JOIN SPAIN - Advice & Information

Main navigation

Languaje selector

Navigation options

youtube
flickr
rss
facebook
twitter

Navigation

 

 

ayuda desarrollo

Last Minute Holiday Deals in Europe

If you suddenly find yourself with a bit of vacation time and an itch to travel, don’t let the fear of last-minute travel overwhelm you. Whether you’re looking for a packaged holiday, or have the desire to do some independent travel, it can be done at the last minute, with just a little bit of research!

Packages

Booking a last minute vacation means that you won’t have much time to plan the details. If this stresses you out, consider a package holiday, where much of the organization is done for you. 
 
Many North Americans are accustomed to the “all-inclusive” types of holidays which are popular for vacations in the Caribbean. This is less common for European travel. A European package holiday generally includes a charter flight to your destination and accommodation; food and drink are not often included, but all-inclusive packages can still be found, particularly with seaside packages.  

Package holidays can be quite cost-effective, since it helps tour operators ensure that hotels and aircraft are being filled to maximum capacity. The best deals can usually be found outside of the school holidays.

You can also save a bit if you’re able to fly mid-week rather than on or near the weekend. In Europe, Spain tends to be the most popular vacation destination, especially for those looking for a seaside holiday. The Balearic Islands offer plenty of sun and sand. However, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus are also travel favorites among Europeans. If you’re travelling with children, look for a package that offers a deal on children’s accommodation.

Getting Around

If you’re travelling on your own, your biggest expense will likely be your flight. If the timing works for you, consider flying in the last week of August; this is when many schools start up, meaning that students and families with children are no longer travelling. Other good deals can usually be found in October and November, and in May and June. Check groupon. If you do find a deal on a flight, don’t hesitate… you’re not the only one searching for last minute deals, and if you don’t act quickly, you’re likely to lose it.

If you’re looking to rent a car, car rental agencies do sometimes have last minute specials, but try to avoid renting a car from a location at the airport; this tends to be pricier than other locations. Also consider looking at local rideshare websites. These websites help hook up travellers who need a ride with individuals who will be driving to your destination in the near future. Popular European ride share organizations include Road Sharing and Ride Finder. 

Accommodations

The key to booking last-minute accommodations is flexibility. Be aware that you might not get your first choice, and don’t be afraid to consider alternative accommodations. Remember: the more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely you are to snatch a good deal. There are many travel websites that can help you find last minute specials on hotels, but don’t hesitate to pick up the phone; calling a hotel directly and straight out asking if there are any last minute specials on any rooms can produce surprisingly positive results.

The “shoulder season”  (generally April to mid-June and September and October) usually produces good deals on accommodations, as there are far fewer tourists filling up the rooms. However, keep in mind that some smaller towns more or less shut down outside of the peak travel season. Make sure to do a little bit of research on your destination before packing your bags!
 

Rural Tourism

Rural Tourism

Spain is a country with a strong rural tradition. Since ancient times, the countryside has played a very important role on the country’s economy and...

Madrid Tours

Madrid Tours

Tours offered in Madrid are varied and comprehends different preferences and possibilities. There are short tours that last some hours or full day tours. Also there are...

Tourist Routes

Tourist Routes

The Way of Saint James is the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) on which Cathedral, as per tradition, the remains of the apostle Saint...

Islands

Islands

Balearic Islands: In front of the Eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) are the typical Mediterranean beach paradise, where visitors could...

Suscribe to our News:

Tours in Spain 

 

 

Things to do in USA

 

Travel directory

Things to do in RioThings to do in SpainThings to do in Mexico Things to do in Paris
Travel UruguayThings to do in London Things to do in BerlinThings to do in New York Things to do in Chile

© Join Spain | updated: martes 25-abr-17 | Contact | Things to do in Spain

JOIN UNIVERSE - Registered N° 7335769, UK | Free Classified Ads