If you’re looking to beat the winter blues this January by booking a trip abroad, here are the destinations travel experts expect to be a hit with holidaymakers in 2013.
With the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s Eve over, the mood among many Brits in January can be as gloomy as the weather.
Which is why this is the time of year when many of us think about booking a fantastic summer holiday to look forward to.
Top 10 holidays
Sharm el Sheikh was the most popular package deal destination booked in January 2012, according to holiday company Teletext.
Spain’s Balearic Island of Majorca and Lanzarote in the Canaries also proved a hit with holidaymakers last year.
While not making the top 10, exotic destinations such as Bali, Cape Verde, Cuba, Dubai, Mexico and Thailand were also popular with many travellers.
The top 10 most popular package deal destinations were as follows:
1. Sharm el Sheikh
5. Gran Canaria
7. Playa de las Americas
What’s hot for 2013?
While Sharm el Sheikh came out on top last January, travel experts at Telextext predict the return of the Spanish package holiday in 2013, as it is already enjoying a come back.
A Teletext spokesman said: "There’ll be no getting away from the downbeat economy this year, so price will continue to be a big factor when choosing a family holiday in 2013.
"With money being tight and the holiday being such an important part of the year, people will want to guarantee a good time, so they're likely to return to destinations they know and trust.
"We expect to see all Spanish resorts, in the mainland and the islands such as Majorca and Menorca, having a good year."
‘On the rise’
Croatia has been on the rise for a number of years, but it is well and truly on the holiday map for 2013, says Telextext.
"Historic sights, hilltop villages and beautiful countryside have given it the new Tuscany tag for those who want more than ‘fly and flop’ beach breaks."
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is hosting its biggest travel industry conference of the year in the Croatian walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the first time in 2013.
This is a sure sign that its tourism chiefs want to boost its profile among British holidaymakers, according to Telextext.
Looking slightly farther afield, Teletext’s travel experts predict 2013 will be the year of the short haul exotic break.
Marrakech in Morocco, with its cobbled streets, teeming bazaars and hammam spas, has become one of the hottest tickets around for a quick, exotic getaway and looks set to remain a firm favourite.
If this has inspired you to book your next holiday, remember to book your travel insurance at the same time and ensure it is tailored to the trip you’re taking.
If you're flying with a low-budget airline, for example, you may want cover that offers protection from flight cancellations or disruptions.
You can compare travel insurance from a range of providers on Confused.com.