Winter may be gearing up to take hold, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to grab the kids and flee the biting winds in favour of warmer climes and excitement!
Half term beckons, and while you could stay wrapped up at home with bored and listless children, why not say goodbye to the UK and bask in a few last days of sunshine?
APH have scoured the deals available from Heathrow this half term and uncovered some great half term breaks that will suit any appetite; whether you’re into lazing with a book, eating your way through a new city or taking in some culture, we’ve found something for you, so read on for some seriously inspirational half term breaks from Heathrow!
Chase the sun: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Sun worshippers should get their skates on and head to Egypt where the best winter sun deals are to be found. Temperatures in Egypt range from 25 to 31 degrees in October; perfect for topping up your tan and getting in some much-needed rest and recuperation before the busy festive season strikes.
Set on the shore of the Red Sea, Sharm El-Sheikh is a beach-lovers paradise. Lounge and catch up on your reading, snorkel the crystal clear waters to make friends with the fish or head to Naama Bay for its bustling bazaars and cafes.
Trip it: If the beach starts to feel like old news, you can take in some of the world’s most important historical sights with a trip from Sharm. Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza or head to the Valley of the Kings; but whatever you do, don’t forget to charge your camera!
From £450 p/p for 6 nights, Travel Republic
Foodie heaven: San Sebastian, Spain
Nestled on the rugged coastline of northern Spain, San Sebastian is a mid-sized city with a lot to offer. Infamous for it’s Pintxos; delicious bites of tapas heaven, this laid-back city has beaches, cathedrals, great shopping and amusements, which makes it a great short break away from the freezing UK.
Your first mission once you’ve to get settled is to head for the old town of Parte Vieja; here you can take in the towering Sacred Heart statue, and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus, with its twin towers and baroque architecture.
Calle Loiola is the city’s main shopping drag and well worth a browse in the afternoon. As the sun starts to fade, join the locals and do the Pintxos bar hop; trail through the city sampling the best Pintxos that the bars have to offer before heading on to the next one; it’s an evening well spent.
Active types can test their surf skills at the world famous Zurriola Beach, or if people watching and snacking is more your thing, head to La Concha, one of the best city beaches in Europe.
Trip it: Take the 100-year-old funicular railway to the top of Monte Igueldo for some of the cities best views and an amusement park that will keep the kids happy for hours.
From £300 p/p for 3 nights, Travel Republic
Party hard: Las Vegas, USA
Not known for its demure and laid-back attitude, this is one lively city; so if you’re looking for some serious fun, you’ve come to the right place. Vegas glistens like a jewel in the heart of the Nevada desert, it is America’s playground and is as much about shopping and sightseeing these days as it is about gambling.
Even if you’re not in town to have a flutter, the casinos themselves are well worth a visit. Housing restaurants, shops and even gondolas in the case of The Venetian, these mammoth buildings really are a spectacle by themselves.
If you need to pump some adrenaline, Stratosphere will let you hurl yourself 108 floors from the summit to the ground; for less intense thrills, Adventuredome theme park offers rides and attractions year round.
At night sin city really does come alive, and there’s nothing like setting up camp in a restaurant and watching the world go by; night owls will be spoilt for choice, take your pick from a myriad of bars, or hit one of Vegas’ famous super clubs and stumble out in the early hours.
Trip it: If the city has got you craving fresh air, get out of town and head for the spectacular Grand Canyon, or take in the Hoover Dam, both within easy reach of the city. Splashing the cash with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon is by far the best way to take it all in and highly recommended!
From £770 p/p for 5 nights, Travel Republic
Laid-back lounging: Maldives
There is nothing much to do in the stunning Maldives but lie back and take in the white beaches and sparkling blue seas, while sipping a cocktail and diving into a good book. That’s the beauty of these islands, enforced leisure time!
There are 1,190 islands that make up the Maldives, 200 of which are inhabited; island life is pretty easy going, so ditch your laptop, power down your phone and get ready for the easy life.
If taking it easy on the beach starts to drag, you could spot tropical fish while snorkelling, go deeper underwater with a diving session or take to the skies in a seaplane to marvel at the spectacular views!
Trip it: Get involved and find out what island life is really like, with a day trip to one of the inhabited islands.
From £837 p/p for 6 nights, Travel Republic
City & colour: Boston, USA
History awaits you around every corner of Boston’s bustling streets; it was the scene of many key events of the American Revolution like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, so what better way to get acquainted with this beautiful city than by taking in the city’s Freedom Trail.
Starting at Boston Common, this well-trodden path weaves its way through the city taking in the most important historical sights, like the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Bunker Hill Monument. Get yourself a map at the Boston Common visitor centre or just follow the red brick road.
Boston isn’t all history though; this lively city has an exciting nightlife thanks to its student-heavy population. Both Harvard and MIT call Boston home; Harvard Square with its bustling cafes and bookstores is worth a wander of an afternoon
Craving some nature? A whale-watching trip from Boston is almost guaranteed to result in sightings of these amazing creatures, weather permitting. Boats head out from Boston to Stellwagen Bank; 842 sq miles that are teaming with marine life.
Trip it: Heading out of town at this time of year will reward you with some seriously scenic sights. Autumn is particularly spectacular in New England, so we suggest a trip north to New Hampshire to check out the gorgeous fall foliage.
From £933 p/p for 7 nights, Travel Republic
Culture shock: Singapore
Tiny, cosmopolitan Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, and the city is the richer for it. Spend the morning wandering Little India, the afternoon in Arab Street and then head to gaudy Chinatown for dinner and you’ll feel like you’ve seen the world in a day.
Singapore is well worth a visit for the food alone; from hot and crowded hawker centres to 5-star fine dining, this is a city that runs on its stomach. Sample some delicious Hainanese Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow or Singapore’s infamous Chilli Crab and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for culture, there are numerous temples and mosques catering to the diverse religious beliefs of the island; we recommend the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, the Sultan Mosque & the Sri Mariamman Temple.
Just north of the city, you’ll find the world-class Singapore Zoo; nestled in lush rainforest, Bears, White Tigers and Lions are just some of the inhabitants of this award-winning animal park.
Trip it: For fun and frolics head to Sentosa Island where you will find amusement parks, a luge ride that’s seriously addictive and white sandy beaches to relax on.
From £684 p/p for 5 nights, Travel Republic