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AIBU Re DD bday?

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Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 19:54:33

This is more advice I need - apologies.

DD 17 bday in a week.

Am v proud of her, has two jobs and at college.

She is saving up for a car and is going abroad with a friend in Nov - I have said I will pay to renew her passport.

She has never flown before and is v excited (as has always wanted to fly but have bought 3 up alone and have always camped here or abroad so driven not flown) although I am a bit sad that I won't get your share this with her and she was a bit sad too.

WIBU to fly somewhere (domestic) with her on her bday and take her for lunch or is that silly - and if so where?

We are SW England.

She has no ID either and her passport is out of date.

I flew loads with DS1 when he was little but missed out on this with DS2 as his dad and SM took him to Asia.


BillyNotQuiteNoMates Sun 31-Jul-16 19:57:01

Sounds a lovely idea, but I'm not sure how it would work without ID or a passport, unless you could do a helicopter ride or similar.

HavingAnOffDAy Sun 31-Jul-16 19:57:08

If you can afford it & want to do it then go for it!

Which airports are you near/where in the south west are you?

Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 19:58:03

Southampton is 30 mins away ...

Leeds2 Sun 31-Jul-16 19:58:57

I would do it! Could you come to London? Plenty of lunch opportunities there!

I think though that she will need some sort of ID to get on even an internal flight. Presumably her birth certificate would do? Although that is not photo ID.

CodyKing Sun 31-Jul-16 19:59:50

Isle of Man - Scotland - Liverpool -

Try sky scanner for flight ideas but book direct!! Gives an idea of daily flights

You don't need a passport for internal flights - but you do need ID provisional licence or drivers licence etc - check with the airline

Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:00:37

I was wondering about Glasgow ...

BillyNotQuiteNoMates Sun 31-Jul-16 20:01:36

You do need photo ID even for internal flights, especially with all the heightened security. But if you can swing it, go to Edinburgh. Book now and you should get a great deal on flights.

Kerberos Sun 31-Jul-16 20:02:12

Southampton - Newcastle or Edinburgh with Flybe can be affordable if you book early. Not very exciting but no passport needed.

HermioneJeanGranger Sun 31-Jul-16 20:02:19

You'll need some photo ID before she can fly. Provisional license would be fine if she doesn't have a passport.

There are plenty of places to fly - Manchester (Trafford Center and a show, maybe), London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow? They're all easy to get to and have plenty to do for a couple of days.

Sounds like a lovely idea!

Ifiwasabadger Sun 31-Jul-16 20:02:27


Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:02:55

Yeah this is the issue and she hasn't got her provisional yet ...

Balletgirlmum Sun 31-Jul-16 20:04:42

Ds flew to Jersey without any ID but the adults in the party (teachers) had to have ID. I don't know whether it's 16 or 18 where you have to carry ID

JustTrying15 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:06:25

You can use an out of date passport for UK flight as ID.

Runningbutnotscared Sun 31-Jul-16 20:07:15

You need a passport for internal easyjet flight - you shouldn't but they insist and will refuse you boarding at the gate without it.

Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:07:26

Will her out of date passport be ok confused

Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:07:53

Ah thanks grin

hollyisalovelyname Sun 31-Jul-16 20:08:09

Belfast- go see the Titanic exhibition and have lunch there. But do check whether you need a passport.

Balletgirlmum Sun 31-Jul-16 20:09:19

It's children under 16 for no ID. An out of date passport of up to 2 years is acceptable.

CodyKing Sun 31-Jul-16 20:11:58

These are £15 - just need two pics

Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:12:09

Ohh! Soton to London is only £40pp!!!

DeathStare Sun 31-Jul-16 20:12:36

Could you not get her passport now? Tell her you want to do it well in advance of her trip in case there are any problems.

And then definitely yes - I'd recommend Edinburgh or Manchester

AtSea1979 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:13:22

When is her bday? Why can't you just get her a passport?

Cutecat78 Sun 31-Jul-16 20:14:15

Her bday is in a week - Bmth airport is actually closer doh!

silvermantela Sun 31-Jul-16 20:14:28

Honestly...I think it's a bit silly. I understand your reasoning, but as she becomes an adult there are going to be lots of 'firsts' she experiences alone that you don't get to do with her...that doesn't mean she won't share them with you, or that you will be any less close with her.

Even if you do do this, she is still going to be having her first holiday abroad, and her first holiday with friends...both without you. I don't see why 'first flight' is more significant.

Perhaps this is me, but I see a flight as just another (albeit convenient) form of transport, like a train or car...not as a birthday treat.

Of course I don't know your daughter and you do - perhaps she will think this is a lovely idea. Or...will she think (as I would have at 18) "Flying to go somewhere for just a few hours we could easily get to by train/car is a bit random mum, I'd much rather have gone for a meal out locally and still had a lovely time with you, and had the £100 (or whatever 2 internal flights would cost) to spend." (or towards a present she can keep for a while and always remember her mum got it for her 17th, like a nice bag/piece of jewellery.)

You and your daughter sound lovely though and I'm sure whatever you decide she'll have a lovely 17th.

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