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/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:


Don't forget visa requirements:

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

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What's the best way to get over that depression/empty feeling you get when you come home from a trip?
plan the next one
What if you're a doctor and the next longest real vacation you get will be months away and can only be 7 days in length? I feel like I'm getting too old now and the real world finally caught up as I discovered something I truly enjoy.
See friends and cry. There isn't much you can do besides let yourself adjust with time. Hope you feel better anon :(.
Have sex with your girlfriend.
sigh tfw no gf

thanks, i think it will be a time thing. It's bizarre sorting through all the pictures that I have and realizing I was at incredible places not even a week ago, and I can remember it so well yet it feels so far away.

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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*

*Note about the JR Pass*

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Are Japanese people genuinely nice to foreigners or is it just fakeness? I had an old man give me his umbrella after i got completely soaked in Akibahara, and most people seemed very genuinely happy to have me in their shops and stuff (maybe because i was part of a school group) but I've heard that all japanese hate foreigners so I was questioning whether this was actually genuine or not.
Of course there are exceptions, but I believe some people are genuinely nice to foreigners. I've been to Akiba a lot on several trips and this one time while in Electric Town I was digging my wallet for some coins to buy a coke from a vending machine. I was standing on the side not to the block the way and some middle aged guy got his own drink and then inserted extra coins after getting his can and gave me a free drink. I had no lack of money, but he was just being nice. I thanked him and then he went on his way. So nice people exist I believe
I used it as a base to go to Hiraizumi and Aizu. I tried to do Matsushima on the day I left for Kyoto, and it was nice, but it's at least a half-day thing. I pretty much only had time to get there, walk around on Oshima, then go back. I think a bay cruise would have been a great way to see more if I'd had the time.

Sendai itself was a little disappointing food-wise though. It felt like a mini-Tokyo, rather than anything different. Gyutan places are everywhere but I only found one shop selling taiyaki, and one place selling hyotan-age. Zunda was all over the place in the station, but not so mich elsewhere.

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Greetings, /trv/,

Next year I want to go to Russia for the World Cup, watch a match from my country and then fly to Caucasus to pass 10 days in Armenia and 10 days in Georgia. After that, I want to return to Moscow to see the final match.

I know that in the returning part of the travel I will do at least Vladikavkaz (1 day), Rostov (2 days) and Voronezh (1 day) - it will depend on which group my country will be -, but I have no clue of which places could I know in the other countries apart from capitals and Batumi - for both I don't know for how long should I stay. Do you have any suggestions?

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Basically I want to become a hobo in Japan. I'm sick of my home country, all the people around, the society, the entertainment here, the politics, the weather, the scenery, IM SICK OF EVERYTHING!!! I just wanna run away so bad but I don't have too much money at the moment. Someone tell me how much money I'll need to start my hobo journey. Im fine with sleeping manga cafes, capsule hotels, a box, just anything where I can have a place to lie down and some sort of roof on top.

And dont talk to me anything about getting more educated. Ive done high school but Im sick of education and Im not gonna study 1 day more. I can talk a little bit of japanese.

PS: If ur here to tell me how stupid my idea is then go ahead but Im not gonna change my mind
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what the fuck
>I want to be a homeless degenerate leech in someone else's country
if you really want to be poor just save us some money and go WWOOFing for 3 months. you could live for under 100 bucks a month that way
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>however, if you are discreet you might really be able to pull that off and feast on venison and fresh rabbit for the duration of your stay.
Don't forget koi carp. They can get huge and are really friendly.
What about noodles? any way to shoplift those easily?
There's an autobiographical manga by this alcoholic mangaka who lived as a hobo for a while. He mostly got food through dumpster diving. Apparently he even gained weight doing that.

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Has anyone ever done the Appalachian trail? I'm thinking of doing a thru hike next March/April with about $5000. Any tips?
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I did the Georgia-to-North Carolina section. It's 80-something miles and beautiful, but the whole trail is pretty similar. A thru-hike would take over a year probably, a lot of people section hike. Start off at the pre-trail at Amicalola Falls, pretty sure those are the highest falls in GA. Walk up the stairs, hike to ste start at Springer Mountain, then to the youth hostel at Blood Mtn. From there you hike to Bly Gap for a few days.

Really do recommend section hiking if you aren't experienced, it's not like you'll die out there but it's discouraging. There's a tree out in front of the hostel at Blood Mountain (only building the trail runs through) with boots thrown over every branch. Like 1/2 of all people who set out to through-hike quit here, and it's a tradition to throw your boots into the Quitter Tree.
>over a year

Average is 5-6 months.
>I did the Georgia-to-North Carolina section. It's 80-something miles and beautiful
and how long does this take?

this is 50% crap.

walked about 1260 miles last year in 4 months. can confirm theres often posts on /out/. most friends i made finished sub 6 months.

im tasmanian and honestly the nicest part between georgia and harpers ferry is that one day over McAfees Knob. i never knew before walking it pretty much the entire east coast has been clearfelled at some point in the last 300 years. new hampshire was gorgeous, southbounders i met said maine is gorgeous too. south bounders i met south of harpers ferry were pretty disappointed with the scenery and just wanted to finish.

as a trip in a foreign country though it was pretty unforgettable, so many friendly people and country communities, and time with my gf. every part of an emotional rollercoaster as you go though it.

we did a steady pace between 12-20 miles per day with a few zeros. when some people first start there are huts in georgia about 8 miles apart and even more campsites.
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Im going to Berlin for a week, what should i do there? I will smoke weed, learn some history/culture and maybe go to a concert. what are some cool things to do there like museums and so on? I would like to see a local punk band or something like that, and just any weird "alternative" shit there is to do there. Any tips?

Also does anyone know about a cheap hotel with good location?
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I want to go again to Berlin in this year just for clubbing and shopping. What is the most cheapest accommodation possibility? And which month should I travel? I want to stay between Friday and Monday.
Lurking. Im staying in berlin next Wednesday to monday. Looking for chill alternative places to visit. Will do the touristic west berlin stuff but only for a day or so

I stayed at this hostel, 10 euros/night, it's 5 mins away from Alexanderplatz, so it's right in the center of the city (which might not be the best location, depending on what you want to do).

The beds were kinda like pic related (but sturdier, the ones in the pic look like shit), meaning you have your curtain for privacy, locker under the bed, and ligth/electric plug right by your bed. Was pretty comfy desu. Bathrooms are outside the room. My only complaint was the brittish slags coming in at 4am and talking loud as fuck and being annoying as shit in general.

I booked through hostelworld, but I think if you book directly through them you get a free breakfast included.
>how to get in berghain
>proceeds to tell you how to not get in while also sucking the dick of every staff member of berghain
I speak German, so I have an unfair advantage, but that was an unintentionally funny article.
The problem with these hostels is that 10 euros a night is not the price you'll actually see if you're booking now. It is MUCH better to just rent out an airbnb instead of paying 35 euros a night to sleep next to some smelly spaniard gypsy. Public transportation is cheap enough to offset the cost of travel to Mitte, if that's where you'll even spend most of your time

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I make around $1000 a month online. I live in an extremely expensive city where this is not enough at all (doesn't even cover rent). To make more I would have to get a wageslave job which I'd rather not. My job is simple and quick and I don't want to work more.

What city can I move to where the cost of living is very cheap, internet speed is fast, and the lifestyle isn't a complete third-world culture shock? Somewhere where my monthly $1k would cover
>healthy food and gym

Also where it's safe and I won't be trafficked, I'm a tiny girl lel.

Any advice welcome, thanks everyone.
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Accommodation is cheap (i'll use dollars to illustrate) - for a quick visit even the highest-rated hotel on dear old Tripadvisor is $30 - $50 a night, though you'll pay significantly more for the few formerly grand Hotels and International chains that exist. Decent, comfortable apartments can be got for a couple of hundred dollars a month with ease, hostels and homestays can be as low as $6 a night, with a meal for another 80 cents or so.

It's a very safe city by Western standards, though avoid any large political protests in the Ala-Too square / White House area if you ever see one - things have turned sour on previous occasions, and the locals don't fuck around when they're angry and want to make a point against those in government. Otherwise take the same limited precautions you would anywhere else in the world safety-wise; booze makes people more vulnerable, safe taxis are cheap, putting the 2 things together to get home after you've had a few is recommended but that's about it. If you look like a total tourist, you might get the "Fake Police" stop you for a check and a bribe / theft opportunity; Politely refuse, tell them you're calling your embassy, and conspicuously call the nearest Kyrgyz passerby over for assistance. Your so-called police (they're not BTW, but do have some acquired uniforms) will fuck off immediately, they're not liked by the Bishkek populace, and your simple act of highlighting your concern at being stopped will get you help. I said the Kyrgyz are good people and they certainly are when you get trouble of any kind.

I feel I've overstated the problem quite a bit - it's more a be-aware-this-can-very-occasionally-happen thing, and way less of an issue than the Parisian gypsies, or muggings in any Western capital for example.

The traffic police are corrupt as fuck tho - keep $2-3 dollars with your licence if you do drive. They won't be targeting you as a visitor, everyone gets it...
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Can't thinks of much else right now - it's a city which doesn't yet get the recognition it deserves in the wider world. and the same can be said for Kyrgyzstan as a whole. It has a particularly liberal visa regime, and people from many countries qualify for either visa-free entry or very simple visa-on-arrival.

Basically, I can't recommend the place enough, sound like a Kyrgyz Tourism shill, and think anyone who wants to experience life "somewhere else" should give it some really serious consideration.
dothan alabama but only if you had a card paid for
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That's not a bad idea too. $100k could last me for a long time in a cheap city.

Thanks! It does sound like a good option to explore. I've never even considered Kyrgyzstan before, it's just so...foreign sounding I guess lol.
I'm also learning Russian so it would be useful. The infrastructure looks very Soviet (which I find weirdly appealing) and the nature seems stunning.

Nomad List gives it a $534/m which is awesome, but apparently it's not female friendly and internet is bad :/

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i already booked a flight so i kinda will go anyway but how safe is traveling to the philippines atm?
just read about hostages being taken by militant groups (communists and also islamists), apparently mostly in the south of the country.

anyone recently been there or knowing more about the issue? thanks :)
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just don't go to Mindanao where all the Muslims are
You can't go to Cebu, Bohol or anywhere close to Mindinao. You can't go to the very end of Boracay island and swim anywhere near those waters which are filled with kidnappers.

Otherwise it's pretty safe, if you consider a crime ridden US city safe it's about the same.
Too close to Mindinao.

Remember less than a few weeks ago, 60 ISIS affiliated terrorists in a gun fight on Bohol who arrived there to kidnap foreigners.
is your picture from the phillipines? looks pretty cool
yup. Filipinos are the most powerful race

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What does /trv/ think about Rick Steves?
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kek'd hard
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Politically, I think he's your typical wealthy, blue state moron who has no real idea what it's like to be poor. Other than that, meh. He goes overseas and films shit.
Heard him speak at a local theatre, about Europe a bit but mostly Iran. He is based.
he had an article on his website about how his original tours were essentially him forcing people to sleep on the cold wet ground so he could act hardcore
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Rudy Maxa masterrace

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Heading here this summer for a few days. Anything worth seeing or knowing?

Will be there for Friday night, so lol, nightlife.
>so lol, nightlife.
There will be Rum.
I was listening to radio.garden in this place recently, I'm intrigued.
>for a few days.
That's an oddball for a short visit. Are you a Newfoundlander?

Nope, but stopping over for a while while I'll be in NFLD during George St fest this summer
How are you getting there? It's fucking expensive to fly there, yeah?

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How is turkey for travel atm? Flight + hotel packages for alanya are really cheap now, is it just a tourist hellhole?
Perfectly safe, stay away from the South-East and you have nothing to worry about.
Alanya is nice but very touristy.
If you're not a journalist and not someone Erdogan doesn't like (Gülen movement) you should be fine.
I like Turkey but assume everybody is trying to scam you because they are. Every merchant will short change you, inflate prices or "accidentally" change the price from Liras to Euros while Mehmet distracts you hoping you don't notice as you pay with a card. Later when you try and dispute the charge they'll keep sending fake paperwork to the credit card company. Every restaurant you go to there will be extra drinks and shit added to the bill. If you say "I didn't order these" a corrupt cop on the bar/club/hotel payroll magically appears who insists you pay. Then there's all the scammers who try and get you to go for a drink to "a great place I know" which is a classic scam done all over the world but in Turkey the police are part of the scam http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/details/Safety/SingleMaleScams.html

Finally when you leave the country you will be scammed again when the police claim the knockoff trinkets in your bag are "historic artifacts" and try and charge you with smuggling, saying you need to pay them 1000 Euro fine or go to jail. If you buy anything there ship it home yourself with the receipt included don't go through the airport with it. This is a common scam as agents can label anything they want 'artifacts' http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-turkish-prison-chicago-vacation-met-20150306-story.html

Turkey's a great place but would be better if Erdogan stopped all the scamming by corrupt cops and merchants after he becomes dictator for life

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How do I immigrate to peru?
You can buy citizenship for $25,000 and even pay through installment payments through an immigration agent there.

Or marry a Peruvian.
Go there
>You can buy citizenship for $25,000
not any more, since at least 10 years.
It's pretty easy to obtain permanent residency though, and then citizenship after having lived there some 2 or 3 years iirc
jfgi OP. Peru is one of the easiest countries to immigrate to

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Does anyone travel with an unwheeled suitcase?
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>Going to be moving your stuff across gravel, sand, etc. a lot is a reason to avoid wheels, at any rate.

you know you can also carry a suitcase with wheels ? dumbass hipster
I tried it once when I ran away from home
terrible decision

you will be re-considering your need to travel after walking 30m

if you can afford to have your luggage portered and care more about appearances than being considerate to your help, then fine

but if you don't hire help it's a huge faux pas,
like having a cigar clipper without smoking or vice versa

anyone spending money to show off is a fool, rich and poor alike
I have traveled with unwheeled suitcases, but if for nothing else than airports I prefer wheels. I've got a small duffel (no wheels, obvs) that I still use somewhat regularly, that can be pretty easily perched atop a rollaboard for schlepping purposes.
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My suitcase has no wheels because I am very tall and it is awkward to slightly lean over to my right to reach the handle on one and walk.
How much is enough to spend on a rucksack for travelling, it'll either be a £20 90L Amazon one or osprey farpoint 40. I'm traveling for 2 weeks in Japan

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Im heading to Toronto in May.
I want to see the HMCS Haida, but afterwards, i have no idea what i want to do in Toronto proper

Any ideas?
Go to kensington, the beaches on centre island and walk queen street to trinity bellwoods park then get ice cream at bang bang around the corner

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