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Welcome!

/trv/ is a slow board, you don't need to bump more than once a day -- it's OK if your thread is not on the front page, we look several pages deep here. You can do that. too, looking for threads on your topic.

Questions are welcomed, as are threads sharing experiences or generally discussing travel. For very general questions, you can get answers faster at other sites. Google is your friend. Start there, then come back here for specific questions. Some good links for basic info, and a few Pet Peeves of the board, are included within this thread.
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For all those wanting information on Vagabonding:

http://www.artoftravel.com/index.html
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/

Don't forget visa requirements:
http://www.visahq.com/citizens/

Happy traveling! P.S. Do not post nsfw content on this board.

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Alright /trv/, I'm thinking Hong Kong. Thinking of going next month, and staying for two weeks.

I have a few questions that I would like to ask.

>recommendations for accommodations?
I'm traveling on a budget, but I really want to try and avoid the Chungking Mansions if at all possible. Money is an issue, but I'm not outright destitute (if I were, I wouldn't be traveling). Small rooms are okay, as I'll probably be outside most of the time anyway. Not picky with the location, though I'm sure it'll be Tsim Sha Tsui anyway.

>how much money to bring?
For food, transportation, admission to parks/museums/events/etc. Maybe a little light shopping (pretty sure family & friends will want souvenirs).

>is English-only okay?
English is my primary tongue, and I don't speak a single word of Cantonese or any other form of Chinese. I do know Hong Kong is one of few Asian countries that speaks the best English, but will English-only carry me through the whole trip?

>pack lightly?
My tentative plan is to bring nothing but a backpack full of essentials (clothes, toiletries, etc.). Haven't even considered a suitcase. If I can't fit enough clothes in my bag, then I could just wash & reuse the few clothes that I do bring. Thoughts?

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>>1186718
They are different
If you are more into history stuff hk def got more
But if you are more into the dystopian future blade runnery stuff I would say sz is more "dystopian" than hk
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Thinking about going to hong kong for a few days during my trip to Japan, partly because it seems like an interesting place and partly for the prostitutes. Anyone have experience with prostitutes there? Seems pretty straightforward from what I've read so far.
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>>1186847
>shenzhen is more dystopian than hk
>blade runner
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA holy FUCK do not listen to these goddamn people talking up the living shithole that is sz if youre not a business man.

sz is good for nothing. you want "authentic" HK/Chinese/Han food? there's 1000s of places in Hk to do it without entering that fucking city. you want a shitton of electronics that aren't fake and aren't gouged out the ass? visit 298 computer zone or (my favorite) wan chai computer centre

i cannot fathom why someone would in good fath recommend a tourist to go to shenzhen and waste a day there, jesus fucking christ
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>>1186853
if you like filipinos go wan chai
but imo macau is better generally
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>>1186853
According to my buddies, it's not as clear-cut as people would make it seem. I just did a google search and i guess hongkong happy massage website has the places listed, but it's very hush hush in the city. Prices seem to be generally quite high, which is funny since people who have got it done on the border in China tell me it's the exact opposite there - cheap, everyone's open about it.

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Is TEFL pretty much god's gift to new college graduates that want to graduate?

Get to go see a new country, work a piss easy job, save some money, backpack around for a year, and then rinse and repeat?

I mean, I'm seriously considering it.
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anyone gotten TEFL certified with the PeaceCorps? is it worth it? I'm in a really shitty position right now, almost nothing in the bank, and I'd love to travel somewhere new and do something ostensibly beneficial to the world
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>>1187744
this. Celta is great. There is also some good Masters of TEFL programs that you can do via correspondence from Univ of Manchester. A friend of mine is in Korea teaching off of a Bach of English and CELTA while he wraps that up. From there he is hoping to get into teaching at a Univ somewhere. Those are the real gigs but are still difficult if you do not have tenure. I would personally aim for something with the British Council.
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>>1187744
this might be a stupid question, but would an associates (2-year) degree be good enough for most asian countries?
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>>1187773
Officially Taiwan is the only one with good salaries that accepts associates in Asia
>>1187744
>Basically everything in Asia is negotiable, far more so than it is in the West.
Chinese have a word for westerners roughly means-laws before family
they think it's weird we're so obsessed with rules and logic
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anyone currently doing tefl in thailand? ive been talking to thai girls on the internet asking them about how esl teachers do. from what i can tell there are legit jobs to make 3-4 times the average salary teaching children english part time. sounds too good to be true.

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New Japan General

As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

*Info on prostitution*
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/

*Note about the JR Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.

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>>1187772
Akihabara has them cheap in the electric market if you're going there anyway.
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>>1187776
Thanks. I'll have to head there today or tomorrow then, been meaning to visit it soon.
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>>1187468
>The foreigner is the guest and everyone in Japan is the host.
holy shit this is funny
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>>1187778
It's comedy gold, someone should compile them and use them for copypasta.

>>1187777
If you're going to explore the area it can be worth to not buy them right away. I looked around for a bit and found adapters for like 200 yen instead of 500 which I paid right by the subawy.
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>>1187632
american anon here with time off in january/february as well and the opportunity to go to japan. i'm sick of doing the same old tourist stay at a hostel thing. i want to maybe apply for an internship somewhere because i don't want to teach english. really into music. any ideas?

Westchester anon here, can anybody give me tips on moving to the city? westchester is boring and i dont have a car so i cant do much. What should i know before moving to the city
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>>1186993
Staten Island - Cops, mobsters and DSNY workers. Went heavily for Trump. May as well be the suburbs.
Queens - Immigrants everywhere. Food is amazing.
The Bronx - You'd be a poineer.
Manhattan - If you have to ask you can't afford it.
Brooklyn - The fashionable parts are as expensive as Manhattan. The less fashionable parts are like Queens, but maybe with a little more cachet.

You looking to buy or rent? What kind of budget? How many people?

(I left Westchester over 20 years ago and never looked back. Currently own a modest apartment in a Brooklyn immigrant neighborhood. Happy as fuck about it).
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>>1187449
Im a 20 year old male with a server job. I dont need a full apartment i would be fine with a roomate i just want to rent. Westchester is incredibly boring and for what im looking for its expensive too
>currently own an apartment in brooklyn
Pls gib advice
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>>1187455
Young, shit job, wanting to move to expensive place? You will nopt end up in a neighborhood you will find exciting. And once you make your rent you won't have much money to go out anyways. But it won't be boring. Look in Queens or Brooklyn (Bensonhurst or Gravesend).
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Just take the train, you're probably not more than a couple miles from a commuter rail station.
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Not OP, but am interviewing for a job in dumbo. How much money do I need for a reasonable 2bedroom less than an hour commute? Which neighborhood should I look at? Thanks!

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Will be going to Montreal this January. I've never once been to Canada

Is there actually anything to do in Montreal or what a different city be better?

Going with a group of about 5 friends. Why they chose Montreal of all places is beyond me.

Help me out /trv/
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>>1183827
Two notes.

Québécois are assholes unless you speak French so I hope you know it and Montreal is going to be buried in snow for the next 5 months, I assume you're from the US, so you probably should've gone during the summer.
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>>1187730
>Québécois are assholes unless you speak French

We only hate jews and muslims
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>>1187730
>>1187734
2bh anglophones aren't really liked unless they're throwing cash at them at tourist hotspots
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>>1187745
Well ok here's the deal:
Some canadians live in Montreal and don't speak French at all. The reason is, they can get along just fine, because French-canadians have english courses at an early age, so most of us are 100% fluent in English even though it's a 2nd language.

Anglo-only living in Quebec are therefore lazy fucks and it rustles our jimmies
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>>1187749
that aside, the fact that your province is not bilingual by law while residing under a british monarch and a majority anglophone nation is kinda counter productive towards working with canada ngl

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I wanna go on vacation.
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also, is it possible to buy plane tickets outside of ukraine, using the exchange rate?
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it's a country where the average person makes $10 a day
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Lviv

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found a sort of cheap flight to Guatemala.

Kinda want to go but a bit scared of being mugged or worse.

Did some research, and it seems violent crimes against tourists are not uncommon. Yet there appears to be quite a lot of tourism - without armed guards.

should i go ?

I'm quite well-travelled and speak spanish, but this seems like it'd be the most risky destination for me so far.
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>>1187589
huh? sure, amigo
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>>1187589
Absolutely
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Guatemala was one of the best trip of my life.

Semuc Champey, Tikal, Livingstone, Rio Dulce, Flores, Antigua, Atitlan Lake, you name it. I mostly hang out with locals that I knew indirectly, we did the road trip together. So I don't really know about the safety, but I didn't have a single problem, everyone was really nice.
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>>1187742
how did you hook up with the locals? I'd like to find me some local travel buddies or smth of that kind.
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>>1187762
I have a friend who used to work there an knew a lot of people.

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how do you deal with not having 24 hour access to lawsons egg salad sandos
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>>1187507
>implying I have to deal with such a thing
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>>1187507
I remember my time in Japan and wonder why the fuck you'd choose the egg salad sandwiches over the fried chicken ones.
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>>1187507
>not Katsu Sanso master race
Although usually I end up getting the square ones that come in a two pack, forget what the brand is
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Eggcellent shitpost

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hey guys im visiting london soon
are there some special places to go and im not talking about the big ben or the obvious stuff
and are there some cheap bars oder student bars?
thanks in advance
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>london
>cheap anything

Lol nope
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London is an expensive shithole.
Avoid.
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>>1187662
Cheap bars do exist... during midweek specials... but you'll have to do your research to find them. If you just go bar hopping randomly, it's very unlikely you'll stumble on a "vodka redbull 2 pound" night or whatever. Wetherspoons pubs are generally cheap by London standards.

>>1187725
>expensive
Yes

>shithole
No.

There are some shit parts to it, just like any city.

But it has the best museum in the world, a lot of other awesome museums, some brilliant architecture and a very lively cultural life; lots of music, comedy etc... it's an interesting place to just walk around.
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>>1187662
kew gardens is worth visitng i believe most tourists dont go there
the tate modern is the best modern art gallery in the world
barbican is cool
best thing in london are the events desu


sam smiths pubs are also cheap in london, student bars UCL, Imperial, KCL or uni of london might be cheap if you have a student card
if you go to some commercial art galleries you can sometimes get booze for free
dalston kingsland rd is the only bastion of hipster nightlife left, worth a look

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I might be in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago Iowa and Indiana during December/January.

How will the weather be?

What are some things to do?

Any cities I should skip or include any nearby places? Restaurants that I should try?
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>>1186780
Fuck a fat farm girl.
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>>1186952
interesting
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does anybody even goto the dakotas for anything?
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>>1187729
drilling
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Another craft beer fag here

Look out for Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It's from Kalamazoo MI but it's everywhere in Indiana and probably in lots of those other states, too.

Speaking of Indiana, we have a few good museums in Indianapolis. Cheap city, good place to eat and drink for a few days. Look up Fat Dan's Deli. Best wings I ever did ate.

Oh and also this: >>1186977

I'm visiting a friend in the UK and a different friend who's traveled Europe a bit said it's relatively viable to bounce around Europe a little from the UK. There's a pretty good chance I can get a free couch in Germany. I have about 800 USD to work with past the flight and I don't plan on spending much on tourist sort of things anyway as I'd rather roam cities.

Any thoughts on this? City recommendations are welcome but I'm more worried about how possible this is with the money I have. I'll be there for a little over a week.

Pic related, will roam London after I get off the plane then spend any downtime in Canterbury as that's where she lives.

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Hello, /trv/, I've recently decided to go visit (for the first time) Southern provinces of China.

I already decided that I want to spend a week in Lijiang (pic related) but I am left with 2 more free weeks.

Any ideas or suggestion on where should I go from there?
Mind you, I don't speak Chinese and I've never been to China before. It's just something that I want to do.

Is it a good or bad idea?

And I do hope not to rely on airplanes a lot because I'm trying to go there on a minimum budget. Thank you!
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if you can,
fly to suzhou/hangzhou/shanghai
coz imo guangzhou/shenzhen are not worth it
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check the train prices or overnight bus prices to guilin to see if that fits your budget.

mainlanders actually highly recommended yunnan to me, so i expect there are going to be a lot of chinese tourists.

sichuan can be also fun if you don't mind the winter.

also the only thing to do if you don't speak chinese: always have your next destination written down in chinese on your phone. just pointing at that, you will always be sent to the right location.

even if you're on a budget, you might want to hit the first china unicom (the one with the red logo) shop. or a random small shop that sells china unicom sims. again google translate "i want to buy a prepaid simcard" beforehand, and show it to the shop assistant. they will put the options in front if you. it's all megabytes/gigabytes and yuan, so you will understand. (that china unicom prepaid sim can be used all over china, the subscriptions others might want to sell you only work in a given city.)
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>>1187623

Not really many Chinese tourists, surprisingly. Expect to see more non-Chinese tourists.
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>>1187619
Chengdu wasn't too bad when I went.

Also Lhasa.
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>>1187594
>that pic
fuck i've never heard of this place before looks comfy

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I speak spanish at about a 3 year old level, but I decided Im going to make my first trip to Spanish People In Custody land....

Colombia seems to have the best looking women, and Im going to sign up for a mail order bride service in that area.

How can I avoid getting robbed, drugged, or kidnapped? Is this a real concern (especially because i'm meeting attractive strange women)?

I know there are some NO GO areas in the forest, should I just pick a safer country where I can still find attractive women or is Colombia worth the risk (venezuela sounds like I will get shot walking off the plane).
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>>1186187
What did her ass smell like?

And Latinas have worshippable asses, so it makes sense.
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>>1186191
I don't remember precisely other than I was shocked because it was not what I expected. I'd say maybe glitter lotion and that liquid stuff that goes in douches
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>>1186192
Oh yeah you said smell, not taste. Nevermind I smelles nothing
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>>1186187
you mean beso negro? literally means black kiss. anilingus
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>>1185033
> but I know its kind of super dangerous compared to most of south america?

it's not.

but anyway I don't want you to come to my country stupid Amerifat. stay away being fat somewhere else.

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Extremely cheap tickets from the US to many European cities are available until October 2017. I've never been overseas before. I've narrowed down my options to Paris, Rome or Barcelona. I've always dreamed of seeing Rome, but I'm not sure. Barcelona seems amazing and Paris as well. Sell me on one of the three.
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>>1184840
I would recommend Berlin over Paris, the other ones are nice, but Rome mostly culturally
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>>1184884
why not Berlin? genuinly interested
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>>1184840
rome.

The Colosseum is stunning, along with tons of other equally stunning monuments. Then thee's the Vatican. Depends what you like to do aye
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Try Budapest, it has amazing architecture, food and probably the best pub of Europe (Szimpla Kert)
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>>1187488
>I would recommend Berlin over Paris
You WHAT? Berlin is an extended mess with few redeeming qualities. Paris has every meter brimming with culture and history.



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