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Budget breaks with a twist

There’s no time like now to book cheap holidays abroad. Whether you are looking for a last minute deal or basement-price city breaks, with a little bit of effort and creativity you can turn a good deal into a bargain.

If you’re considering taking a mini-break and find yourself on a tight budget, take a look at these possibilities!

Cosy hideaway in the High Atlas; Douar Samra, Marrakech:

A candlelit warren of passageways and balconies hidden behind a plain mud-brick wall, Douar Samra is simply the cosiest hideaway you’ll ever visit, with its beamed rooms, each with its own fireplace and brightly coloured Berber furniture. You can easily spend days hiking in the Toubkal Massif and nights gazing at the stars or enjoy home-cooked tagines and skin-shredding massages in the hammam. See picture

Flexicover Price Search: A room per night can be £75 based on 2 people sharing

Camping hideaway; Butterfly Valley, Turkey:

Catch a fishing boat that drops you off in the shallows at Butterfly Valley – a beautiful golden beach flanked by soaring cliffs, inaccessible by road and free of the concrete jungle! For your stay here, you can opt to camp out on the communal, grass-roofed platform rather than reside in wooden bungalows. During the day choose from many local activities including swimming and volleyball; this leaves your nights free to share delicious home-cooked Turkish cuisine and a Natural light show. See picture

Flexicover Price Search: Our search turned up prices for tents, dorms or bungalows for around £17 per person (including breakfast and dinner).

Eco-retreat in Alsace; Hotel Villa Rosa, France:

High up in the Vosges mountains, Villa Rosa offers a truly special atmosphere and nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurant. Here lucky guests will be served with delicious dishes made from fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers grown in the hotel’s own garden. And as an added bonus of local colour and spice, your host will introduce each course with the history of the dish or a secret from the kitchen! See picture

Flexicover Price Search: Rooms for two people start at around €60.

Bargain city break; Basel, Switzerland:

The mountain nation of Switzerland is not usually the first thought for a cheap destination but Basel, on the French/German/Swiss border and its second biggest city, is regarded as one of the best value-for-money European destinations. Some hotels offer a Mobility Ticket to overnight guests, which allows free travel on the trams and buses. Take the Number 16 tram, departing from the Fischmarkt, on its one-hour round trip to see the sights of this glorious city or take a stroll by the River Rhine and enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts, the world’s oldest publicly accessible art collection. See picture

Flexicover Price Search: If you don’t mind sharing a room, you can book a bed in a dormitory for around £23 per night or a double room for around £60.

Fabulous mountain skiing; Flaine, France:

Flaine's ski area is bowl-shaped, making it a real snow trap – and after a fresh snowfall you can ski absolutely everywhere on the mountain. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea and for some it is a “concrete monstrosity” but because it's not as smart and glitzy as Les Trois Vallées and Espace Killy, prices are much lower. See picture

Flexicover Price Search: We found prices from £149 per week for a house that sleeps 4.

Please note: All prices accurate at time of searching.

Wherever you decide to travel, however different, Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialist, is committed to providing the highest level of service to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!