What’s your perfect holiday?

There are many different holiday types available. A holiday doesn’t necessarily mean laying by the pool, for some people they prefer a more active and adventurous concept for an adventure for example backpacking. You can travel any time of year, with certain destinations providing a better experience at different times. The types of holidays which are very popular include city breaks, family holidays, party holidays, and even specific nights away for just adults. In this blog I am going to cover a few main holiday types and destinations people visit, the best time to and for what purpose.

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18-30’s Lads Holiday:

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If you’re a male and need that all important lads holiday this year, there are plenty of places to visit that cater for this, they provide you with a week or two of non-stop dancing, music, sun, sea and er sometimes sex. If this is the type of holiday that appeals to you, there are a wide variety of destinations to choose from, with a number of travel companies catering just for these particular holidays.

You may or may not of heard of club 18-30s which is also known as ‘young & lively holidays’, this is definitely the type of company many boys think of when booking their lad getaways. You can book online using customer friendly companies and websites such as onthebeach.com, icelolly, loveholidays.com or directly logging onto the club 18-30s website. Each page offers different deals and accommodation in a handful of areas. Ibiza has been at the top of the list when it comes to the best clubbing holidays for years now. It provides the ultimate nightlight destination. If you choose Ibiza you will be met with clubs, beach parties, drinking and hedonism in general. Entry to clubs in Ibiza are not cheap but its money well spent and will no doubt be one of many nights to remember.

Make sure if you choose Ibiza as your lads holiday of 2018, to check out the most popular clubs on the island such as Amnesia, Pacha, Eden and many more. You will find that the party season really kicks of between May and August. Prices vary depending on when you visit, and what type of accommodation and catering option you choose. If you’re planning on going out all night and sleeping all day, self catering is the ideal option, it is slightly cheaper and means you only need to buy food when and wherever you need it. There are enough hotels in and around the main area, you have the option of adult only hotels, beachfront locations and staying in the Ibiza Rocks hotel itself. The Ibiza Rocks hotel is the number one music venue which provides rooms with a stage view, access to the legendary parties, rooftop bars and you will experience the lively atmosphere 24/7. Magaluf is another popular party destination with experienced clubbers knowing what to expect. The atmosphere is a typical fun-loving holiday atmosphere which happens day and night.

Late night mayhem is what Magaluf does best. Stroll along the main neon illuminated strip where you will find 50 different bars and clubs, all which provide cheap happy hours and deafening music. BCM square is a popular place to get the party started, this is where you pre-drink and warm up for the rest of the evening. Other notable party venues not to be missed include Boomerang and Tokio Joe’s. Magaluf has a wide range of accommodation options within easy reach of the main strip. You can choose from club style apartment resorts, boutique hotels and small guest houses. Most have a 2 and 3 star rating with more comfortable and peaceful options available. A popular hotel in the Magaluf area is the 4* BH Mallorca Hotel, it comes with a unique VIP atmosphere with enough to keep you occupied all day, the hotel is actually split into three different sections so no matter what you fancy, there’s always something to do. There is the island beach club, stage area and the water park.

Within the beach club, there are a number of large daybeds dotted around and inside the pool area, meaning you can switch between a quick dip and some sun soaking with ease. Chilled out music is played throughout the day and podium dancers are even scattered around for guests entertainment. On the other side of the hotel is the impressive stage area and restaurant. Music is played throughout the day to ensure the party never stops. It’s the evening that this area really comes to life though, as every Tuesday and Thursday it plays host to some of the world’s biggest DJs and performers. What makes this hotel so unique – the world’s first 18+ water park. There are high adrenaline slides, including a 360 degree loop allowing guests to reach speeds up to 60km/h, these are not for the faint-hearted. There is a wave pool also though, for those guests a little less brave.

After a heavy night of clubbing, there is the temptation to stay in bed for most of the day, but Magaluf is just as vibrant while the sun shines. The main focus is the delightful two mile stretch of white sand which plays hosts to all manner of water sports fun. Away from the coast Magaluf can boast no less than three thrilling aqua parks, bungee jumping, go-karting and quad biking. Again like Ibiza, the seasons start becoming busy around May, with the weather reaching highs of 31 degrees in July and August. Take a look at some of the deals for 2018 on websites such as lastminute.com, TUI, Lads Holiday and onthebeach.

Other destinations to consider when booking a lads holiday is Zante, Malia, Kavos and Ayia Napa.


Weekend/City Breaks:

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City breaks are becoming very popular and are ideal for couples and groups looking for a short break away. There are many different cities to visit and whichever place you choose, there is always a number of things to do and see. By searching online you are able to find the top 10 European city break destinations. The list is as follow:

  • Amsterdam
  • Prague
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Barcelona
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Budapest
  • Dublin
  • Brussels

Coming in on top is Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and brings in millions of tourists every year, it is estimated that there were 5 million visitors in 2017 alone. Many people visit this city for different reasons, it has something for everyone, from canals, architecture to museums and galleries as well as nightlife. Amsterdam has a vibrant and eclectic nightlife, from traditional bars serving beer and snacks, to popular nightclubs such as the Escape, Club Home, and Panama.

Trance music is really big here and attracts world-class DJs such as Armin van Buuren and Tiesto. Cannabis is tolerated in most coffee shops here however, please note it is illegal whilst walking around the city. Another popular area to visit here is the red light district, it is very likely that you have heard about this neighbourhood and to be frank, everything you have heard is probably true. From brothels to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. But contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn’t as dangerous as it used to be.

You can book your trips via websites such as lastminute.com, booking.com and expedia. Prices vary depending on what type of accommodation you choose to go for. There are many hostels in Amsterdam which is ideal for large groups or if you’re looking for somewhere cheaper to stay. Hotels are available also of course, with prices starting at £150 per person. You have the choice to book the accommodation and flights separately, or book both sections together. Flights to the Netherlands are available with EasyJet, British Airways and many more with prices starting as low as £34 each way.

Why not try a short stay in the city of Dublin this year. There are many reason to explore this destination those which include its live music pubs, the Guinness secrets, the free museums, the nature and beaches, a chance to visit Kilmainham Gaol and the nightlife, and we all know the Irish love to have fun. There is definitely something for everyone to do in Dublin. A couple main attractions in Dublin include the Guinness storehouse, the home of the Black Stuff. The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in the world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar.

If you’re looking for some evening entertainment and are there to experience the nightlife, temple bar is a popular tourist spot. it is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes, with crowded pubs hosting live folk music and DJ sets. Flights to Dublin start from £21 when flying from London, you can search all possible flights from different areas online. There are many websites which gives you an easy and clear booking experience such are skyscanner, they allow you to choose the airports both inbound and outbound you wish to travel to, possible hotels and also car hire if this is needed. Booking.com and jet2 also provide excellent rating for city break bookings.


Family Holiday:

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A family holiday can be taken anywhere in the world, depending on the age group, party size and what activities you wish to take part in. If children are present, a popular choice is of course Disneyland, there are total of 6 Disney parks around the world and if you’re lucky enough to visit just one of these parks, I am sure you will not be disappointed. Florida and Paris are the most talked about destinations and are the most visited however, you can find parks in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo also.

Having a Disney park in Paris is very convenient for those living in the UK and surrounding areas in Europe, it allows you to travel by the Eurostar. In the UK, grab the Eurostar at St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet or Ashford and you’ll soon be en route to the Magic Kingdom. There happens to the main train station just outside of the park, which is ideal for those travelling with small children or a large group. This is a very full on packed holiday, with the majority of Disney having multiple parks, villages and shopping areas. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing, millions of UK tourists choose the all-familiar Costas in Spain for their annual holiday, and Costa Dorada is one of the best family spots.

This resort boasts huge stretches of white sand, a lively promenade, and plenty of activities for all ages. There’s the Aquopolis waterpark and the PortAventura theme park, which is home to Europe’s tallest rollercoaster and loads of attractions for little ones. Choosing somewhere like Spain is perfect you have the ability to spend your days on the beach or in the hotel, with the majority of places having a kid friendly atmosphere just metres away from your room. Flights to Spain are very accessible, with many flights flying from the majority of airports in the UK from as little as £40. Travelling times to Spain are a big positive, flight times are anywhere between 1-2 hours which is ideal for small children and allows travelling to be a little more stress free.


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