School holidays are over, our short lived glorious weather is dwindling and as a result of the coalition government and its emergency budget, cabin crew strikes, travel firms financial failure and volcanic ash the travel industry has suffered poor sales in the first half of this year.

In addition to ash clouds, Clegg/Cameron, strikes and travel firms dropping like flies there has been civil unrest in Thailand, Greece’s well-publicised woes, the World Cup and recent good weather at home. This fortunately for the consumer (finally) has now produced a late summer bonanza of bargain basement holidays as tour operators slash prices to offload unsold flights and hotels.

Which means if you are not restricted to jetting off during school holidays then you may well be able to get your hands on some serious bargains! Booking holidays within 12 weeks of departure does mean you are able to grab late deals at reasonable prices. If you are really flexible then you can be looking at saving significantly more, as 3-4 days prior to departure date agents slash the prices in a bid to get some money rather than lose it for accommodation & flights they have paid for!

It seems that the best bargains are in the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, and Greece, where there are discounts of up to 60%, according to experts.

If you have plenty of holiday to take before the end of the year get one week off (or even two if you can) pack a suitcase and get yourself down to your travel agent or on the web a few days before you would like to leave and see where you could go!

Then all you need to do is arrange which ever currency it is you’ll be spending buy some last minute travel insurance and get yourself to the airport ready for your exciting, spontaneous, last minute, cheap holiday which could end up changing the way you book future holidays forever!

If you are looking at a last minute holiday, you can also make savings on your travel insurance. Holidaysafe offers a special last minute travel insurance policy which is as much as 40% cheaper than our premier travel insurance policy. This is because there is no cancellation cover offered on the policy, but rest assured that the rest of the policy is exactly the same as the premier travel insurance policy. It takes less than 5 minutes to get a quote or to buy travel insurance, so don’t delay.

Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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