Let’s face it - November and December are hardly the months in which the British Isles cover themselves in climatic glory.

You'd think that would be the perfect stimulus for people to get away for a cheeky city break or a dose of winter sun. And yet. And yet us Brits are some of the worst in the world at taking our full holiday allowance. Of the 28 days annual leave (29 in Scotland, lucky blighters) we're entitled to, the average Brit fails to take a whopping 6.5 days every year. You don't have to be a maniacal Marxist to think it's appalling that across the working population that equates to a serious number of free man hours we work for businesses.

There are apparently several reasons why we Brits don't always take our full holiday allowance, with fear of falling behind at work and disorganisation being two. Both understandable, granted, but when we hear that another key reason for not travelling is not knowing where to go, that's disappointing. As a result, it's time to rekindle 'Use it or Lose it' - Original Travel's annual campaign to help Brits make the most of those (already measly) holiday allowances. As the creators of the Big Short Break, designed around the concept of minimum time and maximum experience, we know where to go and what to do in November and December to use up those pesky few (hopefully) remaining days off.

Keep coming back to the Use it or Lose it page to see what enticing last minute offers we've added to make the most of those remaining days off. Your boss will thank you for it. Possibly.

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Where to go

The Ponte Vecchio


With its magnificent Duomo, Uffizi gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, Florence is quite simply one of the world’s finest open air museums.

A Hammock On A Maldivian Beach


Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Palm Trees Amidst Rocky Outcrops at Wadi Shab


A wonderful destination combining beautiful beachfront properties and dramatic mountain and desert landscapes to explore.

Aerial view of Douro Valley


Portugal is a little place with a lot to do.

The Alentejo

The Alentejo

The Alentejo is home to beautiful cork oak forests, rural countryside and elegant wine estates and with a mild climate it's an ideal location to visit all year round.

A Gnarled Tree in Musandam

Musandam Peninsula

The Musandam Peninsula is an exclave of Oman, cut off from the rump of the country by the UAE.



Italy, we believe, is the perfect all round destination, with so much to see and do and food that is tantalisingly close to perfection.


South Africa

The 'Rainbow Nation' has it all.

Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights, dog-sledding and ice-driving are just snippets of what is on offer in Swedish Lapland.

Sunset over market in Marrakesh


Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.



Andalucia's largest city has enough attractions to last weeks; tapas, sunshine and delightful architecture and hotels.

Forests of Swedish Lapland


Stockholm must rate as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, but there's so much more to Sweden than the capital...


Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap

Cities and Civilizations: Bangkok and the Temples of Angkor

Taking an evening flight from the UK, fall asleep on the plane over Europe and wake up in bustling Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant capitals. Taking just five days leave from work, you’ll have time to explore this bustling metropolis (and fit in some shopping, of course), before hopping over the border to tick the majestic Temples of Angkor in Cambodia off of your bucket list.

The Treasury at Petra

Highlights of Jordan

My client said 'I want to ride with my friends through the desert of Wadi Rum a la Lawrence of Arabia' and I think I was more excited than them. I actually ended up taking them myself! We were a party of 10 and only had a week in Jordan, but it was perfect for a hefty dose of adventure. A week also fits neatly into a half term in either Spring or Autumn, when the days are warm and the nights cool and clear.

Highlights of Oman

Highlights of Oman

One week beginning in Oman’s capital, Muscat, soaking up the city whilst lounging in luxury at The Chedi, before decamping to the desert for a combination of isolation and adventure. Finally, stay 2,000 metres above sea-level in the Al Hajar mountains, exploring Oman’s stunning landscape on foot, clambering over canyons and rocky outcrops, or visiting hidden cultural gems.

A City Break in Seville

A City Break in Seville

Escape the British weather and head for milder climes in the form of Seville. This beautiful medieval city makes for a perfect long weekend - minimum time off work needed, maximum experience gained.

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