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Friday, October 9th, 2009

Subject:Where to go w/ free North American plane ticket from Vegas and 4-5 days time... ?
Posted by:lucy_chronicles.
Suggestions sought for a soon to be Expat of the USA, 'native' citizen. I have enough Frequent Flier miles now on United to fly anywhere in the continental US. I'm thinking get the heck out over Thanksgiving or Xmas week, avoid the family drama and enjoy my time left in-country.

I live in Las Vegas, have traveled most of the West Coast, grew up on the Mason Dixon line so have seen all of the Midwest (lived in Chicago, grew up near St. Louis), Texas, Atlanta & around, New Orleans, Tennessee major cities, some time in Cleveland (not really fond of Ohio either) West coast of Florida etc. I've worked through my 'kill list' having driven Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Wyoming, did all of Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, NW including Seattle, Portland etc. and of course all the areas around Vegas including the Grand Canyon several times (pic below - North Rim best ;-) I haven't seen much of the East Coast other than some time in Boston for a family wedding, NYC i've done several times. The typical modus operandi for seeing these areas have been 3-4 day weekend trips built-in w/ business over the course of 7-8 years. Neither do I really consider it a 'vacation' to spend time w/ my relatives (doing-time is more like it! ;-) I don't really have any further cities here on my 'must do' list beyond Spokane to Co'r delane Idaho which is lower on the list. (Lived in San Fran, worked in L.A., did California thoroughly when I was stuck in it.)

The first thought was back to Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis but I've missed it until March/April. It is further booked for 'freebie' tickets Nov, Dec. and most of January to and from Anchorage. So... where to go? I'm not fond of extreme cold and am more likely to hike a museum inside than a trail in the snow. Keeping it cheap is required while on unemployment and finishing graduate school.

Where to?

Washington D.C. - flown through, never spent any time there, can stay in youth hostel cheap, use public trans so no car rental needed. Plane tickets in and out over Thanksgiving easier than Xmas which I'm also told can be problematic w/ snow blizzards.

Can the same be said of Montreal or Toronto? I haven't seen that area of Canada (done Vancouver a few times, Salt Island, Victoria) though have thought about it for years. I'd also like to get out of the country for a bit. My other thought was a quick trip up and back to Calgary but that may be more outdoors/spring and w/ a car to go to Baniff, lakes etc. It's also pretty cheap here and I don't want to 'waste' a full anywhere/ticket so wish to get the most air/gas for my freebie-buck. ;-)

What about Charleston, SC, Richmond, VA, Raleigh/Durham or Philly?

Thoughts appreciated...

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Posted by:socialculture.

We're also interested in people who have or are currently studying abroad to join and recommend their school/program and or tell us why maybe going abroad with ___ isn't such a good idea! So if you're interested, please take a look!

Sorry for any cross-posting.
Hope this ok mod's. If not, my apologies.
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Subject:Wanna go to Europe? Asia?
Posted by:bucklerbri.
Hey everyone! I just wanted to make sure you all knew about the fantastic tour company called EF College Break.

EFCB does tours all over the world that are fun, easy and affordable. They have the lowest prices guaranteed and will actually match any comparable prices if you find a cheaper one. And if you use the special campus manager code "Buckle1505" you'll get at least $50 off any tour. Sometimes more! Especially if you book early.

How about 12 days in London, Paris & Rome for only $1790? Or 11 days in Greece for $1915? Airfare, hotels, entrance to attractions and more are INCLUDED in that price!

So check out and don't forget to use "Buckle1505" when booking your life-changing trip.

Thanks! And if you have any questions feel free to ask, I'll get back to you ASAP. :)
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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Subject:The Thing About Me, Sonoma, Italian food and Vino
Posted by:xfridays_childx.
Mood: achey from boxing.


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Subject:Car rental companies in New Zealand
Posted by:bean_sithe.
I'm looking for specific recommendations or warnings against any car rental companies in New Zealand. I've looked at Ace, Go Rentals, Jucy, Budget, Omega, Pegasus... There is a bit of variation in price and it seems that NZ tends to have two types of rental places - those with new fleets that are fairly pricey (and seem equivalent to what I'm used to in the US when I've had my car in the shop) and those with 5-8 year old cars with high mileage. However, everything I've read says the industry there is pretty regulated and the cars are tested so there shouldn't be any junkers being rented out.

So I guess what it comes down to is customer service. Has anyone had a great experience or a horrible one? I'm going to be renting August 12-22 and touring around the North Island only, so whether or not they allow ferry crossing doesn't apply to me.

Cross-posted all over. Hope it doesn't show up on your f-list too many times...
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Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Posted by:niknakbackpack.
Mood: crazy.

I am on my way yo Hawai'i!!! Please keep watching my journal if you are interested in that sort of thing. I will try to post pictures as much as possible!
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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Posted by:kelacon.
Hello all -
I am flying into Amsterdam and have one week to travel. The plan is to spend a couple nights in Amsterdam, then drive to Paris and spend a couple of nights...and then perhaps drive through Belgium and see a couple of cities there.

Can ya'll give me some suggestions regarding Belgium? I am thinking Bruges and Antwerp - what is good to check out in those areas? Any other towns I need to check out?
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Monday, May 11th, 2009

Subject:The Great Alberta Getaway Contest
Posted by:genkav.
Sent through to me:

Contest open to Ontario residents Only!

Ends: May 19th, 2009

Interesting all expenses paid trip to Alberta if you win the contest:

"Enter the Great Alberta Getaway contest for your chance to become the official Adventure Ambassador and win a four-day trip to Alberta where your adventure will be filmed for a special online series."

How to win

"Upload your photo and a video or short story describing why you would be the ideal candidate to become the Alberta Adventure Ambassador. Charisma counts—your video and/or story will be judged on creativity, originality and enthusiasm. The ten best entries will have their submission posted online for public voting."

What You Win

- Four action-packed days of adventure in Alberta from June 6–June 11, 2009
- Activities could include flying down a slope on a zipline, galloping through the foothills on horseback, looking up at a mountain from the rock face, taking the plunge on a whitewater raft and much more—view the Great Alberta Getaway Itinerary to see what we have in store
- Have your entire trip filmed for an online series of webisodes

For more info, visit the contest website.
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Posted by:tinypinkstar.
Hi folks,

I was looking at Riga as a possible honeymoon destination and I was wondering if anyone could give me advice about things to see and do there, places to eat (for veggies!), maybe daytrips away from the city, cheap accommodation etc - all the usual things basically!

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Subject:Calling all Locals and travel lovers
Posted by:whpingboy.
I will be spending the Summer in Boston with my Wife and 6 yr old daughter. None of us have ever been to the North East, We will not have a car, and other than a doctors appointment every monday through Friday (my daughter is recieving radiation treatment at UMass) we will have most of our days free and all of our weekends. We are from Eugene Oregon, so you can stereo-type us from that. We love history,  Art, Nature, Science, and having fun. Please fill my inbox with as many suggestions as you can think of (even the obvious ones) Also suggestions about getting around in NE.

Thanks in advance.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Subject:Day One: Mendocino Road Trip
Posted by:doisneau.
As some of you may have followed, my friend Nick and I were able to escape for the weekend and go camping up in Mendocino County of California. On day one we drove overnight up to Fort Bragg from LA and stayed the night at Mackerricher State Park along the beach. During the day we explored Mackerricher and saw some baby seals and later on we headed down to Jug Handle State Reserve which I'd highly recommend. Just the peninsula area overlooking the water was worth it alone.
While it was coastal cloudy in the morning, the later in the day it got, the more rain started coming in which seriously hampered a lot of picture taking. By the end of the night it was downpouring and everything covering us got soaked. Thankfully after some serious time spent we were able to get a fire going which made everything better. The highlight without a doubt was seeing 6 Banana Slugs which are the largest slugs in the world!
I'll be posting day two's photos in the next couple days, hope you enjoy!

Mendocino County California - Mackerricher State Park

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Posted by:missi75.
I will be studying abroad in Japan next school year, and I was hoping to visit South Korea or China while I'm there. The problem is I only have a limited amount of money, so I don't want to spend it all on one thing. I think I would still have some left, but it's a lot of money to spend in one go. Would these trips really be worth it, or should I stick to Japan?
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Monday, April 27th, 2009

Posted by:lissalynn.
I will be living in Barcelona, Spain this summer for three months (mid-June to mid-September).

However, this post is about the end of that trip, when I and a friend will be spending 5 days in Paris before I return to the U.S.

SO, Paris: Where to stay? (I usually do hostels, but overall I just want safe, comfortable, inexpensive, and places that encourage meeting the other travelers/fun!), where to eat, what to see/do? What order to do things/what to do on the same day/etc. Any and all suggestions! Thanks! (And yes, I do have guidebooks too!)

(Barcelona tips welcome too, of course- but I'll be living there with a host family so I'm expecting to have time and help getting to know it, whereas the time in Paris is limited!)
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Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Subject:Eastern United States Trip
Posted by:complexmystery.
Hey everyone!

My friend and I are planning a road trip throughout the eastern part of the United States. We are thinking about going to the following cities and places:

- Hershey
- Pittsburgh
- Philadelphia (if anyone can recommend where to get the best philly cheesesteak, that would be awesome)

- Baltimore
- Annapolis

- Richmond
- Williamburg
- Virginia Beach

West Virginia
- Charleston
- Harpers Ferry (possibly?)
- Monongalia (where the national park is)

If you have any ideas or suggestions about what to do or what other cities we should visit, please let us know. We're both in our early 20's so anything that people around our age would like to do would be appreciated.
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Friday, April 24th, 2009

Subject:Hostels in Singapore and Hong Kong
Posted by:lucy_chronicles.
Any recommendations beyond what i'm finding from general google search?

Will be there in May 6 days 1st, 4 days next city. relocating there in June so will need a 2+ week situation after i return.

thoughts and experiences, links appreciated.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Subject:Get out of the country and have fun! :D
Posted by:missjoongie.

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Check out the many tour packages we offer! (Europe, Asia, etc)
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Monday, April 20th, 2009

Posted by:alexi_edwidge.
As my boyfriend and I have just graduated, and we both have a particular fascination with Africa, I thought that taking a tour of the continent would be phenomenal. I wanted to do the North first, start in Morocco then venture onto Egypt, then hit several areas of Sub-Saharan Africa later, namely Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. 
Sadly my boyfirned who is a bit of a hypochondriac saw this horrible television special on the Discovery Channel called "Nature's Vampires" which sensationalized some of the promblems one might encounter there, particularly focusing on the tetse fly....
Now I am having difficulties convicing him to travel there. 
Have any of you ever been? Are there any recommendations you might give us? How did you travel (tour, private).. and can any wonderful, seasoned veteran put Christopher's worries to rest?
Thank you vey much
Alexander Edwidge 
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Subject:Any photographers out there?
Posted by:garua.

This is a question for amateur photographers who love to travel light.

I'm going to be backpacking through Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos (and who knows where the road might take me...). It won't be a "comfortable" trip, but I like it that way.

My only concern is my camera. I'm from a country with a lousy currency exchange. Electronics are imported from the US and charged in dollars, so the price is multiplied by four. I've saved for years to buy my camera and lenses.

Part of me wants to leave them at home, because I know I'll be much more relaxed. But... how can I see all those places and not take the best pictures I can take?

I don't know what to do. I'm thinking of getting a super waterproof, super impact proof case and only taking the camera out when it's sensible. I'll also carry a point and shoot for less favorable conditions...

What are your thoughts? Any words of advice?
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Posted by:tokori.
Hi Everyone-

My husband and I are going to be in Cairo for about 2.5 days before leaving on a trip around Egypt and Jordan.

Its out first time to Cairo and I want to see the pyramids (I know touristy). Do we need a guide? Many of the travel books warn its the only way to get in and enjoy them without being slammed by postcard or camel ride request.

What other suggestions do people have? We are into architecture, arts, good food and I would like to do a bit a shopping too :)
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Subject:Trans-Siberian Railway
Posted by:tinypinkstar.
I'm thinking about trying to organise a trip for next year on the Trans Siberian Railway. Ideally, we'd like to do a bit more than just that - our thoughts were to start in St Petersburg, then head to Moscow to catch the TSR to Beijing stopping at a few places along the way, and then travel on through China a bit - possibly Xi'an and Shanghai. Just wondering if anyone had done anything like this and had any experiences they'd like to share.

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