Research from TravelSupermarket has found that bargain-hunting holidaymakers can save as much as 98% by taking their overseas break in May rather than August.
The holiday price comparison site looked at the 20 most popular beach destinations among Brits and compared the average price of a seven-night holiday in those locations across all star ratings and passenger types between May 1 and September 30.
It found that May half-term was cheaper than school summer holidays for a family getaway as well as for groups and adults.
The lowest priced destinations were the Costa Brava, which was 98% cheaper in May than August, and the Costa Dorada, which was 55% cheaper.
Antalya, Turkey, was 46% cheaper, Dubai was 45% cheaper and Orlando was 44% cheaper, according to the survey of holidays sold via TravelSupermarket.
Emma Coulthurst, of TravelSupermarket, said: “If you are longing for some sun on your face, May is the time to get it at the best price. If you can be flexible on the date of your departure, you will find even better prices; travelling mid-week, for example often gives you savings.
“As well as the prices, there are loads of other good reasons why it makes sense to holiday in May, if you can. Dubai is from 22 to 36°C rather than over 40°C in August. Short-haul destinations like Zante tend to be around a pleasant 20°C+ in May. You can also avoid the peak month crowds so it won’t be a scramble to lay your towel down around the pool and on the beach.”