There are many reasons why booking your Nature Travels holiday in Sweden for 2009 early is a good idea:
1. Flight prices
If you are travelling to Sweden by plane, fares will be almost always be considerably lower if you plan ahead. For example, if you are considering winter dog sledding in Sweden on one of our extended dogsledding holidays in the Jämtland mountains, you can fly with Ryanair from Liverpool to Stockholm Skavsta in March 2009 for £0.00! (£28.41 including taxes, based on information at the time of writing).
2. Train fares
To get the best deals on train travel in Sweden, the trick is to book early, but not too early. Swedish rail operator SJ releases the most affordable tickets for sale 90 days before travel. These discounted tickets are then sold on a “first come, first served” basis.
For example, a seat on the night train from Stockholm to Undersåker (the start point for many of our dog sledding tours in Sweden) 90 days from the time of writing is just £15/person/way.
So wait until 90 days before you travel to book your train tickets in Sweden, but don’t wait too long! Booking in advance within the 90 day period will be considerably more affordable than leaving it until the last minute to arrange your train travel.
Spaces on our most popular outdoor experiences may be filled some way in advance. If you are restricted as to which dates you are able to travel due to work commitments, school holidays, etc, it is a good idea to reserve your spaces as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. To secure your spaces on your chosen Sweden holiday, we simply require you to complete a booking form and forward deposit of 10% of the total price of your experience, or £100, whichever is greater. The balance is then due 60 days before your experience begins.
4. Custom or private tours
Many of our experiences offer the option for both small and larger groups to book a private tour on dates by arrangement or to have a tailor-made variation of the standard itinerary to suit their particular needs, abilities and schedule. Particularly if you are planning activities in Sweden for a large corporate group or club, it may be essential to ensure that your preferred dates are available. If you are travelling with a particularly large group, then availability for flights, hotels, etc, may also be an issue. Booking your experience well in advance will ensure that you get the dates you want.
5. The price of a Nature Travels outdoor experience in Sweden
Nature Travels cooperates exclusively with small-scale, local partner companies in Sweden, all of whom are committed to the principles of sustainable tourism. We work purely on a commission basis with our providers – the price we charge to our customers is the same as the price available if booking direct (allowing for minor fluctuations up or down in exchange rate between British Pounds and Swedish Kronor). Normally we do not offer late availability rates or special discounts, except on the very rare occasions when one of our partners may decide to discount a particular tour to fill unused spaces. Where prices for next season have not yet been released, we are usually happy to offer our clients the chance to book for the following year at pre-change prices.
If you are planning your holiday in Sweden for 2009, making your booking in advance will ensure that you get the experience you want, when you want it. For inspiration, see our selection of articles about our activities in Sweden and images of our outdoor holidays on our website at www.naturetravels.co.uk.
The Nature Travels Team