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.
Best time to go: October - December
This Himalayan kingdom is an unspoilt gem whose sweeping landscapes, crisp air and ancient culture leave tourists feeling refreshed and inspired. Bhutan has has carefully managed the numbers of tourists who travel to the country in order to preserve its unique traditions so you really need to book this destination in advance.
Best time to go: December - June
A trip to the legendary Galapagos Islands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The unrivalled bird, marine and wildlife viewing is second to none and to preserve and support these unique islands visitor numbers are strictly controlled. Whether you plan to explore on a cruise or a land-based trip it is important to book at least 12 months in advance. This will ensure we can tailor your itinerary to your exact requirements.
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.
Best time to go: December - April
Costa Rica is the perfect mix of exclusive jungle hideaways, thrilling activities and blissful beach hotels, making it an ideal destination for adventurous families. It is also home to a startling amount of wildlife so it’s not hard to see why it gets booked up so quickly. The best time to travel to Costa Rica is from December to April and in order to get your first choice of accommodation, we advise booking a year in advance.
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.
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