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January is the cheapest month to take a short-haul break abroad, according to research.

Holidaymakers can save as much as 67% on their trip by going away in the first month of the year compared with going in the most expensive month for that destination.

The average price for a city break in January 2019 is currently £53.60 per person per night, with deals available to popular cities including Milan, Lisbon, Berlin and Barcelona, data from TravelSupermarket shows.

The second cheapest month for a city break is November at £54.64, followed by February at £57.83.

At the other end of the spectrum, May and August tend to be the most expensive months of the year to go on an overseas city break at £71 and £69.70 on average respectively.

Emma Coulthurst, commentator at TravelSupermarket, said: “People don’t think to go away so close after Christmas; low demand means fantastic prices at the start of the year and the lack of queues at the major attractions and the feeling of being one of the locals, rather than a tourist, make up for any cooler temperatures.”

There are also some attractive deals for people willing to take a punt on the weather and head to a beach resort in January.

The average price per person per night for a 7-14 night overseas break by the sea during the first month of the year is as little as £51.57 compared to £72.84 in August.

Majorca, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote are worth considering for good value January breaks.

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