Why pay through the nose to a travel agent when you can tailor-make a holiday, staying in family-friendly accommodation in a residential area teeming with locals? Not only will you save a fortune but you'll also have a much more authentic experience of the country.
The flights I've found are seriously cheap and would act as the perfect springboard for a holiday in some of the world's most beautiful and fascinating countries.
- Southend to Cologne on 16th August is only £30 return, landing you within striking distance of some of Europe's finest cities. Maastricht is a mere hour's drive away and the splendour of Brussels' La Grand-Place is only two hours from the majestic cathedral of Cologne.
- Luton to Copenhagen is £34 for a return trip leaving on 22nd August. Legoland Billund is an easy daytrip from here, as is a commute across the Oresund Bridge to Sweden.
- London to Milan is a bargain at £40 for two weeks from the 15th August. A wonderful city in its own right, Milan is also the gateway to the Italian Lakes and the operatic capital of Verona.
There are many many bargains to be found. Why gamble with the British weather when you can be guaranteed sun, sea and smiles across the English Channel?