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    December Holiday Reviews

    • Where: South Africa
    • Who: ALT123
    • When: December

    I travelled to SA in December 2010 & have to say it was the most amazing trip ever. Most people book themselves on a package holiday to South Africa where all the parts of the holiday are guided by a Tour operator but I put mine together myself. I flew into Cape Town and spent 4 days staying at the amazing Table Bay Hotel on the V&A waterfront. This hotel was a great base and whilst there I visited Table Mountain, Robben Island, Seal Island via boat trip, went shark cage diving in gantsbei and chilled out in the wonderful Camps Bay where you can have a posh lunch and stand on the beach staring at Table Mountain and Lions Head......amazing.

    After Cape Town I flew with a local airline Kulula to Johannesburg & picked up a hire car & drove to Sun City which is about 90 minutes drive. I stayed at The Palace hotel which has direct access to the Valley of the Kings where you can enjoy the large pool with wave machine & tube rides aswell as crazy river...great for families. In the Evenings there is a large choice of restaurants, shows & casinos. Whilst staying at Sun City I did a self drive game drive in neighbouring Pilansberg Game Reserve which can be accessed directly from the Palace hotel grounds if youre staying there otherwise via the main roads within 10-15 minute drive. Pilansberg has the big 5..I saw 4 of them..save the leopard for next time! I stayed at Sun City for 3 nights.

    After Sun City I flew to Durban for a 7nt beach break & again hired a car from the airport and drove to Umhlanga Rocks which is on the beach. I rented a private flat (loads available) called Licorna & had a balcony over the beach. I had an amazing Week of constant sunshine and it was the perfect end to my holiday. I love South Africa and am so glad I did it my way. Going back in 2014.

    Published: 11 February 2013

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    • Where: Uttarakhand, India
    • Who: Rob
    • When: December

    We visited Nainital in North India as we were attending a wedding in this pretty hill station. Nainital is simply stunning and not at all what people associate with India. From the hustle and bustle of Delhi take we took an overnight sleeper train from Old Delhi train station to Kathgodam; it was my first time on a sleeper train so we booked the best class available; this was our own cabin with bunk beds (for only £20 each - ok, its not western luxury but it is clean, safe and comfortable), 6 hours later we woke in Kathgodam and hired a taxi to take us on the 1.5 hour climb up the mountains (1000 Rs (£12 for a large car). Do the usual research on hotels, but its worth being within a sensible walk of the lake.

    Naini Lake itself is beautiful and the walk around it very relaxing. Hire a rowing boat if the weather is warm, we went in December and whilst the days can be nice and warm as soon as the sun goes down its freezing. A walk around the tibetan market is a must and great for local bargains (a small amount of haggling is required). Best restaurant is Sakleys for a range of cuisines and excellent desserts. I would highly recommend taking the cable car up the mountain to get amazing views of the snow-capped Himalayas and an aerial view of Naini Lake. If you have time there are multiple other lakes around Nainital so plenty of lovely walks. Also nearby is Jim Corbett National Park which is India's oldest park and the opportunity to see elephants, tigers, leopards, king cobras in a natural setting.

    Nainital has many Indian tourists but is also very welcoming to westerners and well worth a visit to anyone seeking to find a different side of India.

    Published: 12 January 2013

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    • Where: Amman, Jordan
    • Who: Sarah-s
    • When: December

    I visited the capital of Jordan, Amman for 4 days in December - the coolest time of the year. Like London in September but there was bight blue skys and sunshine every day I was there.

    Amman is known as the 'city of 6 hills' - or mountains rather. So your never far away from a beautiful view. The locals are friendly and most speak English very well. I was told that its the safest country in the middle east to visit and did feel safe - even as a young woman.

    The look of the city is odd, but interesting and endearing. Amman looks almost symmetrical, apart from the very small 'new city' (of glass) all the other buildings are all square and made of the same sandy brick. Most of it feels quite old, although there is a lot of new development construction going on. However personally I prefer the old town, it has a historic and cultural feel to it, and gives you a real sense of the city.

    We visited the desert, just an hours drive from the centre of the city. With beautiful views of the mountains running down to the dead sea. It was my favourite part of the trip and I would highly recommend going there, and having a swim in the dead sea.

    Published: 29 December 2012

    • Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Who: Casey2012
    • When: December

    I would describe Buenos Aires as an European city with a Latino feel. You could easily spend weeks in this city as there is so much to do and see.

    The most popular areas to visit are: Palermo, one of the most upmarket with many places to eat, drink and shop or watch the world & rich go by . The parks are popular at the weekend with families and friends playing games or chillaxing.

    La Boca, is known for two things, one is Boca Juniors - the famous football team and stadium plus the colourful neighbourhood with restaurants enticing people in with tango shows. I was lucky enough to watch 2 games there which was the best sporting event of my life and that's an understatement!

    La Recoleta is famously known for its cemetery where Evita is buried. Guides are available at the gates or just walk around yourself, normally I wouldn't be interested in a cemetery but this place is so interesting and cultural.

    Other must sees include: Plaza de Mayo where the mothers whose children are missing march every Thursday at 3pm and 9 de Julio the widest avenue in the world.

    My biggest highlight by far and I only found this on my third visit was Feria de Matadores. Not many people will tell you about this place but I can't recommend it enough. It is a market where the local gauchos (cowboys) dance in the street, live performances entertain the locals and tourists plus you can buy some amazing gifts. Each stall has something different and unique to offer but it only happens on Sundays.

    Eating and drinking in Buenos Aires is a delightful daily experience, don't miss out on traditional empanadas (like little meat pasties) or a steak at the famous La Cabrera (happy hour is from 7pm weekdays but be sure to book). They don't do spicy there but chimichurri is a delicious side sauce.

    What tops it off is the weather, in the summer (Dec- Feb) you can expect 28-30 degrees, so enjoy!

    Published: 30 September 2012

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    • Where: Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
    • Who: Pinksnip
    • When: December

    Have had a few great holidays here in Feurteventura, in both the summer and Christmas periods. I usually stay on Correlojo and found this has the best all round restaurants, bars and beaches. It is said that they rival the Caribbean, and I would agree. You can have a range of hotels from cheep and cheerful to the luxurious. The main road down has an array of restaurants, but the better ones tended to be on the harbour and around the square. Sometimes the square had a bit of entertainment on so that added to the atmosphere.

    The island itself isn't that large so if you hire a car you can easily get around all the other resorts. Jandia is also a very nice place see. My young boys were fascinated by the nudist beach. Why is it always oldies that decide to lay in the buff?? Plenty of goats roaming wild to look out for. And lots of secluded beaches away from anyone to explore.

    Published: 05 September 2012

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    • Where: Nicaragua
    • Who: Casey2012
    • When: December

    In my opinion, the main places to visit are Leon, not only a lovely town but the feel of family in this place is contagious, just walking down the street you will easily come across families and friends having fiestas (parties) in the streets. The best one by far excursions is Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro, not only is it an impressive looking black volcano mountain, but if you are an adrenaline junkie this is most definitely for you. If you have some time the beach close by is worth a visit, great for a bit of tranquillity and to see how the locals like to enjoy life.

    Located close to Leon is the historic city of Granada, you can easily spend a few days just wandering around the city itself but again there are also lots of places to visit around, especially volcanoes. Watching the sunset from the top of the Cathedral is very enjoyable and makes for some great pictures, if you are lucky enough you might stumble upon a wedding which is great to witness. Finding places to eat is easy, choosing one is the hard part but we would always look out for where the locals eat and wouldn't go far wrong apart from not understanding the menu!

    Isla de Ometepe was my next stop and the journeys themselves are some of the best adventures, seeing a goat travel on top of the bus followed by taking a boat to the island which looked like it was falling apart is all part of the experience. The amount of places to visit on the island was very surprising to me, renting a bike to explore is by far the least restrictive and cheaper but there are options of tours for all budgets and time constraints.

    The most well known beach in Nicaragua, mainly for its nightlife is San Juan del Sur. The place is full of bars and restaurants but the downside to this is the prices are quite a bit higher but most definitely worth encountering but not recommended for relaxing.

    Published: 29 August 2012

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    • Where: India
    • Who: Rob
    • When: December

    I went to India in December and landed in Mumbai (Bombay). It was absolutely buzzing and very hot/humid. It truly is a very modern city blended with the charismatic chaos everyone associates with India. Mumbai is now full of luxury brands and great food along with good beaches and exclusive nightlife (Juhu area). I had a tour around the city and felt it was well worth seeing the Gateway of India and Taj Hotel.

    Delhi was cold in December and I found it much more organised and formal than I expected (typical Capital City, a big place with lots of suburbs). Houses of Parliament and India Gate are worth seeing, along with the Ghandi tomb. Its worth paying above $50 per night for accommodation in Delhi or you risk staying is quite shady areas or very cheap/nasty hotels (Cities in India are not as cheap as people think).

    Agra for the Taj Mahal is a must for a first-time visit to India and its amazing. We hired a driver for the day to take us from Delhi (its about a 3 hour drive). Also worth seeing Agra Fort (prison) which is just next door. The side door entrance to Taj Mahal is much quieter than the typical front entrance.

    Goa is India’s holiday paradise. Its very countrified and has some great beaches, food and scenery. If you want rest and relaxation there are loads of places. If you want a mad party atmosphere head to Baga Beach.

    Everything is cheap (if you forget luxury items), you can negotiate a bit (maybe 10-20%) but its not like the far east where you have to haggle to get anything; I found the Indian people very friendly/genuine. Southern India food which is mainly vegetarian is excellent and surprising how a meal without meat can be so good. Getting around is best via Auto (TukTuk) and its the most fun. The low cost airline network in India is very good (better than the UK) and the trains are also good but a bit hectic for your first time!

    Published: 04 August 2012

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    • Where: Havana, Cuba
    • Who: TiLi
    • When: December

    WE went to Havana for the day. The flight from Holguin was 1 hour (with 1hr stop off that you are not told about). We went on an organized tour, which took us round the best places to see. The building architecture was amazing, colonial design and very grand. I was surprised that most of them were falling down but I suppose that only adds to the character of the city.

    First stop was Revolution Square. This is apparently where 1 million people gathered to hear V. Castro’s 8 HOUR SPEECH! What was interesting to me was seeing a space where you can fit 1 million people. Next stop was the National Hotel where the likes of Al Capone stayed while running the Mafia. There was a hall of fame but was VERY disappointing, just random pictures of Celebs. the rest of the hotel was very grand.

    Next stop Capitolio National Museum, which was closed for a refurb for 6 months!! Outside, the locals know that the tours are coming here so you get hassled a bit for money and to buy hats etc but a simple and polite ‘no’ generally does the trick. I didn’t find the Cubans too pushy in that respect compared to the likes of Egypt for example! We went for lunch where Earnest Hemmingway used to drink Daiquiri’s in a place called El Floridita. The food was pretty terrible but to be fair to them, the daiquiri’s were excellent, probably the best I have had. 6 CUC’s each! It was very warm, particularly when you are inside and they don't have air conditioning as most places didn't.

    After lunch the tour split up and had a couple of hours on your own, we went to a cigar shop, looking for a humidor which they didn’t have, but one of their friends came and took us to the correct shop where we bought a nice box, the Humidifier was fake and didn’t work but we knew it wouldn’t as it was very cheap, although the box was the nicest I had seen so I was quite happy anyway.

    Published: 05 July 2012

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