THE biggest winter sun bargains for Brits looking to go on holiday next month can be found in Cyprus and Spain, according to a new study.
Long-haul destinations such as Orlando and Dubai also came out on top.
The Post Office report found that trips to the sunny destinations were cheaper in January than in December.
The report analysed three-star holiday packages departing at the beginning of January, based on two adults sharing for seven days at a hotel or B&B.
The best bargain was Cyprus, with package holidays some of the lowest when it comes to flights, hotels, as well as food and drink.
Average costs for a package holiday, as well as a daily cup of coffee, beer and three course meal costs less than £500 per person.
Temperatures also stay around 18 degrees in January, much warmer than the UK.
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Spain also came out on top for a bargain – both Tenerife and Lanzarote average holiday costs for a week came to £537.89 and £552.64, respectively – although holidays to Spain can be found for less than £170 per person.
Long-haul holidays were also found for a bargain, thanks to the US dollar worth 6.3 per cent less against the pound.
A week in Orlando with hotels, return flights, food and drink came to less than £1,000, costing on average £868 per person – although we’ve found deals for just £404 for a week.
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6. Sri Lanka
9. St Lucia
Other bargains were Dubai (£1,086 average holiday cost) and Thailand (£1,096 average holiday cost).
Despite the pound having improved against Mauritius and Jamaica the most, up by 11 per cent and 8.4 per cent respectively, they were also the most expensive holidays.
Package holidays at each destination exceeded £1,100, with hotels and flights to the islands much more expensive.
Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money,, explained that sterling is “much stronger” now than it was in the summer.
He said: “Compared with a year ago, UK tourists visiting almost every country worldwide can expect to get more foreign cash for their pounds and in Europe this currently equates to £31 extra for every £500 changed into euros.”
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You can save up to £1,000 per person if you change your holiday days by just a couple of days – travelling at the beginning of January instead of the end of December.
The hottest holiday destinations in January are Cancun and Barbados, around 30 degrees, although closer to home, Tenerife and Lanzarote remain in the low 20s.