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Help! Stuck planning DH 40th birthday trip

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Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 07:39:43

DH is 40 in July, have promised to take him away for 5 days over weekend, but where?? Looking for 1-3 hours travel by plane, from London, somewhere "off the beaten track" not too expensive, a bit unique...any ideas? All the close countries weve been too, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Scotland, Poland are out as we've already travelled. Anybody have any ideas of a cool place I can take him?

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blueistheonlycolourwefeel Mon 23-Jan-17 07:40:32

Morocco is meant to be nice?

starsinyourpies Mon 23-Jan-17 07:41:08

Croatia? Very beautiful. Or Sardinia, some stunning beaches there and amazing food.

PurpleDaisies Mon 23-Jan-17 07:42:07

What about Scandinavia? I've been to Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. It depends on what your definition of "not too expensive" is though.

myrtleberry Mon 23-Jan-17 07:49:56

Jersey or Guernsey

ChuckSnowballs Mon 23-Jan-17 07:50:46

Lisbon is nice.

Kerberos Mon 23-Jan-17 07:52:27

City or beach?

WhatHaveIFound Mon 23-Jan-17 07:55:15

Morocco is great if you fancy warmer weather.

Or how about Iceland? You could see a lot of the major sites in a 5 day trip.

Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 07:55:56

Amazing, thanks for all the suggestions! City and beach ideally, maybe 2 nights in city and head out to beach or countryside, off to google!! smile

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Wibblewobble100 Mon 23-Jan-17 07:57:41

Budapest?, Slovenia, lake bled?

Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 07:58:17

Not too expensive is a budget of about £200 a day including hotel...I'm not keen on cheap and cheerful, but he is, and I've been instructed to not book a 5 star hotel so hopefully that should be enough?!

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PurpleDaisies Mon 23-Jan-17 07:59:15

You probably need to rule out Scandinavia then. smile

Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 08:05:01

Yep, shame as I've always wanted to go.

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lovelyupnorth Mon 23-Jan-17 09:06:33

Why not Scandinavia doesn't have to be expensive. We found it's only booze that was expensive eating out, hotels and travel where similar to Other places I've been. We flew in August to Copenhagen stayed two nights in Copenhagen, had two weeks self catering in Sweden, hired a car and cost us a grand for 4.

We have previous stayed a radisson in Gothenburg for 60.00 a night bed and breakfast.

I found the states to be scarcely expensive especially booze.

Fatrascals Mon 23-Jan-17 09:15:25

Marking place

PurpleDaisies Mon 23-Jan-17 09:21:18

lovely the op said she doesn't want cheap and cheerful. I've just been to Iceland and it was very hard to find hotels for under £100 a night. Lunch (coffee and panini in standard cafe) was usually about £15. Booze horrendously expensive (£10 bottle of beer). £200 a day including hotel for a special getaway would be tricky there. Prices were similar in Norway and Denmark.

I might have misjudged what the op was looking for.

Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 09:23:21

I'd love to go to Morocco but we got hassled almost to death in Egypt (and robbed) and I fear the same for Morocco although I know I could be wrong. Anyone have any experience with Morocco? I'm also thinking Moldova, Bulgaria...although it's so expensive to fly there...Sardinia looks gorgeous!!! I have these romantic notions of boarding Eurostar Thursday night after work and waking up somewhere many choices! Does anyone know I you can reach Portugal by train without it taking eleventy million days?

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lovelyupnorth Mon 23-Jan-17 09:51:46

4 star hotel I would class as cheap and cheerful. But good value. You have to look and can get great value that's not cheap.

Currently in a 5 star hotel in Portugal that has cost me 400 for seven nights. Advertised room rate for our is £2100.

Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 09:58:03

Oh my bloody word! Where are you if you don't mind me asking? Just been drooling over Vila Monte farmhouse, it's got me written all over it, under strict instructions to not book somewhere really expensive as he'd rather spend the money on food,( wine) etc... But surely he wants a nice hotel??wink

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lovelyupnorth Mon 23-Jan-17 10:11:54

Vialmura on the algarve

CommonFramework Mon 23-Jan-17 10:19:23

But where does HE want to go? It's his birthday!! Does he want you to plan it or does he want to be involved at all?

We take the train to the south of France and Spain for our summer hols then hire a villa when we get there.

Check out timetables at

Says it takes 25 hourts to get to Lisbon from London...

Luckybe40 Mon 23-Jan-17 10:28:43

He wants me to surprise him, no imput from him at all...we travelled A LOT in our 20's & 30's and have been to SO many incredible places, I'm feeling the pressure to come up with something amazing! All he wants is to go somewhere new, unique, and relatively cheap. I'm so easy to please as anywhere fancy with great food and wine is good for me but he doesn't really go for the whole 5 star thing, it's more about the place rather than the hotel for him.

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Eatingcheeseontoast Mon 23-Jan-17 10:42:29

I know you said not Spain - but Cadiz, Jerez, Valencia all brilliant for a weekend away.

We loved Berlin recently. Munich also great and you could get the train to the Bavarian Alps to stay.

Lots of people recommend Krakow and there's mountains near there too.

My best weekend away somewhere a bit off the beaten track was Zagreb.

Eatingcheeseontoast Mon 23-Jan-17 10:42:57

Oh and Ljubljana was fab too - and interesting places to get out and visit.

Zumbumba Mon 23-Jan-17 11:11:35

Certainly off the beaten path - I visited Kosovo a few years ago and loved it! The food is great. We went to Pristina the capital and then on to the two cities of Peja and Prizren. Very very cheap and interesting. You could combine with a visit to Montenegro or Lake Orid (sp?) in Macedonia for beach time...

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