Mid haul destinations
If you’re looking for warmer climates, within easy reach, we would recommend one of our mid haul destinations. Egypt, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands all offer year-round sunshine and are a great choice for that well deserved break in the sun. Turkey, Greece and Cyprus are also top destinations for a last-minute summer holiday.
Where culture, cuisine and charisma collide. Only a two and a half hour flight away, Mykonos is perfect if you want quiet beach days followed by party nights, whereas Crete is the place to go for culture, history and stunning landscapes. Mainland Greece is a little cooler than its islands – think 25°C as a yearly average. Across the islands things heat up, with highs of 30°C in the summer.
Expect rustic tradition and sunshine in these secluded Atlantic islands, perfect for a couple’s getaway and only a five and a half hour flight away. Sal is the spot for you if you’re looking for constant sun and white beaches. Temperatures stay above 20°C all year round in Cape Verde, thanks to its position on the globe. August is the hottest month, when you can expect temperatures of up to 30°C.
Whichever of the Canary Island’s you choose, you’re guaranteed some warm sunshine. Tenerife is the largest and the liveliest of the islands, and has been the number one choice for us Brits for many years. Gran Canaria is closely followed in popularity and its sweeping sand dunes are one for the bucket list. Fuerteventura is the number one spot for windsurfers and is close enough to take a day trip to Lanzarote. Temperatures can reach around 23° in the winter, rising to 28° in the summer months.
Long haul destinations
While the rain is pouring and the days are short, you could be sunning yourself on warm white beaches and taking advantage of those All Inclusive drinks by the pool. There’s nothing better than escaping the British weather with a last minute winter holiday.
The sunniest shores in Central America are just an eight-hour direct flight away, where you can taste authentic cuisine and explore mystical historic sites. Temperatures are cooler in the east of Mexico than the west, but across the board you can expect over 20°C in winter and rising well over 30°C in summer.
A nine-hour flight away, the Dominican Republic is home to pristine Caribbean beaches and stunning interior landscapes. There are many watersport opportunities for active holidaymakers, and beaches galore for those who prefer a relaxing break. The temperature remains constant for most of the year, with the average annual temperature at 25°C.
With its laid-back vibe, it’s true what they say, Jamaica welcomes its tourists with open arms. You’ll find lots to discover like the famous Blue Mountains and Dunn’s River Falls. Of course no trip to Jamaica is complete, without sampling some tasty jerk chicken whilst soaking up the sun on one of its many white sandy beaches. Temperature wise, there’s no need to worry, you can expect a very warm average of 30°C.
Last minute All Inclusive deals
Go All Inclusive – it gives you far less to worry about and you’ll make big savings. The price you pay will include flights, accommodation and all meals. Make sure you check each deal, because sometimes even your transfers are included along with drinks from the hotel bar.
Knowing that everything’s paid for and you’re good to go is a massive advantage when you’re looking for a last minute escape, so All Inclusive deals are always popular with holidaymakers seeking a quick getaway. Take a look for yourself at the All Inclusive deals ready to whisk you away.
What is a last minute holiday?
Last minute holidays are cut-price package holidays within the next eight weeks. Hotels, airlines and holiday companies want to give you the great experiences you deserve, although sometimes they are left with cancelled bookings or seats still available on soon-to-take-off flights.
That’s what makes these deals last minute – prices fall to let you take advantage of this trend, so you can enjoy fantastic value at some of the best destinations worldwide.
How to book cheap last minute holiday deals
Smart holidaymakers always know how to compare the best deals and get the most value for their holiday spending, but even if this is your first last minute break, all it takes is a few tips to keep you savvy.
Read up on a range of destinations – whether you’re looking for a wild week away to party or a quiet 10-day break to a beach resort, there will be plenty of last minute deals in a range of destinations that fit your requirements. Keep an eye out for activities available nearby and study which board basis is best for you – an All Inclusive experience is worlds apart from Self Catering.
Remember how peak times work, in the same way as trains and buses. Peak times like weekends lead to more pricey flights, and even the time of day can be a factor. Being flexible on the dates you fly out and the airports you fly from will really help you secure some fantastic savings.
Don’t be afraid to compare – a five-day break in one resort may be more expensive than a seven-day All Inclusive an hour south. Be flexible and compare a range of deals over a few destinations. You never know, you could be on your way to the ideal holiday in a destination you never thought you’d consider.
Make sure you don’t get caught up in the excitement and miss something out. Are you going as a family? Look for a resort that offers plenty of activities. Is this a couple’s retreat? Find the destination that moves away from noisy resorts. Keep your needs in mind while you shop.
Can you get last minute holiday deals?
It’s always possible to grab last minute holiday deals. A last minute holiday usually refers to one that’s booked up to eight weeks before departure. Travel operators want their flights and cruises to depart carrying as many passengers as possible – this means they’ll offer last minute discounts to fill the last few seats or berths.
The same is true of hotels, who will also lower their prices last minute to make sure rooms are occupied. You’ll be able to grab last minute holiday deals to lots of different destinations across the world, catering to groups of friends, families and couples. They’re easy to find if you know where to look – most travel websites offer a last minute section where you can search and compare holiday deals.
What are the best last minute holiday destinations?
You’ll be able to grab last minute holidays to some really great short-haul, mid-haul and long-haul destinations, especially to popular tourist hotspots where accommodation is never in short supply. If you’re looking for a sunny European beach break, destinations such as Spain and Bulgaria top the bill. In Spain, head to the sun-kissed Costa Brava for miles of golden beaches, family-friendly activities such as water parks, and towns with quaint historic centres.
Meanwhile, on Bulgaria’s stunning Black Sea coast you’ll find a range of nightlife hotspots, family friendly resorts and numerous Blue Flag beaches. If you’re thinking of heading further afield, the Canary Islands are a great place to score a last minute holiday deal. Fun-loving Tenerife is particularly popular, thanks to its golden bays, striking volcanic landscape and lively resorts.
The sun shines year-round here, so there’s never a bad time to go. During the winter months, escape with a last minute holiday to the Caribbean. With its world-class beaches, reggae and rum bars, mountains and waterfalls, Jamaica is one of the best places to banish the winter blues.