Last Minute Summer Holiday Destinations

We may be over half-way through August, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t time to squeeze in one last summer holiday this year! Not only is the end of summer a great time to travel if you love the sunshine and high temperatures, but you can always find some last minute summer holiday destinations and snap up incredible deals on flights and accommodation at the end of August and start of September, as travel companies drop their prices to fill what would otherwise be wasted empty places.

Last Minute Summer Holiday Destinations: There's still time to squeeze in one last holiday before summer's out!
There’s still time to squeeze in one last holiday before summer’s out!

If you haven’t yet had your fill of the summer sun and are yearning to get away this season, check out these last minute summer holiday destinations for the perfect end of summer trip.

Soak up the sun on the Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands.
Soak up the sun on the Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands: Photo on Flickr by Ilkka Harmanen / CC BY 2.0

Last Minute Summer Holiday Destinations

Canary Islands, Spain

While mainland Spain is suffering through temperatures as high as 40°C in summer, the Canary Islands have got the cool Canary Current and reliable trade winds to keep them at a much more pleasant 30°C. For never-ending family attractions, amazing nightlife and gourmet Canarian restaurants, you can’t beat Tenerife. But if you want a quieter, more relaxed holiday with plenty of forest walks, serene beaches and small white-washed hamlets, try La Palma. Alternatively, go one better and see the whole archipelago on a Canary Islands cruise!

Last Minute Summer Holiday Destinations: There are plenty of snorkelling opportunities in Sharm el Sheik. Image via Flickr, Lars Kjølhede Christensen CC 2.0
There are plenty of snorkelling opportunities in Sharm el Sheik: Photo on Flickr by Lars Kjølhede Christensen / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Sharm el Sheik, Egypt

If scuba diving or snorkelling is something you’ve always got to do on holiday, you need to visit Sharm el Sheik. This popular holiday resort is bursting surprisingly affordable luxury five-star hotels and postcard-perfect golden sand beaches. After you’ve had enough of working on your tan, grab your underwater gear and jump into the Red Sea for the chance to see all kinds of amazing aquatic animals, from emperor, angel and masked butterfly fish to anemone, rusty parrot and giant puffer fish. Not a fan of staying put in one place for too long? Hop on a Red Sea cruise and see the whole of the Middle East during your trip.

Take the kids to see Hogwarts at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Take the kids to see Hogwarts at Universal Studios in Orlando: Photo on Flickr by Jeff Krause / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Orlando, Florida

Treat your kids to a holiday they’ll never forget by whisking them away to the theme parks of Orlando! Big queues and high temperatures are guaranteed in summer, but if you wait until just a couple of weeks before the kids start going back to school, the crowds will be thinner and temperatures slightly cooler. Despite what people say, summer really is the best time to visit Orlando, when all the city’s attractions are open, there’s an amazing buzz everywhere you go and there are all kinds of extra events going on because there are so many people to entertain!

There are amazing temples everywhere you turn in Ubud.
There are amazing temples everywhere you turn in Ubud: Photo on Flickr by Antonia / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bali, Indonesia

The end of summer marks the start of the dry season in Bali, making it the peak time to visit. Without the constant threat of rain, the air is less humid and mosquitos are less prevalent. Whether you want to spend most of your trip lounging around the stunning beaches of Kuta during the day and hitting the vibrant beach clubs at night or snapping photos of the magnificent religious temples in Ubud and picking up bargain souvenirs in the markets, Bali is a fantastic place for last minute summer holiday destinations with something for everyone.

About Nicola Quinn

Website: http://www.happyhealthymotivated.com

Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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