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Where Should I Go In Late August? Help!  
User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3745 times:

I have the ability to spend about 7-9 days traveling with my girlfriend in Late August/Early September.

I know many of you have been to places all over the world and I'd like a little advice about where we should go.

I'm trying to keep the ticket price for each person to a max of $1,400 USD.

We love beautiful beaches, but by no means limited to that. We like going out to eat, doing a little shopping and looking at pretty scenery.

I would be departing DFW. (Also, I'd preferably like to leave the country -- I love using my passport)

Any ideas of great places you have been to and would recommend would be much appreciated.

Thanks!


Christopher W Slovacek
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User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3073 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

Fly an AA MD-80 to FAT and go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada backcountry. Do something out of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite and maybe the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon. You won't be sorry.

You'll get plenty of granite "beaches" along the stunning alpine lakes under granite peaks at 10,000 feet.


User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3258 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Thread starter):

but by no means limited to that. We like going out to eat, doing a little shopping and looking at pretty scenery.

I think you would love Prague,sorry no beach, Ticks all your other boxes.
Lived there for 3 months on a work detail,great people, fab old world buildings and atmosphere.  



you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3719 times:

I think you should take a trip to SJU. It is actually better to go in December-January for best weather, but it is worth visiting. There are Caribbean beaches, historical buildings, natural parks and unique animals... I just came back from there 10 days ago (my sister lives there) and ti was a lot of fun!  

Flew AA606 on the way there and AA1549 on the way back. I think there are two daily flight from DFW, but maybe even three. DFW-SJU is about 4 and a half hours  


User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3717 times:

Thanks for the responses folks.. I will be researching these.. the more options the better so more are welcome.


Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3710 times:

I came up with some options that I've experienced 1st hand or heard about 2nd hand  

I used dohop to search for flights.

Option 1
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

Price: 1403 $ per person
Flight # 1: CO 1218 Dallas Ft Worth - Newark
Flight # 2: LH 7698 Newark - Barcelona (codeshare)
Flight # 3: LH 6754 Barcelona - Las Palmas (codeshare)
Flight # 4: JK 5041 Las Palmas - Madrid
Flight # 5: CO 63 Madrid - Newark
Flight # 6: UA 1220 Newark - Dallas Ft Worth

Option 2
Hong Kong, HKSR, China.

Price: 1042 $ per person
Flight # 1: UA 3538 Dallas Ft Worth - Chicago O'Hare
Flight # 2: UA 895 Chicago O'Hare - Hong Kong
Flight # 3: UA 862 Hong Kong - San Francisco
Flight # 4: UA 838 San Francisco - Dallas Ft Worth

Option 3
Sydney, Australia.

Price: 1191 $ per person
Flight # 1: QF 7 Dallas Ft Worth - Brisbane
Flight # 2: QF 7 Brisbane - Sydney
Flight # 3: QF 8 Sydney - Dallas Ft Worth

Option 4
Auckland, New Zealand.

Price: 1153 $
Flight # 1: UA 5394 Dallas Ft Worth - Los Angeles
Flight # 2: NZ 5 Los Angeles - Auckland
Flight # 3: NZ 6 Auckland - Los Angeles
Flight # 4: UA 5549 Los Angeles - Auckland

Option 5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Flight # 1: CO 5267 Dallas Ft Worth - Houston G Bush
Flight # 2: CO 129 Houston G Bush - Rio de Janeiro Galeao
Flight # 3: CO 128 Rio de Janeiro Galeao - Houston G Bush
Flight # 4: CO 5248 Houston G Bush - Dallas Love

Option 6
Seoul, Korea Rep.

Price: 1206 $
Flight # 1: UA 837 Dallas Ft Worth - San Francisco
Flight # 2: UA 893 San Francisco - Seoul Incheon
Flight # 3: UA 892 Seoul Incheon - San Francisco
Flight # 4: CO 6839 San Francisco - Dallas Ft Worth (codeshare)

Option 7
Muscat, Oman

Price: 1316 $
Flight # 1: KL 670 Dallas Ft Worth - Amsterdam Sciphol
Flight # 2: KL 441 Amsterdam Sciphol - Doha
Flight # 3: KL 441 Doha - Muscat
Flight # 4: KL 442 Muscat - Doha
Flight # 5: KL 442 Doha - Amsterdam Sciphol
Flight # 6: KL 669 Amsterdam Sciphol - Dallas Ft Worth

Option 8
Rome, Italy

Price: 1370 $
Flight # 1: BA 4492 Dallas Ft Worth - Chicago O'Hare (codeshare)
Flight # 2: BA 1568 Chicago O'Hare - Rome Fiumicino (codeshare)
Flight # 3: BA 1584 Rome Fiumicino - New York Kennedy (codeshare)
Flight # 4: BA 4343 New York Kennedy - Dallas Ft Worth (codeshare)

You just look for these city pairs on dohop.com and the cheapest option comes first.  

Rgds,
Sveinn Th.



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1690 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

You'll be dying in MCT in August due to the heat !!!

Why not go for SXM ? Great beaches (remember Maho beach and landing aircraft) and great shopping...after a few days, you could also visit STT and/or SJU ?



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlinemegassan From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

Whatever you do, don't think of the Middle East in August - It's unbearable, the heat, the sand, the dust and the humidity...

And if it's 7-9 days only, you wouldn't want to spend 2 of them flying, would you? So target a max of 8-10 flight max...How about BOB, it's paradise on earth....pretty pricey thought (hotel and food), but there are good deals online for a full package, not much of shopping to be honest, a LOT of breathtaking scenery, and a lot of seafood
..you'd fly out of LAX on TN (only available option I'm afraid)..I am doing it in Apr, happy to report back when I am done...

I'd also recommend London, its about the Olympic time, so the city would be filled with lots of entertainment and festivity. you wouldn't find tickets to the events thought, but the atmosphere would be magical. For a day in the beach, hop into a train and head to Blackpool, nice beach (but not world class), but does the trick...Shopping is of course abundant, food even more so....

If all fails, take a globe sphere, give it a good spin, point your finger blindfolded and pack your bags and go...(hope you don't pick the middle of the pacific), if you end up in a crappy place, well "best of 3" is always an option  

Best of luck choosing,,, the world is full of possibilities....and somehow, sometimes, that isn't enough....


User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3612 times:

SRQKEF,

Great response.. That was incredible detail you gave me. I appreciate it and will look into some of those options!



Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3611 times:

If I go to Hong Kong, how many days would y'all recommend? Is it easy to hop over to somewhere like Macau, Shanghai, etc?

And no, it doesn't matter how far it is....I love heavies and flying  Smile

[Edited 2012-01-25 13:19:41]


Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3603 times:

I'm really liking the Hong Kong suggestion. What all is there to do there? Can I explore the city in 2-3 days and then go to Shanghai for 2-3 days?

Does this sound like a decent idea?



Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlinemickey90 From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3601 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 9):
If I go to Hong Kong, how many days would y'all recommend? Is it easy to hop over to somewhere like Macau, Shanghai, etc?

And no, it doesn't matter how far it is....I love heavies and flying

First time I was in HK I stayed there for 9 days and I found it to be the perfect amount of days. I had time for sightseeing, shopping, a visit to Macau and lots more. In August the weather is also perfect for a day on the beach in HK.

You can easily reach Macau with a speedboat, it only takes an hour, or you can take a helicopter. Also, there's no need to book tickets in advance for the trip to Macau, at least for the speedboat.

If you go to Macau, don't even consider not jumping bungy from the Macau tower  



It's better to be in the air wishing you were on the ground than being on the ground wishing you were in the air
User currently offlinemickey90 From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3598 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 10):
Can I explore the city in 2-3 days and then go to Shanghai for 2-3 days?

Well the second time I was in HK I was only there for 5 days and I thought it was not enough so I think you should stay there a bit longer, at least 7 days. I would skip the Shanghai trip for this time and instead focus on HK, Macau and Shenzen, which you can reach with the MTR. There's so much to see and do in HK so I think you would regret yourself if you would go for less than 7 days.

[Edited 2012-01-25 14:14:27]


It's better to be in the air wishing you were on the ground than being on the ground wishing you were in the air
User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Thread starter):
Option 4
Auckland, New Zealand.

I'd avoid New Zealand in August. Cold and wet. You could go for the skiing but unless you were a year-round skiing fanatic you could do better elsewhere.

I'd look for a bargain flight to Tuscany. There are nice beaches there too.


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 8):

No problem! Glad it helped.  
Quoting aklrno (Reply 13):
I'd look for a bargain flight to Tuscany. There are nice beaches there too.

Yes, Tuscany is beautiful. Went to Florence, Siena and stayed at a small 4* hotel in Radda, Italy. Flew into FLR on the LH CityLine ARJ, some heavy braking and powerful takeoff on the way back!

Rgds,
Sveinn



Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Thank you everyone for your thoughts on the matter. I found a heck of a deal and booked a week-long trip with the lady to RAR. We are taking the once weekly service from LAX.

Overall, my flights will be like this: DFW-SFO-LAX-RAR-LAX-SFO-DFW on UA and NZ.

We are really looking forward to it. I got tickets all in for $1,111.05 each.

If anyone has any advise on RAR, I'd be happy to hear it. We are planning on visiting Aitutaki as well.



Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineLAXLocal From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

Is that ticket price because of the specific routing? It includes the flight to RAR too ?

That's a heck of a cheap fare.. I might even plan something down to New Zealand for that price.


LAXLocal



LAXLocal
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

I can recomend you

Colombia, go some days to Cartagena, than 2 days to Medellin and 2 days to Bogota it will be a perfect vacation!
Good food, great people, super beaches!

Peru, also August is not perfect I can highly recomend it, 3 days Lima (for me the best food in the world! and belive me I love to eat....), 3 days Cusco and Machu Pichu, and than 3 days to the north to Mancora Beaches or even better go to the amazonean jungle in Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado.

cheers
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

Think Central America. AA flies to a host of Central American nations from DFW.

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