Castelnaudary, France (PressExposure) August 09, 2009 -- Lots of British holiday makers have had to endure yet another soaking wet and cold summer in the UK despite promises of one of the hottest summers for years made by weather forecasters.
Problem is that when you try and change your plans last minute and organise a holiday somewhere that you have a chance for some decent sunshine and warm weather, then it is highly likely that you will find it difficult to get accommodation, especially if you are looking for a break during July or August. These are the 2 most popular months for holidays in Europe. Not only for the British but also for the French, Germans, Dutch and Spanish.
Another problem with last minute booking, if you can actually manage to find a place able to accommodate you, is that costs are likely to be higher for your flights and other travel arrangements than if you had made your plans in a more timely fashion.
On the brighter side of things one of the reasons for people choosing to stay at home in the UK has been the poor Pound to Euro exchange rate, particularly bad at around the time most people look at making their holiday arrangements which is January and February. However since that time the Pound has made a slow but steady recovery and for the people that are arriving for their European holidays now, they are finding significantly better exchange rates than they perhaps thought they would get back in January.
Clearly the credit crunch has also made people wary about traveling further afield and making an early commitment, but in fact if you are in employment you should actually be enjoying a fair amount of relief on your finances with many deals to be had for goods and services plus lower mortgage rates than for decades.