When in Rome: see the sights on Christmas Day


Get me out of here

Now... Half-term in the South-west

South West Trains, which connects Devon, Dorset and Hampshire with London, has a half-term deal for 25 October-31 October: buy off-peak tickets at least a day ahead and pay half-price. There is no need to specify a particular train in advance. southwesttrains.co.uk

Soon... Cruise off this Christmas

A cruise can be a good choice for solo travellers. Cruise Nation is offering a six-day Mediterranean cruise on the Costa Deliziosa for £599, with flights from Luton and no single supplement. It departs from Nice on 19 December and stops in Rome for Christmas Day. cruisenation.com

Later... Spring in Thailand

Travellers in the North-east can find very reasonable prices on flights to Thailand next spring. Emirates has economy flights from Newcastle to Bangkok, via Dubai, for £515 on 14 April (returning 28 April), with similar prices available in May and June. emirates.co.uk

Deals of the week

Less than £200... Bargain beach break

For a low-cost, all-inclusive break, Thomson has some good deals to Tunisia. A week at the Riu Marillia in Yasmine Hammamet comes in at £199 per person, based on two sharing, including flights from Gatwick to Enfidha Hammamet on 30 November. thomson.co.uk

Less than £500... Light up in Norway

Attempt to see the Northern Lights on a trip to Norway this winter. Wexas has three nights' B&B at the Thon Hotel Tromso, including flights from Gatwick and a Northern Lights Safari, for £498 between November and March 2015, based on two sharing. wexas.com

Less than £1,000... On the road in New Zealand

For a bargain New Zealand trip, visit in early winter. Austravel is offering a 15-day motorhome holiday on the North Island for £895pp, for 1-10 May 2015 departures. The price includes a night in Auckland, followed by 13 nights' motorhome hire and flights from Heathrow with China Southern. austravel.com