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6thEdition
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5882 posts since 7/3/08

posted 16 Jun 2015 13:07, edited 16 Jun 2015 13:07
Going Barcelona for the off sonar parties and I'm after some party enhancers. There was a guy living in Barcelona a few years ago I can't remember his name?
JuanCarlosEmmanuel
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10 posts since 8/4/15

16 Jun 2015 13:15
Cool
Trent
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1846 posts since 18/1/09

16 Jun 2015 19:07
TonyL4 wrote: Sorry couldn't help more Trent but I couldn't remember too much to be honest.

No problem, thanks you, the comment wasn't directed at those who did offer advice. I'm sure as a regular that you know what I mean.
Trent
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1846 posts since 18/1/09

16 Jun 2015 19:07
6thEdition wrote: Going Barcelona for the off sonar parties and I'm after some party enhancers. There was a guy living in Barcelona a few years ago I can't remember his name?

RIP PaoloG
Tronics
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1598 posts since 21/9/06

19 Jun 2015 09:41
Going Bali next week, got a massive list of stuff to do and check out but welcome any other suggestions! Cool
schtoop
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12970 posts since 9/4/07

20 Jun 2015 09:47
Any tips on what to do in Cannes? Nice and Monaco?
snaye
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10661 posts since 24/10/02

20 Jun 2015 13:48
don't wear pissed stained pre owned ripped jeans
-DiscoTits-
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721 posts since 26/11/07

posted 21 Jun 2015 13:46, edited 21 Jun 2015 13:46
Tronics, Id definitely recommend doing a tour with one of the private guides and drivers. We arranged it through our hotel concierge. They charge an hourly rate (ours was about 19usd per hour) and its just really great to get shown around that way as the service is more personal and you really learn a lot about the sites you visit etc. We did the ubud area,monkey forest,rice paddies,a coffee plantation where you can sample all these different teas and coffee flavours,a traditional bali house and one of the many temples amongst some other random stops on the way during the tour.

Seminyak is much nicer than Kuta. We had a really nice sunset dinner at Moonlite restaurant and bar which i'd recommend.

Go to one of the traditional temples as they are interesting.

I'd also recommend going to a beach called Jimbarran (spelling) which is just filled with bbq fish restaurants and is another really nice place to sit and enjoy the food and atmosphere.

EDIT. Just another tip. Don't get Indonesian Rupiah as they will accept USD in 90% of places you go.
themistake
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10520 posts since 20/2/06

21 Jun 2015 15:00
schtoop wrote: Any tips on what to do in Cannes? Nice and Monaco?

Monaco is the biggest pile of wank ever. dont bother.
-DiscoTits-
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721 posts since 26/11/07

posted 22 Jun 2015 13:10, edited 22 Jun 2015 13:10
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bill
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4905 posts since 5/8/09

24 Jun 2015 13:37
Going to san francisco soon. Haven't been abroad in years, always been scared shitless of planes tbh.

Can't decide who to book with, Virgin and BA do direct flights from heathrow. BA's got an A380 on the outbound, can't find it on the return. No direct flights from Manchester, the connecting flights are 15+ hours as opposed to 10+ hours from heathrow but it will take me 2-3 hours to get to london.

Also, there's a chance I might have to change the date on the return flight, if this is the case, is it best to book direct with the airline as opposed to a 3rd party(i.e., netflghts) as the terms seem to differ depending on who you book with. Obviously if I change the return date, I expect to pay a fee but some sites say you'd have to pay 100%.
macgy
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205 posts since 26/11/11

24 Jun 2015 13:50
I'm in Berlin between 2.-9. of July. Any tips on what is going on?

also, any general tips for Palma, Mallorca? We've had a shitty summer here in Denmark so I just booked 12 days but have never been there before.
diederik
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3190 posts since 16/8/11

posted 24 Jun 2015 16:02, edited 24 Jun 2015 16:02
bill wrote: Also, there's a chance I might have to change the date on the return flight, if this is the case, is it best to book direct with the airline as opposed to a 3rd party(i.e., netflghts) as the terms seem to differ depending on who you book with. Obviously if I change the return date, I expect to pay a fee but some sites say you'd have to pay 100%.

Booking conditions are set with the airline and not the booking site; if you need to rebook, you need to do it via the site you booked your tickets on. So if you book through let's say Expedia, you can't contact BA to rebook. So usually it's much easier to book directly on the airline's website.

Even within Economy the airline will have different booking conditions - the most strict won't allow any change (so basically you need to buy a whole new ticket), for a change fee (usually around 100 quid - plus the price difference between the tickets on the old vs new dates) or fully free (but these tickets are usually very expensive)
andymakesglasses
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20200 posts since 26/1/06

24 Jun 2015 16:40
macgy wrote: also, any general tips for Palma, Mallorca? We've had a shitty summer here in Denmark so I just booked 12 days but have never been there before.

The city walls are really impressive (especially to the south and west of the cathedral), as is the Royal palace and cathedral. Behind the cathedral is the old city which is the most picturesque part, good for wandering. Within that the Banys Àrabs (Arab baths) are pretty cool (literally, on a hot day) and worth seeing.

We were there mid-June a couple of years ago and it was unbearably hot, spent a lot of time walking slowly in shadows (no Jordan). We only spent a day in Palma as we were based up at Playa de Muro near Alcudia. Which is a horrible place. Unless you're a fan of Burger King in which case it's the perfect place for you.

Alcudia itself was alright but possibly not worth visiting from Palma. Artá was nice, very quiet and chilled, picturesque town with a hilltop fort / castle. Likewise Pollença which has a massive set of steps leading up through the town to a church on a hill and another hill nearby with a monastery. Sóller is supposed to be nice but we didn't make it that far.

It'd be worth having a look at what small towns and villages around Palma are considered worth visiting. Also take a boat trip somewhere, the sea is so clear.
andymakesglasses
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20200 posts since 26/1/06

25 Jun 2015 08:52
Anyone have any opinions on foreign currency travel cards?

Travelex seems to have the best exchange rates and free ATM withdrawals but charges £2 a month for inactivity. The Post Office one doesn't seem to have the inactivity charge but charges £1.50 per ATM withdrawal and has a worse exchange rate.

Or is there a better way of spending abroad? Going to be away for 3 weeks and don't want to take a wad of cash (no Loadsamoney).
m15try
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1218 posts since 18/8/09

25 Jun 2015 08:57
How soon are you going Andy? I think the best way is with a credit card - the Halifax Clarity Card.

I used the post office travelcard in the States last year. Exchange rate isn't the best but it's good enough. Only downside was that the app (used to put money on it in advance) isn't great
figurine
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5736 posts since 14/5/07

25 Jun 2015 08:57
andymakesglasses wrote: Anyone have any opinions on foreign currency travel cards?

Travelex seems to have the best exchange rates and free ATM withdrawals but charges £2 a month for inactivity. The Post Office one doesn't seem to have the inactivity charge but charges £1.50 per ATM withdrawal and has a worse exchange rate.

Or is there a better way of spending abroad? Going to be away for 3 weeks and don't want to take a wad of cash (no Loadsamoney).
Halifax credit card seems to be the best option at the minute
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/travel-credit-cards
carl lewis
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23639 posts since 14/10/04

25 Jun 2015 09:03
What country you reaching @ Andy?
diederik
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3190 posts since 16/8/11

25 Jun 2015 09:04
Taking the Porsche to Singapore?
andymakesglasses
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20200 posts since 26/1/06

25 Jun 2015 09:49
Yeah, sticking the Porsche in the jet to fly to Singapore then taking the yacht to Australia. Staying in hostels though so I don't want anyone nicking my cash.

The Halifax card looks like a good option, thanks gents.