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Old 04-15-2008, 10:16 AM   #21
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Hehe -- just returned from 4 days in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Hostel: $12/night (tolerable quality)
Your pics are awesome! What was it like staying in a hostel? I've never done that before. Have any pics of it?
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Your pics are awesome! What was it like staying in a hostel? I've never done that before. Have any pics of it?
The hostel was fine. It was in a great location, 1.5 blocks from the beach. Our room had 2 bunk beds, a little balcony, and an attached bathroom. The pictures below are of our room, view from the balcony, and the hallway.

I've stayed at many hostels. It's really a hit-and-miss experience. Hostel Booker's website has some reviews that are helpful. Also check Tripadvisor.
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:34 PM   #23
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The hostel was fine. It was in a great location, 1.5 blocks from the beach. Our room had 2 bunk beds, a little balcony, and an attached bathroom. The pictures below are of our room, view from the balcony, and the hallway.

I've stayed at many hostels. It's really a hit-and-miss experience. Hostel Booker's website has some reviews that are helpful. Also check Tripadvisor.
Wow that's really cool. So, do you have to share the room with other people?
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Wow that's really cool. So, do you have to share the room with other people?
Yes. A lot of times you have options of mixed gender or just one gender. (for example, if you're travelling with friends of the opposite sex) In this case there were 4 beds, but in large cities like Geneva, San Francisco or Washington DC, I've slept in dorms with 8-10 beds. In less touristic areas in Central America, a private room in a low-key hotel would cost just about $10 - 15, so it's not really worth staying in a dorm in a hostel. You generally get lockers, but if you have a lot of valuables, it may be better to stay in a private room.

At the dorms, you do meet interesting people, if that's your thing. One of my roommates in this case (the person in the picture, sort of) was a 55-year-old woman travelling alone. She was from Mexico City and was very sweet.
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I had the exact same idea. Travelocity had/has a deal where you get $150 off a flight and 6 nights of a hotel. The total would have been ~450 per person from my east coast airport taxes included. I could easily get by on the other $300 total for 6 days.

A nice week long vacation for $600/person. Then I considered the irony of spending my tax rebate check outside the US, and decided against being unpatriotic.

Instead I'll probably hire a couple of guys from Mexico to come to my house and put on a new roof with our tax rebate check. That's patriotic, right guys??!!
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We are spending our rebate check on a trip to Europe in June... Well, it pays only for part of the trip, the rest we paid with airline miles... We're staying for a few days in Geneva to visit my folks, and then on to Valencia in Spain for a week of R&R.
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I have several ideas for my rebate . Savannah & Charleston , a cruise to New England in the Fall , New Mexico or a lake rental for a month near my daughter . The pull of the new grandson may win out .
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Thanks for the pictures. I thought the last one was a baby polar bear (at the theme park) in front of a small tree.
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Sounds like a lot of people here have planned to travel with the money (or planned to travel anyway, and the money came at a good time).

The coati isn't that big, but does look pretty cute like a polar bear (except for the big tail). Apparently there are different kinds -- this one was less raccoon-like than others. They mostly live in jungles in the tropics (at least where I saw them in the wild) and eat fruits and rodents. Who needs a house cat?
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None for me either. Bad timing. I guess no trips to Mexico for me.
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It's a coati and seems to be a hybrid between a polar bear, a monkey, a dog, and a racoon.

Why 129lbs? Is that the average weight of burglars?
Saw a bunch of them when we were in Mazatlan. Snorkeled near a couple of islands off the coast and then had lunch on the island. Kept stealing the tortillas. Nice use of the money.

I'm buying a kayak with my money. Innova has more of their Sunny model available. Yay!
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Well they've started to offer tax incentive travel trips to lure us into spending our money .

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Moemg, those look like some good deals! (although the requirement to travel within the next 4 weeks seems a bit tight) I am so glad so many businesses are chipping in, in case we don't know how to spend money.
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