Now... Starting today, until 28 March, Visit York has a promotion with a range of hotels offering a free dinner for guests booking a two-night stay. At 17th-century Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, the price for two nights including breakfast and a candelit dinner is £398.

Soon... Spend two weeks on Mexico's Mayan Riviera for £684pp. is offering the deal for a 10 January departure, including flights from Gatwick to Cancun and self-catering accommodation at the three-star Celuisma Imperial Laguna Hotel.

Later... The search for summer sun is set to get easier from the Midlands this year. Monarch will fly three times a week from Birmingham to Bordeaux in south-west France and to Split (left) on the Croatian coast from late May. Flights cost from £50 each way.