Why booking in advance is always the best choice

17 May 2024

Planning your holidays while you’re caught up in daily life can be comforting for some—the thought of an upcoming vacation helps you push through bad weather and long months at work. Yet, others prefer to delay it as much as possible, as it demands time, energy, and decision-making.

We get that sorting through itineraries, choosing your ideal destination, budgeting, and talking to a tour operator might feel more like work than holiday prep. But actually, booking well in advance can make your vacation much better, offering you more options than if you wait until the last minute.

Here are a few advantages to consider:


The biggest perk of booking early is choice—you'll have your pick of several destinations, including those that usually get booked up fast. Booking a few months ahead lets you weigh your options calmly, knowing they’re likely still available. This is especially true for trips that fill up quickly because of high demand or limited accommodations, like mountain routes or popular spots like Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast.


We’ve handpicked our standard accommodations for their comfort, charm, and convenient locations, not to mention good value. When you book in advance, we’re almost always able to secure these preferred spots. For last-minute bookings, we sometimes have to opt for different hotels, which might not be quite as ideal or could lead to extra charges.


Booking ahead also helps with costs—deciding early in the year where you want to go means you can snag tickets at lower prices than if you wait until the last minute.

Extra Services

If you’re visiting an art city and want to linger longer, or if you're looking to enrich your trip with more cultural activities, booking early gives you plenty of time to explore your options and pick activities that really suit your interests. Plus, you’ll be able to book things like museum tickets and guided tours that have limited availability, ensuring you get the most out of your holiday. Need help planning these extra days? Just let us know!

Peace of Mind

Remember, by booking your holiday well in advance, you can relax and enjoy the rest of your time knowing that an amazing trip is waiting for you and everything is taken care of. Dealing with all the bookings and planning close to your departure date can be a stressful buzzkill—not the best way to kick off a vacation!

Booking early really can help you have a smoother, more enjoyable holiday.


When our clients book well in advance, it helps us distribute our workload more evenly throughout the year and allows us to inform our providers ahead of time, aiding them in managing their workflow more effectively. It also boosts our earnings during parts of the year that are typically slower. While this might not directly benefit you, it's a good extra reason to consider booking early.

Cancellation Insurance

If you’re concerned about the possibility of not being able to take your holiday due to unforeseen circumstances, think about purchasing cancellation insurance when you book your trip. We offer this option at booking, and it provides a refund if you need to cancel your trip due to unexpected events, such as health issues.

Early Booking Discount

To add another incentive for planning ahead, we’ve introduced a discount code for bookings made 3, 4, 5, or 6 months in advance. Simply enter these codes at the end of the online quotation process, and your discount will be automatically applied:

EARLY3 For bookings made 3 months in advance - 3% discount 
EARLY4 For bookings made 4 months in advance - 4% discount 
EARLY5 For bookings made 5 months in advance - 5% discount 
EARLY6 For bookings made 6 months in advance - 6% discount 

The discount codes are already active on the website - the promotion is always valid, currently with no expiration date, and applies to all trips. 


  • Applies to SloWays self-guided trips in Italy of at least 6 days booked from May 17, 2023 
  • Applies to the full rate per person in a room, not to any additional services (e.g., transfers, extra nights, cancellation insurance...)
  • Only valid for direct bookings with SloWays 
  • 4 months correspond to 120 days, 3 months correspond to 90 days, including the day the quote is issued and the day of departure (excluding any extra nights added before the trip)
  • The discount, where applicable, will be calculated directly by the website - or by our team if you inform us via email! 

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