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A few things I'd suggest: Don't spend every waking moment together. Maybe that means one of you does the modern art gallery while the other visits the ancient history museum, or maybe that you go round a gallery at different speeds and meet in a cafe at the end Make sure you both roughly agree on the expected costs and comfort levels in advance Be prepared ...


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IMHO, driving yourself is the way to do it if you want any freedom at all once you get there. I've been to Yosemite several times - the most recent just over a week ago. The drive from the San Francisco Bay Area depends a little on where you start out, and what time of day/week you go, but if you plan for about 4 hours you'll be close to the mark. Once ...


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Thorn Tree - Travel Companions The Thorn Tree travel forum on the Lonely Planet Web site has a branch called 'Travel Companions' where you can post about your plans or current location and people can respond to it. I am reading it via RSS and have sometimes 'talked' to people who have similar plans as I, but I have not met up with anybody yet. You usually ...


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Prepare your trip together before departure. I don't mean planning every detail such as hotel booking or what to do at each place and the exact dates of moving from one place to the other. I mean discuss together about how you imagine the trip: budget or luxury, need one shower per day or once a week, travel light with time spent washing clothes or having ...


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For the truly cultural Japanese accommodation experience you need to stay in a traditional Japanese inn, called a "ryokan", but they are not cheap. I just found a website via Google to help you choose a ryokan that covers both Tokyo and Kyoto. A cheaper option which won't be as traditional but will give you more cultural immersion than a hotel is to stay ...


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Just go with the flow - make sure you (and your wife) are self sufficient, so if a plan someone else is managing goes wrong, you now you two can still have fun. This can take a lot of the worry out of organised events. Alternatively, just work to a couple of meeting points through the day, say lunch and dinner, and do your own thing until then, just meeting ...


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Use Mifi Mifi is a device that able to host a Wifi connection using 3G card. Small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to bring the Internet to your whole family wherever your wireless phone goes - no cables required. Just power it on and instantly connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.


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You need to find out before travelling what sort of a traveller or experience your travel mate has. You may be okay with living in the cheapest hostel you can get, but your mate might not. Too often it's easy when one of the partners has more travelling experience that the other person will leave the planning up to you and then not be happy about a different ...


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The problem with arranging a group trip involving anyone other than close friends is that you (as the organiser) can easily be left out of pocket or worse if things go wrong; people can and will cancel at the last minute, pull out without telling you, miss their flights, trash their rooms etc. leaving you with the liability. That's why I'd recommend using a ...


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I've been unable to find anything that is definitively less than 20 people, but there are a few promising options. Day trips between Boston and New York typically leave around 7 a.m. and bring you back to your starting city around anywhere between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. (that's scheduled only - do expect delays due to traffic and construction, as the entire ...


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I haven't used the site specifically for Cairns, but I have found some great places using the Stayz http://www.stayz.com.au/ website. You can usually find a variety of places (large house, guest accommodation or cabins etc.) to cater for a larger group. The prices are generally better than a typical hotel or hostel, the people are generally nicer and the ...


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Search for "wifi tethering". There are some apps that turn your phone into a wifi hotspot in android app market, but i have also seen dedicated devices who are essentially wifi+3g modem+battery in one box. see also the section about carrier contracts at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethering


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I agree with all previous answers, but I want to add another important problem that I recently encountered and which I think should be discussed before a big trip. I think before going to a big trip with a travel mate one should also talk about the safety level that each traveler expects. The subjective safety can vary heavily and if you do not agree on a ...


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Your question is a little confusing. You're asking about staying in Tokyo, but there are no hot spring inns ("ryokan," as others have already pointed out) that I know of in Tokyo. In Tokyo, your best bet for an authentic Japanese experience would probably be one of the guesthouses. You could, however, find ryokan in Kyoto, although that city is not ...


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Since you are Italian, you may want to give Avventure nel mondo a try. It is a well known site that perfectly fits your needs. If I can give you a piece of advice, don't understimate travelling alone. It's one of the best ways to meet other people during your trip, not only other travellers but local people too. Being alone makes you more responsive to ...


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There are absolutely groups whose primary purpose is to meet up at malls and walk. Google has this information: here are some examples: Avalon Mall Walkers Burlington Ontario List of programs in the Greater Toronto Area Article giving some examples


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More likely it was a group that happens to go to a mall to walk, as well as other events. For example, you can look in a city on meetup.com for social groups. I've joined a few in Vancouver. Several of them will advertise walks - be it around the waterfront, a hike, or quite likely indoors. Indeed, a google search will reveal a few - for example, this ...


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Contiki is another company that does group trips, though for a limited age range (18-35). They have tours on several continents, including Europe. I haven't personally used them, but know of people who have and they were very happy with the trip. They called it exhausting, but the time of their life.


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I don't know if my experience with group ticketing for airplanes is of any use to you, however I'm going to share it. Every year I take groups of students for language courses abroad and I always face the problem of getting the lowest tariff possible while having everybody on the same plane (they are minors and I can't risk their getting in trouble). What I ...


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Very good question! I lost my share of (good) friends because of travel together for a longer period. As @hippitrail said traveling is a great relationship validator! Some things I can suggest: Do short trips before going on a long trip Don't fall in love while traveling. This is definitely a deal breaker! Agree on whether or not you accept other travel ...


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When I visited Barcelona some years back, I came across Apartments Ramblas. It is a search engine primarily for apartments in Barcelona. If you change the city to Madrid though, you get suggestions as well. The options are self-catering btw.


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Some more ideas Dopplr.com (for user generated content reviews on destinations, share your plans with others, get notifications if plans overlap) Location aware services like foursquare or Facebook check-in perhaps? (But depends on people you already know, are "Friend"ed with) CouchSurfers "A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with ...


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Key in such situations is to "live and let live". I think it is normal to require some personal time. Some need it more then others and sometimes even an individual needs a lot of personal time one day, only to fully enjoy the group the other day. Instead of you making the focal point by expressing the need for personal time, just state that everybody ...


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http://www.yha.com.au/ Used it myself for Cairns. Update: Youth Hostelling Association of Australia. Low cost accomodation, mostly dorms/shared. I used it myself as a single traveller but shared a dorm with 3 others. One bathroom in the dorm. Food/catering is extra, not included. I suggest it as you are a large group so this could suit you if you ...


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Although I can vouch for how awesome Contiki is, I can understand that the price-point is higher than you'd spend on your own. As Mark Mayo pointed out, it's really easy to find where the party is at in Australia. Nearly all of the top-rated hostels found on HostelWorld will be a party with a bar and sometimes a club. I stayed at Base Hostel in Melbourne ...



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