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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 07:17 pm
I get the week following Christmas as vacation. [livejournal.com profile] vixyish will be out of town during that period. It strikes me that I should do something interesting instead of just sitting around the house. Vacation time is one of my most limited commodities, after all. I like the idea of doing something... nonstandard, but I'm having trouble coming up with ideas. A week isn't actually all that long, nor is the dead of winter timing helpful. (And, yes, the southern hemisphere sounds great, but I probably can't afford that.) Turns out polar bear season in Churchill ends in November. Ideas, folks?
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Going to Northern Alaska or Canada to see aurora in 24 hours of darkness would definitely be a nonstandard trip. (I understand the trip is popular with Japanese newly weds for fertility reasons.)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
It is! And there goes my main suggestion.

There are also several winter-only roads made of ice which are amusing at least in concept.

A week is sadly not long enough to do any of the our-winter/their-summer Antarctica things, I don't think. But I could be wrong.

I wonder if you can hike the Panama Canal? Of course, that really requires more time than a week, even if you're up for the 10 miles/day I was thinking. It'd be cool to start at one ocean and make it to another on foot.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
A friend of mine did an "aurora tour" in Yellowknife the week after Christmas. She said it was aweosme.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
Ooo, auroras sounds like fun.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
You know you'll have a project to work on by then.
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Oh. That's... very tempting.
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't been there yet (I did recently sign up for their 2 hour intro class), but I've heard a lot of good things about them.
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
If you wanted to do Southern Hemisphere, I did a quick check of the South Pacific and it looks like flights to NAN (Fiji) get you furthest south for the money, on the order of $1k-$1.2k.

If you were going to head north, I did a check of Russia and an accidental check of Russian Mission, Alaska (RSH). Flights to RSH are under $1k and get you to 61degN and 161degW. Two regularly-scheduled commercial hops on Cessnas.

$1.1k will get you to NJC (http://gc.kls2.com/airport/NJC), which is at 60degN in Russia. It's an oil town and apparently known for its winter ice sculptures. With the possible exception of any of your friends in extraction industries, you'd probably be the first of your peers to go there. And you'd get to fly Aeroflot from JFK to Moscow to NJC. I don't know if they allow stop-overs in Moscow, but that could be a nice way to stretch the value. Unless I'm mistaken, that's a pretty flat part of Russia, so hopefully nice for aurorae.

I'm doing a check of Argentina now, because it seems like a nice southern destination and I know there's often good fares there for southern summer.

There was a really awesome Singapore deal that I was going to suggest pretty heavily to you, but it looks to not be available that week. I was able to find $500-$600 R/T from SEA to SIN just a month or two ago. :/

(Which is all not to say that there aren't better places to find this kind of information than me, but since I suggested the southern hemisphere thing I figured I ought to at least throw out some data on what was cheapest and southest that week. And then when I was disappointed with that it seemed like checking Russia was a good idea. And, well, there's just something fun about looking this crap up.)
Edited 2011-09-29 03:11 am (UTC)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
$600 for Singapore I'd be very tempted by. It's just an expensive week to be flying, another reason it's a stupid time to force vacation on us.

I really want to go take the crazy train to La Paz from Chile some time, though I'm seeing conflicting reports if it is still running. But a flight to Arica would cost $1900 anyway. =\
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Indeed, a stupid, stupid week :/ The times I've known people who really got their value out of that time off, they had to add a few days at either end to hit less awful fares. Which is sub-optimal.

Hmm. $1.1k would get you to Santa Rosa, Argentina (RSA), and 36S. Highs of ~30C in December. Hard to press much further south for that price :/ Ooh, except YVR to BHI (Bahía Blanca) is 38S, same price, coastal.
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Also, I feel obliged to snort derisively at 60N. If I'm going north, I'm going to crack 68N. ;)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Of course, but starting at 60 or 61 saves time and effort! :)
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
accelerated pilot license course. :)