Magaluf Fines

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The government in Magaluf are still going ahead with their plans to cut down on the anti social behaviour that is found in the resort. The latest idea they have come up with is to introduce a system of fines for tourists who do the following things.

  1. Walking around without a shirt on will cost €500
  2. Jumping across or from a balcony will set you back €1500. We recently did a post explaining why you shouldn’t be balcony hopping anyway, but now you may be hit hard in the pocket if you do.
  3. Urinating on the street will also have you facing a €1500 fine.

The sign in this post is going up in resort telling people to drink in moderation and that they are not allowed to drink on the street. The new rules are expected to come into play on the 9th June.
We have our doubts if this will actually work, Magaluf is wild and has been wild for a long time. If you fine someone for not having a shirt on you would have to fine half the resort. It sounds over the top and unenforceable to us.

The local authorities will be taking a zero tolerance policy on sex games and sex in public. Pub crawls are still allowed but only in groups of less than 20 people.

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Balcony Hopping

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Every year it seems that the balcony hopping antics of people in the clubbing holiday makes the news in the saddest possible way, with someones death.
I have been guilty of hopping a balcony a few floors up to save the long walk around, however the risks far exceed the rewards. Due to the nature of these places the already dangerous practice is made far worse by the fact most of the time we have been drinking and our hand eye co-ordination is negatively affected by this.
In May of this year there were 2 reported falls in Magaluf. Now while these may or may not have been people messing around on the balcony a quick Google will show you multiple stories of people hopping from one balcony to another, slipping and then falling to their death.
Next time you are on holiday and consider jumping across just think of all these people who have had their life cut short by a moment of madness.
We can’t stress enough that taking the decision to hop across a balcony could result in your death! All it takes is a slip or a missed grab of a railing and it could be all over.
Be smart and don’t play with your life just to save a few minutes walking.

Ibiza Weekender Interview

The weekender is back! However this time they show has moved from Magaluf to Ibiza. We took the time to catch up with Ninushka Oller-Stracey, Series Producer of Ibiza Weekender to find out what the Ibiza Weekender has in store for us.
The new series starts on Sunday 8th February at 9pm on ITV2.

Ibiza Weekender Interview.
1.The show is back and in a new location, what prompted the move to Ibiza?

The programme had spent 3 seasons in Magaluf and we felt it was time for a change of scene, so where better to go than the party capital of Europe.

Ibiza is a cooler, more sophisticated and glamorous location and with Imogen also growing and transforming herself into a sexy siren, the two together are a perfect reflection of this progression.

2. We notice that only Imogen kept her job from the current reps, how comes?

Imogen is a truly unique woman, she’s the girl next door who all the viewers can relate to. We’ve all had heartache in our lives but Imogen isn’t afraid to share her feelings with us at home and this makes her a captivating character. She’s funny, wears her heart on her sleeve and is also prepared to hold her hands up when things go wrong, but is she the only returning rep??? You’ll have to watch the series to find out.

3. How do you feel the show will different between the two locations?

Ibiza itself brings a whole different vibe to the series. You can still expect high jinks and excessive nights out, but in Ibiza there’s a more laid back scene. After all it’s the holiday destination of A listers, in fact anyone who’s anyone spent the summer there including Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom, although their vacation was anything but chilled.

4. Are there any plans to take the format to other locations?

We would love to take the series around the globe, but for right now, there’s no beating Ibiza.

5. If someone wanted to be on a future series as a rep or a holidaymaker how would they go about this?

We have a casting process that possible holidaymakers go through but as a starting point, they are more than welcome to contact us via our @IbizaWeekender twitter page where followers are also the first to see exclusive clips and unseen scenes from the series.

6. How did the team find Ibiza compared to Magaluf? Did you face any difficulties or challenges while filming?

Filming abroad is always harder than you think, there are language barriers and afternoon siestas to take into account, something I wish we’d adopt here in the UK. Plus access to some of the larger super clubs was difficult, after all they don’t need the publicity with millions of party goers already frequenting their dance floors, but never put off by a challenge our team worked tirelessly to get us into some banging clubs which you will experience from the comfort of your couch when you watch the show. It was a really positive experience and we gained some great access, but we’re always happy to hear from any clubs that might welcome us in the future.

7. What should we expect in the upcoming season of the Ibiza Weekender?

You can still expect those warm funny moments from first time holiday makers as well dramatic surprise guest arrivals. We focus more on our reps this season, there are 6 of them to start with and the relationships between them fluctuate from romantic to dramatic. It promises to be a truly captivating series, your new guilty pleasure that will see viewers through the cold winter months here in the UK.

Advice for traveling alone

I was always someone who always thought that going traveling alone is not something for me, and it would be something I hated, but this all changed this year when I actually ended up going to three places on my own and had a great time. Traveling alone is very relaxing and it also forces you to get out of your comfort zone and talk to people. This post will give you some advice for traveling alone.

Ibiza Sunset

1. There is nothing weird about it. A common misconception is that you will be seen as the weird guy / girl. This is wrong and anyone who would thinks that is most likely just worried that they don’t have the guts that you do.

2. Use technology. The great thing these days is that there are a number of apps and websites that you can use to find people to do things with on your travels. Make use of travel forums such as ours and apps designed to connect people such as Tinder or Bee Talk which is popular in Asia. Look for Facebook groups or even do a twitter search of the destination you are in.
Having a small laptop / tablet or even your phone will be invaluable. If you do get a little homesick, a friendly face is just a short Skype call away. Also Whatsapp if it isn’t already will become one of your most used apps.

3. Don’t stay in your room. Ok you are in a foreign place and want to go out but you have nobody to go out with. So what! Get dressed and get yourself out there, have a few drinks and just strike up some conversations. You will be surprised how friendly people are once you start talking to them.
During the day do what interests you. The reason for this is that you will meet people with similar interests. If you fancy going on a tour then do it! You haven’t come half way across the world for nothing have you? Hotel pools and bars are also a good place to meet people as is the beach.

4. Choose your destination wisely. Some places such as Thailand, Vietnam, Laos have many solo travelers going there all the time. They are all in the same position as you and would love to meet people. This makes it even easier to find a new group of friends to share some of your time with.

5. Choose where you stay wisely. If you pick a super upmarket resort aimed at couples and families don’t be surprised that when you get there all you see is couples and families! Read reviews and find out where the people you would like to meet are staying and choose to stay there.

6. It’s all about you. Do whatever makes you happy, this is your holiday and the good thing is theres negotiating like you have to on group holidays. You are in charge, what you say goes, you make all the decisions!.

 

What should I wear on a clubbing holiday?

Q. This is my first time going abroad with my friends and I am wondering what should I wear on a clubbing holiday?

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A. Good question, while it may be easy to think ill just wear what I wear on an average saturday night down town, this could be all wrong.
For guys you can happily leave the shoes, jeans and shirts back in England. On clubbing holidays in Europe at least there is no strictly enforced dress code. Most men will be wearing trainers, shorts and a t-shirt or vest.
There is no need for anything more than that due the one thing, it’s hot as hell. Jeans are going to be far to heavy and in 30 degree heat you are going to wish you left them at home.For women, you can wear pretty much whatever you want. Just make sure you have light dresses, shorts, vests, t-shirts etc.
It also makes sense to take a few items that you don’t mind getting ruined. These are good for things like foam parties & paint parties. You don’t want a £50 top being ruined when an old one will be better suited.
There is one exception to this rule and that is the US. Dress codes are a lot more strictly enforced over there so you need to bring things such as jeans, trousers, shirts and defiantly shoes.

Also you should have a look at our custom t-shirt which was designed with clubbing holidays in mind.

Ibiza Weekender to be shown on ITV in 2015

It looks like Magaluf Weekender is no more and they have now set up shop in Ibiza for 2015. We wonder if this has anything to do with Magaluf trying to become a more tourist friendly resort from next summer.
Ibiza Weekender to be shown on ITV in 2015
The Magaluf Weekender

The only rep that has survived the cull is head rep Imogen who will be joined by new reps Ben, Sophie, Deano, Rachel and Kris.
The format will be the same as in the previous seasons where by groups of guests will be followed during their time on the island where they will be escorted by the reps.
There will be 8 episodes in this season.

The Ibiza Weekender is commissioned for ITV by Katy Thorogood, Factual Commissioning Editor, and Angela Jain, Director of Multi-Channel and Acquisitions.

Katy said: “I’m delighted that Weekender is off to Ibiza.  The world’s party capital is the perfect setting for this funny coming of age series. I just hope they’re ready for us.”

Twofour Group Creative Director, Andrew MacKenzie, said: “We’re excited to take the Weekender format to another location. It’ll be a step on in how we use the fixed rig and a reality cast.”

Lets hope that the show is as entertaining as the Magaluf version.

Breville Blend Active review

Ok you have booked a clubbing holiday but then it dawns on you, I need to be beach ready by the summer. You know that you have to exercise, but you also need to sort your diet out..
You may have come across the very popular nutribullet who run a late night commercial showing the benefits of having a device like this. However with a cost of around £100, the price tag may put you off.
This is where the Breville Blend Active comes in.

At around £20-30 pounds depending on the model you buy, it can be had for around 1/5 of the price of the Nutribullet. However is the old saying “You get what you pay for” true? Well we purchased one so we could find out.
There are a few version of the Blend Active.

  1. Blender with a single 600ml bottle.
  2. Blender with two 600ml bottles.
  3. Blender with two 600ml and two 300ml bottles.

The thing we really love about the blend active product is that unlike traditional blenders the container actually then becomes the sports bottle which you drink from. This saves the issue which I had when using my previous blender which was the washing up! With the Blend active all you have to do is remove the blade and pop on the sports top and away you go. The blade takes just a few seconds to rinse off and its ready for use again.

blend active

Blueberries, strawberries, bananna, pineapple, kale, mint leaves, ginger & water

Once you start using it, its really hard to stop. The Blend Active makes it very easy to create all sorts of awesome combinations and you will find yourself using trial and error to find what you like. It is especially useful in the morning if you find that time is limited, you can take a few mins to load the Blend Active up and create a drink that you can take with you a drink at work.

Top Tip – Frozen fruit is readily available from all the supermarkets. Frozen fruit lasts longer is cheaper than their fresh equivalents. You also get more when you buy frozen. For instance a 260g punnet of blueberries is around £2-3 where as a 350g punnet of frozen blueberries is around £2.

The machine can crush ice and frozen fruit with no issues, just make sure you add some liquid (water, juice, milk) before you hit that blend button.
It is also a good way to get the things we should have in our diet but tend not to into our body. Things such as kale, spinach, linseed etc can easily be blended up and put into a shake.

Breville Blend Active

While it may not look the most appetising thing ever, it actually tastes pretty good. Shakes made with milk are a lot thinner than ones made with milk. So that will all come down to personal preference.
If you are a calorie counter then 300ml of water has 0 calories, 300ml of skimmed milk has around 100 and 300ml of whole milk has about 160 ml.

Top Tip – If you are going to use different milks such as almond, make sure that you choose the unsweetened version.

If you are on a health kick and looking for a great way to get more fruit and veg in your diet, we cannot recommend the Blend Active enough. It makes making a smoothie really simple and makes the post smoothie washing up so simple. I have friends who have a nutribullet and they rave about it but for a fraction of the cost, this is an excellent machine that is more than capable of doing the job.

Magaluf to become a mature tourist zone

If you are planning to go to Magaluf next summer then you might just want to hold fire before you book. After Magaluf hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this year it seems that the local government have decided enough is enough and Magaluf is to become a “mature tourist zone.”
kavos passed out

Those of us old enough will remember this being done before in the resort of Faliraki. Once they turned it into a mature resort one thing happened, people stopped going. Now this would have been the intended result but what they never factored in is that mature people just didn’t go to Faliraki. After a few years they were actively chasing the clubbers once again but it was too late. Today Faliraki is a non entity in the world of clubbing holidays.
The local government have decided they are going to “review the services offered to tourists.”
It seems that the locals have had enough and some of the changes being considered for the 2015 season will be.

  1. Police from across Europe helping to police the strip.
  2. Banning pub crawls
  3. Banning drinking in the street
  4. Generall clamp down on the anti social behaviour that Magaluf is known for.
  5. The ability to close pubs and bars at midnight.

There is a fine line however. If all these rules come into place then one thing will happen, young holiday makers will stop going. It is estimated that the one million british tourists spend €800 million Euros a year, this is a lot of money to give up and the local economy relies on it. We doubt there will be many happy local business owners if this money that they rely on simply disappears.
Magaluf has made its name on being a party place, something that it has been promoted as by the local businesses. They should take a closer look at what happened in Falaraki before they decide that they don’t need the holidaymakers that they have so actively courted over the last few years. The fact that there are no shortage of clubbing holiday resorts in Europe simply means that people will not go to Magaluf and will go elsewhere.

Also don’t believe that it is only brits getting drunk in Magaluf, tourists from all over Europe go to the Magaluf for the exact same reasons young brits do.

What do you think of the planned changes for Magaluf? Would you still go?

WIll I need ID? What is the drinking age?

Throughout the years, this has to be one of the most commonly asked question that comes up on our clubbing holiday forums. Will I need ID to get into the bars and clubs?
Ibiza Sunset
The answer is pretty much always a big fat NO.
In all our time of going on clubbing holidays to the european resorts we have not once seen a single person been asked for ID. This doesn’t mean they are likely to let 10 year olds in the bar and get drunk so don’t think it’s a free for all in that respect. It just means that as long as you are around the right sort of age you are unlikely to asked to present ID.

However there is and exception to the rule and this is if you are going to the USA. The laws are much stricter stateside and it is unlikely that you will get into a club without presenting your ID.
This is the big difference between the European clubbing resorts and the Stateside ones.
When in Ayia Napa, Magaluf, Kavos, Ibiza etc the bouncers are not bothered about checking ID to see if you can come in. However if you change your location to say Las Vegas, you have no chance whatsoever of seeing the inside of the club without having your ID checked by somebody.
Now this doesn’t mean that we are condoning underage drinking in any way as most of these resorts do still have a legal drinking age which is normally 18. We are just saying that the odds of you being asked for ID in the European resorts are slim to none.

We guess we better direct you to somewhere that will explain the risks of alcohol etc so check out drinkaware.co.uk should you need advice on alcohol and it’s risks.

Or you could read about how I quit drinking alcohol

Where to go clubbing this summer?

Are you looking to book a clubbing holiday? Well you have come to the right place. This website is dedicated to partying in the best locations all around the world, so in this post we well guide you towards where to go clubbing this summer!
During the british summer the best places to go clubbing are Europe and America. The reason for this is because in places like Asia it is the rainy seasons in a lot of places and you are best of going later in the year.

We know everybody has their favourites so this list is in no particular order!

1. Ibiza – This is quite rightly known as the clubbing capital of the world. A whole island dedicated to partying, hosting some of the biggest and best clubs in the world, headlined by the top DJ’s. Filled in the summer with party animals of all ages and close enough to go for a long weekend if you wanted.
The best thing about Ibiza is it is pretty much all summer round and is famous for it’s closing parties in September.

Ibiza Beach Party

2. Ayia Napa – We always say there are two top-tier clubbing holiday destinations in Europe, the first is Ibiza and the second is Ayia Napa. Featuring the famous square area which is heaving with bars and clubs for you to drink the night away, Ayia Napa has been popular since the rise of garage in the late 90’s. These days the music policy is varied and you can find music to suit just about any taste.
If that is not enough, Ayia Napa has the award-winning Nissi Beach which is a popular spot to party or chill out during the day.

3. Las Vegas – With a saying like What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas makes you wonder what actually does go down in sin city. The answer? Just about any and everything. If you can dream it up, there is probably somewhere in Vegas it can be done.
Vegas also has the best pool scene just about anywhere in the world with most of the top nightclubs hosting day parties with headline acts. If that isn’t enough you can rave through the night at any of Las Vegas’s many nightclubs.

Vegas Nightlife

4. Miami – A more upmarket destination, south beach is the home of the beautiful people stateside. The one thing we will say about Miami is that money most defiantly talks in this city and groups of guys may have hard times at the city’s top nightclubs if they have no girls with them. However if you get in you will be treated to some of the best clubs in the US with headline acts from all over the world.

5. Magaluf – Magaluf is known as the most rowdy of all the clubbing holiday destinations. Due to it being quite cheap it is very popular with youngsters as well as stag and hen parties. Due to it being just a short flight from the UK you can go for a long weekend also.
Magaluf also has one of the nicest beaches of any clubbing holiday destinations and a huge super club called BCM.

6. Cancun – Just about everybody has heard of spring break, the wild party time where US uni students go to let their hair down. However Cancun is popular during the summer also with both youngster and a slightly more mature crowd.
Cancun is full of amazingly fun bars like Senior Frogs as well as massive super clubs like The City. Another great place to go for a night out in Cancun is Coco Bongo. Which if any of you have ever been to Magaluf is a bit like the pirates show. Well worth a trip.

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6. Kavos – Kavos was always popular, but since the TV show what happens in Kavos it’s popularity has gone through the roof. It is one long road scattered with bars and clubs and people partying all night long. It is not the most upmarket place ever so don’t go there expecting too much.

kavos passed out

7. Sunny Beach – Another destination where the popularity has exploded due to the What Happens In series on Channel 4. Located in Bulgaria this destination is not only popular with people from the UK but also very popular with people from Scandinavia and russia. This resort is not as big as a lot of the others on this list however.

8. Mykonos – A relative newcomer on the european clubbing holiday scene, but it’s reputation is growing with every passing summer. Also it’s nice to head to these resorts before they blow up as you get to experience what they were like in the “good old days” that you hear people talk about.

So to answer the question Where to go clubbing this summer? You can pick any destination of our list and you are pretty much guaranteed to have a great time.