Travel is tricky right now, but we can dream … and we can start booking for spring and summer. Here are some of the best travel ideas in 2021, and my pick of the seasonal holiday sales.


Stay safe, and see you next year.


– Mark Hodson, Editor, 101 Holidays

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Save £435 in the Maldives

Fancy a tropical island? Turquoise has some deals in the Maldives including Velassaru (pictured above) where seven nights B&B in a deluxe bungalow costs from £1,499 pp (saving £435 pp) in May including flights and speedboat transfers. The discount applies through 2021 until 31 October.


Club Med has a sale running until 31 January with up to 30% off Club Med Kani in the Maldives: seven nights all-inclusive in March costs £2,760 pp (saving £487 pp) including flights.


35% off luxury Seychelles

Mahlatini has up to 35% off Denis Private Island in the Seychelles (pictured above) until 19 July 2021. Seven nights full-board in a deluxe beach cottage costs from £2,900 pp including flights. 


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30% off Alonissos in May

Get 30% off the Marpunta Resort on the Greek island of Alonissos, a village-style complex of bungalows with a pool, overlooking a quiet beach. Seven nights full-board costs £1,070 pp (saving £479 pp) including flights departing 21 May and transfers. Book before 28 February with Sunvil.

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2021 early booking deals

I predict the Alps will surge in popularity in summer 2021: it’s great value and you’ll find pristine mountain trails, sunshine, clean air – and there’s a self-drive option. For example, Peak Retreats has seven nights in a two-bedroom apartment in Les Saisies from £146 pp (was £180 pp) including Eurotunnel crossing with free FlexiPlus upgrade, based on four sharing, arriving 26 June. Book by 15 January to pay a deposit of just £100 with free cancellation until 31 March.


35% off five-star Greece

The Mediterranean is set to bounce back strongly next summer. In Greece, the MarBella Collection of luxury hotels has a sale until 17 January saving up to 35%. And if you quote 101HOLIDAYS you can get free return airport transfers worth up to 250 Euros. The savings apply to stays between 23 April and 29 May.


In Turkey, Cachet Travel has introduced the Hillside Beach Club, a beautiful hotel near Fethiye that wins plaudits year after year. It’s great for families but also has two private beaches for adults only. From £1,256 pp for seven nights full board in April including flights, private transfers and drinks with meals.


Your own private villa

A villa with private pool will top many people’s wish list in 2021. Vintage Travel is a market leader and has an amazing collection of properties across Europe. One of its most popular is El Castillo de Playa America, a castle on a beach in Galicia, Northern Spain, which sleeps up to nine. Rent it from £1,046 for a week in May.


Oliver’s Travels has a stunning collection of luxury villas with private pool. Its Early Bird Sale starts on Boxing Day and includes a welcome hamper on arrival and up to £100 off the cost of a private chef. There’s a free change of dates if restrictions mean you can’t travel.



Free flights to Asia

If you can’t wait for your next long haul adventure, Wendy Wu Tours is offering free flights on 30 of its most popular tours, saving up to £800, for all dates in 2021 and 2022. Destinations include Japan, China, South Korea, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, with a £99 deposit.


Flights to Sri Lanka resume in January and Fleewinter has designed a 10-night Summer Tour including an elephant safari, a hike in the Knuckles and visits to the Cultural Triangle and a tea plantation. From £1,300 pp including private driver, excluding flights. Book by the end of January and pay just a £50 deposit with flexible date options.


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10% off UK sailings

If you’re looking for a staycation, how about a private cruiser on the Thames near Windsor? Waterways Holidays has launched Lady Victoria, a modern cruiser suitable for a couple or small family. A week’s rental costs from £650 in April plus fuel used, including a 10% saving.


In the Hebrides, St Hilda Sea Adventures has 10% off any small ship cruise in 2021 if you book before 31 January. McKinlay Kidd has a new self-drive road trip on Scotland’s West Coast 500. Ten nights between April and October costs from £945 pp.


3-for-2 nights in Jersey

In Jersey, get three nights for the price of two at Greenhills Country House Hotel between 12 February and 29 April. You can cancel free of charge up to 48 hours of your arrival date.


Peter Sommer Travels has a new tour, Walking Hadrian’s Wall, in August 2021. With plenty of hiking, it promises stunning landscapes and archaeological sites in remote locations.

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* Most companies quote prices from London airports, but often other departure airports are available. All packages including flights are ATOL protected. Ask the tour operator for details. Travel restrictions may change at any time: check the entry requirements for each destination before booking.

Know when you want to travel? Click on a month for my detailed tips: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

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