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How do you choose yours?

twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire 5-May-2019 10:43 Message #4739568
I have just booked my summer holiday. I'm restricted by having to go in August so the choice came down to two. 1 is half board with quite a few trips included and the option of a couple more. 2 is breakfasts and two dinners and a half day trip. I chose holiday one as I prefer to get out and see the sites than lie round a pool or on the beach. Yes the first one was more expensive but it sounds a lot more interesting.
Gilpin  Female  Middlesex 5-May-2019 15:23 Message #4739578
I choose mine by destination and bucket list. And I tend to save up and go for the long haul. Churchill in Canada for the polar bears, but that's quite pricey so saving up for that.

Beaches in England are great, though I'm not a lie on the beach type. Lots of places in the UK are great, for a short break and historical sites and scenery you can't beat it.
Sea Urchin  Female  Essex 5-May-2019 16:26 Message #4739583
If going on holiday in this country I never book anywhere; I just go. I take a tent and please myself. I do also do house sitting for free accommodation in this country and others, which I only tried a couple of years ago. Have had six weeks in Australia and a couple in Spain and also a couple of weeks in Ireland and lots of housesits all over the UK, so worth doing. If doing long haul I usually just book first nights accommodation and just travel around. Have been to various parts of Australia and NZ when the exchange rate was much better. Always took a small tent with me though and either camped or stayed in backpackers. Recently I have been to various parts of Indonesia, where you can stay in luxury for very little money. I have tried the package thing a couple of times with Mercury Direct, a while back, where it was pay for two weeks and get the third free. However I find I have very little in common with the poeple who stay at these places; the majority just wanting to lounge by the pool and eat. I remember staying at one such and ended up chatting to couple, who had been there ten days. They asked me what the beach was like across the road??? Had not even ventured that far. I was in the sea two minutes after arriving and every morning before breakfast and had walked miles around the coast path and just been exploring so many places and they had not left the hotel. I am frequently last minute on making decisions where to go though. Only booked my last flight to Indonesia just over two weeks before departing. I then do any planning as I go, such as shall I stay here tomorrow, or move on? Then decide where?
Sea Urchin  Female  Essex 5-May-2019 16:31 Message #4739585
P.S. The couple of occasions that I did go with Mercury Direct quite some time ago, I was able to book the 'no single suppliment' option.
twinkle2  Female  Hertfordshire 5-May-2019 18:34 Message #4739597
Sea Urchin,
I remember going to Rhodes with Friendship Travel a few years ago and all the women and most of the men lay round the pool all day apart from one day when they went down to the beach. One man did go into Rhodes town while I booked on all the trips and went out most days then came back and told them all about my day. I understand that people go abroad for the sunshine but they are missing so much else in my opinion.
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 11-May-2019 07:32 Message #4739958
I think a great many people only go on holiday abroad for the sunshine. The British weather is too unpredictable for sun worshippers.
OnlineMSE  Male  Essex 11-May-2019 12:34 Message #4739971
It's not just the weather though, it's the evenings after the shops etc. have closed. Here, most places will be dead whereas abroad it won't, especially Spain where most have been recharges by their afternoon siesta.
It's just so nice after a day busy doing nothing, to just simply go out for a wander or people watch along the seafront or in town on a warm Med (or wherever) evening, where everything will still be open and lively.
I'm not talking 18-30 resorts of just nightclubs/bars etc as that would just be hellish except for those that like that sort of thing.

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