Brits ditch Coronation and use extra bank holidays for cheap trips abroad

Everyone loves a bank holiday, after all, you get an extra weekday off with your family or pals.

While most bank holidays are perfect for relaxing, barbecues or going for a long lunch out we're getting an extra one this year that is a little different.

King Charles III will take the British throne at his coronation in a few months time and so most Brits get an extra holiday.

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But, it seems not everyone will be using the day to head down to London, throw street parties or wave union flags from their windows.

Many Brits will actually miss the Coronation to exploit the bank holidays and jet away for 10 days – by using only four days’ leave.

We can understand why the temptation of an extra long holiday just ahead of summer could tempt people.

Travel agents have seen a 56% rise in long-haul breaks on the week when the new king is crowned – the first coronation in nearly 80 years.

Eight to 10-day getaways to far-flung locations including Dubai, Las Vegas and Mexico are proving most popular with savvy holidaymakers, they claim.

On The Beach, which collected and shared the data, said: “Tens of thousands of Brits are expected to abscond the UK during the ceremony on May 6.

“Back-to-back public holidays on May 1 and 8 effectively mean that British sunseekers can relish a royal 10 days off work while only using a paltry four days of annual leave.”

To snap up the 10 days of holiday you'll just need to book off May 2 through 5.

This will let you use the weekend before the May 1 bank holiday and the weekend after your booked days off, plus the May 8 bank holiday for any trips away you desire.

We’ve taken a look at On the Beach to find some of their best deals for the 10 day period.

It turns out, you don’t need to spend a fortune!

If you’re looking for an all-inclusive beach holiday then you can jet off to Majorca in Spain.

The sunny island’s HSM Canarios Park in Calas de Mallorca is offering holiday from April 29 to May 8 with flights from just £407pp.

That’s on an all inclusive basis with flights from London Stansted.

If you’re willing to splash out just a touch more then you can fly from Edinburgh to Rhodes in Greece.

Meanwhile The Stamos Hotel is offering nine nights at an all-inclusive rate for just £423pp.

There’s a gorgeous pool and modern rooms perfect for relaxing.

Those wanting extra pools at a highly rated hotel can head to Dalaman in Turkey.

The Green Nature Resort and Spa has five-stars on the On The Beach website – and is one of its highest rated hotels.

You can get nine nights in all-inclusive with flights from Bristol for just £505pp.

The resort has three huge pools, kids play spaces and an aqua park.

Brits wanting the ultimate bargain can shake off the all-inclusive rates and opt for a self-catering holiday.

For just £259pp you can head to Grand Aquarium in Dalaman Turkey with flights from Bristol.

You'll still get to enjoy the large pool, waterslide and entertainment programme.

More holiday deals:

  • Porto Angeli, Rhodes, Greece – 9 nights all inclusive- flights from Edinburgh for £674pp

  • Excelsior Hotel Downtown, Dubai, UAE – nine nights room only – flights from London for £773pp

  • Mar y Huerta, Ibiza, Spain – nine nights B&B – flights from Bristol for £319pp

  • Ramada Kissimmee Gateway, Florida, USA – nine nights room only – flights from London for £897pp

  • H.TOP Planamar, Costa brava, Spain – nine nights room only – flights from London for £294pp

  • Dionysos Hotel, Ixia, Greece – nine nights B&B – flights from Edinburgh for £356pp

Are you going abroad over the Coronation weekend? Let us know in the comments below.


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