How Far in Advance Should You Plan A Trip? Tips from GeoEx
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When to Start Planning Your Trip

By GeoEx Staff | January 12, 2024

Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka

Some destinations work perfectly for short-notice getaways. Others require advance planning to get space in the best lodges and camps, secure hard-to-obtain permits, and process visas. If you’re wondering when the best time is to book a trip to your dream destination, you’re in the right place. We put together a few of the top destinations that we recommend booking three, six, and twelve months in advance in order to assure the best vacation possible.

12 Months Ahead


Private concessions and premier safari camps book up quickly. If you’ve been picturing yourself watching elephants from your deck, don’t delay.

Central Asia

Crossing Silk Road borders was the ultimate adventure in ancient times. Plan ahead and we’ll guide you through the modern visa process.


Seeing gorillas in their natural habitat is life-changing. Not getting the permits to see them is heartbreaking, and limited numbers are issued.

6 Months Ahead


Rajasthan deserts or Kerala waterways? Tribal markets or Mughal palaces? With so many options, take the time to let us design a trip ideally suited to you.


Staying in a stately riad amplifies the Moroccan experience with courtyards and fountains. Don’t miss this opportunity by waiting too long.

Sri Lanka

An expert guide makes all the difference in this enchanting country. Secure your space (and a great guide) on a GeoEx small group trip.

3 Months Ahead


Explore a less-visited corner or center your trip on food traditions of the region. Our experts can pull an adventure together quickly.


Travel down under to an island full of stunning scenery and unusual creatures. We can help make it happen in short order.


A mind-opening destination close by, Cuba’s travel regulations may seem daunting but our trips follow all the rules with plenty of fun.

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To start planning your adventure to these destinations or any of GeoEx’s other far-flung locales, give us a call at 888-570-7108.

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