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Old June 11 2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

I have plenty of ideas for a destination this summer - Cancun, Oahu, Orlando, etc. The only problem is, I would hate to travel alone but don't have anyone to go with me. In the past, I always invited a relative or two and paid for their expenses as a courtesy, but I don't think I could afford do that anymore, thus the dilemma. To me, it's always good to have a traveling companion around because (1) there's safety in numbers and (2) it doesn't get lonely.

What say you? Any holiday plans this summer? What's your experience traveling by yourself or with other people?
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Old June 11 2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

Well I would love to be ale to plan a holiday, I forsee two problems.

One I can't afford one, and two I can't afford one. Now I know that is technically one problem but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning it twice.
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Old June 11 2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

I'm going to Acadia National Park with my parents later this summer and hopefully to the New River Gorge for a long weekend with some climbing buddies.
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Old June 11 2013, 07:07 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

Gryffindorian wrote: View Post
I have plenty of ideas for a destination this summer - Cancun, Oahu, Orlando, etc. The only problem is, I would hate to travel alone but don't have anyone to go with me. In the past, I always invited a relative or two and paid for their expenses as a courtesy, but I don't think I could afford do that anymore, thus the dilemma. To me, it's always good to have a traveling companion around because (1) there's safety in numbers and (2) it doesn't get lonely.
Oh I agree it's better to have someone to share the experiance of a holiday with.
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Old June 11 2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

My parents are springing for a family trip to Europe, probably Germany and Austria. We're going at the beginning of August. I'm not planning any other trips because I want to save money, I need to figure out moving back before the end of July, and I anticipate taking at least one trip to England next year.
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Old June 11 2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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Remember when visitng the UK, plan for rain.
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Old June 11 2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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Remember when visitng the UK, plan for rain.
That's okay, I like rain. I'd love to see Scotland and Wales while I'm there as well, but that's all a bit far off so I'm not going to plan it just yet.
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Old June 11 2013, 08:52 PM   #8
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Well Scotland and Wales are only a few hours train journey away from London.
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Old June 11 2013, 09:04 PM   #9
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I don't know if I'll be visiting London but yes, everything is so close by!
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Old June 11 2013, 09:12 PM   #10
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Well relatively close by, Travel between the major towns and cities is easy enough but if you want to get off the beaten track and see more of the country(countries) you need to get in a car.
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Old June 11 2013, 09:14 PM   #11
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I would love to take my wife to Las Vegas for the Trek con in early August, but we are planning on moving around that time! sucks!
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Old June 11 2013, 09:35 PM   #12
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Re: Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

Kestra wrote: View Post
and I anticipate taking at least one trip to England next year.
I just got back from a two-week trip to England. I have family there so it's always a good excuse to go. Had a fantastic time.

No other concrete plans for summer as of yet. Might hit the beach for a long weekend in July. I'm starting to think about potentially going to a tropical island at some point towards the end of the summer, but that'll be hurricane season and it may not be the wisest decision.
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Old June 11 2013, 09:51 PM   #13
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I'm going home to Ottawa for almost three weeks this summer. Next big vacation will be a Disney cruise in January courtesy of my in-laws.
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Old June 11 2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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Re: Anyone planning a trip/vacation this summer?

As is my wont, I'm going on a baseball park binge (I'm trying to get them all seen). This July, I'm seeing the 'parks for the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Angels, Dodgers, Athletics, Giants, Padres and Pirates. (In September I'm taking my usual 2-week trip to New York City.)

Whenever possible I go alone because I like to have time to explore the city on my own. But sometimes I use Sports Travel & Tours. They are totally awesome, I highly recommend them. Main reason I'm using them this year is that some of the ballparks I'm going to (such as Angel Stadium and Dodger Stadium) have no mass transit access and no nearby hotels, and I refuse to waste my vacation time driving in an unfamiliar city.

The tour I'm taking is Dbacks/Angels/Dodgers/Giants; I'm adding on Mariners before it and Padres/Pirates after. This comes in handy because I will have plenty of time in Seattle to visit the Pike Place Fish Market and get hit in the head with a flying trout and also must see the first Starbucks ever built!

ST&T takes care of everything. They fly - or sometimes bus - you from city to city, they take care of your tickets, everything. Sometimes they even give you a tour of the city - on this trip I'm going on, they give bus tours of L.A. and San Francisco. Can't go wrong with that! The only thing they don't do is get you to the first city on the tour, and get you home from the last one. You have to do that yourself. But that's a minor nitpick...and totally understandable. Small price to pay!

I am confused about something though. Why the hell does it take TWELVE HOURS to take Amtrak from San Francisco to San Diego? They're only 500 miles apart! I love trains, so I wanted to take one from SF to SD (the tour ends in SF), but then they throw that in my face. Oh well, at least the flight only lasts an hour...
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Old June 11 2013, 11:17 PM   #15
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Camping in Maine this August
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