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  • whatfruitlivesagain 2 Feb 2018 12:56:24 952 posts
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    Has anyone been to the Galapagos islands?

    I am thinking of organizing a trip this year as present to myself for my 30th. Its always been a dream of mine to go.

    Does anyone have any tips or companies to recommend?
  • RelaxedMikki 2 Feb 2018 13:06:48 2,575 posts
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    My Mrs is from Peru. She used to work on the boats taking tourists from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos (nearly 20 years ago though...)

    Her brother, Pablo, is really sound and still lives in Ecuador. I could ask him. He lives on the beach in San Clemente de Manabi.
  • RelaxedMikki 2 Feb 2018 13:17:21 2,575 posts
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    I would say that if you fly all the way to Ecuador then you should really try to visit Peru too. Even if you just spend a few days in Cusco.

    I love Peru.
  • whatfruitlivesagain 2 Feb 2018 13:35:19 952 posts
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    RelaxedMikki wrote:
    My Mrs is from Peru. She used to work on the boats taking tourists from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos (nearly 20 years ago though...)

    Her brother, Pablo, is really sound and still lives in Ecuador. I could ask him. He lives on the beach in San Clemente de Manabi.
    If he would be in the know that would be a help. There are tons advertised on the internet but I'm terrified of getting suckered.
  • RelaxedMikki 2 Feb 2018 14:26:38 2,575 posts
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    I will ask him for a recommendation - see what he says.
  • wobbly_Bob 2 Feb 2018 15:01:35 4,450 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    I have booked a holiday far away in exotic lands... It's Whitby. Though as a Londener thats pretty exotic :p Six hours on a train if a away. Unfortunately I need a holiday in the UK where we can take our dog with us. Having said that I'm really excited to be going. If anybody has any less obvious recommendations of what to do then that would be great! Also any great local beers recommendations would be heartily received also.
    What kind of dog?
    West Highland terrier. He obviously wanted to go Scotland but we said no. That said that's on the list of UK places to go.
    You could travel in Europe with him no problem and places like Switzerland are much dog friendlier than the uk.
    I prefer to keep it UK for now while we have him. It's just going to be to much of a pain (at least I imagine so ) and this way with no langauge barriers it's easy to ask if a place is okay for the dog to enter. Anyway, I'm actually really enjoying the UK at the moment. The only problem is the weather isn't very reliable. Thanks for the advice.
  • Armoured_Bear 2 Feb 2018 15:23:12 22,189 posts
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    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    I have booked a holiday far away in exotic lands... It's Whitby. Though as a Londener thats pretty exotic :p Six hours on a train if a away. Unfortunately I need a holiday in the UK where we can take our dog with us. Having said that I'm really excited to be going. If anybody has any less obvious recommendations of what to do then that would be great! Also any great local beers recommendations would be heartily received also.
    What kind of dog?
    West Highland terrier. He obviously wanted to go Scotland but we said no. That said that's on the list of UK places to go.
    You could travel in Europe with him no problem and places like Switzerland are much dog friendlier than the uk.
    I prefer to keep it UK for now while we have him. It's just going to be to much of a pain (at least I imagine so ) and this way with no langauge barriers it's easy to ask if a place is okay for the dog to enter. Anyway, I'm actually really enjoying the UK at the moment. The only problem is the weather isn't very reliable. Thanks for the advice.
    I think it's much less of a pain than you think, my mate who lived in Frankfurt has two westies and goes back to Norfolk with them regularly and travels round Europe.

    My cousin in Lausanne has an American hairless terrier and we meet regularly, you never have to ask, dogs are always fine in bars and restaurants.
    Maybe in michelin starred, ultra fancy places you'd have an issue but nowhere else.

    Maybe something to bear in mind for the future...
  • wobbly_Bob 2 Feb 2018 15:29:33 4,450 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    I have booked a holiday far away in exotic lands... It's Whitby. Though as a Londener thats pretty exotic :p Six hours on a train if a away. Unfortunately I need a holiday in the UK where we can take our dog with us. Having said that I'm really excited to be going. If anybody has any less obvious recommendations of what to do then that would be great! Also any great local beers recommendations would be heartily received also.
    What kind of dog?
    West Highland terrier. He obviously wanted to go Scotland but we said no. That said that's on the list of UK places to go.
    You could travel in Europe with him no problem and places like Switzerland are much dog friendlier than the uk.
    I prefer to keep it UK for now while we have him. It's just going to be to much of a pain (at least I imagine so ) and this way with no langauge barriers it's easy to ask if a place is okay for the dog to enter. Anyway, I'm actually really enjoying the UK at the moment. The only problem is the weather isn't very reliable. Thanks for the advice.
    I think it's much less of a pain than you think, my mate who lived in Frankfurt has two westies and goes back to Norfolk with them regularly and travels round Europe.

    My cousin in Lausanne has an American hairless terrier and we meet regularly, you never have to ask, dogs are always fine in bars and restaurants.
    Maybe in michelin starred, ultra fancy places you'd have an issue but nowhere else.

    Maybe something to bear in mind for the future...
    Yeah, for sure. I'll definitely consider it for next time, thanks. To be honest I just assumed it was going to be a massive pain. I haven't looked to much into it. Thanks for the advice!
  • RelaxedMikki 3 Feb 2018 11:49:13 2,575 posts
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    @whatfruitlivesagain

    I spoke to the Mrs. To go to Galapagos she said:

    Don't book anything with anyone
    Get yourself to Guyaquil (Ecuador's second city - on the coast). Don't start from Quito.
    From Guayaquil book a flight to Galapagos.
    At Galapagos you will need to pay a visitor's fee. You can do that yourself when you get there.
    Everyone on Galapagos speaks English, so no need for a guide from the mainland.

    I think that was it. Basically get a flight there from Guayaquil and sort out stuff for yourself when you arrive on the island.
  • JoelStinty 18 Feb 2018 09:53:23 6,330 posts
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    Well. Iíve booked a one way ticket to Nepal in early October. I felt l kind of weird last night . After booking I felt like oh shit have I done the right thing and a lot of doubts came in haha. But waking up this morning I feel a lot more positive about it. Even excited!

    I started To lean towards doing 6/7 months instead of a year but Iíll see how I go. Starting in Nepal on Oct and finishing in Japan in April feels kind ot right. When you dream of doing stuff like this , a year doesnít seem a lot, but post booking it feels like a huge time. We will have to see!

    But bring it on !

    Edited by JoelStinty at 09:54:35 18-02-2018
  • mrharvest 18 Feb 2018 13:16:37 5,514 posts
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    Nice! I'm sure you'll have a great time.
  • GarlVinland 5 Apr 2018 10:58:51 3,062 posts
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    Back from a week in Hong Kong. Fuuuck, it's depressing. Home is nice and all but after 30 years of it, a change of scenery as drastic as HK looks crazy good right about now. Only thing holding me back is the gf getting a job there, I have right of abode so could pack my bags and be on the next flight out, easy peasy. Wonton noodle, breakfast lunch and dinner, cholesterol bedamned!
  • Tonka 5 Apr 2018 11:29:22 27,853 posts
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    For a moment I thought you found Hong Kong depressing. (Which I'm sure plenty of people do). Meanwhile I'm itching to go travelling again.

    We're off to see the family in China come june. Will try and find some interesting new city to stay in for 2-3 weeks and then we'll be going to Harbin for the rest of the time.

    Looking forward to Harbin actually. It's a brutal place but it has a weird ass charm to it. Stroll down the pedestrian street and buy some of that weird saybased Tiramisu they do. Eat insane amounts of dongbei food. And jiaozi (the non-fluffy dumplings). Maybe go o their tiger park. Go to their massive indoor markets and look at the fake LEGO and pick up the next fidget-spinner craze as a gift to bedazzle my colleagues with when I get back.

    I miss being somewhere different. And warm.

    Wouldn't mind going back to the slow life near Yangshou. Ride a bike along the river. Do a daytrip to some scenic spot.
  • GarlVinland 5 Apr 2018 12:02:01 3,062 posts
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    Never been to mainland China, but if I ever end up living in HK I'm sure I'll pay it a visit. I did make it on a day trip to Macau this time, surreal place. Caught the House of Dancing Water show in one of the casinos, I'm sure there was a story to it but darned if I know how motorbike stunts fit into it. Not too pricey but all the money should go to the guy who has to dive 50m into a tiny pool every night. Had me absolutely bricking it.
  • RyanDS 8 May 2018 15:17:03 11,807 posts
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    Okay, fuck work. I am at the breaking point. So went in to my boss and said I am taking two weeks off next week to get away from the office.

    Just booked a flight to Kuala Lumpur for next thursday 17th. Return flight from Bangkok on 28th.

    Any suggestions on what to do for the duration?

    I have never done KL before, was thinking 2 or 3 days there, then travel overland to meet a friend in Phuket for a couple of days before heading out to Krabi and parts of Thailand I have never explored. Finish up in Bangkok for a party couple of days.

    Any must see recomendations in the area? I haven't got too much time so need to be moving around a fair bit, mainly just wondering whether I should spend more time in the KL region I have never explored, of Thailand which I know will be reasonable.

    Other options are Singapore which is really tempting for a day or two, but I know will cost a fortune, or fly up to Laos and explore more rural.
  • JoelStinty 8 May 2018 17:01:19 6,330 posts
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    Sorry to ask a question over you Ryan, but could people offer advice on taking a Latop travelling? Generally I wouldnít take one but Iím mainly planning my trip away to do a lot of photography work so It is something i need. I currently got a 2010 Mac book pro that I could take but it isnít the fastest thing anymore and the battery doesnít last all that long either. realistically I need to upgrade it but conscious of theft or damage on a new machine. Guess I could just put a new battery in? It mainly runs pretty well if i donít have too many programs running. It is a Ď15 model so it may not even fit into the osprey daypack (thinking of getting the 45L with removable daypack)

    Have any of you backpacked with a latop or expensive camera gear? Was the thought of that stuff getting stolen a hassle? If so what preventions did you take?

    Iím going to get padlocks for my bags and only stay in hostels that offer lockers or a Safe. I would probably leave the latop at a locker on day trips but keep camera stuff and latop in day pack during transports. Iím planning to take pretty basic gear photography wise to limit things I have to look after (basically body and two prime lenses only) Is there any other recommendations? I guess the other option is too change the way I travel if Iím using it as a tool to photograph as well as explore and enjoy the world.

    Edited by JoelStinty at 17:04:46 08-05-2018
  • Tonka 8 May 2018 17:14:38 27,853 posts
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    @RyanDS get one of them full face snorkeling masks and stay on a beach for the duration
  • Tonka 8 May 2018 17:15:21 27,853 posts
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    @JoelStinty
    1. Replace the battery
    2. Upgrade ram
    3. Install an SSD
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 9 May 2018 13:13:51 3,048 posts
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    @RyanDS The moat interesting thing I did in KL (on a Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia trip) was the Batu Caves. The city itself is just a big city really. I enjoyed Malacca a lot more (you can get a bus there from KL) as it had a completely different feel.

    Singapore I just stayed for 1 night before getting a boat to Indonesia to start the main part of my trip (Komodo and Borobodur were my main targets there). Singapore again is a bit big city but there are things to do. I suppose choosing beteeen Singapore and Malacca depends on what sort of feel you want (and if you want another country on your belt of course). The bus to Singapore was fairly cheap from Malacca, although accomodation costs a bit more so I just spent the night in a hostel. Only tourist sight I really did there was the botanical gardens.

    Thailand I have done separately but only as part of Cambodia trips so only really done the bigger cities and not the more interesting looking more rural locations. I wanted to go to Laos but didn't get around to it. I really like Cambodia though (I like old ruins and if you like that sort of thing it has plenty of them). You should be able to get a train to Laos border from (either Bangkok or Arruthaya, I forget). But if time is short flights may be better.
  • Armoured_Bear 9 May 2018 13:30:54 22,189 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    Okay, fuck work. I am at the breaking point. So went in to my boss and said I am taking two weeks off next week to get away from the office.

    Just booked a flight to Kuala Lumpur for next thursday 17th. Return flight from Bangkok on 28th.

    Any suggestions on what to do for the duration?

    I have never done KL before, was thinking 2 or 3 days there, then travel overland to meet a friend in Phuket for a couple of days before heading out to Krabi and parts of Thailand I have never explored. Finish up in Bangkok for a party couple of days.

    Any must see recomendations in the area? I haven't got too much time so need to be moving around a fair bit, mainly just wondering whether I should spend more time in the KL region I have never explored, of Thailand which I know will be reasonable.

    Other options are Singapore which is really tempting for a day or two, but I know will cost a fortune, or fly up to Laos and explore more rural.
    Penang is pretty cool, what about going there after KL, from there you can easily fly to Bangkok or Phuket.
    You could also go Kl -> Penang -> Langkawi-> boat to Koh Lipe in Thailand ->Island hopping -> Flight to Bangkok
  • Armoured_Bear 9 May 2018 13:32:13 22,189 posts
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    @JoelStinty
    What will you use the laptop for?
    Backup, editing, blogging?
  • brokenkey 9 May 2018 13:44:31 9,633 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    @JoelStinty
    What will you use the laptop for?
    Backup, editing, blogging?
    If you can save the latter until you get home, just buy lots of memory cards to take.

    And for "live" blogging, use your phone's camera.
  • JoelStinty 9 May 2018 14:12:47 6,330 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    @JoelStinty
    What will you use the laptop for?
    Backup, editing, blogging?
    Back up and editing. Thought about blogging but it more a personal thing for me and family rather than a public consumption thing. I was thinking about Broken key's idea earlier, tempted to buy memory cards. It be like shooting on film again, not knowing the results until i get home haha.

    But i do quite like to review my images, a) to look at my images b) check if my camera is working properly and c) learn from mistakes.
  • askew 9 May 2018 14:30:06 16,590 posts
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    Get one of the SD card readers for your phone. That & Lightroom Mobile / Darkroom ;)
  • Armoured_Bear 9 May 2018 14:30:50 22,189 posts
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    JoelStinty wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    @JoelStinty
    What will you use the laptop for?
    Backup, editing, blogging?
    Back up and editing. Thought about blogging but it more a personal thing for me and family rather than a public consumption thing. I was thinking about Broken key's idea earlier, tempted to buy memory cards. It be like shooting on film again, not knowing the results until i get home haha.

    But i do quite like to review my images, a) to look at my images b) check if my camera is working properly and c) learn from mistakes.
    I'd take something as light as possible, every bit counts when travelling IMO.
  • Tonka 9 May 2018 15:26:22 27,853 posts
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    askew wrote:
    Get one of the SD card readers for your phone. That & Lightroom Mobile / Darkroom ;)
    Or an iPad with an SD card reader.
  • askew 9 May 2018 15:57:18 16,590 posts
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    Do iPads have that now? :o
  • JoelStinty 9 May 2018 18:20:38 6,330 posts
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    I just found out that my camera as wifi connectivity with an app. I can at least view the images and review without even importing them on the iPad. So i might play around with that and see if it works well. If so then i just take the iPad and loads of memory cards.
  • mrharvest 10 May 2018 05:46:34 5,514 posts
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    @RyanDS If you ask me KL is not particularly exciting for sights. But Malaysia in general has (in my opinion) the best food in South East Asia. And KL has pretty vibrant music scene, so maybe look if there's something cool going on when you're there.

    Melaka as was mentioned before is more interesting for sightseeing. Then there's Penang which for me is the pearl of peninsular Malaysia. Damn the eating is good, plus lots of opportunities for hiking to burn off all the calories.

    I'm biased towards Singapore but I don't feel it's particularly expensive (except for drinking). I like SG, it feels really comfortable.

    For Thailand I can't give any recommendations - I don't go there except if to meet friends. Sure the waters are nice but then you've got Indonesia just next door and I find it culturally more interesting.
  • Tonka 10 May 2018 07:35:35 27,853 posts
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    askew wrote:
    Do iPads have that now? :o
    Sorry, with an extra SD card reader and all the dongles it would require, is what I should have written
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