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G'day srossi,

I recommend Sydney, Australia. ;) As you may already be aware, Sydney is the oldest and largest city in the land Down Under.

You can escape the New York winter and enjoy the Sydney summer. The temperature from 26-30 December in Sydney should be a sunny 26-30 degrees Celcius (around 79-86 degrees Fahrenheit). The sea breeze generally keeps the city very comfortable.

Sydney is a great city to explore. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Hyde Park, the State Library of NSW, and many fine pubs are all in close proximity of the Sydney CBD and thus very accessible.

I would be happy to show you around Sydney and buy you a beer (or whatever you drink) or two ... or three.

The flight is a long one and a bit pricey during the Christmas holiday period. However, Sydney is a beautiful city. :)

Cheers!

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I’d love to, but not in 4 days. I’d spend more than half the vacation in the air.



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MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

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I wouldn't recommend it for vacation, especially if you are not native, but the locals are some of the best people on the planet -
and they will kick your ass if you think otherwise....either way they will bust your balls without mercy.... GO PATS     GO SOX (WORLD CHAMPIONS)

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My wife is now talking about a trip to Iceland. I would rather lay on the beach myself.

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I booked my Iceland airfare last night for mid-February.  I have to do a lot of research to see what we want to do there, but my wife wants to see the northern lights and do one of those tours. 

For December, I was strongly leaning towards a Texas vacation to Austin and San Antonio.  I was even going to maybe see Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits on New Year's Eve.  But airfare is 3 times as much that last week of December as opposed to most of the rest of the year, so I feel like it's best to go a different time.  I think we're just going to wind up doing a road trip to Providence, RI and Salem, MA. 



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I went to Austin this past summer and wasnt impressed. I was happy to have some in n out for the first time in a long time but outside of that I could have cared less.



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srossi wrote: I booked my Iceland airfare last night for mid-February.  I have to do a lot of research to see what we want to do there, but my wife wants to see the northern lights and do one of those tours. 

For December, I was strongly leaning towards a Texas vacation to Austin and San Antonio.  I was even going to maybe see Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits on New Year's Eve.  But airfare is 3 times as much that last week of December as opposed to most of the rest of the year, so I feel like it's best to go a different time.  I think we're just going to wind up doing a road trip to Providence, RI and Salem, MA. J
Wife and I just did Salem in October.  You are wasting your time.  Mind you, we've been four or five times now and really it doesn't change.  But to me, in the past ten years, it's really started to get run down and shows a lot of decay.  I'm thinking that the tourism hasn't been as good since the economy went crazy back around 2008.  I know that we've all recovered but a small, niche area like Salem can take years to recover from that downturn.  I know that from the time that we first went until going last month, more than 50% of the local businesses and restaurants have turned over or closed and left an empty building.
If you are hell bent on going to Salem, let me know and I'll send you whatever tips I can.  I know that place pretty well now.



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Superstar wrote: srossi wrote: I booked my Iceland airfare last night for mid-February.  I have to do a lot of research to see what we want to do there, but my wife wants to see the northern lights and do one of those tours. 

For December, I was strongly leaning towards a Texas vacation to Austin and San Antonio.  I was even going to maybe see Willie Nelson at Austin City Limits on New Year's Eve.  But airfare is 3 times as much that last week of December as opposed to most of the rest of the year, so I feel like it's best to go a different time.  I think we're just going to wind up doing a road trip to Providence, RI and Salem, MA. J
Wife and I just did Salem in October.  You are wasting your time.  Mind you, we've been four or five times now and really it doesn't change.  But to me, in the past ten years, it's really started to get run down and shows a lot of decay.  I'm thinking that the tourism hasn't been as good since the economy went crazy back around 2008.  I know that we've all recovered but a small, niche area like Salem can take years to recover from that downturn.  I know that from the time that we first went until going last month, more than 50% of the local businesses and restaurants have turned over or closed and left an empty building.
If you are hell bent on going to Salem, let me know and I'll send you whatever tips I can.  I know that place pretty well now.

I've been researching Providence so far.  I haven't gotten into Salem much yet.  I see some tour packages (2 daytime and 1 nighttime) for $34, which is pretty cheap.  I don't usually prefer group activities and like to explore on my own, but I was considering it.  You basically do the Witch Trial tour and either a historical Overview or Cemetary tour, and then at night is the Ghost tour.  I've turned down about 50 opportunities to do Ghost tours in every city I've ever visited, but I suppose I should do one eventually.

Anyway, there's that and the Salem Witch Museum itself.  I'm open to any other suggestions.  And if Salem sucks, I'm open to other locations in the RI/MA area (except Boston).  We already did Vermont and Maine is too far north for a quick drive.   

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I was going to say San Antonio and Austin, but ya'll beat me to to it. Been to one or the other, at least once a year, in the past decade.

San Antonio's good for maybe 2 days, though. See the Alamo (and the basement), check out the river walk, get some puffy tacos and maybe see the missions if you're into that. The holidays are prime tamale season in SA. They're everywhere and they're awesome.

The Pearl brewery has been redone in the past 6 years or so, and it's a good place to visit. Trendy boutique stores and some really good restaurants. The "Arsenal" side, just south of downtown, is becoming more hipster. There was an awesome pizza place I hit up, last year... sorry, can't remember the name.

Ignore the "tower of the Americas" or whatever it's called.

The Alamo Bowl is Dec 28... very easy to get tickets.

If you're into basketball, try to get to the AT&T center for a Spurs game. Los Spurs are well loved in SA. As a cool bonus, the AT&T Center is right next to the old Freeman Coliseum, where my "kin" use to rassle, back in the day!

SAT is the easiest airport in the US, I feel. Never huge crowds and you can show up 75 minutes before your flight and still make it.

Austin is definitely more "hipster". Great to visit if you're a foodie or into booze. Has a lot of pop-up art galleries, which can be cool. If you're into the "Keep Austin Weird" concept, then check out S. Congress st. and the area around University of Texas.

From either city, you can drive to Fredericksburg (touristy German town). There are also a lot of weird-ass tourist traps on the highways. If you're driving and see a Buck-ees, go to it.



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Realistically, it's about a 2 hour drive between SA and Austin. So you could visit both in one trip. Just fly into whichever airport has the better fares and get a rental car.

Don't think you can drive to Houston, though. It's about a 4-5 hour drive. You DO pass by La Grange. They got a lotta' nice girls, there.



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