Looking to shake up your usual summer holiday routine or bag a last-minute bargain? Half term holidays are a sure-fire way to add a healthy dose of vitamin D to your year! From escaping the February freeze to soaking up some autumnal rays, travelling against the grain comes with plenty of perks. Wave goodbye to crowds, say hello to pocket-friendly prices and embrace the luxury of the villa lifestyle year-round.
No more scratching your head trying to think of ways to keep the kids entertained. A half term holiday takes care of that part for you! Between games facilities, plenty of space and your own private pool – you might find it hard to tear your tots away from the villa…
The month that adventures take you further afield – February half term holidays are all about Cypriot delights and bright Orlando lights. While the UK is battling through cold snaps and snow storms, there's a handful of heavenly destinations just waiting to warm you up.
Fun-filled Florida is a match made in heaven for families. Thrills and spills come as standard, as do magical lands, world-class rollercoasters and showstopping firework displays. The sunshine state more than lives up its name, with temperatures hitting a toasty 23°C without even breaking a sweat (although you might be!) From rubbing shoulders with Mickey Mouse to brushing up on your wizarding skills, there's a reason Orlando is hailed as the entertainment capital of the world.
It's not all adrenaline pumping rides and water slides. The gorgeous Gulf Coast calls to beach bums year-round, and February is no exception. Powder-white sands, Caribbean-esque climes and seawaters that rarely dip below 22°C – the weather's primed for a dip whenever you visit.
Calling all culture vultures, history buffs and nature lovers! Now's your chance to explore this Mediterranean mogul without melting. Cyprus' temperatures average at a comfortable 17°C in February, ideal for adventures and exploration, not to mention a vast improvement on the UK's measly 6°C. Heated pools are the answer to your winter sun prayers, so your little ones can still get splash happy – even in February.
Teeming with historic treasures, natural wonders and cultural attractions, Cyprus' eclectic mix of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, religious ornaments, archaeological sites and hiking trails are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Home to the Greek goddess of love, you'll fall head over heels for this island paradise all year long.
The half term where things start hotting up all over Europe – you don't have to fly far to get your fill of vitamin sea in May. Whether you've got your heart set on the beautiful Balearic Islands, irresistible Italy or gorgeous Greece, you'll find a whole host of dreamy destinations right on your doorstep. Hop on a plane for a couple of hours and touch down to temperatures that are easily in their twenties – a sneak preview of a summer well spent.
Idyllic islands or majestic mainland? Greece is bursting at the seams with bucket list spots, ancient landscapes and golden beaches to boot. May is often shortlisted as a must-visit month, owing to its ever-rising temperatures and fairly low footfall. From Santorini's jaw-dropping sunsets to Peloponnese's rich cultural heritage, there's always plenty to see and do wherever you choose to travel.
If beaches are your be all and end all, set your sights on the largest Greek Island of Crete, or head to the three-pronged peninsula of Halkidiki. Silky sands and sun-bleached shores are in strong supply – only made better with 20-something temperatures and brilliantly blue skies.
Sure to spark your wanderlust – Italy holidays in the May half term are ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. Take to Tuscany's rolling hills, conquer Le Marche's Apennine Mountains or swoon over the Amalfi Coast's dramatic cliffs. With more strings to its bow than toppings on a pizza, the famous boot packs a lot into its borders.
Sardinia and Sicily are in on the action too, boasting some of Italy's warmest weather in May. Hit the beach, discover sleepy villages, explore wild landscapes and treat your tastebuds to mouthwatering local dishes…
It's here – your last chance to dose up on vitamin D! October half term holidays are the perfect excuse for late season sun… so trade UK climes for toasty temperatures across Europe. From the golden beaches in the Algarve to Lanzarote's perpetual state of summer, there's no need to dig out your winter coast just yet.
Go from falling leaves to crashing waves with a short four hour flight. With 26°C temperatures and perfect swimming conditions, Lanzarote is a match made in heaven for an October half term holiday. Whether you're in it for action or relaxation, the year-round sun trap guarantees gorgeous weather and plenty of leisure and pleasure to boot! From tourist treasures like Playa Blanca to bucket list attractions and UNESCO-listed national parks, the whole family will find something to love on this Canary Island.
Holding its own at 25°C, the Algarve is still blissfully warm in October. Throw in seven hours of sunshine and countless 24-carat beaches and voila! Half term heaven is within your grasp. Families will have a field day (or should that be beach day?) in this Portuguese paradise. Flip flops will remain a permanent feature for the week, so roll out your towel, put on your sunglasses and make the most of your t-shirts and shorts wardrobe.
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