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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:07 am

what is the cheapest/easiest place to fly in the caribbean?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Grunthy on Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:20 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:what is the cheapest/easiest place to fly in the caribbean?



Probably the bahamas. I think from florida it is only like an hour flight, so it cannot be overly expensive.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby OutofFoil on Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:44 am

Malkamaniac wrote:Traveling to Birmingham Alabama tomorrow for work until Friday night.


Sorry to hear that. Not my favorite place. Do try Dreamland BBQ ribs though. Mmmmm!
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Gabe on Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:07 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:what is the cheapest/easiest place to fly in the caribbean?


San Juan, PR. Most major airlines go there, you don't need a passport, and Old San Juan may be one of the most beautiful places in the Western Hemisphere. I was there in April and had a great time.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:21 pm

Going to New Orleans in late October for a trade show for the first time. Will have about 1.5 days of free time.

Any suggestions?

I don't eat shellfish so I don't care about oysters or crayfish places.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:21 pm

Then drink. A lot. Check out some strip clubs. Drink some more. Rinse and repeat.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:23 pm

Idoit40fans wrote:Then drink. A lot. Check out some strip clubs. Drink some more. Rinse and repeat.

Probably taking the wife, so that likely kills half of that plan. But the other half sounds like a good start.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Rylan on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:25 pm

But being sober at strip clubs sounds like not that much fun.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:25 pm

When I went, I didn't go to strip clubs, I never liked those even when I was single...which I was at the time. I did a lot of drinking and checking out the french quarter though.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:31 pm

Rylan wrote:But being sober at strip clubs sounds like not that much fun.

Nice.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby King Sid the Great 87 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:38 pm

Big Easy Pens Fan wrote:
King Sid the Great 87 wrote:If you are on a tight budget and have never been west, get a park pass ($80 last time I got one, gets everybody with you in the park), load up the car, and do that. Sure, Europe, etc sound exotic, but you can get as great of an experience in the States.

Colorado Rockies, Olympic Peninsula, Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Yosemite, Moab, Yellowstone, Death Valley, Pacific Coast Highway, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego.


You and I are absolutely on the same page King Sid. Of those places you mentioned I have been to 9 of them. Only a few more I'd like to add though. When you said Yellowstone you didn't mention Grand Teton National Park (spectacular in the fall, when the leaves change), which is about 40 miles south of Yellowstone are are affectionately known as "The American Alps", Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the AZ/UT border (I was in awe of this place), and Glacier National Park in NW Montana...the Going-to-the Sun Road has jaw-dropping vistas. And definately see the USofA and you keep your $ stateside first. Then you might want to try the Canadian Rockies (Banff, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway which connects those two towns and the National Parks of the same names. Finally, and this isn't cheap so you may have to save up for this one, a cruisetour of Alaska. And I consider all of these "bucket list" items. :D

Man I love talking about travel. I could make a post which itself would take up a whole page, but I'll spare y'all on that. :wink:

Editing here: Grand Tetons in the Fall.

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I hear you on the Tetons. I find the Jackson Hole area far more interesting than Yellowstone. If I had to rank all of the parks I've been too, Yellowstone would come in pretty low.

I could bounce around the Pacific Northwest for a month and not run out of things to do.

For my money, there is no better experience than Yosemite. The Sierra Nevadas are as good as it gets. Summiting Half Dome and taking in the views from there is probably the coolest thing I have ever done.

Unfortunately I've moved back east which doesn't provide anywhere near the same experience. I'm hoping to move to Los Angeles in the next year or two so I can get back to seeing the parks. The one I missed and really want to do was Glacier. I had hoped for a Pens early season Alberta swing to hit Jasper, Banff, and Glacier all in one, but it never worked out.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:40 am

anyone been to portugal
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:21 pm

Rylan wrote:But being sober at strip clubs sounds like not that much fun.

The only thing weirder to me than a sober person at a strip club is someone at a strip club by themselves.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby mac5155 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:31 pm

When we were on my bachelor party we drank all day in the casinos at Atlantic City. Then we went to the massive buffet at Showboat, and ended up sobering up. Afterward, went to one of the gentlemen's clubs and couldn't bear to drink anything cause we're so full on crab legs. It was a dumb move on our part.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:59 am

shafnutz05 wrote:LITT, my wife and I both have the Venture card, and we love it. The rewards are awesome, and no international change fee is pretty valuable for future traveling.

Pitt, you will be able to print both of your boarding passes, and just walk straight to the security line since you aren't checking bags.


revisiting this - what airlines can you use for this? looking at either the venture card or the starwood card finally
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Pavel Bure on Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:06 am

eddysnake wrote:We did a Beatles theme for our recent trip to Chicago, it was fun, although I did throw in an Elvis cd around the 5 hr mark to split things up. If you have kids, invest in a DC to AC power inverter, saves on batteries.

One Rogan cast lasts me about a week.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby CBear3 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:51 am

Things to do in Toronto when you're alive?
Heading up for work in a couple weeks and we're trying to figure out what there is to do.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby GSdrums87 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:52 am

Anybody have an idea of how to get a cheap hotel room in Pittsburgh this Saturday?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:15 am

It's a busy weekend. Try priceline and only use 3 and 4 star hotels before you enter your price. What's cheap to you?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby GSdrums87 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:24 am

Around $100
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:29 am

Are you looking for around the downtown area or willing to stretch out to suburbs?
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:34 am

The Clarion in Greentree is pretty basic but showing on hotels.com for $75.

I prefer Hampton or DoubleTree's and they are going for $129-$159 in the suburbs.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:35 am

Or if you are willing to risk it, you could try Kraftster's new toy:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=62670

But not sure if they have properties in Pittsburgh.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby GSdrums87 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:38 am

Yeah we'll probably just drop a best offer on Priceline and see what pops up. Thanks bud.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby mac5155 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:56 am

I stayed at quality Inn and suites a while back; nice place, 2 double beds, and a kitchen in the room.
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