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Whenever I go on Holiday I tend to ring up a few major names about a week before I want to go and ask them to send me somewhere hot with as few chavs as possible and I always seem to get a decent price. At least compared to the online prices.

Does anyone here actually work in the holiday industry? What is the best way to get a decent deal at a good price as long as you’re not desperately fussy where you go, agent, online, last minute (if so how last minute) etc

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Whenever I go on Holiday I tend to ring up a few major names about a week before I want to go and ask them to send me somewhere hot with as few chavs as possible and I always seem to get a decent price. At least compared to the online prices.

Does anyone here actually work in the holiday industry? What is the best way to get a decent deal at a good price as long as you’re not desperately fussy where you go, agent, online, last minute (if so how last minute) etc

very last minute (less than a week before) via teletext seems to work for me.

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very last minute (less than a week before) via teletext seems to work for me.

I'm afraid that teletext is being scrapped at the start of next year. I'm gutted. Best thing on the box by a mile.

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Bit 80's is'nt?

I know, but for some bizarre reason going through teletext (online teletext these days) to presumably the same agents seems to give better prices that going to the agents direct.

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In the Uk have had some great breaks booking in advance with travel lodge in Bath can take a train from Bath into Bristol for the attractions and there are some good National Trust gardens. First great western railway give discounts on the Roman Baths two for the price of one, and half price into Bristol zoo amongst others.

Overseas buy your easyjet return flights and book your accommodation separately via internet pay balance in say euros when you arrive...but do your homework. ;)

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Go camping. Seriously. You have loads of facilities on modern camp sites nowadays. I've been told that Continental sites are even better (and cheaper). Why subsidise ugly hotel developments?

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Expedia is what I use, and Ive tried them all....extensively too.

And it seems to be about timing and luck really.

Once we were flying to Toronto in August about 3 years ago, the price for flights (2 weeks before) were at -

8am - £1200

12pm - £1400

6pm - £600

I have no idea why such a disparity it was the same flights, also expedia have this system where you dont have tickets you just turn up at the airport/hotel with the card you paid with and ID (other companies may do this too) but it saves having to keep safe any extra paperwork.

Edited dinner time is 12 pm init :)

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And it seems to be about timing and luck really.

Yep thought so.

I defiantly want to go abroad. The UK is for weekends.

I want travel to some of the most diverse areas of the world, and see the real people coping with hardship, getting up close. Or at least as up close as you can get rolling past in an air conditioned minibus.

In the last couple years I've seen Thailand (just before the revolts) and Mexico (just before bird flu). So I'm thinking maybe Cuba, no doubt the moment I leave the authorities will admit Castro is dead and revolution will ensue. But it would be nice to see the place before it changes. I'm still kicking myself for not having seen east Berlin before the wall fell, or Moscow under the USSR. I think a quick tour of remaining socialist dictatorships and a bit of sun might be nice.

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Edited dinner time is 12 pm init :)

No that's lunchtime, dinner is eaten in the evening. ;)

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No that's lunchtime, dinner is eaten in the evening. ;)

I think its different in the North. they say dinner for lunch and tea for dinner.

They also never use the word 'the'.

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In the Uk have had some great breaks booking in advance with travel lodge in Bath can take a train from Bath into Bristol for the attractions and there are some good National Trust gardens. First great western railway give discounts on the Roman Baths two for the price of one, and half price into Bristol zoo amongst others.

He said a "decent" holiday. Not staring at Clifton Suspension Bridge in the p!ssing rain.

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Yep thought so.

I defiantly want to go abroad. The UK is for weekends.

I want travel to some of the most diverse areas of the world, and see the real people coping with hardship, getting up close. Or at least as up close as you can get rolling past in an air conditioned minibus.

In the last couple years I've seen Thailand (just before the revolts) and Mexico (just before bird flu). So I'm thinking maybe Cuba, no doubt the moment I leave the authorities will admit Castro is dead and revolution will ensue. But it would be nice to see the place before it changes. I'm still kicking myself for not having seen east Berlin before the wall fell, or Moscow under the USSR. I think a quick tour of remaining socialist dictatorships and a bit of sun might be nice.

Did Cuba earlier this year, a combination of beach resort and Havana.

Highyl recommend it - a truly fascinating country.

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Did Cuba earlier this year, a combination of beach resort and Havana.

Highyl recommend it - a truly fascinating country.

Excellent. If its not poor form to ask such a question how much did you pay and who did you book it with?

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Some of the better holidays we've had, I have constructed myself.

Look in specialist mags, such as Golf Monthly and book up a timeshare, villa, appartment, condo.

Arrange a bucket flight (Making sure the operator is ABTA bonded and you pay by credit card and are thus covered under CCA!).

Best thing about renting direct, is one avoids the venal charges per capita: you know: sleeps 8 (provided four don't mind a couch which collapses at 03.00AM!) and if only two of you, then the greedy $ods hit you with a stonking surcharge!

The only time we came unstuck was in Barbados: I booked the first week in a luxury condo which was superb. Couldn't have the second week, so I rented a house.

The house was owned by an old fool in Surrey who obviously hadn't seen it for years!

When we went to see it just before the rental was to start, mrs P burst into floods of tears and was totally horrified!

What an insanitary tip!

(Both through Rotary as I was then an active member).

If you know any local Rotarians ask to have their county mag when they've done with it.

Just at the start of the Windies tour too, so hotel space was difficult.

In the end we checked into a luxury place the other side of the road to Sandy Lane and right on the beach (Sandy Lane isn't BTW).

Cost me £3,000 for the week!

But after the initial shock it was very much worth it.

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So I'm thinking maybe Cuba, no doubt the moment I leave the authorities will admit Castro is dead and revolution will ensue

I got married in Cuba. It's a top holiday but if you're looking for somewhere where you can see real hardship it's probably not the place to go. Yeah, the buildings in Havana are poorly maintained but the people are fat and happy by the looks of them. Top health service and highest literacy rates in central/south America. However, as weebag says it is a fascinating country.

I stayed in Varadero (Iberostar Tainos) and had two nights in Havana, 4 star all inclusive it cost about £1400 for the two weeks. I think we booked with Thomas Cook.

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if you're looking for somewhere where you can see real hardship it's probably not the place to go.

Not a important. I should rephrase. I prefer to see the country I'm in. Which I why I never do all-inclusive, you end up sat in the hotel all day. I would be much happier in the town eating at a local restaurant.

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Excellent. If its not poor form to ask such a question how much did you pay and who did you book it with?

Well as Im a bit tight, i didnt actually 'pay anything' - it was with Virgin, and we paid with Virgin Vouchers that were given as wedding presents, and I topped that up with Tesco Clubcard 'Deals' vouchers. In money terms, it was about £1,200 each but this was full list price as when paying by vouchers you cant get the same discounts.

We went in April, weather was fantastic. Stayed in Varadero (Blau Varadero) for the beach holiday bit - all inclusive (first time) - was excellent. Havana was fascinating! We also went to another city, which looked REALLY poor.

Virgin were great - and if you DID go with them (and flew from Gatwck) , Id recommend using the V Room, a sort of VIP room for couples / families that gets you away from the crowds, free food, drink (not booze) etc, use of interney, comfy seating, overlooking runway £17.00 each.

Edit: Have a look over on the TripAvisor Cuba forums for some good advice on staying in a Casa (private home)

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north korea is warm this time of the year.

see it before Kim Jong il dies.

air koryo flies to Beijing.

I know I guy who went. Interesting and scary hearing about walking past schools to see 12 year old kids in the 'play'ground doing their bayonet practise.

Should be interesting when the old ******* decides to push the button and send his 5,000,000 strong army south of the boarder.

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I know I guy who went. Interesting and scary hearing about walking past schools to see 12 year old kids in the 'play'ground doing their bayonet practise.

Should be interesting when the old ******* decides to push the button and send his 5,000,000 strong army south of the boarder.

yes its probably better to go during the mass games...

join a kim il sung appreciation society, write an article about the greatness of juche, and they may just give you a free holiday there ;)

another idea would be to find a jewish friend and see if he can get you onto a kibbutz in israel for next to nothing... also an interesting option.

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Off season package hols at the last minute. If you don't mind too much where you go and are flexible on dates, you can't beat an off season med/north African package holiday. OK you don't get sizzling weather but it's always better than the UK, even in midwinter. I've been to southern Spain in January and it's ok for sitting on the beach but not really for swimming. I like holidays at this time because everywhere's quiet and there are no beer-fuelled chavs around.

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