NA trip

NA trip

Postby vanity » Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:35 pm

Some of you may know that I am intending to come to the US for January 2011. It is a bit of a treat to myself after finishing university as I haven't ever traveled without, at some stage, meeting up with family.

So far, I have made bookings for New York (6 nights starting the 30th of December) and LA (5 nights starting the 5th of January). Other than that, my itinerary is fairly open although I do have some ideas for where I would like to go.

My original plan was to drive up to Vancouver from LA, stopping at San Francisco, 2 random places, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver - then drive back. However, my dad recommended against it as the weather is shitty and we (my girlfriend and I) could potentially just get stuck in the hotel room due to weather. Worse yet, we could get stuck on the roads, particularly if I decided to go back down South through the rocky mountains.

Aaanyway.
We wanted to go to Vancouver because neither of us have skied/snowboarded before. However, I realise we can ski in California too so that is an option.

We wanted to go to San Francisco because - why not? It's not too far from LA and it would be kinda cool to drive along rt 101. It would be a nice change from airports and we would also be able to split costs renting a car (can't split costs with air fares).

I have from the 10th of January until the end of the month pretty much until we go back. In these 20 days I have to decide what we want to do.

I think San Francisco is a pretty likely option, but we would not be able to spend 20 days there. Las Vegas is also a potential (I know it is actually a pretty bad place to go, but would still be interesting to spend a night there). I was even looking at going to Cuba via Vancouver and it would allow us to go to see Vancouver/Whistler and get a sense of a proper Winter. I guess another option is Mexico, the Bahamas, Florida, Hawaii, Miami, etc.... We do like either warmish places or proper cold places (I.E. snow). Rain is boring =P

Transport budget is not huge, but you should get an idea from the places I've listed (Cuba costs $1400 USD in airfares per person). Cuba is the limit cost wise though. Road trips are okay, but we both strongly dislike campervans =P

Does anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations? Past experiences or overheard knowledge? We have never been to any of these places so everything would be new to us =P
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Re: NA trip

Postby mako89 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:22 am

Snow? In the Pacific Northwest?
Well then again I assume you aren't accustomed to it...
Fly to Seattle and train up to Vancouver lol.
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Re: NA trip

Postby V2CxBongRipz » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:38 am

Why would you want to go to NY, especially in January. It is the asshole of America and it gets fucking cold in the winter. You're better off coming to Cleveland. Atleast here you wont get stabbed and robbed downtown. That only happens on the east side in the projects.
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Re: NA trip

Postby vanity » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:38 am

New York because of shopping and commerce. We're staying at the Hilton next to ex-WTC site so it's not particularly likely we will get stabbed/robbed and while we might go to other areas during the day, we are not stupid enough to go to secluded places we don't know at night or even at day. We're not particularly adventurous in all honesty. We like our luxuries and safety.

We are just going to go to ice skating in central park, shop, see the sights, see how busy it is, go to long island to have an iced tea there, have people lol at our australian accents - the usual horribly touristy things to do.

Re: Vancouver - I would like to go there. I'll have a look at costs to fly to seattle/train it to vancouver. Whether you're there or not it is still admittedly a place I would like to go considering it is one of the very few cities ranked higher than Sydney on the 'live-ability' scale (IIRC). Plus, getting to say we're skiing on whistler is always worth some jealousy points with friends :P
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Re: NA trip

Postby mako89 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:44 am

I don't ski but if you are serious I can always ask around about accommodations etc. Might be nice to take in a hockey game as well.
Let me know how serious you are and I will ask around.
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Re: NA trip

Postby hachioji » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:46 am

vanity wrote: staying at the Hilton


Rich way for a students` trip :evil:
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Re: NA trip

Postby vanity » Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:18 am

hachioji wrote:
vanity wrote: staying at the Hilton


Rich way for a students` trip :evil:

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My girlfriend took a year off uni to save up for the trip and I have paid for it via my shares + work so might as well indulge ourselves IMO.



mako89 wrote:I don't ski but if you are serious I can always ask around about accommodations etc. Might be nice to take in a hockey game as well.
Let me know how serious you are and I will ask around.

I am serious - a hockey game would be pretty cool too. I thought about going to see an American Football game as well, probably while in NY although I don't know if there are games at that time of year.

You don't have to go out of your way though - I can search up stuff on the net, look at reviews, etc. I was more asking to see if anyone personally knew of places that would be nice to go. I am thinking a B&B would be nice at some stage.
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Re: NA trip

Postby V2CxBongRipz » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:11 pm

Your chances of seeing an American football game is slim at that time since it will be the playoffs after the first weekend in january. As for skiing have you ever done it before? If so I would reccomend giving snowboarding a shot since (atleast imo) its alot more exciting.
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Re: NA trip

Postby mako89 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:29 pm

My sister's work friend has season tickets in Vancouver so it would actually be possibly to get tickets to a "sold out" game here. So depending on how serious you are, let me know and I can ask around. It's not a big deal, Fofo know several people too so it would really only be a matter of making 1-2 phone calls.
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Re: NA trip

Postby vanity » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:11 am

I am pretty sure I would prefer snowboarding more than skiing. I used to skate and blade, but skating was always more fun for me and I found my balance was better.

And I will let you know mako. I have to book stuff by the end of the month so it won't be long =)
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