Need a little sun for the mid-term vacation? Take advantage of these best October deals while you still can
The leaves are already bright red around the edges, but when it comes to the travel industry, the holiday season is just beginning.
Following last week’s easing of restrictions by the British government – opening up a number of sun-favorite destinations including Egypt and Turkey – vacationers are eagerly seizing the opportunity to soak up the foreign sunshine.
As the October midterm vacation approaches, the nerve-racking pre-departure test will no longer be necessary and there is a chance that the expensive PCRs have been replaced by lateral flow testing.
Popular package tour operators TUI, Jet2holidays and easyJet Holidays have already seen a resurgence in vacation interest halfway through. Thomas Cook has announced its best bookings weekend this year, with Greece and the Canaries both being favorites.
âVacationers feel more confident, with families in particular rushing to book vacations for the October semester,â said Garry Wilson, CEO of easyJet Holidays, highlighting Mallorca, Antalya, Tenerife and Sharm el-Sheikh as popular options.
“These changes are truly positive news for our industry and our customers, and we look forward to taking our customers on a well-deserved vacation.”
People will also be happy to learn that in many cases the price of package holidays has actually fallen – up to 38% in Spain according to TravelSupermarket. Their research suggests that bargains can be found on the Costa Dorada, Costa de Almeria, the Istrian Riviera, and Fuerteventura.
A combination of continued caution from customers and an abundance of available packages means operators are eager to shift vacations for a season that has already started three months behind schedule.
“Only about a third of traffic has passed through UK airports compared to a pre-pandemic summer,” says Emma Coulthurst of TravelSupermarket. âAs a result, the industry wants to sell as many vacations as possible, and there are some absolutely amazing deals to take advantage of. It really is a good time to go. I can’t quite believe some of the prices.
Here are some of the deals currently available – although they are quickly fading, so you’ll need to be quick …
Mallorca, Spain: A seven night stay at the Aparthotel Maracaibo in Ca’n Picafort (self-catering accommodation) costs from Â£ 261 per person (two adults and two school-aged children). Depart from Luton on October 24. Visit travelsupermarket.com
Corfu, Greece: A seven night stay at Govino Bay in Gouvia (self-catering accommodation) costs from Â£ 288 per person (two adults and two school-aged children). Depart Birmingham on October 23. Visit travelsupermarket.com
Zakynthos, Greece: A seven night stay at Caretta Beach Resort & Waterpark in Kalamaki (all inclusive) costs from Â£ 639 per person (two adults and one child), a savings of 31%. Departing from London Gatwick on October 24. Visit olympicholidays.com
OlÃ¼deniz, Turkey: A seven night stay at Perdikia Hill Family Resort (all inclusive) costs from Â£ 570 per person (two adults and two children). Depart Manchester on October 24. Visit travelrepublic.co.uk
Kefalonia, Greece: A seven night holiday in the Alexanna Apartments near Fiskardo (self-catering accommodation) costs Â£ 573 per adult and Â£ 515 per child (under 16). Includes car rental. Departing from London Gatwick on October 23. Visit ionianislandholidays.com
Formentera, Spain: A seven night stay at the Insotel Hotel Formentera Playa (half board) costs from Â£ 646 per person (two adults and one child sharing). Depart London Stansted on October 23. Visit tui.co.uk
Menorca, Spain: A seven night stay at the Palladium Hotel Menorca (all inclusive) costs from Â£ 679 per person (two adults and two children). Depart London Stansted on October 22. Visit jet2holidays.co.uk
Gran Canaria: A seven night stay at the Seaside Sandy Beach Hotel (B&B) costs from Â£ 669 per person (two adults and two children under 12). Departing from Edinburgh on October 22. Visit jet2holidays.com