Of course, getting to the cheapest places might entail an expensive flight. But it is all about striking a balance. You may be able to offset the higher airfare by picking a low-cost destination. Also, value doesn’t mean spending as little as possible; it is about what you are experiencing for your money. Some of these trips might not be the cheapest but offer a five-star break at three-star prices.
The level of “sun” on offer across these destinations varies hugely. You will need to travel further if you crave sweat-inducing temperatures. If you are content with somewhere simply warmer than home, where you can relax and dip in an indoor/heated pool, you can find some very cheap deals.
There are a few general takeaways. For a start, think about avoiding dollar-based destinations, where costs have rocketed – not just the United States but also countries that link their currencies to the dollar, such as Barbados, Belize and the UAE.
Also weigh up the local season. You will pay more now for the likes of the Caribbean and the Maldives, where it is peak visitor period, while places such as Bali and Morocco are more likely to throw up bargains – but won’t have such reliable weather. Consider whether an all-inclusive break makes sense: it’s a good way to manage your budget but if local costs are low it might be cheaper to self-cater.
None of this is an exact science. But by looking at what you might expect to pay, we have identified places that will deliver an affordable injection of winter cheer.
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