14 Dec 5 reasons to book your 2017 holiday now

With the panic and busy rush that comes with Christmas it’s only natural that shortly after the 25th our minds turn to thoughts of a holiday spent sipping cocktails by the pool, or dizzyingly tall palm trees swaying in the warm breeze. However, it’s not long before we’re shunted back to the present courtesy of the rain and cold outside. It all sounds a bit bleak, doesn’t it? Well there is one sure-fire way to kick-start 2017 – by planning your dream holiday. Savvy travellers will know that the early bird catches the worm, with plenty of bargains to be bagged.

Still not convinced? We’re here to help change your mind with five reasons why booking early is best:

For all the holiday extras

Hotels and travel operators often reward early holiday-bookers with the likes of free child places, room upgrades, spa treatments and day trips.

For the low deposits

They also understand that January can be a lean month and many offer low booking deposits so don’t let finances put you off snapping up a great holiday deal.

For easy pickings

The first in the queue gets their choice of destination, accommodation and flights. Scooping up those last minute holiday deals is great but only if you’re completely open to where you go and where you stay.

For the bargains

Like retail sales, there tends to be plenty of money off deals this time of year on holidays. If you can manage to cough up your booking deposit now it can really pay off.

For the peace of mind

Last but certainly not least, booking your holiday early will give you plenty of time to pay off your trip before you travel. No one wants to be scrimping and saving with a week to take-off – you want to come home more than the shirt on your back.

Orla O'Callaghan