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The Travel Experiences Thread

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  • Moderators, Education Moderators Posts: 29,896 Mod ✭✭✭✭ randylonghorn


    ... like the idiot I am ...
    I forgot to quote this in case you deleted it, it's not often we get you to admit it! :pac:
    MOAR
    Great Wall of China obviously, second one is Hong Kong or Beijing?


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,973 ✭✭✭✭ challengemaster


    Great Wall of China obviously, second one is Hong Kong or Beijing?
    Second is HK...

    I kinda feel bad, I'm posting so much here >_>


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,164 Konata


    Second is HK...

    I kinda feel bad, I'm posting so much here >_>

    Whisht! You're photos are teh awesome, and EXACTLY the sorta stuff I was looking for in this thread :)

    Keep posting! Seriously wanna go to China now :p


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,552 Bobalicious93


    Haven't really been anywhere special, Manchester, London, Madrid, and a couple of sun holidays to Lanzarote..
    Apart from that there's just the school trip to Belgium/Germany/Holland I went on in March...

    Havent got any great pictures, these are the best I've got...

    Brussels
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    Highlights of Brussels trip were the Wiener Bus:
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    And the Ass Plate:
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    The next day we went to the Lindt factory in Cologne, which is literally built on the Rhine (at least I think it's the Rhine, but I honestly don't know :o)...

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    GIANT MILKA COW :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 73 ✭✭✭ MsDarcy


    Spent under a month doing the thai islands(phi phi, phuket, koh tao, koh samui, koh phangan) and bangkok - def wana do all of south east asia next year its amazing - favourite islands were Koh Phi Phi (don) close by is phi phi leh but no one inhabits it (its where the beach was filmed -its even more beautiful in real life!!) and also Koh Phangan we did the full moon party which was drunk and messy but we went to other parts of the island which were amazing (bottle beach and another place i cant spell)

    Stayed at the end of a quiet beach on phi phi in a hut at the foot of a giant mountain which had monkey caves - every morning the monkeys came down on our hut and stole anything we left outside - they were crazy - heres a pic from window/door ...

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    pic from the lagoon near maya beach i.e "the beach" -we got life jackets and just floated around here for ages and had the craic


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    and of course the Full Moon experience - i made it out alive - just barely :p


    and also a much nicer part of Koh Phangan ...bottle beach
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    Under a month was a great first start to travelling - makes you realise what level of hygiene/sanitation you can handle and the type of people you wana travel with and the greatest of all? spent less then people who went on drinkin 2 week hol to crete :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,973 ✭✭✭✭ challengemaster


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    Pic from inside the louvre....if you manage to spot anything wrong with the photo...it's because there's at least 10 photos merged to get rid of silly people in the way. Probably somewhere in the region of 2 hours in photoshop... so I'm fairly happy with it now :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,109 QueenOfLeon


    Anyone whos been interrailing, how much do you reckon the whole thing cost? And what route did ye take? Trying to figure out if I can afford it or not next year :P


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,164 Konata


    Anyone whos been interrailing, how much do you reckon the whole thing cost? And what route did ye take? Trying to figure out if I can afford it or not next year :P

    I did it last year - cost about 1200-1300 altogether.

    Twas awesome.

    Route: Budapest - Krakow - Prague - Dresden - Berlin - Amsterdam - Bruges - Brussels - Home. 4 weeks altogether.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,109 QueenOfLeon


    Hotaru wrote: »
    I did it last year - cost about 1200-1300 altogether.

    Twas awesome.

    Route: Budapest - Krakow - Prague - Dresden - Berlin - Amsterdam - Bruges - Brussels - Home. 4 weeks altogether.

    Thankees! :) Any chance you could be even awesomer and give us an estimate of the breakdown of that, flights, trains, accommodation? :P


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,164 Konata


    Thankees! :) Any chance you could be even awesomer and give us an estimate of the breakdown of that, flights, trains, accommodation? :P

    The things I do for you :p

    Now this is all off the top of my head but as far as I can remember:

    Interrail ticket: 240 euro (the one that allows you to travel on any 10 days within 21 days)
    Flights: Eh, it was about 50 over to Budapest and 35ish back from Brussels I think.
    Accomodation: 300-350. Shít gets expensive once you hit Berlin/Amsterdam >_< You can get awesome hostels in Budapest & Krakow for 8 euro a night :D

    General spending money: 800-900 for 4 weeks.

    Budget for the maximum cost for everything as a precaution - it's much nicer to come home with 300 euro rather than run out of money with a week left to go.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,109 QueenOfLeon


    Knew you came in useful at times Ho :P Cool cool, time to start saving!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭ Pigwidgeon


    Hotaru when you were interrailing, did you have to pay much for supplements and reservations on the trains? Can you just pay them at the station, or do you have to do it online or something?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,164 Konata


    We didn't have to pay supplementals, solely because we didn't use any trains that required them - ie night trains or super high speed trains (like the Thalys etc.) There's plenty of normal, day trains going around and we didn't feel like we wasted time on them or anything - which is a reason why many people go for night trains. However, we met so many people who told us the night trains are a disaster. It's very difficult to sleep, you have to pay extra and practically sleep clutching your belongings as they are high targets for thieves. So not worth imo.

    Regarding reservations: when you're looking at the train timetables online and searching connections etc. the info beside the train will tell you if you have to reserve it or not. We ended up only needing to reserve one train - from Budapest to Krakow and you book it at the station. I can't remember the exact cost of reserving a seat but I think it was the equivalent of about 2 euro each? Obviously you can reserve every train if you wish but it's not really necessary and a waste of money. There was 10 of us travelling together and we never had problems getting a seat on any of our trains. Just watch out for the ones where reservation is compulsory!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭ Pigwidgeon


    Ah i see, thanks. I'll try and avoid the night trains so, they don't sound the best, going with the 10 day pass so was planning to get them but they sound like more hassle than they're worth. Now to start saving and try and decide where to actually go and whatnot.

    Did you have any issues getting hostels when you were there or had you booked it before you left?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,164 Konata


    kateos2 wrote: »
    Ah i see, thanks. I'll try and avoid the night trains so, they don't sound the best, going with the 10 day pass so was planning to get them but they sound like more hassle than they're worth. Now to start saving and try and decide where to actually go and whatnot.

    Did you have any issues getting hostels when you were there or had you booked it before you left?

    We booked hostels for the first 2 destinations before we left and then booked the majority of the others along the way - like, 2 or 3 days before we planned to arrive there. We didn't book a hostel in Dresden or Bruges and spent hours in both places walking around looking for a hostel :( Very frustrating, tiring, boring and it made everyone cranky >_< Then in Amsterdam we left it very late to book a hostel and only very expensive ones were left. We all agreed that booking hostels in advance was the way to go - yes it takes out a little of the spontaneity but it's MUCH preferable to wasting half a day dragging bags around a city trying to find somewhere to stay and then paying way more than you would have if you'd book :0


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,590 ✭✭✭ Pigwidgeon


    Thanks a million :) I'm sure I'll think of plenty more questions to pester you with before I actually go :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,164 Konata


    I'm free to answer all and any :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,109 QueenOfLeon


    Thought I'd dig up this thread!

    Few pictures from London a few weeks ago. Pictures aren't the greatest as it was pouring rain the first day so I couldn't take too many, and my poor camera is being held together with bits of paper =P

    Buckingham Palace:
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    Big Ben and Houses of Parliament across the river:
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    I randomly found out that the ceremony for the Queen's birthday was 2 weeks after I was there, and there were rehearsals on during the week I was there...it was really cool!
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    Kate and Williams ACTUAL CARRIAGE!! Ahh!! :o It was on display in the Royal Mews.
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    Kensington Palace:
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    Windsor Castle: (obsessed with Royals? Not at all...)
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    Trafalgar Square, with a countdown to the Olympics in the corner:
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    Tower of London: (I meant to get a picture of this from across the river, but didn't get the chance. The buildings that make it up are really lovely, but this pic is from a really bad angle)
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    View of the Tower Bridge from inside the Tower of London:
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    Aaaand...I really like this photo =)
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  • Registered Users Posts: 713 ✭✭✭ Cherry Blossom Girl


    Fad wrote: »
    Vietnam is a beautiful country. People are friendly, money is amusingly worthless, scenery is lovely. Food is hideous.

    PLEASE share more about Vietnam! I'm slightly obsessed with that countey, can't wait to go there some day! What part did you visit?
    Edit: Didn't realise this thread was so old, sorry :o

    Edit I've been to France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, the US, the UK and Hungary. Nowhere very exotic :o
    Most recent was Budapest, in January. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it definitely surpassed it! Even though it was fairly cold when I was there (about -2 to -4 during the day, apparently it was -20 the week before :eek:) I really enjoyed it. It's a gorgeous city with some amazing achitechture and history. I found the people generally friendly and helpful, and welcoming towards tourists. There's loads of museums and interesting touristly stuff to do there, and most of the museums are quite cheap if not free. Shopping is good too, many of the same clothes shops as Ireland, except bigger with better selection :D
    There's loads of good restaurants too and food is generally cheaper than here. The public transport is also great - always punctual and relatively cheap. I found it a little funny seeing how well they manage in cold conditions when Ireland basically comes to a standstill at the first sign of snow :rolleyes:
    I miss Budapest. If I were to go again, I'd wait until Spring or Autumn when it's warmer. I'll add some pics when I locate them!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,586 Healium


    Oh god.. when I read threads like this... I realize that I won't be going to college for a long, long time :pac: Just... a few MOAR gap years to travel ;)

    Never went on a foreign family holiday, but I've been to Paris and Barcelona with my school.

    Paris was absolutely beautiful. Didn't like the people so much! Drivers were a bit mental, too. Other than that, I loved it. We only did very tourist-y things, but I'd love to go back some time and just hang out. I remember one evening we went to eat in this tiny little arts square, think it was near Montmartre, and it was just totally idyllic. Artists everywhere, totally chill atmosphere, beautiful evening, and a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.

    Don't remember a whole lot about Barcelona. We spent more time just hanging out as a class than paying attention to the city. We did however go on a bus tour, and I remember some of the architecture being fascinating. La Sagrada Familia is one of the most wonderfully strange and beautiful buildings I've ever seen. Shocking to think that it still won't be finished in our lifetimes. I was DYING To go up in the elevator, but we didn't have time.

    (Not my pic, but for anyone who doesn't know what it looks like...)

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    Whatever about the French drivers, the Spanish are a million times worse. You'd be afraid to cross the street sometimes :pac: I remember we walked to the beach one day, stopped for a Cornetto every 5 mins (it was very, very warm for an Irish person!). Beach was grand, but there's a massive dip after you go in a couple of feet. One minute the water is around your ankles, the next you're neck-deep :D Port Aventura was deeeeeeeadly, as expected. I think we spent more time having a laugh in the hostel than sight-seeing :/ Can barely remember what we did. We went to Newcamp, but I've no interest in soccer, so I didn't give a toss :rolleyes:

    Still haven't gotten my photos developed from either trip (2nd year + TY)

    Moving to the UK before July. Going to London for a day in July. Hoping to go to Gamescom in Cologne later this year. Also hoping to go to PAX Prime in Seattle. I can't see myself doing anything other than inter-railing next summer.

    Need. MOAR. Travels.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,893 Davidius


    So I went to Poland once on a secondary school trip. They spoke Polish there.


  • Registered Users Posts: 584 Skintwin


    Went to England last weekend, and the one thing i noticed is that everybody is so much more positive than everyone over here! And that the public transport is so much more organised and reliable than it is here, I think that maybe we'd be best off with a few different bus companies running city services so maybe then they'd actually be on time!!
    I do love going to England :P


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,116 ✭✭✭ Salty


    Anyone else ever get really sick on a holiday?:o


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 7,417 Mod ✭✭✭✭ **Timbuk2**


    I had a brilliant time in London. It was my 3rd time there, and it's impossible to get sick of London.

    Trafalgar Square:
    Countdown to the Olypmics thing:
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    Why wouldn't you go for a dip in the fountain?
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    Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
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    Views from the London Eye (sorry for the amount of them!)
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    Philip and Lizzie:
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    Nemsis Inferno in Thorpe Park (amazing!)
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    Stealth - 0 to 80mph in 1.8 seconds - now I know why they call it 'breakneck speed'
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    SAW The Ride - scared the bejaysus of me - very slow vertical incline followed by beyond vertical drop
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    Tower Bridge
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    Tower of London
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    Would seriously recommend London to anyone who hasn't been!

    Has anyone been to Berlin and would recommend it? We're thinking of there for a weekend trip next year!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,109 QueenOfLeon


    Has anyone been to Berlin and would recommend it? We're thinking of there for a weekend trip next year!

    Yes! I loved it, I have posted about it...somewhere...

    Found it...from here onwards :)


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 7,417 Mod ✭✭✭✭ **Timbuk2**


    Yes! I loved it, I have posted about it...somewhere...

    Found it...from here onwards :)

    LOL I'm an idiot to have missed that - thanks, that's really great!

    How long did you stay for? Is Berlin safe? We were thinking of Barcelona also but from reading on the internet it seems that Barcelona is rife with pickpocketers (it's probably the same with any city if you look touristy, but Barcelona seems notorious for it).

    And the Generator Hostel in London was extremely nice and I was surprised how clean it was (given I've never stayed in a hostel before, I was expecting worse!). The only problem was there was no air conditioning in the rooms, but it was unusually hot for London!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,109 QueenOfLeon


    LOL I'm an idiot to have missed that - thanks, that's really great!

    How long did you stay for? Is Berlin safe? We were thinking of Barcelona also but from reading on the internet it seems that Barcelona is rife with pickpocketers (it's probably the same with any city if you look touristy, but Barcelona seems notorious for it).

    And the Generator Hostel in London was extremely nice and I was surprised how clean it was (given I've never stayed in a hostel before, I was expecting worse!). The only problem was there was no air conditioning in the rooms, but it was unusually hot for London!

    We wouldn't have noticed air con since it was in January :P We found it grand, I'm always aware on undergrounds or in crowds just to keep an eye on your bag, didn't think there was anything unusual and none of us got anything stolen :) Of course the time we were there would have been quieter than usual but it was still busy enough!

    Stayed for 3 nights, worked out very cheap, flights are usually expensive but we managed to catch them on a sale day!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,498 Jamie Starr


    Countdown to the Olypmics thing:
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    Sorry to bring this up, but does that Olympics symbol look like Barney the Dinosaur sexually harassing Baby Bop to anyone else?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,361 bythewoods


    Tim, would definitely recommend Berlin! Such a wonderful city to visit! I was there in January as well. SO much to see and do, just brilliant!

    I got my flights for €60 return or something like that in a sale in December. Originally I was going to fly over on my own to meet my friend who was living there at the time, but 2 of my friends decided to come along too, so we all ended up booking our flights at different times. One waited until the week of the flight and ended up spending €200ish on his flights, so would definitely recommend keeping an eye on the Ryanair sales.

    Hostel-wise, there are loads of really cool, themed hostels in Berlin - we stayed in a pirate-themed one for one of the nights and it was only around €13 or something ridiculously good like that. Very fun times. Also, I felt completely safe there, but as QoL said you'd probably have to keep an eye on your stuff on the trains or whatever... as you would anywhere really.

    Yes. Go to Berlin. Do it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,498 Jamie Starr


    Well, today was a bit strange. I felt like I was packing for someone else, it really hasn't sunk in that I'm going anywhere tomorrow night/early Monday morning. I'm always so absent minded about these things.

    Has anyone here got experience with Amsterdam? Recommend sights to see or excursions to partake in? Apart from the mandatory 'hookers n' blow' combination.

    Obviously for the first week or so I'll be just getting my shizzle together, but after that I've got a bit of time to go exploring before college starts.

    So boards, do what you will.....


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