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    Late Escapes

    Despite the scattering of sunny days in June, those early predictions of a 'barbeque summer' to compensate the millions of Brits holidaying at home this year appear to be completely wrong. It's little wonder then that many of us are abandoning the staycation plans in favour of a last minute break somewhere hot, where we can spend our money on sangria and sun cream instead of indoor entertainments. After a few soggy days with the family in Torquay, I'm certainly tempted...

    In previous posts we've highlighted the risks of last-minute car hire booking, as some of the most popular destinations (such as Spain, Croatia and more recently Portugal in early August) are witnessing limited availability as a result of reduced fleets and increased demand. However, if you're thinking of escaping the rain with a late holiday bargain, it's still possible to find some great car rental rates to match, especially if you're willing to be flexible with your choice of destination.

    Auto Europe currently has an excellent choice of vehicles available for hire in the USA, to fit all budgets. Perfect for families and with a mind-blowing selection of sun-soaked locations, America is definitely worth considering this year, especially as there are some substantially reduced offers around.

    Having memories of several blissful holidays in Greece, I'd thoroughly recommend both Corfu and Zante for anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures in life, like peaceful seaside settings, good food and friendly tavernas. A quick Google search throws up hundreds of August and September deals to most Greek resorts and there is no shortage of hire cars to complete the package if you're thinking of booking soon. Thomson has some excellent prices, as does and

    Cyprus also has plenty of rental vehicles still available at the moment at very competitive rates. Take a look at First Choice and for inspiration.

    If you're undeterred by the weather and plan to stay in the UK, there are still plenty of good car hire rates here too. Just make sure you pack a rain coat (and a stiff upper lip of course...)

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