(Closed) CFBC bees: travel plans!

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

we only do a few trips a year because Fiance is a huge asset to his work (works in the oil field) and doesn’t get many days off. We’re going to Dallas this weekend to visit my brother, Mexico in June for our honeymoon, and then depending on how many days off or weekends he has left, we may go to Carlsbad, NM or Austin. He’s offered to take me either camping or to a concert Id like to go to this year. And I just got a new job and get all weekends and school holidays off so I may plan some trips with my mom who’s retired ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

Oooh I love travel threads!

Darling Husband and I regularly travel locally over the weekends (so like 1-5 hours from home). But this December I want to surprise Darling Husband with either a cruise or a Caribbean all-inclusive. 

I am obsessed with South Africa and Greece, so I’m hoping to visit them both within the next 3 years ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We plan on a big trip either in Summer or Fall of this year, but we don’t know where we’re going yet! It’ll be somewhere in the U.S. We’re gonna plan more once Spring comes. We *think* we can take a huge trip in 2017 – our first time outside of North America, crossing the ocean! I’m scared! :p

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Cruising to Mexico with friends in 2 months! The countdown has started ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 20
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Honey bee

barbie86:  

I’ve seen: 2 of the 7 wonders of the natural world, 5 of the 7 wonders of the modern world, 4 of the 7 seas, 4 of the 7 continents, 25 of the (250?) countries, 48 of the 50 USA states, 0 of the USA territories.

And I think we’re up to 60 Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts.

 

 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We had planned on a Mexico trip in February, but I just realized that’s coming up super quick and we haven’t done crap to plan for it. I think that means we’re looking at Fall for our next trip since I have a girl on my team going out on maternity leave in April and I don’t want to leave her temp replacement in the lurch.

 

This will be a boring year for travel, probably, but last year we did DC, New York, the 101 WA/OR/CA roadtrip, and Bali. In 2017 we will be taking a few weeks to do a couple european cities and a week in a caribbean desitination for our honeymoon in Jan/Feb. Any advice on European cities for the honeymoon? Is Paris, London, and Rome too much of a stretch or too overrated?

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

steen425:  Lived in London, now live an hour outside. I love London but I’m not sure it’s the best choice for a honeymoon. Rome is great to see but I’d choose Florence before Rome. The Amalfi coast and also Lake Como are beautiful. I’m not a fan of Paris but I have friends who visit once or twice a year and are in love with the city.

Post # 23
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Honey bee

steen425:  EllyAnne:

I second Florence and the Amalfi Coast. I also prefer Venice for a “romantic” city.

  

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

NFLwidow:  EllyAnne:  Thanks for the tips, ladies! TBH, London is more for the shopping than the romance-factor, and Fiance has been warned lol.

 

My desktop photo is of the Amalfi Coast so it is definitely on our list! Because of the time of year we are going (winter), I think Florence or Venice might be good options, and we can come back for Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast in summer. Is the food better in either of these cities?

Post # 25
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Honey bee

steen425:  

I’m not a foodie, so idk. Sorry.

 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

steen425:  I haven’t been to Venice so I can’t compare but had some AMAZING food in Florence. I’m drooling.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee

steen425:  I agree with NFLwidow:  that Venice is a great and romantic city, especially if you are planning to go in the winter.  I love Venice in the winter (I was there both in summer and winter 2015 and while there’s really no such thing as a bad visit to Venice, the visit in the winter was a lot more fun).

Since tourism is so dominant in Venice and the centro storico of Florence, it’s rare for a restaurant to exist (or, in Venice, possibly even to survive) without tourist traffic.  Now this does not mean that there aren’t very fine restaurants in both cities, but it does mean that the restaurants tend to be more expensive and you won’t be able to get that sense that you’ve “discovered” a secret little gem, which is really important to some people.  But, if you just want good food, both cities will have you covered, for a price.  The best restaurants in Venice really do, for obvious reasons, lean very heavily toward seafood and some of the most well-regarded restaurants in the city don’t have (or almost never have) non-seafood secondi.  Florence is a meat city–cinghiale (boar) and the famous bistecca alla fiorentina are both common (cinghiale more in ragù for pasta), though you’ll also see rabbit and lamb, and there will be chicken and seafood/shellfish dishes at most places as well.  In both cities you can do a nice small lunch for 10-20 euros/person.  Most of my favorite spots for dinner in Venice start from 60-75 euros/person (I usually get either an antipasto or a primo, a secondo, wine for dinner, a dessert, dessert wine, and coffee), and the prices at my favorite places in Florence start a little cheaper.

ETA: In general, I would guess that most foodies would express a preference for Florence because if you are in Florence you have close access to other Tuscan or Umbrian towns, wineries and farms in the Tuscan/Umbrian countryside, and even fairly easy access to Emilia-Romagna, which is usually considered the great culinary region of Italy.  Venice’s restaurants have a reputation for being mediocre and overpriced, which I think is unfair (a lot of them are, but not all of them).  IMO, you just have to be more careful with your choices.  But, then again, I just really like traditional Venetian cuisine.

If your foodie style is “I want gritty, super-local, authentic, uber-traditional, working people’s food and I want just about everyone else in the restaurant to be speaking the local language” you might want to consider Liguria.  While Liguria is home to places that are overrun by tourism, like the Cinque Terre and Portofino, there are a lot of other towns on the so-called Italian Riviera, as well as Genoa (Genova in Italian), the region’s capital, where you will find plenty of places that come much closer to capturing that vibe (though, of course, no place is going to be 100% devoid of tourists).  Ligurian cuisine is also kind of awesome, especially in winter, when hearty focaccia (in some towns focaccia col formaggio is a specialty), farinata, and traditional rustic dishes like rabbit, baccalà, and stockfish stew really hit the spot.  You can also explore the Genoese fascination with American hamburgers (there are like three or four places in the city that draw pretty big crowds for their burgers).  Prices in the best restaurants in the area won’t be cheap, but they won’t usually be as expensive as Florence and Venice.  The best meal I had in 2014 was in a restaurant in Genoa.  (FWIW, my best dish of 2015 was a fish soup that I had in Venice–I’m still not sure what my best overall meal from last year was.)

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

themoonofhislife:  i used to live in austin- you should totally go! it’s a really fun city if you like to party and do outdoors stuff. 

we’re currently planning a trip to iceland for October. i’m really excited! we’re going to be there for 10 days, maybe longer, and we’re doing a massive roadtrip around the entire country!

not sure what our trip will be after that but front runners are nepal, france, and peru. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

Man!  I wish we could travel that much!  I am truly jealous.

Despite the popular stereotype of the childfree by choice, we aren’t swimming in money, so that’s one reason why we don’t get to travel as often as we’d like.  If we do travel, it’s usually only a few hours away for a couple nights (and the last time that happened was years ago).  Sad face.  We’ve only had one major trip and that was our honeymoon to Punta Cana on our one year anniversary.

But even if we did have lots of excess money for travel, we don’t have the time.  Well, *he* doesn’t have the time.  He’s a manager and works 5-7 days a week (depending on the season) and only gets a certain amount of vacation time that cannot be used between October through February due to the nature his work.  Lame.

So, yeah. I’m super envious.  ๐Ÿ˜›

But with all that said, we’re always open to travel ideas for here in the states and/or overseas for longer getaways.  He hee!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Darling Husband and I are traveling with my parents to Chama, New Mexico this year! Dad and I both write stories for a major hunting and fishing magazine, and we’ve worked out basically a free weeklong fishing vacation at this super nice lodge where he’s on the board of directors. The lodge is a major advertisor for the magazine, and a kayak company is bringing their kayaks so we can write fishing stories. Darling Husband and I could definitely not afford to go on a trip like this on our own, so we’re extremely excited for the summer!

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