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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #160 on: April 7, 2019, 07:16:04 AM »
Yep, my view on suitcases has always been only to pay an amount such that I wouldn't care if it was damaged by baggage staff or, even, if I had to leave it behind.

I've only ever paid a few quid for general suitcases. From charity shops on occasion.

However there are some interesting niche cases that are worth paying a bit more for. For example, when I go on expeditions I take a cabin size bag that has wheels and is pull along, but also has straps, so it can be worn as a backpack. Pull it along at the airport and on smooth routes, pavements etc; wear it over rough ground.

If you have such a specialist need, it's worth getting the right sort.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #161 on: April 8, 2019, 10:53:07 AM »


Can anyone recommend the best place for booking Villa/w.flights packages?

Tired of charging around, just want to sit by a (private) pool for a fortnight.  ;D

I looked at some of those individual (book with the owner) sites, but might prefer the ATOS security of going via an agent.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #162 on: April 8, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »

Can anyone recommend the best place for booking Villa/w.flights packages?

Tired of charging around, just want to sit by a (private) pool for a fortnight.  ;D

I looked at some of those individual (book with the owner) sites, but might prefer the ATOS security of going via an agent.


Being a bargain-hunting obsessive, I drove myself half mad trying to get a villa and flights for what I considered a great price last summer hols. In the end, I just went with VillaPlus. They seemed to have the best combination of the best villas and price. And secured, all done.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #163 on: April 8, 2019, 11:55:53 AM »

Being a bargain-hunting obsessive, I drove myself half mad trying to get a villa and flights for what I considered a great price last summer hols. In the end, I just went with VillaPlus. They seemed to have the best combination of the best villas and price. And secured, all done.

Yeah, that was my problem. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #164 on: April 9, 2019, 08:04:42 AM »
Why anybody would willingly put money into any of the UAE is beyond me,just stepping off the plane puts your liberty in jeopardy.




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Dubai: Daughter of Facebook 'horse' insult woman makes plea


The daughter of a British woman who is facing prison in Dubai for calling her ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on Facebook has pleaded for her release.

Laleh Shahravesh, 55, was arrested at Dubai airport after flying to the city to attend her ex-husband's funeral.

Her daughter, Paris, has written to Dubai's ruler saying she has not seen her mother in more than three weeks.

"I ask kindly: please, please return my mother's passport, and let her come home," said the 14-year-old.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting mother-of-one Ms Shahravesh.

Ms Shahravesh, from Richmond in south-west London, was married to her Portuguese husband Pedro for 18 years, according to campaign group Detained in Dubai which is working to get her released.

The couple lived together in Dubai for eight months - where Pedro worked for HSBC - before Ms Shahravesh returned alone to the UK with the couple's daughter.



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British woman faces Dubai jail over Facebook 'horse' insult
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #165 on: April 9, 2019, 08:27:40 AM »
Why anybody would willingly put money into any of the UAE is beyond me,just stepping off the plane puts your liberty in jeopardy.





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British woman faces Dubai jail over Facebook 'horse' insult
I understand your point, and it's certainly a very authoritarian regime there. But then there are similarly outrageous things happening all over the globe. To boycott all such places would close half the world off to me, and I want to see as much of the world as possible in my short life.

I regard the world as a place to be explored in whatever time I have on the planet. I can't legislate for the nature of regimes and laws and attitudes in different parts of the world; I can't afford to wait a lifetime in the hope that things might change in various places, to be more in line with my views. I have to hold my nose, grit my teeth and visit such places in spite of whatever is disreputable about them.

I find it's important to separate the world itself, this planet we have been given, the very land and the spaces themselves, from the nasties that temporarily hold sway in various parts of it.

EDIT: just to add, that wherever you find extreme and authoritarian governments, the people who have to live there all the time, the ordinary citizens, are usually those who suffer most under the regimes. The ordinary people of the world are my brothers and sisters in humanity, and I'm not going to let any c*nts in charge stop me from meeting them and forming friendships and spending time with them.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #166 on: April 9, 2019, 12:48:36 PM »
Why anybody would willingly put money into any of the UAE is beyond me,just stepping off the plane puts your liberty in jeopardy.

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British woman faces Dubai jail over Facebook 'horse' insult

Not as strict as Dubai, but we need something like this in the UK - there are racist tweets to footballers going back 5 years that are still on twitter - social media is used to throw some vile insults about. Maybe if there were harsh punishments, people would think twice.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #167 on: April 9, 2019, 12:59:08 PM »
Not as strict as Dubai, but we need something like this in the UK - there are racist tweets to footballers going back 5 years that are still on twitter - social media is used to throw some vile insults about. Maybe if there were harsh punishments, people would think twice.


Bang on,we should jail more people for calling others disgusting words like Horse.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #168 on: April 9, 2019, 01:20:02 PM »

Bang on,we should jail more people for calling others disgusting words like Horse.

Did you choose to miss the bit where I said not as strict as Dubai?


EDIT: just to add, that wherever you find extreme and authoritarian governments, the people who have to live there all the time, the ordinary citizens, are usually those who suffer most under the regimes. The ordinary people of the world are my brothers and sisters in humanity, and I'm not going to let any c*nts in charge stop me from meeting them and forming friendships and spending time with them.

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Been to Dubai once and I spoke to one Arab, he was a dentist staying in our hotel. Everyone else was Indian or from that part of the world and they were lovely people.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #169 on: April 9, 2019, 01:27:44 PM »
Did you choose to miss the bit where I said not as strict as Dubai?




She called a woman a horse so I chose to ignore it,you went from that straight into Racism which is illegal already.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #170 on: April 9, 2019, 02:32:32 PM »
I get what Ghost Town is saying - I've visited a number of countries where I can be arrested just for being me. I obviously disagree with their laws, and have to take care when I'm there. But I am curious about the world and its people, so I don't let government policy, culture or plain old bigotry stop me. Having said that, I wouldn't bother with Dubai again. I've been for work a couple of times. It's completely soulless and there's very little to see there that you can't find in other parts of the world (in terms of culture etc).

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #171 on: April 9, 2019, 02:37:42 PM »
I get what Ghost Town is saying - I've visited a number of countries where I can be arrested just for being me. I obviously disagree with their laws, and have to take care when I'm there. But I am curious about the world and its people, so I don't let government policy, culture or plain old bigotry stop me.
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Hope they let you back in! The Yanks might also take issue with you in future. A couple of people I know who have been there find it impossible to get ESTAs. It's the one thing that has stopped me going to that region. But eventually I hope to.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #172 on: April 9, 2019, 03:50:58 PM »

She called a woman a horse so I chose to ignore it,you went from that straight into Racism which is illegal already.

Calling the other woman a horse falls under their laws about making defamatory statements on social media, what she called her is of no consequence, it is the law it falls under that matters and her statement is illegal. There is uproar about her being arrested for doing something illegal in Dubai, yet there is hardly a peep in the UK about all those breaking the law every day in the UK making racist comments. Typical media reaction in the UK, big headlines of this woman calling her a horse, hardly mentioning it is illegal, yet quiet about people being called n*****r and other vile shite over here.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #173 on: April 9, 2019, 03:57:09 PM »
Calling the other woman a horse falls under their laws about making defamatory statements on social media, what she called her is of no consequence, it is the law it falls under that matters and her statement is illegal. There is uproar about her being arrested for doing something illegal in Dubai, yet there is hardly a peep in the UK about all those breaking the law every day in the UK making racist comments. Typical media reaction in the UK, big headlines of this woman calling her a horse, hardly mentioning it is illegal, yet quiet about people being called n*****r and other vile shite over here.


She didn't do it whilst in Dubai (try reading the article) and you're back to racism again.


People should know before even thinking about heading to that part of the world that they can and do arrest people for nothing,just the word of a single resident is enough to see you jailed,they even arrest people who smell of alcohol in arrivals even though it is their fucking flight attendants who sold said alcohol.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #174 on: April 9, 2019, 04:00:33 PM »
In other news, I'm off to Iraqi Kurdistan later this week.

Wow Rhi - you’ve been to some interesting places. There was a good article in the news thread about the Kurds linked from Private eye.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #175 on: April 12, 2019, 05:07:28 PM »
Has anyone ever done a long weekend in Croatia? Or 3/4 nights?

Looking for a short European City break at the end of the season (have already done Madrid!) and thinking about somewhere new/different. Croatia looks amazing - looking at somewhere like Hvar.

Just interested in a few days in a nicer climate (not interested in beaches or lying by a pool for hours), somewhere beautiful where we can walk around and see some sights, nice restaurants, bars etc...

Considering Lisbon too.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #176 on: April 12, 2019, 07:22:46 PM »
Has anyone ever done a long weekend in Croatia? Or 3/4 nights?

Looking for a short European City break at the end of the season (have already done Madrid!) and thinking about somewhere new/different. Croatia looks amazing - looking at somewhere like Hvar.

Just interested in a few days in a nicer climate (not interested in beaches or lying by a pool for hours), somewhere beautiful where we can walk around and see some sights, nice restaurants, bars etc...

Considering Lisbon too.
Not been to Hvar but both Split and Dubrovnik would be perfect for a short break.

But then again Lisbon is gorgeous too so... ;D
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #177 on: April 13, 2019, 12:29:25 PM »
Thanks for that! Think I’m leaning towards Dubrovnik..!
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #178 on: April 13, 2019, 03:16:55 PM »
Thanks for that! Think I’m leaning towards Dubrovnik..!
It's gorgeous, I must go back again actually!

It's quite small, but if you run out of things to do, there's a few islands close by you can visit - we went to Mljet, which is a national park and absolutely stunning.
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #179 on: April 15, 2019, 08:53:58 AM »
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #180 on: April 15, 2019, 11:01:04 AM »
Anyone have any recommendations for a weeks all inclusive in august for a family of 3?
Not fussy so Greece,Spain,Portugal etc
Preferably sub £1800 if possible!  :D 

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #181 on: April 18, 2019, 11:20:15 PM »
Anyone have any recommendations for a weeks all inclusive in august for a family of 3?
Not fussy so Greece,Spain,Portugal etc
Preferably sub £1800 if possible!  :D

We found Fuerteventura decent value.

Try https://www2.sunshine.co.uk/hotel_searches/show/1764817335
We stayed here (2 adults, 2 kids) and it was perfectly fine. Big rooms, OK food, two big pools (although saltwater).


Edit: the price shown on the link is just for the hotel in mid-Aug. Flights can be got for about £250pp.

That'd come to about £2k
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #182 on: April 24, 2019, 03:13:13 PM »
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Re: Holiday 2019
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #185 on: April 25, 2019, 05:36:26 PM »
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4 weeks from today we will be on the coasters in Sea World  8)

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #186 on: May 12, 2019, 11:20:14 PM »
4 weeks from today we will be on the coasters in Sea World  8)

Just got back and missing it already mate.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #187 on: May 13, 2019, 11:28:56 AM »
Just got back and missing it already mate.

Take it you had a great time then.

We fly out a week Wednesday, going to check out the best place to watch the CL Final, looking at Millers Ale House as the most likely, as the kids loved being in there last time.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #188 on: May 14, 2019, 04:44:31 PM »
3 weeks today its off to Antigua to a brand new AI resort.  Goodbye work and hello sun and relaxation.  I cant wait

It only opened 2 weeks ago and I have initially been reading some horror stories.  Looks like its getting better every day though and should be good when we go.

Got it at a really good price due to it being new so can't complain if there are a few issues.  On the whole though, people say the place is beautiful and the food is good.  That'll do for me.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #189 on: May 16, 2019, 12:34:22 PM »
Off to Albufeira on the 27th May for 5 nights all inclusive with the Mrs.

have a work exam on the Saturday before i go so perfect way to relax after,

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« Reply #190 on: May 16, 2019, 12:37:06 PM »
It only opened 2 weeks ago and I have initially been reading some horror stories.  Looks like its getting better every day though and should be good when we go.

Been to new hotels twice previously, and as long as you accept there might be some teething problems and that you may have to put up with the odd thing then it's really not too bad.

The good thing is most of the staff are extra happy to please and if there are issues they tend to bend over backwards to fix them.

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Just booked two weeks in Cuba. Plan to hire a car and explore from Varadero westwards. Any tips? Rough plan at the moment is Havana-Vinales-Trinidad-Cienfuegos-Jibacoa.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #192 on: Yesterday at 12:39:36 PM »
Heading to Spain, near Malaga, at the end of July with my other half and my 1.5 year old daughter. Looking forward to it but well aware it might be too hot for the little one.

Any tips for travelling with kids is welcome! My first time...
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #193 on: Yesterday at 01:42:14 PM »
Heading to Spain, near Malaga, at the end of July with my other half and my 1.5 year old daughter. Looking forward to it but well aware it might be too hot for the little one.

Any tips for travelling with kids is welcome! My first time...

If she is still in them, then take plenty of nappies, they are sodding expensive in Spain.

Take loads of stuff to keep her entertained on the plane, including food and drinks. Ignore any tut tut old twats when you walk on with a kid, you've as much right to be there as them.

If she has a teddy she takes with her, DO NOT let it out of your sight - apparently it was MY fault we left my lads teddy in the taxi from the airport in Lanzarote when he was 16 months old. Nightmare getting him settled with a new one.

We never used one, but those UV tents look really good. Make sure you coat her in factor 50 and keep topping up.

Take her in the pool, its ace swimming with your kids.

The Spanish love kids, so you will be welcome everywhere
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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #194 on: Yesterday at 04:17:09 PM »
Anyone been Siem Reap before?

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Re: Holiday 2019
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^ Yes, Angkor Wat is an amazing experience.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #196 on: Yesterday at 04:33:27 PM »
^ Yes, Angkor Wat is an amazing experience.
Ok. Got three nights there in November so any recommendations welcome.

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« Reply #197 on: Yesterday at 04:38:13 PM »
Ok. Got three nights there in November so any recommendations welcome.

All you want really - Pub Street, loads and loads of restaurants - and depending on how much of the Angkor site you want to see - enough to take up three days. We asked the hotel we stayed in to organize the guide for us and we kept the same chap for 2 days - ATMs and restaurants work in U.S. dollars.
It's worth getting up early to see the sunrise - seems a drag after too much ale and happy pizza but it is a really incredible spectacle. Cambodian food like amok is really great too.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #198 on: Yesterday at 04:40:08 PM »
Lisbon in a few weeks and maybe South Africa later on.....

Second part is now in 3 days and badly needed.

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Re: Holiday 2019
« Reply #199 on: Yesterday at 06:17:28 PM »
All you want really - Pub Street, loads and loads of restaurants - and depending on how much of the Angkor site you want to see - enough to take up three days. We asked the hotel we stayed in to organize the guide for us and we kept the same chap for 2 days - ATMs and restaurants work in U.S. dollars.
It's worth getting up early to see the sunrise - seems a drag after too much ale and happy pizza but it is a really incredible spectacle. Cambodian food like amok is really great too.
Yeah Angkor is a must. Only negative is fitting everything in three days.