The One Simple Thing You Should Be Doing For Cheaper Travels (But Probably Aren’t)

Malaysians are the least forward-planning travellers in the world, according to Agoda.

They say that money spent on experiences instead of material possessions will make you happier in the long run, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend more money than you have to for that memorable vacation that’ll make your entire year.

And the easiest way to save money on a trip?

Plan it earlier.

“Price and choice play a driving factor when booking travel – the longer you book in advance, the better the choice and the lower the cost,” says Andy Edwards, Global Director Brand and Communications of world-leading accommodation site, agoda. “Popular culture portrays this image of the adventurous, last minute traveller, but in reality consumers are investing more time preparing for their holiday to get the most out of their well-deserved break.”

It may sound simple,  but we Malaysians are terrible at that, according to agoda. Releasing its findings on holiday booking trends in Asia, their survey revealed that Malaysian travellers planned and booked their holidays less than a month (24.4 days) prior to travelling, ranking amongst the least forward planning travellers in the world. In fact, we’re one of the bottom five forward-planning countries in the world, beating only India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia when it comes to planning our holidays ahead.

In comparison, Hong Kongers book their holidays approximately two times earlier (49.4 days) than their Malaysian counterparts. They are, for the second year running, the most organised and book the longest in advance prior to travel.

“Our research demonstrates that across the globe, the trend is shifting to more advanced booking, with an average global increase of two days lead-time in booking compared to the previous year. This is somewhat surprising, given that we are portrayed as living in an age of ‘instant gratification’,” Edwards added.

Interestingly, the survey also revealed that 75% of Malaysians said they prefer to spend their time exploring local holiday destinations rather than travel overseas, which is both heart-warming and another way to travel for less. Cuti-cuti Malaysia!