Everyone knows that a superb holiday provides the ultimate stress relief, but did you know that planning a holiday can make you happier even before the trip has begun? Never let it be said that we don’t think spontaneity is fun; an impulse getaway is always exciting but booking a cruise or tour early can benefit you in more ways than you might think if you know exactly where you want to go. With this in mind, we’ve launched our 2022 holidays earlier than ever so all you need to do sit back, browse our inspirational collections and get ready for a year of anticipation.
More reasons to smile
Travel makes us happy. It’s thought to deliver even greater levels of happiness than some of life’s milestone moments such as getting married, having a baby or finally getting your dream job. Even material possessions fade into insignificance when compared to the benefits exploring the world can bring us.
According to research* not only is taking a holiday rated by many as vital for our emotional well-being, over three-quarters of people booking a holiday, do so just for a happiness boost. Furthermore, almost three-quarters of those involved in the study said that they get an instant high just from the excitement of planning a trip. Over a third think about their holiday at least once a day before they go to lift their spirits, with 80 per cent buoyed by looking at a map and researching the best places to visit. For many the planning stage, such as shopping for a holiday wardrobe, scrolling through pictures of accommodation and destinations, and reading reviews are all key to improving our mood.
Let’s face it, we could all do with more reasons to be cheerful right now so as well as having something wonderful to look forward to, here’s a few more great reasons why booking early could definitely help to put a smile on your face.
Best price promise
When you’re chatting over dinner, no one wants to find out that someone they’re travelling with paid less for the same holiday – particularly if they booked later than you. That’s why you can always be reassured that when you book early with Riviera Travel, unlike some other operators, you’re covered by our best price promise. Occasionally we might need to reduce the price of a holiday but if we do this after you’ve booked, we’ll automatically reduce the cost for you too because that’s fairer for everyone.
Secure exactly the holiday you want
There’s no benefit for booking late, but by booking early, you can secure your preferred dates and options. Where there’s limited availability for some of our accommodation such as lake or sea view rooms, we find these always sell out quickly, so it’s worth being an early bird and booking early to make sure you have exactly the holiday you’re dreaming of. Our 2022 dates are already selling fast so if you’ve got a particular date in mind or you’re planning on treating yourself to that wonderful room with a view, bear in mind options might be limited if you leave it too late.
If you’ve always dreamed of experiencing Japan’s cherry blossom in full bloom or stunning autumn colours as you ride Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer train, you’ll need to ensure you’re travelling at the right time of year. Unsurprisingly, these are often the most in demand times to travel so book early to make sure you’re ahead of the pack!
Happy in every sense or your money back
One of the best things is that you can book early safe in the knowledge that if things change, there’s no need to worry; our flexible booking policy means you can change your booking free of charge**, and included Covid-19 Cancellation & Curtailment Protection provides even more reassurance that we’ll always take care of you. Plus, with our ‘Happiness Guarantee’, if you’re not completely happy by day two of your holiday we’ll bring you home and give you a full refund.
With all these great reasons to book now, we look forward to arranging your happiest holiday ever!
*According to global research undertaken by booking.com
**2022 holidays booked by 30 June 2021 can be changed for free up to end of September 2020 . See our flexible booking policy for more information.