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    • lgracex
    • By lgracex 13th Mar 17, 1:23 AM
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    Young couples holiday 2017
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    Young couples holiday 2017 13th Mar 17 at 1:23 AM
    Hi guys,

    I wonder if anyone can help. My 19 year old boyfriend and I are looking to book a holiday for this summer but are finding it difficult to find the best location. We have a few criteria which seems to be a bit of an issue! We would like...
    • to spend around £750 each
    • all inclusive (if possible!)
    • to go for a week somewhere between the 7th and 22nd of August
    • departing from London Gatwick
    • to go somewhere with a few bars or clubs (just something to do in the evening really!)
    • preferably go somewhere a little bit different (not just your typical Spain holiday)
    • and do like a bit of a fancy hotel!

    If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
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    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 13th Mar 17, 6:22 AM
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    which airport can you fly from? Flights will take up a bit of the budget so need to know how much you would have left for accommodation
    I would look at the wikipedia page for your local airport and see what places are covered then look at the airline pages for prices
    • wazza99
    • By wazza99 13th Mar 17, 7:29 AM
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    What about Israel (Tel Aviv) ? Monarch now fly there flights quote cheap, lovely Med beaches and lots of culture to explore, no AI though.

    Or Hurghada ? AI guaranteed as well as the weather not great nightlife but you can go to Hurghada where there are some bars.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 13th Mar 17, 7:51 AM
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    http://www.thomson.co.uk/destinations/europe/croatia/croatia-istrian-riviera/pula/holidays-pula.html?s_kwcid=AL!3093!3!81086921169!e!!g!!pula %20all%20inclusive
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 13th Mar 17, 8:05 AM
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    Cappadocia is as different as you're going to get...

    http://wikitravel.org/en/G%C3%B6reme
    • dawyldthing
    • By dawyldthing 13th Mar 17, 9:03 AM
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    I wouldn't set your heart on all inclusive. Why not spend £400 odd and eat really well with the £350? If you still want ai have a look on Travelsupermarket as you can just put in your date and it searches loads of sites. Or see if a book it yourself is cheaper - look for flights on skyscanner, rooms on trivago. Try Greece possibly - corfu or Crete. Or possibly Ibiza or Majorca
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    • Blue264
    • By Blue264 13th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
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    .Have to agree with not going all inclusive, but if that's what you want...and it's difficult to be accurate when you haven't given your departure airport preference.

    Thomson have 7nts AI in Sal, Cape Verde for £ 861 and some stunning hotels in Italy and Croatia.
    • lgracex
    • By lgracex 13th Mar 17, 1:22 PM
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    sorry my departure airport would be gatwick
    • sillygoose
    • By sillygoose 13th Mar 17, 7:37 PM
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    Add another vote for not going all inclusive, because as a young couple you have total freedom to eat out and only have to please yourselves, not finding somewhere that also has something fussy kids will like too, keeping them amused and having to leave sooner before they get too bored.

    You might be in that boat one day so while you can enjoy eating out at your leisure, take your time, sit and enjoy a few drinks after... make some adventure!

    It wouldn't be a proper holiday for me eating in a cafeteria, be like going to work!
    • skint_chick
    • By skint_chick 14th Mar 17, 8:24 AM
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    We went to Rhodes last year and there's plenty to do, lots of bars and clubs and it's good value for money. I would definitely look at Rhodes or Kos or anywhere in Greece, again not necessarily AI because the food is good value and we did stuff during the day so rushing back to have dinner wasn't really for us, and if you're going out exploring taking a sandwich packed lunch from the AI package wasn't great either when we could have bought a salad or snack while we were out.

    If you're just going to lie by the pool all day and stay in the hotel all night then AI is probably the way to go, but it gets a bit repetitive after a few days.
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    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 15th Mar 17, 7:51 AM
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    Add another vote for not going all inclusive, because as a young couple you have total freedom to eat out and only have to please yourselves, not finding somewhere that also has something fussy kids will like too, keeping them amused and having to leave sooner before they get too bored.

    You might be in that boat one day so while you can enjoy eating out at your leisure, take your time, sit and enjoy a few drinks after... make some adventure!

    It wouldn't be a proper holiday for me eating in a cafeteria, be like going to work!
    Originally posted by sillygoose
    Agreed mostly but having kids shouldn't put a dampener on any of that. Kids are no problem when eating out abroad, and I'm convinced kids are only fussy if their parents make them fussy by not exposing them to a wide variety of food when they're young. We never took any notice of any boring "kids menu" which are usually tedious chips-with-everything or bland pizza/pasta rubbish. They had what we had, just a smaller portition.

    I find the contrast when you eat out with kids staggering between the UK and abroad. Abroad the waiters/waitresses will interact with the kids, they'll ask them directly what they want, they'll have a laugh with them, they'll ruffle their hair, they'll make comments eg about the cartoon character on their top, and they'll explain the menu to the kids and the kids will ask them questions. They'll include them, basically, in a way kids can relate to. Ours always loved going out to dinner when we were on holiday.

    In the UK waiters simply blank kids, they'll pretend they don't exist. They'll interact with the parents only, they won't ask the kids what they want, they'll ask the parents. It's such a difference experience abroad.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 15th Mar 17, 9:00 AM
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    <<<In the UK waiters simply blank kids, they'll pretend they don't exist. They'll interact with the parents only, they won't ask the kids what they want, they'll ask the parents. It's such a difference experience abroad.>>>

    Probably because of all the ridiculous PC we have to put up with.
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 15th Mar 17, 11:06 AM
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    <<<In the UK waiters simply blank kids, they'll pretend they don't exist. They'll interact with the parents only, they won't ask the kids what they want, they'll ask the parents. It's such a difference experience abroad.>>>

    Probably because of all the ridiculous PC we have to put up.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    If it is then it's because of nonsensical misinterpretation by restaurant owners.
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 15th Mar 17, 5:29 PM
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    <<<In the UK waiters simply blank kids, they'll pretend they don't exist. They'll interact with the parents only, they won't ask the kids what they want, they'll ask the parents. It's such a difference experience abroad.>>>

    Probably because of all the ridiculous PC we have to put up with.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    That's probably part of it. Another is that in southern Europe it much more common for families to socialise together, rather than adults and children socialising separately.
    • sillygoose
    • By sillygoose 15th Mar 17, 6:43 PM
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    Agreed mostly but having kids shouldn't put a dampener on any of that. Kids are no problem when eating out abroad, and I'm convinced kids are only fussy if their parents make them fussy by not exposing them to a wide variety of food when they're young. We never took any notice of any boring "kids menu" which are usually tedious chips-with-everything or bland pizza/pasta rubbish. They had what we had, just a smaller portition.

    I find the contrast when you eat out with kids staggering between the UK and abroad. Abroad the waiters/waitresses will interact with the kids, they'll ask them directly what they want, they'll have a laugh with them, they'll ruffle their hair, they'll make comments eg about the cartoon character on their top, and they'll explain the menu to the kids and the kids will ask them questions. They'll include them, basically, in a way kids can relate to. Ours always loved going out to dinner when we were on holiday.

    In the UK waiters simply blank kids, they'll pretend they don't exist. They'll interact with the parents only, they won't ask the kids what they want, they'll ask the parents. It's such a difference experience abroad.
    Originally posted by zagfles
    Yes but it depends. My kids are teens now and will eat and try a vast range of things, but when younger it can be really difficult in you may not know exactly what your getting. A sausage in Greece is a lot different to one here! and interpretation of dishes can vary largely even at neighbouring restaurants.

    To younger kids eating isn't 'an event' to enjoy as much as a slightly dull pitstop between doing something more interesting. And also in a hot country they are often starting to run down and get restless if too late.

    My point was to the op who doesn't have kids, they could dine later, find a place with some live music and after dinner sip cocktails into the small hours enjoying the cool of the night.
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 16th Mar 17, 8:54 PM
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    Yes but it depends. My kids are teens now and will eat and try a vast range of things, but when younger it can be really difficult in you may not know exactly what your getting. A sausage in Greece is a lot different to one here! and interpretation of dishes can vary largely even at neighbouring restaurants.

    To younger kids eating isn't 'an event' to enjoy as much as a slightly dull pitstop between doing something more interesting. And also in a hot country they are often starting to run down and get restless if too late.

    My point was to the op who doesn't have kids, they could dine later, find a place with some live music and after dinner sip cocktails into the small hours enjoying the cool of the night.
    Originally posted by sillygoose
    To ours is was an event - they loved going out for dinner and trying all sorts of new food even when young. And crayon/books/electronic games helped if they did get bored. Though obviously we didn't tend to stay out late and booze all night!
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