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With the country’s high streets facing another crisis as people work from home rather than travelling into town and city centres, it is hard to predict which stores and specific retail sectors, if any, will do well this year. 

Yet we are not about to stop shopping altogether, and so selected retailers may represent more of a bargain from an investment perspective than anything you might find in the January sales. 

Jason Hollands, managing director of investment platform BestInvest, says there are some strong reasons to put retail stocks in your investment shopping basket – despite the latest high street crisis. 

He says: ‘The road ahead may well be bumpy, but some retailers which are coming under pressure from staff shortages, inflation and lower footfall will emerge from this difficult period in better shape as they trim costs such as underperforming stores.’ 

Peerless: Next has outperformed its High Street rivals in a time when some are avoiding shops

Peerless: Next has outperformed its High Street rivals in a time when some are avoiding shops

Barclaycard’s data on how we shopped last year confirms the popularity of online retailing, but it also shows some green shoots on the high street. 

Overall consumer spending rose almost six per cent last year compared with 2019, with growth in spending on the home, pets and in local stores notable. 

Calum Bruce, investment manager of trust Ediston Property, believes that despite widespread talk about the death of the high street, physical shops will always be needed. 

He says: ‘While the pandemic has undoubtedly increased the penetration of e-commerce, busy car parks and queues around out-of-town shopping centres show the resilience of bricks-and-mortar stores.’ 

Not everyone is as bullish. Darius McDermott, managing director of fund supermarket Chelsea Financial Services, believes the high street is in ‘structural decline’. 

He says: ‘High street retailers can’t compete. Matters will only get worse as the cost of online retail deliveries continues to fall and people are put off shopping as their local high streets are scarred by empty shops.’ 

Companies that can deliver an ‘omnichannel experience’ – allowing people to shop online or in store and to click and collect purchases – will fare well in the new shopping normal. They include stores such as Next and Waterstones. 

William Meadon, manager of investment trust JPMorgan Claverhouse, is a big fan of Next. 

He says: ‘The fashion house maintains its reputation as one of the country’s best-run firms. It has outperformed expectations throughout the pandemic and its management team is without peer.’

Last week, it issued a bullish trading statement with profits for the year to the end of this month forecast to come in at £822million – some 10 per cent up on profits before the pandemic. 

It also announced a special dividend of £1.60 and forecast sales growth for the year ahead of seven per cent. 

As inflation continues to rise, companies running stores that offer customers ‘good value’ should do well. 

Although high-profile price discounters such as Aldi and Lidl aren’t available to invest in as they are private businesses, London-listed B&M could also benefit from shoppers tightening their belts and seeking out value for money. 

B&M’s stores are located in retail parks and offer convenience groceries and cleaning products. It also operates 306 convenience stores under the Heron Foods brand. Its shares, currently £6.13, are up 15 per cent over the past year. 

Lee Wild, head of equity strategy at investment platform Interactive Investor, likes online fashion brand Asos, a beneficiary of consumers buying more goods online. 

He adds: ‘Asos has also been helped by its target market – fashion-loving 20- somethings – who are happy embracing new technology when shopping for clothes.’ 

Asos issued a profits warning in October last year after being hit by supply chain issues. 

Its shares have also performed woefully over the last year –- down more than 50 per cent – but Wild says plans by the company to increase its presence in the United States and across Europe are ‘exciting and sensible’. 

He adds: ‘This could be a turnaround story to follow.’

Asos issued a profits warning in October last year after being hit by supply chain issues

Asos issued a profits warning in October last year after being hit by supply chain issues

Funds to consider for a spot of retail therapy 

Not all investors are comfortable buying individual stocks, so buying an investment fund that holds shares in the retail sector – with a manager who understands the retail landscape – makes good sense. 

BestInvest’s Hollands likes Premier Miton UK Growth, which has a 2.3 per cent holding in price discounter B&M. The fund has generated overall investor returns of 75 per cent over the past three years. 

Hollands is also a fan of investment funds Slater Growth and Artemis UK Select which have respective holdings of four and 3.3 per cent in Tesco. 

Supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s, says Hollands, could be targeted in coming months by overseas buyers in the same way that Morrisons was last year, eventually being bought (somewhat controversially) by US private equity group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. 

Investment trust Fidelity Special Values has cycling retailer Halfords among its top 10 holdings. Halfords shares, Hollands says, still look cheap despite rising 32 per cent over the past year. 

Chelsea’s McDermott suggests looking at GAM Star Continental European Equity and Janus Henderson European Selected Opportunities, which both own luxury goods retailer LVMH – owner of brands such as Dior and Louis Vuitton. 

He says: ‘There is still a place for luxury retail. With an expanding middle class in many developing countries, as well as the middle classes in the developed world having had a relatively ‘good’ recession, demand for luxury brands will not go away.’

…or try property trusts that own sites 

The commercial robustness of retail parks during the pandemic will not dissipate in the coming months. 

Calum Bruce, manager of investment trust Ediston Property, says these parks represent the future – with many offering a mix of click-and-collect services and in person shopping. 

Most of the recent retail success stories are prominent in these out-of-town centres, including Dunelm, Next and Pets at Home. 

But it is also possible to invest in retail parks by buying shares in the property trusts which own the underlying bricks and mortar – the Likes of British Land, Ediston and NewRiver. 

Richard Williams, analyst at investment research company QuotedData, says these retail parks are ‘playing a key role in the boom in online retailing, providing an ideal hub for click-and-collect and online returns’.

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Gloomy days for sure. But all is not lost for those who can see some golden light around the corner.

Of course, it involves a degree of bravado because all this testing is taxing — but there are some fabulous bargains to be had as companies scramble to drum up some business for the New Year. What’s more, package holidays and flights can be booked with greater flexibility than ever. Here we look at some of the best bargain trips for early 2022.

CUT-PRICE CROATIA – SAVE £300

Stay at the village of Cavtat, a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik (pictured), from £539pp including flights

Stay at the village of Cavtat, a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik (pictured), from £539pp including flights

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights’ half-board at Hotel Croatia in Cavtat, a village just a short ferry ride away from the old walled city of Dubrovnik, from £539pp including flights. Book for travel between January 3 and December 23, 2022. (tropicalsky.com)

NEED TO KNOW: Must present one of the following — proof of vaccination, not older than 365 days; a negative antigen test not older than 48 hours; negative PCR test not older than 72 hours; or a doctor’s certificate of recovery.

JAMAICA BOUND – SAVE 48%

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights all-inclusive at the Ocean Coral Spring in Jamaica’s Trelawny is from £852pp including return flights on January 2. (firstchoice.co.uk)

NEED TO KNOW: All travellers from 12 and upwards must take a PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of arrival. Authorisation required from visitjamaica.com.

ST LUCIA SLASHED – SAVE 65%

A view of the Pitons in St Lucia. Virgin Holidays have a bargain deal for a seven-night trip to the Caribbean holiday hotspot

A view of the Pitons in St Lucia. Virgin Holidays have a bargain deal for a seven-night trip to the Caribbean holiday hotspot 

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights all-inclusive at Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, St Lucia, from £1,565pp including flights on January 15. (Virginholidays.com)

NEED TO KNOW: Complete a pre-arrival form at stlucia.org/en_UK/covid-19. All travellers over five years old must provide proof of a negative PCR test within five days of travel. 

SRI LANKAN STINT – SAVE 40%

High life: Stick fisherman at work in Sri Lanka. Save 40 per cent on a trip to the South Asian island with Destinology

High life: Stick fisherman at work in Sri Lanka. Save 40 per cent on a trip to the South Asian island with Destinology

HOW TO DO IT: Ten nights half-board at Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka from £1,469pp including flights. Book for February 2022. (destinology.co.uk)

NEED TO KNOW: Fully vaccinated travellers and under 12s don’t require a PCR test on arrival. 

MALTA HALVED – SAVE 50%

The Maltese capital of Valletta. Proof of vaccination must be presented on arrival in Malta

The Maltese capital of Valletta. Proof of vaccination must be presented on arrival in Malta 

HOW TO DO IT: A week all-inclusive at the Soreda Hotel in the popular Maltese resort of Qawra from £279pp including flights on January 9. (olympic holidays.com)

NEED TO KNOW: Proof of vaccination (at least 14 days prior to travel) must be presented on arrival. Children aged five to 11 must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

MEXICAN WAVE – SAVE 25%

All fired up: Soaring over the Rio Grande in Mexico. Travellers to Mexico must register on the Vuela Seguro platform before their arrival

All fired up: Soaring over the Rio Grande in Mexico. Travellers to Mexico must register on the Vuela Seguro platform before their arrival 

FLIGHTS OF FANCY 

British Airways and BA Holidays launched their January sale this week, with flights to New York from £326 return and European packages from £119 pp.

Jet2 and Jet2Holidays have flights to Europe from £25 one-way (Majorca in January) and European city breaks from £279 pp.

EasyJet has free flight changes up to two hours before departure. Flights to Europe (Malta, Lanzarote, Krakow) are from £14.99 one-way.

Virgin Atlantic has returns to Antigua from £327 and Barbados from £410 in January.

Ryanair has flights to Europe from £4.99 one-way (Perugia, Ancona, Dresden) in January.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights all-inclusive at Paradisus Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula’s Mayan riviera, from £1,629pp including flights. Book for selected dates until October 31, 2022. (caribtours.co.uk)

NEED TO KNOW: Must register on the Vuela Seguro platform and present QR code on arrival.

MAURITIAN MAGIC – SAVE £2,450

HOW TO DO IT: Ten nights B&B at Constance Prince Maurice is from £1,699pp including flights in January. (Trailfinders.com)

NEED TO KNOW: Fully vaccinated travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

THAI TREAT – SAVE £798

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights B&B at Casa de La Flora in Khao Lak from £849pp including flights. Book for departures in January 2022. (tropicalwarehouse.co.uk)

NEED TO KNOW: PCR test must be taken before leaving UK and on arrival in Thailand (must stay in approved accommodation for 24 hours while awaiting the results).

PLUSH IN PORTUGAL – SAVE £349

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights in Villa Rafael II, just ten minutes from Albufeira on the Algarve, from £849 on January 2 sleeping four people (jamesvillas.co.uk). Ryanair flights (Ryanair.com) London to Faro from £30 return.

NEED TO KNOW: Everyone must complete an online passenger locator card. All travellers over 11 need a negative PCR or antigen test. 

DUBAI DASH – SAVE 25%

Plan ahead and save 25 per cent on a trip to Dubai, pictured, next March with British Airways

Plan ahead and save 25 per cent on a trip to Dubai, pictured, next March with British Airways

HOW TO DO IT: Three nights B&B at the Grand Hyatt Dubai from £599pp including flights, for selected dates in March. (ba.com)

NEED TO KNOW: All travellers must have proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure, when checking in for their flight. 

CANARIES CALLING – SAVE 49%

HOW TO DO IT: Three nights all-inclusive at Paradise Island in Lanzarote from £521pp including return flights on December 20. (tui.co.uk)

NEED TO KNOW: All travellers over the age of 12 must show proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival. Everyone, including children under the age of 12, must fill in an online form within 48 hours of travel. 

YOU’LL BE SHIP-SHAPE AT THESE PRICES 

  • Ambassador Line’s seven-night Springtime Fjordland cruise to Norway has been reduced from £779 pp to £599 pp. Departs on April 24 (ambassadorcruiseline.com).
  • Sail on Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Borealis in January with all tips covered. This includes the 34-night Cultural Caribbean and the Americas cruise, which starts at £4,499pp. (fredolsencruises.com)
  • Celebrity Cruises is offering savings of up to £2,400 per stateroom, free flights to Europe and airfare offers for Caribbean cruises, available on selected sailings until March 2023. Book by February 28 (celebritycruises.co.uk).
  • Free flights, drinks and wi-fi on Seabourn Odyssey’s seven-night ‘Alaska Inside Passage & Glacier Bay’ cruise from Vancouver on May 27. Price £4,941 pp (seabourn.com).
  • Iona’s seven-night Norwegian Fjords cruise on May 14 starts from £599 pp — and third/fourth guests sharing the cabin pay only £199 each (pocruises.com).
River magic: Cruising the picturesque Norwegian fjords (file photo)

River magic: Cruising the picturesque Norwegian fjords (file photo)


We have waited a long time for this moment. And now the new rules on travel have kicked in, there has been a surge in bookings, with Jet2 reporting a 150 per cent increase and Skyscanner, the airline comparison website, an immediate 81 per cent rise in online enquires. British Airways Holidays said that website searches increased by 40 per cent week on week (with New York, Dubai and Barbados most popular).

Ski specialist travel agent Iglu Ski (igluski.co.uk) said enquires leapt by 90 per cent after the changes to testing rules — hardly surprising, with the cost of a trip for a family of four suddenly down by as much as £350. And with fares to Spain as low as £9 this month, £15 in April and £31 in June, according to Skyscanner, this could turn out to be a bumper year for bagging a travel bargain. Here’s our guide to some of the best holidays available — plus the latest entry requirements in Europe.

BEACH BREAKS

MALTESE MIRACLE – UNDER £100

Get set for the Med: The Blue Lagoon in Gozo, Malta. Holiday Pirates is offering a value seven-night stay at Paradise Bay Hotel Mellieha, which is set on the northern tip of the country

Get set for the Med: The Blue Lagoon in Gozo, Malta. Holiday Pirates is offering a value seven-night stay at Paradise Bay Hotel Mellieha, which is set on the northern tip of the country

Mellieha is on the northern tip of Malta and home to a 19th-century church, hiking trails, plenty of beaches, restaurants and bars.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights room-only at Paradise Bay Hotel Mellieha from £98 pp including flights on January 23 (holidaypirates.com).

SPANISH COAST – SAVE 65%

The Costa Brava is known for its beaches but also has beautiful inland towns to visit.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights room-only at HTOP Royal Beach from £159 pp, including flights on May 10. Book by January 31 (sunmaster.co.uk).

CARIBBEAN CLASSIC – SAVE 40%

Inspiring Travel Company is offering a seven-night all-inclusive stay in St Lucia from £2,359 pp. Pictured is a St Lucia beach looking out on one of the Pitons

Inspiring Travel Company is offering a seven-night all-inclusive stay in St Lucia from £2,359 pp. Pictured is a St Lucia beach looking out on one of the Pitons

It’s all go at the BodyHoliday in St Lucia, as this premium resort offers activities from water-skiing to archery.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights all-inclusive from £2,359 pp including flights for May 31 to August 31. Book by February 4. (inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk)

FAMILY BARGAINS

DISNEY MAGIC – SAVE 31%

With America back on the travel map, family breaks to theme parks in Florida are taking off again. Base yourself at a Walt Disney hotel to be at the heart of the action.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights for a family of four with two adults and two children, with flights and accommodation, at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort in Orlando from £3,224 (tui.co.uk).

MAKE IT MEXICO – SAVE 22%

The Canto del Sol all-inclusive hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has huge pools, tennis courts, a spa and watersports on the adjoining beach. Summer temperatures are in the 30s Celsius.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £3,628 all-inclusive for four, with flights (tui.co.uk).

TEMPTING TURKEY – SAVE £571

Holiday Village Turkey in Sarigerme, in the Dalaman region, is ideal for families with young children. Pictured is the nearby Sarigerme Sacred Beach

Holiday Village Turkey in Sarigerme, in the Dalaman region, is ideal for families with young children. Pictured is the nearby Sarigerme Sacred Beach

Children will love the waterslides, ten-pin bowling, ‘jump nets’ and ‘kids’ den’ rooms at Holiday Village Turkey in Sarigerme, in the Dalaman region. Free child places are available this May.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £1,113 for two adults and child up to the age of ten in May, with Gatwick flights (firstchoice.co.uk).

VILLA THRILLERS

GO FOR GRENADA

The True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in Grenada is a ten-minute drive from Grand Anse beach (pictured)

The True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in Grenada is a ten-minute drive from Grand Anse beach (pictured)

Enjoy your own two-bedroom villa with a plunge pool at the True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in Grenada, a ten-minute drive from Grand Anse beach. Hike in the rainforests, learn about the art of chocolate-making and visit a rum shack or two.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £1,365 pp B&B with Gatwick flights and transfers, for four sharing in January (tropicbreeze.co.uk).

CASH IN ON CYPRUS

Save a quarter on the usual price at Villa Aphrodite in Coral Bay, near Akamas National Park in Cyprus. It comes with a small pool and is in a peaceful spot near a fishing village with characterful tavernas.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £229 pp self-catering; flights not included (jamesvillas.co.uk).

CORFU DREAM

Adventures beckon: The rooms at Villa Vinita in Corfu, pictured, are tastefully decorated throughout

Adventures beckon: The rooms at Villa Vinita in Corfu, pictured, are tastefully decorated throughout

Villa Vinita is on a hilltop with fantastic sea views. A pool sits on a terrace and rooms are tastefully decorated throughout, with air-conditioning, wi-fi, a maid service and breakfast each day. It’s a scramble down the hill to a nearby beach.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £549 pp based on ten sharing, with London flights in April (cvvillas.com).

LUXURY FOR LESS

INDULGE IN IBIZA

A swanky new all-inclusive hotel opens on Ibiza in May — the TRS Ibiza Hotel, on the west coast, with rooftop infinity pools, a spa and cocktail bars for sunset- watching. Enjoy the opening rates while you can.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £1,254 pp all-inclusive in June, with Birmingham flights and transfers (jet2holidays.com).

SPA IN SICILY – SAVE £116

The luxury, all-inclusive Grand Palladium Sicily opened last year. Pictured is the nearby city of Cefalu

The luxury, all-inclusive Grand Palladium Sicily opened last year. Pictured is the nearby city of Cefalu

SO WHAT ARE THE NEW RULES? 

Pre-departure tests for vaccinated travellers entering the UK have been ditched. From Sunday, there is also no need to take a PCR test during the first two days after returning to Britain — or to self-isolate. But you must take a cheaper lateral flow test. Here are the rules for entry in Europe…

FRANCE: Tourists banned from entry.

SPAIN: All tourists aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated.

PORTUGAL: Must show proof of a negative Covid test if aged 11 and over.

GREECE: Need proof of a negative Covid test if aged five and over.

CROATIA: Require proof of a negative Covid test or that you are fully vaccinated if aged 12 or over.

ITALY: You must show proof that you are fully vaccinated and have recently tested negative for Covid. Children under six are exempt.

AUSTRIA: You must have had booster jab and show proof of a negative test. Children under 12 are exempt and you can get a special pass for unvaccinated children aged 12 to 15 at ski resorts.

GERMANY: Fully vaccinated Britons are allowed in; unvaccinated children require negative tests, though under fives are exempt (but must quarantine for five days).

SWITZERLAND: Must be fully vaccinated and have tested negative for Covid.

SWEDEN: Must be fully vaccinated (unless under 18) and have a negative test result (unless under 12).

HUNGARY: The unvaccinated must show a recent negative test result.

CZECH REPUBLIC: The double-jabbed need to take a PCR test; those with boosters can enter without tests. Children under 12 do not need tests if they are with vaccinated parents.

  • Check the latest entry requirements at gov.uk before making any booking.

Relax in the saunas, pools and hydromassage baths at the spa at the Grand Palladium Sicily. This luxury all-inclusive hotel, which opened last year, is great for outdoor-lovers, with hiking in nearby pine forests as well as watersports galore.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £761 pp all-inclusive, with Gatwick flights on May 1 (tui.co.uk).

CUT-PRICE BARBADOS – SAVE £50

Book ahead for later in the year and it’s possible to enjoy a week in Barbados, staying at the beachside Dover Beach Hotel, from little more than £600 per person per week. It comes with a pool, too.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £619 pp self-catering in September, with Heathrow flights. Book by midnight on January 11 (britishairways.com/barbados).

ADULTS ONLY

DOMINICAN DASH – SAVE 60% 

Punta Cana on the Dominican Republic’s eastern tip is known for its 20-mile stretch of coast on the Atlantic and Caribbean.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights all-inclusive at Ocean El Faro, Punta Cana, from £798 pp, including flights in May 2022 (caribbeanwarehouse.co.uk).

MADE FOR TWO – SAVE 45%

Jamaica’s Seven Mile Beach looks more appealing by the day. This is also a great base to explore the rest of Negril.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights all-inclusive at Couples Swept Away Negril from £1,949 pp including flights. Book for May to October 30 (caribtours.co.uk).

HOP TO CYPRUS – SAVE 23%

Temperatures endure in Cyprus better than in many other Mediterranean destinations, and a trip to Paphos promises ancient ruins, theatres and villas.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights B&B at Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites from £959 pp, including flights. Book by January 31 for April 3 – 30 (inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk).

ADVENTURE SNIPS

GRAND GALAPAGOS – SAVE 30%

Nowhere seems more remote than the Galapagos, which teem with wildlife, from giant tortoises to penguins and iguanas.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights sailing including most meals and accommodation from £1,922 pp. Book before January 17 for selected departures until October 2022. Flights excluded (intrepidtravel.com).

MOROCCAN MIRAGE – SAVE 25%

Desert, beaches, mountains and dazzling cities — there’s plenty to see in Morocco and the best way is on a tour.

HOW TO DO IT: Nine-night Casablanca to Marrakech trip from £1,019pp, including activities and some meals, on February 19. Flights excluded (gadventures.com).

MADAGASCAN MARVELS – SAVE 20%

On a visit to Madagascar, make sure to visit the lively capital of Antananarivo (pictured above)

On a visit to Madagascar, make sure to visit the lively capital of Antananarivo (pictured above) 

Women wearing clay sunblock masks in Madagascar. Explore is offering a 15-day half-board tour of the country from £2,465

Women wearing clay sunblock masks in Madagascar. Explore is offering a 15-day half-board tour of the country from £2,465

THE GREAT FLIGHTS SALE 

Here are the best short-haul deals (all returns excluding luggage):

  • London Luton to Larnaca, Cyprus, in March with Wizzair: £15.98.
  • London Stansted to Milan, Italy, with Ryanair in January: £9.98. 
  • London Stansted to Budapest, Hungary, with Ryanair in March: £15.98.
  • London Luton to Malaga, Spain, with Ryanair in March: £15.98.
  • London Luton to Athens, Greece, with Wizzair in January: £9.98.
  • London Stansted to Zagreb, Croatia, with Ryanair in January: £9.98.
  • London Stansted to Venice, Italy, with Ryanair in January: £9.98.

And the best long-haul deals (all returns excluding luggage):

  • London Gatwick to Sal, Cape Verde, with TUI in January/February: £188.
  • London Gatwick to New York JFK with JetBlue in February: £283.
  • London Gatwick to St Lucia with TUI in January/February: £270.
  • London Gatwick to Bridgetown, Barbados, with TUI in January: £279.

There’s plenty of wildlife in Madagascar and some spectacular rainforests, but a visit is also a chance to see the lively capital, Antananarivo.

HOW TO DO IT: A 15-day half-board tour from £2,465 pp, including flights on April 8 (explore.co.uk). 

CHEAP CITY BREAKS

ICELAND BOUND THREE FOR TWO

Reykjavik combines Nordic charm with plenty of modern character — and Iceland’s thrilling natural sights are near by.

HOW TO DO IT: Three nights B&B at Grandi by Center Hotels from £188 pp including flights on March 12 (holidaypirates.com).

DUTCH DELIGHT – SAVE 26%

Amsterdam’s canals, cycle paths, excellent restaurants and green spaces make it the ideal destination for a relaxing break.

HOW TO DO IT: Three nights room-only at Amstel Botel Hotel from £189 pp, including flights, on February 14 (jet2holidays.com).

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SAVE 10%

The Big Apple is back. Take in a Broadway show, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and the new Little Island park.

HOW TO DO IT: Three nights room-only at Freehand from £735pp including flights. Book for dates between May 27 and June 20. (dialaflight.com)

AMAZING SKI DEALS 

BULGARIAN BARGAIN – SAVE £266

Expect slopes running through pine forests, cosy bars and restaurants at the resort of Borovets. Base yourself at Hotel Festa Chamkoria.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £317 pp half-board, with Manchester flights/transfers in February (crystalski.co.uk).

SWISS ADVENTURE – SAVE £200

Stay in Saas-Fee to make the most of reliable high-altitude snow, great runs and the pretty mountain village. 

For enticing prices, try the simple-but-smart Allalin Apartments.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £519 pp self-catering, with Gatwick flights on January 29 (inghams.co.uk).

WINTER IN HINTER

Hinterglemm in Austria is connected to the extensive Ski Circus area. Stay at Hotel Zur Dorfschmiede in the centre.

HOW TO DO IT: Seven nights from £1,681 pp half-board, with Gatwick flights on February 19 (igluski.com).

THE ENTICING WORLD OF CRUISING 

SOLO IN SALZBURG

There’s no single supplement on the eight-day MS Thomas ‘Blue Danube’ from Budapest. Book for April 7 from £1,519, including flights (riviera-travel.co.uk, 01283 523431).

£662 FLY CRUISE

Save up to £300 on Marella Cruises departing between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023. Marella Explorer’s seven-night ‘Canarian Flavours’ January 17 sailing is from £662 pp including flights (tui.co.uk, 0800 975 4477).

CHILDREN GO FREE

Save up to 30 per cent on selected 2022 Celestyal cruises booked by March 31: children of 12 and under sail free if sharing their parents’ stateroom. Cruises include the seven-night ‘Idyllic Aegean’ from £759 pp (celestyal.com, 0800 411 8038).

MAY DEAL

Free children’s clubs and entertainment are available on Anthem of the Seas’ seven-night ‘Spain and France’ cruise, reduced to £635 pp on May 22. (cruise.co.uk, 0330 127 8218).

CHANGE AND SAVE

If previous river cruisers book a Great Rail Journeys river and rail holiday, the company will cut the fare by £300 (greatrail.com, 01904 521 936).