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

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

  1. colonel_forbin

    colonel_forbin Well-Known Member
    Donor

    Anyone been to St. Kitt’s and have recommendations? Going for a week next month
     
  2. DuffandMuff

    DuffandMuff Well-Known Member
    Tampa Bay Lightning

    As someone who just flew emirates first class and Qatar business class, it feels great being in the gated community. I fly economy 99% of the time, but treating myself to luxury on a 15 hour flight is well worth it.

    Wait til this guy finds out about the A380 and them not even letting the riff raff in economy on the same floor as first and business class.
     
  3. BayouMafia

    BayouMafia Thought Leader in Posting
    Staff Donor
    LSU TigersTexas RangersNew Orleans SaintsFulhamWrexham AFCDulwich Hamlet

    The article mentions people having to walk by the Business Class pods on the way to their Economy seats which is dumb. Pretty much all wide body planes board at the mid doors so Economy passengers have to turn right while Business passengers turn left. And in some airports they have two different jet bridges.
     
    DuffandMuff, BellottiBold and Nelson like this.
  4. NC Wolfpack

    NC Wolfpack Go Pack Go
    Donor
    North Carolina State WolfpackGreen Bay Packers

    My wife and I are looking at booking our next trip in the coming months and am considering both Banff and Lake Tahoe. Neither of us are outdoorsy people, but do enjoy hiking, kayaking, etc. Anyone been to either (or both) that could weigh in on experience?
     
  5. Mr Mortisay

    Mr Mortisay Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Arkansas RazorbacksTiger Woods

    Not sure if I did a follow up in here but flew Emirates Suites on the A380 and the new Singapore Suites on the A380 on our recent Maldives/Thailand trip. Truly mind blowing experience, all on points of course. The Emirates soft product is unbeatable, the Singapore suites hard product is ridiculous though except for the lack of a shower.

    Next up is Cinque Terre-Dubrovnik-Santorini-Paros-Antiparos-Athens in July/August. Yes it’s going to be unbearably hot and crowded but does anyone have any recommendations, esp for Cinque Terre/Dubrovnik/Paros? This is our last big trip before settling down so it will be a little bittersweet
     
  6. tspa

    tspa Well-Known Member
    Donor

    I've been to both. I spent about a day and a half in Lake Tahoe and probably four days in Banff area. Lake Tahoe is nice. Banff, and really the Canadian Rockies, is one of my favorite places on earth.
    Lake Tahoe will have more non-outdoorsy things; shopping, casinos, etc. Those are things that don't really matter to me, but may to you.
    Banff has much more, and in my opinion better, outdoor options. The hiking is great. If you want you can paddle on a lake like in Tahoe, there is whitewater rafting as well.
     
  7. TC

    TC Ten Club
    Donor
    South Carolina GamecocksCarolina PanthersCarolina Hurricanes

  8. Tommy Jefferson

    Tommy Jefferson Well-Known Member
    Nebraska CornhuskersKansas JayhawksKansas City RoyalsKansas City Chiefs

    When are you going? A friend went on one of the swamp tours during the winter months and there was nothing to see. They blamed it on the weather being too cold which makes sense but it may have also been that the tour just sucks.
     
    TC likes this.
  9. TC

    TC Ten Club
    Donor
    South Carolina GamecocksCarolina PanthersCarolina Hurricanes

    Memorial Day/first week of June.

    I def don't want something that glorifies/glosses over slavery, which is kind of a concern with this. Just thinking, I have a whole week so I want to do something to get outside the city proper
     
  10. Jimmy the Saint

    Jimmy the Saint The future is a benevolent black hole
    Donor
    Penn State Nittany LionsGreen Bay PackersChelseaHartford WhalersPhoenix Rising

    Go to Whitney Plantation. It's the exact opposite.
     
    TC likes this.
  11. Nelson

    Nelson Can somebody please get Ja Rule on the phone
    Donor
    Nebraska CornhuskersDenver NuggetsDenver BroncosColorado AvalanceBorussia DortmundManchester UnitedColorado State Rams

    I assume she’s booked but stay with Lorenza if you can. Best BnB host of my life. God’s gift to travelers.

    https://casalorenza.it/index.php/en/
     
    Hatfield likes this.
  12. herb.burdette

    herb.burdette Meet me at the corner of 8th and Worthington
    Donor
    Ohio State Buckeyes

    We stayed in Corniglia (below) when we did the Cinque-Terre and it was not remotely as crowded as the other towns. The drawback was restaurant options were limited.

    The beach in Corniglia is really just a pier and rock outcroppings, but it was very secluded and I liked it.
    EC7CEEF3-3611-4029-B01F-E8FA5538BD87.jpeg

    D49BA7A9-58AF-415A-8DDB-445FE808A980.jpeg

    190844F6-2101-47C0-AD53-9AE729163382.jpeg
     
  13. Good Effort! Good Game!

    Good Effort! Good Game! Dallas Clark's biggest fan
    Donor

    Any tips on Mallorca? Going for 6 nights in July. Have 3 nights booked but looking for another spot to round out the trip + things to do
     
  14. bro

    bro Hey Hermano
    Donor
    Tennessee VolunteersLos Angeles DodgersDenver NuggetsBuffalo BillsBuffalo Sabres

    I am going in late mid-late June. I can point you to some of the TMB posts I have on the matter. I also have a few private messages too. Feel free to PM me
     
  15. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    Ugh.. an hour out from our testing time. Really hope we’re all negative, but especially hope the kids are. They’d freak out if we had to split them up.
     
    Room 15 and bro like this.
  16. Mix

    Mix I own a Fuddruckers with Scottie Pippen
    Staff Donor TMB OG
    UCF KnightsPittsburgh PenguinsOrlando CityPittsburgh Steelers

    Why couldn't that insane judge strike the test requirement?
    How does it work with airlines if you can't get on?
     
    THEBLUERAIDER likes this.
  17. Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare The Specialist Show On Earth
    Donor
    Auburn TigersAtlanta BravesWashington Football TeamAtlanta United

    That doesn't benefit her base. You don't need international flights to reach the Myrle, Gulf Shores, Orlando, etc
     
    Goose, DuffandMuff and beerleagueman like this.
  18. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    4 tests, 4 different proctors, 4 different instructions, one different time for stirring the qtip.

    Such a shit show. I’m so tired of this shit.

    and now we wait
     
    mc415 and Hatfield like this.
  19. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    Everyone is fine to come home. Thanks for letting me vent.

    London was cool and Scotland was incredible. We want to make an entire trip out of the Highlands, just an amazing landscape.
     
    phunkybuck, TC, Nelson and 6 others like this.
  20. bcuga

    bcuga Administrator
    Staff Donor TMB OG
    Georgia BulldogsAtlanta BravesAtlanta HawksAtlanta Falcons

    When you are set to come back to the US do you just bring your test results with you and they check them when you board or how does it work?

    Also I have a bunch of rapid tests approved by FDA and I assume these are good if taken within 24 hours of returning?
     
  21. BamaNug

    BamaNug Half is a lie, but the good part's true
    Donor
    Alabama Crimson TideSeattle MarinersAtlanta BravesNew Orleans Saints

    Yes, just have your test results either in an email (screenshot in case WiFi is spotty) or a piece of paper. Be sure the name and DOB on the results match your ID.

    Some airlines just glance, but I've some that pull out your ID to verify.

    In Brazil they just looked at my negative test -- which could have said Daffy Duck for all they knew.
     
    Room 15 likes this.
  22. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    Fly out of London tomorrow morning.

    Ours we had to order from the American Airlines website and take them on video call with a proctor.

    a friend who flew on Delta, also out of London, a few days ago just had to submit photos of his test results and upload it to verifly. He said as far as he knows no one checked it. Not at security or customs
     
    bcuga likes this.
  23. PJP3

    PJP3 Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Colorado BuffaloesOakland RaidersFulhamLos Angeles Angels of AnaheimUnited States Men's National Soccer Team

    2 weeks ago we flew belfast to LA via London. On check-in Belfast people said London people would check it. When we got to London AA people said we were already cleared and Belfast people were supposed to check it. So really no one checked it and its all over the place.
     
    Goose, Hatfield and thunderstruck like this.
  24. COVIDiskilingme79

    COVIDiskilingme79 Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Florida GatorsChicago Cubs

    United let's you upload them via the app

    American uses Verifly

    Otherwise you'll show them to a ticket agent when checking bags and receive your boarding pass then
     
  25. bwi2

    bwi2 Not affiliated with BWI
    Donor
    Duke Blue DevilsWashington NationalsArsenalUSA Basketball

    What was your Scotland itinerary?
     
  26. Oranjello

    Oranjello Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Green Bay PackersGrateful DeadMississippi Rebels

    Flight prices are (understandably) ridic at the moment. $800 to fly into Denver on a Thursday and out Sunday. Connections both ways. Less than a year ago it was about $450 or so nonstop. Flights to Aspen were double the cost to Denver, but that’s kind of to be expected.

    Not looking forward to checking the price of a flight to Spartanburg, SC for a wedding that’s a month from now.
     
    BellottiBold and Nelson like this.
  27. Mr Mortisay

    Mr Mortisay Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Arkansas RazorbacksTiger Woods

    It’s like $1700 to fly to Maui in economy from Saturday-Saturday over thanksgiving. I’ve been considering going to the Maui classic but hard to justify the insane prices
     
    Hatfield likes this.
  28. Lawnole23

    Lawnole23 FSU Seminoles 2020 National Champions
    Donor TMB OG
    Florida State SeminolesTampa Bay RaysTampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Lightning

    Might be cheaper to fly into Charlotte than Greenville if you don't mind driving a couple of hours.
     
    Oranjello likes this.
  29. Lawnole23

    Lawnole23 FSU Seminoles 2020 National Champions
    Donor TMB OG
    Florida State SeminolesTampa Bay RaysTampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Lightning

    I'm going to Elbow Cay in the Bahamas in June. Only reasonable flight prices to Marsh Harbour were on Silver out of Fort Lauderdale. Scott's Cheap Flights popped up with American out of Orlando for $390 round trip. Quite the itinerary. Leave Saturday night and fly to Philly. 20 hour lay over. Leave the next night and fly to Miami. 14 hours layover then fly Miami to the Bahamas.
     
  30. Spontaneous Cumbustion

    Spontaneous Cumbustion Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Ohio State BuckeyesCincinnati RedsCincinnati BengalsXavier MusketeersFC CincinnatiTottenham HotspurUnited States Men's National Soccer Team

    I went with my family to the maui tournament in 2018 and yeah the flights the week of Thanksgiving were expensive. Now when you add in the post covid issues not surprising they are that much. The tournament is awesome though so if you can swing it money wise I highly recommend going. Because of tv the games are all so early, and you only get to go to your teams game, so you still have most or all of the day left to be in Hawaii those three days. Plus the luau on Thanksgiving was awesome.
     
  31. Mr Mortisay

    Mr Mortisay Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Arkansas RazorbacksTiger Woods

    Round trip to NYC $720 wtf is going on
     
    Hatfield and BellottiBold like this.
  32. Nelson

    Nelson Can somebody please get Ja Rule on the phone
    Donor
    Nebraska CornhuskersDenver NuggetsDenver BroncosColorado AvalanceBorussia DortmundManchester UnitedColorado State Rams

    fuel prices and wage inflation
     
    Hatfield likes this.
  33. Nelson

    Nelson Can somebody please get Ja Rule on the phone
    Donor
    Nebraska CornhuskersDenver NuggetsDenver BroncosColorado AvalanceBorussia DortmundManchester UnitedColorado State Rams

    Thank you friend

    got Delta/LATAM 25k one way award tickets. Transferred points from Amex.

    JFK to São Paulo redeye and then a quick puddle jump to Rio, same itinerary on way back. Will be awful in economy but 100k points for two round trips to Rio is unbeatable.
     
    BellottiBold likes this.
  34. WhiskeyDelta

    WhiskeyDelta Well-Known Member
    Donor

    Living in the UK now I've flown back and forth to the States 3-4 times in the last year and it is WILDLY inconsistent in terms of people at the airport checking.
     
    thunderstruck likes this.
  35. WhiskeyDelta

    WhiskeyDelta Well-Known Member
    Donor

    Wife and I just booked our honeymoon (it'll be over our 6th anniversary of knowing each other and nearly our three year marriage anniversary, thanks immigration expenses and COVID) and we're going to be doing two days in Bologna and two days in Florence if anyone has recommendations. Been to Bologna before but it was a me-and-my-brother motorcycle trip mostly around him wanting to go to the Ducati factory
     
  36. Mr Mortisay

    Mr Mortisay Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Arkansas RazorbacksTiger Woods

    Florence is awesome. Eat steak and gelato every day. Wine tour to Tuscany is a lot of fun if you have time. The Uffizi is a world class museum there

    I woke up with a wine hangover early the morning after the wine tour and went for a jog…just kept running towards cool stuff and ended up watching the sun rise over the Arno at the Piazzale Michelangelo, super cool experience if you’re up early one day. The sun hits the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio and not gonna lie it got me teared up. Such a random great memory, reminds me why I love travel so much every time I think about it.
     
  37. AptosDuck

    AptosDuck Pedantic Hausfrau
    Donor
    California Golden Bears

    We had an excellent lunch at Auditore Ristorante Braceria right around the corner from the Uffizi, highly recommend. Try the Pappardelle al ragu di cinghiale. Son had the mussel pizza, loved it.

    [​IMG]
     
    #24837 AptosDuck, Apr 20, 2022
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2022
  38. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    That flight back was sooo much nicer without a mask.

    In the Charlotte airport now and I’d say less than 10% are wearing masks.
     
  39. Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare The Specialist Show On Earth
    Donor
    Auburn TigersAtlanta BravesWashington Football TeamAtlanta United

    Flights need to settle the fuck down. Looked at going back to Nica/Costa Rica this December and they are fucking 900 to fly direct from Atlanta.

    What the hell people
     
    941Gator likes this.
  40. BamaNug

    BamaNug Half is a lie, but the good part's true
    Donor
    Alabama Crimson TideSeattle MarinersAtlanta BravesNew Orleans Saints

    I'm trying to decide between Nepal or Peru for November.

    Worried about working in Asia and that time difference. But also, fuck it.

    Can get my flight from Seattle to Kathmandu for free with Chase points, only 23 hours. Sea --> Singapore and Singapore --> Kathmandu. Super efficient.
     
    Keef likes this.
  41. TC

    TC Ten Club
    Donor
    South Carolina GamecocksCarolina PanthersCarolina Hurricanes

    You've been to South America a million times. I say go Nepal and become Ram Dass
     
    Keef and BamaNug like this.
  42. Lawnole23

    Lawnole23 FSU Seminoles 2020 National Champions
    Donor TMB OG
    Florida State SeminolesTampa Bay RaysTampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Lightning

    If you need any Nepal recommendations let me know. My neighbors are both doctors from Nepal and go back every year.
     
    Keef, The Banks and BamaNug like this.
  43. BamaNug

    BamaNug Half is a lie, but the good part's true
    Donor
    Alabama Crimson TideSeattle MarinersAtlanta BravesNew Orleans Saints

    Much appreciated. I went back in 2017 but wasn't very prepared -- just explored Kathmandu and Pokhara, no trekking. This would be mainly a trekking trip.

    Thinking 4-5 days to Annapurna Base Camp (can go solo) and then a 10-day tour of Upper Mustang, which borders Tibet (required to have a guide). Just a lot of time off-grid.
     
    Lawnole23 likes this.
  44. Lawnole23

    Lawnole23 FSU Seminoles 2020 National Champions
    Donor TMB OG
    Florida State SeminolesTampa Bay RaysTampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Lightning

    I've always wanted to go. Last time I asked him about what should an out of shape white guy do in Nepal he just told me all the sports bars in Kathmandu that have NFL Sunday Ticket and chicken wings because "that's what I go do." He's rather Americanized now.
     
    TC and BamaNug like this.
  45. WhiskeyDelta

    WhiskeyDelta Well-Known Member
    Donor

    Im missing my daughters birthday this year because flying round trip London to Atlanta would have been almost two grand and I can’t afford that. Just that flight would have cost more than the entire honeymoon trip

    But I’m glad the airlines can do even more stock buybacks ahead of yet another government bailout
     
  46. Mr Mortisay

    Mr Mortisay Well-Known Member
    Donor
    Arkansas RazorbacksTiger Woods

    Do you have any credit card points to swing it?
     
  47. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    We barely scratched the surface outside of Edinburg.

    We took an all day tour that was a lot better than I expected. There were just 5 other people on our little bus and the guide was very good. We left Edinburg, the hit Stirling castle (kind of touristy, but pretty views), Callander, Doune, Tyndrum, and came back through Loch Lomond national park.
     
    bwi2 likes this.
  48. DuffandMuff

    DuffandMuff Well-Known Member
    Tampa Bay Lightning

    The final leg of my trip a few weeks ago ended in Kathmandu. Whew. I don’t think I was prepared for it. I’m well traveled (40+ countries) and that was one of the least developed big cities I’ve been to.

    I wonder how much the city is still impacted by the earthquake. Unfortunately, my buddy I met there was supposed to have a few excursions planned, but managed to do nothing. Would have loved to do Pokhara.

    Going trekking and exploring all the nature Nepal has to offer would’ve been exceptional. Staying in the city for five days was not.
     
    BamaNug likes this.
  49. Det. Frank Bullitt

    Det. Frank Bullitt God Bless Texas
    Donor TMB OG
    Texas LonghornsManchester United

    Anyone else flown yet?

    At DEN/DFW yesterday, seems like 75%+ of travellers were not masked, slightly higher in terminals I think, than once boarded.

    Flight crew sample size is small, but it was like 3/6 unmasked on my one leg.
     
  50. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck I'm a Boss

    Yesterday from London to Charlotte and then to Memphis I never saw any crew masked. I’d say it was closer to 90% unmasked.

    workers in Charlotte were peeling mask signs off in the terminal.