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    Hi guys, next summer me and a friend are looking to go on holiday alone for the first time, we will both be 17 (almost 18) and can't decide where to go. We want somewhere where there is stuff to do in the day and has like a bit of culture and stuff but where there is an alright nightlife (not like Ibiza or Magaluf). Basically somewhere we can enjoy ourselves in the day and night and will still be relatively safe there? Thank you!

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    I would wait until you are both 18 or maybe even a bit older. I would imagine a lot of the nightlife is catered towards adults who drink, so many clubs and bars wherever you go, the age for being admitted is going to be either 18 or 21. It makes no difference whether you drink alcohol or not; if the bars and clubs are mainly set up with people drinking alcohol in mind ,then you and your friend are going to feel quite excluded if you're not allowed in to any to even drink a coke, i'd imagine.

    So basically if you want nightlife you need to go to places with bars and like open bar/club kind of strips rather than official clubs. The former just has an open door policy and the latter differs by having things like ticketed entry, team of bouncers, enclosed venue, barriers, formal rules and, yes you guessed it, ID checks. Even in party places or countries renowned for not really giving two flips how old you are, if they are a proper club you'll get IDed, even Spain, Portugal, and Spanish islands like Ibiza etc. This excludes bars that have ticketed entry by the way, like some bars/parties in Ayia Napa and Maga etc. will charge for entry but they aren't official clubs so don't care about ID.

    In other words this rules out Barcelona which is great for culture and nightlife but it's a risk with being asked for ID. Same with other big cities, Berlin especially is strict. Portugal would be my recommendation. In the daytime if you go to a good town like Lagos or anywhere in the Algarve region really (just do some research on the biggest towns) you'll have beaches nearby with day trips and activities and markets in the town centres etc. but also some fun and lively bars in the evening. I've been to Portugal 3 times.

    You can travel to Southeast Asia where you can with your budget and visit a lot of interesting places and activities.
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