Where to get away this winter

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The clocks have only just gone back and many of us will already be dreaming of our next holiday abroad. But why wait until summer? A holiday can provide a much-needed respite from the winter blues and whether it's snow or sand you're after, a break could just help you through the long winter months.

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From the Swiss Alps to the Canadian Rockies, a trip to the slopes teams good old-fashioned fresh air and exercise, with the essential warmth and restoration of après-ski. While celebrity-packed Aspen might prove beyond the means of many, the Canadian Rockies offer the same great slopes without the price. But if you're after slightly warmer climes, try St. Moritz in Switzerland, which boasts 300 days of sunshine each year.

If you've got the kids in tow, indulge their (and possibly your own) Christmas fantasy with a trip to Lapland. It's a veritable fairytale winter landscape and the husky safaris and snowmobile touring will keep the adults happy while the kids enjoy the ultimate Santa's grotto.

But if it's the Christmas shopping that is getting you down, how about a winter city break. Many European cities will be hosting gorgeous Christmas markets and are perfect for that hard to find or simply irresistible gift, so head to Prague or Bruges for a trip that's closer to home.

And if you're desperate to try and avoid the cold altogether, a spot of winter sun is the answer. For the ultimate way to forget about the British winter weather, fly out to the island paradise of the Maldives. The white sand, clear blue water and hotel rooms on stilts will have you forgetting the long dark evenings quicker than you can say Seasonal Affective Disorder.

If you've already experienced the perfect winter getaway, why not share it with us?