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

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  1. BamaNug

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    Flying it in April. I assume you flew economy? I had always assumed economy is mostly the same across the board. What made it great?
     
  2. Lyrtch

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    reminds me, the flight attendants on my international flight were hilariously garbage both directions

    american airlines
     
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  3. Talking Head

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    Do any of you use any sort of App that helps plan trips? I always have a hard time figuring out the most efficient way of doing my trips since a lot of times they are in different areas and require some driving.

    I need to be in three different states over the period of hopefully two days, but not sure the best route to take. Only one of the stops is in a major city. (Quincy, IL; Indianapolis, Lexington, KY)
     
  4. BayouMafia

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    AA's flight attendants operate under the philosophy that your role on the flight is to make their flight easier, rather than vice versa.

    It has started to get better as they finally started an influx of new hires in the last couple of years but the international routes are still dominated by those with seniority who are by in large a miserable collection of people.
     
  5. Room 15

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    I’ve used this one best app a few times. Let’s plug in multiple cities and will show you how to get from one to the other

    its called Google Maps lol boom roasted
     
  6. Lyrtch

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    girl in front of me when they asked her what she wanted to drink went "ummmmm" for a beat and the flight attendant legit turned around and walked away before she answered

    was incredible
     
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  7. Talking Head

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  8. southside

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    Alaska attendants are top tier

    Loathe American. I think if I had an opportunity to move someplace that was an american hub it would weigh pretty heavily to not go through with it.
     
  9. southside

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    Also I use TripIt for organizing trips when needed. Usually it’s easy enough to just use my phone calendar honestly and rely on info in apps that things were booked through.
     
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  10. Jax Teller

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    :ballin::getmoneyfuckbitches:
     
  11. Jax Teller

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    I only flew it a couple times but it was my experience that the food alone was better than the economy options on any other international flight I've taken.

    Add in that the employees were generally better at customer service and you have a stew going. I have no idea what else, if anything, is different about their economy vs delta, etc.
     
  12. Arkadin

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    Got to say the American business and first flight attendants I've had are great. Regular ones are fine but not nearly as ambitious about things as international carriers
     
  13. Wendel Clark

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    Literally everything compared to all the other economy. Bigger seats, better movie selection, better food. Literally everything is just better.
     
  14. Arkadin

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    The major non us international carriers are largely the same in economy
     
  15. Arkadin

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    So many good ones
     
  16. ohhaithur

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    Indy to Lexington is really easy...65 South to 64 East. I assume Quincy to Indy is just 72
     
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  17. Talking Head

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    It’s just an odd trip though since the only airport that isn’t expensive as hell to get to is Indianapolis. The closest to Quincy is St. Louis and Lexington is Cincinnati and they’re both two hours away.

    I might just say fuck the Lexington part. Or fly into St. Louis first and fly out of Cincinnati two days later.
     
  18. ohhaithur

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    Yeah Quincy really is the hard part. That Lexington drive is easy from IND
     
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  19. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    If i'm doing complex timing and planning I will use excel/google sheets to plot it out. Columns = days, and rows = hours. Add in color coding and its pretty helpful and radically simple to manage.

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  20. colonel_forbin

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    BamaNug let's talk about me coming to Seattle/Vancouver from May 25 to June 1. Flights are booked for my girlfriend and me.
     
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  21. BamaNug

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    If you look at airbnbs, etc. now you could probably find a good deal. Capitol Hill would be the most central location. Fremont/Ballard if you don't want to be right close to downtown.
     
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  22. Wendel Clark

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    Johnnie Walker Black and MonteCristo No 2 cigar just cost me $108 wow
     
  23. Room 15

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    Wow you’re dense he was asking to stay with you
     
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  24. tjosu

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    I stayed in the Fremont area around that same time last year and enjoyed it quite a bit. Awesome area and not near as crowded as everything downtown
     
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  25. BamaNug

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    We can sleep head-to-feet
     
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  26. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Where should my crew stay (Airbnb ?) In Vancouver in April? Should be 8 of us. Tia.
     
  27. C Yank

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    Granville area is really awesome. With 8 people it could be tricky to find something though. It’s essentially against the law to do short term rentals in Vancouver, but there is a lot of places typically available, you just have to be discreet.
     
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  28. Jimmy the Saint

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    I stayed in Belltown last weekend. It’s not too far from Capitol Hill.
     
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  29. mc415

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    I’m in Mazatlan, Mexico visiting family and fuck it’s perfect weather here right now
     
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  30. 941Gator

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    I love Airbnb but sometimes it is just easier to get 2-3 hotel rooms connected.
     
  31. Arkadin

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    Nah
     
  32. BamaNug

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    My favorite area is Gastown.
     
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  33. Arliden

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    Anything keeping you from going to the giraffe center first and then to the elephant orphanage?
     
  34. Gin Buckets

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    I don’t think it’s open. The driver said something along those lines. The elephant show is at a very specific time every morning, and I think they are at giraffe manor during breakfast hours. After breakfast at the manor closed, the giraffes walk over to the center side. Could be wrong, but I believe this is why no one goes to the giraffes first.

    Edit: My gf says you can go before, so it’s worth double checking.
     
  35. Arkadin

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    BamaNug you ended up flying Ethiopian right
     
  36. BamaNug

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    Yep, both international and within the country. Nothing bad to report, would fly again
     
  37. Arkadin

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    I see cheap award availability from nyc to abb then on to bkk. Might be the play for a june/july trip
     
  38. Mix

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    Going to Hamburg in May, anyone have any suggestions? Have a pretty good list but want to make sure I don't miss anything cool.
     
  39. Room 15

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    My buddy is a sailboat captain and we’re planning a week long sailing trip in the BVIs. I am excite.

    We are going to bro out real hard.
     
  40. CoastalOrange

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    Really hoping for a big Euro sale within the next month for the England/Scotland trip in April. :CrossesFingersANDToes:
     
  41. BamaNug

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    Where Eagles Dare am I remembering you renting a car in Cape Town? How was driving over there?
     
  42. Where Eagles Dare

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    Much easier than Asian countries.

    Driver seat is on the right and I believe you drive on the left hand side too, so having your typical sense of space is the only difficult part.

    Think we rented from a Budget and got a Benz for like $30 per day. Drove down the entire western side of the cape, to the tip of Cape of Good Hope... then back up the eastern side. Was a pretty awesome day of driving and stopping into towns. Was ostriches, penguin...

    Camps Bay is probably my heaven. Chapman's Peak Drive is beautiful. There are a bunch of small towns worth exploring for a minute
     
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  43. Where Eagles Dare

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    I did get fucked up in a round about, those multiple lane ones are a bitch, and was forced to turn into a one lane shanty town.

    I know those places aren't unsafe or anything, UT being two whites in a car worth more than most those peoole have ever had didn't make me feel the most comfortable. Sooo out of place.

    BamaNug go ahead and make your reservations for The Test Kitchen. Supposed to be high quality and super hard to get into.

    If I go back, I'll probably spend a night or two in franschhoek. Kinda like Napa, I'd guess. Small town surrounded by wineries
     
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  44. BamaNug

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    We’ve got most of the trip planned, booked a 3 day/2 night camping safari in Kruger. Have 5 days/4 nights in Cape Town before heading to the Burn.

    Got great white diving booked, definitely hiking table mountain one day.

    Did you hit up Boulder Bay with the penguins? I see it’s on the eastern side of the cape. Will definitely look into that meal.

    What part of the city did you stay in? We tentatively have a hostel booked in The Observatory, which google tells me is the bohemian/hipster neighborhood.
     
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  45. Where Eagles Dare

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    We stayed over near the waterfront/Greenpoint. Nothing really worth a shit besides a mall down in the big area. Didn't make it to the Observatory area.

    The Gardens was pretty cool area. Long St was alright. Kinda New Orleans vibe. We took off most days (drive/wine/safari/sharks) and spent a day in camps bay.

    Did see the penguins. They stink. Was cool, did that as part of our drive down the Cape
     
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  46. rezy

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    BamaNug everything Where Eagles Dare said is legit advice. There is a really good restaurant near the penguins that we went to for lunch after doing that same drive. I think it was Olympia Cafe, it’s on the Main Street across from the water. We ate at La Colombe when we were there in 2010, chef Luke was the chef when we ate there. It was the best meal of my entire life I would definitely recommend the test kitchen. If you’re into fancy food I would also recommend Rust En Vrede. The property is absolutely beautiful and the food and wine pairings were also great. It’s been a few years since I was there but happy to help in any other way I can
     
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  47. Where Eagles Dare

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    I'd alps add that you should eat and fucking drink everything.

    I'm going to assume the conversion rate is still absurdly low, but I was eating $400 meals for $75. It was amazing
     
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  48. BamaNug

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    :respek:

    I'm sure I'll have more questions as it gets closer. 79 days until I fly out, 89 days until Afrikaburn.

    214 days until Espana?
     
  49. rezy

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    Yeah we had a 10 course tasting menu with wine pairings at la colombe and I think we spent about $85 each. Zap Branigan does that sound right?
     
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  50. Zap Branigan

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    Oh boy, I remember the beginning of that meal. The tiger prawns were great. I feel like it was there or around $100. Not as expensive as Rust En Vrede.

    Also Olympia Cafe is the one and its in Kalk Bay near Fish Hoek on the coast.

    Hout Bay for the sweet landscape pics.
     
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