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you and up to 20 friends and family can celebrate Christmas in a big way. The Youth Hostel Association still has a choice of properties available on its "Rent-a-Hostel" scheme. The properties range from Cornish cliff- top houses to hostels in the Chiltern woodlands. YHA (tel: 01629 825298).

pounds 80

it's your last chance to fly to Munich to explore its Christmas markets. Go's daily flight to Munich means that chic shoppers can take a cut-price trip to the German city to get the last of their Christmas presents and take a breather before the onslaught of festive madness. Go (tel: 0845 6054321).

pounds 172

students and those under 26 years old can head to the Big Apple with the excuse of doing some Christmas shopping. This price is for a return flight to New York in December. STA (tel: 0171 361 6262).

pounds 249

complete your travel before 27 December and you can take a cut-price break to Prague. This price, per person, is for a three-night stay in a three-star hotel, including return flights, accommodation and breakfast. Travellers Czech (tel: 01959 540700).

pounds 249

you can take a short break to visit the bazaars in Istanbul. This per- person deal, valid for departures between 4 January and 25 March is based on two travelling together and includes return flights to Istanbul, and two nights, two-star hotel accommodation, with breakfast. British Airways Holidays (tel: 0870 2424243).

pounds 399

per person, you can take a five-night break to Hong Kong. This deal is for departures from 4 January - 31 March and includes return flights (via Rome) and room-only accommodation in a three-star hotel. Destination Far East (tel: 0171 400 7000).

pounds 415

per person, you can work off the Christmas excess with a winter walking break in France. The sleepy village of St Bonnet is surrounded by rolling hills to make for effective but manageable exercise. This seven-day break includes full-board in a two-star hotel with return flights and transfers. Waymark (tel: 01753 516477).

pounds 535

you can escape to Egypt in January. This 15-day escorted tour takes in Cairo, Luxor and the Red Sea along with a three-day cruise down the Nile on a traditional Arab dhow. This price, per person, includes return flights, internal transports, 11 nights budget hotel accommodation with breakfast and three nights' full-board aboard the dhow. The Imaginative Traveller (tel: 0181 742 8612).

pounds 571

you and four friends can spend Christmas in Berry Pomeroy, the Devon village where Sense and Sensibility was filmed. Stable Cottage is available over the Christmas period. Rural Retreats (tel: 01386 701177).

pounds 639

per person, you can beat the winter blues with a seven-night break to Tobago. This deal is for departures between 2 January and 27 March and includes return flights and three-star room-only accommodation. Kuoni (tel: 01306 742222).

pounds 969

per person, you can take a last-minute break to Antigua. Departing on 22 December, this price is for a 14-night holiday based on four sharing a two-bedroom town house in Jolly Harbour and includes return flights and accommodation. Hayes and Jarvis (tel: 0181 748 0088).

pounds 999

you can take an escorted tour of the "Wonders of the Golden West". This 16-day tour takes in Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Barbara and includes return flights, accommodation, tours and the services of a guide. Jetsave (tel: 01342 327711).