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  • anephric 3 Jul 2019 16:45:16 3,386 posts
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    I nearly got run over by a RR Ghost whilst trying to take a picture of Philip Green's yacht, so I feel I have done Monte Carlo.
  • KnuttinAtoll 3 Jul 2019 18:51:43 7,403 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear pretty sweet deal, thanks for the explanation.
  • KnuttinAtoll 3 Jul 2019 18:54:09 7,403 posts
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    anephric wrote:
    I nearly got run over by a RR Ghost whilst trying to take a picture of Philip Green's yacht, so I feel I have done Monte Carlo.
    My missus was particularly impressed with the local police officers (and their almost criminally good looks, including what I have no doubt are standard issue Rolex watches).

    Days later, our friends that live in the area asked, "did you not see the female ones?". I missed out BIG TIME apparently:/

    Edited by KnuttinAtoll at 18:54:24 03-07-2019
  • Tonka 3 Jul 2019 19:45:52 29,761 posts
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    I've found it really hard to go back to budget options once you'be stayed at better places.

    Right now I'm wishing our Airbnb shower didn't reek of mold for example. A proper hotel hopefully wouldn't have.

    But... Damn, I'm calling it, Lisbon is easily my favorite European City to visit.

    Time to go grab some dinner
  • Psychotext 3 Jul 2019 19:49:47 65,469 posts
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    KnuttinAtoll wrote:
    anephric wrote:
    I nearly got run over by a RR Ghost whilst trying to take a picture of Philip Green's yacht, so I feel I have done Monte Carlo.
    My missus was particularly impressed with the local police officers (and their almost criminally good looks, including what I have no doubt are standard issue Rolex watches).
    I took a couple of extremely scruffy bikepackers into casino square when we were on a route from Turin to Nice.

    After about 5 minutes of taking photos, the fashionista cop came over with a distasteful look on his face and asked us to move on so that others could enjoy the scenery. Made my year. :D
  • Armoured_Bear 3 Jul 2019 19:59:37 27,344 posts
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    KnuttinAtoll wrote:
    @Armoured_Bear pretty sweet deal, thanks for the explanation.
    No probs, who knows what's in the future so I'm making the most of it while I can.
    Life's too short etc.
  • KnuttinAtoll 3 Jul 2019 20:02:04 7,403 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    I've found it really hard to go back to budget options once you'be stayed at better places.

    Right now I'm wishing our Airbnb shower didn't reek of mold for example. A proper hotel hopefully wouldn't have.

    But... Damn, I'm calling it, Lisbon is easily my favorite European City to visit.

    Time to go grab some dinner
    My conscience prohibits me from using AirBnB for what they do to cities' communities. As a result I pay more for proper commercial offerings but I'm ok with that tbh.

    Conversely, I stayed in an alleged 4* fancy pants hotel in Surrey, and another in Cornwall) for £150 a night and the bathroom was mouldy and the bedroom dusty with cobwebs everywhere. Price and pretentiousness is no guarantee for quality unfortunately.

    Lisbon is a fantastic city, I agree. Was there during the last World Cup (by chance) and loved it. Will definitely be back.
  • KnuttinAtoll 3 Jul 2019 20:03:28 7,403 posts
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  • KnuttinAtoll 3 Jul 2019 20:05:24 7,403 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear yeah we're taking a similar approach. Travelling is still the best way to spend money and time.
  • Armoured_Bear 3 Jul 2019 20:16:48 27,344 posts
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    KnuttinAtoll wrote:
    Tonka wrote:
    I've found it really hard to go back to budget options once you'be stayed at better places.

    Right now I'm wishing our Airbnb shower didn't reek of mold for example. A proper hotel hopefully wouldn't have.

    But... Damn, I'm calling it, Lisbon is easily my favorite European City to visit.

    Time to go grab some dinner
    My conscience prohibits me from using AirBnB for what they do to cities' communities. As a result I pay more for proper commercial offerings but I'm ok with that tbh.

    Conversely, I stayed in an alleged 4* fancy pants hotel in Surrey, and another in Cornwall) for £150 a night and the bathroom was mouldy and the bedroom dusty with cobwebs everywhere. Price and pretentiousness is no guarantee for quality unfortunately.

    Lisbon is a fantastic city, I agree. Was there during the last World Cup (by chance) and loved it. Will definitely be back.
    Yeah, In European cities I'm backing away from AirBnB, it's tricky sometimes though.
    I'm going to Madrid in September with 4 mates and it's impossible enough to organise without persuading them to spend much more to be in a hotel and have no central space to be together.

    I tend to go for simpler digs and have more cash for things like food but in non-rich countries I'd rather pay a bit more these days.
  • KnuttinAtoll 3 Jul 2019 23:59:15 7,403 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Yeah, In European cities I'm backing away from AirBnB, it's tricky sometimes though.
    I'm going to Madrid in September with 4 mates and it's impossible enough to organise without persuading them to spend much more to be in a hotel and have no central space to be together.

    I tend to go for simpler digs and have more cash for things like food but in non-rich countries I'd rather pay a bit more these days.
    The idea in itself is not a bad one, but it was bound to get out of control. Definitely needs tougher regulation (which is already being implemented in various places to be fair) as it's as bad for local hospitality businesses as it's for neighbours - can't imagine sharing my apartment block with various holiday makers that change every few days, with all that this entails (safety issues, noise, rubbish/damage caused etc.).

    The one exception I might make though is for longer stays - we're thinking of adopting a longer-stay type holiday in the future, where we base ourselves for about a month in a given place (first one will probably be Tokyo). The idea is to sample a place properly, and get a much better feel for the city/country. Been to Japan 4 times but it was always a rush in a way, and the jet lag also made it harder to enjoy during the first couple of days.

    Haven't looked into it yet in detail but we're assuming it'll probably be a lot more affordable renting an apartment (which means we probably end up with AirBnB after all).

    Another alternative is renting villas (in Europe at least). Our last holiday cost us a small fortune, we stayed in hotels for 3/4 of it (the rest with friends), and due to the locations and a certain minimum standard we'd like to maintain (i.e. no dirty, falling-apart shitholes) we ended up paying on average about 200 Euros a night (parking and breakfast wasn't always included so this all adds up).

    Renting a villa can be as cheap/expensive as mid range hotels, and even better if you're a larger group, and is something we will definitely do more often going forward - we tried one 2 years ago near Perigeux; having your own private pool and complete privacy beats crammed hotels with obnoxious guests anytime. Since we were 4 of us, a week cost the two of us about 800 Euros only for a huge and well kept property.

    Edited by KnuttinAtoll at 00:02:40 04-07-2019
  • Psychotext 4 Jul 2019 10:05:06 65,469 posts
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    I always do apartments when there's more than just the two of us. Hotels are a terrible option for staying with people in a group.

    Much better to be able to chill in a living room of an evening than all meet up in a bar or something.
  • Psychotext 4 Jul 2019 15:10:26 65,469 posts
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    Just paid for my event tickets. Assuming there's no drama actually getting them, that's at least one part of this mammoth task sorted.
  • Tonka 8 Jul 2019 12:29:37 29,761 posts
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    Glad to see so many are opting out of AirBnB. We don't really have an option since travelling with mid-sized kids makes renting a flat really convenient and more affordable.

    The one in Lisbon was actually booked via Bookings.com but I doubt that changes the impact on the local community much. We did manage to stick to public transport though, which I find rather good to be honest. Busses, trains, trams and subway covered all our needs. It did kind of fall apart at Sintra though. They have some tiny hop on hop off busses that are crammed to the point where they oftentimes don't even pick up passengers.

    Maybe better to stick with the little electric tuck tucks they have, you only really need to get to the Moorish Castle, then you can walk to the Pena castle from there. Then you need a ride either to the station or (what I recommend) Sintra Town for some food and then a short walk to Quinta da Regaleira followed by a trip to the train station.
  • Psychotext 8 Jul 2019 14:03:10 65,469 posts
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    Just tacked on a couple of days in Madrid to the end of my China trip. What with being injured I don't have a lot to look forward to at the moment so I figured why the hell not.

    Hopefully money wont be an issue as pretty much all I can do is work at the moment, which is great for the chargeable hours. =/
  • Armoured_Bear 8 Jul 2019 14:24:53 27,344 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Just tacked on a couple of days in Madrid to the end of my China trip. What with being injured I don't have a lot to look forward to at the moment so I figured why the hell not.

    Hopefully money wont be an issue as pretty much all I can do is work at the moment, which is great for the chargeable hours. =/
    Youíre going to China as well as Japan next year and you donít have a lot to look forward to?
  • Psychotext 8 Jul 2019 15:16:13 65,469 posts
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    Not really, no, because normally I'm out mountain biking every weekend / doing loads of events. My calendar next year had about 25 different events / weekends away etc. Now it has three trips.

    (I currently have a broken hip socket)
  • convz 9 Jul 2019 14:23:01 1,127 posts
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    Hey guys, we're traveling to Texas in September to go on a cruise which stops at Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica.

    Before we'd like to go somewhere in Central America or the Caribbean for 10 days or so, but can also stretch to 14 days and are happy to split the time between multiple countries.

    If possible, we'd like to see some wildlife, go snorkeling, see some amazing places (natural or man made) and relax for a bit.

    We're not the backpacking types, and we'd like to have relative comforts and safety since my wife will be taking her laptop, a lot of her work and other bulky stuff.

    Any recommendations please? Thank you :)

    Edited by convz at 14:29:09 09-07-2019
  • Syrette 9 Jul 2019 19:06:07 50,305 posts
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  • reddevil93 9 Jul 2019 20:56:58 14,993 posts
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    Went away to Holbox Island this past week with my brother. Little piece of paradise 2 hour drive and a ferry north of Cancun airport. One of my favorite places I've visited. Beautiful beaches, great food and drink, the whole island driving around in golf carts. Really special place.
  • fontgeeksogood 9 Jul 2019 21:28:13 6,754 posts
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    There's a bit of a problem with seagrass on that coast to do snorkeling though really.

    Or at least, there was two months ago (and six months before that) when I last went (not that far north, stopped at Costa Mujeres)
  • TheSaint 9 Jul 2019 21:39:14 18,745 posts
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    @convz

    Costa Rica would be the obvious choice.
  • reddevil93 9 Jul 2019 21:50:41 14,993 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    There's a bit of a problem with seagrass on that coast to do snorkeling though really.

    Or at least, there was two months ago (and six months before that) when I last went (not that far north, stopped at Costa Mujeres)
    Yeah, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Cancun all have awful problems with it. I think it's due to a dispute with the government agency who should be doing the clean-up. Thankfully Holbox isn't affected.

    Edited by reddevil93 at 21:51:32 09-07-2019
  • fontgeeksogood 9 Jul 2019 21:58:39 6,754 posts
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    Nah, it's due to global warming and deforestation making the sargassm bloom much more and drift south. Not much the government and local municipalities can do when there's literally hundreds of km of it floating in other than clean the beaches of it before it rots (that itself is a mammoth task)
  • Tonka 10 Jul 2019 06:41:11 29,761 posts
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    Capitalism will solve it.
  • convz 10 Jul 2019 10:33:35 1,127 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    @convz

    Costa Rica would be the obvious choice.
    Thank you! It looks amazing there. Was thinking about splitting the time between Costa Rica and somewhere I could go snorkeling, but looks like you could quite easily spend the entire time in Costa Rica.
  • Armoured_Bear 11 Jul 2019 16:11:11 27,344 posts
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-48946585

    People are fucking arseholes.
  • Psychotext 11 Jul 2019 18:46:05 65,469 posts
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    Yup. It really is fucking insanity.
  • Tonka 12 Jul 2019 08:58:22 29,761 posts
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    Had I gone there before the ban I would have climbed it.
  • Armoured_Bear 12 Jul 2019 09:25:12 27,344 posts
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    @Tonka
    That makes you a dick.
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