Car Hire Travel Tips

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Hiring a car at your destination is a great way to enjoy a bit more freedom while on holiday – but what should you watch out for if you want to avoid hefty and unexpected bills? We reveal all…

1. Do your research on the car hire companies at your destination

Fees vary hugely between companies, as do reputations, so don’t get too hung up on a bargain – they may try to recoup the difference in “damages” claims.

2. Get car hire excess insurance before you go

Car hire excess insurance, also known as car rental insurance, should be purchased before you go so you don’t have to take out the hire company’s own insurance. The excess insurance from hire companies is usually pretty limited cover and has an array of exclusions that practically guarantee you’ll have to pay out upon your return.  Car hire excess insurance from worldwideinsure.com, on the other hand, not only insures for the excess on damage, but can cover the car for total loss up to £50,000, similar to a CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) policy.

TIP: Some car hire companies don’t like it when people arrive with their own car hire excess insurance, as it reduces their potential for profit, so they may try and tell you that the insurance you have purchased is not valid. Not true! They may also say you need to get extra insurance to specifically cover windscreen, tyres and the undercarriage – you won’t need this if you have arranged your car hire excess with worldwideinsure.com. 

3. Familiarise yourself with your destination’s Highway Code

Rules of the road vary between countries so it is worth brushing up on what you should do to avoid breaking the law and risking a fine, as well as avoiding an accident! For example, all vehicles in the EU have to be equipped with high-vis jackets for every passenger and a warning sign. Learning some local lingo to understand road signs is also worthwhile!

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4. Take a fresh credit card 

It’s not unusual for car hire companies to ask for a pre-authorised sum to cover costs, especially if you tell them you don’t want their excess insurance because you have your own. Depending on their T&Cs you may also need to pre-pay fuel costs. Speaking of which…

5. Read the T&Cs!

To avoid unexpected charges after returning your vehicle make sure you know the fuel policy, and the mileage limit.

6. Take pictures or videos of the vehicle inside and out before and after your trip

In the (very likely) event of being held responsible for damage to the vehicle it is incredibly useful to be able to show photographic or video evidence of its condition before and after hire. Even a small chip to the paintwork could result in a hefty repair charge from a car hire company.

7. Keep an eye on your statement once back home

The reason we suggest taking a fresh credit card with you solely for car hire is that it is easy to see any transactions that have taken place during your holiday and after you return. Not only do you want to check that fuel and damage deductions have been charged correctly and that your deposit has been returned – it is wise to ensure no mysterious payments come out over the following months.

8. Remember you still need travel insurance!

Lost luggage, illness, injury or repatriation all need separate cover even if you have car hire excess insurance!

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Venetian Flare – A Truly Indulgent Venice Travel Guide

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The Jewel of Italy, the Most Beautiful City in the World, the City of Masks, the City of Bridges, Queen of the Adriatic…  or quite simply – Venice. If you are yet to visit, this city promises to offer arguably the most fairy-tale, surreal and romantically hued experience. Here’s what’s not to miss when you go.

Art

A short paragraph will never do the presence of art in Venice justice, but the fact that just one building, the Santa Maria dei Miracoli, was built to house just one painting gives you an idea of how art is celebrated, respected and revered in this glorious city. Art of all forms and eras can be found here, welcomed by a culture that lives and breathes creativity!

Architecture

Piazzas, palazzi, priceless marbles, churches, and basilicas line the streets of Venice, testament to centuries of opulent architectural experimentation and devotion to creating exquisite spaces. The uniqueness of the style here can be found in the fact that Byzantine mosaics sit beside Islamic arches and Latin influenced gothic buildings. Enough to send history buffs bonkers, and fill the hearts of any visitor with utter joy.

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Boats

There are NO cars in Venice at all. It is an archipelago of over 100 islands set in a lagoon connected by around 400 bridges. This means wherever you go, you have to walk, or go by boat. Gondolas are not the only option! Venice is home to a number of styles of boat, from traditional wooden boats, through to powered ferries. Hiring a kayak is a great way to get around, and yes, if you do want to do the Venetian thing and go by Gondola – be prepared to pay for it!

Beaches

Golden sandy beaches aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Venice, but, there are several! Blue Moon is a public beach on the Lido – a 7 mile long sand bar, and free to use. The others will cost to access, but the price you pay is well worth it for a luxurious beach experience! Remember – it is illegal to swim in Venice’s waterways, so definitely head to the beach if you want to cool off in summer.

Backstreet Bars

Bacariare simple bars where you can go grab a glass of wine, beer or maybe a cocktail and tuck into some tapas standing up. They are usually small, dark spaces where people can enjoy a beverage or two, and when the space gets full people quite simply spill out into the street outside.

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Fine Food

The food in Venice is unique thanks to its aquaculture and influences from the spice routes back when the city dominated marine trade. If you are pushed for time in this stunning city go and get yourself Venetian tapas aka chichetito sample as much as possible. The Venetians are also known for producing some tantalising sweet treats too, the frittelle, which appear around carnival time, are not to be missed!

Fashion

If you like flamboyant, velvet, and especially flamboyant velvet, Venice is the fashion centre for you. Hit up Pied a Terre for gondola slippers and Nicolao Atelier for something suitable for carnival. Don’t forget your plague death masks either – they are a must if you plan to go full Venetian with your flares!

Museums

The Museum of Madness is a delightful example of the Venetian penchant for the weird, the wonderful, curiosities and oddities – packed full of psychiatric paraphernalia from back in the day. The Natural History Museum is also worth a visit for its diverse and impressive collection of bizarre specimens.

Don’t forget your travel insurance! Whether you need insurance for water sports while you are in Venice or just want to make sure you are covered should something go wrong  – we offer competitively priced comprehensive single trip and annual travel insurance, and on family policies kids go free!

Rome2rio App Review – Travel App of the Month May 2019

Get from A to B anywhere in the world with what is essentially the knowledge of a local guide in your smartphone. This app promises to show you the best options available from your front door, hotel, hostel… to your chosen destination by plane, train, bus, ferry and car.

 

 

What is the Rome2rio app?

It’s a transport search engine that even works for remote locations, finding the best routes between point A and point B and displaying a list of options for the traveller to choose from.

What does the Rome2rio app do?

Rome2rio displays travel options, along with estimated prices and durations, accommodation should you need it and handy tips on things to do in those areas. It also provides booking details, so you can essentially plan your entire trip from this one app!

Who is the Rome2rio app for?

While this app is useful to anyone travelling from A to B, it is exceptionally useful for the spontaneous traveller. Whether you are backpacking and have yet to decide on where you’ll end up next, or you feel the sudden urge to go see a landmark on the horizon, this app makes it easy.

What do the Rome2rio app reviews say?

It seems that the iPhone and iPad users are happier with the app than android users – and one of the best features is being able to compare prices of the transport options available. A nine-hour bus journey for £30 suddenly becomes appealing when it is £300 cheaper than a two-hour flight! Should you find that the app doesn’t float your boat, Rome2rio also has a highly rated website you could use instead.

Rome2rio on iTunes 

Rome2rio on Google Play 

The Most Beautiful Towns in Southern France

Southern France offers glorious Mediterranean sunshine, an unrivalled peace and some of the most stunning sights and views on the planet. Here are some of the most gorgeous towns to visit or stay in the South of France.

Gordes (Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

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A beautiful hillside town adorned with Romanesque terracotta roofs and winding narrow pathways. Head to Gordes on a Tuesday morning, when the locals open their shutters to sell the locally produced cheese and wine. Nearby is the famous Sénanque Abbey, surrounded by some of the most beautiful lavender fields, tendered by the resident monks.

Lauzerte (Occitanie, Tarn-et-Garonne)

Another hill-top treasure sitting proudly over the Occitanie countryside. During the day visit the idyllically peaceful town square featuring cafes, bars and a quirky piece of pavement art! On Thursday evening in summer, the Marchés Gourmands takes over the square for an evening of food, drink and entertainment and then take in the sunset over the nearby hills.

Carcassonne (Aude, Occitanie)

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This medieval fortress town is Europe’s largest walled city. Famed for its spires, walls and beautiful bridge, be sure to visit in the evening, when these stunning landmarks are lit up.

 

St Tropez (Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

As famous for the St Tropez sun tan as it is as a destination for the rich and famous. Located on the French Riveria, sample the local historical landmarks, gaze up at the millionaire’s yachts, or just catch some rays on the nearby Pampelonne beach.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

An absolute must for Van Gogh fans everywhere. Saint-Rémy-de-Provenceinspired his ‘Starry Night’ painting. You can visit the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausolé, which was once an asylum where Van Gogh was treated. Beyond the art connection, there are winding streets, elegant fountains and an abundance of cafes that you will have come to expect from this sun-drenched part of France.

Rocamadour (Occitanie, Lot)

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Imagine a fantasy French village – and Rocamador is it. Integrated into the hillside, Rocamadour is Instagram ready from every angle! For a unique experience visit the nearby monkey forest, where Barbary macaques (normally found in Gibraltar) roam freely in the woodland or Grotte Préhistorique des Merveilles, with cave art over 20,000 years old.

 

Don’t forget your travel insurance! Even if you are travelling within the EU and you have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) it only offers limited protection. You could still be asked to pay towards treatment, and it certainly doesn’t help if your passport gets lost or stolen!

Ten Stress-Busting Travel Tips for Your Next Holiday

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1. Keep calm and plan early. Booking a few months in advance will give you time to research the best deals without panicking that they won’t be there in half an hour.

2. Consider going by boat or train rather than going by plane. Air travel is notoriously stressful and tends to destroy all the loveliness of a holiday on the way home.

3. If you are going by air, stand behind business travellers going through security. They will have packed light, know the drill, and want to be the other side of security swiftly.

4. Do not stand behind families going through security. Lots of stuff, lots of directing children to do the right thing – you could find yourself getting impatient.

5. Sort your home out so it’s nice to come back to. The stress of getting back to reality after an idyllic break will be less if you come back to somewhere clean, tidy, and with food in the cupboards.

6. Use a packing app. You can create multiple lists for all types of trip and some even have templates based on climate, weather, activities and reasons for travelling.

7. Always leave for your destination with PLENTY of time, especially if you are flying. Airport hotels are a wonderful resource for busting “Ahhhhh, I hope I don’t miss my flight!” stress.

8. Embrace a chance to relax. Sitting around and waiting while travelling is inevitable. Rather than getting impatient, get stuck into a book, sketch your surroundings or take some time to journal.

9. Get travel insurance. Should something go wrong – such as losing your luggage, getting your passport stolen, or finding that your airline has gone bust – trying to sort it out without the help of travel insurance is extremely stressful and potentially very expensive.

10. Eat well and stay hydrated! Getting hangry is a real thing, and when you are flitting between time zones or travelling at crazy hours your routine can take a battering. Eating fresh food and drinking plenty is essential.

Best Bank Holiday Weekend Breaks Abroad

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What makes for a great place to enjoy a bank holiday break abroad? We think there are four things that could make a destination the ideal getaway for a long weekend. It either has to be easy to get to, not far to travel to, feel totally different from the UK, or the journey must have a distinct air of adventure. Here are four destinations to tick each box!

Easy to get to:  Tallinn, Estonia

Forget choosing a destination with a lengthy transfer the other end of a tiring flight – go to Tallinn, the city centre is just 3 miles from the airport! You’ll be out of baggage and in the hub of this gorgeous cobbled old town in as little as 20 minutes. Tram No. 4, departs every 6 minutes, and Bus No 2 every 20 minutes and both cost just 2 euros to ride.  The flight from the UK is approx. 4 hours.

What’s so great about Tallinn? It’s got a fairy-tale feel, uber-Instagrammable architecture, is the best-preserved Medieval city in Europe (and a word heritage site), and has just the right mix of peaceful, with a vibrant cultural feel.

Not far to travel: Amsterdam

Your options here are a 40-ish minute flight, which handily puts you just outside the city, or to spend just under 4 hours on just one train that takes you right to the centre. The reasons for Eurostar-ing it are compelling – no liquid restrictions, no extra luggage charges, no waiting in an airport lounge or baggage collection (likely to add an extra 3 hours to the flight time anyway!), and impressively, the train emits 80% less greenhouse gasses per passenger than a flight.

What’s so great about Amsterdam? The city is small, so it is easy to experience all the delights it has to offer on a weekend break. Top of the list would be the canals, the coffee shops, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. If you are feeling thrifty, take a look at the things you can do for free in Amsterdam.

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An adventurous journey: Venice

Sleeper trains are the new cool. Romantic – if you ditch a couchette for a private compartment, better for the environment and less stressful than flying, great value for money because your ticket price pays for travel AND accommodation, and it is the most effective use of precious time on a short break. The Thello sleeper train to Venice departs Paris in the early evening – a short ride from London on Eurostar. Travellers tend to get their sleepy head on with a glass of fine wine to compliment the views. Arrival in Venice is perfectly timed to enjoy one of the city’s unique treats, frittelle and a coffee as a late breakfast, great fuel for a full day ahead.

What’s so great about Venice? Apart from being considered the most beautiful city in the world. Four hundred bridges connect 118 islands, all formed by canals in a shallow lagoon. There are no cars whatsoever in this Gothic water world, everyone and everything goes by boat or on foot.

Feels totally different to the UK: Sicily

The ancient Roman ruins along with many other World-Heritage worthy sites gives Sicily a distinctly far-flung-shores feel for a relatively short flight time of 3 hours. It’s also blessed with 1,000km of dreamy coastline comprised of sandy beaches and dramatic rock formations. The long, hot and sunny days of spring, summer and autumn are distinctly different to the UK, but avoid winter as the weather tends to be wet and windy.

What’s so great about Sicily? The diversity of architecture and culture. Greek, Italian, Arabic and Spanish influences are abounding in the cuisine and in the sights of Sicily. A walking street-food tour comes highly recommended where you can chomp on chickpea fritters, stuffed rice balls and a local delicacy – the veal offal sandwich.

Komoot App Review – Travel App of The Month April 2019

Our calorie-burning bucket list inspired us to find an app that could stand up to an adventurous itinerary. Et voila! They say there is an app for everything – this one is designed to generate sport-specific topographic routes that can be navigated even in offline mode!

What is the Komoot App?

It is an app that enables you to plan a route based on how you plan to tackle it, e.g. mountain bike, road bike, hike etc. You can detail your route down to the finest point and even create a plan based on preferences such as silent trails, smooth-as-silk asphalt, traversing scree and the like. Finally, it gives audio navigation so you don’t have to take your eyes off the inevitably wonderful surroundings you have chosen to be in.

What does the Komoot App do?

  • Route plan to the inch.
  • Select route type, surface, and elevation.
  • Verbal navigation en-route.
  • Offline navigation capability.
  • View popular segments on your route including view points and places to get refreshments.
  • Track adventures and upload images for personal collection or to share with the Komoot community.

Who is the Komoot App for?

Adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts! Obviously, it is great for activity holidays and challenges, but it still serves as a useful app back at home. If you are planning on a long stay adventure, this app will be an awesome way to track and treasure your adventure of a lifetime.

What do the Komoot App reviews say?

The ratings are pretty good, some are saying that the UI is a bit clunky, but it seems that the Komoot development team have recently address the usability issues.

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Calorie-Burning Bucket List – A Year of Adventure Travel Ideas

Looking for a new way to pick a bucket-list destination? Why not sort by step count, or how many calories you’ll burn! Here are 12 “Bucket List Burners” to add to your itinerary.

JANUARY

Run a Polar Night half marathon in Norway – 39,996 steps, 1,676 calories

The sun won’t rise until the end of the month, so when you set off for this run at midday it’ll be under a night sky, and maybe the northern lights.

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FEBRUARY

Ski the longest ski run in Vallée  Blanche, Chamonix – 54,000 steps, 2,667 calories

It takes about 5 hours to ski from the top of the Aiguille du Midi peak down into Chamonix, where you’ll fully deserve that 1,000 calorie cup of Raclette!

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MARCH

Walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain – 960,000 steps, 41,760 calories

If you walk 20 miles a day, you should complete this epic trail in about a month. The 420 mile walk is well worth it if you like an experience with ever-changing vistas.

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APRIL

Hike Italy’s Cinque Terre – 8,448 steps, 1,600 calories

Follow trail numbers 587, 598, then 507 for a hike that’s relatively easy on the legs, and totally pleasing on the eye with uninterrupted coastal views.

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MAY

Hike around Uluru, Australia – 13,728 steps, 1,600 calories

The 6.5 mile perimeter walk should not be seen as an opportunity to scale the rock. Attempts will be met with hostility, and will be illegal from October this year.

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JUNE

Hike through Yosemite National Park, USA – 15,206 steps, 2,286 calories

It’ll take roughly 8 hours to cover the 7 mile trail mostly due to the fact that the path takes you 2,700 feet up to the top of the tallest waterfall outside Hawaii.

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JULY

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – 103,488 steps, 13,549 calories

This 7-day adventure will take you to the heady height of 20,000 feet, that’s just 15,000 feet below the space that aeroplanes fly!

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AUGUST

Run a marathon at Angkor Wat – 52,400 steps, 3,429 calories

By running a marathon you can see everything this place has to offer (40 ancient temples, forests and rice fields) in just 5 hours as opposed to a full day.

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SEPTEMBER

Cycle the Bolivian “Death Road” 711,480 steps, 3,048 calories

The 5 hour cycle ride on Yungas Road is safer than ever! The narrow road flanked by sheer drop one side, and sheer cliff the other is largely free of the trucks that once took the same route.

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OCTOBER

Trek the Inca Trail, Peru – 54,912 steps, 11,888 calories

It will take 4 days to complete this 26 mile trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu passing historic ruins and the iconic Amazonian cloud forest.

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NOVEMBER

Walk (some of) the Great Wall of China – 47,000 steps, 2,515 calories

It would take 10 months to walk the entire thing, but if you take the most popular stretch from Hexi Village to Gubeikou and Panlong you’ll be done in just two days.

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DECEMBER

Go on a Gorilla Trek in Rwanda – 10,560 steps, 500 calories

Volcanoes National Park is big on adventure even if it isn’t on steps, within 5 miles you can expect to see endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

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Don’t forget your travel insurance! Worldwideinsure.com cover a wide range of activities as standard, with plenty of options to add-on something more challenging should adventure call!

An Adventurers Guide to Sleeper Trains

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While jet-setting your way around the world sounds pretty glamorous, in reality it is exhausting, and let’s be honest – boring! Riding sleeper trains however is a much more relaxing way to get from A to B, and a far more adventurous experience. Here are our top tips and essential info for adventurers taking the scenic route.

Know Your Sleeping Options!

First and foremost, you need to know what you are booking. The choices are usually:

  • Recliner seat
  • Couchette
  • Sleeper compartments

Recliner seats are just that, a comfy spacious seat that reclines, but doesn’t go fully flat. Great for those on a super-tight budget, not great if you would like a proper night’s sleep! Couchettes are basically a bed in a bunkroom for 4 or 6 people. These spaces aren’t big on privacy – or space – so you’ll be kipping with your day-clothes on. Couchettes usually come with a blanket and pillow instead of proper bedding.  Top tip – Pack a small bag for your essentials as there’s no room to swing a suitcase to get stuff out. Finally – we have sleeper compartments – a veritable palace of comfort complete with bedding, washbasin and the rare luxury of privacy if you get a private compartment.

Food and Drink

  • Some night train tickets include breakfast.
  • Always take your own mug and tea bags/hot chocolate sachets etc. as hot water is freely available from the dining car.
  • If you are on a tight budget, pack lots of snacks, and even pot noodles to avoid having to pay to eat in the dining car. However, if you aren’t on a budget – make the most of the experience!

What to Pack for Travelling on a Night Train

  • Eye mask and ear plugs for a better night’s sleep.
  • Toilet roll and hand sanitizer just in case.
  • A silk sleeping bag liner or sheet for peace of mind even if the bedding looks clean.
  • Flip flops – because you never want to use the shared bathroom in bare feet.
  • Backup charger for your phone. Night trains are notoriously thin on power points, so you may not be able to charge your phone.
  • Pack of cards or travel game to pass the time with your fellow passengers if you are in a shared compartment.

Night trains are really popular, not only because the price of a bed beats paying for a hotel, but because travellers can maximise their destination time. Sleeping while you travel gives you extra days to enjoy the places you really want to see!

Safety

  • Always lock the door to your compartment.
  • Always keep your valuables hidden.
  • Always take your passport and money with you when you leave the compartment.
  • If your fellow compartment passengers make you feel threatened or unsafe tell your attendant and ask if you can be moved.

Night Train Attendants

  • Bribes and tips are part of the service! Tip at the beginning and you are likely to get preferential treatment. If you want to move or upgrade and your attendant isn’t being helpful, a 20 Euro “tip” can help enormously.
  • If your route crosses borders, the attendant will offer to keep hold of your passport so you don’t get woken by border control in the night. You don’t have to do this, but it is a free service well worth the good night’s sleep you’ll get for using it.
  • The attendant will wake you with plenty of time to get ready before you reach your destination. Don’t bother with an alarm just in case your train is running late and you have a chance to get some extra sleep!

 

Like to Party? 5 Fun-Packed Destinations for 2019

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What makes a great party destination? It’s a tricky question to answer, since a night of fun is often down to the company you keep. However, there are some destinations where the party clientele is more open – where meeting people is easier. And when you balance party people (24 hour or otherwise) with great bars, clubs and festivals – not to mention idyllic beaches or eye-popping cityscapes – you may well have a shindig worthy of your memoirs.

This year, we think you should consider the following party hotspots…

Athens

While you may think Greek parties are typified by the sambuca-drenched beaches of Mykonos, the capital Athens is actually the true party heart of Greece.

That said, it’s not easy to pinpoint exactly where you can expect the party to happen. Great parties seem to flare up suddenly – so you’ll need to root out where the action is. Bear in mind that things don’t even get going until 1am. It’s worth pencilling in a few Athenian nights to seek out some memorable evenings, and in the unlikely event you don’t find any, you can console yourself – and your throbbing head – with a delicious Athenian gyro (a kind of Greek taco).

Marrakech

Morocco in general is a conservative country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t track down a superb party. Take the Oasis Festival, for instance, a boutique music event on the outskirts of Marrakech that runs from mid-September 2019. In the unlikely event you don’t like the tunes, you can stare in wonder at the mighty Atlas Mountains in the distance. If you just fancy a music-centric bar or club, Marrakech has a good deal, such as L’envers which specialises in underground sounds. There are also numerous pool parties organised at hotels around the city (where the general public can’t see or hear what’s going on) by the likes of Moroko Loko.

Haad Rin, Thailand

Thailand’s monthly Full Moon Party has attained legendary status, thanks to the host town’s ravishing beaches (Haad Rin on Koh Pha Ngan), together with the sheer scale of the party and hedonism on display.

Many Full Moon veterans say it was one of the best parties they’ve ever had – yet often it’s a once-is-enough kind of vibe due to the costly and hard-to-get accommodation, and the general lunacy of it all.

But for those who desire large-scale beach-side mayhem, the Full Moon Party is a must-do. Afterwards, you can recuperate elsewhere, perhaps in one of Thailand’s numerous national parks, or a quieter corner of Koh Pha Ngan itself.

Mexico City

For a real taste of the Mexican party scene, we don’t recommend Cabo or Cancun (although they are fun in their own right). We say explore the nation’s capital city which, when the sun goes down, plays host to a myriad of EDM clubs, as well as cosy little bars where ice-cold beers combat the balmy temperatures. Best of all, Mexico City is considerably cheaper than the beach resorts, where the Mexicans you meet aren’t just serving drinks at the party – they are the party.

French Concession, Shanghai

The Gallic grandeur of Shanghai’s French Concession is a treat in itself, but behind the elegant façades are a plethora of super-cool clubs and laid-back beer-holes. Consider Tattoo Family, which combines cocktails and tattoos, for sure a risky business model – especially for the clientele. For more social beer-tasting head to the dive-esque Dada, or the retro-video-game-themed Arcade, offering low-cost cocktails which are ideal before you head to a club. Speaking of which, mid-size Arkham is one of the best-loved, attracting big-name DJs and cool bands. The French Concession is staying true to the uniqueness of its colonial-quarter past, with an ever-growing number of bohemian bars and European-style clubs that are a rarity elsewhere in the city. Visit it in 2019 – it could be quite a year!