It’s a classic Hollywood scenario where two adventurous characters turn up at the airport and ask at the ticket desk for whatever available seats are going.
While this Blind Date approach to travelling abroad might in reality be a bit more restricted given that visas and immunisations are required to travel to many countries, there’s something still quite romantic about booking a last-minute deal.
Rather than spending months and months poring over guide books planning every detail of a trip and then enduring the inevitable long weeks at work as you wait for your departure date to come around, an ad hoc holiday where you log onto Monarch.co.uk and search for cheap late deals will give you a real adrenalin buzz that won’t end until you get back home following your trip away.
Holidays are available just a handful of days before departure, meaning you’ll have enough time to get packed but not enough of a wait to endure any frustration.
Europe in a flash
For travellers from the UK, continental Europe is an ideal spur-of-the-moment destination as you don’t need to worry about visas and immunisations, and some of the last-minute packages on offer are incredibly good value for money.
Off-the-cuff breaks to the Mediterranean in particular are great at this time of year because while the UK endures cold and wet weather, places like Majorca are already enjoying temperatures in the high teens, six to seven hours of sunshine a day and very little rain.
And with a flight time of just two hours from London, you can go from trawling through the paperwork in the office to sunning yourself on a sandy Spanish beach in the blink of an eye.
You can even spice up the excitement of taking a last minute holiday further by choosing your destination at random.
Print out the list of late deals, cut them out, put them in a hat and let fate decide where you will be going! Will you get a scenic city break in romantic Venice, a sunny beach holiday on the popular Costa del Sol or an end-of-season ski vacation in the beautiful Italian Alps?
But as you can see, this is one draw that you can’t lose – with all of these locations offering plenty of bang for your last-minute buck.
Packing at pace
Once you’ve booked, all that’s left is to leave your door key with the neighbour so they can feed the cat, turn off the heating and say goodbye to your work colleagues.
But remember not to forget any essentials in the heat of moment, as being forced to buy clothing and sun lotion at your destination will eat into the savings you made in taking a late deal.
Most important of course are your passport and wallet, as you’ll definitely need these wherever you’re going. And, of course, pack your swimwear if you’re heading to the Med, stuff in your salopettes if you’re off to the Alps and take your camera if you’re going to be visiting one of Europe’s top cities.
With these basics covered, head to the airport with a big smile on your face knowing that in just a few hours’ time you’ll be looking at some stunning scenery instead of your computer screen.