Post-Summer Holidays: Fly Far for Under £400

Summer 2016 in the UK had a good run, right? But what if you didn’t manage to get out in the sun as much as you’d hoped you would? What if you didn’t manage to get away to somewhere nice, either? If you’re feeling like treating yourself with a post-summer holiday, we’ve picked a few far-away places you can fly to for less than £400. Now is the best time to buy these kind of flights, the best time to book two or three months ahead. Prices are low and it gives you something to look forward to.

Note: These prices are guides, based on flights from London, and assuming that you book now. We used SkyScanner.

New York City, USA

Average return flight: £335 (December 2016)

We think that everyone should visit New York City at least once. Home of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Fifth Avenue and more celebrities than you can shake a stick at — not to mention some of the world’s best food. Check out TimeOut’s picks for the best steakhouses in NYC.

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Top 5 things to see in NYC:

  • National September 11 Monument
  • Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty
  • Central Park
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Empire State Building

Beijing, China

Average return flight: £363 (December 2016)

China’s capital city attracts adventure-seekers from all over the world, and while the city itself moves at an insane pace, the ancient sites surrounding it are some of the most important parts of human history.

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Top 5 things to see in Beijing:

  • The Great Wall at Badaling
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
  • Jingshan Park
  • Chaoyang Theater

Toronto, Canada

Average return flight: £290 (November 2016)

If you like the idea of big city holidaying, but not the madness and (sometimes) uncleanliness of somewhere like New York City, you’ll love Toronto. Ottawa may be Canada’s capital city, but Toronto is the most populous, and it’s home to the tallest freestanding tower in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower. Boom!

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Top 5 things to see in Toronto:

  • The CN Tower
  • Niagra Falls (roughly 2 hour drive)
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • St. Lawrence Market
  • Toronto Island Park

Mexico City, Mexico

Average return flight: £386 (December 2016)

Ancient pyramids during the day, awesome nightlife later on. Mexico City is a bit of an alternative destination, we’ll give you that, but when you’ve been everywhere else and you want something different, say hello to Mexico!

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Top 5 things to see in Mexico City:

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Teotihuacan Pyramids
  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • Chapultepec Castle
  • The National Palace

Boston, USA

Average return flight: £292 (November 2016)

Watch a Red Sox game, walk the Freedom Trail and eat some of the finest Italian food inside or outside of Italy. Around the autumn and winter time, Boston is beautiful and such a cool place to visit. Hey, if it’s good enough for Mark Wahlberg, it’s good enough for us.

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Top 5 things to see in Boston:

  • Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox)
  • Freedom Trail
  • Whale watching tour
  • The Waterfront
  • Martha’s Vineyard

Those are our five picks for places to go now that the weather is starting to turn. If you pick one, let us know hwo it goes.

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