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25th July 2017
Everyone loves a good getaway, and while booking your summer trips well in advance usually gets you the best deal, you can often find fantastic last minute offers that you can take advantage of.
One person’s dream holiday will be another person’s nightmare, so when choosing your destination, it’s a good idea to take into account the kind of trip you’re looking for. Are you keen to hit the sand, the slopes, or the shops? Do you imagine yourself catching some rays at the poolside or checking out stunning architecture in an ancient city? By imagining the type of holiday you want, you can home in on the destinations that suit your hopes as well as your budget. Once you have an idea, follow our tips you can choose the perfect holiday for you on a budget.
If shopping is on your list of priorities for a getaway, then picking a cheap place to travel to will mean you will have more money to spend whilst away. Places like Istanbul and Lisbon offer great value accommodation and food as well as a fabulous choice of shops. Istanbul is known for its large markets selling everything from spices to clothing to stunning things for the home, and the city also allows you to experience a completely different culture as well as barter for a bargain. Lisbon has a huge variety of markets, boutiques and thrift shops along colourful streets with lots of character. Not to mention the stunning beaches if you fancy a break from browsing the stores. Plus the weather is significantly better than the UK. Win, win!
Beach holidays are the classic getaway, surrounded by sunshine, sand and swimming pools. You’ll most likely find hundreds of options in the New Year period, so be sure to dedicate some time to your holiday search around the holiday period. If you’re unable to commit at this time, you can still get amazing deals on last minute package beach holidays if you’re open-minded about destinations. After all, so long as you’ve got the sand, the sea and the sun, who cares where you are in the world! Popular low-cost options are places in Greece, like Corfu or Zante.
If you haven’t already heard about Budapest, then we really urge you to consider it as an option. It’s a very affordable European city to visit and is full to the brim of buzzing culture. It’s a vibrant and colourful destination to soak up a completely different way of life, with great food, bars and historical landmarks.
Holidays surrounding food can often be the best, indulging in fine wines and tastes that make lasting memories. Heading to Italy will sure help to wake up your senses and get you trying some of the freshest ingredients and delicious dishes. Tuscany and the Amalfi coast are famous for their cuisines, so head to Florence, Sicily or Naples for some seriously good food and cheap places to stay. If you head to Rome or Venice, be prepared for a more touristy environment where you might need to hunt a little harder for those authentic tastes.
For those wanting to escape the stresses of everyday life, relaxing holidays are a great option. Spa getaways can be pricey, but if booked far enough in advance you can get a great deal. Croatia and the Canary Islands are popular destinations, both famous for their coastlines, surrounding quiet beaches and beautiful scenery. It’s idyllic for a relaxing getaway lounging in the sunshine.
If you are looking forward to getting away from the everyday, then choosing a theme can help save you time and money. Trying to fit everything into a single trip can lead to cost quickly adding up. Research your options and look out for great deals online, to ensure that you’re booking a holiday to remember but not paying more than you need to. Loveholidays are great for package holidays, and they group holidays into categories such as ‘City Breaks’ and ‘Beach Holiday’, which will make your research super easy. Travel Supermarket is a quick and easy way to compare multiple options and prices in one place.