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Alternatively, there are always great last-minute holiday bargains to be found on our late deals calender.
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Summer complete change of pace
It’s common practise these days to take a winter holiday or short break during the year to keep the spirits up, but for most people the summer holiday is the biggie, the chance for a major change of scene, to relax (whether that relaxation is flopping out on the beach or engaging in a hectic activity to blow off steam accumulated during the rest of the year), experience new cuisines and cultures, spend time with the family and friends (or make new ones), and generally do all the things that you can’t do for the other fifty weeks of the year.
It helps to be flexible
The summer holiday season, at least as far as UK based holiday companies are concerned, runs from the start of May to the end of October. Outside this six month period airlines reallocate their routes to winter holiday destinations, (although some destinations, such as the Canary Islands, with their constant Spring-like temperatures, are equally popular all year round).
For many, the summer holidays mean the school holiday months of July and August, and during these months demand is highest and prices reach their peak. Cheap family holidays during the school break are difficult to find and the choice of destination, accommodation and flights may be limited. If you are restricted to these times it is best to book several months in advance to get the holiday of your choice. Being flexible with destination, travel dates and the accommodation may help, particularly if you take an allocated on arrival holiday.
Outside the school holiday months
For those who don’t need to travel in the school holidays the months of May, June and October can offer some excellent bargains, and during these months it is sometimes possible to get late deals or economic last minute offers. Destinations that are particularly popular during these months are those which benefit from early summer sun and from late summer heat.
Turkey, Greece and the Greek Islands and the Canary Islands are especially good in the late spring and early autumn months with generally good weather and the added benefit of less fellow tourists. Southern Spain and the Algarve in Portugal are also very popular for out of peak season holidays, and being well established in the tourism trade are also usually well served by budget airlines.