The New Travel Thread: Now with write ups in the OP

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  1. Arkadin

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    RIP. We've come too far just got to leave her
     
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  2. Lyrtch

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    guys focus do I go to amsterdam for like 6 days in january

    or do I wait and try to snag a warm weather destination
     
  3. Arkadin

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    Would you rather be warm or cold
     
  4. Lyrtch

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    warm but the options for warm are so-so it seems
     
  5. Whammy

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    Europe is going to be cold...Amsterdam especially so.

    Go to South America brochacho
     
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  6. Arkadin

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    2 weeks and I'll be on the way to South america
     
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  7. Whammy

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    Good luck bro - just got back. A Brazilian honey is trying to get me to fly her to the states :donotwant: :ohgosh:
     
  8. CoastalOrange

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    Leave tomorrow morning and have intl DL in hand. Thanks for the assistance, guys (Arkadin BayouMafia )! Fingers crossed there is availability for the Mario Kart tour.
     
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  9. Fran Tarkenton

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    6 days might be a touch long for Amsterdam. Id say you need 3 solid nights. Try to squeeze in Copenhagen, Brugge, Cologne, or Paris.
     
  10. Lyrtch

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    going to copenhagen and stockholm in may

    would definitely do some day trips, 9 hr flight not worth going for less than ~5-6 I think
     
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  11. Arkadin

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    O: Helsinki (HEL)
    Boston (BOS) - $329
    Charlotte (CLT) - $317
    Dallas (DFW) - $336
    Denver (DEN) - $341
    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $359
    Miami (MIA) - $319
    Minneapolis (MSP) - $359
    Orlando (MCO) - $391
    Tampa (TPA) - $379

    TO: Oslo (OSL)
    Atlanta (ATL) - $340
    Charlotte (CLT) - $314
    Cincinnati (CVG) - $342
    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $333
    Raleigh (RDU) - $348

    TO: Stockholm (ARN)
    Boston (BOS) - $364
    Charlotte (CLT) - $336
    Cincinnati (CVG) - $382
    Dallas (DFW) - $390
    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $391
    Los Angeles (LAX) - $404
    Miami (MIA) - $343
    Minneapolis (MSP) - $359
    San Francisco (SFO) - $393
    San Jose (SJC) - $404
    Seattle (SEA) - $374
    Washington DC (IAD) - $378
    WHEN: Varies widely by route. Generally January through May 2019.
     
  12. Hugo Boss

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    Hit up Folk and Friends in Stockholm, there's two locations, think I went to Kungsholmen. One of the owners is from Tennessee, was a nice place to grab some beer before dinner.
     
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  13. Virgil Caine

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    Goodnight, sweet prince and your unreal flight attendants.
     
  14. bro

    bro just in a general kinda way
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    Well the deal is off so you are good for now
     
  15. tjosu

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    Think he meant that as in the airline is potentially going under
     
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  16. Arkadin

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    The hits keep coming

    : Brussels (BRU)
    Baltimore (BWI) - $343
    Chicago (ORD) - $343
    Dallas (DFW) - $338
    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $343
    Miami (MIA) - $343
    Philadelphia (PHL) - $397
    Washington DC (DCA) - $343
    Washington DC (IAD) - $343

    TO: Frankfurt (FRA)
    Baltimore (BWI) - $404
    Boston (BOS) - $404
    Chicago (ORD) - $404
    Denver (DEN) - $404
    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $404
    Houston (IAH) - $404
    Long Beach (LGB) - $409
    Los Angeles (LAX) - $404
    Miami (MIA) - $404
    Minneapolis (MSP) - $404
    Oakland (OAK) - $409
    Ontario (ONT) - $409
    Orange County (SNA) - $404
    Orlando (MCO) - $404
    Philadelphia (PHL) - $404
    San Diego (SAN) - $404
    San Francisco (SFO) - $404
    San Jose (SJC) - $404
    Seattle (SEA) - $404
    Tampa (TPA) - $404
    Washington DC (DCA) - $404
    Washington DC (IAD) - $404

    TO: Geneva (GVA)
    Baltimore (BWI) - $383
    Washington DC (DCA) - $383
    Washington DC (IAD) - $369

    TO: Munich (MUC)
    Denver (DEN) - $391
    Houston (IAH) - $391
    Long Beach (LGB) - $395
    Los Angeles (LAX) - $391
    Miami (MIA) - $391
    Ontario (ONT) - $395
    Orange County (SNA) - $391
    San Francisco (SFO) - $391
    San Jose (SJC) - $391
    Washington DC (DCA) - $391
    Washington DC (IAD) - $391

    TO: Vienna (VIE)
    Baltimore (BWI) - $393
    Chicago (ORD) - $393
    Washington DC (DCA) - $393
    Washington DC (IAD) - $393

    TO: Zurich (ZRH)
    Baltimore (BWI) - $344
    Boston (BOS) - $344
    Burbank (BUR) - $369
    Chicago (ORD) - $344
    Dallas (DFW) - $336
    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $344
    Jacksonville NC (OAJ) - $348
    Long Beach (LGB) - $392
    Los Angeles (LAX) - $344
    Miami (MIA) - $344
    Ontario (ONT) - $375
    Orange County (SNA) - $375
    Orlando (MCO) - $351
    San Francisco (SFO) - $344
    San Jose (SJC) - $375
    Seattle (SEA) - $336
    Washington DC (DCA) - $344
    Washington DC (IAD) - $344
    WHEN: Generally January through March 2019

    NORMAL PRICE: $850+

    AIRLINE: Delta, KLM

    BUY BY: We think these fares will last less than 24 hours
     
  17. rezy

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    I was there for a day in february and had a great time
     
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  18. Arkadin

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    Marriott let spg get hacked so there's 500 million people compromised, about 175 mil of those include credit cards.
     
  19. ohhaithur

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    SPG let SPG get hacked

    Passports is a bigger deal to me (even though I'm not affected). What a shitshow
     
  20. Arkadin

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    I didn't see the 2014 thing you mentioned because the CNN alert I got didn't mention it in the first half of the article for whatever reason
     
  21. Gin Buckets

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    I've done one other safari, in Pilanesburg South Africa, and it was great. That said, nothing compares to the Serengeti. That shit was dope -- saw so many animals and our guide was excellent -- he knew the park seemingly better than the other drivers as some of our best viewings happened when no other safari jeeps were anywhere around. He also had no problem going off road to get super close to the animals.

    Couple of the pics I took:
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    LeopardSerengeti.jpg
    LionsDrinkingSerengeti.jpg
    GiraffeSerengeti.jpg

    ETA: We used Simba Adventures. We did 3 nights, and visited Tarangire, the Serengeti, and Ngorrogorro Crater. We literally camped with animals just outside our tent. In the Serengeti that shit was in tents (zinnng), as I heard what I thought sounded like a lion just outside my tent as well as hyenas raiding our campsite all night. At Ngorrogorro we camped on the ridge, and when I went out to use the restroom in the middle of the night zebras were sleeping just outside the tents and then an elephant was eating in the tree just outside the camping bathroom building. It was pretty surreal.
     
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  22. tjosu

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    How do those animals react when you get that close? Being a national park, do they sort of get used to the jeeps and people?
     
  23. ohhaithur

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    To make Marriott look bad probably. Clicks. Idk
     
  24. Gin Buckets

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    Looked at us. Decided we weren’t a threat and then walked around or went back to resting. The only time I got a little uneasy (while in the Jeep) was when a big male elephant started walking right at us. Got so close I could touch him. It was unsettling because he could have easily flipped the Jeep if he thought us a threat.
     
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  25. southside

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    That leopard sleeping in the tree is an awesome pic

    Safari is my favorite thing I’ve ever done traveling by a long shot. Can’t wait to do another at some point
     
  26. Talking Head

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    Why is the cell phone reception so shitty when you land at the Atlanta airport?
     
  27. Arkadin

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    Probably because there's a bazillion things going on technology wise
     
  28. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yeah, I have Verizon and soon as I get in the plane my service goes to 100% shit until we leave the gate
     
  29. Whammy

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    Bros - lookin for a couple bars for a pregame in South Beach Miami. Any thoughts?
     
  30. Gin Buckets

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    Space
     
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  31. Gin Buckets

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    Heading to Jambiani today, which is a beach on the island of Zanzibar. We were planning on leaving from Stone Town, and flying to Lamu, Kenya but that proved impossible without losing one of the last 3 days.

    Heading to The Rock Zanzibar tomorrow for dinner. Also planning on giving kite surfing a try, and I really want to try and catch a bone fish

    This is the place we picked for Jambiani.
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_R...mbiani_Zanzibar_Island_Zanzibar_Archipel.html
     
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  32. The B1G Kucktis

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    New Zealand is/was fucking awesome.
     
  33. Space

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  34. ksim14

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    Gin Buckets if you don’t mind me asking how much did your safari cost? How much did your Africa trip cost overall?

    Debating between Africa or South America in March for a month or two.
     
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  35. Lyrtch

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    based on all my research south african safaris are dumb expensive even if you do it the budget way, its just expensive to get there to start and most places aren't cheap

    going to do one in a year or two
     
  36. ksim14

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    Yea thats the conclusion I’ve come to as well. Seems like I’d be spending 7–10k in Africa at least including flights.

    Where as South America I feel like it’s easier to move around a little bit and I can visit more places for 3-5k
     
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  37. Lyrtch

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    literally talked to the wife today that we'll likely spend the combined cost of our three trips to Vietnam - Scandinavia - South Korea just on an African safari trip
     
  38. Gin Buckets

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    Flight from Atlanta to Nairobi was like $660 (on Delta with a layover in Amsterdam. Found this deal on secretflying.com). After that it’s abt as expensive as you make it. It’s not excessively cheap, but still cheaper than the US. Comparably, Brazil is way more expensive, but Bolivia probably cheaper, and it’s probably about the same as Peru. The bungalow I’m in on the beach right now is something like $60 per night, and the giant beers they sell you are like $3.

    Safari’s ain’t cheap. We did 3 nights and it was pretty expensive — I think it was just under $1000 per person after tip and all taxes. That included entry to parks, meals, and pretty much everything else. In hindsight, I’d 100% do it again, and thought it was very much worth it.
     
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  39. ksim14

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    I was more thinking activities I’d want to do in Africa would be more expensive not really living costs. But 1000 for 3 nights is cheaper than I thought.

    What beach did you head to? Who did you do your safari through?
     
  40. Gin Buckets

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    In at Blue Reef lodge on Jambiani in Zanzibar. It’s amazing so far. We hung out with some South Africans and Polish vacationers during sunset last night. This place has kind of a hostel atmosphere in the sense that it’s easy to meet people.

    We used Simba Adventures. They are amazing. Highly recommend. https://simbaadventures.com/

    It’s also worth noting that we took the bus from Nairobi to Arusha for $30 per person, and then the Tanzania visa is $100 for US Citizens ($50 for all other countries — that really grinded my gears).
     
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  41. Room 15

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    That’s really good marketing. I’d 100% book solely due to Simba being honored
     
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  42. BamaNug

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    Do you get regular cell service in Hawaii? Or is it pretty spotty?

    Guess I can use maps.me regardless
     
  43. The B1G Kucktis

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    It is normally good unless you get real out in the countryside.
     
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  44. Weedlord420

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    It’s normal. Hawaii is actually initiating statewide google fiber.
     
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  45. Lyrtch

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    i had great coverage everywhere in oahu
     
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  46. Gin Buckets

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    Dudes that work at the hotel took us out to a local bar last night. Shit was wild, and compelled me to link this video;

     
  47. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Need about 8k, maybe 9k miles on AA.

    Anyone interested in a trade via "gift miles" PM plx
     
  48. Arkadin

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    You mean "share miles" imo. I can send you 9k. It's like 100 bucks to do it though, plus whatever you're offering in trade
     
  49. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    ^yes, share miles.
     
  50. Josey Wales

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    Traveling gents, is the chase sapphire still considered among the best cards for accruing travel rewards do I need to check the credit thread/look at others?

    I was thinking of taking a trip something between Christmas and NYE, or including, and figured it may be good to apply for another card.