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Kahalachan
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 8:27 am 
 

Seeing as to how we're all over the world and most of probably have jobs and go on vacation, why not have a topic where we can share our worldly experiences?

I consider the rankings on sites like TripAdvisor or Yelp to be helpful in determining whether something is horrible or pretty good but not really indicative of whether or not something is to your taste. That you find out from personal recommendations from people who might share common interests.

My most recent vacation was in February where my gf and I went to Las Vegas.

I'll just lay down some basics. We stayed at the Executive Suite at the MGM Grand, the Supreme Corner King Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, the Petite Suite at Treasure Island, and the Pyramid Suite at the Luxor.

A short synopsis of each room.

Executive Suite at the MGM Grand

-Stereotypical Las Vegas experience at a flashy enormous resort.

-The business center was just beautiful. Pack an HDMI cable and bring a laptop and hook it up to the business center and watch some movies. The TV swivels so you can watch it from your bed or from a couch with trays so you can eat.

-Costs a pretty penny but not as much as the luxury resorts. If you want a taste of luxury but want to be somewhat gentle on your budget, this might work for you.

A video I made to give people an idea of what it's like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT_VMBB_8rc

Supreme Corner King Suite at Hard Rock Hotel

-Easily the best spa for couples. It has a gorgeous co-ed hot tub and very relaxing rooms and lounges. I liked reading in the lounge by the fireplace and having unlimited free juice and water. Probably best to come here during off season times so it's less crowded.

-Best view of the Strip due to it being off to the side and a short distance away. You get a nice panoramic view. If you want to do stuff on the Strip the location isn't convenient though.

-Lots of good places to eat within the hotel. The Culinary Dropout is a good spot for couples since you can have drinks and food by a firepit. Lucky's is some good fattening American food.

Another video I made

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V32pDjEp4L4

The Petite Suite at Treasure Island

-The best room for couples. There's 2 bathrooms and one of them has a jetted whirlpool hot tub. Just how the room is furnished and set up it just feels like such a cozy place for couples to spend time together.

-Good food and drinks overall.

-Ideal location in the center of the Strip. It's very easy to walk to wherever you wanna go.

Video I made for our stay at Treasure Island

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McEhiWoLxgQ


The Pyramid Suite at the Luxor

-Pretty romantic bathtub for couples since it has a ceiling mirror that's at an upward angle because it's at the edge of a pyramid.

-Annoying real life spam cause employees are standing around constantly trying to recommend you go to one of their shows or see their attractions. Uggg.....

-Not some cheap run down hotel, but also not really luxurious as far as rooms go.

-Pretty fun design and Egyptian theme. It looks cool on the outside and around the lobby.

Video I made of the Luxor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD4QFMUf7Dw



A quick ranking of Las Vegas buffets

God Tier:

The Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan.

This is one of the many plates I ate.

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-Orange Juice, Champagne, Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Potato Wedges, Gnocchi with Wild Boar, Fried Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Sausage Patty, Bacon, and Hash Browns

-For $27 you get all you can eat luxury dining. Seriously, this is the best buffet in all of Vegas.

Top Tier:

The buffet at Treasure Island.

-This place had the best pizza and donuts. It is one of the smaller Vegas buffets so this is quality over quantity. It feels like you're eating at your favorite restaurant.

High Tier:

The MGM Grand buffet.

-It was what you should expect out of a Vegas buffet. Lots of good tasting food.

Carnival World Buffet at the Rio

-A ton of food with an enormous selection. This is quantity over quality though so it's not like everything here tasted good but there's so much that you'll have no problem finding what you think you'll like.

Mid Tier:

The Monte Carlo buffet

-Average food. Just think of all you can eat Denny's or Applebee's or something. It's just nothing spectacular but it also doesn't suck.

Le Village Buffet at the Paris

-Really cool looking place that looks like you're eating at a French cafe or something.

-Food wasn't really good but the custom made crepes are the main reason to go. If you want some tasty all you can eat crepes however you want it, then this is good. Otherwise, this buffet kind of sucks.

Bottom Tier:

Flavors Buffet at Harrah's

-Greasy, fattening, low quality food.

-$20 is a rip off. Since we got a 2 for 1 special it was kind of worth it.



And now some of the shows.....

Mystere at Treasure Island

-Pretty much what you'd expect a Cirque Du Soliel show to be like. Cool acrobatics, creative and garish themes, and some weird humor. The displays of strength and agility are just unreal. It's like watching the Olympics or something when you see what some of these performers are capable of.

-Good music. It has the feel of some dark folk music.

Tournament of Kings at Excalibur

-Good action, pyrotechnics, and choreography. Some of the tricks they did with horses was really cool and the fighting choreography was beyond impressive. If any of them made the slightest mistake you know someone would've gotten seriously injured.

-Rowdy crowd since you are encouraged to cheer for your knights to win.

-Hotties in costumes. Knights for the girls and princesses for the guys.

-Crappy story that didn't make sense.

Penn and Teller at the Rio

-Awesome magic tricks with a sense of humor. It's not meant to blow your mind. It's meant to make you go WTF? and laugh.

-They're funny and you get to meet them after the show.

-They promote skepticism and critical thinking in their show.



Our next vacation is up in the air so hopefully some replies in this topic give us ideas :)

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Brainded Binky
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 11:16 pm 
 

I've been to Las Vegas as well. I was there when Fitzgerald's was still in operation on Fremont Street and they had a pasta bar. You could choose what went into your pasta, like shrimp or meatballs, and you could watch as the stuff was being prepared. It was a great place. I heard they replaced Fitzgerald's with a casino simply known as "The D". I highly doubt it's got a pasta bar, now.

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severzhavnost
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 12:12 am 
 

It seems the next NHL team (by expansion or by relocation) will land in Las Vegas. Seeing my Ottawa Senators battle the Las Vegas Mobsters for the Stanley Cup is would be the only reason I'd eer be interested in visiting there.

To try to be somewhat helpful to the OP, if I ever get a long-ass vacation with a lady friend, I would spend it in the Canary Islands. Women for some reason like the Tropics, and I like places that have pyramids but don't have ISIL.
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Brainded Binky
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 12:32 am 
 

I'd spend my long vacation somewhere in Europe, preferably in Germany or Scandinavia.

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Rainbow
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 5:07 pm 
 

My last girlfriend wanted me to go to Vegas with her. I refused for work reasons but all I could think was "Isn't Vegas for single people?"

Now that I'm single, bring on Vegas!

Speaking more seriously, planning a France/Germany trip next Summer.

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narsilianshard
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 5:45 pm 
 

Cool thread idea! My family instilled the importance of travel in my at an early age and last year I visited my 30th country. SE Asia is probably my favorite area I've been so far. Hoping my next trip will be South America.
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severzhavnost
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 7:17 pm 
 

Places I'd like to see mostly involve cool ancient monuments/ruins.
- the aforementioned Canary Islands
- Nazca, Peru
- Nan Madol, Micronesia
- Easter Island
- Baalbek, Lebanon (this one would be especially interesting, since having worked for five years in a store frequented by Lebanese, I've accumulated 4,225 pounds in my change. Would be fun to spend some of that.)

Then there are the natural curiosities:
- Surtsey, Iceland. The world's newest island!
- Qaanaaq, Greenland. I hope my future wife will agree that witnessing the midnight sunrise is a romantic honeymoon.
- Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Legend has it the pure water from the "Job's Spring" has healing properties. Might as well check it out.
- Atacama Desert. Some stations haven't received rain. At all. Ever. I could probably be suckered into buying a fossilized raindrop :p
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Necroghast
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 8:32 pm 
 

Cool idea, but I don't think I'll be coming to MA for hotel reviews :lol: I travel to Scotland a lot as I have family there. Its usually the same trip, some time in Edinburgh and some time with my aunt wherever shes decided to move (seriously shes lived in a different town the last 3 times I've visited) I traveled out the the Isle of Bute on the West coast to visit my great aunt once, which was amazing, but I haven't been back since. This summer I'm headed back, and I'm doing some new things! Starting in Edinburgh, but then headed up through the highlands to Inverness, and then up to the Orkneys for a week or so. Really looking forward to seeing some parts of the country I haven't seen!
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Turner
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:17 pm 
 

i want to go to the US and canada. i wanna visit the types of small towns where mulder and scully investigated murders that turned out to be monsters that time forgot, and go to seattle and check out where bands like alice in chains, mother love bone, pearl jam etc all played gigs in the late 80s/early 90s. i'd love to hike the appalachians as well - take 6 months or so and just go a bit awol.

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Brainded Binky
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 2:52 am 
 

Wanna go hiking? I would recommend Split Rock Lighthouse state park in Two Harbors, MN. They've got some decent hiking trails there.

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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 5:32 am 
 

Kahalachan wrote:
Seeing as to how we're all over the world and most of probably have jobs and go on vacation, why not have a topic where we can share our worldly experiences?
I consider the rankings on sites like TripAdvisor or Yelp to be helpful in determining whether something is horrible or pretty good but not really indicative of whether or not something is to your taste. That you find out from personal recommendations from people who might share common interests.

My most recent vacation was in February where my gf and I went to Las Vegas.

I'll just lay down some basics. We stayed at the Executive Suite at the MGM Grand, the Supreme Corner King Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, the Petite Suite at Treasure Island, and the Pyramid Suite at the Luxor.

A short synopsis of each room.
...
A quick ranking of Las Vegas buffets
...
And now some of the shows.....
...
Our next vacation is up in the air so hopefully some replies in this topic give us ideas :)

I don't want to sound harsh but... rooms, buffets and shows?!? Is that your idea of travel, vacation and leisure?!?
What about the places you have (or would like to) visited and why and the experiences you have lived? This is travel, vacation and leisure for me!
I have traveled by car across almost all Europe and I'm willing to come back this summer cause every year I meet interesting people and live new experiences in new places:
http://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com.es/2013/08/planificar-viaje.html
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Bede
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 5:53 am 
 

Necroghast wrote:
Cool idea, but I don't think I'll be coming to MA for hotel reviews :lol: I travel to Scotland a lot as I have family there. Its usually the same trip, some time in Edinburgh and some time with my aunt wherever shes decided to move (seriously shes lived in a different town the last 3 times I've visited) I traveled out the the Isle of Bute on the West coast to visit my great aunt once, which was amazing, but I haven't been back since. This summer I'm headed back, and I'm doing some new things! Starting in Edinburgh, but then headed up through the highlands to Inverness, and then up to the Orkneys for a week or so. Really looking forward to seeing some parts of the country I haven't seen!


I really enjoyed Inverness and its surroundings when I was there, although their you're-not-allowed-to-change-pubs-or-bars-after-11pm practice really striked odd to me, but I managed to cope with that. :)

I've always been a bit remorseful that I didn't go any more North from there and Orkney was one of the places I would have liked to visit. Still, the way back to Glasgow through the highlands and a myriad of whisky distilleries made up for that.

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narsilianshard
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:26 pm 
 

Turner wrote:
and go to seattle and check out where bands like alice in chains, mother love bone, pearl jam etc all played gigs in the late 80s/early 90s.


None of them exist anymore. They were all torn down or renamed and heavily renovated into gentrified hip bullshit. But come to Seattle anyway, it's pretty wonderful.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 1:07 pm 
 

Bede wrote:

I really enjoyed Inverness and its surroundings when I was there, although their you're-not-allowed-to-change-pubs-or-bars-after-11pm practice really striked odd to me, but I managed to cope with that. :)



Ha, I don't think that'll be a problem considering I'm going with my parents this time, I haven't been on a big trip with them since 07 when I was still in high school so it'll be nice.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 2:46 pm 
 

As a big fan of Scandinavian BM, I'd love to visit all scandinavian countries, especially Norway. I'd love to explore the forests while listening to Darkthrone! :p

Also, even though I've been there twice, I'd love to go to London again, since it's been a long time. I'd also like to visit Transylvania, for obvious reasons. And I hear they have an amusement park there.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 3:46 pm 
 

BasqueStorm wrote:
I don't want to sound harsh but... rooms, buffets and shows?!? Is that your idea of travel, vacation and leisure?!?
What about the places you have (or would like to) visited and why and the experiences you have lived? This is travel, vacation and leisure for me!
I have traveled by car across almost all Europe and I'm willing to come back this summer cause every year I meet interesting people and live new experiences in new places:
http://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com.es/2013/08/planificar-viaje.html


In Vegas sure. That's the Vegas thing to do.

I was just posting the most recent from memory. I lived in Hawaii so I can talk all about that. Pretty much don't stay on Oahu because that's the tourist spot and where Honolulu is so you're just going to be staying at a city by the beach. What's the point of that? Go to California or something for that experience. Unless you cannot live without modern day conveniences and want to be pampered at nicer hotels, then go to Oahu.

Maui is also popular but you won't be as crowded with tourists.

Go to the Big Island for lots of nature and hikes. Due to its size it has the most diversity regarding geology and biology.

Kauai is probably the best for the feeling of being on an island while also having access to modern technology and stuff. You will get a huge dose of seclusion and nature.

If you really want the feeling of being on a remote island, the remaining islands are good for that but it'll be very remote with few modern day amenities.

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gnarlbro
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 4:00 pm 
 

Any bikers out there? I bought a dual sport this winter and just went on my first sorta longish trip from up here in Tahoe down to the bay area then down the coast to San Luis Obispo to skate the new skatepark there. It was something like 1000 miles but only cost me about 75 bucks in gas! I Plan on taking a trip out to Montana sometime this summer on the bike as well, and hopefully ride some good dirt along the way.

As far as more worldly travel goes, I'd really like to go to Ireland again and then go check out Scandinavia and then the alps. The one benefit of working for the evil corporate monster that is Vail Resorts is that I can ski for free at Verbier in Switzerland and Les 3 Vallees in France. It's gonna take me a while, but I hope to snowboard on every continent one day.

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Turner
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:18 pm 
 

narsilianshard wrote:
Turner wrote:
and go to seattle and check out where bands like alice in chains, mother love bone, pearl jam etc all played gigs in the late 80s/early 90s.


None of them exist anymore. They were all torn down or renamed and heavily renovated into gentrified hip bullshit. But come to Seattle anyway, it's pretty wonderful.


heh, i figured something like that would be the case. i didn't want to be a "grunge tourist" in any case; or i'd at least do it very quietly, haha. there's something a bit embarrassing about going on some kind of pilgrimage to a place that had an identity like that 25 years ago, because when its residents inevitably have no clue about it in 2015 you'll feel a little silly.

another place on my to-do list is antarctica, but unfortunately it's a little hard to get there.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 9:22 pm 
 

Turner wrote:
another place on my to-do list is antarctica, but unfortunately it's a little hard to get there.


I'd suggest taking a work vacation. Ive lightly looked into being a snowcat/equipment operator in Antarctica, but getting a job is also pretty tough. But if you have a decently valuable skillset you could get a job and see Antarctica in a way you would never be able to as a tourist.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 7:19 am 
 

Kahalachan wrote:
In Vegas sure. That's the Vegas thing to do.

Fair. That's why I'll never go there. :-D
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 2:37 pm 
 

Am I the only one who doesn't like to travel, at all? I find travel to be nothing but a chore, and the only good part about it is getting home.
I never go anywhere unless I have a reason, and vacation ain't a reason.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 5:07 pm 
 

You'd probably like "An Idiot Abroad" then. :-P
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