Although it may seem as though the summer holidays have only just ended, half term has appeared once again.

While you could stay at home and find ways to entertain the kids – why not bag a cheap week abroad instead?

If you’re thinking about getting away from it all one more time before Christmas, there’s still time, as we’ve rounded up some of our best last minute holiday options this half term.

Hurghada Scuba Diving by Harald D. Wagner via Flickr


Special half term offer: 5* Bed & Breakfast only £449

Flight time: 6 hours

Average October temperature: 25˚C

Hurghada is located on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera, which was once a small fishing village. Today it’s one of the most popular resorts in the country, with fantastic weather and a range of things to do for families of all ages. The white, sandy beaches are incredible here and many hotels have their own private area meaning you’ll always have somewhere to lie back and soak up the rays.


No visit to Hurghada is complete without enjoying a spot of swimming in the warm waters there. And, if you truly want an unforgettable experience, hire a snorkel and some flippers and have a go at snorkelling or scuba diving. Away from the beach, you’ll be able to visit the old part of Hurghada town, known as El Dahar and soak up the atmosphere in its famous Egyptian bazaar for a bargain or two, while for a day trip or even an overnight trip, there are plenty of opportunities to visit the amazing sites in Cairo and Luxor.


Algarve beach by Jamie John Davies via Flickr


Special half term offer:  Half Board & Activities only £509 (saving  £220pp)

Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Average October temperature: 19˚C

With a short flight time from the UK, Portugal is a great option, particularly for families travelling with younger children. There are many fantastic resorts in the Algarve, each offering pristine beaches and plenty of activities in traditional Portuguese surroundings.


There are a huge number of attractions in the Algarve, from water parks to zoos, go karting and much more. Or if you simply fancy spending a day on the beach, you’ll be able to lie back and enjoy the sun whilst the rest of your family try their hand at water sports such as wind surfing and water skiing.

Malta beach by Glen Bowman via Flickr


Find a deal: all inclusive from £123pp

Flight time: 3 hours

Average October temperature: 21˚C

The island of Malta is simply beautiful, and ideal for a more relaxing half term break with the family. The temperatures in October are still warm enough to head to the beach and take a dip in the sea, and there are a variety of beaches to choose from, some more secluded than others depending on what you’re looking for.


If you’d like to get out and about in Malta there’s plenty to see, from medieval castles to historic churches. There are always various events taking place throughout the year such as open air music concerts and sporting activities. The harbour is a great place to hang out for a day, while there are also theme parks and hiking routes to keep you and the rest of your family busy.

What are your half term plans?

Image credits: SalimfadhleyHarald D. WagnerJamie John DaviesGlen Bowman  via Flickr