Don’t Care Where? Go Last Minute!
If you’re not stuck on a single destination and any place that fits a broad set of criteria will do—say, an island with decent food, a good beach and plenty of sunshine—then last minute is definitely the way to go. Tour operators begin by offering packages at more-or-less fair market value, but as time passes and the departure date grows close, they would rather slash those prices than let rooms sit empty. Start searching on sites like Redflagdeals.com and Selloffvacations.com a couple weeks before your desired departure date, and once a deal pops up that fits your budget and desires, book it right away—the best offers don’t last long.