This is the cheapest month to book your 2017 holiday

This is the best month to book a holiday in 2017

It's the question on every holidaymaker's lips: when should I book my holiday for the cheapestprice?

Thankfully, we've teamed up with the experts at online travel agent to reveal the exact answer to this age-old question giving savvy travellers clues as to when they should be booking their holidays in 2017.

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Examining data from all return flights departing from the UK between November 2015 and October 2016, Opodo has disclosed the best months and days to hunt for holidays on.

The statistics show April, August, September and October deliver the best discounts, while the best days to book on were Saturday (an average saving of 4% - 6% domestic, 3% short haul, 3% long haul) and Sunday (an average saving of 3% - 7% domestic, 3% short haul, 1% long haul).

"It's no secret that high seasons and low seasons dictate a great swing in flight prices," explain experts at Opodo.

"The best time to book flights fall much like the leaves: in September and October.

"Booking on Saturday saves the average passenger 3.95% (5.78% domestic, 3.43% short haul, 2.63% long haul) while Sunday is 3.37% cheaper (6.68% domestic, 2.58% short haul, 0.84% long haul)," they add.

If you're planning to visit popular destinations New York, Dubai, Hong Kong or take any other long-haul trips it's also worth holding out until April, reveal Opodo.

"This is when tickets are on average 6% cheaper than the rest of the year" they add.

However if you're taking the trip in 2018 then September is your best bet, with an average saving of 8% across the board.

For those planning on taking a trip to Europe in the Summer, flights in April are on average 5% cheaper than the rest of the year, the only exception to this is September and October when prices crash to 14% and 13% respectively.

According to , the best day of the week to book a holiday is Tuesday morning at 10am.

Book at 10am, or before 11am, they explain, and you'll still get last night's prices, book after lunch and the prices will have been updated.

And why Tuesdays? Tuesday is the day companies adjust their prices - especially if holidays aren't selling.

Lukas Balter, destination expert at Opodo, said: "When the first frosts start appearing on the ground and with temperatures currently at rock bottom it's only natural people start thinking about beaches, holidays and above all the warm embrace of the sun.

"But you shouldn't just book the first flights you see. With a little planning you can get a much better deal than at other times of year and flights with different airlines, you can find the best price possible."

National Geographic must-see destinations for 2017
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National Geographic must-see destinations for 2017

Canada’s first national park was discovered on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 1883. Today, Banff is one of the world’s number one destinations, pulling in millions of visitors every year with its range of activities and stunning views.

The South Korean capital offers historic sites dating back to the 14th century and fashionable boutiques for gadget-savvy youths. There are also tiny neighborhoods of traditional cottages to explore, alongside palaces and museums and a 24/7 nightlife.

Discover the natural wonders of the Sea of Cortez on an expedition through the Baja California National Marine Parks. Experience up-close encounters with gray whale mothers and their calves and see bottlenose dolphins before heading on hikes with naturalists or snorkel among sea lions. Pictured: A huge school of Jacks and a diver in the Sea of Cortez.

Via Dinarica is a hiking trail, connecting natural and cultural sights in Dinarids. It is recognized and acknowledged as a great chance and potential for development, especially for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pictured: A hiker on the peak of Matorac in the Dinaric Alps of central Bosnia and Herzegovina,

China's Chengdu city is known for its for it famed specialties: hot-and-sour rice noodles and steamed dumplings, which can be seen being rustled up above in the city's downtown area. Praised as the centre of Sichuan cuisine, foodies should flock to Chengdu in China - 'city of gastronomy'. In the city's surrounding countryside you can also see pandas.

Blanketed in trees and parks, Hamburg is one of Europe’s greenest cities. And the former warehouse district is being transformed into an übermodern place to live, work, and play.

India's stunning national parks feature a host of wildlife - including the tiger - which thanks to these parks is starting to rise in numbers. Although it is rare to see a tiger during a trail, there are often elephants and monkeys to see. Above a four-year-old tigress (Panthera tigris tigris) has returned to the cave where she was born to have her first litter.

Madrid offers a rich range of activities and culture - form 16th-century cobblestoned streets around Plaza Mayor to the über-trendy boutiques of Chueca. Along its glorious boulevard you'll find three of the world’s greatest art museums, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which exhibits the work of contemporary artists such as Japanese art star Yayoi Kusama.

Historic Moscow, Russia, emerged as a top European city to visit next year. The Russian capital hosts building steeped in communist austerity and laden in capitalist indulgence. The city offers a huge wealth of culture and history, from the city's colourful Red Square to the modern new Moscow-City, the Russian capital is crammed with artistic, historic, and otherwise sacred sites.

Papua New Guinea offers an abundance of beautiful colours and sights on this tropical nation. A patchwork of mountains, jungles, and swamplands, the country is home to some 700 Papuan and Melanesian tribes, each with its own language. Most of the inhabitants are subsistence farmers, although some grow cash crops.

In Switzerland’s Canton Uri, visit in time for the Désalpe festival, which is the cattle’s annual autumn descent from summer mountain pastures. It is the seasonal droving of grazing livestock before winter sets in and is a traditional farming practice thought to date back as far as 3,000 BC. The area also boasts numerous adrenaline-filled activities. In Switzerland’s Canton Uri, visit in time for the Désalpe festival, which is the cattle’s annual autumn descent from summer mountain pastures.

City dwellers may want a chance to disconnect, and tranquil Finland, doused with impossibly picturesque lakes, offers just that.

This almost urban wilderness, tucked in a curve between the ocean and the Chugach foothills, is a favorite stop for migratory birds. Eagles soar overhead while waterfowl nest amid vividly green grasses. Two boardwalks get you closer to the birdlife as well as spawning salmon and wandering moose.

A key Caribbean port of the Spanish from the 16th to 18th centuries, Cartagena is perhaps the finest colonial city in the Western Hemisphere and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site first named by UNESCO in 1999, about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province. This site currently occupies 183 square miles, it contains a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves. The area is filled with archaeological wonders.

The cool Cloud Forests are more lush and cooler than lowland Rainforests. These natural wonders offer an incredible view into Ecuador's wildlife.

The American state offers lively cities, a relaxing coastline and breathtaking mountain scenery. Within the beautiful skyline of Atlanta you’ll have access to the world’s largest aquarium and even see the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia at the World of Coca-Cola. Pictured: Piedmont Park, Atlanta.

Under the natural wonders category, Kauai, Hawaii, is rated highly on the prestigious bucket list. The island, praised for its beautiful performance in Jurassic Park, is coated in incredible canyons, hiking trials and inspiring cliff edges. Pictured: Tourists and visitors gather to watch the sunset at Poipu Beach of Kauai, Hawaii. 

With 7,000 years of history, there is plenty to see in Malta, with its beautiful beaches - like Sliema beach in Valletta (above) - ancient ruins and varied nightlife. The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. Pictured: Valletta.

One of the world's most vibrant cities, Marrakech is brimming with incredible gardens, snake charmers, markets and more. You won't run out of things to do in this Moroccan city, and if you want to kick back, the sun shines for most of the year. Marrakech offers a delight for the senses, with hawkers calling out to you and beautiful cloths and food up for grabs there is plenty going on in the North African city.

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