We love to travel together as a family and we are so lucky to have visited some really fun places already this year. If you follow my Instagram, you probably have seen from my stories and photos that we have just come back from a trip to France. But going away, even just for a few days can become really expensive can’t it? Booking last minute holidays could be a way of keeping costs down when travelling if you are able to be flexible with your dates and times.
Living in London, we are really lucky that we are able to visit many places in the UK and Europe quite easily. From sandy beaches a drive away from London to further afield. It also means you can take advantage of many offers and discounts from being able to travel from London. If you decide to book a last minute short break away be confident that you have ATOL peace of mind for your holidays so you know you are covered should the worst happen.
Booking Last Minute Holidays From London
At around 2-3 hours by train, depending on where you are visiting, travelling to France from London is accessible for either a fun day trip to the continent or a last minute short break away. If you are travelling with children you can take in all the culture of Paris or head over to Disneyland Paris for a day of fun and magic.
Take a trip to the Emerald Isle and spend a few days. With flights from Heathrow at under 90 minutes, you can take in some of the local heritage visiting Malahide Castle or St Patrick’s Cathedral. How about a trip to Dublin Zoo or soaking up the culture at one of the many museums or galleries Dublin has to offer.
You can hop on a 7 am flight in London, and by 10.30 be taking in the sights and rich history. Compare this to a 3+ hour train journey from Barcelona to Madrid, taking a last minute holiday from London to Barcelona is a quick and easy getaway for somewhere new to explore this summer. If you want to advantage or possibly even lower fares, the best day to book a flight is a Tuesday. So if you are flexible on times and dates this is definitely a place to look at for a short summer break.
View of Madeira from our hotel room
We visited Madeira last year and we had a lovely time exploring. A little longer flight but still coming in at around 4 hours. There are so many fantastic things to do there and the scenery is mesmerising. You can go away for the weekend and enjoy all that the island has to offer or perhaps a week if you have more time. We did so many activities such as whale watching, a jeep safari tour, we visited a traditional Madeira house, we travelled up the hill using a cable card and we went down the hill on a sledge! This was so much fun! You can get great deals if you have some flexible dates. I can highly recommend you to visit Madeira.
Port de Pollenza, Balearic Islands, Mallorca
Another place we love as a family is Mallorca. We had so much fun when we visited and the flight is less than 3 hours. Definitely, a place to consider for a short break this summer especially if the weather changes!
What About a Last Minute UK Staycation?
Why go abroad when there are plenty of gorgeous places to visit in the UK. Hop on a train to visit Plymouth, Essex or Brighton in less than a few hours or maybe head up North via plane or train. In a little over 90 mins via plane, you can be enjoying the delights of Edinburgh and take in the beautiful culture Scotland has to offer.
If you like this post, you might also like my latest post “What to See While Touring Europe | Art Galleries, Museums, Palaces” for more travel inspiration.
Have you ever managed to get a great deal on a last-minute holiday?
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