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    • u751904
    • By u751904 2nd Jun 12, 10:05 AM
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    low coast holiday destinations - info?
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    low coast holiday destinations - info? 2nd Jun 12 at 10:05 AM
    I am changing my tactic for overseas holiday I am finding the traditional package outside my budget now. So I am hoping to beat the costs by booking low coast carriers and hostels. Hopefully picking hostels where they have a family atmosphere. HAs anyone done this? So I've ordered a budget guide to europe / med and consulting back packing guides. I was hoping to find a guide to budget airline destinations but can't see a recent publication. Any advice on planning, destinations, doing it cheap with a six year old on tow etc.. thank you
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  • gibson123
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    • 2nd Jun 12, 10:09 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 12, 10:09 AM
    Think of a destination you would like to go to and then find an ex-pat forum , ex-pats are always posting about bargain flights etc. these forums also often attract holiday home owners who may rent their home out cheaply.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 2nd Jun 12, 10:33 AM
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    Rather to my surprise, the guides to destinations on the Ryanair site are actually pretty good.

    Anyway, please be aware that what you end up paying to fly on a "no-frills" airline can often be the same or more than for a "full-service" carrier. I suggest that you use the tools available through this site (such as Sky Scanner) to see what cheap flights are available, and then investigate the destinations until you find somewhere you like.
    • 111KAB
    • By 111KAB 2nd Jun 12, 10:51 AM
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    Worth looking at what your money will buy you in each country - from memory typical shopping basket in Portugal was cheapest euro country last year ~ this year it is Spain. In my experience Spain so much cheaper than say France. Gibson123 also spot on ~ my local forum has plenty of apartments etc to let where the owners just don't want to pay excessive fees to letting agents/cleaners etc. Start with your flights, then the resort and add in your transfers ~ easy peasy.
    • u751904
    • By u751904 2nd Jun 12, 11:41 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 12, 11:41 AM
    Worth looking at what your money will buy you in each country - from memory typical shopping basket in Portugal was cheapest euro country last year ~ this year it is Spain. In my experience Spain so much cheaper than say France. Gibson123 also spot on ~ my local forum has plenty of apartments etc to let where the owners just don't want to pay excessive fees to letting agents/cleaners etc. Start with your flights, then the resort and add in your transfers ~ easy peasy.
    Originally posted by 111KAB

    good suggestion... how do you find this out though?
    • 111KAB
    • By 111KAB 2nd Jun 12, 2:25 PM
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    Just Google for shopping basket e.g.

    http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/holidays/article-1725136/Majorca-choice-budget-holiday.html

    If you mean how do you find out about local forum then ask on here once you know the area/resort. For example the above article refers to Majorca/Mallorca being the cheapest in Europe (which personally I doubt) ~ plenty of local forums for Pollensa/Alcudia/Palma Nova etc if you search.
  • mcfisco
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    • 2nd Jun 12, 3:11 PM
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    • 2nd Jun 12, 3:11 PM
    Find places that are easily accessible via public transport from the airport

    ie - Costa del Sol
    There's a train that leaves [every 20 mins] from just outside the arrivals hall at Malaga airport and goes all the way down as far as Fuengirola
    It's new and clean and costs about €2, the ticket machines even have English instructions/menus
    www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/malaga/index.html
    • callum9999
    • By callum9999 2nd Jun 12, 6:29 PM
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    • 2nd Jun 12, 6:29 PM
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    My tactic is kind of the opposite to yours. I go onto Ryanair's website and find out where their sales flights go to at the time I want to travel then look up destination guides etc. and choose some.

    That way I've found places that had never occurred to me before that make great holidays, but for only a few pounds.
    • u751904
    • By u751904 2nd Jun 12, 7:03 PM
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    I think someone should write a guide ! good tips thank you.
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