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@Mike

frankfurt is a big city in Germany, where all the financial institution in germany are located. there are nice part of it (except skyskapers & the banks) , maybe you havent discovered it.

I wud recommend London first, cauz it offer loads of cheap flight from states and asia. then you can take the train to ANTwerp.. my favourite city in belgium, the country of good beer:-P

From Antwerp you can go to holland and northern part of europe. please take time cauz scandinavia is beautiful both sumer & Winter

(DK/NO/SE&FI and maybe iceland too).

Or you can take the train to Paris then from Paris take ryanair (air france is oki too.. not too expensive) to Barcelona/Madrid/firenze or Milano.

for germany, i think it wud take you laods of time.. i say the southern part is the best....Hamburg is worth to visit esp St pauli:-P

Düsseldorf is my 3. favourite city.

it costs loads of money if you want to visit moskov & St petersburg.. there two cities are amazing.. or maybe an idea for a trans-siberian trip..

good luck.. any question? just ask!

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Me n my family of 8-10 people are going for a 10 day vacation in April and I wanted to hear some ideas as to where to go and stay and do. My sisters want to go somewhere warm and by the beach and with a decent night life. I would also like somewhere close to a city and that has a lot to offer outside of the hotel. A good nightlife would also be great. We usually stay at 5 star hotels or resorts. We are currently considering the Maldives, the Mauritius islands, Dubai, South Africa, St. Tropez. I would also love to go somewhere relatively unknown but preferably not at the cost of comfort because we are travelling with my 7 year old sister and my parents would like somewhere to relax. If you guys have any suggestions I would really like to hear them as we hope to make reservations soon.

Thanks

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Beirut for sure. Although the number of tourists is growing fast, it doesn't have that overexposed touristy vibe (yet). Five-star accommodation galore, great food, a booming nightlife that'll stun even the most jaded, beaches + beach parties nearby and plenty of high-end stores to burn cash. Next to that there are plenty of sights to see. Have fun.

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Didn't see a general 'recommend me a vacation/trip/place to go/etc' thread, so I figured I'd create one so people can avoid making one-off threads. before I get this started, here's an amazing trip planning tool for the indecisive:

http://www.kayak.com/explore/

Anyways, I'm looking to take a trip in the fall (sept-oct timeframe) but I've been really indecisive about where to go. Prerequisites: warm (or at least not cold), doable in a 2 week timeframe from the west coast USA, mid-end to cheap accomodations available. I'll try to wrangle up some friends to come along, but it's possible that I'll be solo. I've been to SE asia/china a fair amount, as well as southern/central europe, the balkans and turkey. I'm fine with off-the beaten-path type shit.

I've been thinking about egypt (heard a lot of good and a lot of bad experiences), laos or cambodia (still haven't been), spain (haven't been since I was 13, euro is cheap now), morocco (heard it was a little boring, but still intriguing) or somewhere in south america (brazil/argentina?)

Anyone have any particular preference for any of the above? Other places that I should be going?

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Booked tickets for Reykjavik in October, now starting to plan for the Blue Lagoon and Concert Hall. Any other recommendations for the tours? Other cities to check out?

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i liked vestmanna islands a lot when I was there back in 2002.

of course you shouldn't miss they geysirs, and gullfoss and the althingi, which is the only place on earth where you can spot the continental crusts above sea level. it also happens to be the site of the first parliament in iceland and is insanely beautiful.

I had the best lobster soup ever in iceland, but I forgot the name of the place. maybe if you google it, it will show up.

oh yeah and maybe eyjalafökull or whatever the name is might be fun after the whole flight ban thing...

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Check out Costa Rica man. Just thinking about a vacation I immediately have flashbacks to the luscious beaches, warm weather, natural beauty and fun. Not to mention its a surfers paradise and the nightlife is pretty sweet. Definitely suggest Tamarindo for a beach escape. They have other close cities that are each very different. Arenal is a Volcano town (you can see live volcano), Monte Verde is Rain Forest, San Jose is big city.

Hope you can use this one day soon!

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Hey guys, A few friends and I are planning a trip to Savannah, GA in late August. We plan to stay no longer than a weekend, but we'd want to get the most out of this little town. Anything from restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, vintage/thrift stores, etc. will help. Thank you.

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I have a semester off (September 1st- Late November) so I'm looking to live in a major city in Europe. 


 


I'm thinking either Paris - because, Paris - or Barcelona because I speak Spanish and therefore would get more into the culture, as I speak no French.


Between the two which would be better? I'm into fashion, shopping, restaurants, etc., but not so much into clubbing or much wild nightlife.


Or even any suggestions of where better to live? thanks

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im going to new orleans and miami next week, any good shops? places to stay away from? places with great food?

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This might not be the right place, but I'm looking for some traveling tips to lisbon. Going there for a week in a couple of days. Stores, markets, restaurants. Would really appreciate it! 

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I went for a week last month, and it's a great city to go for a week. Don't bother bringing a jacket, it will be way too warm even at night for that.

 

For art museums, the Colecao Berardo is quite good. The Museo Nacional do Traje is incredible if you are at all into clothing/costume, and it has a beautiful botanical garden as well. It's location is a bit inconvenient, the easiest way to visit it is on your last day if you have an afternoon flight back home just stop there on the way to the airport. My girlfriend loved the aquarium, it's definitely a nice one as far as aquariums go but still just an aquarium.

 

The Ancient Art museum and MUDE were both quite disappointing to me. I didn't get a chance to see the Gulbenkian or the Tile Museum, but heard great things about both and they're definitely on my list for next time.

 

In terms of markets just find your local one. I was staying on Calcado Boa Hora, so I went to the one on Tv Boa Hora a Ajuda. Hopefully you're staying at an AirBnB or some other place with a kitchen... I got a crab, a bunch of clams, seabass, and sardines, along with some vegetables, more than enough for two people, all for like 15 Euros after shopping around a bit.

 

Avoid Pasteis do Belem! You can get equally good stuff at loads of other places. If you do insist on going, try getting a table inside. You'll be in and out faster than the people who are standing in line at the takeout window. But really, get your egg tarts anywhere else.

 

The TimeOut market thing is mostly just an overpriced expat hangout. One of the stands had a really great plate of raw tuna on toast, but most of the stuff there is expensive compared to just going to a nice restaurant. 

 

One thing to keep in mind is how cheap everything is, a $$$ rating on Yelp means like 60 Euros for two people including a bottle of wine. I just went to random seafood restaurants with good ratings on TripAdvisor and all of them were good.

 

The most memorable restaurant I visited was a place called Espaco Acores, they do traditional Azorean food. On Thursdays (I think?) they do this kind of semi tasting menu for local families type of thing, 6 courses or something, way more than I could eat, but everything was incredible. Weird atmosphere with TVs showing news or sports and most of the other tables being occupied by large families with kids, but absolutely recommended.

 

One night if the weather is nice just buy a bottle of red wine from a grocery (anything above €3 is great), and spend the evening on the pier near Cais do Sodre. If all the shops are already closed, you can get a slightly overpriced bottle from the TimeOut market and just bring it there.

 

Another fun thing to do is to climb the stairs/hill to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, it's one of the highest points of the city and an unbelievable view. Unfortunately nobody is selling food or drinks once you get up there.

 

If you take the train to the beach, get off a few stops before the big name beaches. I can't remember which one I went to, but it was like 10-15 minutes before the biggest ones, equally nice, much less crowded, and cheaper chair/umbrella rental. It's a good idea to bring some food (stuff from a local bakery) and drinks yourself, but even if you don't, the stuff on the beach isn't nearly as low quality and overpriced as in many other places.

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Oh also for a fairly quick lunch, there are a lot of shabby looking places especially in the old city where you can get a fish, some kind of side dish, and a drink for around 10-15 Euros, they usually have the fish laying in a display window so you can see what you're getting. Can't remember specific places, but they're everywhere. I ate at a few different ones, none were life changing but all were good. Service is usually quite fast at these places because they cater to people who are going out for a quick lunch from work.

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Which caribbean island would yall

recommend for backpacking ? I heard some good things about St.Lucia and Antigua

thanks in advance

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Anyone have suggestions for a week in Colombia? I've heard good things, thinking about splitting some days between Medellin and Cartagena

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