Your Questions About Cheap Holidays To Hong Kong

Lisa asks…

which city is best for a relatively cheap holiday.. Hong Kong, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur?

I’m trying to plan a holiday for july. i live in australia, so i’ve already done the tropical island beach scene.. so i want to try something different.

Out of HK, KL and Singapore, which is best for about a week. Attractions, cost and shopping wise.

Thanks! just looking for some input
for a family holiday ( 17 yr old)
i’m thinking maybe divide my time between KL and singapore?/

Yaz answers:

Out of the 3 places you mention, Malaysia is the cheapest.
You will have plenty to see and do in KL. The Petrona twin towers are great – I recommend going to the bridge between the towers for a great view of the city – there is a good mall at the bottom of the towers, and if you like shopping most shops are open til late every night.
In KL you have lots of different neighbourhoods (i.e Indian) with markets and temples, food is cheap and there are lots of great dishes – lots of yummy fruits.
You mentioned shopping – I found in Singapore the clothing is quite small, more made for Asian builds whereas in Malaysia there clothing and sizes are more western.
You can also do day trips from KL to the city of Malaca or get a cheap flight (Air Asia I recommend) to Singapore for a few days or Penang (up north of Malaysia) if you have the time. Singapore is more expensive than Malaysia but still cheaper than Australia.

Richard asks…

Looking for a cheap holiday to Hong Kong?

My work takes me all around the world, but I have to say possibly my favourite place I’ve been is Hong Kong. I’m looking to take my girlfriend there for a holiday for 10 days or so in May 2011. But I’m struggling to find an affordable package. For the flights and a decent hotel I’m struggling to find anything for less than £1500. My nearest airport is Glasgow, but I’m prepared to fly from any UK airport for the right deal. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Yaz answers:

Cathay Pacific/Dragaonair offer special airfare + hotel packages for traveling to Hong Kong and/or S.E.Asia at very reasonable prices but you have to book as early as possible as they sold out very quickly. Simply log onto Cathay Pacific’s website and click CX/Dragonair Holidays. May should be the beginning of peak traveling season to Hong Kong as summer holidays about to begin. For cheaper airfares, it’s Feb/March, right after the Chinese New Year ends. Check www.DiscoverHongKong.com and enjoy!

William asks…

Is Hong Kong cheap like china?

We are planning a shopping holiday in Hong Kong around early february. Is Hong Kong cheap like china? We are planning on buying mainly clothes, soft furnishings, kids toys etc. Also how much would a decent hotel cost like a 2-3star. staying there for 2 weeks. Is it easy to go to china from Hong Kong. Do we need visas, how much are they and can we get them from Hong Kong? How much is it to travel to China from Hong Kong, what transport options are there? Whats the weather like during February? In terms of shopping how does it compare to Singapore, Dubai, Thailand and USA?

Yaz answers:

Welcome to Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient! Its stunning Victoria Harbour and The Peak have just been rated as Asia’s No.1 skyline by a Japanese TV Station. A CNN poll also confirmed that Hong Kong is a must-visit in Asia. The City are full of a wide array of options, both expensive and cheap. In Feb the temp is in the mid teens, day/night temperature difference is not big.

HK has rich culture and history with a perfect blend of the west and the east. Walk up the world’s longest Escalator which begins from Central District and goes all the way up to the Mid-Levels. Along the Escalator you’ll come across the early English settlement near Aberdeen Street, you’ll also pass by Soho, South of Hollywood Rd which gives a very unique bar and restaurant street. Hollywood Rd is also the famous antique street where genuine Chinese antiques are sold.

From Causeway Bay – Central District – Tsimshatsui District – Mongkok District along the MTR (subway) route are where most of the fascinating shoppings, restaurants, vibrant night life and gorgeous harbour view lies.

If you like green, sea and nature, and are not in a rush in going to places visiting one of the outlying islands ie the Silvermine Bay of Lantau Island is quite relax and gives a completely different impression of Hong Kong than the one often see in pictures. Simply catch a ferry from the Central Pier right outside IFC Building. The ferry trip takes about 30 minutes, a very relaxed ride in the midst of a hustling bustling city.

Another beautiful scenic area is Sai Kung District, there’s a Seafood Street where you can handpick life seafood, have the restaurant cook them any way you like and enjoy it in front of the sea. There’re many beautiful mountain trails in Hong Kong, there’s one that goes all the way down to Aberdeen from the Peak. It’ll take more than an hour to walk down. In Aberdeen lies the Chinese boat restaurant “JUMBO” in the middle sea which is awesome for some dim sum delicacies.

HK is renowned as the world’s shopping and dining paradise. You can eat like a billionaires, in the same token there’re many affordable places with unbelievable prices. HK has the cheapest McDonald’s prices on earth. A Cantonese wonton noodle soup is only around HK$15. A popular Chinese fast food chain all over the city, the De Coral Fast Food, with set meals under HK$30.

Buying brand names is popular in HK since the City boasts the only zero sales tax nor import tariffs in Asia, brand names are often 10% – 50% cheaper than anywhere else in the world. Street vendors or flea markets is another interesting shopping paradise, they have all sorts of products selling at knockoff prices, eg the Ladies Street, the evening Temple Street vendors in Kowloon side, Stanley Market in HK side etc. Small street shops in Mongkok and Causeway Bay Districts may give you surprises too. There’re also many street vendors located in inner side streets of Central District, Wan Chai District, near Johnston Road and Causeway Bay District that sell genuine factory exports “left-overs” at around US$5 for a branded T-shirt. Most prices in HK are fixed, you may be able to bargain a few $ though in small shops and street vendors. You will hardly find any fakes or copies in HK as the law enforcement is rather strict.
Everywhere in Hong Kong is well connected by its efficient and timely public transportation system, the MTR, big and mini buses. Cost is from under US$1 – $2 per ride. It’s easiest to travel by MTR which runs pass all the central shopping and business districts, then either connect to a bus or walk to your destination. Separate fares are charged for each ride. Star Ferry that crosses the Victoria Harbour, and the Island Tram that runs from the East (Shaukeiwan District) to the West (Kennedy Town) of the HK Island are only HK$2 per ride which is a must for tourists. If you like exploring on your own, simply follow the map, people on the streets always happy to offer directions. HK is one of the most foreigner-friendly cities on earth, plus lots of fun and excitement, visitors often find the place the most vibrant, exciting city that never sleeps, even when you get bored at 3 AM, you could go and have a drink in the bar or even have a delicious late snack. Convenience Stores are located in almost every corner of the main streets and are opened around the clock. The best of all, HK is extremely easy to get around being supported by affordable and well connected public transportation. Hongkongers are very responsive and efficient in their work that make shopping, dining or doing business a very wonderful experience. You’ll also notice that the people will automatically stand by the side when walking up and down the stairs and escalators, not blocking people behind. Check www.discoverhongkong.com and have a wonderful stay!

Ken asks…

Cheap DVDs in Hong Kong or Beijing? Going to Hong Kong then Beijing for holiday, where should I get my cheap?

DVDs from? Hong Kong or Beijing?

Yaz answers:

If you are looking for copies,then between the two,Beijing.A street vendor outside the Silk Street,eg.will sell it for anything between 5-8 yuan,but if you are looking for a good quality one then you would be paying around 15-20 yuans,the best and largest collection of such DVD’s is in the Friendship Store in Sanlitun.

Linda asks…

Hong Kong Cheap Stuff?

In 2 weeks time I’ll be going to hong kong for a holiday. I know there are districts like the Mong Kok or Ladies’ Street that sells really cheap stuff. But I would like to have a rough idea on the range of prices for like an example a pair of shorts or their bags? Ty(:

Yaz answers:

I was there long ago, like 5 years. I’m not not sure if things are more expensive now. I guess you could buy shorts and bags at around HK$ 50 or cheaper.

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Your Questions About Cheap Flights To Taiwan

Ruth asks…

Hong Kong to Taiwan, Cheap Flights?

Which airlines will give me the cheapest fare for flights between Hong Kong & Taiwan? And are there travel websites you would recommend?
@ Igor.

Cheapflights.com only gives you flight details departing the US. I am looking for flights between Hong Kong and Taipei.

Yaz answers:

China airline, cathay, eva, dragon air? Along with thai are all a few airline that will take u from tpe to hkg. I actually switched yahoo into yahoo- taiwan and if u read mandarin….click on travel and input the two destination and it gave me the above airline; since u didn’t specify time of travel and length of stay, i will leave u to the remain of ur reservation, then. Have u try any travel agency?!? They might give u a better insight or possible deals. Best of luck.

Ken asks…

cheap flights taiwan to europe?

Yaz answers:

One thing to remember is everyone has a different idea on what is “cheap”…..and many of those well-known “major” travel sites are owned by the same company, which means normally not much differences in their prices. And the problem with just checking those sites only, is you might miss out on great deals that may be available on another travel site!
To find “cheap” flights you have to think of these online travel sites like grocery stores or gas stations – they all sell the same thing, the only difference is their price. SO – Why pay more for the same thing the other guys are selling???
I suggest trying this online travel site to see if they any deals available:
www.everydaytravelconnections.com
Hope this helps!

Betty asks…

I need a really cheap flight to Taiwan from San Francisco?

I plan on going to school out in Taiwan for a little bit and it’s putting a pretty nice size dent in my wallet. I was wondering if anyone knew about any really cheap flights that could save me some cash???? Most flights to Taiwan are about $1100

Yaz answers:

It depends on when you plan to fly but I would check out China Airlines, United Airlines or Delta Airlines. Also visit http://www.kayak.com and go to an Asian travel agency and see if they can help you. They can sometimes get really good deals.

Sandra asks…

HELPPPPPPPP FLIGHTS FOR TAIWAN TAIPEI HELPPPPPPPPP?

hi guys some one can help me for find any cheap flight for taiwan from 1 or 2 or 3 august 2010 for taiwan taipen, with many transit too is ok, i don’t care if i have to do many transit and wait.

i have to back same month in the end of august 2010…

please help me for find all kind of flights

JUST I NEED VERY CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP ONE

THANK TO ALL

Yaz answers:

One site may be slightly lower than another but the supply and demand economic rule applies to all financial transactions…..make your purchase on reliability and common sense……what will work for you…….and……..your travel requirements…..always use trusted and ethical travel sites…….yahoo travel…….orbitz……travelocity……expidea or club type membership….AAA or AARP. Take a moment to make sure a cheap ticket is worthwhile and reliable……..I can’t recommend any one site…….its up to you to search and decide what is right for you.

Charles asks…

HELP CHEAP FLIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

hello to all..

please someone can help me to find any cheap flight for TAIWAN-TAIPEI

i can take flight from milano malpenza, in italy!!!
because rome is very for me!!

i have to go there for meet my fiance, but cause money problem, i have to find any low cost tickects go and back for taiwan

I NEED CHEAP TICKECTS.

i want to go there in in end of july and back about -21- 22-or 23- august

PLEASE HELP ME THIS IS LIFE OR DIE QUESTION PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

Yaz answers:

You can try
http://freetravel4ever.blogspot.com

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The best holidays in Thailand for singles over 40s – for those not searching for the stereotypical and ethically questionable sex tourism – should combine the best the country has to offer, while you are in the company of fellow travellers who you can really connect with.

Thailand has great food, fascinating history, beautiful beaches, warm and friendly people, a diverse and wondrous natural environment, and amazing scenery.

 
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It also means savings as well, since you won’t have to pay an extra “singles supplement” like you would have to do with other tour companies and travel agents. Sometimes these “singles supplements” can double the cost of your trip. But going with a specialised company will save you that cost.

 

What To See in Thailand

In Thaliand there are so many “must-sees.” One is seeing the capital, Bangkok, along the Chao Phraya River and its many lively inner canals. Taking a long tail boat trip is a great experience, and you get to see local Thai life up close, with amazing views.

Some of the great things to see in Bangkok include the Grand Palace of the Thai Royal Family, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Vimanmek Museum (a former Palace now used as a museum to commemorate King Rama V, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, with the gigantic (45 foot high and 130 foot long) gold plated Reclining Buddha. (That Temple is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage…. Mmmm….)

The ancient capital of Siam (the former name of Thailand) was Ayuthaya, and this is also a great place to visit. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century, but even the ruins of the great Temples and Palaces are spectacular.

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The tropically forested countryside, with its famous river life, is beautiful and enchanting. Also a definite must for the making your time in Thailand the best holiday you can.

You must not miss the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi Region. The tigers are wild, but can be seen up close and are touchable. It is an amazing experience.

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An elephant trek through the jungle is also something very touristy to do. But if you are going all the way to Thailand, you’ve just got to do it. The Chiang Dao Elephant Camp in the north is the best place to do that.

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There are many tribes and ethnic groups in Thailand which are worth visiting if you get the chance. One of the most striking are from the Padong “long neck” village. That’s something you don’t see every day. Straight out of National Geographic.

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Of course, the night life, beaches, and beautiful islands must be experienced as well.

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All of these must be combined for you to have the best holidays in Thaliand. And experiencing it with other singles over 40s who love life and continue to embrace it with the zeal and gusto that you do just makes everything that much better.

A “land only” package allows people from all around the world to join up and experience Thailand together in a really unique experience. Most people end up making  new friends from around the world, which is itself an amazing bonus to your holiday experience.

Check out the Best Holidays Thailand Singles Over 40s from Best Single Travel, for one of the best experiences all around. They have been doing this for years and are really dedicated to giving singles like you the best vacation possible.

 

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Your Questions About Taipei Package

Robert asks…

What is places in Taipei that visitor shld not miss? where we can find cheap stuff in Taipei?

Planning to go taipei for holiday, but not on package base. so need to do some research before going.

Yaz answers:

世界之最、台灣之最:
(1) Taipei 101: World’s tallest buildiing http://www.tfc101.com.tw/ch/OB/index_ob.asp
(2) Taiwan Museum 故宮:One of Five largest museum in the world http://www.npm.gov.tw/
(3) Miniture Museum 袖珍博物館:Asia’s Larget Miniture Museum. Http://www.mmot.com.tw/
(4) Eslite Book Store in Xin Yi: 誠品信義店:Taiwan’s Largest bookstore, a great hangout place to read~~ http://java.eslitebooks.com/action/branch/B036.jsp
(5) Taipei Zoo 台北市立動物園:~~ http://www.zoo.gov.tw/
(6) Tamshuei wharf go by MRT and see the best sunset.

MRT or Train Station “Taipei Main Station” underground shopping got lots of stuff you can buy. If you know how to bargain you can get some good deals.

Ruth asks…

Package from Taiwan to California?

How long (approximately) does it take for a package sent from Taipei, Taiwan to reach San Diego, California?

Yaz answers:

You better ask the post office or the company you trust to send the package. It’s different from one expedition company with the others.

Maybe less then 1 week.
Or you can pay more if you want to be arrive faster.

James asks…

how to get to Star Beauty Hotel in Shihlin Dist., Taipei from Taoyuan Intl Airport?

i’ve heard the airport taxi is far expensive… pls advise.. it’ll be our first time in Taipei & we’re not on a tour package… we just wanna try to do things on our own…

Yaz answers:

Chiou-nan is right however t would be better if you get off at the Yuanshan MRT stop (Same bus going to TMS) and then the MRT to Jiantan – one stop away.
It is a lot more convenient and less hassle than dragging your luggage through the Taipei Main Station to the MRT.

From Exit 1 of Jiantan Station, walk about 5 minutes to get to Star Beauty Hotel Taipei.

DIY in Taipei is fun. Except for the Longshan Temple,Martyr’s Shrine,National Palace Museum,CKS Mem Hall-most places with shops and malls open after 10.30am

Remember-buy an Easy Card-NTD500/- inclusive of the NTD100- deposit and use that for your MRT and city bus travels. Thee MRT Info booth has plenty of free maps and guides in English showing you how to get about Taipei easily.

Betty asks…

is there any travel offers trip to hehuanshan national forest recreation area taiwan?

I will visit Taiwan in January and February, i want to get into Hehuanshan mountain but because i’m a foreigner i just don’t know how to get into there. I’m planning to go by train or take a trip by tours&travel agent. Is there any travel agent offers a trip to hehuanshan national forest recreation area in taiwan?in Taiwan i will stay in Taipei, so i’m looking for a travel agent in Taipei which has a trip package to hehuanshan.

Yaz answers:

Greetings. I live in Hualien, only 30 minutes from Taroko Gorge Nt’l Park and the hwy that leads up to Hehuanshan. My wife is a local aboriginal and English teacher; she has been to Hehuanshan several times, and she is willing to take on the task of arranging your itinerary. We will need further info related to your request; e.g., number of persons, travel dates, etc. Please contact me via the link on my Y!A profile if you wish to engage our assistance.

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Carol asks…

Places in Taiwan (Taipei) that must not be missed? Any Recommendations?

I juz get married and will b gg for my honeymoon end of next mth crossing over to 2007. Its a 7Ds trip package tour which covers Taipei (shilin market, 101 Taipei etc), Hualien, Kaoshiung etc. I hv 1 day which is at only lesiure in Taipei. I am wondering where can I go during the free time. Is there any other famous places in taipei where i can get cheap electronics, clothings (wholesalers?) as well as theme parks in taipei itself? Hw abt Kaosiung and Hualien too? Cos we will have some leisure time after the tour which ends ard evening time, we would llike to make full use of the nite time we have by probably visiting more night markets n shopping malls. Any local delights/food stuffs to recommend which we can buy and bring back as gifts for frens/relatives?

Yaz answers:

Places not to be missed:

Taipei
1. Guang Hua Shopping Complex (Electronics, VCDs, DVDs, comics and story books.)
2. Wu Fen Pu (for whoslesale clothes, no trying allowed though)
3. Eslite Bookshop Cheng Pin Shu Ju(books! Some outlets are opened 24 hours)
4. Shopping at Mitsukoshi, and Tien Mu District.
5. Visit their 7-11 convenience shops. (Very different and sell lots of nice food)

Food:
1. Iron Egg (Tie Dan)
2. Beef Noodles
3. Street Hawkers for food like smelly beancurd, fried chicken, oysters mee sua etc.
4. Try their nice bottled drink: Rose Tea.

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Your Questions About Hong Kong Vacation Packages

Paul asks…

Whats the cheapest way to find a vacation package to Hong kong?

If I wanted to vacation in Hong Kong for about 4 or 5 days, What would be the cheapest and best way to find the best package? Expedia,Travelocity, or Price line. Any ideas would be helpful.

Yaz answers:

I think www.chinahighlights.com will be a good choice for tour packages.

Thomas asks…

Anybody know of any hong kong vacation or tour packages?

Yaz answers:

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair offer great Hong Kong packages (airfares + hotels). Simply click onto the airlines’ websites or CXholidays.com, enjoy! Check www.discoverhongkong.com and have a wonderful trip!

Charles asks…

I will in Hong Kong for a few extra, where can I find package to go elsewhere?

I will in Hong Kong for a few extra, where can I find package to go elsewhere? websites?
Like short vacation package to Tapei, Japan or Thailand????

Thanks.

Yaz answers:

Silvermist, I work for a company called Gate 1 Travel and we specialize in guided and independent tours of many countries. Our services may be of interest to you. Have a look at our website for more information: http://bit.ly/6udbH2

Ken asks…

Want to travel to Hong Kong?

Hi, my name is Carlos and I’m an American. When I was 7 years old I saw Jean Claude Van Damm in the film Bloodsport. Aside from the action and martial arts there was something else that made an impression on me, Hong Kong. I still remember thinking to myself seeing Van Damm at the peak over looking the city, that one day I would get an opportunity to see it for myself. Well, I feel my time has come, and plan on taking a vacation to Hong Kong soon. But before I get ahead of myself and purchase a vacation package I would like to get a few questions answered first.

1. When is financially the best time of year to travel?

2. Based upon the weather when is it best to travel?

3. Based upon what holidays is it best to travel?

Any help would be greatly appreciated 😎

Carlos

Yaz answers:

1. Two major expenses, airfare and accommodation. For airfare, check Expedia, try to different departure date and airlines to find the cheapest ticket. Delta, United and Cathay offer direct flights
from the midwest to Hong Kong over the North Pole. Hotels are very expensive in HK, even more so than New York city. Avoid Christmas and Chinese New Year, if you are young, you can search for Hostels that provide just beds. These are not very nice places to stay but they are safe and you can save a lot of money.

2. Hong Kong is very hot and wet in summer. The best time of the year is from October to December

3. U.S. Thanksgiving is the best time.

Maria asks…

what’s the best inexpensive hotel in hong kong?

i plan to go to hong kong some time this year..and im trying to find the best vacation package (best = inexpensive and comfortable and enjoyable)

Yaz answers:

Hotel accomodations is included in package tours so you don’t need to worry looking for a Hotel.Travel agencies offer package tour hotels included, But if you wish to know or you got only airline tickets, you can make a reservation on Guandong 4 star Hotel in Central HongKong. Air condition rooms with 2 Beds and Bathroom, 3 nights and 4 days breakfast included for US$ 250.00.

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Your Questions About Best Hong Kong Travel Deals

Mary asks…

What should I do with my life?

OK. I have been teaching in a school district here in California for the past 3.5 years. Being a new teacher, they have moved my grade level and school site every year. I am SICK of it. I feel like I am burning out. I have begun to despise my job and do not look forward to it like I used to. I am worrying about my students 24/7….correcting papers, planning lessons and tests, dealing with school politics, etc. I have been thinking if this is really the path for me. Oh yeah, I am 29. So…I have asked to take a leave of absence to clear my head. I have recently taken an ESL course so that I could teach overseas. I have taught English abroad for a year in China for one year back in 2004…and loved it. I am considering teaching abroad in Hong Kong or Tokyo for two years, then maybe go to a different country to teach. I love travel, and feel that this is best for me. However, if I do this, I will lose my tenure at my current school site. I will not have pension, or all that retirement stuff.
My issue is whether I should go for my passion (travel) and teach abroad, or stick with something stable. Even though I hate it, I will be working for the money. Is that a good reason to work? Ugh. I am 80% sure that I want to travel abroad, but worry about how I will survive when I am like 60 and ready to retire….what would I have to support me then? :S Any suggestions? Thanks~

Yaz answers:

Do something you hate and it will burn you out. How about learning how to invest in long term Mutual Funds there some that have been stable over many years. There should be a way to put a % of money away for retirement. My boy shares your passion for traveling. I decieded to let him travel one summer by himself at sixteen I was nervous . But he took to it had a great time. He now is in his third year at a University on the Dean’s list and figured out how to pay for it. Won money on want to be a millionaire now going broke just got notice to try for Jeopardy college. He dreams then makes it happen. At the moment doing a internship at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. Life is full of risks but the rewards can be much. Find a way to make your dream comes true. As a English teacher and if you have email listed I’ll send you his link to his travel journal Remember at the time he was sixteen I think you will find it interesting

Mandy asks…

Need help with Asia travelling in summer 2010?

Next summer my boyfriend and I plan on travelling to China, Japan, and South Korea.
I am having a hard time figuring out cheap flights.
I will be flying from Newark or any of the NYC airports around June 29 or 30, 2010.

What route should we take to get the lowest airfare for these cities:

Beijing, China
Chengdu, China
Hong Kong
Tokyo, Japan
Seoul, Korea

We will spend about a week in each country.
Time is not an issue really, I just want to get the best deal.
I would also like airline suggestions or anything else helpful for that matter.

Thank you!

Yaz answers:

Air tickets prices fluctate according to season and time of year. As you’re going to 3-4 places in Asia, the slow/peak season may not coincide in all of the places. Each airline will have its special promotion fares according to its own schedule of the year so it’s difficult to say which airline is the cheapest. However Dragonair’s and Cathay Pacific’s services are among the best in Asia.

June is usually a slow season in Asia but end of June may be somewhat in between, so you better book your seats by February the latest in order to get the cheapest fare available.

Hong Kong is a great place to visit, as confirmed by a recent CNN poll. It’s also the only tax free city in Asia. Check www.DiscoverHongKong.com and www.CXHolidays.com Enjoy your trip!

John asks…

What’s the deal with H1N1 (a.k.a. Swine Flu)?

Here’s my take on it:

Isn’t H1N1 basically a strain of flu? You treat it like a normal flu, and it has the same mortality rate as the normal flu some people get every year. So pretty much, for every person that dies from H1N1, there’s another person who will die from the “regular” flu strain.

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Well, I’m leaving for Hong Kong/China in the next two days, and all my relatives have been freaking out. They warn us that we shouldn’t come because it’s DANGEROUS.

The only downside I can see to this is if the disease spreads to helpless third world countries, and/or slums/ghettos/etc, because of the lack of resources.

Other than that, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THE DEAL??! Is it really that bad? Or is it just political hype? Why is everyone making such a big deal out of it?

It honestly just feels like a political scam to brainwash our minds into stopping/halting/slowing immigration and emigration, and vacations, and basic traveling. I don’t see the need to freak out. I get the flu every year, this is just happens to be a weird strain of some-sort.

But I need to know what I should be believing out there.

Thanks guys! (Best answer to the person that solves my problem/question)
I will probably conclude FOR MYSELF after I have taken everyone’s opinion/statements into account.

I don’t waver the life of my family through Yahoo! Answers. I am trying to find a reasonable argument when my relatives start acting really ridiculous towards H1N1, so I can explain to them, with confidence. That the strain is literally JUST THE FLU (but right now I feel as if I am the only one that feels this way, the rest of the U.S. has pretty much ignored it unless someone has died)

Yaz answers:

It’s definitely spreading out here. Australia has the most cases. Here in Thailand things are heating up. We have human to human transmission now in a school and in some discos for sure. Two Taiwanese came here for a vacation and as they arrived back in Taiwan the Taiwanese checked them. They registered in having the flu so Thailand was informed and the Thai government went to a resorts are and people are starting to test positive there. It’s here and spreading quickly enough now. I don’t think you can stop it. You are either going to get it here in asia or back in the states. The fear about this flu has more to due with its ability to mutate faster than other flu strains. There are some expectations that it will mutate in to a more deadly strain which our current treatment will not be ready for. At that point people may die much more often. But it is very possible that won’t happen.

Donald asks…

Is it ok to have a “back up” bridesmaid?

Here’s the deal, my older sister is an english teacher and she travels for her job. She is currently home but her next job will take her to Hong Kong in December. She’s pretty sure she won’t be home for my wedding in May. She was supposed to be my matron of honor but since she’s pretty much skipped out on dress shopping and helping in every other way, I think I’m going to have my best friend be my MOH. I still want my sister in the wedding but she’s almost positive that she won’t be able to come. She wants me to change the date to a month later so she can be there, but the thing is, I had the date picked before she decided to go to China and she knew about it. Is it ok to ask one of my friends to be a back up bridesmaid in case my sister doesn’t show? Or would it be better just to plan on my sister not being there?
I don’t want to change the date. It has significance to my fiancé and me. And she knew about it before hand. This is why I’m angry with her. My MOH will be my best friend but I’m not sure if I should count my sister out of my wedding party or cut the party down in size or what.

Yaz answers:

If you have another friend you would like to ask, just ask her. It may put your bridal party out of balance number-wise, but many people have different numbers of guys and girls. If you end up with one extra bridesmaid, just have one groomsman walk two girls into the reception. If you sister can’t make it, then you’re still even in numbers.

Nancy asks…

Can any profession in graphic design help me revise my personal statement?

After so many years immersed in the field of art, I once again look back and find that the little girl was always sitting in the art room. What does she pursue? What her life is missing? I answered my question today, and this is why I choose to apply this programme. I love art, I really do. Frankly, I think art has become a part of my life, but I still want more, like expanding the depth of my creative thinking and broaden the width of my vision. Therefore, I need a ladder leading me to another gradation and I look forward to this day.

I studied for a Higher Diploma in Visual Communication in Hong Kong, which I achieved in 2006. During this course I gained knowledge and skills in various aspects of graphic design and enjoy every minute of it. I especially like typography, corporate identity, branding and photography. Sometimes I am looking for a simple and original way to execute my work instead of using the computer, the principle of design help me a lot in this category. I would love to create innovative works with my unique styles. I always have great passion in this and I would like to turn it into a successful career.

After I finished the higher diploma, I have worked for a few companies, the first job I got is a small graphic design agency. I create design items for my clients, such as calendar, wine packaging, logos. It is an interesting job because I can create different kinds of design work. But I got a chance to work for a large enterprise soon after, this enterprise is doing a good business, which I think I have more things to learn, and then I changed my job. I was a junior graphic designer in that company and my superior is a creative director, in the early stage, most of the time I was doing simple design layouts such as posters, flyers and some cut and paste artworks, but I learnt the important of teamwork when I work with many colleagues, and my superior taught me a lot. I always had a chance to work in an exhibition or large event afterwards. I used to create billboard in railway station and the exit of the tunnel. My work had a high exposure in that project which I was really proud of it, although in the days of retrospect this is not a big deal because I progress and those training made me mature.

I am an outgoing person. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming. I also enjoy traveling to different countries and taking beautiful photographs, which can enhance my cultural understanding and make me more open-minded as an individual. I have also been to many exhibitions such as Hong Kong Heritage Museum recently. There is an exhibition called ‘Pixar: 25 Years of Animation’. Steve Jobs always inspire me, he is a successful person who got talents and has the knowledge between art and business in my mind. The exhibition has shown the development of each animation and it is amazing. I most appreciate the arrangement on the composition, lighting, coloring and storyline of their animation. Also, I love writing story too, I write my own stories in my spare time. Publishing a book is one of my dreams, from writing, designing to publishing, even marketing, I started to do this for a while and I wish my dream would come true one day, yet I knew that still a long way to go because I still have many things to learn.

Thought my years in school I learnt how to try my best to achieve what I am aiming. I am very much looking forward to this new chapter of my life with the intellectual challenges and the social opportunity that will be open to me. I pursue the depth of learning art, to cultivate how to observe things and how to execute things in a better way. I believe university is the best place to link up different kinds of people and sharing something same – looking for an ideal life and a better environment for independent work. I truly look forward to honing my artistic skills at Middlesex University and facing the future with confidence.

Yaz answers:

A couple of things that I would change. First, begin with a better attention grabber. You may want to start with some kind of story. Something that engages the reader.

I have no idea why you included the sentence that you enjoy swimming.

I don’t have time right now to really edit your statement, but if you email it to me, I will have more time to spend on it.

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Your Questions About Planning A Trip To Greece

Richard asks…

Planning Trip to Greece?

My sister and I are planning a European Trip. We will be in Greece for 3 days and would like to have an itinerary planned for each day of sites to go see and we would like to do this independantly of any “group travel” agency. I think the important thing is that we plan everything in such an order that we can cluster site-seeing by location. Have any of you had any organized itineraries that you would be willing to share?

Yaz answers:

I have seen people travelling through Greece your way.. A shame to spend only 3 days in Greece..
If you insist and you are landing at Athens airport, then spend/walk 1 day in Athens to visit the obvious sites; for the second day, make sure you booked a taxi/cab for a long day trip (expensive) to Delphi, Corinthos, Mycenes & Epidavros.. The trip in all its beauty will kill you.. Make sure your day ends up in Nafplio or Tolon, so early morning you can pick a ferry-combination that will bring you over the Islands of Hydra and Aegina to Pireaus (Athens port).
Then hury back to your plane.. And take a long rest in the absolut knowledge that you have past by some of the most valuable world heritage sites, without seeing them…
Sorry not to be able to give you a more positive approach; Greece is worthed more then 3 days..
See some of my pictures and enjoy your brief visit ..
Http://community.webshots.com/user/glljansen

Charles asks…

Need help planning trip to GREECE!?

Hi all, my husband and I are planning a trip to Greece (Athens) for the first week in Nov. Can anyone help me by letting me know about great (but not too expensive) hotels that are near the sites, so that we could walk to most of the places instead of wasting money on taxis. Also, we plan on going for about 5-6 days, so any advice on how to spend our days (what to see on Day 1, for example) would be very helpful! Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Look on www.tripadvisors.com for Athens Hotels. They will have travelers’ ratings of various hotels. There are a lot of small, reasonably priced hotels in or near The Plaka district. We spent 6 days in Athens in June ’08 and loved every minute of it. We stayed at the Divani Palace Acropolis, it was kind of expensive but a GREAT breakfast was included. There were so many great sidewalk cafes within a short walk that we didn’t go hungry. Athens has an on/off tourist bus that hits all the main sites, good deal. Do a web search for Greek Tourism and you will learn a lot about Athens. There are numerous day trips you can take from Athens. We went to Delphi and Souinon. GO you will love it.

Jenny asks…

How early do I start planning a trip to Greece?

I’m going to Greece in 2008 and need to know when and how to start planning.

Yaz answers:

U already planing

Betty asks…

I am planning a trip to Greece. How much money would I need for a 12 day’s stay?

Lets hear it weather being conservative or spending lavishly. What would be the ballpark dollaramount for the average tourist stuff/hotels/museums/gas/rental bikes/ferry’s to islands etc.

Yaz answers:

The U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the heightened threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. Citizens and interests abroad. Like other countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement for free cross-border movement, Greece’s open borders with its European neighbors allow the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country with anonymity. As the first entry point into Schengen from points south and east, Greece’s long coastline and many islands also heighten the possibility that foreign-based terrorists might try to exploit Greece’s borders. Domestic terrorist organizations such as Revolutionary Struggle and “Sect of Revolutionaries” have become increasingly active against both domestic and foreign targets in Greece. Recent attacks and attempted attacks have included the use of Molotov cocktails (gasoline bombs), small arms and rifle fire, and improvised explosive devices, the largest being a 50-kilo car bomb which failed to detonate before the police arrived. The Greek police forces, other Greek governmental agencies, private American and Greek businesses, and the United States Embassy have been attacked in the last three years. Recent actions indicate that the perpetrators are indiscriminate. The risk of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” in the event of a terrorist action is a concern for residents and visitors. U.S. Tourists or residents in Greece should remain vigilant, exercise caution, and monitor local developments. Some current terrorist organizations are aligned with the ideology of the older Marxist terrorist group November 17 (N17) which targeted Greek businessmen and officials, as well as officials from NATO countries in Greece, from the mid-1970s until the early part of this decade. N17 terrorists murdered 23 people, including five U.S. Government employees. Strikes and demonstrations are a regular occurrence. Greece is a stable democracy and these activities for the most part are orderly and lawful. However, a wave of incidents started when a teenager was shot and killed in an encounter with the police in December 2008. Incidents occurred throughout Greece, but the primary sources of violence were in Athens and Thessaloniki, Protestors there engaged in violent confrontations with the police and carried out destructive vandalism and rioting in localized areas, some of which are areas frequented by tourists, injuring numerous police officers. Riot control procedures often include the use of tear gas. Visitors should keep abreast of news about demonstrations from local news sources and hotel security. When there are demonstrations, visitors should be aware of and avoid places where demonstrators frequently congregate, such as the Polytechnic University area, Exarchia, Omonia, and Syntagma Squares in Athens, and Aristotle Square in Thessaloniki. The Omonia and Exharchia areas of Athens are at particular risk for crime and politically-motivated violence; U.S. Embassy personnel and their families have been urged strongly to avoid these areas between 9 pm and dawn.

Mark asks…

What steps should I take in planning a trip to Greece?

Should I book through an agency? Which airline is best? Where to go? Where to eat? Anything that you would definitely recommend? Any ideas are welcomed!

Yaz answers:

Yes, all of the islands are so different. I went to Crete on my honeymoon and it was fantastic. I used to live in Greece and still visit frequently. I like to make most of my plans myself, since some things like schedules with ferrys are subject to change.

Mykanos is a party place, Rhodes is gorgeous and great for shopping, Crete is beautiful.

I recommend flying into Athens, and then staying on night to catch up on sleep, or flying directly to your destination, that day.

Spending a couple (2-3) days in Athens, is highly recommended. You can do this at the begining or end of your trip since that is usually where you are flying in and out of. Taxis are reasonable and the best things to see are the obvious: The parthenon, museums, Olympic stadium. I took bus tours once I arrived, that were arranged throught the hotel, most hotels, will be able to arrange this. If not the airport has several travel agencies that will be happy to help you plan most of your last minute flights, and tour arrangements.

I recommend flying Olympic for inter Greece travel, you can go to thier web site to book ahead.

I would also get some free travel guides on the web sites. I got maps from a local book store or the island(s) I planned to visit.

I hear Santorini and Hios, are also great places to visit with a lot of culure.

Expedia.com was very helpful with the hotels, because you can usually see what the hotel rooms will look like. But if you are trying for low budget, then you might want to be more flexible and look for lodging when you get to the island. If you ask around there are usually homes that rent out separate rooms, and it can be quite an adventure.

WARNING: If you make a trip plan with a local(greek) tour guide, ask for your itenerary to be printed in military time(greeks call this german time system). My freinds and I planned a ferry ride to another island the next day, the girl at the tour center told us it was at 3 in the afternoon. We showed up at the port with all of our luggage, and missed the boat, because it was actually 3 in the morning it left. Be very careful about this. Not everyone is as bad at this, but just to be safe learn military time. Which the germans use, all the time. Ask if it is a trip for 0300 or 1500.

Greece is a beautiful place renting a car or a motor bike is a great suggestion.

It may be a good idea to talk to a greek tour guide in America to get some idea of where you want to go. They can ask you questions like if you like being where the clubs and party is at or if you want to be on a more secluded island, with less tourist. I don’t recommend, the secluded(empty) islands, usually that means there is less to see or do there. Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Ahtens, have a lot to see and do, to peak your interest and show you the culture, shopping, etc.

Mykanos is know for being a party place, maybe too much party if you are older, unless you go on off season. If you are gay this is supposidly the place to visit though.

Good luck with your trip check my sites below. And look through some tour books at the library or your local book store. !! I wish I was going !!

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Your Questions About Greece Holiday Packages

Joseph asks…

Gettin Some Sun- Where do i go on holiday?

i want to go away with my friend after my GCSE’s but we dont no were to go (no one will be 18 on the holidays with us) . we will be 16 and only a couple of places will let us go fly seeing as we arnt 18. do you no a air line-or whole holiday package where we would be able to fly at 16. could you also recommend holiday places, It has to be really cheap but not trampy. we was looking at spain and greece in falarki-somewhere with good clubs and lively?

Yaz answers:

Boracay island in the Philippines
http://www.boracay.com/

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/index.asp

James asks…

Help! holiday plans with friends and i don’t want to go?

Sorry its a bit of an essay but im really stuck as to what to do!

Myself and a group of five friends are planning a holiday next summer after our A level exams and one of my friends has insisted that we go to the resort ‘Faliraki’ in Rhodes which is notorious for its high rape reputation. We will all be 18 next year and they have booked us to go via a club 18-30 package holiday and having seen tv programmes on this know that the club reps encourage all night drinking and partying and I really don’t enjoy this type of thing. By all means I enjoy the occasional tipple and getting merry/tipsy is my maximum but my friends deliberately like to get ‘wasted’ and I can just tell that when we go, I will be the one having to look after them and whenever we do go out which is quite often, they often end up arguing and storming off and if this happens in Greece the consequences could be quite serious and I don’t want to feel responsible for anyone. I also don;t want to be sat by a pool nursing a hang over all day and there is a beach nearby with really good watersports facilities which would be good and there are markets and a castle nearby which I think,. seeing as we are going all the way over to Greece, we may as well go and see.

Another 2 friends have agreed to come, one who is on medication so cannot drink alcohol so I will have company but she is susceptable to having fits which could be risky. This will make the numbers up to 7 which I guess is a bit safer but my mum would prefer us to go in mixed company.

We have another group of realy good friends who are also planning on going away next summer to Kavos which is a bit safer but my friend who insists we go to Faliraki’s boyfriend is going and she doesnt want to go with him incase they break up which is quite understandable. There are girls in that group who are really sensible and don’t drink that much and I would feel safer with them but I think they have already made arrangements and my group of friends may be offended if I went with them instead. I suggested we went as one big group and a few agreed to this but it didn’t go ahead.

Another problem is that I’ll be away for my mums 50th birthday and my family were planning to travel across America for 3weeks-a month or so. We haven’t booked anything yet but mum said she wanted to go in early July which just so happens to be when I’m going away with my friends. She said after going with my friends I probably wouldnt want to come on holiday with my family again as it wouldnt be as fun but I’d love to go to America with them and would prefer to go to America rather than Faliraki. If we weren’t going to such an infamous place and were going to somehwere such as Barcelona or Kavos with my friends I wouldnt mind so much its just the stories I;ve heard about Faliraki which are the problem. Do I go, get a tan, meet some people and provided it all goes to plan and everyone enjoy themselves go on a partying holiday with my friends or do i go on a culture month long trip with my family and risk coming back to England with my friends boasting about how good it was? How do I tell them I don’t really want to go? I have to put in a £130 deposit in on friday! HELP!?!

thankyou very much!

Yaz answers:

Say that you are really sick you have bad poop and cant stop vomiting that you think you ate something bad and you will be visiting your doctor

Charles asks…

Drunken Brits face holiday crackdown, Isn’t it about time??

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/itn/20080807/twl-drunken-brits-face-holiday-crackdown-41f21e0.html

I am soooo pleased to read this – please let them follow through on their bid to clean up these once beautiful villages that have been destroyed for the sake of money!

These package holidays are being sold off at the cheapest possible prices in UK – encouraging the younger generations of lager louts to get to Greece and do what they do best but much more – the bars etc should be held resposible for drunken behaviour but the travel companies should be the ones who are held mostly responsible for these ‘young people’. Fines will soon stop the behaviour as well as a night in prison! Go home and do that kind of behaviour in your own backyard !
Do you think we are going to see a change or will the type of loutish, drunken behaviour still carry on for the sake of money???
more proof – something has to be done!
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_1_08/08/2008_99353

Yaz answers:

Unfortunately, young Brits act like idiots wherever they go when put within ten feet of alcohol and these measures if enforced should help the situation…if they’re enforced that is. If these measures have a negative effect on tourism there will be an outcry from tour operators and bar owners alike. The measures will start to become a little more lax and back to business as usual.

They don’t behave like this in their own backyard as they will be treated like they deserve and face punitive measures from authorities.

Lisa asks…

can you help me find where I am going on holiday? I have been given clues?

so my dad is taking my brother and I on a last minute package holiday next week. being my dad he rather likes mysteries, so he won’t tell me where we are going, but I have clues (in the order they were given):
1) I’ve had some guesses so it is definitely not Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Libya.
2) It is nowhere near Morocco.
3) it is 5 and a half hours flight from London.
4) it is 500m away from the beach and the same distance away from the town.
5) It is not in the EU.

please help! i’m so curious!!
oh that was another detail. he said that dubai is 7 hours flight away

Yaz answers:

This is an interesting question and I hope you will let us know the destination. It’s not Tunisia, as the flight time from Gatwick is 3 hours, and I believe you may be flying from there, as it’s a package holiday & you mention a flight from London in your question.
My guess is that you may be going to Sal or Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands. These islands are situated off the coast of North West Africa and the flight time is about 5hrs 40 minutes.
Flights to Boa Vista leave on Thursdays and to Sal on Mondays, with Thomson Airways, if that helps in the process of elimination.
Wherever you do go, have a great time.

Sandy asks…

Being a minor and flying without parents?

I’m leaving the UK to go to Greece tomorrow morning for an end of year holiday. Most of us are 17 in the group and i just found out that some of us have given Thomas Cook (package holiday with them) a permission letter from their parents saying they can leave the country… I haven’t, does this mean i could be forced to stay here? I was going to take a letter from my mum to the airport but would that be sufficient or would Thomas Cook have to have a copy?
Getting rahter worried… Thanks for any answers :)

Yaz answers:

Thomas Cook Airlines no longer permits the carriage of unaccompanied minors. Therefore any child under age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years old or over

there you go
enjoy your holiday :)

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Your Questions About What Are The Best Islands To Visit In Greece

Daniel asks…

What and where to go in Athens?

My father has bought me roundtrip ticket to any destination that I want to go for 10-12 days next month and I picked Greece. I will be going with a girlfriend of mine and we are two females in our mid 20s. Having no information or knowledge of the country, can I get some advice on what to do? Where to go? Best Islands around the vicinity of Athens? Food to eat? Places to visit? Where to stay? Should we backpack or stay in one area?

The only few things I know about Greece are Gyros and the Ancient monuments to visit. Other than that, I love to travel and learn about different cities but I dont want to do the typical tourism stuff. My friend and I really want to go out there and explore the city.

PLease if anyone can help with details. Thank you in advance!! =)
so 3-4 days in Athens is good? And the rest of the time check out the Islands? Is Crete any good? How come ive heard ppl say dont swim…is there something wrong with the water?

Yaz answers:

In Athens downtown:
I agree that Athens is for 3-4 days tops. Do not stay in a hotel near Omonoia square, choose one near Syntagma square instead. Visit the Acropolis and the area surrounding the Acropolis (Monastiraki, Plaka, Thiseio). Walk Ermou street for “window shopping”, ending up at Syntagma square. From Syntagma square it’s nice to visit Zappeio (the national gardens). Also, you can visit the Lecabettus hill and have a nice view of Athens (you can either walk or take the teleferique).
Below Lecabettus hill, near Syntagma square, there is also an area called Kolonaki, most lawyers and doctors stay there, there are many expensive shops and small cafes (Skoufa str, Tsakalof str, Patriarhou Ioakim str).

To go by the sea (not recommended for a swim):
1) You can take the tram from Syntagma square and go to stop “Batis” (ΜΠΑΤΗΣ). Turn right at the beach road (Posidonos str) and walk all the way by the sea, and visit “Marina Flisvou”, a small harbour.
2) You could go by tram to Glyfada, it’s a bit further and actually most cafes and restaurants are not by the sea. Nice shops though!
3) Take the tram or the ISAP train to FALIRO. Ask there how to get to “Mikrolimano” (on the map should be Akti Koumoundourou), nice small harbour with cafes and restaurants by the sea (i could also recommend a nice restaurant there!)

Excursion:
Two girls in their mid 20s: MYCONOS island!!! It’s 4 hours by boat (the cheapest, you could go in 2 hours if you can afford it). Lovely island, always full with people, great night-life, nice beaches… My favourite beach is ELIA, quiet, sandy, very clean… But beware that Myconos is a bit expensive island, so take a look at the menu before you order.

Food:
Endless list! Most known: gyros/souvlaki/pitta, tomato salad with feta cheese, spinach pie, lamb-chops, fasolada (beans in tomato sauce), gemista (tomatoes/peppers stuffed with rice), mousaka, pastitsio (pasta with minced meat and bechamel white sauce), fried vegetables, tzatziki (yogurt with garlic and cucumber), all kinds of fish, kalamari, octopus with lemon/vinegar… For sweets baclava, yogurt with honey, pasteli (sesame in honey)…

Have fun whatever you do!!!

Betty asks…

Athens, suggestions for a weeks holiday?

I and my family will be in Greece from 26/03/07 – 01/04/07 and we are trying to decide on what to do whilst there. All of us are adults and one is a 60 year lady (if that makes any difference..).

I thought that it may be a good idea to stay in Athens for a few nights and then move around a bit & try for a little bit of island hopping. Others thought it best to base ourselves in Athens the whole week and try to move around only during the day, doing day trips to accessible islands and visits to places of interest.

I appreciate that since we will be there a bit out of season the ferrys wont be as regular as during the summer months.

I welcome all suggestions.

Yaz answers:

Being based in Athens should be fine. I went in March, 2005, and there were plenty of day trips available elsewhere within the country. I would definitely recommend going to DELPHI if you go anywhere outside of Athens. It is truly amazing and very beautiful. There are ferries that take you to the islands for day trips and I would recommend that as well. The water is so blue and beautiful. Another daytrip possiblity would be Olympia. It was fascinating to see the site of the original Olympic games.

James asks…

Joke: What if Disney made their own versions of these classic stories?

Disney’s Storytelling…

The original author is unknown, but this is pretty darn funny and scary in its truth…Disney massacres everything!

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri:

The poet Dante (the voice of Bruce Willis) is led by his friend Virgil (the voice of Anthony Quinn) on a magical trip underground to the land of “Heck.” Among the delightful creatures they visit are the lovebirds Paolo and Francesca (the voices of Andrew Dice Clay and Rosie O’Donnell), the Crying Trees (the band Nirvana), and the Five Singing Little Devils (the Jacksons).

Moby Dick by Herman Melville:

Crusty seafarer Captain Ahab (the voice of Dom Deluise) and his lovely mermaid friend Fishtail (speaking voice of Brett Butler, singing voice of Alanis Morrissette) take Ahab’s young nephew Ishmael (Matthew Broderick) on a delightful romp at sea in search of the legendary great white whale Moby Dick (voice of Robin Williams). Though songs of the whale’s evil temper and destructiveness are sung by many of the friendly natives on the islands visited by the jolly crew, Moby turns out to be a lonely, but lovable, giant. Ishmael learns an important lesson: Things aren’t always as they appear!

Animal Farm by George Orwell:

Pigs, chickens, horses–all the familiar barnyard crowd–are the heroes of this charming celebration of teamwork and diversity. The poor animals, having suffered for years on a failing farm under tyranny of the cruel farmer Jones (Robert Goulet), are suddenly liberated when Jones trips and falls down a well. Though things are chaotic at first, the kindly young pigs Snowball (Michael J. Fox) and Napoleon (Eddie Murphy) help the animals all work together to turn the farm into a model of efficiency and happiness. After the animals nurse Jones back to health, he changes his evil ways and promises to treat all things as his equal.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare:

With his father dead and his evil uncle Claudius (Sylvester Stallone) now ruling over the once-happy people of Denmark, all seems lost for poor prince Hamlet (Johnny Depp). But Hamlet’s father (Leslie Nielson) is only pretending to be dead until he can safely help place his young son on the throne and his evil brother in jail. Featuring an underwater ballet with the beautiful Ophelia (Bette Midler) and the loony antics of a wise-guy skull named Yorick (Rodney Dangerfield), Hamlet’s best friend.

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre:

Old friends Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Minnie Mouse are surprised to find themselves sharing a room in a beautiful resort hotel. Their every need is catered to by a mysterious butler (Jim Carrey). Opening in conjunction with Walt Disney World’s new attraction, Being-and-Nothingness Land.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka:

Young Gregor Samsa (Arnold Schwarzenegger), overwhelmed by the demands of his job as a clerk, wishes each night that he was a creature without responsibility. He is amazed one morning when he awakes to find himself changed into a beautiful beetle, which delights his family and terrifies his cruel boss (Jerry Seinfeld), who is horribly afraid of insects. Jiminy Cricket guides young Gregor to a happy community of insects that nest below the dull city of Prague.

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles:

Thanks to the advice of a wise old owl (Sally Kellerman), a young boy (Neil Patrick Harris) avoids many traps set by the evil fates (Candice Bergen, Cybill Shepard, and Mary Tyler Moore) to help save Greece from disaster. The boy, who was stolen from his family at birth, is finally reunited with his loving mother (Barbara Streisand) and father (Bill Cosby).

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett:

Vladimir and Estragon (the delightful Chip ‘n’ Dale) wait for Godot (Rush Limbaugh), who arrives with limitless presents and makes all their dreams come true.
Red Shirt: No I found them online lol.
No because in Hamlet, Ophelia drowns herself.
No drowning in The Lion King.

Yaz answers:

Great now i want to see

Disney’s Hamlet

thanks a lot.

Helen asks…

Going to Greece for the first time and spending a week in rhodes need info & suggestions?

Going to Greece for the first time and spending a week in rhodes.. A few questions:

1) Best to hire a car/motor bike/quad bike? How much will it cost for 5 days?

2) Blue Horizon Hotel, Ialysus Hotel – anyone knows what it’s like?

3) What kind of food can we expect (greek salad, moussaka??) or some other stuff as well?

4) Are there any shops/ restaurants to visit in Ialyssos? Suggestions..

5) Is it worth taking a ferry to a nearby island. If so, which one?

Really appreciate answers to any of the questions.

We’re going for a relaxing, chilled break.. eating, swimming,bumming on the beach..

Thanks

Yaz answers:

The answers depend on what you enjoy doing but

1) It is best not to hire bike/quad bikes unless qualified and insured, a car is much better and will cost in the region of £80

2) check the hotel out at – holidays uncovered.com

3) expect very good international and local Greek food

4) Not been to lalyssos but in general all resorts have shops, Rhodes town has plenty to see and do, as does Lindos

5) A day trip to Turkey is worth while (if only to experience being harassed outside every shop)

If you hire a car i would suggest visiting more of the Island, Lindos, Pefkos resort and village, Rhode’s at night, wine tasting etc. You will have a great time whatever you do, great place to relax and enjoy good food.
Good luck

Sandra asks…

Need help with my Greece mainland itinerary?

I will have 16 days in mainland Greece. I will be driving with an infant, husband and another baby under 2 years old. We will be going in the beginning of September and renting a car. We will start in Athens and end in Athens. We do not want to take ferries or planes to islands, since, with two babies it can be quite long and tiresome. The one island I am considering is Lefkada, since no plane or ferry is required, to my knowledge. Also, I was thinking of visiting KSamil, Albania, it seems they have nice beaches, is it worth it and is it safe? Can someone help me build a nice itinerary for 16 days. Original and off the beaten path places are welcomed, natural hot springs, and also not-to-miss places. If beaches are suggested, make sure they are close quality to those in Lefkada, since I am used to the Caribbeans, I wouldn’t go to beaches in Europe and miss other attractions unless they would be pretty comparable, nice white plush sand and clean beaches. We would like to spend some days chilling. Also, we wouldn’t like to drive everyday, and no more than 3 hours a day, with a few exceptions. Please indicate the route you’d spend 16 days on, what there is to do in the places you suggest, how much time I should spend there, if it’s pricey and also if you suggest any hotels in that area, is parking easy, etc. As for Athens, where is the best place to stay if you have a car? I’d like a newer hotel since in cities as hot and old as Athens, central hotels tend to be too seedy for my liking.

Thank you!

Yaz answers:

In previous answers there were some useful information in what you asked.

Beaches in Greece are in abundance but not many of them are Carribean style. They are Greek style.

A very picturesque tour is the peripheral coastal tour of Peloponnese. Athens , Corinth, Loutra Elenis, Epidavros,follow the coast to Portoheli. From close by Kosta you can leave the car at a parking place and catch the boat to Spetses. 10 min ride. Or Hydra a longer one.
Follow the route to Nafplion and close by Tolo beach.
On to Leonidio and from there to Monemvasia and from there to Neapoli and to close by Elafonissi.
Some fantastic beaches there and is only a short ride too.
From there go to Gytheion and on to the middle peninsula. A must is the Caves of Dirros in Aeropolis.
That is a boat ride in stalagmite and stalactite caves and is followed by a short walk on ground too.
Go as far down as to the tip of the Peninsula and visit Porto Kayio and the entrance to Hades at the tip.
From Aeropoli go to Kalamata and from there to Koroni and Methoni. Visit Finikounta in the between.
From Methoni go to Pylos and then Gialova beach. From there to Kiparissia and to Olympia.
The beach of Kouroutas close to Amaliada. And from there to Patras.
The Rio – Andirio bridge will get you to the mainland Greece and from there if you go to Etoliko and Astakos you take the coastal road to Lefkada.

The Peloponnese tour leisurely can be done in a week, depending the time you want to spend in Lefkada a must is the beaches of Parga and Syvota.

The Ksamil visit is not all that you hear about, but if you are set on going the closest frontier pass in in Sagiada, which is north of Igoumenitsa.
From Igoumenitsa you have to take the new Egnatia road and go to Metsovo and from there to Meteora.
Meteora to Volos and Pilion and from there return to Athens.

Too many places along the way to visit and to many links. Try to look them up so you will know what I’m talking about.

@@Vergina. I’m glad you like it and when you make it let me tell you a few details more, since the inland routes offer a lot of interesting places too. I have done the round a couple of times and each one was a marvel.

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Your Questions About Greece Holiday Packages

Sharon asks…

Group holiday – where are the discounts to be had?

Hiya ~ Can you help me?

Anybody able to link me to some sites/deals where you can get serious/good discounts on group holidays ~ like spain/greece/turkey in a party/club/good night life region? About 10+ going. Maybe a package holiday? (doesn’t have to include food in deal) I found normal packages for £200, but concidering we’re going as a big group, might there be an offer/deal to take advantage of??
Any info/links would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
xxx

Yaz answers:

Hiya :)

If there’s 10 of you going, I know that thomas cook have some deals where one of you go free but it all depends on the hotel and the package. Sometimes it’s 1 free in 15 or 1 free in 10.

All depends, but just have a look at brouchures to find out what deals are out there. Or go see a travel agent…they’ll be able to let you know of any group discounts you can get.

Richard asks…

Cheapest package holiday destination this summer?

Hi,
Im wondering if anyone’s got any tips as to where’s a cheep place to go on Holiday this year.

It would be in June (so not in the 6 weeks holls) and it has to be sunny.

Nowhere special, ive been to Spain and Greece before … i just want somewhere warm and cheep lol.

Ive been told that because of the Euro Spain etc work out expensive this year .. is Turkey cheep?

Any suggestions gratefully received,

Thanks in advance xxx

Yaz answers:

Rent a cabin and invite some friends for a camping fishing holliday bonfires-that would be the cheapest or go rent one somewhere that you can investigate crop circles or alien sitings or bigfoot with them. Plan to bring a cameras and stuff for the trip. It would be interesting and fun

Helen asks…

Cheap holidays in Rhodes Town, Greece?

k, so i’m looking for a really cheap holiday package for this summer to go to rhodes town in greece and i can’t find cheap holidays anywhere!! does anyone know where i can find holidays really cheap

i am looking for a holiday witch has:

2 adults and 1 child
departure around the 30th july
Any north west airport
Staying for a week
1 room

around £1000 (buying a house this year so thats why i have put the price dead low lol)

Thankyou for reading my question and the best answer will get 10 points!!!!!!!

P.S can you send me the links please!!!

Yaz answers:

I have answered your other question about Rhodes, try kosmar holidays, or Olympic holidays, both of these company’s do reasonably priced holidays to Rhodes town.

Michael asks…

Island hopping in Greece?!?

I don’t know if this counts as island hopping, but me and my boyfriend would like to do a week in Rhodes [been before, loved it] & 1 week at another greek island. We’re both quite young & have onlybeen on package holidays, so have absolutely no experience!
Just afew questions…
1. Which other Greece island should we visit? We love Rhodes as it wasn’t too big so we could see all what the island had to offer, it wasn’t expensive at all, the scenery and beaches were beautiful and there were tons to do. Plus it wasn’t overly touristy and there weren’t lots of children. Any suggestions? I’ve been told to look at Crete and Katholona(sp?)

2. Is Island hopping expensive? I’m a student & my boyfriend is an apprentice so we don’t have a lot of money.

3. How DO you island hop?! Would we fly or take a ferry, etc? Can these be pre-booked or is there a holiday company who does holiday packages which flies from does this kind of thing?
Any other information would be useful as well! thanks!

Yaz answers:

You could easily do that because most islands are interconnected. So once there you can get the ferry going on the next island.
Suggestion #1: Syros.Tenos, Mykonos. Departing from Rafina, or Piraeus.
Suggestion #2 : Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Kos. Departing from Piraeus.
The combinations are limitless, if time and money are not the problem.
One more closer to Athens is the visit of the islands of Egina, Poros, Idra, Spetses. Hydrofoils (dolphins) departing from Piraeus,Pasalimani.
Check the following to get more ideas.

George asks…

Buying Legal highs in uk and taking to greece?

Hi,

i am going on holiday soon and i have bought some legal highs perfectly legal from a shop in london.. and i was considerin takin some with me too Greece.. obviously they are in packaging stil with all ingrediants on it etc.. soo its perfectly legal, would customs get funny if i had sum in my suitcase?

thanks

thanks!

Yaz answers:

By all means chance your arm, but remember what is legal in one country may not be legal in another. As for the Greek customs, they take a very dim view on the importation of non-prescription drugs – usually followed by detention, a strip-search followed by court appearance and a holiday in Amfissa.

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