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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2017
PETITION TO SAVE VT - Please, if you have found VT helpful, sign  (1 Answer)

Found this petition that is going around on line asking for 96 more signatures. I've signed it and hope any other member that is also on fb will sign it and share it on fb as well. When signed, it will be forwarded to Kaufer:

Petition here: 

In short it reads: For nearly 18 years has served as our home for sharing our travel adventures and advice, and for connecting with other travelers. TripAdvisor, which owns the website, has said it will close the doors on VT in February and delete millions of tips, reviews, photos and videos from the site. Many of us have used VT as a way to preserve our experiences to share with our friends, our children, our grandchildren and other travelers. We believe there is a way for Trip Advisor to keep our content. Simply keep the member pages, which we know are not indexed by google, turn off the travel guides and forums, and freeze new postings and new memberships but please let us keep and preserve our memories…many of which have been well over a decade in the making! We would even be open to paying a small fee to have our pages saved as part of this library! Steve Kaufer, we implore you to please reconsider deleting decades of memories from existence and keeping our pages intact!! Thank you for your consideration! This petition will be delivered to: Tripadvisor Steve Kaufer

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2016
Moving Daughter to Alaska from Montana  (4 Answers)

This coming June I will be helping my daughter drive a Uhaul to Anchorage from Montana. I have a couple of questions. One is dealing with the boarder. She will be transporting her life to Anchorage. What do we need so we won't have to pay export fees to get to Alaska through Canada.

Second has to do with route. We are going to push through to Edmonton on the first day, then we want to take about another 4 to 5 days to get to Anchorage. I am not sure about how to judge the time considering how far to go each day taking into consideration road construction and other problems of northern roads. She wants to stop a time or two to go on a hike ... I am not a big hiker, so not a high impact hike.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2016
Domestic Flights  (6 Answers)

I'm planning a three week trip to the US in April (2 adults and a 13 year old child). We'll visit Colorado and Wyoming first and then go to Kentucky, to meet old friends. What is the best way for us to book the domestic flight tickets ? I suspect that "OneWorld Visit North America" fares (offered by some international airlines) are not the best fares around.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2016
Road trip Miami - San Francisco  (17 Answers)

Hi all,

Me and my girlfriend are looking for some tips for a cool road trip from Miami to San Francisco. We have about 3.5 weeks time. Not a budget but also not the most expensive tour there is ;-).
At 29 December we arrive in Miami. We want to have some sun, fun and celebrate new years Eve here (maybe yiu have some tips for this aswell?) Say we want to be 1 week in Miami.

Then comes the travel part. We want to spent 1 - 1.5 week traveling between those 2 city's. What are you're tips? We don't want to fly and want to do everything by bus or a train. Where should we go?

After this we want to spent another 1- 1.5 week in San Francisco.

Thanks for the tips in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2016
Traveling From Canada to Panama with Kids  (5 Answers)


My husband and I are planning a year long trip with our three little ones (10, 8 and 5 years) ~ driving from Canada to Panama and we are both nervous back Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Doe anyone have any experience with this? Any tips or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2016
Travel from los cabos airport to La paz  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know a reasonable quick way to travel from lost cabos airport to la Paz?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2015
canadian study permit  (2 Answers)

will you be refused a study permit to canada if you previously overstayed in south africa on a tourist visa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2015
What is best place to camp between yosemite and Lake Tahoe  (1 Answer)

Where is the best to camp between yosemite and Lake Tahoe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2015
What is best place to camp between yosemite and Lake Tahoe  (1 Answer)

Where is the best to camp between yosemite and Lake Tahoe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2015
First time to USA and time limited  (15 Answers)

We are planning a 2 week trip we would like to choose an area that is easy to drive around and would love to stay on a lake possibly fish if possible. We have never travelled to the USA so have no idea. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2015
Driving the coast road  (5 Answers)

We are driving from Portland Oregon to San Francisco in June, and wondered if anyone could tell us the best place to pick up the 101 from Portland, and, are there any parts of the 101 we should avoid?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2015
Ideas for 50th birthday girls' trip  (15 Answers)

Hello, two friends and I, all turning 50 this spring, are trying to decide on a place for us to go in honor of our 50th birthdays this year. Any ideas where it's safe, great hotel and food, and charming - beach ideas welcome, but not necessary. We are all three very well traveled and would probably do this over a long weekend (Thurs-Sun.) late spring early summer 2015.  

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2015
Travel Safety - Your Experiences - Fire, smoke, chemicals...?  (29 Answers)

Hi Everyone, The wife and I are planning an extensive 6 month retirement trip of a lifetime, leaving from Vancouver. We will be flying, cruising, taking trains and probably a couple of donkeys along the way too :-) Staying in all levels of hotels all over the world. My question is, have you had any dangerous experiences with Fire / Smoke in Hotels / Planes /Cruises ... A friend recommended I purchase a pair of these disaster masks to carry with us. These are only $60 bucks, would you carry one?

Thanks for any info on dangers you have faced while travelling

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2014
Road trip from Dunluth (Minnesota) to Lexington (Kentucky)  (7 Answers)

Working on a long road trip and have it worked out to Dunluth. Part will be from Dunluth to Lexington. Budgeted about 6 - 8 days (more if needed). I see that we could travel it in about 2 and see nothing. What route is the most scenic please? We enjoy wildlife, country towns, .... Google earth takes me via Eau Claire, Madison, Janesville, Rockford, Gary, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Lexington. Not sure if Chicago is a must see!?
Would appreciate your expert help please. Lou :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2014
51day trip Salt Lake city return - critique please  (8 Answers)

Hi. From August we are renting a car from Salt Lake city through Grand Teton and Yellowstone (9 days), that leaves us with 42days to travel. We love national parks, photography, N. american history .....
In August / September will it be difficult to get motel type accommodation without prebooking?
We are at present doing a 'rough' of the rest of our route and would really appreciate any help - changes etc
Cody (1) catch a rodeo, Rapid City via Mt Rushmore (1), Badlands NP (1), down to Kansas City (take 2 days),
St Louis (2), Indianapolis (1), Pittsburg (1), Hershey (1) Lancaster area (3), Charlston (1), Nashville (3), Natchez via Natchez Trace Parkway (2), New Orleans (3), Lafayette (1), Dallas (1), Wichita (1), ? (1), Denver (2),
Cheyenne (2), Salt Lake City fly out. That's about 30 days.
Any help would be much appreciated Lou :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2014
national parks  (6 Answers)

We are an australian family ( all sort of adults!) at the start if planning a car trip travelling across country from washington dc to dallas.not sure which way to go -- happy for any ideas-- memphis/nashville/new orleans/charleston/mobile /san antonia/houston are places we have been tossing around-- but definitely not anything set in stone-- we have up to 10 days maybe to do it in.any suggestions.places to go ,best road trip etc. would like input as to the national parks in the area -- we have done numerous nps in the west and loved them(gc,zion,moab etc) --and would would love to see more ... any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2014
help with usa itinerary in february please!  (18 Answers)

we are a family of 6 from australia.we will be going to the states for 1 month in late jan/feb 2015.We will be flying into L.A.-- could maybe change that to new york.We would like to see maybe york,washington dc,charleston and onto new orleans and into texas--- dallas has to be included to visit family. we have been once before to dallas and west -- and LOVED it.would maybe like to visit grand canyon,bryce canyon and antelope canyon which we missed last time .planning on grabbing a car from washington and driving alot from there.we loved the nps we visited and small towns -- beautiful!.I need help with all and everything -- and would greatly appreciate all you guys help me build my itinerary considering the weather and the distances-- thanks so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2014
First Solo travel experience to America  (30 Answers)

Hello all

I am travelling for my first time to the US by my self this December to February. I am leaving from Australia planning to arrive to New York around 8/12-15/12. My rough plan is

New York arrival - 7/1/15

Philly - 8/1-11/1

Washington 11/1-12/1

Raleigh 13/1-17/1

Charleston 17/1-21/1

Miami 22/1-28/1

Tampa/More leaning to Sarasota 29/1-2/2

Mobile 2/2-5/2

New Orleans 6/2-10/2

Houston/Austin/TX 10/2-13/2

Las Vegas 14/2-17/2

Los Angeles 18/2-25/2

I was wondering am I stretching myself to thin, cause I really want to go to all these places. I'm forecasting a $40/night average accommodation.

Any advice would be good, on food places to go, my schedule, first time travel tips, pretty much anything.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2014
Currency Exchange: Best Rates  (3 Answers)

Kind of a random question for the community, mainly directed at foreign travelers who often come to California.

I'm going to be pulling into LAX very soon, and will have a little bit of foreign currency with me that I'd like to unload. I know that, internationally, it tends to go hotel, bank, airport, store on the street for worst to best rate, but I'm actually not sure how the US works.

My local bank is not an option. If it matters, I have a bit of HKD and MYR, in relatively small amounts.

Since there are relatively few currency exchange outlets in the US, on the streets, is it a better option to go to one of these places after I land, or exchange at the airport? Who likely has the better rate?
Or, another option: exchange in Asia to get USD back?

If I can save even a dollar or so by going outside of the airport, then I'll just hold on to it and wait until I'm around one of the exchange places.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2014
Holiday Tips  (14 Answers)

Does anyone have any personal knowledge or experience on places to visit, eat or things to do or any attractions that you reccomend in NYC, washington , Chicago, LA, San Francisco or San Diego, we will only be in each for 3 days

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2014
Good shopping cities North America  (6 Answers)

Me and my sister (18 and 26) are looking to go away for a few days in october, we're looking for a nice city in Canada or the US where shopping is a good price and there are the major stores we like such as Hollister, Abercrombie, Urban Outfitters etc. Also would be nice if there are things to do other than shopping, and flights from UK aren't too expensive.Can anyone recommend anywhere? (preferably not Toronto or NYC as we've been to both fairly recently!)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2014
Trip to Virginia Beach, Cape Hatteras and Washington  (5 Answers)

Hello, I am planning on driving from Toronto to Virginia Beach, Cape Hatteras and on my way back to Washington DC with my wife and 6 year old son. I would be starting on August 09th and plan to stay in Virginia Beach for 2 days and another 2 days in Washington DC. My questions are :

  •  Is this a good time of the of the year to visit the Virginia beach or Cape Hatteras or it could be the rainy season then as its no fun going to beach on a rainy day.
  • I wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations about what to see and enjoy while a two day trip to Washington DC.

Thank you all in advance 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2014
Travel Money  (12 Answers)

Hello, im from the UK and im off to Los Angeles, Vegas, Grand Canyon and San Diego on a road trip next month but im wondering how to take my travel money. I am planning on paying for my motels on a VISA card but not sure what the best way to take my spending money. I have been twice before just me and my wife before we had kids in 1997 and 1998 and both times took US Dollar traveller cheques. Every shop we went in accepted them like normal money and gave us our change back in cash. I was just making sure this still happened or have they moved onto a better way of doing it? Thanks in advance for your replies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2014
west coast travel  (5 Answers)

I have a week to travel from San Fran to Portland before flying to Denver. Any help with best route and attractions would be very much appreciated.

Rick Australia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2014
riverboat cruises  (1 Answer)

are there any riverboat cruises that originate from st charles mo

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2014
Boston, Maine, Detroit, Bedford, Gettysburg, washington, williamsburg, North car ,  (12 Answers)

Hi, we will be driving a triangle trip as mentioned above. Please offer some advice about tourist and other interesting things to see and do along the way. Stops we should make, detours to take and how much time at each respective stop.
Thinking of Niagra Falls.....when passing through Buffalo. Total trip x 45 days.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2014
Road trip to USA 2014  (11 Answers)

We are planning a12 days road trip to the USA in october. We will be flying into Phoenix and there we will get a rent a car to start our trip. Our plan is to visit the GC , Monument Valley, Santa Fe, Amarrilo , Memphis and NOLA. What is the best routes to take ? Should we book hotels ahead? We would like some advise were to go and what not to do. Thanx!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 21, 2014
Things to do between Lubbock State Hwy 84 and Dallas I20  (1 Answer)

Things to see and do in route from Lubbock, TX to Dallas, TX Hwy 84 & I20

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2014
Visa's required  (15 Answers)

HELP! Major visa confusion!
I am planning on flying into New York in the summer, spending a few days there, then buying a car in Philadelphia and driving it across the border to visit friends in Toronto. From there I will be driving back across the border to Wisconsin via Detroit and then back across the Canadian border where I will be driving eventually to Vancouver but via Banff. From Vancouver I'm then planning on driving south along the west coast and spending a couple of months in California before flying to Monterrey, Mexico and continuing south eventually into South America.

Therefore, it's looking like I will be in the USA for maybe 2 weeks, then Canada for a 2-3 days, then USA for maybe 2 more weeks, then Canada for a month, then USA for 3-4 months, then Mexico for up to a month and then travelling south over the next 6 months through Central America and South America.

Looking at Visa's for NA, I'm pretty confused as to how it may work with going to and from Canada a couple of times and then being in the US for probably over 90 days on the west coast before heading into Mexico. I'm also planning on flying to Mexico from California but the info on visa's says that I need to be a resident for that to be acceptable as my onward journey? Surely a number of people do overland journeys like this so ANY help/info on this kind of itinerary would be very well received.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2014
Travel Accommodations  (4 Answers)

I want to surprise my wife with a great anniversary getaway. What are some of the less expensive getaway destinations or deal's that involve hotel and airfare? What would those average costs be?


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