Economic meltdown needn't mean missing out on taking a holiday this year. Think outside the box with our great budget-busting holidays for city breaks, families, spas, winter-sun and beyond.

City break: Amsterdam

With the flight time a mere 50 minutes from London to Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam is the perfect city break for those looking to make the most of a short stay. Return flights can be booked for around £58 per person with easyJet. A great budget accommodation choice is the City Garden Hotel, which has double rooms for £45 (breakfast included) when booked through The hotel is in a central location near to Leidseplein, Vondelpark and the Museumplein. Rooms are equipped with a shower, television and tea- and coffee-making facilities with views of either the park or the bustling shopping street of PC Hooftstraat. Save even more money with the I Amsterdam Card. For €38 (£34) it gives visitors free public transport around the city, a free canal cruise and free entrance to 27 museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum.

Spa break: Donnington Valley, Berkshire is currently offering a one-night spa break at Donnington Valley, Berkshire for £69.50 per person when two people book for stays between 1 March and 26 April. The break includes one night's accommodation, breakfast and a 30-minute treatment, plus full use of the spa facilities, including steam room, sauna, aromatherapy room, monsoon shower and pool. The private retreat is just an hour from London and an off-peak return train ticket is £28.50 from London Paddington to Newbury station, bringing the whole trip just under budget.

Family holiday: Lifestyle Holiday Park, Brittany

Lifestyle holidays are offering fantastic money-saving family breaks to two of France's most popular holiday parks from £56 per family per night, including ferry transfers from Portsmouth to Caen. The holidays must be booked before 15 March and are valid for travel between May and October, making it a great summer holiday option. Accommodation is in a two- or three-bedroom holiday lodge on a self-catering basis at either the resort of Château Des Ormes or Port du Plaisance in Brittany, France. Both parks have plenty to keep adults and children entertained, including water parks, adventure courses, paintball and mountain biking.

Last-minute skiing: Interhome

For those still hoping to catch some last minute powder but don't want to spend a fortune, check out Interhome for last-minute availability on ski chalets and apartments in some of Europe's top skiing destinations. The vast majority of accommodation is fairly basic, but for as little as £9 per person per night, it offers bargain-priced access to the slopes and some fantastic end-of-season skiing.

Last-minute winter sun: Faro, Portugal

Push the budget a tiny bit and £105 per person will get you a seven-night break in the self-catering Pedras D'el Rei Apartments in Portugal's Algarve region, including flights and transfers (based on two sharing). The low rise white-washed buildings sit in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and close to the traditional fishing village of St Lucia - perfect for those wanting to get away from the more commercial resorts of the Algarve. With an on-site swimming pool and golf courses nearby, the apartments are ideal for relaxing in some last-minute winter sun.

Stay for free: home swaps

If you are ready to think outside the normal holiday-booking box, the latest fad for home swapping is a great money-saving scheme. The premise is simple: sign on with an agency and browse through thousands of homes around the world. Once you find one you like you contact the owners directly and try to arrange a direct swap with your own home. The best companies to try are Intervac, HomeLink and Home Base Holidays. Other than the joining fee of £29 for one year, the accommodation won't set you back a penny.

UK break: Cornwall

Travelsmith Holidays are currently offering a three-night break in a luxury villa or apartment in the north Cornish coastal town of Porth. The four-star luxury accommodation is just £99 per person (based on four sharing) for stays up until 6 April and includes lunch at the Jamie Oliver-inspired restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall, plus admission to the Eden Project. The accommodation is set in the grounds of the Porth Veor Manor Hotel, overlooking Porth Beach.

Camping: Baia Domizia, Italy

For those planning on spending the night under canvas and wanting guaranteed dry weather and balmy evenings we suggest you head slightly further afield to sunnier climes. Eurocamp currently offering excellent deals on many of their luxury tents throughout Italy and Spain. One of our personal favourites is the Baia Domizia in Tuscany, which is offering seven-night stays in a six-man tent for £435 in Jul. which divided between six works out as just £72.50 each. Nestled in a pine forest just to the north of the Bay of Naples, the site offers direct access to a beach and four swimming pools as well as close proximity to most of the region's famous sights, including the town of Pisa.

Train trip: London to Lille

Ok, so it might technically be more of a day trip than a holiday, but in just over an hour on the Eurostar you could be soaking up some Flemish ambience for a mere £59 return ticket. Lille has some excellent museums, great food and beer, and, of course, the world-renowned Grande Braderie (Europe's biggest flea market).

Beach break: Ibiza

With a mixture of high-energy nightlife and scenic sandy coves, Ibiza remains one of the most visited islands in the Mediterranean. Although popular with the rich and famous, Ibiza can still be enjoyed by those on a budget as Teletext Holiday is offering a selection of wallet-friendly beach breaks. One of our top picks has to be the seven-night package break to the Poniente Apartments in popular San Antonio, which has some of the best nightlife on the island. Although slightly over budget at £110 per person for holidays between May and October, the price does include return flights from Stansted and transfers to the accommodation.

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