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I'm flying into Tokyo next year for two and a half weeks and I need to know... everything. How easy is it to get around? How expensive? Is it doable on your own? I'll be with people for a portion but I would like to strike out on my own for a while. What are the best things to do? What are the big traps to avoid? Practices to observe so I don't offend anyone? HELP.
Oh hell when are you going? I may also be going next year...
 
I'm flying into Tokyo next year for two and a half weeks and I need to know... everything. How easy is it to get around? How expensive? Is it doable on your own? I'll be with people for a portion but I would like to strike out on my own for a while. What are the best things to do? What are the big traps to avoid? Practices to observe so I don't offend anyone? HELP.

Tokyo is amazing! It's clean, safe and everyone is really nice. I find it's also a lot cheaper than London, especially in terms of food and transport.

You can have a look at Time Out Tokyo for tips:
https://www.timeout.com/tokyo

The broadcaster NHK also has some online shows on Tokyo and Japan which you might want to watch before going. I quite like Japanology and Kawaii International:
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/program/?type=video&

The TeamLab Borderless exhibition in Odaiba is really great. It's more fun if you go with a bunch of people as it's quite interactive. It's very popular though so you'll have to buy tickets in advance and queue to get in, but it's worth it. We spent 2 1/2 hours in it and it wasn't enough time...
https://borderless.teamlab.art

If you're planning to go music shopping this article is quite comprehensive. You should visit Tower Records in Shibuya which is huge, also Recofan in Shibuya for second hand items. The Disk Union and BookOff chains are also good for second hand stuff, which are usually in pristine condition:
http://mostly-retro.com/2016/10/03/the-biggest-guide-to-tokyo-record-stores-on-the-internet/
 
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I'm thinking of spending the winter in Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Fuerteventure. Anyone travelled here and can give me a hint of what I can expect? How crowded are the cities and most importantly, how expensive?
 
I'm in Edinburgh on November 8th to 11th - first time here. I'm planning to participate in the walks around the city organised by my hostel but want to have a back up plan in case they turn out boring or I feel like straying away. I'm pretty much open to anything but what would recommend to be essential to see in such a short time? I'm interested in both curtural and natural landmarks.
Are there any beaches that are not far away from the city centre?
Thanks in advance!
 
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I'm thinking of spending the winter in Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Fuerteventure. Anyone travelled here and can give me a hint of what I can expect? How crowded are the cities and most importantly, how expensive?
I’ve been to both Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Both places are great as long as you rent a car for a day or two and get out of the tourist resorts. The nature and landscape is amazing on both islands, maybe even more so on Tenerife.

I’ve stayed in Santa Cruz and it was a cute city and not so touristy or crowded, it’s also close to the beautiful town San Cristobal de La Laguna. One thing to consider though is that it rains quite often in northern Tenerife. I think we had one or two rain showers daily when we were there and it was also a bit colder than in the southern parts of the island. I still preferred it though as it felt more like a real city.

On Gran Canaria we stayed in Playa del Inglés. It was very touristy and if it wasn’t for the beautiful sand dunes and that it was very gay friendly I wouldn’t recommend it. There were way more cozy villages on the north eastern parts of the island, for example Puerto de las Nieves.

Price wise I’d say both islands are quite cheap if you just plan and choose your restaurants wisely.
 
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I'm in Edinburgh on November 8th to 11th - first time here. I'm planning to participate in the walks around the city organised by my hostel but want to have a back up plan in case they turn out boring or I feel like straying away. I'm pretty much open to anything but what would recommend to be essential to see in such a short time? I'm interested in both curtural and natural landmarks.
Are there any beaches that are not far away from the city centre?
Thanks in advance!
I hope you walked up Arthur's Seat.
 
I am in the US in mid August. For the last two weeks I will be on a family holiday in Orlando (!) but the first week my partner and I want to go somewhere else beforehand. We thought about Washington and New York, but a) it's not cheap and b) It will be SO. WARM. We are thinking about going to New Orleans for a less frantic holiday, whilst still being in heat. Has anyone been and can recommend anything? We have yet to decide where to go but we are flying out from Orlando to wherever it is we choose.
 
I'm so excited to be going back to Europe for the holidays (from Canada)! Starting in London December 27 for a few days then Amsterdam for New Years followed by a couple days there! Then not sure where to go next. I have 11 days that I haven't booked yet. As long as I catch my flight home from London mid-January, can go wherever.

My top 4 is Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg but just can't decide!
 
I am in the US in mid August. For the last two weeks I will be on a family holiday in Orlando (!) but the first week my partner and I want to go somewhere else beforehand. We thought about Washington and New York, but a) it's not cheap and b) It will be SO. WARM. We are thinking about going to New Orleans for a less frantic holiday, whilst still being in heat. Has anyone been and can recommend anything? We have yet to decide where to go but we are flying out from Orlando to wherever it is we choose.

Washington is usually VERY pleasant in August. Hiking opportunities galore or even just a casual stroll through the endless amounts of parks here will be sure to keep you and your partner busy (if you guys are into that sort of thing). If you guys are planning to stay around Seattle and are into sweets, I've got a bakery itinerary lined up for you!
 
I'm so excited to be going back to Europe for the holidays (from Canada)! Starting in London December 27 for a few days then Amsterdam for New Years followed by a couple days there! Then not sure where to go next. I have 11 days that I haven't booked yet. As long as I catch my flight home from London mid-January, can go wherever.

My top 4 is Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg but just can't decide!
Budapest is awesome. Might be worth going to see Venice before it disappears...
 
I'm so excited to be going back to Europe for the holidays (from Canada)! Starting in London December 27 for a few days then Amsterdam for New Years followed by a couple days there! Then not sure where to go next. I have 11 days that I haven't booked yet. As long as I catch my flight home from London mid-January, can go wherever.

My top 4 is Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg but just can't decide!

Budapest is amazing, and Vienna is cute too. Prague is very dull beyond the old town, which you can do in a day. In Budapest, you have the baths so it can be freezing outside but you'll be toasty. It even began to snow when I was in one. The ruin bars are also a lot of fun.
 
Do you have any recommendations on where to eat, what to do and what to see in Lisbon? But also, what to avoid? I’m going there to see Madonna in January and I have never been there before.
 

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