Five Last Minute Travel Bargains

There’s nothing better than that smug, satisfied feeling you get when you find out that the person on the next sun-lounger to you paid a lot more for the same holiday. Yet there’s an art to getting the best last minute travel bargains that can be difficult to perfect.

The following are examples of last minute travel bargains to suit every budget and taste.

1) Borneo

Holidays in Borneo can be surprisingly good value for money, and Southeast Asia as a whole is growing in popularity as a destination.

A study conducted by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) shows that the popularity of Southeast Asia as an overseas tourism destination has grown continuously throughout 2009 and 2010. Should you take the plunge and book a last minute break to Borneo you are sure to discover why.

A diverse country of lush forests, misty mountains, stunning beaches and secluded islands, Borneo is a nature lover’s paradise. With internal flights offering excellent value for money, it is a place that is inexpensive and easy to get around. This means that you get to see the best that this beautiful country has to offer in one trip.

2) Thailand

Another Southeast Asian destination that offers excellent value for money is Thailand. Once you have organised your flight over there, accommodation is astonishingly cheap.

Thailand is another place that is easy to get around, meaning that you get to see more for your money. It is perfectly possible to spend a few days enjoying the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, followed by a spell exploring the temples of Chang Mai, and rounded off perfectly with a beach break on one of the Thai islands.

Koi Samui is one of the most beautiful of all the Thai islands and offers Thailand’s trademark white sandy beaches and warm waters. Chaweng, Bophut and Big Buddha are all popular beaches perfect for relaxing on with a drink in hand.

3) Iceland

Iceland is a place that is currently picking itself up and dusting itself off after the collapse of its currency, the Kronur. Once a prohibitively expensive place to visit, Iceland is now much better value for money.

A welcome change from the typical beach holiday, Iceland is a magical and mysterious place. Wallowing in a steaming lagoon, taking in ice caps and volcanoes, and even possibly seeing in the Northern Lights, are all memories that can be made in Iceland.

Reykjavic is Iceland’s capital city and is a charming place to spend a few days. With a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains, this modern city with an olde-worlde spirit is a cold but warming city.

4) Bulgaria

Cheap flights are readily available to this eastern European destination, and it is a country that shouldn’t be overlooked. Boasting beautiful beaches along its Black Sea Coast, a trip to Bulgaria is an interesting mix of beach holiday and culture.

The city of Sofia is somewhat surprisingly cosmopolitan and has some beautiful city parks just waiting to be explored.

All in all, Bulgaria may surprise you with what it can offer for your money.

5) London

Fair enough, London is hardly an exotic destination; however, if you only have a weekend to spare, it has a lot to offer in terms of a last minute mini-break. The UK recession has hit the capital hard, and hotel and restaurant prices are cheaper than they were a few years ago.

Even many high-end London hotels are slashing their rates to keep business booming, making a luxurious last minute stay a possibility.

Deals can also be had on London attractions such as West End theatre tickets, and don’t forget that many of London’s best attractions are absolutely free.

For example, the amazing Science Museum and the iconic British Museum are both free to enter, as are all museums and galleries to be found in the capital.

When you imagine how much art and culture you could enjoy during a trip to London, the destination seems like excellent value for money.

Wherever you choose to take your last minute bargain holiday, you’re sure to have an even sweeter experience with the knowledge that you got it at the lowest possible price.

Ways to lower the cost of your trip even more are to shop around, be flexible on flight dates, times and destinations, and consider using some of the lesser known areas or resorts as a base. That way you’ll get more holiday for your money, and maybe even have some cash left to spend on a London mini-break when you get back home.

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