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Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 15-Mar-2019 02:06 Message #4736910
So, who's going where on their holidays this year?
NotHermit  Male  Derbyshire 15-Mar-2019 07:57 Message #4736913
When are you going?
Where do you live?
Can you leave a key under the outside doormat please?
BunnyGirl  Female  Buckinghamshire 15-Mar-2019 08:00 Message #4736914
I have no plans at the moment but would like to go to New York preferable Christmas time.

As for the summer no one wants to go on holidays so not keen on going on my own as i have
done in the past
terry  Male  West Yorkshire 15-Mar-2019 09:05 Message #4736915
Just been, Betwys-Y-Coed for four days...excellent break
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 15-Mar-2019 09:55 Message #4736919
I've not had a holiday for 9 years, living here feels lik a permanent holiday in many ways, theres a part of me that would like to go somewhere different, maybe a city break visit museums and galleries, stuff like that, I could go to Manchester and visit family. Manthing wants to go to Kenya and sit on a beach, I look at the plaes he wants to go and they make my skin crawl, they look so hot and so boring! He wouldn't want to go on a safari which to me would be the point of going somewhere like that, I quite fancy Morocco, markets, food, history and archeology, plenty to do, other wise its paying a load of money to sit about being bored and reading books, I can read at home. Mum can't manage to walk Monty on her own and Manthing won't walk him, so whilst he plans two weeks abroad I'm not sure I could manage a long weekend in Manchester, the Gods alone know what I'd come back too, apart from an unwalked dog, probably find half my stuff had been disapeared in the name of "tidying".
Judance  Female  Berkshire 15-Mar-2019 10:21 Message #4736923
I've already been away twice in February! It wasn't planned that way but one had to be re-arranged.
So .. a week in Venice with Ramblers Holidays (won by a friend in a newspaper competition) and then a week in Madeira including Carnival.

I'm not planning anything else until later in the year when I'm going to visit my daughter and family in Australia. When I go and how long I stay is still up in the air.
JustLyn  Female  Cheshire 15-Mar-2019 10:42 Message #4736925
Hoping I'll be over yet another viral infection this past 4 weeks, I'm having a week-end in Kendal next week. Ended up booking 2 nights away around tickets to see Kathryn Tickell at Brewery Arts Centre.

Then in May, I'm away for a week with a group of people from MSE, my partner included this past 5-6 years. We are staying in a couple of properties in Portree, Isle of Skye. We are not all joined at the hip and do our own thing with some group walks and evening meals.

Then in June, a week-end in Stroud with fewer of the same group and more walking, chatting.

Apart from that, B and I might have a week in France and often venture back to South Wales, nr Haverfordwest, to meet up with a couple of nurses I trained with.

Our e-bikes are just a year old so we'll probably explore some more converted railways tracks and use those as an excuse to book long week-ends here and there.
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 15-Mar-2019 10:55 Message #4736927
Some things sound like a good holiday. I like the sound of waterboarding in Guantanamo Bay, but I've heard it's not so good.

Shouldn't joke of such things, but I can't help it.

I will be going to Blackpool and the surrounding area at some point. I come from round there, and have family there, in Cleveleys. I always love anywhere where there is sea.

I know people take the mick about Blackpool, but it is what it is. I take the mick as well. But some nice areas around there as well.
Judance  Female  Berkshire 15-Mar-2019 15:14 Message #4736946
I lived in Blackpool/Cleveleys for 22 years before moving here when I retired.

I miss the sea, but not the wind!!
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 15-Mar-2019 16:53 Message #4736948
Well blow me down with a wet feather or something. Its a small world, and all that.

Cleveleys is ok, but the wind can be bad. I have lived in a few places in Cleveleys, and Thornton, and family still live in Cleveleys, on Victoria road, near the duck pond, and North Drive.

Went to little school at Manor drive and Beach Road, and also Baines in Poulton for a couple of years. And then Fleetwood Nautical College when I was in the Merch.

Many a happy time around there. And still happy times when I visit.

We might know some of the same people.
barney  Male  Surrey 15-Mar-2019 17:52 Message #4736950
I am probably going to Gloucestershire end of March to see the cousins and also the Severn Bore as its going to be high this year.

Going on a cruise round the Med in July and taking the kids and grandkids this time, I say grandkids but they are 18 and 25, I have booked 4 balcony cabins next to each other and they undo the dividers on the balconies so it makes one long one.

Nothing wrong with Blackpool, I love it there.
Nigel_In_Devon  Male  Devon 15-Mar-2019 18:25 Message #4736951
I would never go to Blackpool again. That soft brown sediment on top of the sand oozing through one's toes! Yuck! Nope! Never again!
OnlineMSE  Male  Essex 15-Mar-2019 18:27 Message #4736952
Getting back to the UK from sunny Spain before the original Brexit day.
As that's likely to be put back 3 months might use the unexpected opportunity to try and get a week's motoring trip down to Picardy in before the regs all change. Then I'll wait 'til the dust settles & schools have all gone back before going off again.
Judance  Female  Berkshire 15-Mar-2019 22:15 Message #4736961
There's nowt wrong with Boulder Clay, Nigel. They take so much sand from St Anne's these days that there's not enough coming up the coast to cover it.

tumble … I lived on/off Ashfield Road and then Warbreck Drive in Bispham. The kids went to Norbreck then Montgomery and I taught at the college then Collegiate then Greenlands before working for the local authority.

Victoria Road by the Duck Pond's a bit posh!

As you say, small world.

Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 01:37 Message #4736964
Would it be a shopping trip, sightseeing trip, or bit of everything in New York? I remember I got the most excited about seeing the Chelsea Hotel there! All those amazing musicians and artists who made it their home from the 60's onwards.
Yes, a lot of people find there's a lack of people (or maybe likeminded people) to go with on holiday. Have you ever thought of joining in a Singles Holiday? They're not for people looking for romance, but seem to offer as much or as little socialising as you choose, in fairly small groups in various lovely places. A friend of mine has been on at least a dozen of them (Friendship Travel; Riviera Singles Travel; and Just You, I think).
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 01:39 Message #4736965
Ah, Terry,
Betwys-Y-Coed, brings back memories!
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 01:47 Message #4736966
Yes, you certainly do live in a beautuful place. I so miss living by the sea: it's the only thing I really want that I don't have where I live. It is difficult to go away anyway, isnt it?, when people and pets rely on you. The main reason I don't have a dog is because I love to go away when I want to, and I couldn't bear to leave a dog in kennels. I often say I will get a dog when I'm more aged, but I can't imagine ever wanting to stop travelling.
You love there somewhere allied to that where you've always wanted to go?
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 01:49 Message #4736967
You're quite a globe-trotter, Judance! I joined friends in Madeira for New Year, but never been to Venice. I'd be interested to hear your 'take' on it.
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 01:54 Message #4736968
Have to say I've been to Blackpool only once!
That was in winter, too. When we were students we decided to hitchhike there from Cardiff one cold windy day (can't remember where that great idea came from!) All I remember is walking along the 'sand' and eating ice-cream in some sad and empty beachside café...never had so much fun before:):):)
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 01:57 Message #4736969
I've always loved being on water, but in smaller boats like catamarans; though have often wondered if I'd enjoy a cruise. They seem a bit crowded and impersonal to me, but what is your opinion?
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 02:02 Message #4736970
How nice that you get together with MSE friends...did you get to know them in the days when 'meets' actually happened?
I go back to Wales at least a couple of times a year - to see friends, but I love going back to the Gower Coast where we lived, and up to Bala Lake where we had our holiday cottage. It's a beautiful part of the world. And, as I said earlier, I do miss being by the sea:(
Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 16-Mar-2019 02:17 Message #4736971
For myself, I'm already excited about my trip to the Greek Islands (again!) in June. I'm meeting up with an Irish friend in Athens, and then we're going to the Island of Hydra. No cars, or any land transport there, not even bicycles, just walking, donkey, or water taxi (perfect!) There will be a Leonard Cohen Fans Reunion (of which I am one), so several days of music, dancing, film etc, and reconnecting with likeminded friends not seen for 2 years. After that I shall go to a couple of other islands, but not sure which ones yet. Ive booked only my outbound flight so far, so I could be out there a long time, haha (I wish!)
At the end of this year I'd also like an autumn or winter holiday- thinking Cuba, maybe...we'll see:)
OnlineMSE  Male  Essex 16-Mar-2019 08:31 Message #4736976
I know it probably goes without saying but it might be worth anyone considering travelling to the EU to check their passport dates.
Regardless of Brexit date, deal or no deal, after it happens you'll need 6 months left until passport expiry to guarantee travel, BUT also the start date must not be more than 10 years ago (you used to be able to apply for a renewal early & the unexpired time was added on the end) as those extra months are not included in the 6 months.
Also anyone intending to hire a car on a UK driving licence, will need an IDP-International Driving Permit (£5.50 from the Post Office).
JustLyn  Female  Cheshire 16-Mar-2019 09:45 Message #4736977

"How nice that you get together with MSE friends...did you get to know them in the days when 'meets' actually happened? "

It was the reason I was recommended to MSE, by a man I met from another site. I just enjoyed meeting people one to one or in a group, which was a challenge for me as I was at one point, told I had social anxiety. It was about touching the sharp points in life, the bits we are afraid of, then it's funny how easy it actually is, what we once thought was difficult or impossible.

Anyway, in answer to your question, there are probably 4 female relatively close MSEers who meet quite often, but not always together. One is from knowing dear Travman who sadly died last October, and the others are from the walking group. Some were so popular that around 30 would turn up from all over the country. Sometimes meets would join up and meet each other like one of Travmans's canal trips coincided with one of the walks.

There was or is a core group who still meet, but they found that when put publically, people were too fickle at not committing to a date so sometimes people got let down at the last minute which could be devastating if someone had booked into a B&B, often on little money, only to find they were the only one left. In our group, people always get paid if a date is set, as the leader of the one in May has stood for several hundred pounds on behalf of us all, so we pay if go or if we don't. The ones that let people down without good reason just don't get invited next time.

So, it seems, around 10-15 of us have stood the test of time. Partners might come and go, but the core group seem to stay put. It might go a couple of years for me as I don't consider myself one of the originals as I tagged on a couple of years after they started meeting which must have been around 2006.

There's little in that group that use the cliche from here "I'll see what I'm doing on the day" where people drop out because something better comes along. Unless a family emergency of course, which is why I think it's still going.
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 16-Mar-2019 10:44 Message #4736980
Theres several places I'd like to go, but can't for various reasons, like them being to hot for someone who melts when it gets to 25.C and has to stay inside, or its to dangerous, theres loads of the Middle East I'd love to see, but its not safe to travel too, especially not for a woman on her own and the idea of going on a group holiday trip would drive me right up the wall. I couldnt be jammed into an aircraft seat for more than about 3 hours either or they'd need a block and tackle to get me out of my seat, a squeezy jet to Istanbul nearly killed me, I could happily go back to Istanbul, but again I'm not sure if it would be a good idea as a lone female.

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