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    • Where: Devon, England
    • Who: sara
    • When: August

    Mortehoe - North Devon

    I had never heard of this little village before, and we finally had time for a little adventure, so after visiting the fantastic beaches of Woolecombe we turned off down the country lanes to Mortehoe to find a pretty little village with a few lovely shops and some fantastic places to eat.

    There's a seafood shop with freshly caught lobster, it's not often you get the chance to have lobster and chips for lunch! It was really reasonably priced, plus you could also buy seafood platters for bbq's etc.

    There's a little museum which seems to have the main car park for the village, it also had a kids outdoor play area and park.

    It's quite an upmarket village away from the tacky tourist shops of nearby towns, and a great golf course nearby. there were also several camping parks nearby with really stunning views of the azure blue sea, it doesn't even feel like you are in the UK with waters like this!

    However, the beautiful green hills dotted with cottages make for one of the most picturesque English villages.

    Always keep a bit of loose change in your pocket for parking, as with wherever you go in Devon it is a bit of a pain to always have to pay for parking, and you can't pay by phone or card (theres no mobile phone signal here either). The other negative is that you'll be hard pushed to find a cashpoint, so when you do find one grab a little cash as the villages of north Devon have a preference for cash rather than card.

    It was a sunny 22 degrees with a few clouds as is the norm in England, but perfect August weather. Mortehoe is ideal for a lazy summer afternoon exploring. I'll definitely be coming back here on our next North Devon visit.

    Published: 01 August 2015

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    • Where: Koh Samui, Thailand
    • Who: dollyem
    • When: August

    Koh Samui is my favourite place on earth!!

    I visited Chaweng in Koh Samui 3 times over a 3 month period and the only word i can use to describe it is PARADISE!!

    The island of Koh Samui has lots to offer from 5* hotels to guest houses, clear blue seas with white sand, extensive night life, jungle tours, animal encounters and much much more!

    I mainly stayed in the area of chaweng this is best for:

    Its walking street – a whole street dedicated to shopping stalls, you can bargain till the sun comes up and is the best place to get everything from bikinis, sunglasses to traditional thai souvenirs all at really cheap prices.

    Night life – there is plenty of bars, clubs and dining options in Chaweng from your western food burger king and macdonalds to traditional thai and dinning on the beach at sunset.

    I highly recommend Sober Bar on the beach with its bean bags and rusta atmospheres this is the place to grab a good cocktail and watch the sun go down.
    also recommend Bubba's american diner where you can get the best ribs around.

    There’s lots of excursions to be done – from speed boating, jet skiing, snorkelling (its like an underwater aquarium), jungle 4x4’s, koh samui zoo, waterfalls, shooting range, fishermans village (nice in the evenings for a bargain shop and amazing seafood) and much much more see the local tour desk for offers theres plenty around.

    I visited 3 times in July, August and September weather was amazing every time 30-40 degrees clear blue skys.

    Published: 04 December 2012

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    • Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
    • Who: dollyem
    • When: August

    Myself and my friend both 27 visited Chiang Mai for 5 nights from the 9th August 2012.

    Joining the train from Bangkok station around 10pm in the evening the journey was meant to take 13hours but due to it being a public holiday and extremely busy it took us 16hours all in all.

    Chiang mai is in the north of Thailand it was highly recommend to us from people we had met along the way.

    There is something quite rural about chiang mai, its very traditional and has that jungle feel.

    Although we went during what is known as rainy season during the 5 days we were there it only rained once with temperatures being mid 30’s the whole time.

    There is plenty of things to do in chiang mai to name a few of my favourites:

    There is loads of opportunity to join a cooking class where you learn traditional Thai dishes or a course in Thai massage – these start from as little as £5pp i would recommend asking around for the best deal.

    Tiger kingdom - i have done various big cat things around the world - South Africa - wild and America tame, and I must say this is a must do, staff there are helpful, friendly and encourage you to get up close and personal with all the tigers there are various different packages you can do but we did the package for all 4 smallest to large this cost 1480bhat we also paid 600bhat to have professional photos with the smallest and large - this was two CDs with around 110 pics on them would say this is worth it

    The night bazaar – this is on pretty much every evening great place to grab bargain and good street food.

    Finally the elephant nature park – this is for rescued elephants its an amazing place to visit where you can get up close and personal with the elephants, from feeding them to bathing them in the river near by Lek the founder has done some amazing work with these gentle giants .

    Published: 04 December 2012

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    • Where: Gumbet, Turkey
    • Who: honeyxx
    • When: August

    Turkey was my first choice of holiday due to it being well known for the heat and sun. I wanted to escape rainy England and have a relaxing holiday in the sun. The weather was amazing while I was there, even in the evening it was never cold. There was no sign of rain and it was clear blue skies.

    Turkeys currency is in Lira, so it was much cheaper than england and the exchange rate was incredible. In most of the markets we visited you were able to barter with the stalls and get items for a cheaper price. I went to turkey in late august/early september, this was a good time to go as it meant kids were back at school but it was still busy. I spent most of my time there around the pool relaxing or on the beach. However, the beaches in gumbet were not to a incredible standard. They were OK.

    I would say to avoid the markets if you felt under pressure or cannot stand up for yourself as the stall owners are very persuasive and can be intimidating. I would say Gumbet was a safe area however I would also say that it can be a little scary in the night as there isn't many street lights etc. Overall, Turkey was a very enjoyable experience.

    Published: 30 November 2012

    • Where: Kyrenia, Cyprus
    • Who: joannaf
    • When: August

    Me and my family visited Northern Cyprus and stayed in a small harbour town called Kyrenia. Kyrenia is well known for its scenery, historical buildings and being a perfect location for a relaxing holiday. This was what initially attracted my mum and dad to go there. We stayed in a rented villa about a mile from Kyrenia centre which was a perfect location for us. The heat in northern Cyprus was like something I had never experienced before, in fact that was the only down side of the holiday…it was too hot! I found myself either in the pool or inside the villa during the day as it was too hot to sunbathe.

    In regards to day time activities, Kyrenia doesn't have much to offer for the younger generation as most of it is scenery and buildings, one being the Kyrenia Castle which overlooks the harbour. However, as my mum and dad hired a car, we were able to go further out from Kyrenia. This meant we got the chance to visit the water park, go-kart race track and do some shopping. Kyrenia offers a vast range of shopping outlets that provide everything you could possibly need from antiques and souvenirs to fashion wear.

    I definitely wouldn’t recommend Kyrenia for young people looking for a ‘party’ holiday as it is more of a family relaxing destination. I would go back again but maybe not for a couple of years or so as I am still young and feel I would need more things to do during the day and in the evening.

    Published: 28 November 2012

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    • Where: Tenerife, Canary Islands
    • Who: joannaf
    • When: August

    I went to Tenerife 2 years ago with my boyfriend. We went to lively area of Playa de las Americas which is situated on the South coast of the island. We weren’t looking at going for a party holiday but wanted somewhere which was lively and had a few bars and clubs to entertain us at night.

    We stayed in a hotel which was just off the stretch of bars and clubs called the Verónicas strip. At first I was a bit apprehensive about staying so close to all the bars as we both were looking more for a relaxing holiday than a partying one but it turned out to be a perfect location for us. There were a lot of bars and clubs located here but we did notice that they put entertainment on for all age groups. Some of the bars had theme nights which suited families as well as young people out to have a good night.

    During the day there were a lot of activities for all tourists to do. Me and my boyfriend decided to do some of them one day and got a really good deal. We got to do jet skiing, banana boating and power gliding all for 35 Euros each. I really enjoyed the banana boating and jet skiing but weren’t too keen on the power gliding!

    The beaches in Playa de las Americas had beautiful golden sands and clear blue waters which was where we spent most of our time!
    Eating out in the evening was really cheap as well. Most restaurants offered the same sort of deal which was a 3 course meal for 15 Euros. The nicest restaurants were located right on the beach front which made the eating experience in Tenerife memorable as it meant we could sit on the beach front and enjoy a lovely meal.
    I would definitely recommend Tenerife for families as well as young people as Playa de las Americas offers all different day time activities and night life experiences for all age groups.

    Published: 28 November 2012

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    • Where: Cyprus
    • Who: gemma
    • When: August

    *travelled August 2012 - 14 nights - stayed in Limassol for 11 nights and Larnaca for 3 nights.
    *weather wise 35 degrees plus - but bearable as the pool and sea was nice and cooling.
    *expensive holiday - even though I went Half Board I ended up eating out for all my meals, drinks are reasonable priced. I would recommend eating in restaurants where the locals eat.
    *excursions we arranged were easily done - in Limassol you have the Keo factory where they make the beer, the Castle near the port area. In Larnaca you can go shopping in the town centre,
    *The beach is easily accessible from a lot of the hotels in both resorts mentioned. You can hire sunbeds and umbrellas for around 6.00 euros per day in each resort. I would highly recommend the beach in Larnaca as it is exceptionally clean.
    *I would definitely recommend car hire as very easy to get around as most signs are in English. Also try and get a car booked before you fly as it can be quite costly to arrange once you arrive.
    *it is very safe in Cyprus,
    *Thing that I miss is the hospitality of the Cypriot people, who are very friendly.
    *The only thing that I would advise people to avoid when they are in Cyprus are the tourist traps, such as eating in named well known restaurants. Also having a coffee from starbucks or a cafe on the beach can be quite costly as well.

    Published: 24 November 2012

    • Where: Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
    • Who: JenT
    • When: August

    I've stayed in Fuerteventura a number of times, we prefer the midlle of the island Caleta de Fuste as this is easy access to the rest of the island. We always hire a car to explore the many beautiful beaches the island has to offer.
    Please be very careful of the huge waves on some of the surfing beaches it can be very dangerous indeed, I know having first hand experience of my husband and 11 year old getting stuck out in the sea. Luckily they got back in and they are strong swimmers but people do get caught out. The sea is bright blue and the sand in almost white.
    The temperature in Fuerteventura is comfortable even in July and August due the continual breeze and it very rarely rains.
    Broncemar Beach is a 3 star plus hotel which offers excellent rates for the quality of the hotel or the Barcelo 4 star is also good value. Their are quite a few restaurants to choose from, last year I noticed the economy seems to be picking up again....but for how long?
    The water park in Correljo at the top of the island is expensive for what it is but its the only one on the island, this resort also has the best surf shops.

    Published: 22 October 2012

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