Dorset, Greece, Australia, and Johannesburg: Great getaways

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Oz via Bangkok

Spend a fortnight exploring Western Australia's coastline by motorhome for £1,149pp, with a bonus stopover in Thailand. The Austravel deal includes Emirates flights from London via Dubai to Bangkok. It applies in the southern hemisphere's late autumn, departing 8 May. You get two nights at the four-star Century Park hotel in the Thai capital, before flying onwards to Perth for a half-day Fremantle Pinnacle tour and two weeks' motorhome hire (

Johannesburg jaunt

Swap the northern winter for the southern summer with week-long trip to Johannesburg for £635pp. The Expedia deal includes a room-only stay, at the four-star Park Inn Sandton, as well as Virgin Atlantic flights from Heathrow, departing 23 January (

Greece beach break

Cosmos is selling cheap holidays either side of the school summer holidays. A self-catered week on the Greek island of Crete costs £199pp for a 15 September departure, including flights from Gatwick to Heraklion, 15kg baggage and transfers. Accommodation is in Divina Apartments, a short walk from Gouves Beach (

Mysterious Dorset

Broadchurch fever is upon us. The second episode of ITV's crime drama Series 2 airs tomorrow. If you are tempted to Dorset, where the drama is set. is offering a week at the Boardwalk Apartment in West Bay from 7 February for £495. The self-catering apartment, which featured in the series, sleeps four across two bedrooms and is located close to the South West Coast Path (