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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     
    it's cold and dreary. i've been thinking a lot about rad destinations. what's your dream vacation?


    i would very much like to bike tour the length of the dalton highway.
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    Donauradweg from the source in Donaueschingen to the Austrian border.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     
    i keep google searching for "bong dungeon". but i can't find anything.
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      CommentAuthor6kidz
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     
    *bung dungeon"Dude's just smashing fructosenormativity, lay off."
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014 edited
     
    I really want to bike the whole Adriatic coast.
    I really want to ski the Alps.
    I really want to dive Bonaire.
    I really want to eat all of the street food in Tokyo.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthor6kidz
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     
    Some kind of non-western immersion trip would be a dream, ideally Tokyo.

    Some kind of camping / mountain biking in an interesting climate would be a dream.

    There's a ton in the US I need to see before I go."Dude's just smashing fructosenormativity, lay off."
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     
    funny, I was just cleaning out some things in the apartment last night and ran across an old hiking map for Yakushima Island (gorgeous forested island off the southern coast of Japan) and today I've been thinking about wanting to go back and do a cross island trek to see a 1000 year old cedar tree in the middle of the island's mountains.

    But other trips: Mountain bike through St. Olaf's Way (scroll down to pg. 92), a medieval pilgrimage route between Sweden's east coast and Trondheim Norway.

    Trek through Milford Sound in New Zealand.

    Sea kayak either through the islands of Maine or the Georgia Strait in British Columbia.

    Hell, just camp in Pacific Rim Park or Banff, now that I think about it.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     
    ^^^ - if you're gonna be in Japan for food, the main reason to be in Tokyo is for Tsukiji (and, dude, totally go right after you fly into the country, because being jetlagged and awake at 4am is the -perfect- time to get to Tsukiji for the opening tuna auctions). If you want street food, get yourself to Osaka and check out Dotonbori. And if you do wind up travelling around Japan, go to a ramen or soba place in every city that you go to, and just ask for ramen in however they do it. You'll always get a different meal, and it'll always be awesome.
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    The grave site of Willi Graf.All you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
     

    i want to swim, ride bikes and eat food in SICILY. esp castillamare del gulfo where my family is from. i've never been there:

    apparently there is baller MTBing there too
    http://www.sicilymtbholiday.com/

    but really i'll settle for anywhere that it's warm and sunny right nowMust be awful, being so fluffy.
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    I kinda just wanna go way out into the woods somewhere. It's been too long.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    DORA WHEN ARE WE GOINGYO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2014
     
    i wanna go to vietnam...or anywhere in southeast asia. but carlson never lets me go :\
    • CommentAuthorgc
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2014 edited
     
    a sweet mountain bike vacation at a place like mulberry gap
    (anyone know of anything similar? i stumbled upon that one day while googling something else)

    bike touring on the great allegheny passage and c & o canal from pittsburgh to dc

    snowmobile touring somewhere cold and snowy (northern nh? northern maine?)

    summer hiking in the sierras & colorado rockies.
    fall hiking in minnesotagone
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    I wanna do the Pittsburgh to DC paths too, I have tentative plans to do it next summer with a high school friend after we both finish grad schooli mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    more pictures please
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    I am going to Oregon in August to MTB, mainly in Bend and then going to Boise to whitewater kayak the main salmon. This is my dream vacation. If anyone has suggestions about the MTB portion, let me know.
    I am planning on renting a bike out there and I have a few friends to stay with.
    And if I marry Adam Craig, I will let you guys know.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    ^there were no pictures in this post
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    Will add when I am homeYO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    Helping Ella with Bend pictures:
    (click for huge)





    ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthor6kidz
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    ughhh jealous"Dude's just smashing fructosenormativity, lay off."
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    banana truffles:DORA WHEN ARE WE GOING

    what are you doing tomorrow?


    yes this thread needs more vaca porn pix.Must be awful, being so fluffy.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    onward
    Shiratani Gorge on Yakushima Island.


    St Olav's Way, between Norway and Sweden


    Milford Sound in New Zealand


    Sea Kayaking in British Columbia


    Banff, Canada
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    Thanks Tristan! THough I was thinking of a specific Adam Craig pic.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    @banff: i've been there! except when i was there, there were forest fires. and they burnt almost all of the incoming power lines. so there was almost no power anywhere. also, the sky was raining little charcoal bits.

    ...this was at the same time as the nyc blackout. and people there were like, "oh yeah, nyc's out of power too." we thought the world was ending.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    a few years back, I went bike touring in the Berkshires while those big Quebec fires were going, and two of us were riding back into the city with skies that looked like blood and thin ash mists all over the place. We thought that, "yeah, if civilization ended now, we've got enough in our panniers to escape somewhere and survive a while, but a u-lock makes for a poor weapon in the apocalypse."

    also, I was talking to a couple of friends this weekend who did a week of camping in Iceland, and that's totally on my wishlist now too.
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    ^holyfuckingshitDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2014
     
    sick e-bikes
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2014
     
    ^is it bad that's the FIRST thing i noticed about that picture? haha

    GIMME A TROPICAL VACA PLZ. BIKE RIDE TO SWIMMINGGGGGG

    i wanna go back to utah really bad

    zion national park/surounding MTBing was doooooooooooope but we didn't get to spend enough time there :(
    Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2014 edited
     
    theoretical vacation dq;


    have y'all ever gone on vaca by yourself? like, got on a plane and gone somewhere you've never been for like a week or more.

    what did/do you think of solo vacas?

    discuss
    Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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    I've done like 3-5 day solo vacations. They're pretty good in that you get to go to the places that you want to go with ZERO negotiation (which includes, like, walking an extra two blocks in a weird direction bc you don't have to worry that this was "your turn to pick the activity/place" and you don't want to impinge on your buddy's turn). Downsides are a) eating in restaurants, which for ppl like me is a big highlight, is distinctly less fun, no matter how you PMA it, b) for me at least, after a few days you start to feel kinda bummed you have nobody to share your experiences (not a dealbreaker, btw) and sometimes it gets weird just not talking to anyone for a long time, and c) there is some worry about staying out late as a lady alone.

    Also once I took a long weekend alone and I ate popcorn and fried brussel sprouts and a hot dog alone in a king size hotel bed while watching Say Yes to the Dress, and it was GREAT.

    In conclusion, would do again, though I think it depends on the destination/goal of the trip somewhat.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorMJ
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2014
     
    I've done it a few years back, prior to being attached to someone at the hip 24/7.

    This was in Geneva and then Dublin in 2009? It gave me a lot of time to just wander around see things that I would have otherwise not seen. Granted in Geneva I was staying with my close friend, between school/work for her, I had a lot of time to myself. Dublin I was entirely on my own, but it's not terrible being able to communicate with everyone anyway.

    I'd recommend it overall, you don't have to worry about catering to anyone else, and if there's something you really want to do, just do it.
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    Also I did it before phone cameras designed for selfies, so the pictures were hard to take.
    P5170058i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorMJ
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2014
     
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    last year for Thanksgiving weekend, I decided that I wanted to get out of town, but couldn't decide where. I went to Kayak's Explore page to see what was cheap for that time of year, but Explore's a bit crappy with getting fares for specific dates of travel (like, you know, Thanksgiving weekend). Anyway, for lack of any big deciding factor, I just went on Songkick and started querying the database for cool concerts going on anywhere in the world during Thanksgiving.

    It pretty much turned into a choice beween: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Milan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor in the UK, Sigur Ros in Helsinki, and Jose Gonzalez/Junip in Stockholm. Milan was expensive. GY!BE was sold out. I saw Sigur Ros already earlier that year. And I haven't seen Jose Gonzalez yet and flights to Sweden were surprisingly cheap. So, winner!

    Also when I used to travel more often for work, I'd definitely have some one or two week trips where the local office just takes me for granted and doesn't bother to setup any activities after hours (nor, usually, do I really want to hangout with a bunch of quasi-coworkers after hours) so the evenings and weekends for those trips can totally feel like being a solo traveler.

    (of course, before going into pros and cons, standard disclaimer about guy privilege and being able to walk around solo like it's NBD. fwiw, one of my best friends is a prolific solo female traveler and has gone by herself to Vietnam, Morocco, Guatemala, India, Japan, Colombia, etc. for weeks at a time. If you're legit curious about this and want some tips, let me know and I can hook you guys up)

    Pros - you can go wherever you want whenever you want with nobody to judge. If you want to go into a museum and blow right through it because it turns out to not be your bag, that's totally great. If you want to spend hours in a place without worrying that your companion is getting super bored, then that's totally great too! It's very easy to cover a lot of ground when it's just you. I've done big group trips with, like, five or six friends and if every decision requires some kind of conversation or consensus, and if someone wants to stop every five minutes to take a photo of a cat or some street art, that can slow you down a lot. If you're into meeting locals, it is easier to have interesting conversations with random strangers at a bus stop or in a shop when you're by yourself. Of course, this may be a con if you aren't in the mood for unsolicited conversation.

    On a bigger scale, if you spend a lot of your trip roaming around a country, it is much easier to play it by ear with regard to where you're going to go and where you're going to sleep if you only have to worry about yourself.

    Cons - It can get lonely. I usually deal ok with eating at a restaurant by myself by going to places with counter or bar service and bringing a book or writing postcards (this can also be another magnet for conversations with strangers) but going out to bars or concerts can make one feel totally isolated, especially if it's one of those places where everyone goes with their friends and one isn't naturally outgoing.

    For my Stockholm trip, a friend of my sister's is an architect who lives there with her fiance. They were out of town for most of my trip but we got to hangout for dinner for one night and that was nice as far as having someone to talk to that isn't just, "who are you? where are you from? tell me your entire life story in five minutes?" Visiting a place by yourself where there are some people that you know or are friends-of-friends can be a fun way to have to deal with the loneliness without having to sacrifice the independence of being solo.

    Also, it may sound weird and is totally a mixed bag, but it can also be interesting to use sites like OkCupid to just find people with interesting match percentages keywords in their profile and just hitting them up for local tips or a totally platonic coffee hangout thing. At the very least the site can help filter for people who are outdoorsy, like beer or bikes or think that, in a certain light, nuclear war can be very exciting. If I do this, I usually focus on just messaging other cis/het men just to reduce the sketch factor.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2014
     
    tinyhonkshus:I've done like 3-5 day solo vacations. They're pretty good in that you get to go to the places that you want to go with ZERO negotiation (which includes, like, walking an extra two blocks in a weird direction bc you don't have to worry that this was "your turn to pick the activity/place" and you don't want to impinge on your buddy's turn). Downsides are a) eating in restaurants, which for ppl like me is a big highlight, is distinctly less fun, no matter how you PMA it, b) for me at least, after a few days you start to feel kinda bummed you have nobody to share your experiences (not a dealbreaker, btw) and sometimes it gets weird just not talking to anyone for a long time, and c) there is some worry about staying out late as a lady alone.

    Also once I took a long weekend alone and I ate popcorn and fried brussel sprouts and a hot dog alone in a king size hotel bed while watching Say Yes to the Dress, and it was GREAT.

    In conclusion, would do again, though I think it depends on the destination/goal of the trip somewhat.


    marianna your a, b and c's are exactly the things i was wondering about. it gets weird not talking to anyone sometimes for just the weekend, so i was a little worried about like, a whole week. but maybe that'll force me to be more extroverted than usual? i dunno. haha and your hotel experience sounds awesome! the last 3 days of my west coast tour i was by myself in a hotel in portland. one night after a 50 mile ride through the city, i got takeout and ate it on the giant hotel bed while watching ice road truckers in my underwear and it was soooo awesome! :D

    i was thinking i'd need to plan my trip around an activity (like mountain biking! and stuff) that i don't feel awkward doing alone, that would make it easy to be out all day and would give me an excuse to talk to people.

    MJF:

    I'd recommend it overall, you don't have to worry about catering to anyone else, and if there's something you really want to do, just do it.

    true! it's better than not going on vacation, right? and i wanna GTFO of cold ass wintery boston if i have the chance

    spokenword thanks for your in depth response and for offering to get me in touch with your friend. that's super nice of you. i'd love to chat with her some time, i'll PM you my contact info :) it sounds like you have done a bunch of solo and quasi-solo traveling, and you're still booking solo trips so i think that says something. and it sounds like you, too, booked your trip around an event which helps you organize and have stuff to do. i don't think i'm ready for a solo international trip but who knows, maybe that'll be next.

    it sounds like you folks have done a good amount of solo travel, and you hit on the points i was most curious about. it sounds like solo travel is neither super awesome nor super shitty, but it makes me feel better that friends do it too and it's like, totally fine. i feel like i'm extra shy when i'm by myself, and if my trip is centered around mountain biking, i'll be alone in dude central. but, i guess i'm used to being in dude central so whatever? going to restaurants by myself is ok, i can get awkward but it'll be the off season for MTBing so i don't think it will me alone in the middle of a huge party bar or anything. and i'll be staying in the states so i won't have to deal with a language barrier or anything. just MTB dude bro speak :)


    thanks you guys so much for your responses!!Must be awful, being so fluffy.
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2014
     
    If you're planning any solo vacations and are worried about feeling lonely, just book stays in hostels. I've done two 4+ month trips, mostly solo, and have never felt alone because there's always plenty of other 'alone' people at the hostel and we hang out and find food and go see the sights together.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2014
     
    that's true, ben.

    i have to admit i've never stayed in a hostel before

    would try!Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthorpaul jameson
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2014 edited
     
    tinyhonkshus:Also I did it before phone cameras designed for selfies, so the pictures were hard to take.
    P5170058


    The future is now:



    So many tourists at the space needle were using these. Like one in twenty.You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2014
     
    Know what really grinds my gears?

    paul jameson:
    I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
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    I have seen them around MIT too.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2014
     

    can't deal with the selfie sticksMust be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2014
     
    THERE BETTER BE NO SELFIE STICKS ON MY DREAM VACAMust be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2014
     
    how was seattle, paul?Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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    5/10 probably better (7/10) in the summer. Also I was with my family which was awesome, but obviously changed the stuff that I did. (thus, I'm evaluating as a tourist only)

    The bus drivers are uncommonly nice.

    And some dude yelled at me HARD for not wanting to buy his weed.You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2014
     
    ^ I thought the space needle was way the hell cooler than expected. Nobody else agrees.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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    the space needle is pretty sweet. and its looming presence adds to the weirdo aesthetic of the city. also it was summed up by my uncle as "being famous for never having been torn down."You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2014
     
    I once saw a troop of aerial dancers rappel down the side of the Space Needle and do some kind of coordinated performance on the end of ropes. It was simultaneously baffling and stunning.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2015
     
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2015
     
    Oh shit, I've met a few of those guys. Then again, who hasn't met Squid or Mike Dee?Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)