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What better time of year to enjoy a southern hemisphere summer?

If you’re a cool ‘spur of the moment type’ who can prepare for an intercontinental holiday in a couple of weeks, there’s a holiday of a lifetime available with Voyages of Discovery (0844 822 0802, www.voyagesofdiscovery.co.uk) departing on the 18th of January. This fifteen-night South American voyage sails from Recife in Brazil and calls at Salvador de Bahia, everyone’s dream destination Rio de Janeiro, Ilhabela (pictured) and then on to Montevideo and tango trendy Buenos Aires, reports the Telegraph. The saver price of this trip starts at £1,699 per person based on two adults sharing a cabin and includes flights, transfers, taxes, meals and on-board entertainment.

Alternatively, you can combine seven nights at a villa in Orlando with a one-week Central American cruise on NCL’s Norwegian Pearl. The cruiser will call at Roatan in Bay Islands Honduras, Belize City, Costa Maya in Mexico then back to Key West, Florida. The price of this two-week star deal is just £799 per person, which includes flights from London’s Heathrow airport, and is based on a January 23rd departure. Contact Cruise1st.co.uk (0800 230 0655; www.cruise1st.co.uk).

So if you’re suffering from the post Christmas blues, leave the wintery weather behind, head for warmer climes, soak up the sun and start the New Year with an energizing break.

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