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    • Yorky1
    • By Yorky1 29th Nov 19, 6:02 PM
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    Christmas sun for solo traveller
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    Christmas sun for solo traveller 29th Nov 19 at 6:02 PM
    I've been looking online for a sun holiday over xmas on a budget but unsure where to go as a solo traveller. Somewhere relaxing and with a bit of life but not a party location.

    Separate flights (from Ireland) and airbnb accommodation to Gran Canaria and Costa del Sol are around €100-€200 and €300-€500 respectively.

    I'm not familiar with these places and haven't been away at Christmas before.

    Would be grateful for any advice.
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    • TadleyBaggie
    • By TadleyBaggie 29th Nov 19, 9:29 PM
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    Just come back from a 7 day cruise around the Canaries, love all the islands. Weather was sunny and warm (mid-20's) and will most likely remain the same through the winter.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 29th Nov 19, 10:57 PM
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    You won't really get much sun on the Costa del Sol at this time of year, although it will be warmer than England. For proper sun you really need the Canaries, or Egypt, or somewhere further.
    • London50
    • By London50 29th Nov 19, 11:33 PM
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    The Canaries will not be cheap as it is one of the places that the older generation choose for long breaks to get away from the harsh weather and most of the good places are booked up a year or more in advance,so if you are looking to go on a budget you will be hard pressed
    • soolin
    • By soolin 30th Nov 19, 10:00 AM
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    I'm currently in Gran Canaria and it's 27 degrees and slightly windy. Looks like there is plenty of accommodation around as place is emptier than usual for this time of year. It gets busy though in school holidays.

    Our problem tends to be flights as they fill quickly, I've never gone last minute but our flight out from Gatwick on Wednesday was completely full.
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    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 30th Nov 19, 10:11 PM
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    I've been to Gran Canaria and Tenerife in the winter. Both weren't too expensive for flights or hotels. I went to these places by myself as well.

    Both places were fine, but I preferred Tenerife - probably because I rented a car and went to different places. Gran Canaria was a bit warmer, but weather can vary, they were both still warm!

    I'll definitely head to the Canaries again for winter sun, either that or Florida if you're looking for somewhere more long haul! (not the parks though, some of the other towns around are quite cheap)
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 1st Dec 19, 9:07 AM
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    I'll definitely head to the Canaries again for winter sun, either that or Florida if you're looking for somewhere more long haul! (not the parks though, some of the other towns around are quite cheap)
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    Went to Florida for Christmas/New Year a few years ago - first two days were scorching hot but the rest of the trip it was really cold - in fact, the temperature was warmer in England!
    Also, flights cost an absolute fortune over Christmas (school holidays ) and OP states ‘on a budget’
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    • By getmore4less 1st Dec 19, 12:35 PM
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    Got caught one Jan in Florida(tampa area) colder than Britain.
    Got on a ship and headed further south for heat.
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    • By Sharon87 1st Dec 19, 2:21 PM
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    Went to Florida for Christmas/New Year a few years ago - first two days were scorching hot but the rest of the trip it was really cold - in fact, the temperature was warmer in England!
    Also, flights cost an absolute fortune over Christmas (school holidays ) and OP states ‘on a budget’
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    Over Christmas nothing is cheap! I went to look for flights over this Christmas and to Gran Canaria prices were crazy (£500). In early December I went for £75 a couple years back for a long weekend.

    Weather's never something to rely on. My friend went to Vegas last week, and she couldn't get to the Grand Canyon because of snow!!
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    • By jackieblack 1st Dec 19, 2:44 PM
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    My friend went to Vegas last week, and she couldn't get to the Grand Canyon because of snow!!
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    That’s normal for the GC over the winter, due to the elevation (approaching 7000ft at the South Rim, 8000 at the North Rim).

    We went one Easter and were lucky to have a couple of bright sunny days but there was snow on the ground and later the day we left the weather closed in and they were snowed in for several days.
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    • By Ngozi 1st Dec 19, 4:16 PM
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    • Danipat
    • By Danipat 2nd Dec 19, 1:46 PM
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    I think to get real sun you need to go long haul.

    We've been to Tenerife and Gran Canaria in April and the weather was pleasant, warmer than the UK but not warm enough for sunbathing or swimming.
    • ibizafan
    • By ibizafan 2nd Dec 19, 2:34 PM
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    We’ve just come back from Tenerife and the weather was in the high 20s every day. Hot enough for me, and it was definitely sunbathing temperatures. The Canaries are year round destinations and the winter is peak season there, which does reflect in the prices of flights etc. Personally, I wouldn’t bother going further afield if you just want winter sun.
    • GreenQueen
    • By GreenQueen 2nd Dec 19, 2:55 PM
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    Went to Goa one year in January, and it was really hot, although may be above your budget.
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    • bigadaj
    • By bigadaj 2nd Dec 19, 5:26 PM
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    The closest and cheapest place to be pretty much guaranteed of hot weather is going to be Egypt.

    Canaries may be good but you wou don't guarantee it being hot at Xmas, we went a few years ago in January and it was fine, but barley exceeded 20 Celsius with a couple of cold and windy days with rain.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 2nd Dec 19, 9:14 PM
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    If you don't mind it Dubai or Abu Dhabi may be an option. If you're looking for a drunken holiday then it's not that though! It has waterparks, beaches (yes you can wear a bikini on the beach!), theme park, shopping, restaurant and even bars (hotel bars mostly)
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 2nd Dec 19, 10:08 PM
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    The Canaries will not be cheap as it is one of the places that the older generation choose for long breaks to get away from the harsh weather and most of the good places are booked up a year or more in advance,so if you are looking to go on a budget you will be hard pressed
    Originally posted by London50
    From the O/P - "Separate flights (from Ireland) and airbnb accommodation to Gran Canaria and Costa del Sol are around €100-€200 and €300-€500 respectively."
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    • By London50 3rd Dec 19, 12:05 AM
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    From the O/P - "Separate flights (from Ireland) and airbnb accommodation to Gran Canaria and Costa del Sol are around €100-€200 and €300-€500 respectively."
    Originally posted by motorguy
    As someone who for many years have holidayed in the Canaries I can just imagine what areas the airbnb could be in and it would not be where any "life" is.I would also say that many times I have seen on the islands news programs mainland Spain having snow in December,so for a solo traveller IMO it would not be the best of holidays,still who knows they "could" be lucky and get just what they want.
    Personally I will stick to paying a small fortune and know I will get what I require
    • loskie
    • By loskie 3rd Dec 19, 4:26 AM
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    I went as a single to Sri Lanka last winter, loved it. Felt relaxed and at home, Flew via Doha to Columbo.
    Prior to that my only trip outwith Europe was to NY and Texas
    Recommend a tour or stay at Galle.
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 3rd Dec 19, 6:46 AM
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    I went as a single to Sri Lanka last winter, loved it. Felt relaxed and at home, Flew via Doha to Columbo.
    Prior to that my only trip outwith Europe was to NY and Texas
    Recommend a tour or stay at Galle.
    Originally posted by loskie
    Would there be enough time to get the vaccinations? The OP’s looking to travel in approx 3 weeks time...
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