How to plan a last minute bank holiday break

How to plan a last minute bank holiday break

This year, the Queen’s jubilee bank holiday means that we all get an extra day off – cheers to that! What better way to celebrate than to start searching for a last minute bank holiday escape, so that you and your family can escape to warm sunshine, golden sands and azure waters in Europe. If you’re wondering where to go for the may bank holiday, we’re here to give you some inspiration. Booking a last minute bank holiday break doesn’t mean that you have a lack of choice, though. There are plenty of luxury last minute villas to choose from – all it takes is a bit of decisiveness and quick planning.

Keep an open mind with your destination

Beautiful sandy beach in Seixal, Madeira Island, Portugal.

Not sure where to go for your May bank holiday? Keep an open mind! When it comes to grabbing a great last minute bank holiday break, don’t restrict your search to just one destination. If you don’t have a particular country in mind, you have more chance of picking an amazing holiday. Just by searching for the dates you need, you can receive an extensive list of available destinations. Then picking one at the right price is all you need to do!

Pick property rentals instead of hotels

Villa Tiare 1, Zante

This point is especially important if you are travelling as a family with children. Renting a villa is much easier than staying at hotels, and there is likely to be more availability than with hotel rooms. Plus, your property will always have a kitchen, so you can sample delicious fare from local markets in your country of choice. Book through us, and you’ll also have an entire pool to yourself, many of which are heated – whether you’re soaking up the Italian sunshine in a villa among olive groves, or enjoying your villa garden in the Balearics.     

Set your budget

Family summer vacation. European holiday and car travel concept

Before you select a place to stay, take a look at your overall budget. Will you need to hire a car to get around during your trip? Will you be eating dinner al fresco by the pool in your villa’s garden, or will you be opting for local restaurants every night? You might also want to take a credit card with you, in the unlikely even that you should need access to emergency funds.

Book activities in advance

Pula amphitheatre, Croatia

Where you can, try to book any outdoor activities or attractions once you have made your accommodation booking. This way you’ll skip the queues, and you may be able to get better prices on tickets. If you haven’t had much time to plan, there are usually plenty of local experiences that you can enjoy in the area you’ve chosen to stay in. Low cost activities like heading to the beach, taking walks in national parks, and free days at local museums and galleries are great options for daily activities to enjoy during your last minute May bank holiday. Keep an eye out for posts on social media, posters in the local area, or even ask a local what’s on. You never know what kind of unique experience you’ll end up discovering!  

Ready to book your last minute may bank holiday? Take a look at our selection of May villa holidays.

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