Pack your bags and prepare to soak up those last few golden rays

The countdown to Christmas may have already started for some, but don’t put away your holiday wardrobe for another year just yet! It looks as though the weatherman is predicting that some warmer temperatures will be sweeping across the British Isles this coming Autumn, so why not make the most of it with a cheeky mini-break or two? Whether you’d rather stay on home turf or venture a little further afield, pick up a saving on the way when you take a look through our guide to the best last minute getaways this season—and stock up on enough memories to keep you warm all the way through winter.

1Half-Term Holiday Time

If the kids have only been back at school for what seems like 5 minutes and you’re already in need of a break then why not book a weekend away at

Flamingo Land during the half-term hols? Their resort in Malton, North Yorkshire features a huge selection of award-winning theme park rides, as well as a zoo and conservation project and plenty of places to eat and relax together across the sprawling park. There’s a whole host of fun activities for all ages on offer, as well as family-friendly accommodation options if you’re planning on staying overnight—choose from holiday homes, log cabins, or even park your own caravan or campervan on site.

Lovers in Rome                    

Those sneaking away together should be sure to include a trip to Rome on their itinerary. The ideal break for 2two, Italy’s capital city provides the perfect antidote to everyday life back home with laid-back continental flair and architectural mastery everywhere you turn. Taste exquisite local dishes, stroll the quaint side streets hand-in-hand and then impress your other half by booking a room with a view for less via travel packages on Expedia. From cosy B&B’s off the beaten track to swanky boutique hotels in the heart of the downtown area, you’re sure to find something to suit every taste, and price range, in Europe’s glorious ‘Eternal City’.

Nordic Feasts for Foodies

For fans of all things food-related we strongly suggest you set your sights on Scandinavia when planning your next culinary jaunt. Not

3only is some of the tastiest fresh produce in Europe being grown here—but they have plenty of top chefs who certainly know how to present those local ingredients in style. Although the new Nordic Cuisine is springing up on menus all across the North, if you’re not sure where to start searching for the best places to eat out during your holiday, then TripAdvisor should be able to point you in the right direction. Featuring countless reviews of the best restaurants, bars and cafes the world over you simply need to type in your intended destination and let your tastebuds help to plan the rest!

Before The Sun Sets

The idea of splashing families and screaming children kept you from taking a break so far this summer? Then 4you’ll be glad to know that the beaches are blissfully peaceful at this time of year—when all the usual holiday-makers have gone back to reality leaving only the gentle waves behind. If you enjoy getting a true taste of a region then be sure to grab a deal on Last Minute.com and explore your seaside town of choice; spending lazy days shopping for souvenirs or sipping freshly-made cocktails with the locals.

5British Countryside Charm

It’s all well and good planning to get away from it all but we shouldn’t forget just how beautiful the British countryside can be in the Autumn. If you’re strapped for cash—or just haven’t got the time to plan an escape like those above—then why not just buy yourself a new pair of wellies and stride into the great outdoors? For discounts on everything from pub lunches to train tickets, check our travel category page for the latest ideas that can be enjoyed right at home.