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

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  1. Pasta88

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    Nordic countries love floor to ceiling stalls and have to rank high on the annual world public pooping index.
     
  2. tjosu

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    Don’t remember if it was in the airport but when we were there a few years back, one place we stopped even had instructions in the water closet on how to use a western toilet. Not only do they give you all the privacy, they want you to have a comfortable, clean experience
     
  3. Weedlord420

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  4. Where Eagles Dare

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    Bc I'm a sucker for anything John John, got a Pyzel. They just came out with a new stepped down version of the Ghost, the Mini Ghost. Got that. Supposed to be good for anything waist high to a foot or two over head. Daily driver type

    Delta broke my board this summer that I got in Bali. Really wanted another EPS board, but apparently that supply chain is fucked up like everything else.

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  5. bwi2

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    Edinburgh/Scotland recommendations? Got invited to a wedding over Labor Day next year and trying to figure out if/what to build around it. Don’t particularly want to do London, as we will probably go there in a couple of years.
     
  6. WC

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  7. Where Eagles Dare

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    This is my last board I got in Bali. Then Delta decided to destroy it in the way to Texas.

    Chase gave me $500 for the damages after filing through their claims department. It's fixable. Probably like 100-150. But since I'm in Atlanta I've got no where that can fix it. I did most of my own ding repair growing up, but I'd rather not try and fix a buckled board myself and fuck it up.
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  8. Weedlord420

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    Definitely want to know how the mini ghost rides. I’m definitely interested in it, but still not completely sold. I’ve got a phantom that I love.
     
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  9. Where Eagles Dare

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    Nice. I was actually going to get a phantom before this came out. Went back and forth between a squah/round tail for a while.

    Under the arm test felt good. I know pyzels are really known for their foam under the chest and wide point forward and its really evident...but in a good way.

    Here they are side to side. Only 2L different. Much more narrow tail and overall curve on the pyzel. Hopefully it doesn't suck :laugh:.

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  10. pianoman

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    Depends on what you're looking for but I can't recommend Skye and the Highlands enough. Probably my favorite place in the world. Wife and I enjoyed it so much four years ago driving from town to town up there. Hiking during the day and exploring the castles and then hitting the local Pubs during the evening.
     
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  11. bwi2

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    Yeah, saw your write up earlier and appreciate it. How did you get around - rented car?
     
  12. pianoman

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    Yes, though you'll pay through the nose for it. When we go back I'll likely rent through Turo.
     
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  13. Jimmy the Saint

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    Do a day-long Highlands tour at a minimum. Edinburgh Castle is a must. Try haggis.

    Went on a whim when I was studying abroad in London and it's one of the most memorable trips I've taken.
     
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  14. allothersnsused

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    Recommendations for Chile/Argentina? We're swapping our honeymoon there due to the COVID situation in southeast Asia. Working with a travel agent to make everything seamless (I was highly against it, but we've used her before and she's fantastic). Mostly just looking for others experience or must-dos. Tierra Patagonia at Torres del Paine is likely to be the centerpiece of the trip.
     
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  15. Pasta88

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    Landed on Mexico. Flying into Mexico City and then out of Cancun 22 days later. Thinking 5-6 days in Mexico City (especially since the first couple will be Christmas) but then open to suggestions on the rest. I’ll be researching/looking through old posts from this thread, but feel free to throw out some ideas. Looking for a mix of beach, party, and history/culture, though each stop doesn’t necessarily have to check each box.
     
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  16. bwi2

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    Staying south or wandering around a bit?
     
  17. mc415

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    how are u traveling in between CDMX and Cancun?
     
  18. allothersnsused

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    Wandering. We're in for a week and a half to two weeks.
     
  19. Fran Tarkenton

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    Oaxaca --> beaches
     
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  20. BamaNug

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    This. Puerto Escondido/Mazunte
     
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  21. Oranjello

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    Unexpectedly, it's looking like I'll have December 23, 2021 - January 3, 2022 off work. In March 2020, I had to abort my honeymoon 3 days in due to a family emergency, so I'm thinking I'd like to take the wife on a proper honeymoon from December 26 ~ January 1/2.

    In my mind, I was thinking a leisurely week on the beach in Mexico/Carribbean would be nice, but when I asked the wife she said her top choices would be Italy or Greece (lol). Wherever we go, I do not want to be trekking to museums in different cities every 2 days. Other than that, I think we're open minded.

    I realize with the holidays a lot of places will be booked already, and since we're 6 weeks away I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts/ideas as to locations/places to stay, etc. since it's such short notice? Basically, does TMB want to plan my honeymoon? Budget is relative and I'm happy to sell some stock to pay for it since YOLO
     
  22. DuffandMuff

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    I’m flying into puerto Vallarta 12/28 then going to Sayulita thru 1/2. Never been, so I’m no help. Just letting you know.
     
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  23. Room 15

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    How many days and what are y’all wanting to do?

    id at least be interested in seeing the itinerary they prepare
     
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  24. bwi2

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    If you’re spending a couple of days in the Santiago area, a day trip to the historic district in Valparaiso/vineyards in Casablanca is worthwhile. Didn’t actually spend a lot of time in Santiago, but have a couple of restaurant recommendations.
     
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  25. Room 15

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    Ah ok missed his timeline post. Agreed...loved Valparaiso.

    Far preferred the vineyards in Mendoza.

    My general advice would be not to over do it and cram too many stops in. Maybe spend half that time down around Patagonia. Punta Arenas / Ushuaia could be another cool option while you're down there.

    Having a travel agent will be great to manage the travel bookings. If you end up in BsAs, I'll have a few restaurant recs (several others in here will too)
     
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  26. Where Eagles Dare

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    Got a private in house chef lined up for the entire time I'm in Nicaragua. :praisehim::praisehim:

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner and day time snacks provide. $40 a person, child eats free. :laugh: Fucking great deal
     
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  27. Room 15

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    Damn that feels like cheating. Well played.
     
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  28. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yeah, and the menu doesn't feel like it's skimping at all.

    Breakfast: Eggs, French Toast, Pancakes
    Lunch: Wings, Burgers, quesadillas, sandwiches
    Dinner: Filet Mignon, Local Seafood, Pork

    Daily breads, spreads, fresh local juices and fruit. local Nica coffee, and snacks for intra day
     
  29. Good Effort! Good Game!

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    Where in Nica are you going to be? Spent two weeks there a few weeks ago
     
  30. Where Eagles Dare

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    Hacienda Iguana. It's a north of Popoyo
     
  31. AptosDuck

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    Be sure to tip them $5 at the end of your stay
     
  32. Where Eagles Dare

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    I was reading up on tipping today. Nica is 10% usually. 15% for excellent service. I'll probably drop them 15% at the end. We've got a housekeeper daily, whom apparently does laundry too. And a daily security guard. I guess I'll tip them too but no idea how much
     
  33. AptosDuck

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    I'd even go a bit higher. It'll probably be more than they expect, so it'll make their day, and the extra couple bucks probably mean more to them than you.
     
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  34. colonel_forbin

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    We went to St. John USVIs earlier this year and loved it. Got an AirBNB, rented a Jeep, and just bummed around the different beaches on the island. Most of the island is a national park, but a lot of the foliage got messed up by Irma in 2017 so some of the greenery is still working its way back. Beaches are top notch though.
     
  35. Where Eagles Dare

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    Love St John.

    I'm going back this memorial day and either doing just that for our 3rd time or I'm renting a sail boat and a captain for a week and sail around the US and BVI
     
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  36. Oranjello

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    Thank you both for the ideas. Most of the hotels I've looked at are booked for 12/31, so I was about to pivot to AirBNB + a personal chef because that sounds pretty dope
     
  37. Where Eagles Dare

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    St John had almost no hotels. FWIW

    It's almost all houses or apartments.

    And take a day trip to Jost Van Dyke for a day to go to Soggy Dollar and Roxxies and enjoy that beach
     
  38. BamaNug

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    If you're there for NYE, Jost Van Dyke has a world famous NYE party. But you have to camp on the beach, not sure if there's transport to/from during the night.

    Had a fucking blast there a few years ago.
     
  39. Oranjello

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    Meant to add I've been targeting Pacific coast of Mexico without a ton of luck re: hotels. Wasn't feeling a resort/hotel in the Caribbean really, but a house with a Jeep and a butler on a Caribbean island is something I can get down with.
     
  40. colonel_forbin

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    We got a personal chef one night. He’s probably booked but I’ll see if I can find his number. Not cheap though. We usually ate breakfast at the place, packed a cooler for lunch on the beach, and then ate somewhere at night.

    There’s a few good restaurants on the island for dinner. Also highly recommend renting a boat one day to take you around snorkeling and to Lime Out floating taco bar. You basically anchor down around a floating taco bar in a bay and they dinghy food and drinks to your boat. I’m making it my life’s mission to find another island somewhere and do the same.
     
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  41. CoastalOrange

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    I use the premium service and it's paid for itself numerous times over. Just booked roundtrip flights between CLT and Bogota for $244 in late March to early April.

    Planning on doing a couple days in Bogota and then 5-6 in Cartagena in late March/early April 2022. So if anyone has any recs for them, I'm all ears as I haven't started my planning yet.

    Also, heading to Punta Cana, DR for a long weekend with some friends in a couple weeks. Doing my first ever all-inclusive to see what it's all about. I definitely plan to get out from the resort some each day and am thinking- round of golf, visit Scape Park, and go on an ATV tour. Open to any other suggestions anyone has as well.
     
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  42. CoastalOrange

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    Did 16 days through Ukraine and need to do a little write-up on it but definitely had a blast and I'd highly suggest it as an off-the-beaten-path destination.
     
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  43. beerleagueman

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    pre COVID I was considering doing a few South American trips , was thinking Colombia, Uruguay, and Argentina. seen a few YouTubes of Medellin and the scenery of that place looks awesome w how the mountains and hills surround it
     
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  44. BamaNug

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    Got flights booked Jan 9 to Cartagena, gonna spend 1-2 weeks in Tayrona and Palomino. After that fly into Medellin for at least 2 weeks. Have heard and read amazing things about Medellin from a digital nomad perspective.

    Don't have flights booked yet, but heading to straight to Brazil after Colombia. Most flights are out of Bogota, so may spend a few nights there before flying into Sao Paulo. Spending a few weeks on a friend's farm outside of SP before heading to Olinda, in NE Brazil, for Carnaval. Cannot fucking wait.

    Hope to spend a few weeks exploring Bahia, Brazil after Carnaval, but depends on how my bank account looks/other obligations back in Seattle.
     
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  45. BamaNug

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    Def want to hear about this.

    How were prices?
     
  46. beerleagueman

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    would have included Brazil but assume things have a chance of getting unstable bc of Bolsonaro. and I am still a wuss about COVID uncertainty to commit to going right now but eventually want to get down there . love their culture
     
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  47. BamaNug

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    Brazil can be pretty dangerous, no two ways about it -- probably moreso given the current global climate.

    I prolly wouldn't be going if I wasn't traveling around with a bunch of locals.

    Rio is still one of my favorite cities in the world, may try to spend a week or so there before flying out.
     
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  49. DeToxRox

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    For you guys who have gone to to Europe recently, did you bring the home tests with you? If so, which one did you use?
     
  50. Where Eagles Dare

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    I've been told by friends who have traveled abroad recently to buy these. I guess they are different than the basic in-home test b/c there is an app associated with it to upload results

    https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack?hsLang=en
     
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