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Getting to Europe on a budget: flight, ferry and car hire deals

From cheap ferries heading for France and the Netherlands to mid-summer return flights to Mallorca from £78, here are some of the best offers currently out there

Jet2 has extended, until 11 April, a special online offer giving 10% off flights on selected dates between now and April 30 2018. Although the offer doesn’t apply to the school summer holidays, it still applies to most of June and early July, depending on the airport. The airline is based at Leeds/Bradford airport, and launched 50 new routes from two new bases this week – 27 from Stansted and 23 from Birmingham. It also flies from six other UK airports. Thanks to its expansion there are plenty of low fares available, even in peak weeks, such as Stansted to Alicante from £107 return or Birmingham to Palma from £86 return.
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Greece on a budget: locals’ tips on where to stay and eat

Still in the midst of its debt crisis, the notion of UK travellers on a budget in Greece might induce some black humour from locals, but tourists can help the economy – and save a few euros themselves

Greece’s debt crisis rumbles on, making it harder for locals to go on holiday. But with 27 million visitors predicted in 2017, the tourism industry has proved resilient. As a result, enterprising Greeks are throwing open their villas and apartments to holiday-makers, offering personalised tours, and launching travel start-ups, to help visitors gain more authentic experiences of the country.

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