Here is a sampling of airfare offerings gleaned from the Web site Skyscanner.net. Be sure to check with the airline for the latest update on security and delays.
Next weekend — Sept. 1-4Tampere, Finland: 65.90 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Tampere.
Begin your visit with a trip to the Nasinneula which at 554 feet tall is the highest observation tower in the Nordic countries and provides a remarkable view of lakes Nasijarvi and Pyhajarvi and the city of Tampere between them.
Hockey fans will enjoy a trip to the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame, the largest ice-hockey museum in Europe with more than 10,000 hockey-related objects. Explore the Lenin or Moominvally museums for a glimpse of Finnish history. Before your return flight, make a trip to Tallipiha Stable Yards, where you can watch Dammenberg chocolate being prepared and local artisans peddle their unique souvenirs.
Next month — Sept. 28-Oct. 1Porto, Portugal: 90.36 pounds round trip
Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Porto.
Tourists short on time should at least visit the Church of Saint Francis and the National Museum of Soares dos Reis, which houses a collection of decorative arts. Also worth a visit is the riverside quarter of Ribeira, which includes trendy restaurants and bars and is a hub of evening entertainment. Souvenir shoppers can buy just about anything at the Bolhao market. Travelers with extra time may want to make a trip across the River Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia to visit the wine lodges for a taste of port wine or north to the industrial port of Matosinhos for delicious seafood.
Six months from now — March 2-4Marrakech, Morocco: 67.65 pounds round trip
Fly Thomsonfly from London Luton to Marrakech.
Nestled between the mountains and sea, Marrakech is full of small treasures from gardens and museums to impressive mosques and synagogues.
Worth a visit are the Museum of Dar si Said, a 19th-century palace displaying artifacts from private collections of former sultans and viziers, and the royal palace of Marrakech, Dar el Makhzen, which houses an extensive collection of Moroccan art from the 17th century. If time allows, visit one or more of the many souks (markets) organized by product type for local crafts and goods. Tripadvisor.co.uk advises tourists to be prepared to spend a few hours in the souk, as haggling over prices can be time consuming.
— Heather Klinglesmith
Airfare prices are courtesy of the Web sitewww.skyscanner.net and are subject to change depending on availability. Prices include estimated taxes.