From time to time, we all dream about a last-second escape to anywhere. Whether it’s because funds are running low or you’re hoping to squeeze in your 6th holiday of the summer, there are plenty of reasons to go last-minute – and thankfully, there are plenty of holidays to suit your wish-list, too!
Cheap last minute holidays come in many different shapes and sizes. If you’re opting for a package holiday, you can often find some amazing deals around 4 – 6 weeks prior to the departure date. This is a great time to search as it’s the point at which many tour operators lower their prices in order to try and boost sales and sell off those last few remaining seats.
Of course, last-minute holidays usually have very low availability so if you see something you like, you’ll need to act fast. The same is especially true for cheap last minute holidays, as the lower the price, the higher the demand. The best way to bag a last-minute bargain is to keep your criteria is loose as possible. Try to keep an open mind and don’t pigeon-hole yourself into a specific destination, departure date or hotel star rating – instead, search by price and be prepared to spend a few hours performing different searches. You’ll soon get an idea of the cheapest locations.
It’s all about being flexible, and if price is truly your priority, you’ll have the lion’s share of last-minute bargains. To find out more about late deals leaving soon and to start your search, check out a major tour operator like The Co-Operative Group and use the search panel to look for last-second escapes or browse their list of selected deals to find one that takes your fancy.
Just think, you could be booked, packed and jetting off to warmer climes in just a few short weeks… that’s last-minute holiday heaven!
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One of my favorite cities in Portugal hands down is Sintra. The city imbues a romantic scene, from its palaces to its winding cobble-stoned streets. One palace in particular stands out in my mind as an unforgettable experience: the Pena Palace.
The Pena Palace looks like a fantasy version of a castle, with rising towers, brightly colored buildings, lush views of the surrounding countryside, and ornately carved gargoyles. On the day that I visited, the morning sky was grey and stormy, just adding to the fairytale feel of the scene. As I stood atop one of the highest turrets, the wind whipping my hair, I breathed in the fresh air and felt myself transported back in time, as if I were surveying my own kingdom. The Pena Palace is so convincing in its authenticity, that it allows visitors to create their own fantasy, even if just for a moment.
As the winter turns colder, and the holiday season approaches my mind inevitably turns towards the new year, and what exciting travels it will bring. While it is hard to plan so far ahead, I already have a few exciting destinations booked thanks to a close friend’s intercontinental wedding. The bride is Thai and the groom is German so the wedding will span both Thailand and Germany (with a bachelorette in Greece!) The first wedding will take place in Germany, specifically in Dusseldorf. While I have never explored that particular German city, it brings to mind another German city that I visited years ago: Munich.
My memories of Munich are tinged with a white blanket of snow, floating through the air as I made my way towards the cultural highlight of the city, the Glockenspiel. As the clock struck 11am the colorful wooden figures adorning the structure came to life with the chimes of a family of bells. A group of tourists and locals stood together, entranced by the beautiful (and noisy!) performance. Then just as suddenly as it started, it was over and life resumed, as if everyone were lifted from a trance.
While I am definitely a sun-seeker, preferring to follow the sun around the globe, Munich is a city that thrives in the winter. With its oversized pints of beer, and the warm halls of its beer gardens serving platters of weiner schnitzel and sausage, it is easy to forget the chilly temperatures here.
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Winter blues got you down? I used to dread the coming cold fronts, camping out in my apartment with the heat on full blast and a pile of blankets perpetually wrapped around me. While my love for the heat hasn’t changed, I have learned to appreciate certain locations that thrive in the winter months. On a visit to Switzerland some time ago, I was awestruck by the majestic mountains, soaring up all around me. I joined of group of Snow Shoe-ers and began my trek up the mountainside. With each rise my eyes were full of the view around me, scarcely even stopping to blink, lest I miss even a moment of this magical scene. As the minutes passed, the cold slowly dissipated and I found myself shedding my layers one by one.
After my long journey, I rewarded myself with a stop at one of the countless truffle shops in Interlaken, followed by a dinner of fondue. The city roofs were all dusted with a soft coat of snow and the air seemed muffled in silence. It was a beautiful peaceful moment, and I felt warm from head to toe.
On Wednesday night I joined France Passion Magazine in celebrating their one year anniversary at the French Institute Alliance Francaise with Atout France, the French Tourist Office. The event was a celebration of all things French, with a perfume bar by jeweler Mauboussin, a Saint Germain cocktail station, and a live jazz band, calling to mind the romantic entertainment outside most Parisian brasseries. The room had a hazy blue shade, adding a soft glow to everything and in true French fashion, creating a warm, romantic glow. The night made me recall my days wandering the Marais, a handsome man on my arm, and the wind in my hair. I think a return to the city of lights is now firmly in order.