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

Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Jax Teller, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. rezy

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    The bone marrow risotto in that fish bowl on the wood was a highlight for me
     
  2. CoastalOrange

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    It's looking like I am booking flights out to Kona for the gf's birthday in mid-March. I searched the thread to see if anyone had any suggestions on the Kona area but only a few mentions of Kona brewing and the downtown area. Anyone have any guidance for while we are there? I know Kona is on the Big Island but that is about all I know. Never been to Hawaii before. Will be there for around 4.5 days. Should we stay in the Kona area or rent a car and drive around the island? Should we spend a day or two there and then book a flight and jump to another island for a few days? Why?Pokes FriendsofJtyler
     
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  3. Weedlord420

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    I feel like I’m the only one that prefers Oahu.
     
  4. AptosDuck

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    Never been, but friends have loved the Kona area. If you've only got 4.5 days there, I'd recommend staying there and not spending precious time island-hopping. Friends have enjoyed the Waikoloa area, two have recommended Los Tres Mex there for their fish tacos. Hapuna Beach is great for bodysurfing. Volcano National Park might be a good day trip. And if it's in season, snorkel with the manta rays.

    https://www.fair-wind.com/kona-snorkel-destinations/manta-rays/
     
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  5. Arkadin

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    From yesterday, so I'd hurry

    TO: Honolulu (HNL)

    Albuquerque (ABQ) - $409

    Allentown (ABE) - $537

    Austin (AUS) - $513

    Billings (BIL) - $406

    Boise (BOI) - $363

    Boston (BOS) - $549

    Bozeman (BZN) - $401

    Burbank (BUR) - $397

    Calgary (YYC) - $464 CAD

    Chicago (ORD) - $493

    Dallas (DFW) - $503

    Daytona Beach (DAB) - $544

    Denver (DEN) - $437

    Edmonton (YEG) - $585 CAD

    El Paso (ELP) - $429

    Eugene (EUG) - $371

    Fresno (FAT) - $417

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $540

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $411

    Great Falls (GTF) - $390

    Indianapolis (IND) - $483

    Kansas City (MCI) - $476

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $383

    Long Beach (LGB) - $358*

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $358*

    Medford (MFR) - $375

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $483

    Minneapolis (MSP) - $501

    Missoula (MSO) - $397

    Montreal (YUL) - $549 CAD

    Nashville (BNA) - $483

    New Orleans (MSY) - $485

    New York City (JFK) - $535*

    Oakland (OAK) - $317

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $425

    Omaha (OMA) - $483

    Ontario (ONT) - $393

    Orange County (SNA) - $413

    Orlando (MCO) - $519

    Ottawa (YOW) - $545 CAD

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $415

    Pasco (PSC) - $365

    Phoenix (PHX) - $473

    Pittsburgh (PIT) - $490

    Portland (PDX) - $348*

    Redmond (RDM) - $373

    Reno (RNO) - $387

    Sacramento (SMF) - $375

    Salt Lake City (SLC) - $457

    San Antonio (SAT) - $483

    San Diego (SAN) - $353

    San Francisco (SFO) - $358*

    San Jose (SJC) - $309

    Santa Barbara (SBA) - $443

    Saskatoon (YXE) - $458 CAD

    Seattle (SEA) - $308*

    Spokane (GEG) - $375

    St. Louis (STL) - $483

    Sun Valley (SUN) - $399

    Toronto (YYZ) - $537 CAD

    Tucson (TUS) - $425

    Vancouver (YVR) - $412 CAD*

    Victoria (YYJ) - $372 CAD

    Wichita (ICT) - $483

    Winnipeg (YWG) - $463 CAD


    TO: Kona (KOA)

    Billings (BIL) - $398

    Boise (BOI) - $363

    Boston (BOS) - $517

    Bozeman (BZN) - $401

    Burbank (BUR) - $397

    Calgary (YYC) - $478 CAD

    Edmonton (YEG) - $540 CAD

    Eugene (EUG) - $371

    Fredericton (YFC) - $576 CAD

    Fresno (FAT) - $417

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $437

    Great Falls (GTF) - $375

    Halifax (YHZ) - $551 CAD

    Indianapolis (IND) - $491

    Kansas City (MCI) - $441

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $398

    Long Beach (LGB) - $425

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $357

    Medford (MFR) - $375

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $491

    Minneapolis (MSP) - $517

    Missoula (MSO) - $416

    Moncton (YQM) - $554 CAD

    Montreal (YUL) - $549 CAD

    Nashville (BNA) - $443

    New Orleans (MSY) - $485

    New York City (JFK) - $503

    New York City (LGA) - $530

    Oakland (OAK) - $300

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $429

    Omaha (OMA) - $461

    Ontario (ONT) - $393

    Orange County (SNA) - $413

    Orlando (MCO) - $529

    Ottawa (YOW) - $540 CAD

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $400

    Pasco (PSC) - $369

    Portland (PDX) - $294

    Raleigh (RDU) - $476

    Redmond (RDM) - $374

    Regina (YQR) - $480 CAD

    Reno (RNO) - $387

    Sacramento (SMF) - $328

    San Antonio (SAT) - $491

    San Diego (SAN) - $294

    San Francisco (SFO) - $318*

    San Jose (SJC) - $336

    Saskatoon (YXE) - $476 CAD

    Seattle (SEA) - $300*

    Spokane (GEG) - $395

    St. Louis (STL) - $468

    Sun Valley (SUN) - $403

    Toronto (YYZ) - $537 CAD

    Tucson (TUS) - $425

    Vancouver (YVR) - $440 CAD

    Victoria (YYJ) - $437 CAD

    Winnipeg (YWG) - $501 CAD


    TO: Maui (OGG)

    Allentown (ABE) - $537

    Austin (AUS) - $501

    Baltimore (BWI) - $485

    Bellingham (BLI) - $318*

    Billings (BIL) - $436

    Boise (BOI) - $371

    Bozeman (BZN) - $440

    Burbank (BUR) - $385

    Calgary (YYC) - $437 CAD

    Chicago (ORD) - $493

    Dallas (DFW) - $503

    Daytona Beach (DAB) - $544

    Edmonton (YEG) - $463 CAD

    Eugene (EUG) - $410

    Fredericton (YFC) - $538 CAD

    Fresno (FAT) - $410

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $547

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $532

    Great Falls (GTF) - $509

    Halifax (YHZ) - $540 CAD

    Hamilton (YHM) - $499 CAD

    Kansas City (MCI) - $484

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $421

    Long Beach (LGB) - $406

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $358*

    Medford (MFR) - $413

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $484

    Missoula (MSO) - $442

    Moncton (YQM) - $631 CAD

    Montreal (YUL) - $539 CAD

    Nashville (BNA) - $484

    New York City (JFK) - $518

    New York City (LGA) - $527

    Newark (EWR) - $545

    Oakland (OAK) - $318*

    Omaha (OMA) - $470

    Ontario (ONT) - $431

    Orange County (SNA) - $405

    Ottawa (YOW) - $530 CAD

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $420

    Pasco (PSC) - $408

    Portland (PDX) - $338*

    Quebec (YQB) - $549 CAD

    Raleigh (RDU) - $551

    Redmond (RDM) - $410

    Regina (YQR) - $466 CAD

    Reno (RNO) - $389

    Sacramento (SMF) - $300*

    San Diego (SAN) - $338*

    San Francisco (SFO) - $338*

    San Jose (SJC) - $318*

    Saskatoon (YXE) - $450 CAD

    Seattle (SEA) - $418

    Spokane (GEG) - $419

    St. Louis (STL) - $484

    Sun Valley (SUN) - $474

    Toronto (YYZ) - $517 CAD

    Tucson (TUS) - $445

    Vancouver (YVR) - $378 CAD

    Victoria (YYJ) - $413 CAD

    Winnipeg (YWG) - $473 CAD


    TO: Kauai (LIH)

    Austin (AUS) - $474

    Baltimore (BWI) - $445

    Billings (BIL) - $398

    Boise (BOI) - $363

    Boston (BOS) - $513

    Bozeman (BZN) - $405

    Burbank (BUR) - $386

    Calgary (YYC) - $463 CAD

    Dallas (DFW) - $497

    Denver (DEN) - $455

    Edmonton (YEG) - $465 CAD

    Eugene (EUG) - $371

    Fresno (FAT) - $390

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $451

    Great Falls (GTF) - $483

    Houston (IAH) - $553

    Kansas City (MCI) - $441

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $383

    Long Beach (LGB) - $376

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $373*

    Medford (MFR) - $375

    Minneapolis (MSP) - $523

    Missoula (MSO) - $416

    Montreal (YUL) - $532 CAD

    New York City (JFK) - $503

    New York City (LGA) - $530

    Newark (EWR) - $546

    Oakland (OAK) - $318*

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $528

    Omaha (OMA) - $491

    Ontario (ONT) - $393

    Orange County (SNA) - $386

    Ottawa (YOW) - $598 CAD

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $414

    Pasco (PSC) - $366

    Portland (PDX) - $300*

    Redmond (RDM) - $373

    Regina (YQR) - $472 CAD

    Reno (RNO) - $387

    Sacramento (SMF) - $381

    Salt Lake City (SLC) - $396

    San Diego (SAN) - $294

    San Francisco (SFO) - $369

    San Jose (SJC) - $346*

    Santa Barbara (SBA) - $443

    Saskatoon (YXE) - $466 CAD

    Seattle (SEA) - $368*

    Spokane (GEG) - $381

    Sun Valley (SUN) - $471

    Toronto (YYZ) - $523 CAD

    Tucson (TUS) - $425

    Vancouver (YVR) - $384 CAD*

    Victoria (YYJ) - $419 CAD

    Winnipeg (YWG) - $491 CAD


    * - nonstop / direct


    WHEN: Varies significantly by route. Generally February through April 2019. Some routes have additional availability in May and June.
     
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  6. Gin Buckets

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    Also, there's an ATL to Sydney for like $560 right now as well on Secret Flying.

    In other news, does anyone use the TripIt app? I have for years, and have always really liked it -- would recommend. That said, I just got a notification from the app telling me my trip to SLC is starting soon with a confirmation number for flights and everything. Now I'm worried that I accidentally booked a trip when I was out with a buddy a month or 2 ago, but I can't find the source of where the app pulled this information as it's not in my inbox. If I did book a flight while drunk, I'd like to salvage as much as possible since I'm flying to France 2 days after I'm supposed to get back from SLC.
     
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  7. CoastalOrange

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    That's why I was asking. I jumped on that and currently have a flight on hold until tomorrow at midnight.
     
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  8. Why?Pokes

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    I would stick to the Big Island if you’ve only got 4-1/2 days. Definitely rent a car, you’ll need it to even get around Kona, and you’ll want to venture outside the town at least for some good beach time regardless of how much of the island you decide to see. Try to get a Wrangler if you can.

    Kona is a neat city, lots of hotel and Airbnb options. It has good surfing, snorkling, kayaking, parasailing, diving, etc... Also most of the coffee plantations are located in the mountain above it. If you’re looking for a resort-experience, the best hotels are north of Kona up the Kohala Coast were you find the nicest beaches. The hotels in Kona are more affordable.

    Kona Brewing is worth checking out, their selection is great and the food is decent. They tend to be the cheapest good beer on the island, often undercutting the macros at the grocery stores. The brewery has a ton of stuff on tap that you can’t find elsewhere. Also Ola Brewing has a tasting room right around the corner, great beer, no kitchen, but there’s usually a food truck in the parking lot. Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea has really good food and beer up the coast. Only other micro on the island is Mehana in Hilo. Their tasting room is tiny but quaint and worth checking out if you happen to be in the area.

    Must-sees in and around Kona:

    -For snorkling, Kahalu’u on Ali’I Drive in town and Two Step down by Captain Cook are the best, with Two Step being unbelievably good. The area around the Captain Cook Monument is suppose to be good too but is a bit of a hike to reach. The drive from Kona to Cook is worth it for the spectacular views alone.

    -For beaches, Kua Bay and Makalawena are by far the best but a little north of the city. Kua is smaller, more crowded, and easy to get to. Makalawena is the best beach on the island, remote, and requires a hike over a lava field or a low-range 4wd vehicle. In town, Magic Sands and Airport Beach are the best options, but they’re either extremely crowded (Sands), or not great for swimming (Airport). Further up the coast, A-Bay, Waialea Bay also called Beach 69, Hapuna, and the beaches at Mauna Kea are all great. 69 and Hapuna cost $5 for parking and Mauna Kea has a limited number of public spots so you have to get there early.

    -For eating, Sun Dried Specialties south of town is my favorite spot on the island. Absolutely amazing lobster cakes. Everything is caught daily and cooked to order. Closer to town the best Poke is probably Umeke’s or Da Poke Shack. Have heard Foster’s is good but haven’t been. Further up the coast I like Pueo’s in Waikoloa; the fish shack and Seafood Bar’n’Grill in Kawaihae; Sushi Rock in Hawi; and Brewhaus, Fish and the Hog, Hina Rae’s, Kamuela Kitchen, Island Burger, Coffee Company, Merrimans, and Red Water in Waimea. Those last two are a little spendy but Merrimans does a good happy hour from 2-5 Fri-Sun with some great deals.

    Stuff to see outside Kona:

    -For hiking, Pololu Valley past Hawi and Waipi’o Valley past Honoka’a are my favorites. Similar to one another, they offer some rigorous vertical and amazing black sand beaches on the valley floors. Waimanu Valley is gorgeous too but you’d probably want to spend at least two days on it. A lot of the hikes around Volcanos Nat’l Park are currently closed but in the process of being reopened.

    -For general sightseeing, the Hamakua Coast, Kohala Peninsula, Mauna Kea observatories, waterfalls around Hilo, Volcano Park, and Southpoint area in Ka’u are all great, but they’re spread out and you’ll want to pick and choose what sounds the most fun for you so you don’t spend your entire stay driving around. I like Hilo but it can rain like the wrath of God so check the forecast beforehand if you’re thinking about going. The green sand beach by Southpoint is one of my favorite spots on the island but is one of if not the biggest drives on the island, although a little closer to Kona if that’s were you end up staying. I don’t know if I’d recommend it for a 4 day trip unless you’re also planning on going to Volcano the same day. Also it requires 4wd or a bit of a hike.

    -For Volcano, as I mentioned previously a lot of the Park is still closed. The best parts right now are the caldera overlook by the visitor’s center and Chain of Craters road to the coast. If you do go try to give yourself time to check out the winery, it won’t blow you away but it’s worth a stop just for the ridiculousness of a winery being a mile away from the most active volcano on earth. They have some interesting wines too.


    If you have any questions or need some more detailed rec’s I’m happy to help.
     
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  9. Why?Pokes

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    Oh yeah if you feel like really blowing it out for a meal but don’t want to do a traditional nice dinner, Sunday brunch at the Mauna Kea is a glutton’s paradise of all-you-can eat ahi sashimi, smoked salmon, sushi rolls, crab legs, dimsum, omelets, benedicts, island salads, etc... Also a great way to ensure yourself a parking spot for the beach as you can valet for free and walk down to the sand before and/or after your meal. The restaurant, Manta, has great views of the water and, as the name implies, a viewing area for manta rays in the evening. Which speaking off, a lot of people rave about the manga dives, either scuba or snorkel. We still haven’t done it yet but it’s on our short list. There are several companies out of Kona that can arrange one for you.

    It’s probably way too late but you could always throw out a lifeline to Takenoko in Hilo and see if they’ve had any cancellations. Last time I called was around Thanksgiving and they were booked through June, but worst they can say is no.
     
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  10. Where Eagles Dare

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    I will most likely prefer Oahu :8mm:

    When do you go to Rincon?
     
  11. CoastalOrange

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    Wow. This is more than I hoped and a HUGE help! GREATLY appreciated.
     
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  12. Arkadin

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    TO: Melbourne (MEL)

    Albany (ALB) - $683

    Anchorage (ANC) - $763

    Appleton (ATW) - $713

    Asheville (AVL) - $693

    Austin (AUS) - $685

    Billings (BIL) - $622

    Birmingham (BHM) - $725

    Boise (BOI) - $650

    Boston (BOS) - $679

    Bozeman (BZN) - $644

    Buffalo (BUF) - $683

    Burlington (BTV) - $684

    Cedar Rapids (CID) - $706

    Charleston (CHS) - $650

    Charlottesville (CHO) - $722

    Chattanooga (CHA) - $683

    Chicago (ORD) - $557

    Cincinnati (CVG) - $683

    Cleveland (CLE) - $679

    Cody (COD) - $665

    Columbia (CAE) - $650

    Columbus (CMH) - $683

    Corpus Christi (CRP) - $683

    Dallas (DFW) - $531

    Dayton (DAY) - $683

    Denver (DEN) - $608

    Des Moines (DSM) - $712

    Destin (VPS) - $683

    Durango (DRO) - $667

    El Paso (ELP) - $725

    Eugene (EUG) - $663

    Evansville (EVV) - $662

    Fargo (FAR) - $683

    Fayetteville (XNA) - $757

    Fort Myers (RSW) - $683

    Fort Wayne (FWA) - $683

    Fresno (FAT) - $658

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $683

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $665

    Grand Junction (GJT) - $526

    Grand Rapids (GRR) - $662

    Greenville (GSP) - $650

    Hartford (BDL) - $683

    Houston (IAH) - $539

    Huntsville (HSV) - $683

    Indianapolis (IND) - $713

    Jackson Hole (JAC) - $640

    Kansas City (MCI) - $730

    Knoxville (TYS) - $725

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $619

    Lexington (LEX) - $683

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $470*

    Louisville (SDF) - $682

    Madison (MSN) - $700

    Manchester (MHT) - $759

    Medford (MFR) - $658

    Memphis (MEM) - $683

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $662

    Minot (MOT) - $663

    Missoula (MSO) - $665

    Mobile (MOB) - $683

    Moline (MLI) - $526

    Montrose (MTJ) - $662

    Nashville (BNA) - $683

    Newark (EWR) - $574

    Norfolk (ORF) - $722

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $662

    Omaha (OMA) - $683

    Ontario (ONT) - $597

    Orange County (SNA) - $585

    Orlando (MCO) - $704

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $623

    Panama City FL (ECP) - $744

    Pensacola (PNS) - $683

    Phoenix (PHX) - $608

    Pittsburgh (PIT) - $678

    Portland (PDX) - $709

    Portland ME (PWM) - $683

    Providence (PVD) - $684

    Raleigh (RDU) - $670

    Rapid City (RAP) - $662

    Redmond (RDM) - $658

    Reno (RNO) - $700

    Richmond (RIC) - $722

    Roanoke (ROA) - $722

    Rochester (ROC) - $683

    Sacramento (SMF) - $619

    San Antonio (SAT) - $662

    San Diego (SAN) - $619

    San Diego (SAN) - $619

    San Francisco (SFO) - $588

    San Jose (SJC) - $679

    Santa Barbara (SBA) - $561

    Sarasota (SRQ) - $705

    Savannah (SAV) - $688

    Shreveport (SHV) - $725

    Sioux Falls (FSD) - $662

    South Bend (SBN) - $712

    Spokane (GEG) - $665

    St. Louis (STL) - $662

    Syracuse (SYR) - $683

    Tampa (TPA) - $732

    Tucson (TUS) - $578

    Tulsa (TUL) - $704

    Washington DC (IAD) - $613

    West Palm Beach (PBI) - $693

    Westchester (HPN) - $750

    Wichita (ICT) - $704

    Wilmington (ILM) - $650


    TO: Sydney (SYD)

    Albany (ALB) - $695

    Appleton (ATW) - $695

    Aspen (ASE) - $678

    Austin (AUS) - $692

    Billings (BIL) - $676

    Birmingham (BHM) - $695

    Boise (BOI) - $668

    Boston (BOS) - $691

    Bozeman (BZN) - $673

    Buffalo (BUF) - $695

    Burbank (BUR) - $535

    Burlington (BTV) - $695

    Cedar Rapids (CID) - $695

    Charleston (CHS) - $662

    Chattanooga (CHA) - $695

    Cincinnati (CVG) - $695

    Cleveland (CLE) - $691

    Cody (COD) - $677

    Columbia (CAE) - $662

    Columbus (CMH) - $695

    Corpus Christi (CRP) - $695

    Dayton (DAY) - $695

    Destin (VPS) - $695

    Durango (DRO) - $548

    El Paso (ELP) - $695

    Fargo (FAR) - $712

    Fayetteville (XNA) - $695

    Fresno (FAT) - $673

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $691

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $677

    Grand Junction (GJT) - $538

    Grand Rapids (GRR) - $662

    Great Falls (GTF) - $677

    Green Bay (GRB) - $674

    Greensboro (GSO) - $695

    Greenville (GSP) - $695

    Hartford (BDL) - $695

    Huntsville (HSV) - $695

    Indianapolis (IND) - $672

    Jackson Hole (JAC) - $635

    Kansas City (MCI) - $695

    Killeen–Fort Hood (GRK) - $695

    Knoxville (TYS) - $695

    Lexington (LEX) - $695

    Little Rock (LIT) - $695

    Long Beach (LGB) - $590

    Louisville (SDF) - $695

    Madison (MSN) - $695

    Manchester (MHT) - $695

    McAllen (MFE) - $695

    Memphis (MEM) - $695

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $683

    Minot (MOT) - $716

    Missoula (MSO) - $677

    Mobile (MOB) - $695

    Montrose (MTJ) - $678

    Myrtle Beach (MYR) - $695

    Nashville (BNA) - $695

    New Orleans (MSY) - $695

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $695

    Ontario (ONT) - $497

    Orange County (SNA) - $535

    Orlando (MCO) - $691

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $673

    Panama City FL (ECP) - $695

    Pittsburgh (PIT) - $677

    Portland ME (PWM) - $695

    Providence (PVD) - $695

    Rochester (ROC) - $695

    Sacramento (SMF) - $660

    San Antonio (SAT) - $674

    San Diego (SAN) - $680

    Santa Barbara (SBA) - $573

    Sarasota (SRQ) - $695

    Savannah (SAV) - $695

    Shreveport (SHV) - $695

    Sioux Falls (FSD) - $712

    Spokane (GEG) - $677

    St. Louis (STL) - $670

    Sun Valley (SUN) - $673

    Syracuse (SYR) - $695

    Tampa (TPA) - $691

    Tulsa (TUL) - $695

    West Palm Beach (PBI) - $695

    Westchester (HPN) - $635

    Wilmington (ILM) - $695


    * - nonstop / direct


    WHEN: Varies greatly by route. Generally February through December 2019
     
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  13. Wendel Clark

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    Getting on a KLM flight today after an Emirates, I wanted to cry.

    Also if you haven’t been to Dubai, it’s a must. Place was unreal
     
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  14. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    Easy and cheap Asia jump off point

    TO:

    Hong Kong (HKG)


    FROM:

    Chicago (ORD) - $427

    Newark (EWR) - $427



    WHEN: February through May 2019
     
  15. The B1G Kucktis

    The B1G Kucktis #TeamGritty
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    I found that Melbourne fair from Tucson in November - might need to go back and explore Australia this time....
     
  16. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    TO:

    Paris (CDG)


    FROM:

    Atlanta (ATL) - $353



    WHEN: March through early May and September through October 2019
     
  17. Fran Tarkenton

    Fran Tarkenton Well-Known Member
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    was this on Scott's?
     
  18. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    Yeah
     
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  19. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    I just booked a return business class flight home from BKK in mid July. Gonna go to laos, I believe
     
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  20. BamaNug

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    Fly into Hanoi, imo. I would try to devote a few days to North Vietnam
     
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  21. Arkadin

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    Bkk seems easiest to get into price wise and flights up into laos are cheapest from there. Unless something comes up I believe that's the play. Think I'm gonna do a lot of rural laos shit for the entirety
     
  22. Arkadin

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    I'm supposed to meet someone there but if that falls through I'm just gonna go to Vietnam
     
  23. bro

    bro Hey Hermano
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    rank these 4 cities (I understand that other cities in these countries might be better, but that's not the question):

    1) Oslo
    2) Coppenhagen
    3) Stockholm
    4) Helsinki
     
  24. BamaNug

    BamaNug GUWOP
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    Only been to Copenhagen, it’s awesome. Bet in the summer it’s incredible. Have heard pretty meh things about Oslo, definitely head to Northern Norway.

    Know little about the other two beyond a google search.
     
  25. mc415

    mc415 Hella
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    Been to Copenhagen and Stockholm, I like Copenhagen better.......was awesome in the summer but also not anywhere u neee to spend too much time in
     
  26. PJP3

    PJP3 Well-Known Member
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    Been to all

    Copenhagen
    Helsinki
    Stockholm
    Oslo
     
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  27. PJP3

    PJP3 Well-Known Member
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    I only did Luang Prabang in Laos, but for what its worth its probably my least favorite place Ive been in SE asia.
     
  28. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    Probably going to jump to chiang rai or chiang mai then cross and do a trek in huay xai. Eventually get to vientiane and vang vieng with some other stuff mixed in. I'd like to do at least two days in luang prabang as well and hit the waterfalls for a day
     
  29. PJP3

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    The Kuang Si waterfalls are awesome and was the only thing I liked. Look up what is going on currently in Vang Vieng though. Pretty sure they mostly shut down all the float bar/drug hopping thing that made it popular with backpackers a few years back. Theyve made it more of a tourist town full of Chinese than the party backpacking town it used to be. I had wanted to go there after reading about it 7-8 years ago, but by the time I made it to Laos in 2017, it was all over.
     
  30. PJP3

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  31. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    Yeah they closed most of the tubing side stuff like crazy bars and slides and zip lining after 27 fucking people died in 2011. Its insane. Can still tube the Mekong though which is pretty cool, and kayak from there as well. Also there's a shit load of caves around there you can explore.
     
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  32. Arkadin

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    Probably end up spending like 3-4 days in chiang rai, 3-4 huay xai, then the balance in the other places.

    Or maybe Chiang mai over rai because it's my favorite but I really should do rai
     
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  33. Arkadin

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    I kinda want to do a two day slow boat cruise down the mekong from huay to luang just to do it
     
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  34. Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare The Specialist Show On Earth
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    Do we have a Scotland write up?

    Wife wants to go there next, idk bit super pumped for it. Anyone?

    Probably try to pair it with another city
     
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  35. pianoman

    pianoman my drinks are free
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    Wife and I did a road trip through the highlands last year. I’ll write some stuff later.
     
  36. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    A friend of mine is Scottish. Will see him this week sometime and ask must dos from his point of view
     
  37. Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare The Specialist Show On Earth
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    Neither of us are scotch ppl, but old castles could be cool.

    Idk what all to do. White English speaking counties seem to always be way down my list
     
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  38. Jimmy the Saint

    Jimmy the Saint It's like the Weimar Republic in that place
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    Went when I studied abroad in London. Edinburgh is awesome. I did a daylong bus tour of the Highlands, obviously have some more control over how long and what you see if you just rent a car and DIY.
     
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  39. Where Eagles Dare

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    What are the highlands like? Just small. Old cool towns?? And scotch places?
     
  40. Arkadin

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    This is what I plan on doing in Huay Xai. You hike into the forest and stay in a treehouse like 40 meters up and zipline all around the forest whenever you want to. It's a national park and the money goes to conservation

    https://www.gibbonexperience.org/

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  41. xec

    xec Well-Known Member
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    Welcome to SLC. What do you need to know (besides how in the hell you booked a trip here)?
     
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  42. Jimmy the Saint

    Jimmy the Saint It's like the Weimar Republic in that place
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    Towns, sights like Loch Ness, stuff like that. Could easily make the trip just exploring the Highlands if you really wanted to.

    We did the Scotch Whisky Experience. It was interesting but also kinda cheesy and super touristy as it isn't an actual distillery. But I was 20 at the time so the trip was a little different than how I'd plan it now. Nevertheless, Edinburgh is worth visiting. It was well worth the 9 hour bus ride to and from London.
     
  43. bwhit21

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    Going to be stuck in Bangalore for 1-2 days later this month. Any ideas?
     
  44. Gin Buckets

    Gin Buckets Well-Known Member
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    I think my app messed up. I hope at least. I forgot to try and check in.

    That said, I fly out Friday to Paris and then Geneva to ski in Chamonix.
     
  45. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    Australia sale price drop

    TO: Melbourne (MEL)

    Albany (ALB) - $628

    Anchorage (ANC) - $661

    Appleton (ATW) - $610

    Asheville (AVL) - $600

    Austin (AUS) - $581

    Billings (BIL) - $573

    Birmingham (BHM) - $628

    Boise (BOI) - $575

    Boston (BOS) - $628

    Bozeman (BZN) - $575

    Buffalo (BUF) - $628

    Burlington (BTV) - $628

    Cedar Rapids (CID) - $629

    Charleston (CHS) - $600

    Charlottesville (CHO) - $663

    Chicago (ORD) - $500

    Cincinnati (CVG) - $628

    Cody (COD) - $594

    Columbus (CMH) - $628

    Corpus Christi (CRP) - $628

    Denver (DEN) - $558

    Des Moines (DSM) - $610

    Durango (DRO) - $611

    El Paso (ELP) - $628

    Eugene (EUG) - $605

    Evansville (EVV) - $610

    Fargo (FAR) - $610

    Fayetteville (XNA) - $628

    Fort Myers (RSW) - $628

    Fort Wayne (FWA) - $610

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $628

    Grand Rapids (GRR) - $610

    Hartford (BDL) - $628

    Huntsville (HSV) - $628

    Indianapolis (IND) - $610

    Kansas City (MCI) - $600

    Knoxville (TYS) - $628

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $564

    Lexington (LEX) - $628

    Louisville (SDF) - $626

    Madison (MSN) - $605

    Manchester (MHT) - $682

    Medford (MFR) - $605

    Memphis (MEM) - $628

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $610

    Minot (MOT) - $610

    Missoula (MSO) - $575

    Mobile (MOB) - $628

    Montrose (MTJ) - $610

    Nashville (BNA) - $619

    Norfolk (ORF) - $663

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $610

    Omaha (OMA) - $610

    Orlando (MCO) - $618

    Pensacola (PNS) - $628

    Phoenix (PHX) - $563

    Pittsburgh (PIT) - $634

    Portland ME (PWM) - $628

    Raleigh (RDU) - $617

    Rapid City (RAP) - $610

    Redmond (RDM) - $628

    Reno (RNO) - $605

    Rochester (ROC) - $628

    Sacramento (SMF) - $570

    San Antonio (SAT) - $581

    San Diego (SAN) - $545

    San Jose (SJC) - $583

    Savannah (SAV) - $636

    Shreveport (SHV) - $628

    Sioux Falls (FSD) - $610

    South Bend (SBN) - $610

    Spokane (GEG) - $575

    St. Louis (STL) - $610

    Syracuse (SYR) - $628

    Tampa (TPA) - $628

    Tucson (TUS) - $578

    Tulsa (TUL) - $610

    Washington DC (IAD) - $510

    West Palm Beach (PBI) - $600

    Wichita (ICT) - $610


    TO: Sydney (SYD)

    Appleton (ATW) - $622

    Aspen (ASE) - $539

    Austin (AUS) - $593

    Billings (BIL) - $585

    Birmingham (BHM) - $640

    Boise (BOI) - $582

    Boston (BOS) - $635

    Bozeman (BZN) - $606

    Burlington (BTV) - $640

    Cedar Rapids (CID) - $622

    Cincinnati (CVG) - $640

    Cleveland (CLE) - $635

    Cody (COD) - $587

    Columbus (CMH) - $640

    Corpus Christi (CRP) - $640

    Dayton (DAY) - $640

    Destin (VPS) - $640

    El Paso (ELP) - $640

    Fargo (FAR) - $622

    Fresno (FAT) - $617

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $635

    Glacier Park (FCA) - $587

    Grand Rapids (GRR) - $622

    Great Falls (GTF) - $587

    Green Bay (GRB) - $622

    Greensboro (GSO) - $612

    Greenville (GSP) - $607

    Hartford (BDL) - $640

    Huntsville (HSV) - $640

    Indianapolis (IND) - $622

    Jackson Hole (JAC) - $574

    Kansas City (MCI) - $593

    Killeen–Fort Hood (GRK) - $623

    Knoxville (TYS) - $640

    Minot (MOT) - $659

    Missoula (MSO) - $625

    Montrose (MTJ) - $549

    Nashville (BNA) - $625

    New Orleans (MSY) - $649

    Palm Springs (PSP) - $620

    Sacramento (SMF) - $576

    San Diego (SAN) - $620

    Sioux Falls (FSD) - $622

    Spokane (GEG) - $582

    Syracuse (SYR) - $640

    Tampa (TPA) - $635

    Tulsa (TUL) - $622

    Wilmington (ILM) - $612



    WHEN: Varies greatly by route. Some routes have a much more limited availability. Generally February through December 2019
     
  46. pianoman

    pianoman my drinks are free
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    The highlands is just a gorgeous area. Rolling mountains and hills with little towns scattered throughout. We spent all our time between Inverness, Isle of Skye, and Fort William. Isle of Skye was our favorite as we went for genealogical purposes for my wife and hiking. And on the Isle we were able to find the ruins of the town that her family came from and then the hikes were some of the best I've ever done in my life. If you go in the summer it's supposedly an absolute terror to get around as many roads on the Isle are a single lane and you have to stop and move to the side any time someone is coming from the other direction. In the fall and winter this isn't a problem, we went in September and almost never passed by anyone which also made the hikes incredible because there was no one else on the trails. Inverness was a nice little town and a good starting spot if you want to explore Loch Ness, around here we stayed in a 15th century castle and that was fun. Fort William was somewhere I wished we spent more time. We hiked a little around Glen Coe but I'd love to do much more and really enjoyed the town. And around there was one of our favorite experiences. We were driving along the mountainside up above one of the lochs in the area and we passed a pull off and there was a guy in traditional Scottish dress playing bagpipes. We turned around and pulled off and sat there for the next twenty minutes just enjoying the scene and listening to the guy play. In regards to food and drink, every inn and pub we went to were great. I can't comment much about Edinburgh as that's actually where we spent the least amount of time.
     
  47. BamaNug

    BamaNug GUWOP
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    Bangalore is kind of a shithole (even by Indian standards). If you have a chance, catch a train to Hampi, one of my favorite places in India, about an 8 hour overnight train. Not a whole lot around that part without jumping on a plane.
     
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  48. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    Here's a steal

    TO: Auckland (AKL)

    Chicago (ORD) - $668

    Durango (DRO) - $649

    Jackson Hole (JAC) - $689

    Peoria (PIA) - $689

    Philadelphia (PHL) - $628

    Seattle (SEA) - $648

    Tucson (TUS) - $630

    Washington DC (DCA) - $668

    Washington DC (IAD) - $668


    TO: Christchurch (CHC)

    Chicago (ORD) - $683

    Denver (DEN) - $643

    Philadelphia (PHL) - $675

    Salt Lake City (SLC) - $643

    Seattle (SEA) - $640

    Tucson (TUS) - $680

    Washington DC (DCA) - $683

    Washington DC (IAD) - $683



    WHEN: Varies by route. Generally May through November 2019
     
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  49. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    TO:

    Bologna (BLQ)

    Milan (MXP)

    Naples (NAP)

    Pisa (PSA)

    Rome (FCO)

    Venice (VCE)


    FROM:

    Albany (ALB) - $476

    Albuquerque (ABQ) - $478

    Allentown (ABE) - $476

    Appleton (ATW) - $478

    Asheville (AVL) - $475

    Austin (AUS) - $473

    Billings (BIL) - $498

    Birmingham (BHM) - $475

    Bloomington (BMI) - $478

    Boise (BOI) - $487

    Boston (BOS) - $473

    Buffalo (BUF) - $476

    Burbank (BUR) - $492

    Burlington (BTV) - $476

    Cedar Rapids (CID) - $476

    Charlottesville (CHO) - $475

    Chattanooga (CHA) - $476

    Cheyenne (CYS) - $491

    Cincinnati (CVG) - $473

    Cleveland (CLE) - $473

    Columbia (CAE) - $475

    Columbus (CMH) - $473

    Corpus Christi (CRP) - $478

    Dayton (DAY) - $475

    Daytona Beach (DAB) - $475

    Des Moines (DSM) - $476

    Destin (VPS) - $475

    Detroit (DTW) - $474

    Durango (DRO) - $478

    El Paso (ELP) - $478

    Eugene (EUG) - $492

    Evansville (EVV) - $492

    Fayetteville (XNA) - $475

    Fort Myers (RSW) - $475

    Fort Wayne (FWA) - $477

    Fresno (FAT) - $492

    Grand Junction (GJT) - $478

    Grand Rapids (GRR) - $475

    Green Bay (GRB) - $478

    Greensboro (GSO) - $474

    Greenville (GSP) - $470

    Harrisburg (MDT) - $475

    Hartford (BDL) - $473

    Honolulu (HNL) - $491

    Huntsville (HSV) - $475

    Indianapolis (IND) - $473

    Jackson (JAN) - $475

    Jacksonville (JAX) - $473

    Jacksonville NC (OAJ) - $475

    Kansas City (MCI) - $473

    Key West (EYW) - $473

    Killeen–Fort Hood (GRK) - $478

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $473

    Little Rock (LIT) - $475

    Long Beach (LGB) - $478

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $473

    Louisville (SDF) - $472

    Madison (MSN) - $475

    Manchester (MHT) - $476

    McAllen (MFE) - $478

    Medford (MFR) - $492

    Memphis (MEM) - $473

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $475

    Minneapolis (MSP) - $474

    Mobile (MOB) - $475

    Moline (MLI) - $478

    Myrtle Beach (MYR) - $475

    Nashville (BNA) - $473

    New Bern (EWN) - $475

    New Orleans (MSY) - $473

    New York City (JFK) - $459*

    Norfolk (ORF) - $473

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $478

    Omaha (OMA) - $492

    Ontario (ONT) - $491

    Orange County (SNA) - $478

    Orlando (MCO) - $473

    Panama City FL (ECP) - $476

    Pensacola (PNS) - $473

    Peoria (PIA) - $475

    Pittsburgh (PIT) - $473

    Portland (PDX) - $476

    Portland ME (PWM) - $476

    Providence (PVD) - $476

    Raleigh (RDU) - $473

    Rapid City (RAP) - $478

    Redmond (RDM) - $492

    Reno (RNO) - $491

    Richmond (RIC) - $476

    Roanoke (ROA) - $475

    Rochester (ROC) - $476

    Sacramento (SMF) - $478

    Salt Lake City (SLC) - $476

    San Antonio (SAT) - $473

    San Diego (SAN) - $473

    Sarasota (SRQ) - $476

    Savannah (SAV) - $473

    Seattle (SEA) - $473

    Shreveport (SHV) - $475

    Sioux Falls (FSD) - $492

    South Bend (SBN) - $475

    Spokane (GEG) - $492

    Springfield (Missouri) (SGF) - $492

    St. Louis (STL) - $473

    Syracuse (SYR) - $476

    Tallahassee (TLH) - $473

    Tampa (TPA) - $473

    Tucson (TUS) - $478

    Tulsa (TUL) - $492

    Wichita (ICT) - $478

    Wilmington (ILM) - $475

    Worcester (ORH) - $478


    * - nonstop / direct


    WHEN: February through March and October through early December 2019, including Thanksgiving availability on many routes
     
  50. Arkadin

    Arkadin inefficiently efficent and unclearly clear
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    TO:

    Sydney (SYD)


    FROM:

    Chicago (ORD) - $493

    Dallas (DFW) - $461

    Denver (DEN) - $496

    Houston (IAH) - $482*

    New York City (LGA) - $496

    Newark (EWR) - $496

    Philadelphia (PHL) - $496

    Phoenix (PHX) - $494

    Seattle (SEA) - $532

    Washington DC (DCA) - $496

    Washington DC (IAD) - $496


    * - nonstop / direct


    WHEN: February through November 2019