I don't know about you, but I'm no good when plans are up in the air. At the end of August, I might have the chance to hop on a plane and visit my best friend in Belfast but only if her work commitments come through. So I'm stuck - I can't book flights and I don't know what to do with my time off if plans fall through. Luckily the lovely people at Cosmos have come through with some last minute ideas for me, just in case...
Securing a holiday at the very last minute is not only exciting but can also save you significantly on the cost. This is because airlines that still have spare seats would rather have them filled at a discounted price than be empty. The same can be said for hotels that have empty rooms, which is why booking a holiday at the last minute is often a regular option for many people.
The last minute deal is not for everyone, especially if you’re the type of person who likes to plan well ahead of time. But whether you’re looking to benefit from an all-inclusive break or dreaming about cheap villa holidays, booking at the last minute is still very much an option.
Here are our top three budget destinations that are perfect for a last minute getaway - some you’ve probably never even considered:
Visitors to the capital city of Poland this year can benefit from hotel discounts of up to 20 per cent. So, anyone wishing to see all the sights that this historic city has to offer can do so at a significantly discounted price.
Visitors during the summer months absolutely must take in the free (yes free) piano concert held every Saturday and Sunday next to the statue of Chopin in Lazienki Park. This tradition has been going for more than 50 years and is perfect for travellers who are keeping to a tight budget.
Warsaw’s most historic part, Old Town, was heavily damaged during the Second World War but nowadays enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status due to its extensive restoration. Furthermore, visitors can take in the ambiance of Old Town in one of its many cafes and restaurants – all of which offer traditional pierogies at extremely reasonable prices.
Istanbul is a truly magical place and the perfect destination for a last-minute getaway from the UK. And Turkey’s economic, cultural and historical heart has much to offer the last-minute getaway visitor.
Spice-scented bazaars are what makes this capital city so special and visitors will feel as though they are in a scene from a book whilst walking through its busy streets. Add to this traditional Turkish baths and you’ve got yourself a very exciting, yet relaxing place to visit.
A neat fact for travellers is that Istanbul, historically named Constantinople, is the only city on earth that straddles two continents – Asia and Europe. And, it’s one of the few places on the globe where you will see women dressed in black burkas from head to toe shop alongside girls wearing jeans and high-heels.
Amsterdam may have a reputation as the red-light capital of the world but this only adds to its charm. With intimate streets, beautiful squares and fantastic canals, Amsterdam is truly a city of wonder and intrigue
Some people might think that Amsterdam lacks history and culture but the truth is that this city has the highest museum density in the world and houses such iconic establishments as the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch.
Visitors to Amsterdam – especially those on a brief getaway – should experience the historic canal district and indulge in a canal tour. After all, this area was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011 and is therefore an area that is particularly special. Although, to afford the total Amsterdam experience a bicycle is the order of the day.
Can you recommend any last minute getaways? Where have you travelled on the spur of the moment before?