Late May bank holiday breaks
With the Easter long weekend already a distant memory, the good news is that, as we’re sure you’re aware, we’ve still got two lots of bank holidays to enjoy in May. If you didn’t manage to get away last time, have you found yourself with a slight tinge of regret at not having booked a trip away?
The good news is that it’s not too late to plan a getaway, especially for the late May bank holiday as increasing competition between destinations means prices are keener than ever. Whether you’d like to head away for a blast of Vitamin D, or fancy a city break to discover a new part of this wonderful world, don’t use late-planning as an excuse to stay at home.
With this in mind the Flexicover team suggest you use the motto carpe diem with one of these last minute deals to make the most of that extra day off at the end of May – independently chosen with your enjoyment and purse-strings in mind.
Algarve: 3 nights in a 3-star self-catering apartment for £350pp
For those in need of low-hassle R&R, how about a seaside break in Portugal’s Algarve? Families of four can book a two-bed apartment at Clube Alvorferias, a holiday complex which contains children’s pools, family entertainment, games rooms, tennis courts, snack bars, restaurants and supermarkets, with a 900m walk to the Mediterranean Sea. Including flights from Southend, a family of four can travel for £350 each.
Find out more on Co-operative Travel’s site.
Basel: 2 nights in a 4 star hotel for £177pp
Basel in Switzerland is a pricey place to be (the recent Beer Price Index put nearby Lausanne as the most expensive place in the world for a pint - ouch) so a bargain two-night holiday to Basel means it’s a smarter way to see it – as long as you’re willing to make the most of your time there. Heading over from London Luton at Friday lunchtime, you’ll have time for a nice meal before checking into Victoria, a boutique hotel conveniently located by the airport bus’s city stop. Explore the museums, galleries and the beautiful surrounds of this border town, before returning on Sunday afternoon. Flights are much better value then and it leaves you with the rest of the long weekend to recover from your whirlwind getaway.
Find out more on Easyjet’s site.
Warsaw: 2 nights in a top hostel for £115pp
Solo travellers and those with a limited budget needn’t miss out on a bank holiday trip. The trick is to choose your destination wisely, and a recent comparison found that tickets to galleries and museums in Warsaw costs a third less than places like Vienna and Amsterdam. It’s even handier that Expedia’s deal involves flights plus a spot in a four-bed dorm at the Warsaw Hostel Centrum for just £115 (if you don’t fancy sharing a dorm or those with a companion can share a twin room for an extra £15 a night). With the weather warmed up in late May, round up a few fellow travellers from the hostel for a walking tour, find out about Poland’s weighty history at the National Museum, or take time to try a glass of a famous domestic beer. Or there’s vodka, if you’re feeling brave.
Find out more on Expedia’s site.
Rome: 3 nights in a 4 star hotel for £277pp
If Birmingham is an easier departure point for you and you fancy a break that combines ancient history with modern culture and tempting gastronomy, then this three-night trip to Rome, with flights and hotels totalling just £277 per person could be right up your street. After three days of exploring its many sights like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and Vatican City, recharge your batteries at The Bellambriana Hotel. The hotel puts on live music sessions but best of all there’s an outdoor pool with hammocks, sun beds and parasols so you can take a break within your break.
Find out more on lastminute.com.
Brighton: 2 nights in a 4-star hotel for £177pp
Don’t fancy a flight? The UK offers plenty of coastal getaways, even if sunshine (unfortunately) isn’t always guaranteed. Despite its young and trendy reputation, Brighton is a smart choice for all thanks to its classic seaside offerings like its pebble beach and its famous arcade pier. The Old Ship Hotel, ideally located in the central seaside area, is a convenient choice, especially as its two-night break deal includes breakfast and a three-course evening meal. See if you can get a seaside room for some excellent views.
Find out more on Superbreak’s site.
So wherever you travel to this year it’s good to know Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
Please note that the deals and prices featured in this article were correct at the time of writing and the Flexicover team has no control over availability or changes being made by the individual providers to the details given or external websites.