Great ‘cheap when you get there holiday destinations’ hunt

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  • jud!th wrote: »
    Yeah, people live destructive lives, destroy the planet, neglect their kids (etc) anyway whether I join in or not...

    I don't fly. I care about the planet, and I'm not going to make it worse by jumping on a bandwagon. If no-one flies then there won't be any need for flights. I'm one less person. With my family, 4 less people. With anyone who hears about our great holidays and thinks they'll do the same, less people again.

    (and in case you wondered, I came on this thread to see whether there's anywhere that's fun to get to by train!)


    I dont get this at all. Flying is about the only way to get around the world and explire it. I have worked hard to get in a position where I can take a holiday where and when I choose to, within reason, and that usually means jumping on a plane.
    I used to have a phobia about flying, well actually more about crashing, but I cured it myself and I take great pride in that achievement, and I actually enjoy flying now.
    People have taken holidays around the world for as long as I can remember, and will continue to do so. All this talk of destroying the planet (and where the hell did neglecting the kids come from.....???) is pointless because people will still fly, airlines will open new routes, and air transport will continue to boom, and for that I am grateful. Thanks for cheap flights and price wars, I have been able to get around and see much of the world that otherwise I would not have been able to do.
    The only bandwaggon I see here is the one YOU jumped on to about saving the planet. You choosing not to fly is your choice, but dont try and make it everyone elses. Planes will continue to fly whether you use them or not. People forget that its other types of pollution and waste that do more damage to the planet, but you choosing not to fly wont influence the leaders of China, America etc to stop throwing serious pollution into the atmosphere, which actually COULD make a difference.

    Anyway, rant over. People are quite entitled to have their own opinions, but it doesnt make them the right ones. I will continue to fly more often than ever, thanks, you enjoy the delights of poor public transport, endless roadworks, overcrowded beaches, inclement weather, bad customer service, small and out of date accommodation, caravans on the road, over priced everything........need I go on?
  • By the way, 1 week in Santorini in September, B&B in 3 star apartments, £162.50 per person from Gatwick.
    Thats a bargain.
  • If you want somewhere off the beaten track a bit then try Botswana. My wife and I went there this summer and got flights for £600 each with Virgin to Joburg. You'll need to hire a car to drive from Joburg to Gaborone (or get a connecting flight) but you'll need a car once you are in Botswana.

    So getting there is not cheap but when you are there, the GBP buys you a lot. And there's tons to see. If you want more info, PM me.
  • Tony_H wrote: »
    I dont get this at all. Flying is about the only way to get around the world and explire it. I have worked hard to get in a position where I can take a holiday where and when I choose to, within reason, and that usually means jumping on a plane.
    I used to have a phobia about flying, well actually more about crashing, but I cured it myself and I take great pride in that achievement, and I actually enjoy flying now.
    People have taken holidays around the world for as long as I can remember, and will continue to do so. All this talk of destroying the planet (and where the hell did neglecting the kids come from.....???) is pointless because people will still fly, airlines will open new routes, and air transport will continue to boom, and for that I am grateful. Thanks for cheap flights and price wars, I have been able to get around and see much of the world that otherwise I would not have been able to do.
    The only bandwaggon I see here is the one YOU jumped on to about saving the planet. You choosing not to fly is your choice, but dont try and make it everyone elses. Planes will continue to fly whether you use them or not. People forget that its other types of pollution and waste that do more damage to the planet, but you choosing not to fly wont influence the leaders of China, America etc to stop throwing serious pollution into the atmosphere, which actually COULD make a difference.

    Anyway, rant over. People are quite entitled to have their own opinions, but it doesnt make them the right ones. I will continue to fly more often than ever, thanks, you enjoy the delights of poor public transport, endless roadworks, overcrowded beaches, inclement weather, bad customer service, small and out of date accommodation, caravans on the road, over priced everything........need I go on?

    Ok ok, slightly off topic is this little "discussion" but I'm going to add my opinion....travelling accross Europe by air actually emits less CO2 per person that most other modes of transport. Yes - this doesnt necessarlily hold true for long haul travel as air is often the only (sensible in terms of time) way to get there.

    But, Tony_H has it right - air travel globally emits way way less pollution than any of the super powers.....so stop picking on the easy target of air travel and get out there and see the world!!
  • Sam_Bee
    Sam_Bee Posts: 1,393 Forumite
    marluc wrote: »
    Hi Sam Bee.
    Just wondered who you booked flights and accommodation with? It sounds an amazing area. We're looking for somewhere "special" next summer for our 10th wedding anniversary.
    Thanks in advance.:beer:

    For Sumatra it's quite hard travel (relatively basic accommodation and transportation) and best tackled with a sense of adventure and a Rough Guide! There are a couple of specialist Tour Operators who could assist, speak to a couple see who you feel comfortable with, and who actually knows what they are talking about.

    As for the rest of Indonesia, well, the worlds 4th largest country that extends a distance equivilent to London to Dubai, it's got pretty much everything! I'm 15 visits in, and still have so much more I want to see. Great country.
  • Travelqueen
    Travelqueen Posts: 204 Forumite
    Just to add my twopennorth

    For those wanting to stay in the country, or who can't afford to go away, or even just to keep you busy on the weekends found a great site the other day

    http://www.yorkshire.com/cps/rde/xchg/ytb/hs.xsl/outdoor-yorkshire-year-of-adventure.htm

    Gives you loads of ideas for things to see an do in Yorkshire every week of the year. Why should holidays be confined to two weeks of sunshine in the summer? Make the most of where you are, and, if you load a car up with 4 people it emits less CO2 than a similar train journey in the main.

    Theres also a similar site for the Lakes
    http://www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk/

    And for South Devon,
    http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/

    and probably everywhere else in the country (I haven't looked yet). The UK can have so much to offer, from the wilds of Northumbria, the beauty of the Hebrides, to the chocolate box prettyness of the Cotswolds and SW.

    Whilst the rest of the world is amazing and well worth exploring, its no bad thing to know and appreciate your own country too. Unfortunately, we will all start having to take responsibility for our energy usage sooner rather than later and refusing to acknowledge that because other countries are still developing is a little narrow minded IMHO. Every small change each person makes can make a big difference, otherwise people like Nelson Mandela and Gandhi would not have achieved all they did. Personally I'd rather our generation was viewed the same as these people in years to come rather than some latter day Genghis Khan.

    Enjoy
    One day everything I earn will be mine and not the banks... ::rotfl:
  • you're right, the eurozone is expensive now. I think thay everyone should go to the places that have been suggested as cheap alternatives. as for me I'll keep going to a little greek island happy that there will be even fewer british tourists there!
  • zipman23
    zipman23 Posts: 291 Forumite
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    k8te wrote: »
    Can i ask who you have booked that through? As we are wanting to go to Egypt next year, thankyou


    I'm pretty sure it was Thompsons. I didn't actually book it myself, I just got a phone call saying Egypt, all inclusive, £600 for a fortnight. Are you in?

    Apparently it was a special deal they had on at the time so not sure if it will still be available so its worth a check! I know someone who knows someone who knows someone else who is going to Egypt in March next year and they're paying almost £700 for theirs and thats not even in season...or is it?
    English by birth. GEORDIE by the grace of God.
  • thebigbosh
    thebigbosh Posts: 298 Forumite
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    Just a note about Brazil, although I'd agree that it is a cheap country it's getting more expensive for foreigners. Over the course of the past year, the exchange rate to the pound has dropped from about £1=R$4 to R$3.10, an all time low as of yesterday. In Brazil terms, the bigger cities are expensive places to live and certainly a lot more expensive than other parts of the country - but for foreigners locations where you're more likely to meet english speakers or speakers of other foreign languages.

    If you really want cheap locations, certainly the cheap internal flights suggested are very useful (SP and Rio are the big international airport hubs) and you could try finding yourself in more locations further north such as Salvador, Recife, João Pessoa, Natal or Fortaleza.

    I've just had a couple of friends visit me who have been travelling S America for the past 10 months. They were actually expecting Brazil to be one of the more expensive countries on their trip and talked highly (in terms of cost) of Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia. Additionally, I remember doing some internet searching a while back (not sure of the site though sorry) and the site had option to select South America. Cheapest flight (although long and connecting) consistently over October I think was Bogota, Colombia.

    Food for thought though really, I think Brazil's great and love it here. You should come!

    B
    School is important, but Rugby is importanter.
  • thebigbosh wrote: »
    Just a note about Brazil, although I'd agree that it is a cheap country it's getting more expensive for foreigners. Over the course of the past year, the exchange rate to the pound has dropped from about £1=R$4 to R$3.10, an all time low as of yesterday. In Brazil terms, the bigger cities are expensive places to live and certainly a lot more expensive than other parts of the country - but for foreigners locations where you're more likely to meet english speakers or speakers of other foreign languages.

    If you really want cheap locations, certainly the cheap internal flights suggested are very useful (SP and Rio are the big international airport hubs) and you could try finding yourself in more locations further north such as Salvador, Recife, João Pessoa, Natal or Fortaleza.

    I've just had a couple of friends visit me who have been travelling S America for the past 10 months. They were actually expecting Brazil to be one of the more expensive countries on their trip and talked highly (in terms of cost) of Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia. Additionally, I remember doing some internet searching a while back (not sure of the site though sorry) and the site had option to select South America. Cheapest flight (although long and connecting) consistently over October I think was Bogota, Colombia.

    Food for thought though really, I think Brazil's great and love it here. You should come!

    B

    The price use to be £1.00 = R6.00 about 2 years back!
    Anyone know how to get cheap internal flights using the internal pass scheme? are there any agents that specialise in this?
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