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Like all good things, Summer has come to an end and the dreaded post-holiday, in-between-Christmas phase is upon us. Before we know it, it'll be dark when we wake up and when we finish work, so if you've got some leave yet to use up, why not get a long-weekend away in your diary. 

We're big advocates of having something to look to forward to. Escapists, us? Never. 

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According to Airbnb, 500,000 plus people are planning European breaks between now and the middle of December and if you're one of the lucky few to have already set aside some late-in-the-year annual leave, here's the top 5 of where you should be heading, according to the online holiday letting site. 

In order of their trendiness, of course. 

Coming in at Number #5 - Sliema, Malta

A short 15 minute drive away from the Maltese capital city of Valetta, this seaside resort is famous for its promenade, shopping opportunities and countless bars and restaurants. With temperatures averaging a cosy 24 degrees during the autumn months, we're not at all surprised bookings are up 87% on last year.

Number #4 - Corfu, Greece

Not quite ready to even consider black opaques just yet? Well, you certainly won't need them on this Ionian Island, which has an average temperature of 23 degrees... even in October. Also, Greek food, need we say more? No wonder it's coming in in 4th place.

Number #3 - Serris, France

We can't say it's all that familiar, but people must know something that we don't – with visits to the small French town increase by 99% for autumn, 2018. Plus, it's 30 minutes from the capital. 

Number #2 - Kiev, Ukraine

Having gone through two modern revolutions, the Ukrainian capital quirkily combines the best of east and west, in an alluring mix of centuries-old architectural masterpieces, amazing food, bustling nightlife and energetic art. Get booking quick, because they are up by 107% compared to last year.

Number #1 - Istanbul, Turkey

Coming in with a whopping 141% more bookings this year – between now and December – compared to last year, the city, where Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, is a vibrant one. You’ll find centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs.

Which destination tops your list? 

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