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    Travel Plans for this Year?

    We are taking a 6 week driving trip starting the middle of June. We are going to visit friends and family in TX, KS, Iowa and Wisconsin. We will also be seeing the sights in each area. Then from WI we are going to Canada, Glacier National Park, Idaho and home. We are using a combo of Motel 6's and airbnb's. We are taking our 3 dogs. Booking was a challenge because although two of our dogs are small one is 80lbs. The longest we have ever been gone before was a month. It is way cheaper to take the car and pay for motels then to take our motorhome. 3 years ago we spent 6k on a month trip and I had to cook all the time. This time we will eat dinner out everyday and it should cost us around 5k. Anyone else have any travel plans?

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    I am booked and paid for my visit to Japan in September, my first trip to Asia so really looking forward to it. i spend my spring and summer months attending the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival in Niagara with local professional theatre as well. I love my gardens and just enjoy being home for the summer otherwise but will visit my family, of course.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    Japan is also a place I want to go. My son is moving to Saigon to teach English this summer. We will fly out to visit him in a year or 2. Since Australia is close we will stop there on the way to meet my new sister. I also want to go back to Europe to see about 4 other countries that we have not seen. We have a cruise booked in Feb. In SF there is a Chinatown and Japantown. I love Japantown because it is clean, quiet, people are really pleasant,etc. Chinatown actually makes me nervous as it is loud and chaotic.

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    Bangkok later this year....probably September/early October before the Season starts. So excited, both to visit Thailand and also by how inexpensive travel to Thailand is (once you get there, but getting there is not as pricey as I thought it would be, either). Rob

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    They have a huge huge weekend market located on the metro line. Chinatown is also fascinating. Lots of alleys full of vendors. Look for the rice bowl designation picture on restaurant signs. It is a sign of inspection and quality. Take a river ride. It is a real experience.

    Try to get to Chaing Mai. Much more fun than Bangkok. Loads of things to do. Air easiest, or maybe take overnight train.

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    Going to France with a chef group to visit Lyon and a European Food Fair and pastry championship. Our group will have our own chef coats to identify our group. We did not realize it was a trip for chefs when we booked it so we need to not speak too much and show our ignorance.

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    What do you do with the dogs, leave them in a motel room when you go sightseeing and to a restaurant?

    Our last trip was planned around Bozo, my bulldog. We planned it in the fall when it would be cool. Well, we took off and it immediately got hot. So Bo couldnt stay in the car, ever. That meant he had to stay in the motel room. But i dont trust an uncrated dog in the room because maids can come in an let them out. So we brought along a crate but guess what? Bozo barked like a maniac when crated in the room. Motel management would come down on us.

    so I had to book an Air bnb casita (spearate little house) in our destination city where the big doofus could lounge around on the sofa and sleep. He did so, he was happy, no problems for two days. We went out and saw sights while he stayed home and alept on the sofa.

    But I will not be traveling with the big lunk again.

    We miss oir little Frenchie who was a good traveler, well behaved and quiet.

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    Rob, Thailand is beautiful. The not so fun thing was the long air trip. It was 23 hours one way and 25 the other. Maybe planes have gotten faster in 20 years? The heat really bothered us too. We went in Nov which was winter but still very hot. Go see the Old President's Palace.

    IL: we usually take the 2 tiny dogs with us and leave the big guy in the room. We have left the little ones in a crate with the TV on and it's been fine too. They are all good travelers. The big dog makes traveling a lot harder but my son needed a home for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    I am booked and paid for my visit to Japan in September, my first trip to Asia so really looking forward to it. i spend my spring and summer months attending the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival in Niagara with local professional theatre as well. I love my gardens and just enjoy being home for the summer otherwise but will visit my family, of course.
    I love Asia. It will be lovely!

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    Michigan is the plan but these relatives have flaked on us before when it comes to travel plans. The Mid-Atlantic is a backup plan.

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