I appreciate that we're not even halfway through 2016 yet, but the flight prices for next year are already out and there are some 'fun in the sun' bargains to be found for February half-term 2017.
Next winter sees anomalies with school term dates, with more and more schools setting their own holiday dates. It's worth checking if your school is one of the financially-friendly ones who's breaking up for the last week of the month.
A quick search will show you that flights to Spain that week are in the region of £40 return, Portugal is coming in at under £50 and Italy is averaging around the £60 mark.
NOW is the time to start planning. With self-catering accommodation being plentiful, there's no reason why you should spend any more than £500 for a week's family break, away from the dull winter skies of Blighty.