General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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Burt
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5285 posts since 3/1/10

posted 3 Jan 2019 12:07, edited 3 Jan 2019 12:07
Long time FUK post but might help, Mob…

Burt wrote: I've done the SF to LV drive through Yosemite. I broke it up at a place called Bishop and stayed at the Best Western before driving through Death Valley to Vegas. Thoroughly recommended.

Dug out the map that I used…


and a couple of gratuitous photo shots, Yosemite…


Death Valley…



Burt wrote: You don't need to be dropping a wedge for what's basically an overnighter in a town in the middle of nowhere - save your cash for bright light's, big city.
MoB
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36572 posts since 31/8/04

3 Jan 2019 12:10
Looks like this route is a fuk rights of passage Laughing out loud Cool
joe6886
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posted 3 Jan 2019 12:18, edited 3 Jan 2019 12:18
We stayed in mammoth lakes when we did Yosemite (on FUK recommendation) and I don’t remember it being that expensive, it’s a ski resort really so if you’re going in summer then it won’t be mega busy but it was a nice little town with plenty of places to eat and drink.

We had only planned to stay one night but ended up doing two coz we really liked it there, the drive up through Yosemite to there was amazing then we headed up through the rest of it to get back to the coast.

My advice would be not to underestimate how much time it takes in between places, it really is vast and through Yosemite you’re going at a slow pace and stopping off plenty. Also, leave a good few days free coz you’ll end up in places where you wish you had an extra night there.

Best holiday I’ve ever had doing that trip and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
NigelBenn
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4009 posts since 6/2/08

3 Jan 2019 16:19
Yosemite looks amazing. Props Cool

Anybody got recommendations for hotels or Airbnb in Jamaica? Going for a long weekend end of Jan
Birdman
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1327 posts since 10/3/10

3 Jan 2019 16:37
MoB wrote: Anyone done a cali drive? We're looking at LA to san fran in April taking in Yosemite. Yosemite looks fucking expensive though, cheapest place we can find is about 200 a night.

Any tips would be appreciated.

Wife and I went about 7 years ago (hadn’t realised it was quite that long until just now Oops ) - stayed at this place, in this room - http://www.naturesinnbnb.com/halfdome.php

It was much better value than other options and was decent. No luxuries but comfortable bed/hot shower and WiFi/cable before you crash out after a knackering day in the park. Very decent hot and continental breakfast cooked to order in the morning too. The drive into the park takes about 30-45 minutes but was beautiful so I would recommend.
Birdman
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1327 posts since 10/3/10

3 Jan 2019 16:45
ginner wrote: MoB, did this a couple of years back. Can recommend Mama Shelter in LA (good rooftop bar/restaurant too). Lake Tahoe is worth a stop if you can work it in.

Yosemite is very pricey and there are very few places to stay in the actual park. Most people camp or do motorhome but these are equally expensive options too. That said, it is certainly worth going to. Spectacular place.
stayed in a place called Hotel Charlotte. Clean and decent enough. Restaurant was good (there are very few places to eat around Yosemite).

Driving up to SF from LA, Carmel and Monterey are both worth a stop. Beach at Carmel is lovely and the place is full of vintage watch dealers and art galleries.

As above - Yosemite is a must see, possibly the best thing I’ve done in all my time over here.

Used to go to Cali with work a lot and my tip would be that if L.A. hotels are crazy prices then look at the decent airport hotels - they are much nicer rooms and pools in some cases and are well located for a lot of the nicer local destinations (Santa Monica/Malibu etc).

We did a road trip from LA to SF once and pretty sure I broke it up with hotel stays in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach and Monterey on the way so that we would drive for a morning then explore relax for an afternoon etc. As said Carmel is very nice. The Big Sur portion of Drive was the most beautiful IIRC.
Anto
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3503 posts since 19/1/12

11 Jan 2019 11:51
Anyone can recommend where to stay in Madrid?
Specific places are welcome, but areas would be more than enough. Last time I went was 10yrs ago…
misled
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4214 posts since 3/1/02

11 Jan 2019 12:10
couple of extra places to stay on American road trip:

https://www.evergreenlodge.com/
stayed here in yosemite, has log cabins and tents. really good food, beer, a pool. does guided tours too which were great. not too expensive either.

https://www.missionranchcarmel.com/

stayed here in Carmel. It's owned by the man himself Clint Eastwood! Decent prices, great bar and food. A lot of the locals drink here. We saw Clint in the bar one night.

shego
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1530 posts since 11/12/07

12 Jan 2019 18:08
Seen all the bar/restaurant recs for Lisbon, but any hotels or airbnb? Just for 3-4 nights
Anto
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3503 posts since 19/1/12

12 Jan 2019 19:24
Recently stayed at Dear Lisbon hotel and was great.

Alegria Center Apartments was good too.

Both available on Booking.com
figurine
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5552 posts since 14/5/07

12 Jan 2019 20:39
Any recommendations for places to stay in Brisbane/Sydney? Or any places to visit between the two?
andymakesglasses
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20093 posts since 26/1/06

13 Jan 2019 10:00
It depends what you're after and what you plan to do but you probably want to be in the CBD for ease of getting around. We stayed at the Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central a few years ago and it was pretty good. Around $130 a night at that time and walking distance to the harbour and botanic gardens.

The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks is good for beer and pub food (we had an unmeet with MrPlatinum there).

We headed south so I can't help you with places on the way to Brisbane. Bondi is well worth a visit before you head north though. Manly is supposed to be nice too although we ran out of time to visit in the end.
Crackajack
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6952 posts since 21/4/05

13 Jan 2019 12:45
shego wrote: Seen all the bar/restaurant recs for Lisbon, but any hotels or airbnb? Just for 3-4 nights

Stayed here, bit like an 'aparthotel' but they do have a reception/housekeeping daily etc. Only weak thing was that the breakfast was slightly average. The room was really nice and seemed a good location.

http://www.guesthousecasaoliver.com/
DuffMan
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14232 posts since 21/2/07

13 Jan 2019 12:51
andymakesglasses wrote: We headed south so I can't help you with places on the way to Brisbane. Bondi is well worth a visit before you head north though. Manly is supposed to be nice too although we ran out of time to visit in the end.

Manly is nice - get the ferry there.

The beaches south of Bondi are better imo (Tamarama, Bronte etc) though bondi is fun - they're all accessible by a nice walk along the cliffs from each other. The full walk Bondi - Coogee is not particularly long and highly recommended.
figurine
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5552 posts since 14/5/07

14 Jan 2019 16:24
DuffMan wrote:
andymakesglasses wrote: We headed south so I can't help you with places on the way to Brisbane. Bondi is well worth a visit before you head north though. Manly is supposed to be nice too although we ran out of time to visit in the end.

Manly is nice - get the ferry there.

The beaches south of Bondi are better imo (Tamarama, Bronte etc) though bondi is fun - they're all accessible by a nice walk along the cliffs from each other. The full walk Bondi - Coogee is not particularly long and highly recommended.
Cheers Duff/Andy
Rirawin
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9179 posts since 17/7/05

14 Jan 2019 20:38
Just booked flights to Peru for two weeks during the Easter break. Any tips, must dos, etc.?

Already have Central and Maido on the food front for when we're in Lima - though only planning to spend three days max in the city.
Jero
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110 posts since 27/7/09

14 Jan 2019 20:51
food is great in Lima but that's all. 2 days are more than enough
plenty of things to do in Peru, depends what you're after (mountains, desert, jungle, canyons, almost everything one could find on earth in a single country)
Rirawin
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9179 posts since 17/7/05

14 Jan 2019 22:06
Any advice on which route to Machu Picchu would be appreciated! Also any recommendations or tips for visiting the Amazon.
Jero
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110 posts since 27/7/09

posted 15 Jan 2019 06:58, edited 15 Jan 2019 06:58
a trek to macchu micchu is a must do, as the area is really nice, but it'll take almost a week…

you should go to Cuzco, from there Titicaca lake, sacred valley or rainforest (manu national parc) are within 1 day by bus (more or less)
from/to Cuzco, you'b better book a flight early in the morning, as most flights gets delayed in the afternoon (from noon actually) due to weather conditions
swede
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7638 posts since 21/3/09

15 Jan 2019 09:02
lima is pretty crap if I'm honest. i spent a few weeks travelling in northern peru quite a few years back (huarez, trujillo, tarapoto) which was good, did some cool hikes etc. Food is good, make sure you try guinea pig