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    Where to start?!?!? Booking a holiday

    We normally stay in the UK for our summer holiday, haven type places but i'm so fed up of them that we are hoping to try a holiday abroad this year.
    Having not booked one before i dont really know where to start, is it better to book flights separately to hotel? Where do i look for cheap deals?

    We have saved up our tesco vouchers in the hope to use them to pay towards it but they only use virgin and cosmos which both seem too expensive for us!

    Looking at going in August but possibly may school holidays if cheaper. One week. 2 adults, 2 kids. Probably somewhere like Majorca or costa del sol.

    Any advice appreciated!

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    Original Poster

    black gerbil1;3992135

    very … very original.http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=travel&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a



    Well hubby is scared of flying and with 2 young kids never flown before i thought it was an easy option!

    Do you have any other ideas then?

    loobie;3992152

    Well hubby is scared of flying and with 2 young kids never flown before i … Well hubby is scared of flying and with 2 young kids never flown before i thought it was an easy option!Do you have any other ideas then?


    anywhere but Europe and Egypt is usually a good start for me, but hey whatever makes you happy.

    This is prob at the moment the worst time in the last good few years to be booking a holiday to europe.

    Majorca Or the Costas are great when you have Kids, just the exchange rate sucks at the moment. Far away destinations arn't suitable for everyone. I would recomend Salou as a great family destination

    I also hate flying! But I found that the longhaul flights are much better than short haul.
    We went to cyprus & the flight was almost unbearable for me!!
    But when we went to the states & carribean the flights were tolerable! Except for the last one where they aborted the landing just seconds before due to land as there was a turtle on the runway!!

    I vote for disney!!!

    Hated Salou, was my worst holiday. I love Cyprus.

    I would start with finding flights on [url]www.skyscanner.net[/url] and then the accomodation.

    black gerbil1;3992135

    very original.




    lol, unlike your cut n paste replies,

    ,strong, h4te, sea, ITT, choice, life...... RDRR

    Anywho, Belgium or Prague are nice.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the replies, some good ideas to go on there.

    Our budget wont quite stretch to Florida in August which is why i thought of spain etc

    I loved Lanzarote, ignored all the gossip and went for it. Made the most of it and enjoyed every minute Hope you find somewhere nice x

    Go into a travel agent & ask for ideas & cost, but make it clear you are not buying at the moment, just looking for ideas. Go to a few travel agents, telling each one what you were offered at the others & asking them if they can better the deal.

    Once you know where you want to go & how much the cheapest tfravle agent offer is, browse the internet & see if you can get the same holiday for cheaper.

    Id recommend salou. Not sure about Price in August. We usually go in Sept. weather good and much cheaper then, for 2 adults and 2 children we have paid as lillte as £800 half board. Thats flying from Bristol. Theres plenty off trips there and the beach is nice and clean. Thomas cook were doing some good deals as there brouchure has just come out. Ive looked online for seperate flights but when you put the cost together its cheaper to go to the travell agents. good luck.

    menorca or majorca is a good place to start or maybe south of france ?

    Spain's a great place to go if it's your first time, Also I'd go with a travel agent if it's your first time, It's a lot simpler and can actually work out cheaper.

    I'd get your travel insurance separate though as it's usually really overpriced at travel agents, However I have haggled them before to give me free insurance etc.

    I'd recommend Solou it's great for families and the beach is really nice.

    Bit like the OP, I'm thinking about holiday abroad ON A TIGHT BUDGET! Just me and 15 yr old (so call it 2 adults, I guess) but am stuck with school holidays too. I am not sure I want the hassle of booking flights, accomodation, transfers etc separately - I'm worried something will go wrong.

    I have looked at sites like Travel Republic. Deals (inclusive - flights plus HB with reasonable number of stars/good reviews) in Turkey seem very good. Also Easy Jet holidays. Anyone got any experience/tips to offer me?

    Having mystery shopped loads of high street travel agents over the last 5 years I am not very keen to buy from them - their pricing seems distinctly iffy and the small print is no more reassuring than the online sellers!

    black gerbil1;3992135

    very … very original.http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=travel&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a



    black gerbil1;3992163

    anywhere but Europe and Egypt is usually a good start for me, but hey … anywhere but Europe and Egypt is usually a good start for me, but hey whatever makes you happy.



    What an incredibly rude answer to give someone who has come on here asking for help. She doesn't know what makes her happy with regard to foreign holidays as she's never done it before.
    Why not be constructive and offer advice instead of criticising the possibilities she had mentioned? You say anywhere but Europe - why not tell the op exactly why you say this?

    OP - Mallorca and Menorca are lovely places to go with young children. Malta is nice too. I would say most of the popular European destinations would meet your needs (assuming it is a sun and beach holiday you are after).

    Personally, I prefer to book my own flights and accommodation separately. I use sites like [url]www.expedia.co.uk[/url] or [url]www.opodo.co.uk[/url] to check flight prices and for accommodation [url]www.otbeach.com[/url] or [url]www.alpharooms.com[/url] are always good to begin research on prices. Try and find as many sites as you can to compare prices and you can always check what people have to say about hotels/resorts on sites like [url]www.holidaytruths.co.uk[/url] .
    Hope this helps and hope you find something that suits you. :thumbsup:

    what about trying the siblu sites on the continent, i believe you can use tesco vouchers to pay for the accommodation.
    [url]www.siblu.com/[/url]

    cheap flights should be available if you book early.

    Original Poster

    shibi din;3993358

    What an incredibly rude answer to give someone who has come on here … What an incredibly rude answer to give someone who has come on here asking for help. She doesn't know what makes her happy with regard to foreign holidays as she's never done it before.Why not be constructive and offer advice instead of criticising the possibilities she had mentioned? You say anywhere but Europe - why not tell the op exactly why you say this?OP - Mallorca and Menorca are lovely places to go with young children. Malta is nice too. I would say most of the popular European destinations would meet your needs (assuming it is a sun and beach holiday you are after).Personally, I prefer to book my own flights and accommodation separately. I use sites like [url]www.expedia.co.uk[/url] or [url]www.opodo.co.uk[/url] to check flight prices and for accommodation [url]www.otbeach.com[/url] or [url]www.alpharooms.com[/url] are always good to begin research on prices. Try and find as many sites as you can to compare prices and you can always check what people have to say about hotels/resorts on sites like [url]www.holidaytruths.co.uk[/url] .Hope this helps and hope you find something that suits you. :thumbsup:



    Thank you, rep left!
    Great links to go through xx

    Original Poster

    westmorlandlife;3993361

    what about trying the siblu sites on the continent, i believe you can use … what about trying the siblu sites on the continent, i believe you can use tesco vouchers to pay for the accommodation.[url]www.siblu.com/[/url]cheap flights should be available if you book early.



    Thanks i did look at siblu but to be honest im sick of staying in caravans haha

    Do consider booking whatever you chose with a credit card (particularly important if you're booking independently) as in the current climate it gives you some level of financial protection should the company run into dificulties. Remember you don't get this when using a debit card.

    Have you considered Tunisia? The weather and beaches are fab, good food, reasonably short flight and best of all I don't think they use the Euro as yet so you won't suffer as much from the terrible pound/euro exchange rate.

    lrb76;3999526

    Do consider booking whatever you chose with a credit card (particularly … Do consider booking whatever you chose with a credit card (particularly important if you're booking independently) as in the current climate it gives you some level of financial protection should the company run into dificulties. Remember you don't get this when using a debit card.


    AFAIK my visa debit has the protection of a credit card.

    i suggest sunny beach bulgaria, like costa del sol but brought up to date, costa del sol is nice.........if your 70+

    Original Poster

    lrb76;3999526

    Do consider booking whatever you chose with a credit card (particularly … Do consider booking whatever you chose with a credit card (particularly important if you're booking independently) as in the current climate it gives you some level of financial protection should the company run into dificulties. Remember you don't get this when using a debit card. Have you considered Tunisia? The weather and beaches are fab, good food, reasonably short flight and best of all I don't think they use the Euro as yet so you won't suffer as much from the terrible pound/euro exchange rate.



    Yes will use the card thanks. Hadnt thought of Tunisia - these are the ideas i need. Ive been on plenty of holidays abroad as a kid but now its come down to me booking something im totally lost!

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    Cluffy321;4001103

    i suggest sunny beach bulgaria, like costa del sol but brought up to … i suggest sunny beach bulgaria, like costa del sol but brought up to date, costa del sol is nice.........if your 70+



    Really?!? Maybe we wont go there then! It just seemed like an easy option but like i say dont have a clue lol

    i have been loads and i find it very dated, it was the original cheap holiday when flights became more readily available in the 60's/70's and it hasnt been modernised since as far as i can tell, reminds me of any english coastal town ie brighton or blackpool but just in the sun, if what you want is n easy holiday in the sun then i suggest you go for it as it is relaxing but if you want something memorable then i suggest you look further affield

    Original Poster

    Cluffy321;4001338

    i have been loads and i find it very dated, it was the original cheap … i have been loads and i find it very dated, it was the original cheap holiday when flights became more readily available in the 60's/70's and it hasnt been modernised since as far as i can tell, reminds me of any english coastal town ie brighton or blackpool but just in the sun, if what you want is n easy holiday in the sun then i suggest you go for it as it is relaxing but if you want something memorable then i suggest you look further affield



    Thanks for the advice! We are now thinking of going the week before the kids break up to make it a bit cheaper. We may be able to use our tesco deals vouchers with cosmos then.

    newbie1001;3992215

    Majorca Or the Costas are great when you have Kids, just the exchange … Majorca Or the Costas are great when you have Kids, just the exchange rate sucks at the moment. Far away destinations arn't suitable for everyone. I would recomend Salou as a great family destination


    I second that we went to Salou a few years ago and it was good. However we did stay in the Port Aventura hotel so we had access to the theme park all week. It is not cheap to stay there though

    OP, what's your budget?

    How old are your kids and what kind of activites are they into?

    Original Poster

    Kids will be 4 and 7 in the summer. They are quite happy to do anything - beach, swimming, parks etc

    Budget is around £1000 which i thought would be enough but after looking around i dont think it will be

    loobie;4018866

    Kids will be 4 and 7 in the summer. They are quite happy to do anything - … Kids will be 4 and 7 in the summer. They are quite happy to do anything - beach, swimming, parks etcBudget is around £1000 which i thought would be enough but after looking around i dont think it will be



    Nah, you won't get anything (good) for £1000.

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    The JFK;4018879

    Nah, you won't get anything (good) for £1000.



    Didnt think so!

    People go on all the time about being able to go abroad for the same price as a uk holiday these days but i havent found that through my searching!

    Looks like a caravan at haven again Kill me now!

    I would suggest having a look at the first choice holiday villages, we went to Turkey it was fab, all inclusive in september cost us about £700 last year for 2 adults and 1 child. The have it all on site kids clubs, all entertainment.

    First choice have holiday villages all over the place now.

    Hello Loobie, you are going to regret asking for ideas for holidays as everyone has different idea of what is good for them. You could book cheap flights with Ryanair or Easyjet (be careful as the fights are cheap but you then pay taxes and checking in luggage)...and then book an apartment in Costa Blanca or Costa Dorada. Costa Dorada is where Port Aventura is which is great for kids. Or alternatively try
    uk.top20.travelzoo.com/
    uk.travelzoo.com/

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone!

    I dont regret asking (yet) as im getting loads of ideas and some great sites to look at and show hubby.

    What about hiring a cottage in France/Spain/Portugal etc? The Cottages4you type of site? You could look around for some flight deals with the cheaper airlines and research which weeks you could hire for a little cheaper...

    Just an idea!

    holidaytruths.co.uk/

    They will help you with more specific advice and is already a bank of knowledge if you look through the threads.

    I'd +1 Cyprus seeing as I've been there for the last 8 years or so straight and this year will be our first in a Villa which has come out same as a hotel would have done with flights on top.

    getaway-villas.com/ We booked with.

    If you have any questions on Cyprus, just give me a bell :thumbsup:

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    ClarityofMind;4020456

    What about hiring a cottage in France/Spain/Portugal etc? The … What about hiring a cottage in France/Spain/Portugal etc? The Cottages4you type of site? You could look around for some flight deals with the cheaper airlines and research which weeks you could hire for a little cheaper...Just an idea!



    I would quite like to do this but hubby reckons the kids would get bored. Will have to look for something that has some sort of entertainment for the kids.

    Original Poster

    emasu;4020485

    http://www.holidaytruths.co.uk/They will help you with more specific … http://www.holidaytruths.co.uk/They will help you with more specific advice and is already a bank of knowledge if you look through the threads.I'd +1 Cyprus seeing as I've been there for the last 8 years or so straight and this year will be our first in a Villa which has come out same as a hotel would have done with flights on top.http://www.getaway-villas.com/ We booked with.If you have any questions on Cyprus, just give me a bell :thumbsup:



    Thanks, i quite fancy cyprus if we can afford it. Ive been once before and loved it x
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