With the first of two May bank holidays set to take place this weekend, people from across Glasgow will have booked their trips weeks - even months - ago.

However, for those who are still deciding whether to head off for a break, there’s still time, thanks to the team at cheap travel tickets site gopili.co.uk.

For those in and around the city hoping to get away for a few days, here’s a list of some top getaway deals as well as some money-saving tips:


London's Calling

Fancy a spot of sight-seeing but don’t want the faff of going abroad? London has just about everything you could dream of.

From family attractions, such as trips to see the Crown Jewels and the London Dungeon to days in the park looking over the London skyline on Primrose Hill, this city has it covered.

Travel via British Airways and Ryanair from Glasgow Airport for £60 return, or opt for the Megabus for just £36.

Beautiful Belfast

Looking to tick that city break off your bucket list? Then get to the historic capital of Northern Ireland for just £62 return via ScotRail. Upon arrival, get a feel for what life was like aboard the world-famous Titanic at the Belfast museum dedicated entirely to the ocean liner, or explore award-winning parks and the rugged Northern Irish coastline.

Lake District

Get away from city life without venturing too far in the open spaces offered by the Lake District. With direct buses for just £30 return, you can travel to Windermere, home to the a large lake in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, northwest England. It’s surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere, where The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction has modern displays on the children’s writer.

In the north, trails lead to Orrest Head, a hill with views across the lake and the fells beyond, and Holehird Gardens, with its alpines, heathers, and shrubs.


1. Be flexible on dates
Flights are often cheaper on the days people prefer NOT to fly, like weekdays. Always be sure to tick the ‘flexible on dates’ box when booking as it’ll allow you to see which dates around your chosen time are cheapest.

2. The internet is your friend
Ensure you use an independent travel engine when planning routes. Sites like these provide cost-effective offers for train, plane, and coach journeys across a wide range of domestic and short-haul European destinations and scan over 500 different transport operators including Virgin Trains, National Express, Ryanair, and EasyJet.  

3.  Do your homework
The more you learn beforehand, the more you'll get out of your visit, and it will help avoid costly mistakes. Research your trip with reputable guidebooks and magazines like Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor.

4. Sign up to save
They’re not for everyone but a lot of people swear by voucher websites for getting money-saving deals and travel is no exception, so keep an eye out for such sites where you can get money off travel booking websites.

5. Go social
Go and like your favorite travel sites on facebook and follow them on Twitter. It’s getting more common for travel companies to release top deals directly through their social media channels.

Head to gopili.co.uk for more information on the above.