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The insiders’ guide to finding a cheaper holiday in 2016

Travel experts reveal how to track down the best-value flights and accommodation, and where to look for the best online deals

• Savvy travellers know to delete their browser history because prices can increase based on the number of times you re-enter a particular website, says Phil Bloomfield, spokesperson at Cheapflights.co.uk. The company’s data shows that the cheapest days to book are Tuesdays, generally about 50 days ahead of departure, he adds. “Another hack is to travel between 6pm and midnight when flights are typically cheaper than those early in the morning. Air fares tend to be at their most expensive three days before travel and Friday is consistently the most expensive day to fly, so if possible, try to avoid those if you can.”

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Tourists seeking to avoid terror threat head for safety of Spain

Bumper year forecast for Spanish tourism as British and Russian holidaymakers shun Tunisia and Egypt following last year’s attacks

Gone are the days when the British holidaymaker had to get up early to beat a German towel to the sunlounger. Now it seems it’s the Russians we will be rubbing shoulders with in this year’s favoured holiday destinations.

January is the peak booking time for holidays and there are strong signs in the industry that we will be spending more on getting away from it all this year. The top destination looks set to be Spain, both for Britons and for Russians, who will be seeking sunny beaches away from Egypt after a Russian airliner was brought down there last September.

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