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Last-minute longhaul inspiration

If you’re still holding out to book your summer break this year, there are some fantastic bargains to be picked on longhaul travel. We take a look at three of our current last-minute steals from across the globe. 

World Travel Guide notes that "the Gambia is the most approachable of all West African countries", highlighting its "glorious low-key beaches, bustling towns and wealth of wildlife". And what better way to experience this country than with a fuss-free deal that saves £550 on its regular price? For £699 per person, get seven nights at the 4-star Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort & Spa in a Standard Baobab Room on an all-inclusive basis, with return flights and 15kg checked luggage allowance. 

A last-minute tour of Vietnam may seem like a daunting prospect, until you consider that this trip from Elegant Travel & Tours packs in all flights and accommodation across three cities, plus an exciting Halong Bay cruise. Discover the country’s exotic capital, Hanoi, before travelling to the UNESCO World Heritage Site (and Travelzoo staff favourite) Hoi An and finally, Ho Chi Minh City. Departures are every Tuesday and Friday for added flexibility, so you can begin planning this once-in-a-lifetime trip now while also saving 36% on the regular rate. 

Or for the utmost in relaxation, a week on Mexico’s Caribbean coast won’t disappoint. Perfect for sports enthusiasts, culture vultures or beach lovers, the Riviera Maya is the home of the second largest barrier reef, ancient ruins and strips upon strips of picture-perfect white sand. For £1339 per person, bag yourself an all-inclusive escape to the oceanfront Occidental Allegro Playacar resort with The Holiday Place. Including unlimited meals, snacks and drinks, this last-minute offer will save you £500.

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Deal Expert, London
Monday, 22 July 2013
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Laura Summers