Online searches for winter sun breaks are up three per cent on this time last year, with the Association of British Travel Agents crediting the big freeze here. But before you book, check out my trip tips — and you could save a small fortune . . .
Browse smart: Do shop around for cheaper flights and you will slash the price of your holiday. I find one trick that really works is setting the browser to “private” before searching, because otherwise holiday firms use your search history to drive up prices. Do not use just one flight- comparison site. I checked out momondo.co.uk to find return flights for £44 per person from London to Malaga in March, but the same search on skyscanner.net revealed I could do it for £41 per person.
Play the currencies: If you have not yet decided where to go, consider countries where the currency is weaker against Sterling — for example, Turkey, where you can currently get 6.85 Turkish lira to the Pound, with an average meal costing around £3 a head Save even more by ordering travel money online in advance for a better exchange rate and save around £5 a time on pricey airport exchange fees.
Save a packet with a package: An all-inclusive package can really pay off if you have a big family. If going on a cruise, consider the drinks package, which can add up to big savings. There are also some incredible all-inclusive deals if you seek them out via voucher sites. You can currently get seven nights’ all-inclusive in Rhodes, including flights, for £249pp, down from £414, via wowcher.co.uk.
On the buses: If staying in the UK, try travelling by coach, rather than by car or pricey train. While it may take longer, you will save loads — but do check your destination is not a costly cab ride from the coach drop-off point. A Megabus from London to Torquay return is around £22.02 per person in mid-February, or £113.20pp by train.
- Fancy a FREE holiday? Win one of 15 luxury cruise breaks worth more than £2,700 with Sun Savers. Pick up The Sun tomorrow to find out how to enter.
How to book Hols from £9.50
All you need to do is collecting TEN Sun Savers codes or TEN tokens or codewords printed in The Sun. The next round starts in 2019 – between Saturday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 29.
If you’re collecting Sun Savers codes: ENTER YOUR CODES HEREor in the box below.
If you're collecting tokens or codewords use the booking form or book online at thesun.co.uk/holidays
- Price per person based on four sharing. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions and date restrictions apply. For full T&Cs see thesun.co.uk/holidays.
COOK up a storm with Tesco Thai Green Curry Paste, £1.50, below, instead of Blue Dragon Thai Green Curry Paste, £1.99, above.
READER'S SAVING TIP
Donna Wright from Brentwood, Essex, says: “When given perfume samples sprayed on cards, put them on radiators. Your rooms smell lovely and it saves on sprays.”
- Send tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Include your name and town. Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Shop & Save
There is 14 per cent off at GettingPersonal.co.uk, including the Personalised Sweet Tree: Gin & Tonic Truffles With Edible Roses. RRP £29.99, now £25.79.
HOT RIGHT NOW
Get a free £5 gift card from Debenhams when you use Click and Collect.
Valid till 27/03.
Deal of the Day
Dine at Cafe Rouge from 7pm on Fridays this month – select from the Evening Set Menu for £29.95, and get unlimited prosecco/draught Stella.
Save up to half price on Aveeno Baby at Boots – the Daily Care Baby Moisturising Lotion was £5.99, now £2.99.
MY SUN SAVERS FIVER
Darren Webster, of Middlesbrough, says: “I’m using my Savers fivers to take my grand-daughters away in the summer on a Hols from £9.50 break.”
Send us your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used.
Please include your name and town.
Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.
Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.
To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.
Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.
Sun Super Days – A whole new world of FREE attractions
GET ready because readers’ favourite Sun Superdays is about to return!
The Sun offer that gives every reader the chance to get their hands on two FREE tickets to top UK attractions will be back inside your paper in just a week's time.
First off this year is the fantastic Chessington World of Adventures Resort, where you will be able to get your hands on two FREE tickets worth over £95! This will launch in the paper on Saturday, February 9, so make sure you’re ready.
This will be followed by Alton Towers Resort in March, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort in April and THORPE PARK Resort in May.
Later in the year you will also get the chance to grab free tickets to attractions such as The London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure! London, The Bear Grylls Adventure, SEA LIFE National Aquariums, Warwick Castle and more.
Getting your free tickets could not be easier.
Simply collect NINE Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed in the paper daily from the launch of the promotion.
This will be Saturday, February 9 for Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
Sun Savers is the best way to collect for your Superdays tickets, as you will need one less than those who collect via the printed tokens, meaning with Sun Savers you’ll get to book an entire day early!
You will also get the chance to pick the date you visit, making sure that none of your friends and family miss out on a great day. The perks don’t stop there — with Sun Savers you’ll get the best availability, including peak periods.
With an offer this good you’d be crazy not to get involved, so make sure you pick up The Sun on Saturday, February 9 to start collecting for your first free tickets.
Your favourite rides and more to enjoy: 2019 highlights
THIS year’s Superdays is going to be bigger and better than ever before, with loads of new rides at the attractions, plus your old favourites.
Collect for your Sun Superdays tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort and you will be some of the first guests to visit the brand new Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey.
The experience, which launches in early March, brings to life yet another of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s books, following in the footsteps of the Resort’s Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
Visit the enchanted library and embark on a spellbinding adventure.
Search high and low in trees, fields and reeds helping Dog, Bird and Frog on your way to find the Witch’s lost belongings.
You will also get the chance to visit all the animals at their zoo and SEA LIFE aquarium, plus visitor favourite The Vampire Ride.
This year at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, you will be invited by Lord Vampyre to the brand new Haunted House Monster Party.
Get set for LEGOLAND’s most spook-tacular ride ever, where the whole house will be turned upside down. Opening this spring, the ride is packed with fun for the whole family.
Plus, don’t forget to visit LEGOLAND’s famous Miniland, above, where you can step into the world of LEGO and go sightseeing around the entire world.
If you’ve not yet experienced The Wickerman, then make sure to collect for your tickets to Alton Towers Resort in March.
Launched in 2018, the adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster brings together cutting-edge special effects with classic wooden coaster technology for the first time.
If you have little ones, check out CBeebies Land. Children can meet all their favourite characters, plus enjoy 14 rides and attractions including the Furchester Hotel Live Show and the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride.
For those feeling brave, collect for THORPE PARK Resort. Home to more than 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, it’s the ultimate destination for thrillseekers featuring some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.
Reach new heights with Stealth, the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, launching riders to 205ft at 80mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Take flight on THE SWARM, the UK’s only winged coaster, or face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps with SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror-themed rollercoaster, featuring a 100ft “beyond-vertical” drop.
Plus, there’s loads of new rides and experiences in store for 2019 at the other attractions, so stay tuned this year to find out more.
- T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk/faqs.
Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.
To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.
With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.
TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.
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