1. For culture: Derry, Northern Ireland from £12
Being UK City of Culture 2013 is reason enough to visit the revitalised city of Derry, but don't think that culture just means art exhibitions and pottery workshops. Derry is going to be hosting some hearty parties this year, when 'the craic' will be turned up to 11. The five-day Jazz & Big Band Festival attracts 35,000 people for a hedonistic hooley of head-nodding, toe-tapping and replenishing their glasses with regularity. Sounds like good fun.
2. For a city break: London, England from £28
Celebrate the 150th birthday of the London Underground by taking a cross-capital trip from Morden to Cockfosters, or maybe Uxbrige to Woolwich Arsenal. Pay homage to subway-inspired songs so go 'down in the tube station at midnight' or 'find love on the Northern Line'. And recreate magical underground movie moments from famous flicks like American Werewolf in London and, er, Sliding Doors. But do remember to mind the gap.
3. For Valentine's Day: Paris from £29
Not that it would be unromantic to be proactive, pragmatic and positively penny-pinching, but if you're wondering about whisking your intended, or maybe just some randomer you've taken a fancy to, off on a sizzling snog-fest in Skopje (ok, unlikely) or a simply a dirty weekend in Paris, save money - book your flights now. Then you can spend plenty of time selecting the perfect place for passion with our superb hotels search. Remember, the best things in life are free, but wooing should hit the wallet where it hurts, so go for a five star.
4. For Easter sun: Malaga, Spain from £39
Maybe you had quite enough time with the kids over the Christmas holidays, but if you fancy some family fun in the sun soon, you don't have to wait until summer: how about half-term? Too soon? Ok, Easter it is then. That Spanish sun will have its big, floppy sombrero well and truly on by April down in Andalucia which means early-season sandcastles for the nippers and sangria on the balcony for you - only after you've helped them build a fortress or let them bury you on the beach.
5. For winter sports: Nice, France from £50
While we are still waiting for winter to get it sorted good and proper and give us some snow in the UK, guarantee yourself a piste of the action (sorry!) by booking a flight to the Alps. Nice offers easy access to resorts of the southern French Alps like Auron and Isola 2000, only an hour-and-a-half away on the ski bus. Cross-country skiers should explore the magnifcent Mercantour National Park or head over the Italian border into the awesome Maritime Alps. Want more ideas? See: World's Cheapest Ski Resorts 2013
6. For Chinese New Year: Belgrade, Serbia from £52
Mark Chinese New Year (on Sunday 10 February) in London (in, er, Chinatown), Manchester (home of the UK's second-largest Chinatown) or... Belgrade. The Serbian capital isn’t where you’d expect to find one of Europe’s major Chinese centres, but seek out Blok 70 in New Belgrade and beneath the Eastern Bloc-style skyscrapers you will find two shopping centres chock-full of shops and restaurants, and a market with all manner of Chinese curios, from mahjong to mogwai.