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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:37 pm

So... I really really really want to go to Chile and Argentina.

Any experience with that region on LGP?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:55 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:So... I really really really want to go to Chile and Argentina.

Any experience with that region on LGP?

Those are right outside of Blawnox right?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby eddysnake on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:21 am

We are planning to take the train from South Bend into Chicago for our vacation next week. We were planning on taking the double stroller (which folds up, but is still big) on the train. I can see this being an issue. Anyone have any experiences with something like this on a train ?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby llipgh2 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:27 am

eddysnake wrote:We are planning to take the train from South Bend into Chicago for our vacation next week. We were planning on taking the double stroller (which folds up, but is still big) on the train. I can see this being an issue. Anyone have any experiences with something like this on a train ?


You should be able to store it in the luggage area of the car you're in. Not an overhead bin, but a luggage area in the front/back of the car.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby llipgh2 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:12 am

Looking for an out of the ordinary amusement park?

http://blog.roadtrippers.com/5-bizarre-us-theme-parks/

I think the last one would be kind of fun, don't know how much I'd want to pay for it.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:08 am

Didn't Ned Flanders come up with #2 on that list?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby llipgh2 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:08 am

blackjack68 wrote:Didn't Ned Flanders come up with #2 on that list?


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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:59 am

Bingo.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby eddysnake on Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:57 pm

Chicago was great, incredible city, extremely friendly people. few pics from Ferris wheel and John Hancock Tower

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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:52 pm

is there a way to find out what 7 day travel window will have the lowest airfare prices? i could swear one of the major sites used to have this option.

id like to make a week long florida trip between new years day and april 30th. the week doesnt matter much - im just trying to see if theres a way to determine exactly which days i should fly out and come back for the cheapest trip.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:25 pm

Likely a few days after new years and before MLK weekend. After mlk day and before Valentines Day may be good also. After that its expensive until late March or early April depending on Easter. At least this has been my experience.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Grunthy on Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:29 pm

February is usually a cheaper month to travel.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby obhave on Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:49 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:is there a way to find out what 7 day travel window will have the lowest airfare prices? i could swear one of the major sites used to have this option.

id like to make a week long florida trip between new years day and april 30th. the week doesnt matter much - im just trying to see if theres a way to determine exactly which days i should fly out and come back for the cheapest trip.


If you use kayak.com, choose "make my date flexible" then "flex month". You can then put in the amount of days you want to travel and the month.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby MWB on Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:55 pm

Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:24 pm

Cross posting in here, any recommendations on restaurants in Toronto and Niagara Falls? My sister is going up so doesn't have a ton of $
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:42 pm

obhave wrote:If you use kayak.com, choose "make my date flexible" then "flex month". You can then put in the amount of days you want to travel and the month.


this is great. thanks.

though i am bummed fares are up a bit. the last few times i flew into florida it was 180 or so round trip. now 300 seems to be average
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby yubb on Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:17 am

MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


I think it's awesome that you're considering Germany and Italy. I'd toss Hawaii right off that list as I'm not much of a beach bum and it just seems purely touristy there, but what do I know?

My vote is for Germany/Austria/Switzerland. I think there would be more to worry about in Italy, but again, what do I know. I'm just basing this off what I see on Travel Channel.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:43 am

MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


Do you plan on renting a car? You could do something like this: Munich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Lago di Garda-Verona-Bologna-Florence-Pisa-Rome. A nice mixture of interesting cities, great scenery, and also lots of opportunities for swimming and hiking.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Crankshaft on Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:05 am

MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


I would do Hawaii out of those 3 and save the Europe trip for when the kids are older and will appreciate the scenery/history more.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:14 am

Gaucho wrote:
MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


Do you plan on renting a car? You could do something like this: Munich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Lago di Garda-Verona-Bologna-Florence-Pisa-Rome. A nice mixture of interesting cities, great scenery, and also lots of opportunities for swimming and hiking.


i was actually thinking about this last night. how difficult is it for an american driver to drive in europe with minimal understanding of the language? thinking about france/italy for honeymoon
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:19 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:
Gaucho wrote:
MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


Do you plan on renting a car? You could do something like this: Munich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Lago di Garda-Verona-Bologna-Florence-Pisa-Rome. A nice mixture of interesting cities, great scenery, and also lots of opportunities for swimming and hiking.


i was actually thinking about this last night. how difficult is it for an american driver to drive in europe with minimal understanding of the language? thinking about france/italy for honeymoon


I had no problem driving in Germany. Just get a GPS but make sure there is an English setting. Also, all of mainland Europe drives on the right side so it won't be too big of an adjustment.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:20 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:
Gaucho wrote:
MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


Do you plan on renting a car? You could do something like this: Munich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Lago di Garda-Verona-Bologna-Florence-Pisa-Rome. A nice mixture of interesting cities, great scenery, and also lots of opportunities for swimming and hiking.


i was actually thinking about this last night. how difficult is it for an american driver to drive in europe with minimal understanding of the language? thinking about france/italy for honeymoon


It shouldn't be much of a problem, I'd think, but I'm not driving myself, so I wouldn't really know. Italy is a little tricky, though. Oserving the traffic rules seems to be optional for most of them.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:39 am

I think my plan for an inexpensive trip to the beach is going to be drive to the beach Saturday morning, leave at about 9 or 10 and stop at a hotel 1 hour inland, then complete the drive back on Sunday.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby MWB on Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:18 am

Gaucho wrote:
MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


Do you plan on renting a car? You could do something like this: Munich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Lago di Garda-Verona-Bologna-Florence-Pisa-Rome. A nice mixture of interesting cities, great scenery, and also lots of opportunities for swimming and hiking.


We're thinking we would probably rent a car. We've looked into rail travel, but seems like it would be limiting. We'd probably just do one area (Germany or Italy) instead of trying to cram too much into two weeks. But maybe that would be an option as well.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:51 am

MWB wrote:
Gaucho wrote:
MWB wrote:Considering a few destinations for next June - Germany (Munich, with possible trips to Austria and Switzerland), Italy (Florence, with possible trips to a couple of the surrounding regions), or Hawaii. We'll be going with our two daughters (10, 13). Does anyone have any recommendations, pros/cons, tips for any of these areas? We're planning on two weeks.


Do you plan on renting a car? You could do something like this: Munich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Lago di Garda-Verona-Bologna-Florence-Pisa-Rome. A nice mixture of interesting cities, great scenery, and also lots of opportunities for swimming and hiking.


We're thinking we would probably rent a car. We've looked into rail travel, but seems like it would be limiting. We'd probably just do one area (Germany or Italy) instead of trying to cram too much into two weeks. But maybe that would be an option as well.


Yeah, I think renting a car is definitely the better option for a family of four. And of course, instead of making it one long drive, you could stay somewhere in Austria for a week and make trips to Munich, Salzburg etc., then stay the second week somewhere in Northern Italy. Less hassle for sure and you'd even have the option to just park the kids at a lake or whatever if they don't feel like sightseeing. If they're not too young to be left on their own. I'm not a parent, so maybe I'm being naive here.
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