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

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  1. Nelson

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    Away is essentially identical to a similar Delsey which is often $80 on amazon. And I don’t want a charging brick in my suitcase, I just want my trusty 20,000 MAH anker that goes in any bag.
     
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  2. Keef

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    Yeah they weren’t bad a lot of newly finished roads along that route. Most people seem to do the bus. I’d also highly recommend the guided tours of Auschwitz.

    It was the A4 we had trouble with the most
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A4_autostrada_(Poland)
     
  3. Jimmy the Saint

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    Unless you get there super early I think you have to do a guided tour. We did a six hour study tour or something like that. It was definitely worth it.
     
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  4. RJF-GUMP

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    was thinking about doing Rome/Venice/Florence in April.
     
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  5. tjosu

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    Did that combo last year late March/early April. Really easy to do by train and pretty nice weather that time of year, may still need a light coat at night. Might want to look at when Easter is and just make sure you're avoiding Rome/Vatican City that weekend
     
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  6. racer

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    Two weeks in 40L - the trade-off is that I pack exclusively lightweight/breathable items, so leather shoes and dress clothes are usually out. Which is fine with the way I travel.
     
  7. HunterPKP

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    We used vacuum packs that were hand sealed for our SK/Thailand trip. Holy shit was that a good idea. If you pack right, your clothes don't come out wrinkled either. Only brought two large roller back packs. Didn't have to do any laundry until second of last day of trip. Was pretty amazed how good that worked out.

    Climate obviously does matter a ton though.
     
  8. AptosDuck

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    Did Rome/Siena/Florence last November. Siena may have been my favorite of the three
     
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  9. BamaNug

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    Flights into Cancun booked for Dec 28. 6 days in Tulum over NYE
     
  10. BamaNug

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    I know Tulum is pretty small, Is 6 days too much? Beach, ruins, cenotes. Can probably do something in the jungle/forest, too.

    Maybe spend some time in Playa de Carmen? Is there anything nearby other other than Cancun/Cozumel?

    edit: Chichen Itzá is only a 2 hour drive away. Didn't know that.
     
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  11. Room 15

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    You’ll definitely want to trip to Chitchen Itza
     
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  12. xec

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    How was the weather in Florence/Siena in November?
     
  13. racer

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    Did you see Clutch while you were there?
     
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  14. Where Eagles Dare

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    It's not really a super active destination. Get fucked up on the beach and have Fun. So many amazing restaurants down there.

    I was there for 5 days I think and never went up to Cancun/cozumel.

    Search Tulum itt and I've got a pretty long write up. Super cool Lagoon to check out and a fisherman's village/restaurant on the beach down a random road
     
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  15. southside

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    Yeah 6 days is a pretty good spot. The weather is really variable that time so you can get some cloudy non beach days that are best for the exploring outside of the beach
     
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  16. enjj

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    From da cousin...

    Hola Ben!
    Wow there is a lot to see.
    Malaga the old town and the port is very nice. Then Marbella, Nerja of course and little villages around like Frigiliana, Mijas...

    Granada is to see The Alhambra, Sacromonte, El Albaizin and the city is also very nice.

    Sevilla the city with all the cathedrals...

    Cordoba La Mezquita.

    The ferry from Algeciras to Marocco I have never done it but my husband has and it is worth it and is very nice over there.

    Hope it helps!

    Xxx
     
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  17. CoastalOrange

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    :beerchug:
     
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  18. Lyrtch

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    good deal for flights to Ireland but only time that works is October 29-Nov 7th

    anyone gone that time of year? seems like it'll be dark and rainy, but not sure that's a dealbreaker
     
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  19. AptosDuck

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    Clear and high 30s at night and early morning, warming to mid-50s during the day. My kids wore their sweatshirts and were comfortable, wife had a light jacket, and I had my Geiger boiled wool jacket unbuttoned most of the time.

    Rome was warmer, mid- to high-60s, but also rainier.

    Can't imagine doing Italy in the summer with the heat and the crowds. Would still love to see a Palio in Siena at some point, but with costly reservations so I'm not in the middle of the square with no bathrooms wilting from the oppressive heat for several hours.

    Edit: didn't realize that the Palio was today. Congratulations Giraffa

     
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  20. racer

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    Mid September was really nice there fwiw
     
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  21. Señor Cockblock

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    Any recs for a last minute domestic flight website? Need to get from PDX to SFO with the quickness.
     
  22. 941Gator

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    https://m.alaskaair.com/shopping
     
  23. 941Gator

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    Got a call today from a new client...... guy gets off plane, walks on tarmac, goes inside airport, and then realizes he left his cell phone. Naturally he turns around, goes out door, and walks back toward the plane. Security approaches him and charges him with a felony. Can't say I've heard this fact pattern before, I'll get more details later.
     
  24. racer

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    i’d bet real American dollars that he didn’t follow instructions and proceeded toward the plane after being told not to.
     
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  25. BamaNug

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  26. BamaNug

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    Hitting up two fancy spots in Spain, trying to decide which one in Barca

    Massana in Girona (Costa Brava) - one Michelin star, doing the tasting menu
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    and one of these two in Barcelona

    Enoteca - 2 Michelin stars, but tasting menu + wine pairing is $300/person
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    or

    Le Barra de Carles Abellan - one Michelin star, mainly seafood tapas, but also a tasting menu for $85. This one is all seafood, leaning this way
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    Lyrtch you're a foodie, heard of any of these places?

    Enoteca just seems too expensive for my tastes, especially when paying for two--that's going to be a $700+ meal with tip.
     
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  27. Weedlord420

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    Wonder what American sauce is
     
  28. Lyrtch

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    heard of enoteca but yeah those are two wildly different restaurants, the latter is in the W Hotel and fancy also

    of those two i'd definitely lean the latter
     
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  29. BamaNug

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    Banff and Jasper in exactly 3 weeks

    Spain in exactly 60 days

    Ciudad de Mexico in 106 days
     
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  30. PJP3

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    Second one in Barcelona looks better to me when considering the price. The world's 50 best restaurants list for 2019 was just released last week and there's two in Barcelona in the top 20 that you might want to look at. Disfrutar at #9 and Tickets at #20. I usually like to look at that list whenever I'm going somewhere.
     
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  31. Lyrtch

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    Tickets is on my short list of restaurants I want to go to
     
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  32. Room 15

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    Ketchup
     
  33. WC

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    Gonna aim for a Tickets reservation when we go in November
     
  34. BamaNug

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    *catsup
     
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  35. Lyrtch

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    doing a London/Paris 4 days each late October/November, eurostar inbetween cities

    neither wife or I have been in 15+yrs so will do all the tourist stuff

    Fran Tarkenton i'll be perusing your post history and asking questions as you seem to be our most london centric regular.
     
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  36. Nelson

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    Just finished the walk back from our three and a half hour Tickets sesh. It was awesome. Destroyed the wallet but it was great and better than any other restaurant I’ve been to in its price range.
     
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  37. WC

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    What are we talking price/dish wise? What I’ve seen online doesn’t look terrible
     
  38. Nelson

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    It’s important to realize those dishes are a bite or two, max. And nearly everyone just agrees to have them bring you random dishes. Obviously can also select what you want but we figured fuck it let’s see what they bring us. You can cut them off whenever you want and the waiter asked a couple times if we were full yet. We ended up doing 15 small dishes, the crab leg (which is bigger and unmissable) and the five dessert course in the dessert room you get “invited” to.

    Half of them were some of my favorite things I’ve ever tasted, and some of them I wouldn’t have selected from the menu so well worth it to go random.

    Probably a good rule of thumb is $15 an item.
     
  39. bwi2

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    Couldn’t get into Tickets when we visited so no, I’m not mad reading this page at all
     
  40. BamaNug

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    Reservations for Tickets open 60 days beforehand...or next Tuesday for me. It was a hard sell
     
  41. Lyrtch

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    Fran Tarkenton Jimmy the Saint perusing London stuff in here and can't decide between Andaz Liverpool Street for closer to Shoreditch or go full tourist at Hyatt Regency The Churchill. former will seem to rely more on metro to get around but that's not a big deal.

    hotels are crazy expensive for what I thought would be shoulder season at worst in late oct/early nov so leaning on points
     
  42. Jimmy the Saint

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    What are you planning on doing/seeing while there?
     
  43. Lyrtch

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    haven't been in decades so will do all the tourist things

    looking at one of the hub hotels in Westminster too
     
  44. Nelson

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    Shoreditch easy
     
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  45. Jimmy the Saint

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    I'd go Shoreditch. It's really easy to get around on the tube from that area and you won't be stuck in a super touristy area the whole time.
     
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  46. Nelson

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    I’m staying entirely too close to La Rambla and want to off myself
     
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  47. Lyrtch

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    Was leaning this way pretty hard after our best memories of last few trips have been when we change hotels for the last two days to the hipster area and just hang out before heading home.

    Thanks gents
     
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  48. AptosDuck

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    You should stay at the Buckingham

    Just hop the fence and find an empty room
     
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  49. tjosu

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    Record highs in Anchorage yesterday made for some unpleasant hiking. Arkadin I hope for your sake you get a little reprieve from the heat before your Denali trip, we’re heading up to Talkeetna tomorrow and forecast is 91. Pretty rough being miserable outside then coming home to an apartment that’s over 80 inside

    We went hiking in Girdwood yesterday and there’s a gondola that you can ride up or down the mountain. As we were coming down we were about 20 feet from docking and heard a loud pop up above, looked up and all the hydraulic fluid was draining out of the brake system (I think that’s what they said). Sat there stuck for an hour before we could finally go the last few feet. Wasn’t the worst experience but would have been if we were in the middle or at the top where it’s several hundred feet above ground
     
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  50. Arkadin

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    It's ok, it can't be hotter than south carolina
     
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