General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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Jimmy326
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4556 posts since 22/9/07

13 Jul 2015 19:39
I think you'll be ok turning up at most places, as it's not even mid-July yet.

I'd book ahead to get the best tables though, or just ask your hotel to do it. Mykonos will be pretty busy now I reckon, even though it's not technically high-season for another week or so.
illmurray
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489 posts since 18/4/12

19 Jul 2015 17:23
Best place to stay in Prague? Looking on Airbnb, just booked flights for 21st to 23rd.
Jimmy326
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4556 posts since 22/9/07

19 Jul 2015 18:00
Budget? Residence Agnes is really good, I stopped there just before Xmas last year. Trip Advisor reviews tell you all you need to know. Paid £100 a night, but I'm guessing you're looking for much cheaper if you're going the AirBnB route?
suck your mum
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2389 posts since 7/4/04

19 Jul 2015 21:00
Going to Marrakech for a long weekend. Any decent (not mega touristy) restaurants or bars to check out?
illmurray
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489 posts since 18/4/12

posted 19 Jul 2015 22:19, edited 19 Jul 2015 22:19
Jimmy326 wrote: Budget? Residence Agnes is really good, I stopped there just before Xmas last year. Trip Advisor reviews tell you all you need to know. Paid £100 a night, but I'm guessing you're looking for much cheaper if you're going the AirBnB route?

To be honest any budget. Was thinking more areas specifically but I don't think you can go too wrong if you are reasonable central? I was looking at this place which works out £100 a night but they've changed it to a 3 night minimum. Wouldn't complain paying less though.
brodie
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6732 posts since 15/10/05

posted 21 Jul 2015 22:36, edited 21 Jul 2015 22:36
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).

Bit late on this but have you checked out? https://www.supercard.io

It links directly to your debit card. No charges and near perfect exchange rate. Great for online overseas purchases.

Ive just used it for the first time. Placed a transaction for 254USD and it has charged me 163.49 GBP. XE.com converts it as 163.25 GBP - so pretty damn close
DY
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9618 posts since 9/6/11

21 Jul 2015 22:47
I use a fairfx card
fudge.dredd
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723 posts since 15/12/12

22 Jul 2015 00:43
suck your mum wrote: Going to Marrakech for a long weekend. Any decent (not mega touristy) restaurants or bars to check out?

Check out Cafe Clock, Terrace des Epices (look up when you're in the middle of the souks and find it, worth the trip) and my favourite bar/restaurant was Le Salama - three floors with a great bar on the top.

Food-wise, there's a few but I would recommend Azar (took the Mrs three times in a week as the place was so good) - http://www.azarmarrakech.co.uk/ and Le Grand Cafe de la Poste - a former post office converted into a great restaurant.

Hope that helps.

Also download an app called Hip Marrakech which details all the great places.

suck your mum
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2389 posts since 7/4/04

22 Jul 2015 06:45
^ Bosh. Thanks fudge. Looks like some killer advice. Much appreciated Cool
swede
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8047 posts since 21/3/09

22 Jul 2015 07:31
brodie wrote:
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).

Bit late on this but have you checked out? https://www.supercard.io

It links directly to your debit card. No charges and near perfect exchange rate. Great for online overseas purchases.

Ive just used it for the first time. Placed a transaction for 254USD and it has charged me 163.49 GBP. XE.com converts it as 163.25 GBP - so pretty damn close

fuck that looks really good. will have to get involved with the second wave
Rirawin
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9235 posts since 17/7/05

22 Jul 2015 07:47
Reading their Twitter feed it's not guaranteed that it'll get another pilot or even a wider release.

In the interim, I highly recommend Nationwide Visa credit card and debit card, commission free foreign usage and the exchange rate is at wholesale (forex) rather than retail. Worth noting their credit card offers 0.5% cash back on all £GBP transactions

Halifax Clarity MasterCard is also good. However, I only use this as a backup credit card.
andymakesglasses
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20207 posts since 26/1/06

22 Jul 2015 08:32
brodie wrote: Bit late on this but have you checked out? https://www.supercard.io

Cheers brodie, that looks good for the future.

DY wrote: I use a fairfx card

I looked at that but was put off by the 1.4% rate. I take it you can't withdraw unused funds from the card when you return and just have to spend it from the card, is that correct?

Rirawin wrote: In the interim, I highly recommend Nationwide Visa credit card and debit card, commission free foreign usage and the exchange rate is at wholesale (forex) rather than retail.

Unfortunately that's only for Nationwide current account holders. I've been thinking of switching to them at some point but haven't got time to do it before I go.

The Halifax Clarity card uses MasterCard's daily exchange rate which, if I've understood it correctly, appears to be pretty competitive, e.g. 2.12 Australian dollars to the pound today when XE.com is showing 2.11.
cb3012
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26 posts since 14/7/14

posted 22 Jul 2015 08:49, edited 22 Jul 2015 08:49
suck your mum wrote: Going to Marrakech for a long weekend. Any decent (not mega touristy) restaurants or bars to check out?


If you're in the Medina everything's touristy really. Best place we found was Le Jardin (32 Route Sidi Abdelaziz) which has a nice courtyard and serves cold beer (not particularly common in the Medina)

An expat showed us the roof bar at Hotel La Renaissance in Gueliz (new part, definitely worth a look). In reality its a rubbish facsimile of something you'd find in Spain but the view is good enough to warrant a go.

La Comptoir Darna is good if you want to drink with dodgy russian property developers too
DuffMan
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14285 posts since 21/2/07

22 Jul 2015 11:05
I thought the nationwide debit card is no longer commission free abroad? Love my nationwide credit card for use on holiday
Rirawin
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9235 posts since 17/7/05

posted 22 Jul 2015 14:36, edited 22 Jul 2015 14:36
Yup, the Mastercard and Visa rates can't be beat as they're at wholesale.

If you have FlexPlus it's free, but alas subject to a monthly fee. Despite that, even with the regular Flexaccount, their fees are so nominal that it still works out cheaper withdrawing and paying their fees than going to Travellex counter etc. to exchange your money, because again it will be at wholesale rate.
adidaskev
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1001 posts since 30/11/11

posted 23 Jul 2015 13:49, edited 23 Jul 2015 13:49
Rirawin wrote: Yup, the Mastercard and Visa rates can't be beat as they're at wholesale.

If you have FlexPlus it's free, but alas subject to a monthly fee. Despite that, even with the regular Flexaccount, their fees are so nominal that it still works out cheaper withdrawing and paying their fees than going to Travellex counter etc. to exchange your money, because again it will be at wholesale rate.

So I'm best to just use my normal Flexaccount and withdraw my money from the ATMs abroad? It looks to me that i'll be charged 2% on the withdrawal amount plus £1.00 charge? Credit card looks to be 2.5% which can add up but I suppose it's better than exchanging there and back and losing a fair bit that way.

Also looking for any Alvarge tips, especially Albufeira, if anyone can help? Restaurants/beaches/best things to do would be good.
brodie
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6732 posts since 15/10/05

25 Jul 2015 11:29
Any one been to Essaouira?
paint.ldn
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709 posts since 20/11/11

26 Jul 2015 12:21
Anyone been able to rent a car abroad when they've had a licence under a year, as a secondary driver? Called up a couple of places but all seem to be sticking to their guns.
FLG
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5860 posts since 21/5/04

27 Jul 2015 09:33
Which thread is it that has the hotel deals and codes on here? Sure there was one for Radisson. Cheers
DuffMan
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14285 posts since 21/2/07

27 Jul 2015 09:58
It's in the jimmy section