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Whatever let's talk about holidays because January.
Will be going to Uganda/Rwanda/DR Congo to have a trek and look at gorillas in April fingers crossed
I have a real blind spot when it comes to safaris. I don't get it. Look at animal. Slightly pollute its habitat with a jeep. Go home.
Definitely in the top three or four things to look at globally
Like I say, I'm pretty aware that this is something that everyone else gets. I dunno why it sits a bit hand wringy with me
do you understand zoos? or is it just safaris you struggle with?
Doing safaris is fucking brilliant on accounts of how I really like looking at animals in their natural habitats especially ones that you can't see at home.
(This won't actually be a safari on accounts of how they live in deep mountainous jungles)
A lot of the appeal is in the thrill of the chase almost, the "game" nature of seeing "game" animals in the wild. The fact that it's not guaranteed makes it a lot more exciting.
We did a chimp trek in 2012 and despite the fact I'd seen about 50 of them in close-quarters at a chimp sanctuary a couple of days before, the thrill of getting just the slightest glimpse of one through the trees after a physically exerting trek was one of the best experiences of my life.
snowboarding holiday. Please snow in the alps soon, you bastard.
Hopefully going somewhere in Italy at some point early/late summer. Tuscany or Sicily I reckon.
Tuscany. I need to go there so badly. I had a lot of good Tuscan food t'other day and the idea of being sat out in the sun with a good red and some of that cooking is mindblowing
That's in addition to the five days off in le France at the end of the month. And the three days in, um, Birmingham at the end of February.
Of course all of that is either for study leave, a revision course and the actual exams themselves, but I'm still counting it for bragging rights ITT.
Even Paris, guys. :(
Hmm yeah still do
1) Thailand in a couple of weeks. Going for 2 weeks, currently finalising itinerary (Bangkok > Ayutthaya > Khao Sok > Similan / Surin Islands > Ko Phayam > Ko Tao > back to Bangkok possibly via somewhere else.
2) Southern Germany at the end of February for thinly-veiled's mum's 60th birthday. All expenses paid, surprise trip at some all-inclusive mountain resort.
3) Back to Porto for Primavera in June, probs go down the Douro Valley either before or after. Not booked this yet.
Not booked: Berlin, Budapest (got pals who live in those cities), probs Katowice in Poland for the same music festival we've been to for the past couple of years.
Better than Lisbon imo.
Port caves, massive fuck off bridges, good art galleries, lovely cobbled streets with a nice vibe, francesinha if that's your thing, small enough to get to know over the course of a few days. I love it.
It's not particularly warm though, and it rains a bit (or at least it did last year. Lisbon was way hotter in that respect).
We're going to Barca this year instead and I'm dying inside. I'd love to go back there.
And all those beers and other fun things? You win at spending money
But we can. Despite me banging on about beer and pubs constantly, we don't go out that much.
We bought the Thailand flights about a year ago (which were insanely cheap, like £300 each). Haven't booked any thing else for that (yet), and everything when we get there will be dead cheap.
Second trip has been paid for by boyfriend's dad (we will obvs pay for some of it, but he's refused any contributions so far).
suggestions welcome. maybe krakow or prague idk?
it's ace obvs but would rather go somewhere else
I'd say Krakow just cos everyone always goes to Prague.
as it would allow me to annoy her by singing 'murder on gdansk floor' for the duration of our flight
Gdansk has very good, very cheap (like 80p a shot or pint) bars and it's exceptionally pretty.
Granada... free tapas with every dingle drink. Plus it's quite hot. Plus the fucking Alhambra.
Where's the best place to stay in Lisbon?
Maybe Prague as an idea for 2 or 3 days? That's supposed to be nice isn't it if you're not looking for hoe's.
Would like to go back to NY but that's big money so probably not going to happen.
Dunno where else to go actually. Somewhere warm that has stuff to do and not just sit on a beach all day, and doesn't cost a fortune. Maybe back to Barcelona. Any other ideas?
Did you go there this year?
Did Zadar, Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik. All highly recommended. Didn't actually go to a proper beach once.
http://www.lisbondreamsguesthouse.com/ I can highly recommend it. really nice place and excellent location
What's the location like for exploring the rest of the place?
probably Sicily in June time. then some kind of cheap city break sepember/october time
Disneyland, Paris on April. Our kids are too old (16/18), but we all love the cheesy magic.
And undecided on summer. Maybe a barge, maybe France, definitely a middle-class cliche.
And the usual bunch of festivals.
Day off at end of Feb to get hitched in Cambridge.
Weekend in Newcastle in March (cheers, East Coast sale).
Hopefully a week in May to go to upstate New York to sort big wedding stuff.
Mate's wedding in west Wales in July.
Back to NY for big wedding in October.
Don't really know how I'm going to pay for this. Or have the holidays to fit it all in. That's future h_y_g's problem.
holidays within the UK imo....
Besides, of course you can holiday without leaving the country.
But a mate's wedding is pushing it.
it's coming out of my holiday allowance :(
Hold the funeral on a weekend.
but currently going through the wedding thing and... it's not THAT much cheaper to not do a wedding on a Saturday. I thought it'd be like 3x the price but... for most places, it really isn't.
Certainly isn't worth the guest inconvenience that comes with it, IMO.
he lives in Taiwan and is marrying his Taiwanese girlfriend, the actual wedding is happening in Hong Kong and the UK wedding will be a small affair for friends and family here who can't make it. I'm asking people to come to the US for mine, so I'm in no position to complain about imposing.
Cross-country pairings do make weddings a pain in the arse. Don't envy you there. That said, mate of mine got married in the USA the other year and a load of us all went out there, rented a big house, and went fucking mental for a week and it was awesome.
Giving people plenty of notice is the key I think.
Off to Zagreb for InMusic Festival in July (please hurry up and announce some good bands)
Maybe a last-minute early autumn break somewhere hot through these guys: http://www.holidaypirates.com/
Thinking the Azores as well maybe....
in April with the girlfriend, on a fairly tight budget. Not necessarily all-inclusive but basically just want a good deal in a nice, sunny place...
(No idea, never been on one of these hols but start with Travel Supermarket or something like that?)
Hands down worst place I've ever been (other than Newquay).
It was fine, but it wasn't really for me.
Am tempted to just go back there if I can' think of anything else, but have no idea if I can do it 'within budget'. But yeah essentially that kind of 'resort' place.
I reckon (totally talking out of my arse) that just going to wherever is cheapest in Spain will be absolutely fine, if all you're after is hot weather and a pool it doesn't really matter where it is does it.
I just don't want it to be a shithole full of shitcunts (like Sunny Beach).
hell on earth- a number of clients of mine bought properties when the bulgaria boom was happening and they say it is worse than the like of faliraki/ ayia napa at their worst.
In April, the likes of Spain and Greece/ turkey will be getting hot, but you'll be taking a gamble on the weather. for a beach holiday with guaranteed sun you'd need to look at the canaries or egypt (or tunisia, except it's grotty). You'll pay quite a lot for canaries as they know they have you over a barrel at that time of year in terms of limited options.
Another option would be the Gambia. April is towards the end of high season and you should get some great deals. i went at the end of the rainy season (early Sept 2014) and had a ball. Despite its geography, there has not been a single reported case of ebola, partly because they closed their airports to air traffic from affected areas a year ago to halt the spread. Because people are people, nobody is going to the gambia because it is west africa so you can pick up a great deal (e.g. I got a 5k holiday for 2 people for 1200, all inclusive at a luxury 5* resort with ts own beach, including flights from gatwick, private transfers and one trip.) it was one of the best holidays of my life and I cannot recommend it enough. these people also really need our tourism. they rely on it and are suffering as nobody is going there just now.
Im moving to another country for work and calling it a holiday
If I manage to save anything I'm gonna go away for a few weekends to Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. Hopefully get some cheap adv fares on couchette to Berlin. Don't really get holidays cause I'm being sent to a language school in the summer :(
Those on £55k+ could save even more.
I can't anymore cause I'm sensationally quitting my job, but I've done that before and I'm not on megabucks, relatively.
absolutely anywhere, haven't been on one in like 8 years
does anyone want to crowdfund me a holiday and i'll blog it
can't even afford a passport at the minute so that would have to be paid for too
bloggers who are absolutely rolling it in get sent abroad by tourist boards. would rather read a review from someone who hasn't been away in a decade than someone who goes on holiday to other countries every other weekend and calls them minibreaks
if you fanct a cheap holiday in belgium. i'll stay with a pal or go away for the weekend or something. so annoying how expensive passports are :(
Forest of Dean (weekend, winter)
Budapest (weekend, early spring)
Norway (week, late spring)
USA (two weeks, late summer/early autumn)
Lisbon (weekend, probably early summer)
basically we want to take holidays all the time
i really want to go to Armenia and Georgia for a week and a half sometime.
want to go back to New Zealand to see my nephew and yeah i guess sister/bro-in-law too and i guess yeah New Zealand's pretty ace to go to too
want to go to Latvia one summer, hop up the coast and then have a few nights in Riga to finish
want to go back to Tromso one February
would like to do Argentina/Uruguay/Chile sometime, even if it involves taking a gasmask to survive Santiago's pollution
want to see Angkor Wat, may as well go to Vietnam and other places that do food in south east asia
want to go to Barcelona every year ever.
when the direct trains start running from London, would like to go to Cologne, Lyon, back to Amsterdam, generally want to go places by train. TRAINS
two weeks in Toronto in June for my honeymoon, exciting (tips welcome, I've been once before but that was about seven years ago)
planning to book:
weekend in Lancaster
would like to go to Sweden at some point.
so my experience is really limited to downtown, but I enjoyed the distillery district- loads of great bars and restaurants and quaint shops and exhibitions, all in a pedestrianised area. the ice hockey hall of fame was fun too! it should be lovely and warm in june. I went in late October and nearly died form the bitter cold.
really getting out there, seeing the world.
Want to go to see my friend in America at the end of the year. No other plans as yet.
Seattle/Portland trip to see some pals who live there
Pretty much anywhere, I wish I had the disposable income I had 5 years ago :(
holidays in glasgow wooo
going here in August on the honeymoon yesssssssss
Sounds unhygienic though
except for at 1/10th of the price.
Very very jealous. But then again I suppose if you don't splash out on your honeymoon when would you.
do Corsica. I did last year and it was the best.
~ A. Hitler
Planning on going to Stockholm for a couple of days to see Ampere
Would also like to go to the Czech Republic again for Fluff Fest
but as my sister is no longer getting married there (decided she wants a Christmas wedding in scottish castle instead), that frees up a lot of holiday time and even more money, so we are looking at a cruise to New York in spring and then Italy in late summer.
I feel like I need some sun before then though.
Never been on a cruise. Always wanted to go on a Disney one when I was a kid but think that might be a bid weird now for a childless couple post-#yewtree.
my parents didn't fly until quite recently, so as a kid our holidays were always in the Uk or france, travelling about in a sweaty volvo estate, until we discovered that you could drive to southampton and get on a P&O cruise. it's a great way to trave land it's not as stuffy/old as it used to be and there is a cruise line to suit most tastes and budgets. There is no escaping the fact that it is inevitably kitsch but virtually everyone I know who has been on one has embraced that aspect of it. And it's lovely to wake up in a new port each day/ second day. And eat as much food as you want, yum.
(have been on about 2 holidays in the last ten years because I am a poor)
Amsterdam for 3 days in Feb
Las Vegas for 5/6 days in april
Nothing as yet, gonna hopefully get some snowboarding booked. Also france perhaps for my friends 40th in july. Might also try another trip to NY at some point.
Peru, Chile and Bolivia in April
The Maldives in July
New Zealand in September
Japan for Christmas
Wish I could book these.
totally depends on when Champion of Champions is (prob June or November), really fecking frustrating. sort it out Channel 4. also depends on if i can get part time work to boost my funds.
hoping to do:
- Marrakech for a few days with a friend in Mar/April
- Baltics/Scandinavia for 3 weeks in Aug/Sept (if i can only go on one trip this year it'll be this one)
- some kind of family holiday at some point
was looking at going across south west Europe OR the countries in south east Europe i haven't done yet but probably won't be able to afford it.