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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by stopboorider » January 10, 2017 02:09 AM

Here's the official statement on the USA TSA's rules on liquids. I usually just take it as "If I don't need this with me at all times (example: medication) then it can go in the checked bag/ not go at all and I'll just buy new ones there."
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Sefria » January 10, 2017 04:23 AM

Yep. The thing on no liquids in glass containers if you can help it is more in the light of a learned-the-hard-way life-lesson that sometimes, ESPECIALLY if the glass is hand-blown with gorgeous air bubbles.... it's weaker than you think, and the pressure variance causing the liquid to expand/contract is enough (or maybe it just froze, that'd have done it, too), that it breaks.

Broken glass and liquid in your luggage is not a good thing.

Learn from my mistake!
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by stopboorider » January 13, 2017 10:19 AM

My friend tried to bring back Australian Rum in a glass container and had to throw her bag out because when it broke it just was too strong to actually clean up. Other friend put it in a plastic container and it was fine. So yeah, be wary of glass + liquids. Maybe put in a bag just to be safe, too.
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by GhostKitten » February 24, 2018 06:06 AM

Last Edited: February 24, 2018 06:16 AM

How would I, a hermit, go about finding things to do in an area which I knew I would find myself in the future? Because let me tell you how much of a problem this is: my family once visited my cousin in the L.A. area, and it didn't occur to me to see like, the walk of stars. We drove past it, that strip, and that one famous chinese theater like "oh that's neat". My mom still teases my brother and I for making a bookstore our main attraction, because it was the only place either of us found. Also, I once failed to find anything to do together with a friend when she was in my own city of Seattle for a convention, unintentionally forcing her to buy a likely very expensive day pass for me from someone on the street outside the day of. I passed a nice little park and a shopping mall in the three block walk from the bus station to the convention center. The shame is very real.

My family might be in New York for a wedding in the near future, and I don't want the same thing to happen again.
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by stopboorider » February 24, 2018 07:03 AM

So my first hack to this was I used to use Nokia Maps because for some reason, it'd manage to pull really obscure amazing places out of nowhere?? Unfortunately that's been discontinued so I just was lamenting a bit but.

First and foremost, the easiest way to find places ANYWHERE anymore is through Google Maps and Yelp.

Yelp is especially good for food, but recently has expanded to include activities as well. You can use very vague terms and keywords and still find exactly what you're looking for easily. And since it's auto populated, small businesses that don't even pay attention to the internet will show up as well. I usually use it to locate a business, then between the reviews on Yelp and the information found on the business's website/social media, make my decisions on which ones to visit.

Google Maps is both a blessing and a curse. If you zoom in enough anywhere, it'll just start populating places based on your common search results (guess who gets a bunch of gay bars showing up everywhere even though he never goes to them coughs) So it's very easy to just scroll around and find something new that's within your interests. There's also a delightful feature where you can pin places to your account as Favourites, Want to Gos, Starred Places, or even your own unique list! (I use stars for like, friends houses, and Favourites for public things I love going to.) So you can spend an entire night just scrolling around and marking places, forget about it for a few years, and then be astonished when you try to check your phone and you're suddenly surrounded by all these neat things. Con: might not be as good for people who use apple devices, unless those import. I dunno, I don't have apple products.

Looking for events specifically?? Twitter and Facebook are actually gonna be your best bets for those. It's growing more and more popular to gain hype for events and keep track of attendees on social media. (I used Seattle as an example since that's where I am.) Most places will have a VISIT! account on one or both, which will re-publish local events often. You can also just search the Events tab on Facebook now by location and date, which is really neat for finding those niche events you'd normally never hear of.

I'm looking for the best of the best, cream of the crop, or at least the super niche.
If you want to make sure you have an excellent time somewhere, try finding something on AAA. Now this catalog is gonna be far, far smaller, and probably more expensive than the usual places turning up in other searches. But AAA is extremely thorough with their reviews, so you know you're getting the best. And if you're an AAA member (something I highly recommend,) and something DOES go wrong, AAA will usually bend over backwards to correct it and make sure their review is updated ASAP.
If you're looking for something super niche to do, or just unique in general, try checking AirBnB. While previously they were just cheap stays around the world, they're now dealing with "experiences" hosted by locals and not over-established travel event companies. Again, smaller catalog, and some things might be a bit more expensive than the bigger chains, but most of the experiences on there are made by locals of their favourite things, so they're far more endearing and interesting than you'd normally get. Speaking of which...


I want a hole in the wall, true gem of the location place to go to.

Unfortunately, there's no real cheat to this on the internet other than people. The only way to find those gems is to just explore the city, and if you wanna know of them ahead of time, find people who've already done that. Trial and error finds the most sparkly of gemstones. I personally will find artists in cities I love who live there, and just wait for them to talk about food on their twitters while enjoying their content. Found a lot of neat stuff in Portland OR recently by doing that. It also might be fun to check Instagram's by location tag. Not as informative as it could be, but you can get an idea of what you're looking to find while simply scrolling.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by GhostKitten » February 24, 2018 07:28 AM

yoooo I'm sure this will help a lot! If I..ever actually.. find myself traveling again.
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by Dread » February 24, 2018 12:10 PM

Last Edited: February 24, 2018 12:11 PM

Oooh all good tips (also bless the internet for travel planning, I remember using many a travel book as a kid).

I also just want to add for events, if they are larger events sometimes the city website itself is a good resource- I know for Philly visitphilly.com is a great resource, both for events and general things to do. This will likely include more of the touristy things and less niche offerings, and will vary a lot depending on the area, but often its my first go-to to get an idea of what there is to do.

Also if you are specifically going to New York, there are often deals for students for broadway plays/musicals with rush tickets, as well as the ballet (some of these are lottery tickets which you can even do online the day before/of, but I've only managed to win that once its very difficult)- this is harder to do as a family since its often for anyone under a certain age, but if you get a chance while in New York I highly recommend seeing at least one musical or play if at all possible.
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Re: Rider's Travel Help

by GhostKitten » February 27, 2018 02:15 AM

Posted by: "Dread"

Also if you are specifically going to New York, there are often deals for students for broadway plays/musicals with rush tickets, as well as the ballet (some of these are lottery tickets which you can even do online the day before/of, but I've only managed to win that once its very difficult)- this is harder to do as a family since its often for anyone under a certain age, but if you get a chance while in New York I highly recommend seeing at least one musical or play if at all possible.

lol no one in my family is a student anymore RIP
but definitely, I will be disappointed if I can't talk my mom into taking us to at least one play/musical
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