The EZA Travel Thread

  • @alexwhiteplays Dude thank you so much for this long response. I really appreciate it. I will make sure to check some of those things out! I am most excited about the cinnamon rolls lol. Thanks for your time!

  • @alexwhiteplays To be honest, I'm more so going to Chicago because my mom wants to visit me. So I really don't have anything in particular planned for there at all. I imagine it'll just be the standard touristy things and shopping.

    I believe a cousin is showing us around one of the days.

  • @gaarathedancingpanda Somehow I never got the notification for this, sorry! Have you been to Ellis Island yet? Also, if you want an amazing (albeit extremely overpriced) sandwich, make sure to hit up Katz's deli; it combines your love of food and your love of history!

  • @tokeeffe9 Super behind on this, but I have a few suggestions for New Orleans, a fair amount of it is food.

    Dat Dog - Great and fairly inexpensive hot dog place with a variety of different sausages from different countries, and unlimited free toppings.

    Barcadia - Depends on the night, but a pretty cool barcade in the Central Business/Warehouse district. Got a fair amount of decent games, but enjoyment really depends on what the crowd looks like. Pretty cool when you go on a weeknight and it's empty.

    District Donuts - Really good donut place. They make different, strange flavors of donuts every day. Also, good coffee.

    Angelo Brocato's - Good Cannoli and Gelato (Italian Ice Cream)

    Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar - Cool little Italian place. They do a strange mix of Italian food and American Southern food (like, their Veal Parmesan can be deep fried). Really good if you want Italian food, but are sick of the same thing over and over again. Also, they serve drinks in goblets.

    As far as activities, the World War II museum is really cool. Local Theatre is pretty dope, but I don't remember exactly who is doing what.

    For music, go to Frenchmen Street. Lots of clubs on that street, each with their own feeling, but all playing good music with legit musicians. The places on Bourbon Street are usually tourist trash bars with cover bands. Frenchmen Street has tons of great jazz. Basically any place on that street is good, but if you want a specific place, I like Maison.

    Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium are both pretty cool, but can be pricey. City Park and Audubon Park are both beautiful when the weather's nice, and are totally free. The Lakefront on Lakeshore Drive is also really beautiful, and has great waterside parks. There's a fair amount of parks along the Mississippi too, and some places you can walk along the levee.

    I am in town (just got back in this morning), so if you need help, or just want a buddy to explore the city with, feel free to hit me up. I can give you my email and stuff if you'd like.

  • Hey Everyone!

    I'm flying out for my first stop on my trip (Rome) on Wednesday! Wish me luck!

    (Also, still taking recommendations and hang-out invites for any of the places mentioned in the original post)

  • @gaarathedancingpanda If you get the chance, go to Dar Poeta, some of the best pizzas I've had in my life!

  • I'm going to Los Angeles for E3 in June, and to Seattle in July. For LA I want to go see both Koreatown and Little Tokyo. For Seattle I have less of an idea of what to do.

    If you guys have any suggestions for either Los Angeles or Seattle, I'd appreciate it.

  • I have a lot of really opinionated ideas on Seattle.

    The Seattle City Pass is a decent value if you want to do a bunch of touristy stuff. Otherwise though, skip the Space Needle. It's like 26 bucks to go up an elevator, walk around for ten min and then leave.

    Savor Seattle walking food tour is great.

    Pike Place Mkt. Eats: Get a bag of fresh mini doughnuts from Daily Dozen and your coffee from Local Color. (Yes the "first" starbucks is here, but it's a tourist trap and the coffee is still the same starbucks as everywhere else.) Steelhead Diner, Chan, Sushi Kashiba, Biscuit Bitch.

    Waterfront: Wings over Washington is right next to the Seattle Great Wheel. Skip the wheel, do WOW. I like our Aquarium, but it's on the smaller side. If you got the city pass, your Argosy harbor cruise leaves from near here. The Fisherman's restaurant has better fish, but worse chips than Ivars, but I go to Ivars for the chowder. Crab Pot is fun if you want a bunch of seafood boil dumped in front of you.

    Seattle Underground Tour in Pioneer Square is also nice.

    If you like baseball at all, go see a Mariners Game.

    Public transportation is mediocre but not too hard to find downtown. Prob easiest to get a lyft or Uber if you're heading anywhere outside of downtown though. Parking downtown is stupid. Hills, limited parking spots, expensive meters, zoned parking, etc.

    There's a lot of interesting stuff to see, Museum of Flight, Ballard Locks, Seattle Pub Library, Gas Works Park, MoPOP (previously known as Experience Music Project). Lots of hiking and boating opportunities and etc. Come look upon all our street construction and forest of cranes building new Amazon buildings. Play pinball at Shorty's. take the water taxi from downtown to West Seattle, have brunch buffet at Saltys, or lunch at Marination Ma Kai, Walk along Alki beach.

    Rent a kayak and go out on lake union or rent a canoe at the University of Washington and canoe around in the arboretum.

  • @TokyoSlim Lay 'em on me.

  • Added a few more to the list:

    • Glasgow, Scotland
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Again, suggestions welcome

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    @gaarathedancingpanda I would personally visit Gothenburg over Stockholm! (But then I am grown up there and us Gothenburgers dont like Stockholm people haha!)

    In Stockholm though I would recommend getting the Stockholm pass. It just makes traveling much smoother as you can use it on all public transportation and dont have to worry about buying tickets and what not. If not just to see the subway with its arty stations.

    I also STRONGLY recommend the Video Game Museum in Vasastan. walk around and read about the video game history as well as play some classics there. You could also take the subway to the army museum which is quite nice if you are interested in that kind of stuff.

    Gamla Stan got some really nice restaurants. Just a heads up that Sweden (and Stockholm) are quite expensive compared to other countries!

    If its a nice day also try and get to the Ericsson globe and take the lift to the top of it for a nice view over the city. Funfact: Ericsson Globe represents the sun in the worlds biggest map of our galaxy in scale.

    Lastly I would have to say (as a Swede) to go to the Abba Museum. Its kinda small though and not as grand as one might of wished, but still kinda fun to be able to say "Ive been there".

  • @Lotias said in The EZA Travel Thread:

    I also STRONGLY recommend the Video Game Museum in Vasastan. walk around and read about the video game history as well as play some classics there.

    This. If you're a gamer and anywhere near Stockholm, you're doing yourself a disservice to yourself if you don't visit this place.

  • well I was not aware of this thread when I made the other thread a couple of days ago, but if anyone else has recommendations for Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Hiroshima) I'm all ears

  • @bard91 Having been to Japan six or seven times - Really the most important thing is getting a handle on the rail system, and realizing that you're just going to be lost occasionally/frequently and just go with it. :)

    Castle cities like Tokyo are laid out so that invaders could not march straight to the castle - so the roads are not grid based. Don't expect addresses to make sense. Tokyo's address system is 99% nonsense and literally only your postman can find anything in the area by address. You either find things by GPS or by turn by turn directions from a specific subway station and specific subway station exit. "Take the A-4 exit from Shibuya stn and turn left at the street, walk 200 meters and then make a right at Lawson (a convenience store) then walk a further 70 meters and the Mori building is on the left. Restaurant is on 4F" Is a typical set of directions.

    Take lots of pics!

    Generally when I'm there, breakfast is either a pastry and coffee from the local bakery, or occasionally I'll have miso and tamago gohan at the corner cafe. This is generally going to run between 300-600 yen depending on where you're at.

    Lunch I generally like to have as my "main meal" of the day simply because even fancier restaurants many times have reasonably priced (compared to their dinner pricing) lunch sets. Last time I was in Tokyo for a week, I was splurging and lunched at Michelin Star rated restaurants for lunch almost exclusively. I basically budgeted like 2000-4000 yen for this meal and at the end of the week I had only spent about half my budget. Places like Nakajima and Tsuta are more about getting there early and being in a reasonable location in line more than about the money. Worth it though.

    Dinner was mostly stopping by the local Bento shop/supermarket for discount Bento after 8pm (Bento is usually made twice a day, for the lunch rush (12-2pmish) and dinner (5-8pmish) so if you show up between 3-5 or after 8pm, Bento is usually half off and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. Or I'd hit up a local Izakaya, ramen, curry, or donburi place. Generally speaking, this is gonna be like 800-1200 yen, max.

    So... other tips: Get a change pouch of some sort. for practicality sake - one you can open one-handed is a bonus. You may be carrying items in your other hand. You're going to have a crap-ton of coins. I generally use something like THIS. It's also a handy spot to put your subway ticket and etc. if you have one of those.

  • I am gearing up to go to Japan early next year and then again in 2020 for the Tokyo Olympics by the way. SUPER HYPE for Akira Olympics.

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  • @TokyoSlim funny to hear about the adresses but it makes a lot of sense actually, being from a country where addresses are 100% nonsense I'm used to just using GPS.

    I guess on that note, knowing that a lot of places don't take credit cards, what do you think is a good amount of cash to carry around, I know that overall Japan is really safe and not something that I should be too concerned about, but it seems like 5000-6000 yen is a good amount to carry on a daily basis.

  • @bard91 I honestly generally carry as much cash on me as I need for however long I'm going to be there. I'd rather not have to stress about being able to get a hold of money in Japan. Getting cash out of ATM's can be... inconvenient. Especially outside of Tokyo/major cities. :)

    Most Japanese bank ATM's won't work with foreign cards, so you'll have to either
    A: Find a Citibank branch and get there when the ATM is open (Yeah, ATM's that "close" are weird)
    B: Find a 7-11, who's ATM's are pretty much the only reliable ones I've found that work with non-Japanese bank cards. Obviously there's fees and such for using the ATM's both from the ATM itself, and then also potentially from your bank.

    I mean, there's instances when you don't want to have a lot of cash on you, but as long as you avoid following Nigerian touts into strange hostess bars or get cornered in an alleyway by a bunch of pissed off Yakuza whom you accidentally just hit with your bicycle there's no reason you can't just walk around with 30k yen in your wallet.

    Basically always carry enough money to get back to somewhere where you know you can get money, I guess. :)

  • Things to trust the Japanese infrastructure with:

    Things not to trust the Japanese infrastructure with:
    Pizza toppings

    You've been warned! :)

  • We're flying into Phoenix tomorrow and going to be doing a ton of hiking around Arizona over the next week. I've already got lots of things planned, but I'm always open to recommendations! It's the furthest west I've been beyond Louisiana, so it's a brand new world to me. I would especially appreciate food recommendations in Phoenix, Tucson, and anywhere else in the state if anyone knows a place I should check out.

  • Me and my friends are planning to go to spain this January. We would love to see some nice beaches with clear water and some stunning scenery. We were thinking Majorca,Ibiza and Canary Island, we are up to some adventures and experience a great nightlife in our travel. I came across this great article too here in but i wanted to hear your thoughts first. Can anyone suggest any ideas or tips? Any help is kindly appreciated :)