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Forgot to mention, going to Disneyland Paris in a few weeks too. Staying at the Cheyenne for 3 nights and I can’t bloody wait! 

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2 hours ago, Monkee said:

Careful with a lot of the flight prices as 90% don’t include check-in luggage, even a lot of the long haul ones. I was getting great prices for LA until I realised it didn’t include luggage and it bumped up the prices by £150-200 in some cases.

Even worse for me is that some airlines won't let you pre-select a standard seat with their cheapest fares.  It's not even an option to pay for the privilege, the cheapest fare is purely assigned at check-in or up to 24 hours ahead.

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Just booked a tidy week in Rome in the first week off May. Got it for £860 /2 people from Jet2CityBreaks, which is about £100 cheaper than what it was costing to book everything myself separately. I've not been before so has anyone got any tips, do's & donts? Looks like a cracking place with way too much to do and I'd wager there'll be tourists clogging up all the major landmarks. I don't mind all the hustle and bustle though.

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27 minutes ago, Accident Prone said:

Just booked a tidy week in Rome in the first week off May. Got it for £860 /2 people from Jet2CityBreaks, which is about £100 cheaper than what it was costing to book everything myself separately. I've not been before so has anyone got any tips, do's & donts? Looks like a cracking place with way too much to do and I'd wager there'll be tourists clogging up all the major landmarks. I don't mind all the hustle and bustle though.

My top tips:

 - If you want to go to big touristy places like the Colosseum, book in advance and try to go first thing, it's just that tiny bit quieter and cooler. I can't remember where we booked our tickets from (might have been Viator) but you got a free audioguide download with your ticket which is easier than trying to read labels past the crowds.

 - If art's your thing the Vatican is overwhelming. There's so much everything there. It's beautiful. And it's packed. We booked a 'skip-the-line' tour in advance (this was definitely through Viator) which bypassed some of that, but even a three hour tour means you only get a cursory glance at a lot of the stuff. It probably needs a full day to do properly, and we probably should have, but it's SO BUSY you'd probably want to get out of there after a while anyway. If you do the Sistine Chapel, try not to get distracted by the cat and mouse game between the security guards and the tourists desperately trying to sneak photos.

 - The Spanish Steps are also very busy, but just next to them is the Keats-Shelley House, a tiny museum in the apartment where Keats spent his final days. You have to buzz the buzzer to get in, but it's quiet and contemplative and interesting if you're into Romanticism (Byron pops up as well). It's all English-language too. It won't take more than an hour, but it might be my favourite thing to do in Rome (other than, by sheer happenstance, bumping into Charles Giordano from the E Street Band near the Trevi Fountain. I SHOOK THE HAND THAT'S SHAKEN SPRINGSTEEN'S).

 - Find Giolitti for gelato. The best in Italy.

 - Keep an eye on the street sellers. They know the weather before anyone else. If they start switching from selfie sticks or whatever the on-trend thing is right now to umbrellas and ponchos, it's about to start raining. Also it's funny when the police catch them scamming someone somewhere they shouldn't and they leg it faster than anyone you've ever seen before sneaking back ten minutes later.

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12 hours ago, HarmonicGenerator said:

My top tips:

 - If you want to go to big touristy places like the Colosseum, book in advance and try to go first thing, it's just that tiny bit quieter and cooler. I can't remember where we booked our tickets from (might have been Viator) but you got a free audioguide download with your ticket which is easier than trying to read labels past the crowds.

 - If art's your thing the Vatican is overwhelming. There's so much everything there. It's beautiful. And it's packed. We booked a 'skip-the-line' tour in advance (this was definitely through Viator) which bypassed some of that, but even a three hour tour means you only get a cursory glance at a lot of the stuff. It probably needs a full day to do properly, and we probably should have, but it's SO BUSY you'd probably want to get out of there after a while anyway. If you do the Sistine Chapel, try not to get distracted by the cat and mouse game between the security guards and the tourists desperately trying to sneak photos.

 - The Spanish Steps are also very busy, but just next to them is the Keats-Shelley House, a tiny museum in the apartment where Keats spent his final days. You have to buzz the buzzer to get in, but it's quiet and contemplative and interesting if you're into Romanticism (Byron pops up as well). It's all English-language too. It won't take more than an hour, but it might be my favourite thing to do in Rome (other than, by sheer happenstance, bumping into Charles Giordano from the E Street Band near the Trevi Fountain. I SHOOK THE HAND THAT'S SHAKEN SPRINGSTEEN'S).

 - Find Giolitti for gelato. The best in Italy.

 - Keep an eye on the street sellers. They know the weather before anyone else. If they start switching from selfie sticks or whatever the on-trend thing is right now to umbrellas and ponchos, it's about to start raining. Also it's funny when the police catch them scamming someone somewhere they shouldn't and they leg it faster than anyone you've ever seen before sneaking back ten minutes later.

Definitely book in advance for the Colosseum, the lines were huge but we got to skip to a smaller line. They'll be tour guide kind of people buzzing around who need an extra fee. Unless you really want to bounce off someone in conversation the audio guides are fine. I would also consider booking to go to the extra bits of the building, we left it too late and couldn't. I can't remember the names but there's the extra tour where you get to stand right on a new floor in the middle of the Colosseum which looked awesome and I think go down underneath. Then there is the one on top of that where you can go right up to the top gallery, that doesn't look so interesting through but I was sore about not getting to go underneath etc.

If you are going to day trip to Florence or Naples on the fast train then book in advance as it's almost 100 Euros on the day.

Speaking of the Spanish steps at the bottom the little alley to the metro station has a lovelly cheap gelato place better service and a lot cheaper than the one opposite the steps.

We also really enjoyed Castel St Angelo, great city views and an interesting enough building to wonder around.

 

 

 

Off on my annual motorbike trip around Vietnam again tomorrow, looking forward to some mountain driving as always but a little afraid of being screwed over on accommodation as it's the Lunar new year and hotels take your booking then decide to shut or sell the room to an on the spot arrival willing to pay 3 or 4 times the price. Packed a back up hammock just incase I get caught out.

Then off to Bali in March if anyone has any recommendations.

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Well bloody hell, big thanks @HarmonicGenerator and @simonworden! Excellent stuff! I'll definitely be booking all those tours and attractions in advance then. It's probably silly not to visit the Vatican but it does sound like a massive ball ache.

I'm hoping to eat my bodyweight in gelato, pizza and calzone whilst I'm there too.

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@Accident Prone only ever stayed in Naples and been to Rome for the day, but I would advise trying to see Roma play. The Stadio Olimpico is an iconic stadium and with Serie A attendances dwindling, you shouldn’t have a problem getting tickets.

Don’t see Lazio though as fuck them.

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Last holiday abroad was Indiana back in 2015, just had a few short UK breaks since then. 

Off to Amsterdam later this year. Going to see The Levellers, but making a full week's holiday out of it. 

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Heading to Tenerife with my mum in March, to a friend’s wedding in Portugal in May, and then to Las Vegas with the other half and her parents in June.

Supposed to be buying a bloody house this year, too!

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Off to the New Forest in May, near Ringwood for a few days with my wife and our daughter who will be nearly 2 by then. Any tips on things to do in the local area? 

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On 1/19/2020 at 9:17 AM, SuperBacon said:

@Accident Prone only ever stayed in Naples and been to Rome for the day, but I would advise trying to see Roma play. The Stadio Olimpico is an iconic stadium and with Serie A attendances dwindling, you shouldn’t have a problem getting tickets.

Don’t see Lazio though as fuck them.

I think I'll have some trouble convincing the missus to go to a footy game, but it's worth a shot! I'll monitor the situation when we're half cut and browsing ticket re-selling sites.

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