Looking to take a last-minute holiday? Your spontaneous timing could actually result in some serious savings. While there might be fewer options than if you planned your trip months earlier, the flights and hotels with space available will be eager to find customers willing to travel at a moment’s notice. Here’s how to nab a last-minute holiday deal to a fun and exciting destination.

1. Look for Off-Season Rates

Often, destinations’ peak seasons and low seasons for travelers coincide with weather patterns. But even if you have to deal with cooler temperatures or the occasional rainstorm, there are some serious upsides to traveling in the off-season. In addition to smaller crowds, you can score great deals on flights and accommodations. And because there is lower demand for travel during the off-season, it’s likely that a last-minute holiday deal will be ready and waiting for you.

If you’re interested in traveling to a particular destination, do a little online research to discover the months during which their off-season falls. Or, you can use some of these suggestions:

  • Winter in the U.S. National Parks: If you can stand the chilly temperatures, you’ll practically get these parks to yourself during the winter months. The wildlife watching is at its best with fewer tourists around, and you can enjoy cross-country skiing on groomed trails. Lodges offer a cozy way to escape the cold; don’t miss the rustic charm of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Spring in Hawaii: As long as you avoid Spring Break weeks, spring brings cheaper rates for travel to Hawaii. You’ll likely see a bit of rain, but plan some activities that are unrelated to sunbathing and surfing and you should be fine. Consider hiking the Ha’iku Stairs in Oahu before heading to Haleiwa for Matsumoto Shave Ice, which is recommended by locals.
  • Summer in New Zealand: Summer in North America is winter in New Zealand, which is why you can often find seriously discounted rates at hostels and hotels during these months. Be sure to check out Ponsonby, a hip neighborhood featuring unique establishments like Ponsonby Social Club, which is known for tasty cocktails and live music.
  • Fall in the Caribbean: Hurricane season is in full swing from September-November, but if you go to Aruba, Bonaire, or Curaçao, you’ll enjoy the islands that lie outside so-called “hurricane alley” and which rarely get serious storms. In Curaçao, stay in Hotel ‘t Klooster, which features funky accommodations in a former monastery in the trendy Pietermaai district.

2. Sign Up for Alerts

Many airlines offer last-minute deals to sell off those few remaining seats on their flights. It’s wise to sign up for email alerts from your favorite airlines in order to learn about these opportunities as soon as they become available.

3. Travel at Odd Times

If you’re willing to travel at what most people would consider inconvenient times, you can usually find a good last-minute deal. Many airlines have trouble selling out their early morning and red-eye flights, so be open to odd travel times for additional last-minute deals. You can also try to fly on off-peak days, which are usually Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

4. Bundle Your Travel

Creating a travel package could be the way to get that last-minute deal you’ve been searching for. Rather than booking your airfare and hotel separately, try combining them to get even more savings.

Just because you want to take a spontaneous trip doesn’t mean you’ll pay more. In fact, you could save by planning at the last minute and being open to trying out a new destination. Keep these tips in mind to keep your travel budget in check on your next trip.