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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 4th January 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, summer holidays, city breaks, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s best travel deals include last minute holidays in the Canary Islands, summer holidays in Greece and the Maldives, a weekend in New York for €508, a family waterpark holiday in Tenerife, an early booking offer to Matera, a Celebrity Cruise, as well as staycations in Dublin and Cork.


It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions. In Europe most countries only require you to show your Digital Covid Certificate if vaccinated, however there are exceptions, including Italy and Portugal where a negative test is also required. Currently a negative Covid test is also required when you return to Ireland.

I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Latest travel restrictions for entry into Ireland

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance



Best last minute holiday – I week in Canary Islands from €257

best travel deals to Fuerteventura

Flight prices to the Canary Islands have never been so low, with return fares from €60 in January. I found a great deal to Fuerteventura, where it is a balmy 21 degrees at the moment. It is also one of the quieter islands with plenty of stunning beaches for you to relax in.


Price for return flights and a seven night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €257 per person on various dates in January.

Search flights here €60pp

View hotel here €197pp



Best overnight escape – Last minute hotel deals from €40pp

last minute hotel deals in Dublin

Want to make up for a quiet Christmas? Enjoy an overnight escape in January or February, with prices in many hotels across Ireland from €50 per person per night. The 8pm hospitality restrictions don’t apply to hotel residents, once you are vaccinated.


I stayed in the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin recently and loved its modern decor and relaxed dining options. The heated interior terrace is the perfect choice if you want to enjoy some al fresco cocktails, and the open plan restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows. See this and lots more last minute hotel deals in Ireland here:

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Best spring / summer – 1 week in Rhodes from €297

Rhodes holidays - the best places to stay for couples, families and groups.

If you haven’t visited the Greek island of Rhodes yet, you need to put it on your list! Rhodes has it all, secluded beaches, pretty whitewashed villages and a stunning old town.


I found return flights on the 26th of April for just €128 – which happens to take in the May bank holiday weekend. A seven-night stay in the centrally located Elite Hotel in Rhodes Town is just €169 per person, making a one week holiday less than €300.

Search flights here €128pp

View hotel here €169pp

You can also see lots more accommodation options in Rhodes in this post:

Read: Rhodes holidays, the best places to stay for couples, groups and families



Best longhaul holiday – Discounts & Upgrades at Kuramathi Maldives


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Simply Maldives is offering 25% off room rates, plus an upgrade from Full board to All Inclusive in Kuramathi Maldives this summer. Price for a seven-night stay in a deluxe water villa is €2,998 – this is the same overwater villa that I stayed in recently.


Price includes flights, speed boat transfers and accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Upgrade to the Dine Around “Select All Inclusive” package for an additional €455 per person. 

Read: My review of Kuramathi Island Resort

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Best family holiday – Free Child Place & €250 off Waterpark holiday in Tenerife

Siam Park, Tenerife

TUI is not only offering free child places, but also up to €250 off summer holidays in their January sale. You only need a small deposit of €75 per person to secure a booking, and covid flexibility is available on all holidays. 

I found a great deal staying in the hugely popular Villa Mandi apartments in Tenerife, which allow complimentary access to one of Europe’s best waterparksSiam Park.


Price for flights and a seven-night stay with transfers and checked baggage included, as well as unlimited access to the waterpark, is just €2254, based on a family of four, on various dates in July and August. Use code SALE to save €250 off the listed price when you click on the link below.

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Read: Top waterpark holidays in Europe



Best family staycation – Clonakility Park Hotel during Easter holidays

best family hotels in Ireland

This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. The two-bedroom apartments tend to get booked out well in advance, but they currently have availability during Easter holidays.


There is an award-winning leisure centre, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and a three-screen cinema on site. The hotel offers family rooms as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes. Price for a two-night break in one of the self-catering apartments during Easter holidays is €430, family rooms are just €390.

View offer here


You can see lots more family Easter breaks here:
Read: 20 Family hotel deals in Ireland for an Easter break.



Best city break – Weekend in New York with Direct Flights from €508


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Aer Lingus’ January sale offers up to 20% off flights to Europe and flights to the USA from €169 one way, for departures up to 31st May.

I found flights to New York on Saturday the 26th of March for €338 return and accommodation in the Holiday Inn Financial District for just €170 per person, making a three-night weekend stay just €508 per person. You can see many more hotel options in this post:

Read: My ultimate guide on where to stay in New York

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Best early booking offer – Weekend in Matera from €310


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Matera in Italy is one of the most fascinating cities that I have ever visited. Located in Basilicata, it is easily reached from Bari airport and is also an ideal location if you want to explore neighbouring Puglia. It is not always easy to find accommodation in the heart of the old town of Matera, or Sassi as it is more commonly known, so you need to make sure to book well in advance.


I found cheap return flights to Bari with Ryanair on the 14th of October, and accommodation in the highly rated Il Belvedere Hotel for just €310 in total, including breakfast! Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and the 2nd best place hotel to stay in Matera, this is amazing value for such a stunning location.

Read: A magical weekend in Matera

Search flights here Bari €95pp

View hotel here €215pp



Best cruise deal – 5-Star Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge cruise ship

Cassidy Travel have a wide selection of cruise deals on their website, including a Mediterranean cruise on the 5-star Celebrity Edge.

Enjoy an eight-night cruise visiting Rome, Portofino, Cannes, Corsica, Barcelona and Majorca, with flights, transfers, baggage, a classic drinks package, tips and WiFi included, from just €1779 per person, departing September 24th. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom from just €250 per person.

View offer here


Prices of my best travel deals are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Travel restrictions may be in place at the time of travel, it is important you are aware of individual countries entry requirements.

Please note if you make a booking you do so via a third party. Some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.  See more in my privacy policy.


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