There’s no denying that going on holiday is becoming more and more expensive, especially at peak times. But the good news is that there are still plenty of late deals on the market if you shop around.
According to Consumer Advice Champions which? Flights could be up to 42% more expensive than before Covid, making all-inclusive flights and accommodation packages more attractive.
However, if you can snag a decent flight, the room-only options also offer great flexibility. And you don’t even have to go abroad. October is a wonderful time to enjoy the waterways and country lanes closer to home.
Here are a few inexpensive family vacations that are still up for grabs.
Meet all criteria in Turkey
Sun, sea, sand and 13 swimming pools. What more does a family want? Adults can play at a 36-hole golf course or at the spa and wellness center at the Cullinan Belek Resort in Turkey, while the kids’ clubs cater to tots and teenagers. Stroll along the 800-metre sandy beach overlooking the Taurus Mountains and dine in one of the 20 restaurants and bars.
How: Olympic Holidays is offering seven all-inclusive nights at the Cullinan Belek from £1,875 per person, including flights from Glasgow. Other UK airports available. Departing October 24th. Call 0208 492 6868 or visit olympicholidays.com
Boating to Bath
Depart from Drifters’ Devizes base on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire and soar along the canals to Bath and back. The journey takes around 10 hours, takes in two aqueducts and passes through 10 locks, with a choice of canal-side pubs to stop at along the way.
How: Drifters is offering the 58ft Tibetan Fox Narrowboat (sleeps six) for a four-day break from £1,122, saving £324. The price includes diesel, gas, comprehensive insurance, bed linen, towels, channel map, life jackets, parking and lessons. Pets are extra and will be charged at £30 each. Available October 24th. Call 0344 984 0322 or visit drifters.co.uk
End the summer in Corfu
At the end of October the days are still warm on the Greek islands, although the weather is still cool enough to enjoy the many walking and cycling routes on offer. Although there are fewer crowds, direct flights are still available. Stay by the sea at the five-star Angsana resort, which also has excellent kids’ club facilities.
How: Rooms from £226.90 per night (two adults and two children) with breakfast. From October 23rd. Visit angsana.com
Grab a bargain in Cornwall
Staying in a caravan in Cornwall could be a perfect and affordable option for a family holiday. Sun Haven holiday park is situated on the edge of a forest surrounded by countryside, just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Mawgan Porth Beach and close to Newquay.
How: A three night stay in a six person caravan costs from £138 per night. Call 0333 200 2780 or visit lovatparks.com
Enjoy the great views in Greece
Choose between strolling through fabulous gardens or along a sandy beach at Parga Beach Resort in mainland Greece. In addition to family-friendly features, the hotel has a small spa, a choice of pools, and a restaurant serving local cuisine. The town of Parga and its castle ruins can be reached by water taxi or a hiking trail.
How: British Airways Holidays are offering seven nights B&B accommodation at Parga Beach Resort from 22 October from £679 per person including flights. Visit britishairways.com/greece