pounds 89

you can spend a couple of days in Amsterdam, travelling to Holland on the high-speed three-and-a-half-hour HSS Stena Line service between Harwich and the Hook of Holland (which gives travellers more time to spend in the city). Prices include two nights B&B accommodation, free cycle hire for a day, return rail from Liverpool Street Station to Harwich, as well as the return ferry crossing. Call Amsterdam Travel Service on 01992 456080.

pounds 136

those who had a loveless Christmas can make Valentine's plans for a romantic break in a 17th century hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Swan Hotel in the village of Bilbury boasts roaring log fires, individually designed rooms stuffed with antiques and good English cooking. The price for a two- night break with B&B accommodation based on two sharing is pounds 136 per person. For further information, contact Sunvil UK on 0181 232 9788.

pounds 329

shopaholics can take their consumer obsessions across the Atlantic to New York for the January sales. This three-night break at the Hotel Pennsylvania, just a short walk from Macy's store, must include a Saturday night, and is based on two adults sharing a room, with flights included. Call Funway Holidays on 0181 466 0222.

pounds 329

per person you can enjoy spring-like winter sunshine, cheap prices and empty beaches at the southern Turkish resort of Antalya if you depart before 17 March. This price includes return flights from Stansted and 7 nights B&B accommodation. Further information from Metak Holidays on 0171 935 6961.

pounds 425

you can rent a two-person apartment with terrace in central Venice. Considering the potential costs of Venetian hotels and restaurants this is quite a bargain; it is also the cheapest of a whole range of properties which extend up to entire palazzi with maid service and private boats. Call Venetian Apartments on 0181 878 1130.

pounds 439

you can escape to a land of sunshine and fallen currencies. Qantas Holidays are offering five-night breaks in Bangkok from 16 January; the price includes daily non-stop scheduled return flights from London Heathrow and is based on two sharing.

Call 0990 673464 for details.

pounds 829

you can keep up with the Blairs with a five-night break in the Seychelles. The Indian ocean Island of La Digue has previously provided a setting for the Bounty ads and now for the Prime Minister's family holiday. This price include flights, and B&B accommodation. For further details contact Elite Vacations on 0181 864 4431.

pounds 1425

you can join a fantastic 32-day tour of Central America, departing on March 14th. Starting from Panama, the tour goes through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. The price includes flights, land transport and some excursions (but not food). Call Journey Latin America on 0181 747 8315.