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As per a great suggestion from Joe, here are the links to each city's TR:
Israel: Part 1
Israel: Part 2 (very short)
Israel: Part 3 - Eilat
Israel: Part 4 - Ein Gedi/Dead Sea
Madrid
(Pics from Israel and Madrid)
Barcelona
Seville
Gibraltar
Rome
Florence
Pisa
Venice
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Trip planning thread: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=37776.0
There you can find all the info about how I booked what. May take some searching in there.
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #165 on: October 29, 2014, 01:51:10 PM »
Thanks for the awesome trip report! I noticed you made comments how you wouldn't recommend certain modes of transportation if you have a lot of luggage. How did you manage going from place to place even with the luggage you had? Did you go straight to the hotel for early check-in/storage of luggage and then go about your day?

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #166 on: October 29, 2014, 02:04:48 PM »
Thanks for the awesome trip report! I noticed you made comments how you wouldn't recommend certain modes of transportation if you have a lot of luggage. How did you manage going from place to place even with the luggage you had? Did you go straight to the hotel for early check-in/storage of luggage and then go about your day?
YW. I really have to do more of it. We basically always went from the airport via cab to the hotel. I don't think we ever had an issue of being there too early and having to store bags. I mean I'd have to look through my calendar/notes to confirm, but I don't think we ever landed at like 8AM and were at a hotel by 9. It was always in the afternoon or evening that we landed, so they were okay with letting us into the rooms. In terms of going from the hotel back to the airport, we usually tried to take public transportation.

Our logic was that at the airport, the info desk may know where your hotel is, but they don't necessarily know the best public transportation route. Plus, we're always antsy after a flight just to get to the hotel. On the return, though, the hotel always knows where the airport is and the best/cheapest ways to get there, so it was easier to plan the return journey with the front desk clerk the night before departure than it was to plan the trip in the busy airport with some info clerk who doesn't really know the best way to get where you need to go, although we did ask a bunch of info desks on our trip - and ended up just taking cabs. :)

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #167 on: October 29, 2014, 02:38:31 PM »
YW. I really have to do more of it. We basically always went from the airport via cab to the hotel. I don't think we ever had an issue of being there too early and having to store bags. I mean I'd have to look through my calendar/notes to confirm, but I don't think we ever landed at like 8AM and were at a hotel by 9. It was always in the afternoon or evening that we landed, so they were okay with letting us into the rooms. In terms of going from the hotel back to the airport, we usually tried to take public transportation.

Our logic was that at the airport, the info desk may know where your hotel is, but they don't necessarily know the best public transportation route. Plus, we're always antsy after a flight just to get to the hotel. On the return, though, the hotel always knows where the airport is and the best/cheapest ways to get there, so it was easier to plan the return journey with the front desk clerk the night before departure than it was to plan the trip in the busy airport with some info clerk who doesn't really know the best way to get where you need to go, although we did ask a bunch of info desks on our trip - and ended up just taking cabs. :)

Thanks. I'm eagerly awaiting as I'm planning Spain, Italy, and Switzerland for the end of December!

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #168 on: October 29, 2014, 04:16:47 PM »
Thanks. I'm eagerly awaiting as I'm planning Spain, Italy, and Switzerland for the end of December!
Hey, at least I finished Spain! ;)

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #169 on: November 09, 2014, 11:10:02 PM »
Somebody seems to be trying to make some $$ off of his DDF knowledge from some innocent college kids...
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What's $150 ?

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #170 on: November 09, 2014, 11:13:54 PM »
Somebody seems to be trying to make some $$ off of his DDF knowledge from some innocent college kids...
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Does that bother you? Good for him!

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #171 on: November 09, 2014, 11:22:56 PM »
Does that bother you? Good for him!
depends how he does it... Lots of what he did wouldn't be advisable for most college kids who will probably destroy their credit scores because they can't dedicate quite as much time to this "hobby," and may get in way over their heads. I've started to get friends involved, but I make sure to be very careful about it. That's all I'm saying.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #172 on: November 09, 2014, 11:24:52 PM »
What's $150 ?
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Total: More than $150

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #173 on: November 10, 2014, 07:31:00 AM »
Good morning everyone! :)

Looks like the first post about this was deleted (by tzvicoco? by a mod?) so I don't know exactly what was posted, but I will bring this up as I think it's fitting here:
Now you're in an elite class. You have your own personal haters.

I don't know who you are (although I tried figuring it out) but thanks for bringing up your points. I plan to explain the amount of time I put into this, while at the same time explain how people who are far more expert than I am, spend even more time here while holding full time jobs. I think you're also underestimating how much time a college student has on his/her hands, but I guess that's different for every student. Also, staying organized and making sure not to hurt your credit doesn't take time, it takes organization and responsibility. (Which happen to be lessons that college students usually learn.) I wasn't planning on telling them to signup for credit cards on the spot nor even using referral links, I was really just planning on teaching people how to get their feet wet. But now you've given me a good idea, so thanks. :)

Does that bother you? Good for him!
Thanks!

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #174 on: November 10, 2014, 07:37:39 AM »
Go for it. Good luck

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #176 on: November 10, 2014, 08:59:19 AM »
Good morning everyone! :)

Looks like the first post about this was deleted (by tzvicoco? by a mod?) so I don't know exactly what was posted, but I will bring this up as I think it's fitting here:
I don't know who you are (although I tried figuring it out) but thanks for bringing up your points. I plan to explain the amount of time I put into this, while at the same time explain how people who are far more expert than I am, spend even more time here while holding full time jobs. I think you're also underestimating how much time a college student has on his/her hands, but I guess that's different for every student. Also, staying organized and making sure not to hurt your credit doesn't take time, it takes organization and responsibility. (Which happen to be lessons that college students usually learn.) I wasn't planning on telling them to signup for credit cards on the spot nor even using referral links, I was really just planning on teaching people how to get their feet wet. But now you've given me a good idea, so thanks. :)
Thanks!
A) I think it's very funny you view yourself so highly that you think I'm a "hater."
B) just because I'm not a frequent poster does not mean I've done less than you in this game
C) I'm always wary of people trying to make money off of this kind of knowledge, because, well, the people who know this stuff are the people that like to make easy money. But I think there's a proper way to do it, and it sounds like you'll do just fine, so good luck!
D) I do disagree on your assessment of college student though, and I recommend you stress as much as possible that they shouldn't dive in too quickly and that it does take responsibility.
E) I deleted the first post, only because moose pointed out that it had your email address in the picture.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #177 on: November 10, 2014, 10:33:38 AM »
A) I think it's very funny you view yourself so highly that you think I'm a "hater."
B) just because I'm not a frequent poster does not mean I've done less than you in this game
C) I'm always wary of people trying to make money off of this kind of knowledge, because, well, the people who know this stuff are the people that like to make easy money. But I think there's a proper way to do it, and it sounds like you'll do just fine, so good luck!
D) I do disagree on your assessment of college student though, and I recommend you stress as much as possible that they shouldn't dive in too quickly and that it does take responsibility.
E) I deleted the first post, only because moose pointed out that it had your email address in the picture.
If you knew me, you'd know I really don't think I know much about this stuff. I'm the first to admit there are many people here who are way more knowledgeable and experienced that I am. I know post count doesn't indicate that one knows what they're doing/talking about.

I often get asked for help from friends and on a few occasions even sat down for an hour or two and explained start to finish how to get in the game. Afterwards, they always say - you could really charge for information like this. So, I'm trying it. Small group, small market - and hey I love talking about this stuff (comes up all the time at Shabbos meals), so why not just try it out? I'm not as sleazy as you think, but obviously there's no way to prove that.

I love DDF. This place has become (partly because I had nothing to do for a year) a new group of friends for me. I'm on here chatting more than I am on FB. That's why I have a lot of posts - I enjoy the conversation flow just as much as asking pointed questions/answers. I'm not claiming I know so much, I just enjoy this and thought hey maybe I could make a few bucks while getting more people involved. If anyone takes my session seriously, you can be sure they'll be popping up on the forums in the coming weeks.

Thanks for the advice about how to approach the diving in too quickly issue. I don't think it'll be one, but I can address it. I appreciate that you took down the picture with my email. Thanks for pointing that out, DrMoose.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #178 on: November 10, 2014, 10:59:07 AM »
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: @Yehuda's Israel/Eurotrip Honeymoon Trip Report
« Reply #179 on: November 11, 2014, 12:23:57 PM »
Hmmm. Where will it be? Maybe I'll also attend.
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