Five creative ways to spend £1,000 on your next holiday


You’ve got itchy feet and £1,000 to burn. Here are five very different ways to do it…

1. Escape to New York

Time tends to be of the essence when you are seeking a bargain break. You certainly need to act fast in the case of the current sale by Expedia (020 3564 0868;

Offers include 30 per cent off selected hotels in New York – which would allow for a full week’s stay at the three-star Days Hotel on Broadway, flying direct from Heathrow to JFK with British Airways on Oct 23, from £977 per person (including hold luggage). Date of travel must be before October 31.

2. Morocco in good company

One reason to consider a group tour is that such holidays have precise dates – and operators often reduce the cost of unsold places as departure day approaches. Such is the case with the regular Highlights of Morocco break offered by Explore (01252 883505; – a nine-day affair that includes Marrakech, Fes and the Atlas Mountains.

The Atlas Mountains aren't as far away as they might seem

The Atlas Mountains aren’t as far away as they might seem


The trip scheduled for Sept 14 has been discounted to £890 per person, with flights. If that is too imminent to be feasible, you could always wait for the October 5 departure, available at £999 a head.

3. Corfu in October

You can still find summer weather in Europe in October – by visiting Greece as autumn takes hold elsewhere. One deal currently being promoted by Inspiring Travel Company (01244 435252; will let you do just that, with a fair element of comfort, for a sub-four-digit amount.

The offer involves a 30 per cent discount on a week at the five-star Domes Miramare resort on Corfu. Prices start at £985 a head, including flights and breakfast (book by October 3, travel by October 14).

4. The Canaries in December

The Canary Islands are generally seen as a reliably cheap option for near-at-hand winter sun. But you can also fly to Tenerife and spend a reassuringly weighty figure on luxury. A case in point is a seven-night getaway to the five-star Hotel Jardines de Nivaria, on the south-westerly Costa Adeje – yours for £994 per person (with breakfast and transfers), flying from Gatwick on December 6, through Sovereign (01293 839151; 

5. Norway in January

You can also book now to experience the Norwegian winter. Wexas (020 7454 2901; is offering a £100-a-head “early booking” saving on a four-day Tromso Ice Dome Break – which includes one night at this frozen hotel near the Arctic city, plus snowshoe and husky tours.

All this can be had for a starting cost of £995 a head, including flights, but you will need to book by Aug 31 to travel between December 20 and March 31.

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