(Closed) Best Vacation

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Australia was amazing. Loads to do from city stuff to beaches and nature. I was there for labour a month but it was back in the 90’s so prices are different now. 

The Galapagos was just really cool. So much there that you can’t see anywhere else. Very nature oriented though so if you’re not into that,  it’s not a good choice. There for a 10 cruises and in the Amazon for another week. Was about 5-7k I think

We went to Napa back in October. If you’re a wine person/foodie, its amazing

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

THAILAND!  You have to go for a couple weeks to make the airplane tickets worth it (mine was ~1200 from Denver).  It’s SO cheap, easy to get around, people are super friendly but don’t hassle you, the food is amazing, the scenery and culture are amazing… I’m a pretty adventurous traveler and have been to about 20 countries, and that was definitely my fave travel experience.

 I agree with @Glasgowbound: that the Galapagos are amazing too.  (I actually worked there on an uninhabited island for 5 months – I’m a biologist.)  The wildlife is totally unfazed by people (evolved without terrestrial predators) so it’s like going to the Garden of Eden.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Belize, Fiji, Puerto Vallarta and of course Hawaii is always a good one, were probably all my favorite trips. And actually, Riviera Maya is on the top of my list as well, but it’s not IN Cancun. Mexico is definitely full of people trying to sell you things but I do love RM. Sorry you had a bummer trip!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@deetroitwhat:  I’ve never actually met anyone that DIDN’T love Belize. I’d love to do Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, and some of those places. Have you been to Hawaii? I have a friend who is from Michigan and she’s done the Keys a lot, she loves going down there. She makes it sound like going MI – Florida Keys is pretty easy/decently priced. To go from Seattle is pretty expensive and quite a trek!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Napa has some good breweries and some places that just carry good beer. It’s close enough to San Fransisco that you can get beer there too :erer

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@deetroitwhat:  I love islands so majorca is top of my list… or tenerife…. great food and really affordable!

I didnt go but i here maderia is a jewel most haven’t even heard of.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second Costa Rica!!!! It’s amazing. Look at a place called Luna Lodge. Amazing food. Massages overlooking the canopy. Monkeys outside your window. We saw a sloth too! Beach is a 15 minute car ride through the rainforest. Loads to do that is active and lots to do that’s relaxing. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@deetroitwhat:  I haven’t used a travel agency – usually just use a combination of Expedia (plane flight) and the rest of the good ol internet (what towns to visit, hotels/hostels that sound good, how to get between places, what to do).  A couple sites that are quite helpful are the Thorn Tree forum associated with Lonely Planet and tripadvisor.com.  Once you have a country picked out, reading through a guidebook from the library also helps you get a good sense of the places to hit.  If I’m not traveling in the high season of that particular place, I’ll often just wait to get a hostel/hotel until I’m there and can wander around to see what looks like the best bang for the buck.

Belize and Costa Rica are definitely cool too.  It’s more expensive when you get there than a lot of Latin America and SE Asia, but it’s also quite tourist-friendly and easy.  (And “expensive” is still like half the cost that it would be in the States, so whatever.)  Lots of naturey stuff there.  GREAT snorkeling and diving in Belize – supposed to be the very best in the western Hemisphere.

Happy planning!  If you have the time, that’s almost as much fun as the trip itself 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

San Francisco. Loved Napa Valley, so much to see and do there. I think my favorite stop on a trip/favorite place in the WORLD is Muir Woods, where Redwoods grow. The sights, smells of eukalyptus, and sounds of water trickling, all while walking on serene paths is just so amazing! Plus the city has so much to do!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Captiva Island, Florida. It’s amazing! We vacation there every year and it’s so secluded and relaxing.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My favorite place thus far is Ireland or Italy. 

Also, what we do to help with that travel itch is spread our our international vacations with more local vacations. In 2012 we went to Memphis, Ireland, San Fransisco, South of France, and New Orleans. Having a mix makes it more fun, and also helps ease our travel bug itch!  

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

New Orleans. We both love good cocktails and good food and a walkable/public transportation accessable city, and NOLA has all of those things. We gorged ourselves on cheap oysters at Luke’s happy hour, walked around with hurricanes in plastic cups, ate beignets at midnight at Cafe du Monde and had fancy cocktails at the gorgeous Sazerac Bar. We stayed for a long weekend, I think… maybe four or five days? We got a room at a B&B in the Marigny for $90 a night, but when we go back, I think we’ll get an apartment from airbnb.com instead. And then it was just airfare, food and drinks… the latter two ranged from cheap but amazing po’ boys and $2 happy hour drinks to fancy lunches at Commander’s Palace, a splurge dinner at Cochon and $9 craft cocktails. All depends on where you go!

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