The Going on Vacation/Holiday Thread

Discussion in 'Totally Off-Topic' started by Hanzo, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. BobCobb

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    Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. Had good reviews, toddler-friendly. Prices were pretty good in early December, though I am now wondering if should have done all inclusive instead of room only.

    Let me know if you recall any places/restaurants worth visiting in PM or otherwise. We would like to get away from there for at least 1 day.
     
  2. quirk6

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    I didn't spend that much time in the actual town of Puerto Morelos, it's cute but small. If you're looking to do excursions or visit Cancun or Playa Del Carmen I have lots of recommendations. I've been up and down the coast and and into Valladolid and Chichen Itza.
     
  3. gregkoko

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    Loved Berlin so fucking much. Can't speak much to London. I'd like to go at some point. I can't imagine spending more than a day or two though. Maybe hop a plane somewhere else in between? Ireland? Scotland? Brussels? Netherlands?

    Japan is #1 on my list. My wife and I are both salivating at the chance to go and odds are it won't be for another 15-20 years.

    Can confirm quirk6 was a HUGE help when my wife and I went to Playa a few years back. Bring the kiddo to Xel Ha. Eco water park, they drive you to and from, AND its all you can eat/drink
     
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    Japan is high on our list as well. I've seen some fantastic deals to Asia come up. Now I just need that when I don't have other plans and can actually book it.

    My brother in law is in the Navy. He's in Alabama right now waiting for his new LCS ship to finish construction. Eventually they're going to sail it from Columbia SC to San Diego. We're going to fly out to SD to be there when they get in, and then we're going to go down to Costa Rica with my mother in law. I can't plan for it since we don't know when it's going to be and I can't plan for anything else, either. It's bothersome. First world problems.
     
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  5. zieglemt

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    Yeah, Brussels is my soft plan.
     
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  6. BobCobb

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    Thanks. A family member also recommended Xel Ha. Looks like maybe a perfect day getaway. I think we might just try to rent a car for 2 days so we can get around easily. Since we are not staying in Cancun or PdC, it seems to make a little tougher to get around or hook up with transportation, at least from what I've read.
     
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  7. FoudreGuy

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    Why not? If it's #1 make it a priority. I know the airfare is pricey but you can do Japan really cheap once you're there. It is way cheaper than most of Europe.
     
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  8. gregkoko

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    We just had our first kid. Hopefully a second on the way in another year or two. My wife and I just hadn't been planning on taking two super young kids on that long of a flight, plus yes very pricey flights. We're thinking more when they're pre-teens/teens we'll be able to make the trip.
     
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    Yep, current exchange rate is super favorable for USD and finding a good flight deal there makes it even sweeter. I loathe US legacy airlines when going abroad and I usually will fly through LAX to take JAL or ANA. Just took my 5th trip over there earlier this year and very likely going again next year.

    In general, I just keep an eye on cheap fares and if I happen to like the timing, I pull the trigger. Hoping to catch a good deal for somewhere in Central Europe next summer.
     
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  10. FoudreGuy

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    My daughter is almost 7 and she's coming with us, but then again we only have one kid and aren't going to have any more and everything just gets exponentially more expensive with extra kids. I started traveling internationally when I was three and it was important for my wife and I to do the same with our kiddo. She's already been to Spain, Morocco, Belgium and The Netherlands. Doesn't hurt to start 'em traveling young!

    Yeah, food and lodging and even attractions are so much cheaper than people think they're going to be. Just don't take taxis, eat at Michelin star French restaurants (although Michelin ramen places are still sub-$10 a meal) and stay at the Park Hyatt Shinjuku. This will be our fourth time in Japan. We went there on our honeymoon in 2006, back in 2010 and then in 2014 (my parents watched kiddo that time), I'm so excited for ramen, tonkatsu sandwiches and conbini karaage.
     
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  11. quirk6

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    Google has a deal going on today only. Buy a phone with google fi service and get travel gift cards (Airbnb, hotels.com, Delta, Southwest) equal to the value you paid for the phone, up to $999. Google FI is $20 for the first line for unlimited talk and text, $15 per additional line. Data is 1¢ per MB. I have 3 days left in my cycle and I've used .61 GB. Also, it works in 170 countries for the same price. Since it's travel related-ish this seemed a good place to post it. I just got a pixel 2 a little while ago, but I'm going to get my wife a pixel 3 with this deal.
     
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    We've been to Gulf Shores, AL three times. Orange Beach is just down the road a bit. The nicer restaurants are around Orange Beach, although "nicer" is a relative term. The whole area is basically the redneck riviera. It's overrun with folks from MN, MI and WI. Lots of Bud Light gets consumed on the beaches around here. LOTS. Nice folks, don't get me wrong. If you're looking for somewhere with lots of beach, not really a ton of people, and plenty of oysters and seafood, this is pretty good.
     
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    cheers for this

    as i live with these people every day i'm kind of trying to get away from it for a week. so this is very helpful. maybe 20 years ago the idea of destroying High Life's and passing out tits up on the sidewalk near a beach sounded fun... but my wife & kids probably wouldn't dig it as much.
     
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    FWIW, my wife barely drinks and she loves it there. I didn't mean to make it sound like a total shitshow. It's far from that. But the redneck quotient is pretty high and these aren't the brightest folks. See below from some proud Badger State folks. Photo from our balcony.

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  15. furley

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    i'm going 1:3 odds that was drawn with piss







    by one dude








    who drank a quarter barrel of Bud by himself









    before lunch
     
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    have you already pulled the trigger? any info on shipping? i'm in europe for 18 days starting friday and i'm worried i'd miss the window.
     
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    I did already pull the trigger. The deal is only good today. I'm pretty sure the phone would arrive while you're away unless you paid for expedited shipping.
     
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    Yeah, I'm more worried about the actual ship date. One of the stipulations is activating within 15 days of shipping or else you don't get the cards. Wondering if they are getting back-logged and not shipping for a week-ish or something...
     
  19. quirk6

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    My confirmation email says delivery Dec 8-11.
     
  20. quirk6

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    I got Mexico on the brain at work the other day. I asked my wife when's the soonest week she could get off of work. Last night using our timeshare and reward points I booked us a week in a 1 bedroom suite with a private plunge pool in Puerto Morelos and round trip airfare for about $500. We have always gone to Mexico in June, it will be nice for it to be a respite from winter for once.