Ask Our Experts: What are the best times to book travel to popular destinations?

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What are the best times to book travel to popular destinations?

Some of the world’s most incredible travel experiences are also seasonal, which means you have a limited window in which to reserve the best spots. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind.

Summer in Alaska

Alaska’s season runs from late May to mid-September. Restaurants, shops, and lodges are open for business, and the weather is warmest in peak summer months. The good news is, there’s still time to lock in an unforgettable land or cruise vacation for this summer. Should you want to plan for summer 2019, now is the time to start the conversation so we can help you select from the widest variety of options.

Africa’s Great Migration

Millions of wildebeest and zebra travel north from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Maasai Mara between July and October and then return south again. To view the iconic Mara river crossing — typically in late July and August — reserve at least six months in advance. (More intimate lodges may fill up an entire year in advance.) Since only nature can dictate where and when these creatures will cross the river, we can even arrange your stay in mobile camps to follow the herds in real time. We can also reserve alternate experiences that are in less demand: December to March is calving season in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area; in June and July, the crossing of the Grumeti River in the Western Serengeti is spectacular.

Ascending Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is high on many travelers’ wish lists and demand keeps rising. To protect this ancient citadel, the Peruvian government limited the number of hikers allowed on the Inca Trail each day and, more recently, all travelers must purchase an advance ticket for morning or afternoon entry to Machu Picchu. Trains from Aguas Calientes also fill up quickly, and postponing reservations means fewer options or higher-priced tickets. With these parameters, we recommend booking at least six months in advance of the high season of July through August; there’s a bit more leeway in the slower seasons in late April or May.

Our Insider Tip

In destinations like Western Europe and the Caribbean, spring and autumn are known as the “shoulder season.” Ask us about how to secure deeper discounts in these select weeks.

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