In Summary
  • January might seem too early to start planning a holiday, but it’s the right time to do so if you want a stress-free vacation where everything is planned way ahead of time.

It’s the beginning of the year and after all the festivities that come with the end of the year, a holiday is the last thing on most people’s mind. The holiday season is over for many of us until Easter.

January might seem too early to start planning a holiday, but it’s the right time to do so if you want a stress-free vacation where everything is planned way ahead of time.

Starting to think about your holiday at this time gives you enough time to plan, save and prepare for travel. Last minute bookings are always more expensive so why not start looking at options now.

Kenyans have earned a reputation of waiting until the last minute to book a holiday. This can be expensive and disastrous in terms of bookings that may go wrong or finding out that what you wanted is already booked leaving you with little or no choice. It is best to start looking at options now even if you will start paying a little later.

As you look at the options consider this:

Getting an all-inclusive package:

Destinations have partnered with local travel agents to offer all-inclusive tour packages. These mainly include flights, accommodation, airport transfers and taxes – per person sharing.

Many of these packages are advertised in the local dailies, travel magazines and websites. Due to the volumes of these packages and the negotiated prices, the holiday costs tend to come down compared to booking directly with an airline then booking the hotel separately.

Also by booking with a credible travel agent, one’s trip is guaranteed meaning that you will not be met with shocks when you get to the destination. However, read the fine print before making the booking as it costs more to change the tickets at the last minute.

South Africa and Dubai are the two destinations that offer some great packages. Time special events such as the Dubai and Johannesburg shopping festivals or the Cape Town Jazz to get packages that are fun-filled and with much more activities.

These packages are not only limited to travel outside of the country. Tour packages also have attractive domestic packages.

Low season:

Take advantage of the low prices during the low travel season, be it for local or international holidays. Most hotels offer reduced prices to stimulate travel at this time.

This is the ideal time to look out for holiday packages at the Coast, Maasai Mara and other game reserves. These packages can be sought from the hotels websites and local tour agents.

Magical Kenya, the portal owned by the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB), also has a wide range of travel packages.

Local service providers use the tourism marketing body’s website to showcase their products and any special offers they may have.

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