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destination half way between china and CT

Feb 16th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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destination half way between china and CT

I am looking for a warm, beach vacation spot between china and CT. We want to meet family half way for a family vacation at a kid friendly spot. Hoping to go in Feb. 2013 so needs to be warm during that time. hopefully it could be not so far for either family to travel since china is too far from ct. for us to travel.
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Feb 16th, 2012, 01:41 PM
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HAWAII!!!
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Feb 16th, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Yes, that is what I'd say!
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Feb 16th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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thank you that is what i was thinking but i
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Feb 16th, 2012, 03:32 PM
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but its so expensive
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Feb 16th, 2012, 06:19 PM
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Half way between the US East Coast and China is the North Pole. Hawaii is hardly halfway, as it's about 10hr on a nonstop Newark-Honolulu, while Newark-Beijing is "only" about 13. And, there is no non-stop between China and Hawaii yet.
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Feb 16th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Well, the north pole doesn't meet the criteria of a warm, beach vacation spot.
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Feb 16th, 2012, 06:45 PM
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I know. Just saying that there's no spot that fits the OP's criteria.
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Feb 16th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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HI... guam... venice... greek islands... morocco... thailand (not 1/2 way but reasonable)..
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Hawai would certainly be a long flight for everyone. I would look at the other side of the globe to minimize travel time. something like Marocco or that area.
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Feb 16th, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Warm in Feb. Easy for both parties to get to. How about Dubai?
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Feb 17th, 2012, 05:58 AM
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One problem is that so many places aren't easily accessible, it would take a several connecting flights, like for the Greek islands, Morocco beaches a bit more accessible, but still a couple of connecting flights. Guam would be a very long flight from CT, might as well go to China. Venice isn't exactly a beach vacation. GIven all of that, if you figure total travel time rather than how long is flight is, they would be better off with Hawaii or Thailand.
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Feb 17th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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Is Thailand young children friendly (newborn - 5 years?)
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Feb 17th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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yes it is..
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Feb 17th, 2012, 07:01 PM
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very.
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Without knowing where in “China” members of your family will be coming from, it’s hard to give precise advice, but as a general matter, getting to Hawaii from the PRC or Hong Kong can be a pain in the butt. There are no non-stops, and you generally have to go via Japan. This ends up making what is not actually a long flight in terms of distance into a rather long flight in terms of flight time. Also, unless you want to stay on Oahu, you usually have further onward connections to get to or from more interesting Hawaiian islands. Look at flight schedules and see what works. (Guam would have been a good choice, but you also have to go via Japan as well.)

Lunar New Year starts on February 10 in 2013, so bear that in mind when asking relatives to travel in February 2013. They will certainly want to avoid traveling on Feb 9 if possible and most likely will want to avoid traveling around February 15-17 (but they probably already know that).

I think Thailand could work, although people from the US will have a longer flight. Singapore or Bali would also work, only the latter has beach options (while Singapore has beaches, you don’t go there to spend time on them). The west coast of Malaysia, like Lankawi would work, as would beach areas of the Philippines, like Palawan.

Although I am not a fan of Dubai, it is nice weather in February (not too hot), tons of non-stop flight options for most everyone, and about as “halfway” as you might be able to get for your group. In that region Jordan is far more interesting IMO and would be a good choice, although it does not have beaches. Egypt may also work and does have beaches, although there are some security concerns.

I think South Africa could work well, and is about the same in terms of flight time for the group (although admittedly a long flight for all, at least it is “fair” in that sense). Great beaches and wildlife and good value for money. (Water is pretty cold, but sitting on beaches is quite pleasant.) Crime is something of an issue, esp compared to a place like Thailand. Places like Tanzania may also work.

I have to say that in terms of ease, it might just be best to go to southern California, as there are lots of non-stop options from various PRC cities to LA, they only take 12 hours versus 6 hours from the NYC area (and on the Asian flights you “gain” a day on the way out) and the weather, beaches, children’s activities, etc make for a good family vacation spot. Esp as you will have very young children.

Mexico may also work, assuming good flights from the PRC can be arranged.
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