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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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Traveling mistakes thread

>staying in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
>12:30 am
>wanted to go a nightclub but my friend didn't
>decide to go anyway
>head toward bus station, near the border of san telmo/la boca
>read a thousand times previously that la boca is dangerous, but don't care since I've never had any problems
>see a group of 8-10 teenagers on my path, mostly guys and a few girls
>they're just talking and having fun
>don't switch sides for whatever reason, walk through them
>some of them high five me, try to chat me up
>ayy hola, que pasa
>m-me too
>cross the street

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>>1133029

That's just pathetic. What's your address? I'm the credit card police and i need to stop by and verify your card info.
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>>1133029
You're a fucking pathetic joke. Of course this is in Japan because all you faggot pathetic numales travel there with your video games because you want to be in a real life anime. I'm surprised more tough guys don't go there because they could order you around to do anything they want and you'd piss your pants without hesitation.
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>>1133032

>decriminalized

Its decriminalized in NYC too and youll get bopped with a $100+ ticket there too if you get caught with it.

Decriminalized =/= legal. All it means is they cant take you to jail for small amounts anymore. Instead, its now considered a CIVIL crime (instead of criminal) and you just get fined via tickets/bribes depending where you are.

In short the mexican po po din do nuffin wrong, you got exactly what was coming to you.
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>>1133029
Fuck you must be beta. I walked around alley ways in the middle of the night with no problem. Found a group of 20 or so teen/early 20s running some fucking dance circle and they loved me. Made buddies with some black guys even
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>>1133029
oh my god, what a fucking retarded pussy.
you must be american.

I plan on hitchhiking from western europe to Iraq.
>inb4 join IS
I'll pass to Greece on the way, but every kilometer into Greece is 2 kilometers extra to travel. Can someone please compare places to visit according to how far north it is. I'm looking for culture and nature, not into visiting bars
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>>1133063
Nowadays most people tend go in the opposite direction
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>>1133063
Go to Agio Oros, its thestern peninsula of the 3 next to Thessaloniki.

The whole peninsula is owned by the church for 1000 years and has 13 monasteries.

Women cannot go there, its an ancient law though.

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So, I've become jaded with American cities. I've been to Boston, Miami, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, DC, and live in Los Angeles. Are there any new places out there that I can visit in December for a week? Sounds ignorant but I really do feel like I've seen all that there is to offer in America as far as cities go. Needs to be walkable or have a good public transit system as I won't be renting a car. Also open to cities in Canada or Mexico.
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>>1133173
America isn't great because of our cities. It's everything in between them. Have you no interest in natural locations?
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>>1133179
I do, I'm actually a pretty big national parks buff but as it will be winter it makes some places inaccessible or not ideal to visit. I'm also 23 and waiting for when rental car rates drop for me when I'm 25 before I go and see many of them.
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>>1133182
If that is the case, with the current car restriction I can't think of a ton of places for you to go unless some city has a big Christmas festival or something.
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>>1133173
Miami. Anywhere in Florida with Uber

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A good idea still? Due to arrive in a about 10 days time but reconsidering after these latest events...
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>every day I'm warning people not to go to Turkey
>multiple people, including me, get banned
>this happens
>mfw

Turkey has a lot of enemies. External and Internal.
Government enforces censorship every 6 months.

Avoid.
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>>1133078
No, it was the Air Malaysia plane that dissapeared in the Indian Ocean, then everyone bought cheap tickets and like a month later another one got shot down in Ukraine
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>>1133039
Honestly, this is better for you. Our government and people are forgetful, so they laxed, forgetting the bombing some months ago. But now that another one happened, security will be taken seriously again, at least for a month or two.
On the other hand, how can you travel in this heat? I can't travel anywhere because all the places I want to go are above 30C~ except Scotland, and I can't go there because I can't wait for visa.
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>>1133119

I'm from Australia and it's Winter back home. Also, 30 degrees isn't that hot compared to our summer.
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>>1133119

I live in Michigan and it's warmer here than in Istanbul. We've had a wonderful summer.

Anyway, OP - I'd suggest going. The chances of you being in just the wrong place at exactly the right time are minimal. Be vigilant, keep your eyes open, and try not to linger too long in the middle of a crowded plaza or street (think Istiklal Caddesi).

I've been to Turkey half a dozen times before and since the Gezi Park protests. I crossed the border into Iraq and rode along the length of the Syrian border. Given, this was just as ISIS was starting to gain power, but I was fine. I'd be more careful than I was and you're going to be okay.

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Hey /trv/ I'm staying in Canada for the entirety of December to January. I know its cold as balls but are there any activities places worth checking out? I was considering Churchill Manitoba for the northern lights and all that.
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>hey guys, I'm staying in America, what do I do?
>hey guys, I'm staying in Russia, what do I do?
>hey guys, I'm staying in China, what do I do?
>hey guys, I'm staying in Brazil, what do I do?
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>>1133133
just asking for some winter suggestions from canada anons jeez
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>>>/b/
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>>1133154
???? how is this b tier but all the child hooker threads arent
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>>1133152

Canada is a big place. How about you tell us where you're going to be?

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Hey /trv/. I'm keen to go somewhere in Jan/Feb 2017, I was thinking of either Europe or US/Canada (Australian here). I don't mind the cold but I'm afraid of not being able to do anything if there's heavy snow that forces things to close or anything like that. What recommendations do you have for places to travel in the Northern Hemisphere? Of course no one has control over the weather, so I'd just like to hear your best suggestions. Pic completely unrelated
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Traveling to the Northern Hermisphere and afraid of heavy snow? I guess you have to deal with it or you have to travel in summer.
But I can recommend Sweden or Norway. Too. fcking. beautiful,
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>>1133108

Hey OP, Canadian here

During the winter in Canada, expect all 'outside' summer attractions to be closed for the season, like gardens, old forts, etc. However, there are tons of winter attractions that open up, like ski hills and skating rinks etc. As for general closures, Canada is extremely hardy in terms of dealing with snow and things will only shut down during the most extreme conditions, maybe one day a year. I've driven through white-out blizzards on several occasions which is possible because of our massive highway snowploughs. Restaurants bars and stores only close if it is literally impossible for the staff to open them due to snow, which is very unusual

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I'm going to Montréal this weekend. My bank doesn't exchange currency. Anyone know how to find the best rate/lowest fees in the city? Besides just Googling around....

Beginning to plan a 2 week vacation in Japan. Ive been kicking around the idea of spending it in the Kansai region but ideally I would like to have a train pass so that I can visit Tokyo( i don't want to get a hotel there since its pretty expensive). Any advice would be very much appreciated. Also does any one have any advice on saving money while there that would great too
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Air bnb can make things much cheaper and the hosts are all very helpful and friendly
If you want to be a scumbag you can also possibly get free trains by telling the staff you lost your ticket and they'll let you out (just buy the cheapest to at least get in the gate) worked for me once when I actually did lose it

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Post your top 10 theme parks/amusement parks in the world.

1 - Europa Park - Rust, Germany
2 - Efteling - Kaatscheuvel, Netherlands
3 - Disneyland - Anaheim, California, USA
4 - Islands of Adventure - Orlando, Florida, USA
5 - Tokyo DisneySea - Tokyo, Japan
6 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg - VA, USA
7 - Universal Studios Orlando - FL, USA
8 - Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen, Denmark
9 - Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Blackpool, England
10 - Gardaland - Italy
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>>1129257
i'm italian and gardaland it's real shit
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>>1129728
Seconded.
Recently shat myself in the Dragon Khan and Shamballa, would do it again
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>>1132845
I work at Kings island and I don't think they're really comparable, they're different theme park experiences. Cedar Point shits all over us tho.
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>>1132987
I wanna ride this so bad but im all the way in murica
>>1133158
Alot of my friends that go to ki and cp prefer ki. Also how do you like working at ki and why is diamondback the best ride there?
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>>1133160
It's worth it, track is smooth but it certainly throws you around.
Have a webm: https://u.pomf.is/zghgkb.webm

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Going to rome for 4 days with sone friends. Best restsurants, places to visit besides the well known ones?
Is the roma pass worth it? What else does trv recommend
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Pumping with maymays
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>>1133150
Man, there's a restaurant just next to the colosseum, you'll recognize it because it's next to a gay flag. Best pizza.
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>>1133151
How high are the restaurant prices in general?
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>>1133148
I only spent a short amount of time in Rome unfortunately. But generally speaking I'd say you should avoid the touristy areas for eating. The best pizza I ever ate was at a random pizza place a bit outside the city center.

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Flying out of LAX next week and looking to not get raped on parking, I was gonna take the bus but I guess they don't run service on my return day (saturday) cause i guess no one needs buses on saturdays. ill be traveling for 10 days.

Anyone have any tips for me?
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Super shuttle? I live in OC and I use that all the time. Works great. Also cheaper than parking.

Bonjour! Since France is such a popular tourist desination, I reckon it's time for a France thread.
Ask questions about France here it share your travel experiences here.
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>>1132797
go to the Périgord région, renting à car would be the best, if not obligatory. rivers are crystal clear, there is Sarlat and Périgueux town which are beautiful. you are like 200km from Bordeaux (i'm shit in geography but i think it's it)
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French Catalunia is cool.
I'm not a fan of the Côte-d'Azur but I can get the appeal. Same with the Var area.
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How's bicycling in Paris? I plan on spending a week there in December and using their bike rental system as a main source of transportation.
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>>1132797
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>>1132797
Thinking about doing Erasmus at the IEP in Aix-en-Provence. I'm sure it's beautiful there, but I'm wondering if it's actually nice to live there as a student or if it's all about rich tourists. I mean, are the rents affordable for students without rich parents or is it Paris tier?

I do speak Frensh, I've already done Erasmus in Belgium as a Bachelor-student and did short trips to France from there, though I haven't been south of Paris so far. Unfortunately.

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how do you guys deal with the cold when traveling?

I suffer acutely in the cold, and I'm not sure if it's that I have the wrong gear, or I just wander around in the cold like a fool

also struggle with the weight of carrying coats/shoes/ice shovels etc

I'm set for china, but I'm going to be in the south and southwest
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engage your core
control your breath
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>>1132268
>>1132270
but wind seems to cut through my coats, I'm not sure how to layer properly

and no number of sock seems to keep my feed dry and warm
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>>1132296
learn2layer

First layer should be a fabric that keeps you warm and dry. Wool is the most common natural fabric used for this.
Next you start stacking layers of warmer clothing with the last layer being a wind proof layer for obvious reasons. If you need a coat for /fa/shion reasons, use it over a wind proof jacket.
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>>1132253
I'm a sub-tropical climate where temperatures beyond 100°F are common. As such, I'm very sensitive to temperatures below 80°F. That's cold as shit to me.

And so, I've been taking ice baths to train my mentality as well as my body. Since I do hard workouts, it actually feels reallyyyyyy good and expedites my post-work out recovery.

Just my $0.02
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>>1132253
I'm Canadian therefore immune to cold.

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Hi /trv/, britbong here. So I kind of have a free month of homeless/ joblessness during August, and a shitload of money to waste. Thinking of going backpacking round Europe, but no real experience. Some questions...

1) The obvious one - what are some nice places to visit/ things to do? My plan atm is to fly out east and city hop like a pleb mostly - Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam etc. but I do really have a love for nature too and I wondered if there were any 'off the beaten path' wonders of nature you might recommend? Only place I'm not really bothered with is Italy, seen a lot of it already. I've been to Stockholm and seen a lot of Norway earlier this year too so they're out for now.

2) Is an interrail pass actually a good way to do this or not? On the one hand pre-booking a load of flights/ trains everywhere seems like a whole load of hassle, unless it would really be significantly cheaper as to be worth the extra constraints and stress. But on the other and, I want to pre-book all accomodation because I can't stand the thought of having nowhere to sleep at night, not knowing how much it will cost etc. So if I'm tied down by that anyway, should I just pre-book everything?

3) As someone who is abjectly terrified of other people to the point that I can barely hold a conversation (I hesitate to self-diagnose but I'm pretty sure I have social anxiety disorder or avoidant personality disorder or something in that vein. let's just say I'm autistic) I'm just wondering how other social hermit first-time travellers cope/ coped? I'm not expecting to blossom and break out of my shell or anything, I'd just like some general tips on socializing, because obviously it would be nice to meet SOME people even if I am mostly a loner.

Sorry for rambling. Opinions/ answers on all or any of these questions welcomed. Thanks.
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If you are in Bavaria (near Munich) check out Chiemsee and it's islands. Also go for the castle in Neuschwanstein. It's not necessary to go inside though. Also check out Königssee if you're around. And make sure to not be in Munich during Oktoberfest or else you'll blow all of your money there for hotels and beer.
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>>1132528
Check out some cool smaller spots like Strasbourg, Ghent, Trier, Plzn, Brno, Krakow, etc.

Skip amsterdam. It's all hype.
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>>1132549
Thanks, but

>Skip amsterdam. It's all hype.

What makes you say this?
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>>1133138
I live near it. If it's on your route, by all means. But stay for a day, nothing more. Don't trouble yourself if it's not on your route. It's not the party and culture paradise people say it is. Most of the coffeeshops have tourist grade weed and food is overpriced. And if it's not you'll make up by paying overpriced drinks.
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>>1133138
I spent three days in Amsterdam and it was super fun. There's a ton of really weird shit there if you're willing to find it. It was the most fun city to just wander around in.

>>1133153
Rotterdam is a cheaper alternative with better weed. But it's not as fun to get lost in the city.


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