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Forum: Alaska
Sep 16, 16, 12:04 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,273
Posted By manderwa

Icelandair out of Anchorage?

Icelandair out of Anchorage?
Forum: Japan
Aug 25, 16, 11:24 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,850
Posted By manderwa

My experience was that it was extremely rare for...

My experience was that it was extremely rare for the expressway to be closed so you're probably fine on that account. My impression was that the expressway was well maintained. Do you speak Japanese?...
Forum: Japan
Aug 24, 16, 5:27 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,850
Posted By manderwa

Haven't taken both routes, but I lived in...

Haven't taken both routes, but I lived in Toyama-ken when I was working as an English teacher. I was near the Hokuriku expressway and took it often from near Kanazawa to visit friends in Kurobe. ...
Jul 26, 16, 11:55 am
Replies: 525
Views: 239,885
Posted By manderwa

I didn't take Uber from the airport, but I had...

I didn't take Uber from the airport, but I had issues trying to get an Uber to pick me up at the Hilton last month. My ride was accepted but then I watched the car drive around in circles and then...
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By manderwa

Australian domestic security is very chill. I...

Australian domestic security is very chill. I don't think you would have any issues bringing food on board. I assume you would have a softsided cooler and an ice pack or something. Flying from Melb...
Jul 6, 16, 6:37 pm
Replies: 103
Views: 245,204
Posted By manderwa

Hi! When looking for a room in Hawaii in January,...

Hi! When looking for a room in Hawaii in January, the Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu/Kapolei came up. It sounds like it's in a new shopping center development. Anybody have thoughts on this location? I'm...
Jul 5, 16, 3:25 pm
Replies: 142
Views: 28,868
Posted By manderwa

I wouldn't be worried - the recent reviews on...

I wouldn't be worried - the recent reviews on TripAdvisor are really positive. I'm looking at a trip to Bali and I'm thinking of staying there for a few nights just because it's such a good deal.
Replies: 15
Views: 2,265
Posted By manderwa

I agree with Travel K that 4 days in Auckland...

I agree with Travel K that 4 days in Auckland seems like a long time. I was in NZ last month on a 3 night stopover on my way to Australia. I ended up taking the Intercity bus to Paihia (Bay of...
Jun 24, 16, 1:12 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,755
Posted By manderwa

I live in Seattle and got rid of my car a few...

I live in Seattle and got rid of my car a few years ago. I use the bus, light rail, Zipcar and Uber. I occasionally rent cars for weekend trips out of town. I'm thinking about buying a car in the...
Jun 24, 16, 1:09 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 8,315
Posted By manderwa

I take Bolt Bus from Seattle to Portland or...

I take Bolt Bus from Seattle to Portland or Vancouver BC occasionally. It generally runs smoothly. The customs part was quick and easy on my last trip - show passport, answer a question or two, wait...
Jun 17, 16, 11:52 am
Replies: 257
Views: 50,148
Posted By manderwa

I stayed here at the end of May right after Fish...

I stayed here at the end of May right after Fish reopened. I didn't get an upgraded room, but I was able to check in very early (about 8am) after getting in from a flight from the US so that was...
Forum: Hawaii
Apr 19, 16, 3:16 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,559
Posted By manderwa

I know you said Big Island or Kauai, but I went...

I know you said Big Island or Kauai, but I went to Maui with my BFF and her family. We stayed at the Honua Kai in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo and it was super family friendly. The unit even had a...
Mar 29, 16, 2:42 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,605
Posted By manderwa

Thanks so much for this info FlossieFlyer! I was...

Thanks so much for this info FlossieFlyer! I was looking this property for a fall vacay because it's quite cheap on the Hilton 40% off special... but I think I will keep looking!
Feb 25, 16, 4:36 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 4,420
Posted By manderwa

Even if Hilton customer service on the phone...

Even if Hilton customer service on the phone won't give you an email address, check the hotel's page on the Hilton web site - they may have an email address listed. That was my experience recently...
Forum: Japan
Feb 25, 16, 11:24 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,761
Posted By manderwa

I agree that it depends where you want to go. Can...

I agree that it depends where you want to go. Can you pay with a card at Starbucks? Yes. Can you pay with a card at the cool little coffee shop you find when you're wandering around some random...
Feb 18, 16, 6:31 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,700
Posted By manderwa

I was just looking at the list of Category 1...

I was just looking at the list of Category 1 Hilton properties. There were A LOT that I looked up on Google maps just to see where they are located! I would love to read someone's experience...
Forum: Japan
Feb 16, 16, 11:40 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,859
Posted By manderwa

I used the Hokuriku expressway when I lived in...

I used the Hokuriku expressway when I lived in Japan. I think it was officially an 80 speed limit, but generally it was cool to go about 100 if you're in a white plate car. If you're in a yellow...
Forum: Japan
Feb 12, 16, 6:01 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,859
Posted By manderwa

Not sure if cost is an issue, but when I've...

Not sure if cost is an issue, but when I've traveled by car in Japan, the price of gas plus the price of the expressway always seemed to make things more expensive than I bargained for! Of course it...
Replies: 11
Views: 1,724
Posted By manderwa

Cool - thanks for the info. From your...

Cool - thanks for the info. From your description, it sounds a lot like Bolt Bus here in the U.S. I'm not expecting anything fancy - your experience of clean and on time is reassuring. Thank you :)
Replies: 11
Views: 1,724
Posted By manderwa

InterCity bus in NZ?

Anybody have experience with taking the InterCity bus in New Zealand? I'm going to be in Auckland for a few days before heading to Australia in late May and I booked a $1 each way fare to Paihia (Bay...
Replies: 36
Views: 6,102
Posted By manderwa

Did you already book your flight? If not, I...

Did you already book your flight? If not, I would definitely recommend pricing out a multi-stop trip on Air New Zealand. I booked a flight this week for a really good price which includes US to...
Forum: Japan
Feb 10, 16, 10:21 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,478
Posted By manderwa

I don't think you have to declare anything. You...

I don't think you have to declare anything. You own the lenses. I assume that they're not brand new in boxes. I assume that you're bringing the to Japan and then bringing them back to wherever you...
Feb 9, 16, 12:42 am
Replies: 394
Views: 108,752
Posted By manderwa

No suite for me. I was there for two nights in...

No suite for me. I was there for two nights in late January - one night on a cheap prepaid rate and one night on points.
Forum: Japan
Feb 8, 16, 6:51 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,430
Posted By manderwa

I'm voting for itappy as the best name for a card...

I'm voting for itappy as the best name for a card :)

Not sure about the situation at NRT specifically, but I think they try to make you buy Suica from a machine (vs. a person) - at least that's...
Feb 8, 16, 6:48 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 4,579
Posted By manderwa

When I was flying to Japan for a summer exchange...

When I was flying to Japan for a summer exchange in high school, my friend (who was sitting a few rows back) ate all of the edamame we were served - not just the beans inside the pod. Not nearly as...
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