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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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I found tour radar was quite useful for finding different tours from non main stream companies as well as all the regulars. You can choose tours that go through a specific country or ones based in just the country you select. There are also plenty of options to weed out those that aren't suitable, such as age, duration, price, trip type, group size, dates ...


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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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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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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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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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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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A popular company that does this is Intrepid Travel. They do group tours everywhere including Europe. Just make sure you change your country of residence down the bottom of the page if it is not correct already.


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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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Yes, that is common. Sites like HomeAway have thousands of rental listings.


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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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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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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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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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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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Comparison website for tours are hard-to-find because of the unstructured nature of the industry. Flights, trains et al have fixed schedules which makes it easy for travel comparison websites to easily sort and compare things. Most online tour booking sites are listing websites as there's no standard way of representing the information, and more importantly ...


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Any particular region? Or worldwide? For example, http://www.comparelondonbustours.com/ compares, funnily enough, London Bus tours, and http://www.great-barrier-reef.au.com/ compares day trip tours to the Great Barrier Reef, in Australia.


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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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I would recommend GroupTravel. You can get group rates for airfare and hotels. We use this website to get deals on hotels for our gymnastics team. Good luck.


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Some airlines have group desks or departments which will deal with individuals. You can sometimes find the group desk contact info on the airline's website, otherwise just call their reservation center and ask for the group department. Other airlines only sell through travel agencies. In general group rates are not really that much of a bargain, you can ...


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AirBnB is one of the faster growing accommodation sites and includes large apartments with multiple bedrooms; depending on the time, and details, you may get something there.


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Try this site: hostelzoo listings for Cairns Yes I am affiliated with hostelzoo, but I took a group to the Cairns Central YHA and had a really great time. Have fun no matter where you go.


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I've traveled with friends who call the shots before - it can be a bit nerve wracking. If it's someone you know well, make it a point to voice when you'd rather skip out on the group plan for the day. Just because you travel together doesn't mean you have to spend 24hr/day together. It helps to remember the perks involved with group travel too - being able ...


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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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