THIS summer has left many of us wondering whether going abroad is worth the hassle, or whether a staycation and a great British holiday is perhaps a little more relaxing.
But, if soaking up the rays in your back garden isn’t your idea of a proper holiday, now is the time to pounce on a real bargain.
As a thrifty travel blogger, I’m no stranger to finding a good deal, and there’s nothing I like more than discovering a quality destination for a fraction of the usual price.
There’s a thrill in finding a good holiday deal, but often it’s harder to find brilliant bargains during the school holidays – however it’s not impossible, and with supply and demand the real stickler in the prices of getaways, the fact the sun is shining hard in the UK is meaning cheaper deals abroad this summer.
Read on to discover the best last minute bargains going for under £200 this summer.
With its azure coves, white sand beaches and historical significance, Corfu is one of the most popular islands in Greece. Don’t let its popularity put you off however, as quieter beaches and coves are still discoverable on this Ionian paradise.
You can enjoy a seven night stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Kavos in Corfu’s south coast for just £154pp with Holiday Discount Centre. The holiday includes return flights from Edinburgh.
A sparkling jewel in the Balearic islands of Spain, Majorca is just a three hour flight away from Scotland.
For just £178pp, you can enjoy a 3 night, all inclusive stay at a 3* hotel in Porto Cristo in Majorca’s picturesque east, including flights and transfers from Glasgow with Holiday Discount Centre next week. Slightly longer deals and different dates are also available via this website for eye-wateringly cheap prices.
Disneyland Paris, France
This one’s for the kids. For just £159pp you can enjoy flights, and two nights and three days at Kyriad Hotel in Disneyland Paris. The flights leave from London – but the team at Tour Centre are very helpful (I’ve used them a lot) and may be able to get you a deal sorted on a Scottish flight.
There are a number of amazing places to see near and in Krakow, and is still relatively cheap when you get there.
Holiday Pirates have found an amazing deal for just £110pp – 2 nights at a funky central Krakow hotel with flights from a number of UK airports including Edinburgh. The deal timeframe is between July and September 2018.
In Kos, stunning beaches, historical sights and standout scenery are never far from your fingertips. With 290km of coastline you’re not short of a beach to frequent and its quaint villages and tumbling flower fields draw crowds from across the world.
For just £175pp you can spend a week self catering in an apartment in Kos’s Kardemena through Holiday Discount Centre. The deal includes flights from Edinburgh airport on 8 August.
Fancy something a little more stylish? Enjoy a sleek city break in Spain’s cosmopolitan capital, teeming with art, museums and mouth-watering eateries for just £173pp.
Holiday Pirates have found this central Madrid luxury 4* hotel deal with a rooftop pool for two nights including flights from a number of UK airports, including Edinburgh.
Thanks to its colourful history Malta is home packs stunning architecture and glorious variety. From its infamous blue lagoon, to the quieter island of Gozo at the north of the archipalego, the Maltese islands have a little something for everyone.
Enjoy 7 nights self catering in Bugibba in Malta’s North coast with flights from Glasgow Prestwick airport for only £185pp through Holiday Discount Centre departing 9 August.