It’s a dark day. There is hope for people who see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, it involves a degree of bravado because all this testing is taxing — but there are some fabulous bargains to be had as companies scramble to drum up some business for the New Year. What’s more, package holidays and flights can be booked with greater flexibility than ever. We’ll be looking at the top bargain travel options for 2022.


Pack up your troubles: Book now for 2022 and save on a sunshine break. Pictured is the Croatian city of Dubrovnik

Get rid of your worries and book now for 2022 to save money on a sun-filled holiday. The Croatian town of Dubrovnik is shown in the picture

WHAT TO DO: Seven nights’ half-board at Hotel Croatia in Cavtat, a village just a short ferry ride away from the old walled city of Dubrovnik, from £539pp including flights. For travel between January 3, 2022 and December 23, 2022, book now. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Must present one of the following — proof of vaccination, not older than 365 days; a negative antigen test not older than 48 hours; negative PCR test not older than 72 hours; or a doctor’s certificate of recovery.


WHAT TO DO: Seven nights all-inclusive at the Ocean Coral Spring in Jamaica’s Trelawny is from £852pp including return flights on January 2. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Travellers aged 12 or above must undergo a PCR/antigen test within 72-hours of their arrival. requires authorisation


A view of the Pitons in St Lucia. Virgin Holidays have a bargain deal for a seven night trip to the Caribbean holiday hotspot

The Pitons of St Lucia. Virgin Holidays has a special deal on a seven-night Caribbean trip. 

WHAT TO DO: Seven nights all-inclusive at Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, St Lucia, from £1,565pp including flights on January 15. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Complete a pre-arrival form at Every traveller over the age of five must present proof of negative PCR testing within five days. 


High life: Stick fisherman at work in Sri Lanka. Save 40 per cent on a trip to the South Asian island with Destinology

In Sri Lanka, a stick fisherman works. Destinology allows you to save 40% on your South Asian trip.

WHAT TO DO: Ten nights half-board at Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka from £1,469pp including flights. Get your booking for February 2022. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Fully vaccinated travellers and under 12s don’t require a PCR test on arrival. 


The Maltese capital of Valletta. Proof of vaccination must be presented on arrival in Malta

Valletta is the capital of Maltese. At arrival to Malta, proof of vaccination is required 

WHAT TO DO: A week all-inclusive at the Soreda Hotel in the popular Maltese resort of Qawra from £279pp including flights on January 9. (olympic

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? At arrival you must present proof of vaccination at least 14 days before travel. A negative PCR test must be shown by children aged 5-11 years old within 72 hours after travel.


All fired up: Soaring over the Rio Grande in Mexico. Travellers to Mexico must register on the Vuela Seguro platform before their arrival

Get all fired up! Flying over Mexico’s Rio Grande. Mexico traveller must sign up on Vuela Seguro before they arrive 


British Airways and BA Holidays launched their January sale this week, with flights to New York from £326 return and European packages from £119 pp.

Jet2 and Jet2Holidays have flights to Europe from £25 one-way (Majorca in January) and European city breaks from £279 pp.

EasyJet offers free flight modifications up to 2 hours prior to departure. Flights to Europe (Malta, Lanzarote, Krakow) are from £14.99 one-way.

Virgin Atlantic has returns to Antigua from £327 and Barbados from £410 in January.

Ryanair has flights to Europe from £4.99 one-way (Perugia, Ancona, Dresden) in January.

WHAT TO DO: Seven nights all-inclusive at Paradisus Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula’s Mayan riviera, from £1,629pp including flights. Reserve for dates from October 31st, 2022. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Register on Vuela Seguro and show your QR code at arrival


WHAT TO DO: Ten nights B&B at Constance Prince Maurice is from £1,699pp including flights in January. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Travellers who have been fully vaccinated must submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours.


WHAT TO DO: Seven nights B&B at Casa de La Flora in Khao Lak from £849pp including flights. For departures January 2022, book now (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Before leaving the UK, you must take a PCR test. You will need to wait 24 hours before being allowed into Thailand.


WHAT TO DO: Seven nights in Villa Rafael II, just ten minutes from Albufeira on the Algarve, from £849 on January 2 sleeping four people ( Ryanair flights ( London to Faro from £30 return.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Everybody must fill out an online passenger locator. Every traveller over the age of 11 must submit to a negative antigen or PCR test. 


Plan ahead and save 25 per cent on a trip to Dubai, pictured, next March with British Airways

British Airways offers a 25 percent discount if you plan ahead for a March trip to Dubai.

WHAT TO DO: Three nights B&B at the Grand Hyatt Dubai from £599pp including flights, for selected dates in March. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? At check-in, travellers should have proof of negative PCR testing, which must not exceed 72 hours prior. 


WHAT TO DO: Three nights all-inclusive at Paradise Island in Lanzarote from £521pp including return flights on December 20. (

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? Any traveller over 12 years of age must provide proof that they were fully vaccinated within 14 days of their arrival. Everybody, except children below the age 12, must complete an online form within 48-hours of departure. 


  • Ambassador Line’s seven-night Springtime Fjordland cruise to Norway has been reduced from £779 pp to £599 pp. Departs on April 24 (
  • Sail with Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Borealis in January with all tips covered. This includes the 34-night Cultural Caribbean and the Americas cruise, which starts at £4,499pp. (
  • Celebrity Cruises is offering 50 per cent off the second fare when two people travel — plus flight discounts on selected itineraries from January 2022 until March 2023. Make your reservation by February 28. Drinks and tips included (
  • Free flights, drinks and wi-fi on Seabourn Odyssey’s seven-night ‘Alaska Inside Passage & Glacier Bay’ cruise from Vancouver on May 27. Price £4,941 pp (
  • Iona’s seven-night Norwegian Fjords cruise on May 14 starts from £599 pp — and third/fourth guests sharing the cabin pay only £199 each (
River magic: Cruising the picturesque Norwegian fjords (file photo)

River magic: Cruise the scenic Norwegian fjords. File photo