From Munich To Mayo: 6 Last Minute Holiday Destinations You Can Still Book In Time For Summer

It's never too late...

Because if this rain isn't enough to give you wanderlust, we don't know what will.

When you think of last minute travel, one particular emotion springs to mind: stress. However, it doesn't have to be a frantic situation that throws any of the enjoyment in planning out the window. Booking a holiday with justs weeks before departure can go just as smoothly compared to if you were booking it months - or even years - in advance. Not to mention the added excitement spurred on by the spontaneity.

From knowing which flights and hotels to book, to figuring out when is the best time to book, there are a lot of secret tricks that can make booking a last minute holiday a total breeze. 

But the most vital step in planning a last minute holiday is choosing where to go. Popular summer destinations like Tenerife or Corfu will have been booked up way in advance or should there be any availability left, it's likely to cost a small fortune. Instead, think outside the box. 

Keep scrolling for Irish Tatler's picks of the best last-minute holiday breaks.

MAYO

In recent years, there's been the common misconception that going on holiday must require going abroad. But think back to your childhood when your parents would load up the car and drive across the country to the west of Ireland for what we now call a 'staycation'. Mayo is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties and for good reason. From its extensive range of scenery, breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled beaches and islands off the coastline, Mayo makes an ideal last-minute holiday. All you need is for the sun to shine.

VENICE

One of the most culturally enriching and romantic cities in the World, June and July is the perfect time to visit the beautiful Italian city of Venice before the high season truly kicks in, with some great deals still to be had. The slightly lower temperatures of the beginning of summer makes wandering through hidden cobbled streets and canal side strolls that more enchanting.

MUNICH

GOZO

For such a small island, Gozo offers a wide variety of experiences and attractions. Travelling history fans shouldn't miss the megalithic temples at Ġgantija. Mountain biking, kayaking and clifftop hiking are all opportunities for active visitors, while Gozo's food and wine scene focus strongly on fresh local produce and briny-fresh seafood. While Malta can sometimes feel busy and crowded, sleepy and laid-back Gozo offers the perfect opportunity to breathe out and relax. All without forgetting the picturesque sandy beaches and cool shores.

MENORCA

The quietest and least developed island in the 'M' islands, Menorca is a slice of paradise (think turquoise waters, abundant wildlife, and seldom-trodden trails) with natural beauty that has become almost extinct amongst Mediterranean islands. If there's one thing Menorca is not short of - it's beaches which are prime for surfing and sunbathing.

BUDAPEST

Budapest has something for everyone – from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters and a nightlife that is unrivalled in the rest of Europe. With an array of bathhouses, you can choose to soak in baths of all designs. Architecturally, Budapest is a treasure trove, with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Some come seeking a wellness retreat, others chose Budapest for it's history but the majority come for fun and relaxation. 

Main image by Sebastián León Prado 

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