How Late Booking Gambles With Your Holiday Happiness: 3 Ways to Protect Yourself

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Do you know the shocking truth about last minute bookings?

What little-known factors can affect your holiday price?

How safe is your ideal narrowboat from being fully booked?

It’s March already, the beginning of the cruising season, which means that many boaters have already booked and begun their narrowboat holiday! If you haven’t booked your canal holiday yet, read on for the truth about last minute bookings.

1) Decide on your dates

Research done by ABTA, the UK’s largest travel association, has found that British holidaymakers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of booking early. 62 percent of people cited better deals and cheaper prices as their motivation for booking early. Thinking about this year’s dates right now, means you can begin your holiday research today, and avoid missing out.

2) Book time off work

Hastily searching for last minute deals can sometimes be fun, but early booking has several benefits. There will be more availability of the dates that you want, making it easier to get time off work if you plan ahead. Remember also that you may have to factor in your partner’s work commitments, and avoid clashing with other scheduled family plans this year.

3) Select your narrowboat

Booking early gives you more choices of available prices, and booking online can often get you a cheaper deal. If you are a couple, save money by hiring a smaller boat than that which would be needed by a large family. For example Urban Fox sleeps 2-4 people; Platinum Fox sleeps 4-6. A large group of 7 could share Silver Fox, a luxury narrow boat suitable for a group, and share the cost.

At Fox Narrowboats you’re more likely to get the boat of your choice if you browse what’s available now, and reserve it early. Have a look at floor plans, colour photographs and a full list of on-board equipment and luxuries. The Fox Boats fleet are either cruiser or semi-traditional sterns: Narrowboat stern types.

Remember it’s not just UK travellers who are looking forward to their summer holiday, but hundreds of visitors from other countries too. We have a limited number of available boats and dates.

We’re currently taking bookings for this year’s boating season. Will you join us on an adventure?

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