General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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-DiscoTits-
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701 posts since 26/11/07

4 Jan 2016 21:44
Looking to go away alone in the next few months Jan,Feb or March for a quiet week away. Want somewhere guaranteed sunshine, not too expensive, plenty to do and likely to meet fellow travellers. Anyone got any good quirky suggestions?
Mr.X.
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2842 posts since 23/6/13

posted 4 Jan 2016 22:05, edited 4 Jan 2016 22:05
Fuck going to Paris when there are so many better places, also it's a stones throw away which takes all the fun out of travelling.

Edit. I forgot that you're an Australian.

Forper wrote:
Mr.X. wrote: Why would you want to go to the 11th if there's just been a terrorist attack there? I'm sure security will be beefed up but the thought of what happened is off-putting isn't it?

Don't let the terrorists win. Enjoy your life.
Ricer
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1738 posts since 14/3/03

5 Jan 2016 15:05
Anto wrote: Blue Lagoon is cool but i found it the most touristy thing you can do in Iceland.

Shopping not the best thing you can do there but recall two stores in Reykjavik: Hurra and Geysir

Nice one, heard it's very touristy alright but still really wanna see it



Anto wrote: Where do people recommend sleeping in Tokyo in terms of areas?

Looking at Airbnbs as hotels are mostly sold out or super expensive.

Any link to airbnb od hotels?


Stayed in Shinjuku when I was there, Hotel Sunroute Plaza….5 mins from train station so dead handy & same from all the neon bits
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

5 Jan 2016 15:22
Can anyone recommend parking close to Luton Airport for one night?
behu
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2 posts since 2/1/16

11 Jan 2016 03:50
deecoults wrote: So, was due to be flying out to Puerto Vallarta yesterday which has obviously not happened, full refund and got rebooked yesterday for Miami as time off etc already sorted.

Now staying here: http://www.vintrohotels.com. Any must see Miami recommendations? Have been before, Wynwood area looks pretty good, might head to the Electric Pickle on Halloween, potentially art deco walking tour again.

Any good shop/food/drinks recommendations?

Also, got a shitload of pesos I need to change into dollars, assuming will get a better rate in the states rather than two transactions here?

How is your stay?
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

15 Jan 2016 18:33
trailofdavid wrote:
Mosoona wrote: Oh nice. Any advice for arrondissements in Paris? Friend living there says 3, 4 and 11 (Le Marais supposedly good), any others?

Staying in Le Marais next weekend, so will let you know.

Sent this to a mate who is staying in Montmartre. I'd recommend staying in Le Marais though. If you do decide and want more recommendations, just let me know

Stayed in Le Marais which is definitely worth at least a day and evening of your time.

The streets around Rue de Turenne and Rue des Francs Bourgeois are great for exploring. For lunch, any of the Falafel joints on Rue de Rosiers would be mint and there is also a Schwartz's deli there (we went to the one near the Eiffel Tower/Trocadero and they do incredible Ruebens and pastrami sarnies).

Merci is worth checking out (APC and Kitsune nearby too) and it has two great cafes as part of the set up. Fondation Cafe is another good place for breakfast or a pitstop. Theres loads of vintage shops dotted around too if that's your bag.

Didn't have many beers, as most places just do Stella or Kronenberg, but Frog Revolution brews its own beers which were tasty and at 7eur a pint not *too expensive* relatively speaking (mostly stuck to wine though)

In the evening go to La Trinquette for a banging Charcuterie platter and bottle of wine. There's a mint cocktail bar a few minutes away too called Little Red Door. We also had some at an Italian place called Grazie and the food looked topper there too.

Oh and there's a place that does good pizza by the slice, called… Slyce

Notre Dame and Hotel de Ville are a short walk away too.
kashif
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263 posts since 18/7/04

19 Jan 2016 11:11
Thinking of booking Sri Lanka for 7-10 days over easter.
I know a few guys on here have been. Any recommendations? From what ive seen it seems really overpriced …..£200-400 a night for a hotel etc.

Any guidance on where to go, hotels, etc would be a massive help
gkitch
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72 posts since 30/6/11

24 Jan 2016 19:13
Heading to lisbon for 4 nights tomorrow. Any last minute recomendations? Got a fairly extensive list of places to eat and drink already but always after more. Cheers
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

1 Feb 2016 16:57
So Zika might have ruined my holiday plans for march

Looking a maybe doing a a few days or a week in the uk, what are the areas around Cornwall I should be looking at? Wouldn't mind renting a cottage where things aren't to far away.
Anto
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3554 posts since 19/1/12

3 Feb 2016 10:00
What's the best way to get around in Tokyo?
Is it worth extending the Japan Rail pass for the period i'll spend in town? Will get for sure a one week one, but was wondering if it's worth buying the two weeks one.

Thanks!
DuffMan
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14271 posts since 21/2/07

3 Feb 2016 11:01
Anyone been to / spent much time in British Columbia? Thinking about a road trip there.

Also flights just went up £400 (!!!) in the space of a couple of days, am I missing something, are they likely to fluctuate back down again?
blackham
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1706 posts since 17/7/13

3 Feb 2016 11:33
use tor when booking flights/hotels/trains etc. even incognito can sometimes track your cookies; if it is your cookies.
DuffMan
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14271 posts since 21/2/07

3 Feb 2016 11:57
Yeah Incognito the Air Canada prices have gone back down but still same inflated price on BA, very odd
mAK
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477 posts since 28/4/13

3 Feb 2016 12:39
Anto wrote: What's the best way to get around in Tokyo?
Is it worth extending the Japan Rail pass for the period i'll spend in town? Will get for sure a one week one, but was wondering if it's worth buying the two weeks one.

Thanks!

you will use the train to go everywhere for the entire time you are there
adidaskev
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1001 posts since 30/11/11

3 Feb 2016 17:05
Philadelphia - Is it worth a day trip whilst I'm in New York?
smith
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10768 posts since 5/5/04

3 Feb 2016 17:10
^^^ Yes
Double D
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3552 posts since 8/3/07

3 Feb 2016 18:49
Yep
Anto
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3554 posts since 19/1/12

4 Feb 2016 08:31
mAK wrote:
Anto wrote: What's the best way to get around in Tokyo?
Is it worth extending the Japan Rail pass for the period i'll spend in town? Will get for sure a one week one, but was wondering if it's worth buying the two weeks one.

Thanks!

you will use the train to go everywhere for the entire time you are there

Yes, i know that, but as there are plenty of lines and companies, i wanted to know if was worth extending the JR one or maybe getting something like daily pass or whatever
kenty
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1828 posts since 6/5/05

4 Feb 2016 10:11
If you're just travelling round Tokyo (outside of the 1 week I assume you have the rail pass to go further out, Kyoto/Osaka etc) then definitely don't get extend the rail pass. The underground and train system for travelling within Tokyo is cheap compared to some places, you only need the rail pass for long distances (Kyoto 4 hours for example) so maybe try and fit all those trips into the week you already have the pass though.

You can even head to places like Yokohama for £3/550yen so unless you're doing 50 of those trips in a week, extending the pass wouldn't be worthwhile for Tokyo alone.
DuffMan
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14271 posts since 21/2/07

4 Feb 2016 12:16
DuffMan wrote: Anyone been to / spent much time in British Columbia? Thinking about a road trip there.

I know some of you have lived in Canada