Shocked at How Expensive Holidays Have Become

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  1. nheather

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    I know that the £ is weak but yesterday I started looking for summer holidays. Still early days and I've only checked one online site (Thomson) so far but I was shocked at the prices.

    I had already resigned myself to the UK but I want some guaranteed sun. I've ruled out Europe because I perceive that it will be expensive when I get there.

    So I thought I'd look at Tunisia and Morocco - I've been to Tunisia before some years ago and then you got a lot for your money.

    But I was shocked with what I saw. Admitedly, they are now mostly 'all inclusive' but we're talking £5K - £6K for a family of 4 (3 adults and 1 child).

    Out of interest I looked at Greece (Corfu, Zante) and they wanted nearly £3K for self catering and bundling us into a single bed apartment (which wouldn't be acceptable).

    I appreciate the £ is knackered but I thought the travel companies would be too worried about surviving to pass on the full hit.

    Going to stay with relatives in Oz is looking more and more attractive.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Why not just stay in this country there's loads of brilliant places to go. I sometimes get fed up with the mentality you have to "go abroad" to have a holiday (not a remark at you by the way). Go to cornwall , dorset , even Wales (;))
     
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    Last I checked Turkey was one of the most attractive places price wise without being somewhere that I wouldn't like to go.

    I was looking to go to America this year but I think I might wait another year or two for that one and just save my pennies instead, prices are indeed an absolute joke, luckily there is a lot of places to go here in the UK and there is always something to suit your style of holiday... except if you're a beach lounger that loves sun hours+++
     
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    Just book your flight and accomodation seperatley and you might be able to find a bargain. I have never used package holidays but can imagine they are expensive and generally poor.
     
  5. nheather

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    I agree - I've had holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and Norfolk Broads.

    They are lovely places and any of the holidays would have been ranked as fantastic had it not been raining for most of the time.

    We do have good weather in this country but it is a bit of a lottery.

    In Scotland we stayed in a log cabin by a loch and some big hills\small mountains - it would have been idyllic walking and cycling about - apart from the flipping rain.

    Cheers,

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    FWIW, a lot of the Gites round here (Loire Valley) have held their prices and offering deals to those who ask. High season can be had at about £1200 pw for a 6 person self contained gite with heated swimming pool etc etc.
    (but over the last few years, May/June have been much better weather wise).
     
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    For me it's not so much being a beach lounger, just that I want more of a guarantee (to the extent it is possible) that I am going to have decent weather for the duration of my holiday.

    I want to be walking around, visiting sites, eating outdoors, without having to pack an anorak, wellies and an umbrella just in case...

    Also the fun for me (and many I expect) is going somewhere 'foreign' to experience things that might only be 'once in a lifetime', not to visit places which frankly I could visit everyday.

    I can visit most places in the UK for a day out or a short break. There's not many I would want to visit for 2 weeks....
     
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    That's the nub of the problem here. 2006 was the hottest year on record - great thinks everyone - I'll holiday in the UK

    Then we get 2007 and 08, the two wettest summers on record. I'd love to holiday in the UK but given the choice I think I'd follow the sun.
     
  9. nheather

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    Exactly - the UK in decent weather is a fantastic place.

    I'm not after sun bathing weather - but trouble is that torrential rain or 100% grey wet clouds which reach down to the ground are just as likely as sunshine in a British July\August.

    Cheers,

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    I agree, it's never fun to be soaked through while trying to enjoy yourself on holiday, also love to visit new places, different countries etc, i'd never holiday for 2 weeks in the uk, i'd rather have a few long weekends away, but i've not been on a holiday of any type since I was 16 anyways... i'm well out of practice on that kind of thing now!
     
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    I was looking online last night at a 10/12 day holiday for me and my girlfriend this June. I looked at Tunisia (Usually go to Greece, but want a change!)
    I saw a 11 day all inclusive package at the hotel Riu El Kebir in Hammamet for £675.00 each, with Thomson holidays.

    Hotel is one of the top rated in Tunisia and looks beautiful with what I've seen & read.

    See link.

    Hotel Hammamet, Tunisia Hotel Riu Park El Kebir

    Can't be bad. :smashin:
     
  12. Ian J

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    Last summer we rented a beautiful three bedroomed detached villa with airconditioning and swimming pool just outside Paphos in Cyprus for £1,500 for a fortnight in August. It cost us another £1,000 for three flights and about £300 to hire a car for the fortnight.

    Food has to be added to that and that is as much or as little as you want it to be but it was much cheaper than what you are being quoted and we have our own space and privacy as well.
     
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    I agree, especially when you have young kids.
    Flying involves endless hours sitting in airports, endless queues through security etc.etc.:mad:
    It's a total nightmare with kids.
    For this reason, we decided just to hire a marina-front apartment in Brighton last year.
    Blue skies every day, 30 degree heat and the likes of Legoland/Thorpe Park/Chessington all within easy reach.
    Honestly, we could not have had a better time 'following the herd' to Florida.
    It would have been infinitely more stressful getting there too.
    As it was, we did Aberdeen-Brighton is one very easy drive, under 8 hours.
    DVD players in the car, they were fine.
    Even a simple direct flight to Disneyland Paris involves hours of hanging around horrible, horrible airports.:mad:
     
  14. nheather

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    That sounds more like it - but what time of the year - is that in the peak August time?

    All my Tunisia searches on Thomson were coming out at around £1500 per person.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Sounds fantastic - but if you had gone a week earlier or a week later it would have been grey\overcast\rain 13 deg heat.

    I holidayed in France for two weeks in August last year - I left the UK overcast\rain\13degC and arrived in Calais to much the same.

    We drove 600 miles south to Nimes where the temp was around 30degC. But it was a worrying drive because we had to go 300 miles before the weather started to become decent.

    We returned to UK to the same overcast\rain\13degC and was told that it was pretty much that or worse the whole of the time we were away.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Look in the local paper, there are always folk with villa's to rent out etc. Much cheaper than the agents.
     
  17. nheather

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    Yeah might have a look at building my own.

    But when I've looked at it in the past it's always worked out quite expensive. The problem is I'm restricted to the school holidays and the rental and flights get jacked up.

    Typically, I'd be looking at

    Villa - £1000 to £1500 per week
    Flights - £1200 to £1500

    So for a fortnight in the Med\Canaries I'd be looking at £3,200 to £4,500.

    Cheers,

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    I stayed in this a 4 years back in November when my wife took me away for the week for my 30th.

    The hotel at the time was a bit tired looking and the rooms needed upgrading to modernise then and from what I've read this has happened.

    Also at the time the hotel wasn't part of the Rui chain with who's hotels we've stayed in on previous holiday and they have always been great!

    Looks like a good deal to me
     
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    Unfortunately no.
    This is for the beginning of June.
     
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    It wouldn't have mattered, as weather is of little interest to us.
    We're not beach people, we're not sun worshippers.
    We like things to do.
    Legoland/Thorpe Park/Chessington would have been just as much fun in the rain as they were in the sun.
    In fact, rain might have meant less queues.:smashin:
    Disneyland Paris was pretty miserable weather, we still loved it.

    I must admit, I have little patience for the "I need a holiday" crew (I don't mean you specifically).
    No you don't.
    You need food, a roof over your head and heat.
     
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    I understand what you are saying and you are right, I don't need a holiday but I do want one. The major rationale of this forum is to discuss things that none of us need.

    But I am fortunate enough to have the food, roof, heat etc sorted so I can still enjoy things that I don't need.

    Cheers,

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    Love my holidays abroad but we started to get a bit fed up with the travelling at endless time spent at the airport etc.

    We have tried a few places in the Uk and have loved every minute of it the rain does not bother us you can always find things to do.

    Dont like sitting on a beach anyway get bored very quickly.

    Last place we went for a week was Swanage in Dorset had a lovely time it was carnival week and was one on the best holidays we have ever had. We have actually decided to move there and have just bought a shop in the town so a holiday has given us a big change to our lives we hope to move there in the next 3 weeks.
     
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    Good for you, living the dream.
    All the very best.
     
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    I did that last year and it was far and away the best holiday that I've ever had. If you have free accomodation the cost of the holiday is cut drastically but you really need to stay for three weeks otherwise you will spend most of your time flying and recovering
     
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    I only know two people who've been to Egypt.
    My mother, years ago, and a girl in the office just a few months ago.
    Both absolutely hated it to the extent they would never even entertain going back.
    They both cited the constant hassle from beggars as particularly tiresome.
    No use saying 'avoid the tourist areas', as where else is a first-time visitor going to go??
     
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    having spoke to a lot of people from here they all say how wonderfull is is
     
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    As a student Si you're on a permanent holiday aren't you? ;) :D :devil:
     
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    One of the main problems with package holidays this year is that a lot of the companies significantly reduced the number of holidays on their books because of the economic situation. Combined with the poor exchange rates, this means that especially in peak time package holidays are not cheap this year.

    If I was going abroad for the summer I would definitely be booking flights and hotel separately, there are still good prices with people like easyjet and plenty of hotels to choose from. As it is, we'll be having our main holidays in this country as usual as all my kids want is to be able to get outside, run around/play games, and we are all happy to do this in any weather.

    Only other thing to consider would be taking your kids out of school for a couple of days to avoid the peak times, it's amazing how much difference a couple of days can make. For example, we're taking our kids to Disneyland Paris at Easter, and going on Thursday 2nd April even though school doesn't break up until Friday 3rd.

    - Cost going on Thursday 2nd (5 days/4 nights staying in Hotel New York, park tickets, and 1st class return Eurostar) for us as a family of 4 - £900 :thumbsup:
    - Cost if we had gone on Saturday 4th - over £2,000 :eek:

    The school doesn't particularly like it, but frankly I couldn't care less for that sort of saving.
     
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    Well I did say I only knew two people who've been.
    You'll forgive me for taking their word for it, rather than faceless people off the net.:smashin:
     

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