I guess like the vast majority of people we like getting away for a while. Actually that’s not strictly true, we love getting away for a while. Unfortunately we are not millionaires and money is an object. Obviously time is also a factor; we don’t have copious amounts of it to spend being on holiday. So instead of pinning our hopes on those six numbers coming up to fund our weekends away or when possible midweek getaways, we set out to hunt cheap holidays on the web and use as many of our weekends as we could afford to take these bitesize breaks.
During our efforts to find deals and places we’d like to visit, for easy and speedy reference we began making a list of our favourite Websites who offered Cheap Weekends away, All Inclusive Deals, Midweek Breaks, Short Break deals etc. They were also helpful with providing ideas; sometimes we knew where we wanted to go and at other times a bit of inspiration and weekend getaway ideas were welcome.
Anyway that’s how we came up with the idea for Mini Breaks; a one source reference gateway to some of the best discount holidays and cheap getaways from the leading holiday providers (and the list is growing) of all varieties. Basically we’ve done the boring bit for you by searching and finding them, all you have to do is browse through to find the best holiday deals, at your leisure. We include both Mini Breaks in the UK and Short Breaks abroad. As you shall discover we have listed the Breaks into categories to save you wading through a whole load of holidays that are not your cup of tea to start with. Unfortunately, we can’t list all the holiday bargains available and we’d assume you’d want look around a bit. So if you see anything that takes you fancy click through for more details and more holidays of the same nature. Alternatively visit our Partner Page for details of the different companies/websites itemised under the holiday category(s) they specialise in. You will note that we do not publish country and/or resort pages; this because the website's primary emphasis is bring you deals and ideas. If you have your heart set upon holidaying in a specific destination and we are not displaying any relevant deals at your chosen location then again simply go to our Partner Page select the relevant Provider(s) by type and use search for your place of choice. Our Partner range in terms of the holidays they provide ensures we can bring you holiday deals to suit everyone; family breaks, holidays with friends, trips with groups, getaways for couples or opportunities for those that like to travel solo.
Following is a slightly more detailed breakdown of the type of mini break deals we strive to include on this website and descriptions what our Partners can provide:
A complete range of City Break Deals, from the major destinations to lesser visited cities. Visiting a City has always been a popular short break holiday trip choice. Although we do include global destinations most of our mini breaks are mainly focused on the UK, Europe and eastern North American cities due to the travel time, which is obviously a major factor when planning short holidays.
Seaside & Beach Breaks
Bringing you deals from all types of coastal breaks from the sun drenched golden sand beach holidays to the rugged coastlines, from glamorous resorts to working harbour quaysides or good old seaside towns complete with lively promenades and piers. Or maybe somewhere quieter and a more relaxing location – the choice is yours. Again there is obviously a choice of mini breaks in the UK or short breaks abroad.
Relaxing Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in quiet rural locations where you can explore the local countryside and visit quaint villages. We also include mini coach tours visiting several locations which also provide the opportunity to enjoy places of interest and to take in the scenery. Our European travel options also include deals and offers on spectacular lakes and mountains holidays.
Rent a Caravan, Chalet, Yurt, Treehouse or how about trying Glamping? Our Holiday Camps have an abundance of choices for you. The Parks are spread all around the UK and Europe with both rural and coastal locations available. Holiday Parks are ideal for cheap short breaks and weekend getaways and a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy a true family holiday in the UK or abroad.
Holiday Lets/Self Catering
Offers from all types of holiday accommodation in all kinds of locations. You can rent a cottage in the country or by the sea. Rent holiday apartments or houses at beach locations or enjoy a quirky stay in themed lodgings such as a railway carriage etc. A huge number and variety of properties available in the UK, Europe and globally.
Combine a weekend getaway with an interest or fun event. Tribute Weekends, Murder Mystery Breaks, Music Era Weekends, Action Adventure trips or maybe something more relaxing like a Spa Break, Romantic Getaways, Gastro Stays etc. You also have the opportunity to create your own Themed Break; select an event or attraction that you’d like to attend and use our Hotel Finders to choose accommodation nearby.
A vast selection of both Ocean Cruising and River Cruise holidays are available. With the choices of sailing from the UK or flying to Ports abroad to start your holiday, you have the opportunity to visit global destinations and any time of the year. There is a host of mini cruise deals to be had from the leading Cruise Lines.
Holiday/Travel Deal Finders
Find the best Hotel Room Rates, Flight Deals, Rail Fares, Coach Travel Offers and Ferry Prices. We will bring you the latest deals being promoted by some of the leading and most respected Finder/Comparison Websites.
For the festive season the choice includes pre-Christmas Breaks such as Christmas Markets, over Christmas Stays, Twixmas Breaks and New Year getaways. Our Winter Breaks are geared towards Ski Holidays and similar where we our aim is to bring you the best deals available. For Winter Sun Holidays see our pages such as Seaside & Beach Breaks etc.
Attractions, Theme Parks etc. for the kids and Sightseeing Tours, Shows & Concerts and Experience Days for the Adults. Again our intention is to bring you the deals and discounts on offer from these Providers.
If nothing takes your fancy in the Offers we publish at any particular time, visit our Partner Directory page and select from the comprehensive list of holiday providers those which you consider most likely to provide the holiday you are looking for and simply click on their link.
Periodically we write a feature on a particular aspect of holidays or travel; this can be about a specific destination or place, a holiday type or Short Break ideas etc.
Basically our blog posts support the fast moving nature of our website by getting the news out there. In particular we use the blog to publish a regular no frills basic listing of the current deals being offered from all of our Partners at that particular time.
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Finally, a dilemma we had to resolve was how long a Mini Break actually lasted! Google’s definition is “two or three days”, but we felt that was too restrictive for our purposes, so we ignored it – what do they know, anyway. After much debate we decided our loose classification would be two to seven days; although, rebels that we are, we sometimes even ignore that. So whether it's a weekend getaway or midweek break it’s your Mini Break so you decided how long it is.