With the dreary January weather starting to take its toll, there's no better time to escape to warmer climes. If you're looking to get away without making too big an impact on your finances, take a look at these top five budget friendly options.
1. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands (The Winter Sun Option)
Gran Canaria has long been a favourite for British sun seekers in the summer, but it's also a great choice in the winter, too. Taking advantage of reduced rates in the off season, you can still enjoy average highs of around 21°C in January and February - a welcome break from the wind and rain that we're used to here at home.
2. Northern Lights City Break, Reykjavik (The Romantic Option)
For those not afraid to brave the snow and ice, a city break to Reykjavik combines the fun of exploring a new town with the chance to see one of the world's most dazzling natural phenomena - the Northern Lights. You can find return flights to Reykjavik for just over £100 on sites such as SkyScanner, and find plenty of free activities to keep you both entertained and in the black.
3. Amsterdam, Holland (The Cultural Option)
The sight of Amsterdam's gorgeous canals in winter is one of this European city's best kept secrets. January and February provide a great chance to see the Dutch capital's best attractions, including the popular Van Gogh and Anne Frank Museums, before the legions of summer visitors arrive. You can take the ferry direct to Amsterdam for far less than the cost of a flight, and take advantage of the deals offered by small hotels looking to fill their rooms in the quieter months.
4. Marrakech, Morocco (The Adventurous Option)
For those seeking a little more than just winter sun, Marrakech provides a funky alternative winter getaway for those on a budget. This vibrant and colourful city is ideal for adventurous travellers and students looking to make their money go further. Temperatures are far less stifling in winter, making it easier to get around in comfort. What's more, the Oukaimeden Ski Resort in the nearby Atlas Mountains allows you to pursue your love of winter sports for as little as £7.
5. Orlando, Florida, USA (The Self-Catering Option)
Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't head further afield. There are many affordable self-catering packages to destinations like Orlando, but there are even more savings to be made by planning the whole trip yourself. This option is great for budget-conscious families, with holiday homeowners eager to rent out their apartments during winter, and usually accepting much lower rates than at the height of summer. Combine cheap accommodation with homemade meals and discounted park tickets, and you have the perfect low budget winter break.
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