With the nights drawing in and the weather taking a definite turn for the worse, it’s probably a great time to start daydreaming about a holiday in the sun. The good news is that you don’t need to wait until next summer if you fancy topping up your tan, as there are some fantastic winter holiday bargains to be had.

But just when should you book your break to take advantage of the best deals? We’ve come up with some handy tips – none of these are foolproof but hopefully they’ll point you in the right direction.

Avoid school holidays

It almost goes without saying that you should avoid school holidays if you’re looking for a bargain break, but it’s worth reminding you just in case! That said, you can get some fantastic deals for departures on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, so if you don’t mind travelling then it can be well worth looking into.

Travel mid-week

One of the best ways to reduce your holiday expenditure is to travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday, when flights are usually at their cheapest. Most people prefer to fly on a weekend, so avoid this if you can.

It’s also worth pointing out that these flights often get discounted as the departure date draws nearer, with airlines keen to fill as many seats as possible. So, if you’re planning a last-minute trip, it’s well worth considering.

Book a break in January

If you can wait until the new year, then this is a fantastic time to head off on holiday – again, it’s best to travel last-minute. You’ll find a whole host of deals available at this time of the year, while jetting off to sunnier climes in January is an excellent way to combat the winter blues once Christmas has been and gone.

Be flexible

The golden rule when it comes to finding the best holiday bargains is to be flexible, both about when you travel and where you go. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily have a restricted choice, but it’s worth keeping an open mind and maybe choosing a destination you’re not familiar with – not only could you save some money, but you may also discover somewhere fantastic that you’d otherwise never have seen.

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