It’s not good news for those of us who like to plan ahead, as it’s been revealed that booking a hotel room 2-3 months in advance is actually the most expensive option.
If you’re looking to book a hotel room for a city break this summer, it’s best to wait - as you'll get the best price by booking just one month in advance.
Taking into consideration hotel room prices in the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany, the research by hotel comparison website trivago.co.uk found that you’re most likely to bag a bargain 30 days before departure.
But contrary to popular belief, planning ahead really doesn’t pay off money-wise as the most expensive time to book is 2-3 months in advance.
The prices do increase the closer you get to your trip, but they're no way near as expensive as they are booking months ahead.
The prices do vary slightly per country, with hotel rooms in Spain the cheapest 4-7 weeks in advance, compared to France where hotel rooms can be booked just a fortnight in advance for the best prices.
Denise Bartlett, UK Public Relations at Trivago, believes the research will result in more last-minute bookings.
“Although many people assume that hotel prices will be at their highest the day before travel, this is actually not the case,” she said.
“There is no significant difference between booking two months or one day in advance, and it is considerably more expensive to book three months in advance.
“This information really opens the door to last minute decisions and spontaneous trips.”