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5 last minute holiday ideas

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are changing colour and there’s a definite chill in the air; what better time to book a last minute winter escape? There are some amazing deals out there, so log on, book your trip and fend off boredom in the airport playing Ladbrokes bingo.

The temperature has dropped and you may be toying with the idea of packing your shorts and t-shirts away, but why not have a look at the last minute holiday deals on offer and enjoy a winter break?

Whether you are looking to catch some rays or you fancy city slicking or hitting the slopes, there are some amazing winter holiday destinations. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

1. Egypt

It may be cold and gloomy at home, but the sun never stops shining in Egypt, so you can top up your tan and keep those winter blues at bay. Egypt has some bustling resorts, notably Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheikh, which provide excellent standards of accommodation, in addition to lively nightlife, plenty of restaurants and some of the best scuba diving sites in the world.

The temperature in Egypt rarely falls below 30 degrees C during the day and the Red Sea coastline boasts beautiful golden sandy beaches and azure waters. If you want to explore the wonders of this ancient country, why not visit Cairo or take a trip down the River Nile?

2. Morocco

Morocco is a mysterious, seductive country, often referred to as the jewel in the crown of North Africa. Like Egypt, Morocco offers year-round sun and you can divide your time between relaxing on the beach and immersing yourself in Moroccan culture; take time to meander through the bustling streets and raucous suques or experience waking up in the desert by camping overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp in the Sahara Desert.

3. Skiing

Skiing holidays are the perfect way to embrace the winter and there are some incredible destinations on offer. For those who fancy a short-haul flight, Switzerland, Italy and France are home to some of the world’s best-loved resorts and for those who are keen on getting off the beaten track and snapping up a bargain, why not try the slightly less well-known destinations of Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria?

If a far-flung adventure is more your cup of tea, why not head to the peaks of Colorado, Canada’s finest resort, Whistler, or New Zealand? If you’re worried about passing time in airports, you can always keep yourself amused browsing the Internet and playing games, such as Bejeweled, Angry Birds or even bingo online with Ladbrokes.

4. Barcelona

Barcelona is an ideal destination for tourists who want to experience beach and city life; at this time of year, the climate is still very pleasant and the days are long, perfect for fitting in sightseeing and relaxing. Barcelona is a magical city, with sights and attractions to entice and excite people with a range of interests, from art and fashion to sport and music. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the stunning beaches, before heading into the city to wander around one of the myriad museums, sample the delicious local cuisine and absorb the amazing, eclectic vibe of Las Ramblas.

5. Turkey

If you are looking for a last minute beach bargain, look no further than Turkey. This Mediterranean gem boasts sunny skies and crystal clear waters with plenty to do. You can discover the turbulent history of the nation or wind down with a soak in a hamam. Or you may want to windsurf and barter for a bargain at a local market.

If you’re starting to feel the winter blues creeping in, a last minute holiday could be just the tonic. With so many amazing deals and destinations around, you’ll be spoilt for choice!