Top 5 Autumn breaks


shutterstock_109905860It’s called the sunshine state for a reason. Whether you release your inner child and take a trip to Disneyland or live the life of a Beach Boy and chill out on the Florida Keys, Florida offers plenty of sun, as well as good exchange rates. For every pound, this accounts to roughly 1.56 dollars, according to XE. It may be tempting to catch some rays on the beach for the entirety of your holiday, but with rates this good, you’d be a fool to miss out on a spot of shopping. Make sure you look into which airline you choose, too. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the go-to options, with classy customer service and a few perks, such as Virgins very own V lounge to make your pre-flight wait a more important part of your holiday.


shutterstock_269755955The home of the Ottoman Empire is one of Britain’s most loved holiday destinations, with over 2.5 million Brit’s jetting off there every year. With some of the worlds best beaches and an abundance of 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts to choose from, you can see why Holidaymakers choose Turkey year in year out. The Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz beach is one of the best beaches in the world, with some of the clearest ocean waters to swim in. Turkey also has a load of vibrant markets where you can snap up some bargains to take home with you. Most holiday companies offer an array of deals and packages, so make sure you have a shop around and get the most for your money. Green Forest Hotel is one of the best hotels in the prime area of Turkey, with a short journey to the towns of Fethiye and Hisaronu.


shutterstock_236093023With their debt crisis plastered all across the news, Greece may not seem the most ideal destination, but you’re wrong. A holiday to Greece will actually help their economy, and you’ll get a nice, bronze tan, too. With prices significantly cheaper than usual, now is the best time to soak up that lovely Greek sun and take in the wonderful sites of ancient Greece. Stick to Santorini if you’re searching for a sensatori experience, or travel to Kos or Rhodes if you’re looking for an effervescent nightlife. TripAdvisor is brilliant for comparing all different hotels in different countries, and they list the Grace Santorini hotel as one of the best in Greece. Cash machines are a sticky point, however, so make sure you go out there with plenty of cash. Besides, taking money out abroad wont guarantee you the best rates, so shop around and change your money at home.


shutterstock_107122712One of the more exotic holidaying destinations. With monasteries, beautiful beaches and tourist friendly jungles, you will never run out of things to do on this small, Indonesian Island. However, a special holiday like this also has very special prices. Flights to Bali aren’t as common as flights to Spain, either. Getting there might be pricey, but you might not have to pay through the nose for a hotel. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is considerably cheap for Bali’s standards, and is still rated at 4 and a half stars. Although one of the most beautiful and tranquil countries in the world, Bali isn’t ideal for a last minute holiday, so if you have your heart set on coming here, make sure you plan it properly.


shutterstock_140465788Although not the hottest place to visit at this time, the scenery in Poland, particularly in Krakow, is unrivalled. With picturesque architecture and a rich history, Poland is the perfect location for some sightseeing. Central areas of Poland tend to be dryer, but the southern areas such as Krakow and Rzeszow are a little bit more humid. If you fancy a whistle-stop tour round Europe, make sure Poland is on your list. You can travel through inter-rail, a train service which connects you to some of the most popular destinations in Europe, but also take a look at some flights from other countries and not just the UK. Norwegian Air do great deals on connecting flights across Europe (with free wifi), so it’s best to do your research before you set off. If you are doing a quick tour of Poland then you might not want to be too picky when choosing your hotel, however, if you’re looking for a bit of luxury, then book a room at the Metropolitan Boutique Hotel in Krakow.


Charlie Atkinson

Reporter for Business Matters Magazine

Reporter for Business Matters Magazine