Finding Your Perfect Last Minute Summer Break

If you’re planning on going away before the end of the summer season or even more urgently, you’re trying to find a holiday before there are kids on every freaking beach, you’ve come to the right page.

If you’re looking for a good value cruise with a no-frills approach, I’d definitely check out a smaller, more niche company like Celestyal Cruises. They specialise in offering great Mediterranean itineraries on (relatively speaking) smaller ships – including the currently very popular Iconic Aegean tour that docks in seriously idyllic places like Mykonos and Santorini. If you’re looking for something a little more swish though, look for a repositioning cruise; they have all the perks of a fancy cruise trip at a fraction of the cost. Although be sure to pay attention to the itinerary (some can include over a week at sea so unless you love the experience of being on a cruise – avoid) and room type; you can sometimes pay very little more for a balcony over a standard sea view room. Also be aware that your cruise won’t end where it started so plan ahead for this if you go for this latter option too.

If you are planning to visit the Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, you can get good deals at this time of year, however, be aware that we’re now at the very beginning of hurricane season and so the potentially better value holiday prices obviously reflect this. If you’re still interested, I would say that June poses the lowest risk and is definitely the best choice. Cancún and Tulum offer fabulous all-inclusive options if México is somewhere you’re keen to go, though Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast is an equally amazing choice. Of course, you can’t mention Florida without Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, where a 14-day pass is way better value than a 7-day equivalent by the way (if you book with Disney Holidays and travel before the end of the year) and if you don’t care about staying on-site, you can usually find great deals on villas with pools in nearby Celebration or Kissimmee.

Are you considering a city break? Unless you are visiting Scandinavia or the Balkans, you really need to go now as soon as you can (or leave it until September). Otherwise, it will be hot, humid, tiring, too busy and more expensive – generally as a whole an unpleasant experience, especially when compared to the significantly quieter more city break suited temperatures either side of the Summer season. Actually, just a heads up, you should consider booking now if you want to see a city this side of Christmas anyway.

Last but not least, I’d just like to share a bit of advice for the ever popular Mediterranean. The Spanish ‘Costas’ and the French Côte d’Azur are always a safe and reliable option but if you want to stray off the beaten path a little you would be wise to look at less touristy spots such as Montenegro, the Dordogne (South Western France) or some of the smaller Greek islands, like Symi, a beautiful Dodecanese island with a historical monastery and pretty shingle beaches. Be aware though that these islands often require connecting flights or boat transfers from the Greek mainland or larger islands so if this isn’t for you I’d stay away from this choice. As for the Canary Islands, they are better enjoyed either side of the main summer season for fewer crowds and year round great weather.

I hope you loved reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it and I hope you’ll come back to read my next post. Let me know in the comments if you’re travelling this summer or where you’re planning to visit soon.

See you soon,

Claudia xoxo

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