1. Majorca, Spain from £39
Summer sun; active; adventure
Majorca is a perennially popular destination for Brits and with its reliable combo of sun, beaches, family-friendly resorts and cheap flights, it's easy to see why. But the Balearic favourite is not just about sun tans, sangria and swimming pools.If you want to stretch your legs a bit further than the beach, you could attempt the eight-day Dry Stone Wall walking route through the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. You'll deserve a cold beer by the end of that.
2. Lanzarote from £69
If the dark, dull, damp, dismal (yeah, ok, ok, we get the message!) days of January are getting you down, you could cheer yourself up by end by treating yourself to a life-giving winter sun break. While it's necessary to fly long-ish haul to get proper hot sun and beach weather at this time of year, the Canary Islands, being just off west Africa, start to warm up early and have long sunshine hours so you should come home with a good colour. And it's a cracking price for a flight to Lanzarote.
3. Munich, Germany from £65
City break; boozy break
While thirsty tourists and lager-loving locals consume six million litres of beer every Oktoberfest, Munich is a busman's paradise for hop fanciers all year round. Outside Oktoberfest, flight and hotel prices fall back to reasonable levels, while you certainly won't have to pay to reserve a table. You'll probably end up singing traditional Bavarian drinking songs and making friends with like-minded (drunk) randomers. In summer, the action moves outside to the city's 100-odd beer gardens.
4. Split, Croatia from £57
Having been an up-and-coming alternative to Spain and Greece, Croatia is now a firm favourite among Med summer sun destinations. If you don’t fancy the heat of high summer, we found flights from London to Split for a week in late April for just £57 return. Indulge in some pre-season fly-and-flop time, and while it won't be not searingly sunny just yet, the crowds will yet to have reached coffee table beach beauty Zlatni Rat on the island of Brac - get there - and to other islands in the Adriatic - by ferry from Split.
5. Malta from £49
Last-minute escape; summer sun
Look at Malta on a map, you'd be right in thinking that gets pretty hot in summer. Which could be ideal if you want a low-key week evening out your tan lines by the pool, but for those who want to explore this under-rated tourist destination somewhere in the southern Med is between Sicily and Tunisia, a winter visit would be better. It'll still be a good deal warmer than here, and flights for just £49 leaving next week may just tempt you...