track these fascinating creatures, visitors require a permit. The price of gorilla permits has risen sharply in recent years in Rwanda, while Ugandan prices have continued to remain much more competitive. Consequently, the demand for Ugandan permits is high as it is by far the most cost-effective destination to enjoy this iconic wildlife experience. To avoid disappointment, we recommend securing your permits up to a year in advance.