you can buy cups of coffee in Bulgarian ski resorts, which should allow you about 10 cups for the price of one in many Alpine resorts.

pounds 50

you can cross the Channel with your car for five days. P&O Ferries (0990 980980) is offering reductions of up to 25 per cent on their 1996 rates.

pounds 61

per room per night, you can enjoy luxury at the Hilton in Europe. The renowned hotel chain is reducing its room rates by 30 per cent across the continent. Call 0345 581595 for further details.

pounds 79

you can enjoy three nights for the price of two in Paris, travelling by coach before 20 March. Paris Travel Service (01992 456000) is offering selected hotels for extra romance all round.

pounds 99

per person (on the basis of two sharing), you can have a four-day break in Istanbul in early February with flights, bed and breakfast included. Call Super City Breaks on 0171 287 5111.

pounds 159

(plus pounds 26 tax), you can take a bite of the Big Apple, with Trailfinders (0171 937 5400) on midweek returns to New York with Continental Airlines, until 28 February.

pounds 286

you can take a friend to Florence, or Venice, or Rome... Skybus Holidays (0171 373 6055) is offering two for the price of one on its Italian city breaks until 28 February.

pounds 339

(plus pounds 10 tax), you can escape to Rio before 15 March. Get away from the cold and sip margaritas on the beach, or enjoy the Rio carnival in February, with Platinum Travel (0171 937 2654).

pounds 345

you can see the pyramids and sail deep into Egypt with one of Rising Star Travel's eight-day Nile cruises. Call 0171 813 1833 for details, and then start packing the sandals and the khaki shorts.

pounds 468

(plus pounds 13 taxes), you can fly KLM either to Quito, within hailing distance of the Galapagos Islands, or to Lima, if the siege at the Japanese embassy is no deterrent. Call Journey Latin America (0181 747 3108) and fly before the end of March.

pounds 516

you can enjoy the snow, rather then trudging through it on the way to work. Swiss Travel Service (01992 456123) is giving away free ski passes worth pounds 115 each with their seven-day holidays in the resort of Engleberg.

pounds 777

(plus taxes), you can fly to Australia or New Zealand with three free stopovers in the Far East, US or South Pacific, on the Mini Wanderer package, offered jointly by four leading airlines. Call Virgin Atlantic (01293 747747) or Air New Zealand (0181 741 2299) for details.