It’s not easy to plan a great holiday vacation, so you need to start early making arrangements for your destination. Many destinations are in more demand than others,so planning early makes sense in any case. A good travel book with all the necessary information about the country you plan to visit is essentially. The most important element that should be consider is safety, restrict your travels to countries known to be friendly to foreigners.
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Take me there: Victorious Vintage Festival, Portsmouth
Roll out the barrels and the bunting: it’s street-party time. Portsmouth has embraced the diamond jubilee so wholeheartedly it’s transforming the historic dockyard into a nostalgic theme park over the weekend of 2-3 June. The Victorious Vintage Festival will feature a market selling fashion classics and a makeover salon offering victory rolls and Cupid’s bow lips. There will be tea stalls and screenings of old movies at the No 6 Cinema. Musical headliners will include Dodgy and Mark Morriss from the Bluetones on Saturday and the Lightning Seeds on Sunday. Free entry from 10am-10pm (standard ticketing to dockyard attractions applies). See victoriousvintage.co.uk
Travel clinic: post-Olympic break
The dilemma My husband and I are unable to go on holiday until October this year due to Olympic commitments. We’d like to go somewhere with our six-year-old that’s hot and child-friendly yet not scarily full of package-holidaymakers renewing their vows! Any ideas? Georgie, via email
October is a tricky time to get reliable heat in the northern Med. You’ll find warm sunshine, but it can turn wet towards the end of the month – that’s why there are usually good deals available. However, you sound like you’re in need of certain heat after a busy summer, so I’d aim for north Africa. Temperatures in Agadir, Morocco are in the mid-20s in October and Thomson (thomson.co.uk) offers 10 nights at ClubHotel Riu Tikida Dunas for £2,016 (two adults, one child), all inclusive with direct flights from Gatwick. It has four huge pools, is close to the beach and there’s a Kid’s Club, plus there’s plenty to do in the vicinity. Marrakech is three hours away but could easily be made into an overnight stop, bringing it into more family-friendly territory. Closer to Agadir is the smaller but still historic town of Taroudant – and en route you can often see goats grazing in trees, which any child will get a kick out of. Tom Hall
Three of the best: late half-term holidays in the sun
The sun’s been on strike. So how do you entertain the kids in the approaching half-term hols? Why not spread a little sunshine their way on a late mid-term break abroad?
Adakoy Village Beach Club offers sailing and other watersports. Seven nights’ full-board from £629 per adult and £539 per child, departing Gatwick on 4 June (neilson.co.uk)
A week at rural retreat Isabella’s House with a private pool and car hire costs £320pp for two adults and two children under 12 (montenegroholiday.com)
Catch the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (8-16 June). Three nights at Riad Maison Bleue from 7 June for £520pp (four sharing), incl flights (lawrenceofmorocco.com)
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