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Go places, see stuff [travel thread]

Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road]Registered User regular
edited June 2023 in Social Entropy++
The last thread is still open but on page 101 so I didn't want to resurrect it.

I just semi-impulse-booked a week's accomodation in La Gomera for January. Was thinking about it last year but didn't go for it, but then someone I know coincidentally went there this year and said it was really nice. Supposedly the best weather I can get in January without having to go to the southern hemisphere, and it's apparently great for hiking and birding.

This is the accommodation I booked:

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I want to see trees and birds and maybe whales, and minimal people unless they are facilitating the seeing of whales.

Now I just need to get flights, ferries, car hire, insurance. Is that it? It's been so long since I've taken a holiday I can't really remember how they work.

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    ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    Interesting fact about La Gomera that you probably won't see in a brochure or guidebook:

    La Gomera means The Gomera.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    we're going to new york in October show up to times square if you want an absolute beatdown of epic proportions

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    we should all travel to la gamera

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    We're going to Vegas in about a month. The city has become this comfortable go-to vacation for me and Mrs. Lohan. We've been there as broke newlyweds waiting for a paycheck to hit the account to buy dinner, we've been to see Robbie Williams make a rare US appearance, and we've renewed our vows with "Elvis". It's cheesy and touristy, but also just stupid fun and clicks with us. I think for her, part of the appeal is that as a teacher, she has to behave when we're anywhere in public because you never know when you'll see a student/parent/former student when you're out in public, so Vegas is a great chance to just be ourselves and not worry about anything. You can just walk around, drink in hand, and not censor your language/dress/etc.

    This time we're going to do the Grand Canyon finally, and maybe do a bus to LA so we can scratch California off the map for my wife (she really wants to touch the Pacific Ocean). So far, we've used comp points from their slot app to get 3 buy-one-get-one free buffet passes including the fancy Bellagio one, 2 tickets to Tournament of Kings (aka Medieval Times), and a few BOGO meals/drinks, and 4 of our nights are free.

    It's been a very, very long year for us. Our son graduated and is in college now, I had a large heart issue land me in the hospital for a while, and it was a tough teaching year for her (like most teachers, I'm sure) along with needing to take certification courses - so this week away should be a massive refresh for us.

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    SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    I'll be going to the FFXIV Fanfest in Vegas next month with a few friends and meeting with a few more, most of whom are much more familiar with where to eat. I've only ever been to Vegas once for any length of time, and that was only two days.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    I am also headed to fanfest! I hope the pandemic doesn't make us regret it.

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    tsplittertsplitter Registered User regular
    The Smokies and Nantahala NF are so beautiful. It's a shame the road connecting the two is a big windy bug zapper for bikers

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    FlarneFlarne Registered User regular
    First day in Athens yesterday, went to the Acropolis first thing in the morning. Got in an argument with some assholes cutting the giant line, saw some very impressive ruins and then on the way out my wife twisted her ankle.

    Great start to a couple weeks vacation! Luckily it seems to have been a light injury, she could walk slowly without pain almost right away. Thanks strength training!

    View from the room was alright though
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    Anyway Athens is great, A+ ruins, very nice food and stuff.

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    Kristmas KthulhuKristmas Kthulhu Currently Kultist Kthulhu Registered User regular
    what a coincidence, I landed in Crete last night with my parents!

    we were invited to my cousin's children's baptism here and her husband (who is from Crete)'s cousin's wedding within 2 weeks of each other so we're going to be hanging out for a little while.

    first meal here was a delicious and filling (and cheap!) pork gyro in pita and the restaurant included a homemade chocolate cake and shots of raki. it's gonna be a nice time

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Off to Lisbon and Lagos for 8 days in September

    It will be my fifth beach vacation this year (fucking love the beach)

    If I go to the Finger Lakes for Labor Day does that count as the beach too?

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    honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    Flarne wrote: »
    First day in Athens yesterday, went to the Acropolis first thing in the morning. Got in an argument with some assholes cutting the giant line, saw some very impressive ruins and then on the way out my wife twisted her ankle.

    Great start to a couple weeks vacation! Luckily it seems to have been a light injury, she could walk slowly without pain almost right away. Thanks strength training!

    View from the room was alright though
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    Anyway Athens is great, A+ ruins, very nice food and stuff.

    Check out the café and bar scene in the evenings.

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    LuvTheMonkeyLuvTheMonkey High Sierra Serenade Registered User regular
    Hey New York City-knowers

    I have a wedding to attend in August in the city and am wondering if it makes sense to park in Jersey and train over? Parking at the hotel is rather expensive.

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
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    Off to Lisbon and Lagos for 8 days in September

    It will be my fifth beach vacation this year (fucking love the beach)

    If I go to the Finger Lakes for Labor Day does that count as the beach too?

    I assume Lisbon and Lagos is/are a place/s in the US? And you're not doing a combined Portugal/Nigeria holiday?

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    We're going to Vegas in about a month. The city has become this comfortable go-to vacation for me and Mrs. Lohan. We've been there as broke newlyweds waiting for a paycheck to hit the account to buy dinner, we've been to see Robbie Williams make a rare US appearance, and we've renewed our vows with "Elvis". It's cheesy and touristy, but also just stupid fun and clicks with us. I think for her, part of the appeal is that as a teacher, she has to behave when we're anywhere in public because you never know when you'll see a student/parent/former student when you're out in public, so Vegas is a great chance to just be ourselves and not worry about anything. You can just walk around, drink in hand, and not censor your language/dress/etc.

    This time we're going to do the Grand Canyon finally, and maybe do a bus to LA so we can scratch California off the map for my wife (she really wants to touch the Pacific Ocean). So far, we've used comp points from their slot app to get 3 buy-one-get-one free buffet passes including the fancy Bellagio one, 2 tickets to Tournament of Kings (aka Medieval Times), and a few BOGO meals/drinks, and 4 of our nights are free.

    It's been a very, very long year for us. Our son graduated and is in college now, I had a large heart issue land me in the hospital for a while, and it was a tough teaching year for her (like most teachers, I'm sure) along with needing to take certification courses - so this week away should be a massive refresh for us.

    It's probably easier and cheaper to hop on a flight to LA from Vegas than to take the bus.

    Also please see more of California than the beach near LAX

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    FlarneFlarne Registered User regular
    honovere wrote: »
    Flarne wrote: »
    First day in Athens yesterday, went to the Acropolis first thing in the morning. Got in an argument with some assholes cutting the giant line, saw some very impressive ruins and then on the way out my wife twisted her ankle.

    Great start to a couple weeks vacation! Luckily it seems to have been a light injury, she could walk slowly without pain almost right away. Thanks strength training!

    View from the room was alright though
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    Anyway Athens is great, A+ ruins, very nice food and stuff.

    Check out the café and bar scene in the evenings.

    We chilled last night due to injury but we have 7-night cruise now, then a few more days around Athens so hoping we’ll be injury free by then. The general evening culture looked amazing from our room, people were out and about and the temperature was great.

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    We're going to Vegas in about a month. The city has become this comfortable go-to vacation for me and Mrs. Lohan. We've been there as broke newlyweds waiting for a paycheck to hit the account to buy dinner, we've been to see Robbie Williams make a rare US appearance, and we've renewed our vows with "Elvis". It's cheesy and touristy, but also just stupid fun and clicks with us. I think for her, part of the appeal is that as a teacher, she has to behave when we're anywhere in public because you never know when you'll see a student/parent/former student when you're out in public, so Vegas is a great chance to just be ourselves and not worry about anything. You can just walk around, drink in hand, and not censor your language/dress/etc.

    This time we're going to do the Grand Canyon finally, and maybe do a bus to LA so we can scratch California off the map for my wife (she really wants to touch the Pacific Ocean). So far, we've used comp points from their slot app to get 3 buy-one-get-one free buffet passes including the fancy Bellagio one, 2 tickets to Tournament of Kings (aka Medieval Times), and a few BOGO meals/drinks, and 4 of our nights are free.

    It's been a very, very long year for us. Our son graduated and is in college now, I had a large heart issue land me in the hospital for a while, and it was a tough teaching year for her (like most teachers, I'm sure) along with needing to take certification courses - so this week away should be a massive refresh for us.

    It's probably easier and cheaper to hop on a flight to LA from Vegas than to take the bus.

    Also please see more of California than the beach near LAX

    That's exactly what we decided to do this afternoon. For $60 each round-trip we're flying to LA so we'll have a solid 12 hours in the city.

    We are going to do a few touristy things there (probably a hop on hop off bus for the day). In the end, we'll see what we want in LA so when we do a dedicated California trip we can focus on the San Diego area.

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    We were supposed to be going on a Disney cruise in September for my GF's brothers marriage, but we found out we'll have a one month old baby at that time and had to cancel. We were initially kind of reticent about the cruise, but talked ourselves into the cool stuff we can do so we're kind of disappointed now, but we do still have a trip to North Carolina in October for a cousins wedding so we'll have some time in Morgantown, but probably take a trip to Asheville on one of those days and probably go to the South Mountains State Park which we camped at one New Years until we found out I had covid which ruined the hiking so we'll retry that with a bunch of my family and me carrying a baby.

    One big thing that is helpful for traveling for things to do is that a lot of the zoos in the US have a reciprocity agreement so if you have a membership there you'll get a discount on entrances around the country. If you like going to zoos and have one within like three hours of you it's worth looking into. ZooTampa is near me and the seasonal membership is essentially the price of two tickets and it lets me and a guest in free every visit and gets half off ticket prices in a ton of zoos across the country.

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited July 2023
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    Off to Lisbon and Lagos for 8 days in September

    It will be my fifth beach vacation this year (fucking love the beach)

    If I go to the Finger Lakes for Labor Day does that count as the beach too?

    I assume Lisbon and Lagos is/are a place/s in the US? And you're not doing a combined Portugal/Nigeria holiday?

    Portugal

    Lagos has the Ponte de Piedade I’m stoked to see

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Oh I didn't know there was a Lagos, Portugal. Looks very nice.

    I hope if humans ever do settle new planets we can be more original with our place names, but I know we won't.

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Nobody knows but there’s a theory that Lagos Nigeria is named after Lagos Portugal- it’s not the soundest of theories, but the rationale is that Lagos Portugal was the main port from which Portuguese ships ran their slave trade and Lagos Nigeria was the eastern-most port of the Slave Coast

    But uh

    It means “lakes” in Portugese and like 31% of every municipality in the world has a body-of-water-inspired name, and Lagos Nigeria is built around a giant lake….so I think we actually do know how the name came to be

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    JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    edited July 2023
    Oh I didn't know there was a Lagos, Portugal. Looks very nice.

    I hope if humans ever do settle new planets we can be more original with our place names, but I know we won't.

    Its gonna be fun when you try to book a trip to New Tokyo 2 and end up two planets over on Neo Tokyo

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    MrMonroeMrMonroe passed out on the floor nowRegistered User regular
    Oh I didn't know there was a Lagos, Portugal. Looks very nice.

    I hope if humans ever do settle new planets we can be more original with our place names, but I know we won't.

    Someone is going to step off the colony ship on a distant world and say "ahh, finally, New Newfoundland" right before getting dissolved by the local plant life or something.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    Doodmann wrote: »
    We're going to Vegas in about a month. The city has become this comfortable go-to vacation for me and Mrs. Lohan. We've been there as broke newlyweds waiting for a paycheck to hit the account to buy dinner, we've been to see Robbie Williams make a rare US appearance, and we've renewed our vows with "Elvis". It's cheesy and touristy, but also just stupid fun and clicks with us. I think for her, part of the appeal is that as a teacher, she has to behave when we're anywhere in public because you never know when you'll see a student/parent/former student when you're out in public, so Vegas is a great chance to just be ourselves and not worry about anything. You can just walk around, drink in hand, and not censor your language/dress/etc.

    This time we're going to do the Grand Canyon finally, and maybe do a bus to LA so we can scratch California off the map for my wife (she really wants to touch the Pacific Ocean). So far, we've used comp points from their slot app to get 3 buy-one-get-one free buffet passes including the fancy Bellagio one, 2 tickets to Tournament of Kings (aka Medieval Times), and a few BOGO meals/drinks, and 4 of our nights are free.

    It's been a very, very long year for us. Our son graduated and is in college now, I had a large heart issue land me in the hospital for a while, and it was a tough teaching year for her (like most teachers, I'm sure) along with needing to take certification courses - so this week away should be a massive refresh for us.

    It's probably easier and cheaper to hop on a flight to LA from Vegas than to take the bus.

    Also please see more of California than the beach near LAX

    if they take the bus, they can see lots more of california, specifically the deep desert!

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    PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    So what can you do in Busan when it's monsoon season

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    We're going to Vegas in about a month. The city has become this comfortable go-to vacation for me and Mrs. Lohan. We've been there as broke newlyweds waiting for a paycheck to hit the account to buy dinner, we've been to see Robbie Williams make a rare US appearance, and we've renewed our vows with "Elvis". It's cheesy and touristy, but also just stupid fun and clicks with us. I think for her, part of the appeal is that as a teacher, she has to behave when we're anywhere in public because you never know when you'll see a student/parent/former student when you're out in public, so Vegas is a great chance to just be ourselves and not worry about anything. You can just walk around, drink in hand, and not censor your language/dress/etc.

    This time we're going to do the Grand Canyon finally, and maybe do a bus to LA so we can scratch California off the map for my wife (she really wants to touch the Pacific Ocean). So far, we've used comp points from their slot app to get 3 buy-one-get-one free buffet passes including the fancy Bellagio one, 2 tickets to Tournament of Kings (aka Medieval Times), and a few BOGO meals/drinks, and 4 of our nights are free.

    It's been a very, very long year for us. Our son graduated and is in college now, I had a large heart issue land me in the hospital for a while, and it was a tough teaching year for her (like most teachers, I'm sure) along with needing to take certification courses - so this week away should be a massive refresh for us.

    It's probably easier and cheaper to hop on a flight to LA from Vegas than to take the bus.

    Also please see more of California than the beach near LAX

    if they take the bus, they can see lots more of california, specifically the deep desert!

    We considered this factor as well. It's always a balancing act. In the end, we decided that two days with big bus rides was a lot, and flying seemed to be the way to go. We're getting to Vegas on a Wednesday, doing the LA flight on Friday, then a bus to see Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon either Monday or Tuesday (still have to book that), then leaving Las Vegas Wednesday.

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    FlarneFlarne Registered User regular
    There’s an old story about a Korean couple in the 70s who wanted to go to Venice for their honeymoon

    They ended up in Vännäs, Sweden and loved it so much they kept coming back

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Greenville SC and Greenville NC both have fairly easy domestic airline access

    Lots of bankers trying to get to executive banking school end up in the wrong one every year

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    Doodmann wrote: »
    We're going to Vegas in about a month. The city has become this comfortable go-to vacation for me and Mrs. Lohan. We've been there as broke newlyweds waiting for a paycheck to hit the account to buy dinner, we've been to see Robbie Williams make a rare US appearance, and we've renewed our vows with "Elvis". It's cheesy and touristy, but also just stupid fun and clicks with us. I think for her, part of the appeal is that as a teacher, she has to behave when we're anywhere in public because you never know when you'll see a student/parent/former student when you're out in public, so Vegas is a great chance to just be ourselves and not worry about anything. You can just walk around, drink in hand, and not censor your language/dress/etc.

    This time we're going to do the Grand Canyon finally, and maybe do a bus to LA so we can scratch California off the map for my wife (she really wants to touch the Pacific Ocean). So far, we've used comp points from their slot app to get 3 buy-one-get-one free buffet passes including the fancy Bellagio one, 2 tickets to Tournament of Kings (aka Medieval Times), and a few BOGO meals/drinks, and 4 of our nights are free.

    It's been a very, very long year for us. Our son graduated and is in college now, I had a large heart issue land me in the hospital for a while, and it was a tough teaching year for her (like most teachers, I'm sure) along with needing to take certification courses - so this week away should be a massive refresh for us.

    It's probably easier and cheaper to hop on a flight to LA from Vegas than to take the bus.

    Also please see more of California than the beach near LAX

    if they take the bus, they can see lots more of california, specifically the deep desert!

    We considered this factor as well. It's always a balancing act. In the end, we decided that two days with big bus rides was a lot, and flying seemed to be the way to go. We're getting to Vegas on a Wednesday, doing the LA flight on Friday, then a bus to see Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon either Monday or Tuesday (still have to book that), then leaving Las Vegas Wednesday.

    That was mostly a joke about how the road from Las Vegas to LA is barren sandy wasteland, which is admittedly kind of pretty, but there's a lot of it and not much else.

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    MagellMagell Detroit Machine Guns Fort MyersRegistered User regular
    Oh I didn't know there was a Lagos, Portugal. Looks very nice.

    I hope if humans ever do settle new planets we can be more original with our place names, but I know we won't.

    Kentucky has so many city names taken from Europe, but they're also pretty small so I don't think you're going to accidentally end up flying to them.

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    PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    Korea is a lot less culture shocky than I remember, though it has been about 15 years since last visit. The design of transit and social spaces are intuitively facilitative to the point that they can be wordlessly and illegibly navigated with just a decent metropolitan intuition, even outside of Seoul. In fact, the bigger differences are in the reliability of technological sophistication, with camera and RFID automated parking and toll gates, almost the absence of cash payments, and omnipresent wifi (not quite essential as my carrier supports data roaming for a $10 a day fee). Personal interaction has become the exception rather than the rule, from a wordless immigration to feeling invisible on KTA and at the robustly westernized Lotte Mart (and Costco), I found it sometimes difficult to remind myself i was in a foreign country.

    One thing that has changed though is inflation. ~$20 for a small watermelon is no joke.

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    thatassemblyguythatassemblyguy Janitor of Technical Debt .Registered User regular
    Sounds like EU is finally getting serious about a travel authorization program.

    https://travel-europe.europa.eu/etias_en

    Tentatively scheduled to start in early 2024 (currently not required/applications are not being collected right now).

    Only €7, so it's not onerous if you're paying the €Switzerland to fly to Europe anyway.

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    Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Can't wait for all the Brexiters to get constipated with outrage over having to get an extra document to travel to Europe.

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    SharpyVIISharpyVII Registered User regular
    Curracloe beach, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland.

    Filming location for the D Day landings in Saving Private Ryan.

    Very beautiful though we did get swarmed by wasps so had to leave early...

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Reminds me of the Strand up in Portstewart

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    PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    I don't take real vacations much, but for those of you who do:

    At the end of the vacation, is it better in your opinion to go out with a bang or steadily wind things down to ease the adjustment back to working life?

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Paladin wrote: »
    I don't take real vacations much, but for those of you who do:

    At the end of the vacation, is it better in your opinion to go out with a bang or steadily wind things down to ease the adjustment back to working life?

    steadily wind down

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I never fail to find my favorite part of the beach for a vacation the morning of my departure day /sigh

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    I never fail to find my favorite part of the beach for a vacation the morning of my departure day /sigh

    so just ask where the nude beach is they day you get there duh

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    Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited July 2023
    Like I haven’t already meticulously researched and planned around that

    “Where are the taints most sunburned” is my top google search rec when you type “w”

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    JayKaosJayKaos Registered User regular
    Paladin wrote: »
    I don't take real vacations much, but for those of you who do:

    At the end of the vacation, is it better in your opinion to go out with a bang or steadily wind things down to ease the adjustment back to working life?

    Depends if you think of the vacation as a chance to rest and recharge, or as a experience you'll need to rest and recover from. Basically if you want to show up at your first morning meeting back ready and eager to get to work or looking like you've used up every ounce of energy you have and are slowly returning to being a functioning human.

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