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Last Minute Breaks
Last minute breaks are a great way to spend a
suddenly-free weekend, since they are both inexpensive and offer
great convenience for those with packed schedules.
Often, hotels, airlines and other vacation vendors find that they
have not sold out all their available rooms or seats as a date grows
near, particularly during off-season times. When this happens, many
vendors will slash their prices and make last minute breaks
available to clients who are willing to travel on short notice.
A number of firms specialize in last minute breaks, including
websites like lastminute.com and STA Travel. UK customers can often
find drastically reduced prices for domestic travel and travel to
Europe, as there are many locations with high availability during
off-season travel times and non-holiday weekends.
The key to finding a good last minute break is to have flexibility
in regards to your plans. Keeping a list of where you'd like to
travel and looking for deals which include those places is a great
way to make sure to see places you want to visit while at the same
time saving money, and if you are able to travel during off-peak
periods (for example, wintertime or during the week) you will find
that you can save hundreds of pounds by making your plans
immediately before you travel.
These breaks can also be listed in newspapers and flyers, and often
specify the location of the break, the cost per person (although
this is often based on two people sharing accommodation, and there
can often be an additional "single person supplement" - an added
cost which must be borne by those who travel individually.
In addition to lastminute.com, more websites where last minute
breaks can be found include superbreak.com, cheapholidaydeals.co.uk,
hotelshopuk.com, halfpricehotels.co.uk, and more. What these sites
have in common is that each offers low-cost last minute breaks with
both searchable indexes and deal offers based on dates and sales.
Be aware that when purchasing last minute breaks, many sales are
final and there are not usually provisions for changing your plans
(partly due to the short time period between booking and
travelling). Because of this, you should not look at these breaks
when dealing with an uncertain itinerary. Name changes are, in
general, prohibited for last minute breaks, so you do not have the
option of backing out and selling your break to a friend who might
be able to go.