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    Recession-busting breaks

    I'm one of thousands, or maybe even millions of Brits yet to book a summer holiday this year. I'd like to say it's because, as the dark clouds of recession don't look set to clear for a while, I'm avoiding large purchases and keeping tight control of my budget. In reality, I can't even contemplate the hideous thought of not escaping for a week or two, so I'm just waiting to bag a truly amazing never-seen-before last minute bargain. But is that the best tactic? Are we all planning to hold our nerve for as long as possible, only to enter into a frantic bun-fight to book breaks at our desired destinations? Recent predictions from travel pundits are rather contradictory and more than a little confusing, but you only need to scan the newspapers to see that travel agents and tourist boards are already taking some drastic action to tempt us. Here are some of the deals I've spotted today:• According to a report in the Daily Mail, Thailand is waiving visa fees for three months (from 5th March to 4th June) in a bid to boost tourism.• Cosmos holidays is offering a seven-night break in Cyprus in June for two people for £1,091 - that's a saving of £470.• Travel Daily has featured a deal today from Aerolineas Argentinas, which is offering savings of up to £110 off standard prices for flights from Gatwick to Buenos Aires via Madrid in April, May and June.• A Telegraph article claims that British hoteliers are also being forced to cut rates substantially this year. Travelodge is offering rooms from just £19 per night this Easter.These sorts of deals, plus the reassurance of knowing you've got the right holiday might actually be a better option than the risk of disappointment. After all, if you're spending money, it may as well be for something you really want, even if it costs a little bit more.It's very unlikely that you won't be able to book a cheap break late on this year, even in the peak of the season, but will it be what you really wanted? My advice would be to decide how specific your holiday requirements are, and just like any other year, if you decide to book last minute, prepare to compromise.

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