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My head hurts, please help me plan

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1. Posted by Where to go (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Hello travellers

I have joined in the hope someone might be able to point me in the right direction. Pretty please.

I need a holiday!! I mean REALLY need a holiday. I have had a rough year and to top it, have just been made redundant. I have spent the last week trawling around the net looking for ideas of where to go, but just can't seem to find the right place.

I don't want to live someone else’s holiday, but am really useless when it comes to geography and where is best to go to suit our wishes for a wonderful 2 weeks away. Just when I think I have found the perfect hotel, I find out that it is a million miles away from other civilisation and it has to be crossed off the list. Yeah, I am one of these people who has lists for everything and it’s the same for planning a holiday.

I hoped if I told you folks a little about my family and what we like and don't like, maybe someone can suggest the right location for me to look. Fingers crossed and thanks in advance....

Who is going - me, my hubby and 12 year old son.

I hate sitting around a pool all day, love the sun, but get bored very easily. My husband is pretty much the same, but he likes the odd day just relaxing around the pool, but could not do it every day.

I am restricted to when I can go, due to school holidays and my 2 puppies - so it's going to be the first few weeks of the school summer break.

Package spend in the region of 3k ish (not inc excursions and the likes)

We have been to Florida a few times now and loved the none stop activity of it (I plan the whole holiday so we know what we are doing every day lol) Don't fancy Florida again this year tho, although we love activity, we want a mix of busy and relaxation this year.

We went to Egypt last year and it was awesome. We stayed in Sharm but did the bus trip to Cairo for 2 nights - absolutely loved everything about this holiday. Hubby and I adored the Turkish baths, Egyptian, even the parts some people hate, ie the locals trying to drag you in to shops. We really loved the markets, old town, shops, boat trips, buggy rides, etc.

We have also done the likes of the Costa's but after Egypt and Florida they don't hold any attraction.

I am looking for a nice hotel, higher end of the market, but somewhere that still has the 'cheese' and activities available for my son and hubby. Not the kids clubs, he won't go to them but stuff like archery, volley ball etc, where the hubby and son can spend some quality time together while I stick my nose in a good book and mix with other holiday makers.

We want somewhere that is close to a town, to bob out of a walk and stuff to break up a 'relaxing' day around the pool.

We normally do AI holidays, but that is getting a bit old hat, so are possibly looking for B&B, with loads of local restaurants to taste the culture of where we are.

Not bothered about being next to a beach (I personally don't like sand) but we will still spend a day at the beach, but don't mind travelling a little bit to get to it.

James, my son loves the aqua parks – in fact we all do – we need somewhere with lots to do, we even went ice skating in Egypt :D
I would really appreciate anyone input and suggestions to help me plan the right holiday for us – as you know holidays during out of school terms are expensive, so after saving all year, I want to get it as right as possible for all of us.

I truly hope you can help me

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2432 posts) 4y

It would help if you gave some basic info like where do you live and what time of the year are the school holidays.


3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 4y

I'm not quite sure what you want. You seem to want peace and quiet with activities.

School holidays are the most expensive times as you know.

Try lowcostholidays who do flights and accommodation and have a good selection of hotels at different prices.

How about Italy? Presumably you do not want a tour?

Lake Garda is nice and has two water parks, nearby towns to visit, etc:

If you want a busier holiday, you could try Rome which has lots and lots to see, there and nearby.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 4y

Istanbul was amazing, and you could head south from there to their Mediterranean beaches as well. Look at the Turkey Travel Planner - a good site.

5. Posted by Where to go (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Thanks for your help folks

I live in Sunderland (near to Newcastle Airport)
The school holidays stary on 20th July.

I am now looking in to what Turkey has to offer for us

Thanks again