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01-14-2013, 11:01 AM
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The lowes is a really nice new hotel right on the beach walking distance to everything. Also the Fountainbleu just went through a huge renovation-it looks magnificent.
Know anything cheaper? Cheapest rooms they have for when we'll be there, checking in on Monday and out on Thursday, are $400+/night...


Any idea if Groupon Miami often has hotel deals? Every time I go to Chicago I get my hotels from Groupon, and always get insane deals.

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I've been living in Brussels the past 6 years now. You'll have a great time if beer is what you're looking for. Just make sure you don't get mugged on the way back to your hotel. This city can be quite dangerous.
Second. I was in Brussels around Christmas 2010 and had a blast - definitely one of Europe's most underrated cities.

In addition to the beer, there's also a great array of museums. If you're a fan of comics like Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, and the like, be sure to check out the Belgian Comic Strip Center. The Atomium was pretty neat too, though it's quite out-of-the-way .. it's been largely converted into a museum commemorating the World's Fair which Brussels hosted in 1958, with some sciency stuff thrown in as well.

Also, remember that you're less than an hour by train from Bruges and Antwerp, both of which are well worth a daytrip.


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Not only comics. There's also the Magritte Museum, Musical instruments museum and Horta museum among many others. The Cinquantenaire is also worth visiting. This gigantic complex was built with the blood money King Leopold II gained in his fiefdom Congo Free State.

Besides Bruges and Antwerp, there's also Ghent and Liège that have a lot to offer. We even cater to those who are into 'ruin porn'. Our own rust belt is located an hour south of Brussels. This is a relic from a past when Belgium used to be the third largest industrial power behind the UK and US.

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Last February I went to Kuusankoski, Finland for 3 weeks. Got drunk and went to sauna every day, snowmobiles, played some hockey. Taught my buddies how to make a good burger, made Kraft Dinner for the kids. It was fun. I'm going back sometime this year to check out Helsinki and party in Tallin. Their strip joint was lame as hell, Kotipizza and Hesburger are better than the big chains in the US. Women are hot, even older ones and rock/metal is more popular than rap so that's cool.

I really want to go to St. Petersburg and Odessa someday.

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Sounds awesome. Did you get to see any polar bears, or take a boat trip like in this picture?
No, but I got to see scenery like this while sledding:

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Croatia coast is awesome. Just saying, go there
Yeah I camped out on Hvar for about 4 nights and took the ferry down to Dubrovnik through the islands. Real nice.

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01-15-2013, 05:53 AM
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Say you were only going for 7-10 days... how would you split up the time amongst the cities?
7-10 days isnt that long to see much of Thailand. Its quite a distance from top to bottom.

And it depends what you like.

Bangkok is a must. Theres lots of interesting ping po....errr I mean things to see. A night or two there.

If you want culture then the north is much better, Chiang Mai, Sukhthai, Attapua all have temples. Sukhothai is really nice for a full day and night. Attapua can be done in a day from Bangkok.

I prefer to get off the beaten path. Rent a motorbike and head for the hills. Did this in Chiang Mai and met some drunk ass english guy who invited us the next night to a local party. When to the village where we met him and he was no where to be found. No one spoke english. When one of them phone the english dude he said he had been in a car accident and was going to the hospital in Chiang Mia.

Anyways we ended up hanging out with these non-english speaking thais and they took us to "the party" (not sure if it was the same one but it was a party) which was in the middle of nowhere down a dark dirt road.

Ended up coming to a Hmong (tribe) village. They had like a carnival set up and had a huge clearing (size of a large parking lot) a huge stage set up and a band and go go girls from bangkok. It was pretty surreal with all these go go girls in miniskirts and tribal people wearing tribal clothes.

Issan or the east has its own charm but its not really a tourist destination area. I like it because few tourists go there.

Down south is the nice island and beaches but its pretty touristy. We did Phuket (which I would normally avoid) for New Years and that was pretty insane.

Oh yeah you like food I believe. Then the north it is.

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The prices in Croatia will be going up soon so if you plan on visiting there for cheap, then now's the time. It is now "in" in Europe to travel to Croatia so they would be stupid not to hike up the prices in the future - especially if more and more people keep coming.

I've never been there but from all accounts it's really a great destination.
That's what he said so if I go to Europe this summer instead of our eat I am thinking I might make this one of the spots I visit.

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Maybe we can also use this thread for people who might want to share pictures they have taken of places they have been. thoughts?

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Stupid question, but one I know will get answered: what is there in Toronto that doesn't cost a fortune?
Well if you're here during baseball season, Jays tickets are always available and don't cost much. Our stadium is a cavern that never sells out, aside from MAYBE opening day.

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Well if you're here during baseball season, Jays tickets are always available and don't cost much. Our stadium is a cavern that never sells out, aside from MAYBE opening day.
Sounds like my Expos of old...

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I wouldn't necessarily be looking to explore the entire country. Was thinking 3-4 nights in Bangkok and another 3-4 nights in another city, with a travel day sandwiched in there. While it'd be great to explore all of Thailand, I'd like to take the chance of then being able to shoot over to India also for 7-10 days while in the general area... or if that turns out to be too expensive, find somewhere else in the opposite direction that is a bit cheaper.

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I wouldn't necessarily be looking to explore the entire country. Was thinking 3-4 nights in Bangkok and another 3-4 nights in another city, with a travel day sandwiched in there. While it'd be great to explore all of Thailand, I'd like to take the chance of then being able to shoot over to India also for 7-10 days while in the general area... or if that turns out to be too expensive, find somewhere else in the opposite direction that is a bit cheaper.
Personally id do Bangkok then Chiang Mai and the North with a stop at Suhkothai on the way to Chiang Mai.

Where in India are you planning on going?

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Personally id do Bangkok then Chiang Mai and the North with a stop at Suhkothai on the way to Chiang Mai.

Where in India are you planning on going?
Probably do the Golden Triangle. Hear it can be done in 7-8 days.

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What is there to do in Portland, Maine for a long weekend in the summer? Wifey wants to plan a trip there for my birthday weekend.
You are from Quincy but Portland is foreign to you? For ****ing shame dude.

Old Port is going to be your best friend. I don't drink alcohol, but it's got a good selection of things to do if being a drunk is your game. What I enjoy Old Port for is the little shops and it's a very "traditional" New England Port City area with cobblestone roads and a very interesting appeal.

I'm not a huge baseball guy, but I love going to Sea Dogs games. Pretty fun atmosphere in a minutely unique ballpark(they have a replica Green Monster in left field).

Don't believe that other dude who said the beaches are nice...they are trash.

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Know anything cheaper? Cheapest rooms they have for when we'll be there, checking in on Monday and out on Thursday, are $400+/night...


Any idea if Groupon Miami often has hotel deals? Every time I go to Chicago I get my hotels from Groupon, and always get insane deals.
Groupon Miami always has some great deals just make sure the hotel is on the east side of the causeway a hotel in downtown or in Brickell means walking to restaurants and shops will be tough.

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Groupon Miami always has some great deals just make sure the hotel is on the east side of the causeway a hotel in downtown or in Brickell means walking to restaurants and shops will be tough.
Good to know... thanks.

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I have a travel advice question. I am traveling to another city by plane for an interview. I don't have to check my garment bag with my suit and such in it and have it get all crushed up, so I will have it as a carry-on. However, I've never traveled with a garment bag like that before. Will I still have to stuff it in the overhead bin and hope nothing gets too wrinkly?

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Gah. Toronto's got some snow in the forecast and the flights are a bit full...not gonna risk spending the night, can't afford it.

So I need somewhere else to go for Wednesday or Thursday. Want to keep it cheap, and have something to see. Might look at St. Louis or Seattle...

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Maybe we can also use this thread for people who might want to share pictures they have taken of places they have been. thoughts?
They should actually have a separate forum or thread for photos here.

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You are from Quincy but Portland is foreign to you? For ****ing shame dude.
Easy-going Portland is just a nice change of pace for a summer weekend. Plus lots of good breweries to visit.

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Easy-going Portland is just a nice change of pace for a summer weekend. Plus lots of good breweries to visit.
Yes....which is why I was unsure why you were unfamiliar with P-dot.

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So I need somewhere else to go for Wednesday or Thursday. Want to keep it cheap, and have something to see. Might look at St. Louis or Seattle...
Never been to St. Louis, but I don't have to go to know Seattle is better. Go there.

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Yes....which is why I was unsure why you were unfamiliar with P-dot.
Oh, I thought you were trying to say I don't travel enough or something, haha.

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Is there anybody in here from Switzerland? I was hoping I could get some information on Montreux.

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