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Thu July 10, 2014
The Procrastinator's Guide To Planning A Quick Getaway
Don't be ashamed. We all procrastinate. The car needs an oil change. The living room needs to be vacuumed. And you still haven't planned your summer vacation.
We can't help you with the first two, but if you're still looking for a getaway this summer and finding no available reservations, read on.
KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has these three tips:
1. Be Flexible
Everyone has space in August, but it’s scattered — two nights here, three nights there. A lot of mid-week reservations are available.
2. Be Creative
Blend traditional lodging with other accommodations.
“I couldn’t get more than three nights in one place, at the Cox Resort on the beach,” he said. “So I went to Airbnb, and I picked up another three nights in the town of Tofino, at a cabin. That’s a great way to go.”
3. Check In Frequently For Cancellations
“They’re busy; this is their high season. I wouldn’t count on them calling you back," Brumley said. So it's up to you to keep asking. You could also book in the general area, and if your first choice comes open in the meantime, you can cancel your reservation at the place you initially booked It’s not ideal, especially from the hotel’s perspective, so don't use it as your first option, and make sure you know — and respect — the hotel’s cancelation policy.
Don't Know Where To Go? Suggested Destinations
Those are good tips once you've picked your destination. If you're not even that far, here are some of Brumley's favorite places, with links:
Moclips or Ocean Shores in Grays Harbor County
Matthew Brumley is the founder of Earthbound Expeditions, which organizes group travel to destinations around the world for various clients, including KPLU. "Going Places" explores all aspects of getting from Point A to Point B, what to do once there, and in between.