As the new year kicks off, it's the perfect time for a fresh start on your holiday planning!
Chances are parents have plenty of annual leave days to play around with, and you're spoiled for choice with all of the upcoming school holidays whether you're looking for a bank holiday minibreak or an exciting adventure during the summer.
Not to mention that if you get booking early, you could bag some really great holiday bargains.
But to get started, you'll need to know just when you can whisk the kids away for a fun-filled family holiday; and you'll want to make sure it falls during the school holiday dates or you could face some pretty hefty fines.
We take a look at all of the dates you need to bookmark in your diary for 2018 from UK school holidays to bank holiday weekends...
When is the next bank holiday?
The next UK bank holiday will be on Monday 1st January, to give you plenty of time to recover from the celebrations of the night before!
When do schools go back? Some kick off on the 3rd January but others can begin as late as the 8th January; double check with your child's school.
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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN 2018
Please note that some schools have slightly different dates so it's always worth double checking with your child's school or your local county.
February half term: This will depend on your local county but half term will take place either from Monday 12th - Friday 16th February, or from Monday 19th-23rd February.
Easter holidays: Easter falls on the 1st April, so most schools will break up either March 29th or Friday 30th, through until back to school on Monday 16th April.
May half term: Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June. Back to school on Monday 4th June.
Summer holidays: Usually schools end either the 24th/25th July until Monday 3rd September.
October half term: Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October
Christmas holidays: 21st December - 9th January. (This may slightly vary depending on your school).
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2018 BANK HOLIDAY DATES
New Year's Day: Monday 1st January
Good Friday: 30th March
Easter Monday: 2nd April
May Bank holiday: 7th May
Spring Bank Holiday: 28th May
August Bank Holiday: 27th August
Christmas Day: 25th December
Boxing Day: 26th December
How to bag a bargain for a bank holiday:
If you're opting for a staycation then you can check out some of our favourite UK break destinations here.
There's also plenty on offer for a luxury stay without sky-high prices: check out our guides to the best cheap hotels in London , Liverpool , Brighton and Dublin .
Thinking of going abroad? Then you'll want to check out our round-up of the best holiday deals from cheap flights to discounted packages.
And for something truly magical for the kids, why not try Disneyland Paris? There are always great offers and discounts available - check out the best ones here.
We've also searched out the top 5 airline sales going on right now with cheap seats to a whole host of glamorous destinations just a short flight away.