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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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I would like to visit USA before WW3 but I also doesn't like to be robbed, raped or mass-shot.
What places should I consider/ignore?
I'm from Italy
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>>1166364
New York City is one of the safest cities in the country. The bad neighborhoods you won't see unless you go to the projects in Harlem and even Harlem has calmed down. Better yet google most dangerous cities in the US and stay away from them.
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>>1166364
Why do Europeans always think they will get shot immediately upon entering US? It's a first world country guys. If you get yourself shot you probably did something really, really, really stupid.
Anyways what are you into OP? Nature, big parties? And how much time will you spend here?
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>>1166638
>It's a first world country guys.
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>>1166638
> If you get yourself shot you probably did something really, really, really stupid.
Yeah right

I'm currently in London but thinking of moving next year, a lot of the areas have been gentrified or excessively sanitised and I feel the city has sold it's soul in away. I don't think I could live anywhere else in the UK though, so I'm looking at options further afield.

What are some of your favourite cities?
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Why hasn't anyone mentioned Australian cities?

Melbourne is fucking fantastic, and is regularly voted as the most liveable city. Sydney is good too.

I also like Berlin and Auckland.

It really depends what kind of lifestyle you want.
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>>1166154
London is shit nowadays, unless you make 100k+
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>>1162689
>a lot of the areas have been gentrified or excessively sanitised and I feel the city has sold it's soul in away.

When this meme of "you need to be poor and dirty to have a soul/character" is going to end?
I live in a city with horrendous slums and retarded tourists go there in military jeeps to take pictures, helping perpetuate the degradation of urban space by making it lucrative to live in a slum, which in turn breeds some of the worst human beings in our society.
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>>1165484
>in germany, i would recommend cologne
this is bait
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>>1162979
Berlin is exactly the same as OP described London.

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Any brothers of the Craft get out there & visit other lodges / meet other brethren when on the road, in the finest Masonic tradition?

Share your experiences!

Recently raised MM here, looking to visit a lodge in DC but I can't get a response out of them - though I have no doubt I'll meet some brothers on my journey, albeit not in a lodge.

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I'm really stressing out about this budget I'm on.

I'm pretty much going to Australia for 6 months to visit my fiance,(I live in Canada) She lives with her parents who work(she works too), and I'm going up there with roughly 2.7 thousand dollars (after purchasing plane tickets for there AND back). Would I get turned down from entering the county? Even though I'll be staying with my fiance who works and parents?, while having quite a bit of money to possibly help out?
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>>1166181
If I bring equivalent of ~800 euro for my spendings for 1-2 months as long as my family supports me in case of some emergency like robbery etc. is it possible that immigration officers turn me down? I try to travel as cheap as possible, I never eat at bars and I camp as my accommodation.
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>>1166510
That's approx $1,200, which equates to between $20- $40/day. If you're staying a month you could probably just scrape by, but 2 months I really doubt it. A hostel dorm is going to be at least $20/night, so you can rule out staying in cities. Campgrounds aren't easy to access without a vehicle.

If you are really set on this it might be better to make sure you're groomed and dressed in clean clothes, then do as >>1166415 says.
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I think the real question is, what sort of loser is engaged to a chick he doesn't even spend time with? Couldn't find a girl in real life, had to use the internet? Guess meeting girls in person is too scary, huh?

What's wrong buddy?

Sooner or later you"re going to have to confront your shortcomings. The novelty of being different and exotic will wear off, and once the anticipation/excitement of finally meeting wears off, your relationship is dead in the water and you'll be back in Canada face to face with your weaknesses and shortcomings.

I give it a month. Maybe two.

Make sure you have enough for an early ticket home...
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>>1166510

If any suspicion they will ask you for proof eg online banking, maybe bring / mock up a print out of a bank account showing a modest amount (15k say).

As for camping, major cities do not allow it in parks etc - besides being somewhat dangerous (mostly no, but some areas definitely), it's also unsightly for residents, so the police will move you along.

In all honesty I don't know what kind of existence you plan to eke out on such a pitiful amount of money. You can live cheap, but 99c pasta & sauce or tuna gets old fast, luxury doesn't come cheap - booze is expensive, transport is expensive, most shit is expensive.

Save for another year, then come back, you will have a much more rewarding experience than living like a homeless fuck.
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>>1166634
Man, you made a lot of assumptions. Hit a little too close to home?

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Kenya general?

Does anyone know if Kenya would be enjoyable on a budget? I know a lot of the National Parks can get very expensive but how feasible would it be for a solo white traveller to visit towns and maybe villages across the country? What's the deal for food, accommodation, language etc.
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>>1165035
>Does anyone know if Kenya would be enjoyable on a budget?

Could be, if you enjoy that sort of thing. I had a good time there, but my visit was very short because the person who booked the tickets fucked up, though...

>I know a lot of the National Parks can get very expensive but how feasible would it be for a solo white traveler to visit towns and maybe villages across the country?

Ought to be doable, if you have that mindset. Depending on where you are heading, study up on malaria nd the like.

>What's the deal for food, accommodation, language etc

Was only in Nairobi and surrounding area, I don;t recall anybody that did not speak English. Unless you are a vegetarian, hit a "yama chama" place, which I have probably spelled wrong, and which is essentially a "Here, eat grilled meat, dammit!" experience. Depending on the place, you'll have to make some decisions about bush meat, so study up on that as well.

>>1165750
Nice, you looked at the state department travel advisory. Here's an excerpt the one for France, just so folks can compare.

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>>1165035
kenya is nowhere near as safe as it was. Could you consider Namibia as a second option? Or Botswana?
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I stayed in Nairobi for a week this past May. Quite honestly I enjoyed it strictly because it's hands-down the easiest place to get laid in the world, even more so than the Philippines. I had a one night stand with a cute girl from Tinder every single night there, it was nuts.

Anyway, security-wise you need to be quite careful, but it's not as bad as it was just a few years back. Lonely planet calls it "the most dangerous city in Africa" but that's horribly wrong IMO. You just need to practice basic safety measures - take Ubers (not taxis) door-door after dark, don't show your cell phone or cash in public, don't look like an easy target. South Africa was worse IMO and that's full of travelers.

Avoid the CBD if possible too. West lands is nicer and safer. But even in the CBD no one bothered me.

My only caution - sign up for the alerts from your embassy on the country and keep an eye on the news. When I was there, they were having weekly violent protests against the government.

Language isn't an issue - everyone speaks perfect English that I met. Lots have even stopped teaching their kids Swahili.
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>>1166553
>CBD

Que?
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>>1166553
Makes me want to go now. Everyone keeps saying that if you go to Nairobi and are white you will get pussy left and right without any effort.

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Has anybody else ever felt like they were completely and utterly overwhelmed by where they were for irrational or inexplicable reasons?

Whenever I walked the streets of Tokyo, even with a group of fellow foreigners like me and with a year's worth of Japanese language learning under my belt, I felt a very acute yet impermeable uneasiness, like I wanted to go back to my hotel room and stay there to watch TV, I felt as though the flashing lights and the people and the sounds were converging in on me, and I had to go.

Two years later I went to India, and navigated the most crowded, the most loud, the most smelly, and the most chaotic streets I have ever seen in my life. Never before had I imagined horns and streets to be this loud and common, and groups of this amount of people and the sheer volume I was seeing was inconceivable. Pile on top of that the disfigured cripples who panhandled for money, the mal-nourished children rubbing their stomachs and mouths, the hunch-backed old crones, the touts and scammers trying to suck you dry of every rupee you have, the vigilance needed in order to not step in cow shit, and finally, the constant and ever-present fear of theft, murder, or rape, if you're a woman.

Yet for all of these things I felt in India, It never came close to the level of fear I experienced when walking through the avenues of Akihabara, or anything else for that matter. For all the terrors I experienced or was at risk of experiencing in India, I went on with a quiet yet collected professionalism, even as my tennis shoes were stolen from the temple I visited. In Japan there was something different, and obviously something that would make me feel worse than what I did in India. In fact, living in Las Vegas Nevada, I get the same feeling I got in Tokyo as I do whenever I have the misfortune of visiting the strip, which gives me the same shivers and chills that Tokyo does, with similar anxious effects. Does anybody else know this feel?
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That's just anxiety, anon. Consult a psychologist.
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>>1166652
So that's you, friend
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>>1166654
I thought anxiety was an unsettling feeling and nervousness? How can that translate to being underwhelmed?

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What is the most overrated place to visit?
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Any place in Costco travel ads
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ITT: Big, major cities that people want to visit anyways
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Zurich
source, I live here
Honestly amazed at people wanting to visit a city where the theme is people working.
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>>1166157
I got really lost one day while biking around brooklyn and In the matter of 15 blocks i went through an all black neighborhood to a mexican neighborhood to an industrial neighborhood with a terribly polluted river to the hipster neighborhood and finally to the jewish neighborhood. The buildings mostly looked the same but the people varied so greatly. That city is also a clusterfuck with its road system.
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>>1166662
Geneva is worse. People visit it because it's a famous name, and then see how boring and soulless it is.

A notice a few of you have gone or are planning to go to Korea or Japan to teach English. What about China or Taiwan?
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Is it much harder to find a job in China or Taiwan if I just want to teach adults? What about older teens?

If I go on vacation to China or Taiwan, for 2-3 months, would I be able to line up a teaching job and work visa while on a tourist visa?

Anyone have experience in Kunming? The climate, scenery, and air quality make it seem like a really nice city.
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>>1166476
So Seoul has no soul...
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>>1166474
Sure, first of all don't listen to this retard. >>1166476 He's close minded already. You'll see people like him every now and then.

What I like
food.Gyeongsangnam(fucking delicious food is generally spicier and more salty than the northern food.

shopping. Nampodong, Busan and Seomyeon, Busan are my two favorite places for this. street vendors everywhere and cheap brands. department stores and massive underground shopping centers

Islands. In Tongyeong (where i teach) there's a fuckton of islands you can visit by ferry. Saryangdo has an amazing view and hiking. Bijindo has beach camping and nice hiking too.

-People. Koreans are kind and giving. They'll give you free stuff often. really hospitable. They give compliments quite often too which can really boost your self-esteem.
Their passion for sports. Watch a baseball game live

DISLIKES
-REALLY superficial culture. I see see parents often criticize their children about being fat. Some mothers try to get their kid plastic surgery for a graduation gift. There's a pressure to be this one type of beauty. Which can create 성형괴물(mostly in Gangnam) Also be prepared to take selfies

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>>1166624
>did I mention I LOVE K-Pop? XD
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>>1166693
Fuck off, cancer

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Hello /trv/

I'm planning my (almost) first trip abroad, by myself.
The only time I've ever spent abroad was about a week in Belgium, and that was for school. I've been saving up (and will continue to until next summer) and have around $800 right now.
Anyway, what's a good place to go to for someone who enjoys history and architecture?
I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in Europe, and was considering an Eastern European country this time (Like the Czech Republic).
I'd like to hear your thoughts, any help is appreciated.
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>>1165889
Welcome Neophyte traveller #5813. History/architecture wont cut it, you have to give us more than this.
Nationality, time, budget?
Hostels vs. airbnb?
Nature and/or getting drunk in the cities?
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>>1165963
Sorry!
I'm an american, my budget will be relatively small (maybe around $2500 to $3000?)
Time I'm not sure, maybe a week or so.
I'd much rather prefer hostels than an airbnb, although I have no knowledge of airbnb (perhaps you could tell me some of your experiences with it?)
And I like both nature AND big cities.
Thanks again <3
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>>1166030
2500 is more than enough to have a good trip. I did 10 days in Prague and Krakow and total cost for me was around 1700 and that was staying in 5 star hotels (I flew from the East coast of the US). If you are interested in Prague I highly recommend Krakow as well, I actually preferred it over Prague, however my wife preferred Prague.

Good luck, I am sure you will have a good trip.
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>>1166049
Does that 1700 include your airfare?
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>>1166030
Your biggest expense will be airfare. Try skyscanner, shop around, theres lot to be saved on tickets.

Prague is absolutely fine for neophyte travellers. Basically all of EU is but -> take your time. Better to focus on a few places than hop around like bunny on epinephrine. Spend 3 or 4 days in Prague, then pick one, most 2 other places to visit which arent far away. Krakow is great place, but you will throw away at least 12 hours travelling there and then back to Prague. One option though would be to make one day stop in a national park which is along the way, rent bike and go on a tour. Google for National Parks in Czech republic and Poland.

Or drop Krakow altogether and go to Wien, its also a travel hub so you can straight fly away back to US from there. Vienna is more expensive but compared to Czech republic, Slovakia, all neighbouring post-communist countries it is the place to buy fashion. I bought absolutely stylish cool second hand leather jacket there for 80 euros + bunch of other clothing, shoes etc.

I have lots of other tips, after all I was born in Bratislava. Feel free to post itinerary and I can throw in more suggestions.

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Hello people!
I posted this in another forum here as well...
I need help paying for an exchange trip with my school and MedLife to Ecuador this winter.

I have made a GoFundMe for this...
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Thank you so much
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>>1166644
Fuck off
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>>1166644
Fuck off plz
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Try /b/, but expect to have to show tits + timestamp to at least get their attention.

Oh, and please fuck off.

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New Japan General, Kagoshima Edition

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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I posted about host clubs in the last thread.

S-so I got wasted last night and added the cutest host I could find to LINE, forgot how to use the keyboard setting on my phone and basically blurted out "OKAY FOREIGNERS club name YES??" in all hiragana like a retarded child.

He sent such a kind reply, bless his moe little heart.
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>>1166636
i hope he pounds your cute little butthole
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>>1166645
I don't want makura service, I just want some pretty nihonjin fuccbois to drink with.
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i'm reading through erolin right now and am just blown away at how legitimized paying for escorts sounds (relatively speaking)

anyone have any experiences with that stuff?
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>>1166679
Kek. I'm interested in the full story if possible.

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I am an aussie heading off to the US next month,
I want to shoot WW2 era weapons, esp German.
I am in LA for 2 days, then DC for 3 days.

Does anyone know of any shoot ranges where i can rent this weapons?
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>>1166397
You picked the 2 worst possible places. There will not be anywhere you can rent those in those two places.
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There are ranges in Vegas and also in Texas where you can rent fully auto weapons, not sure if they have vintage ones
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To be honest mate, your best bet is to ask /k/ .
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>>1166673
This. Be prepared to pay a shit ton of money (especially for anything other than a K98) due to the rarity of weapons in working order and their ammunition.
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>>1166397
You picked shit places to shoot guns. Try Las Vegas there are fucktons of ranges there and a bunch that offer machine gun rentals.

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I see most of "occasional solo travelers" are between ages 20-26 and I was wondering at what age does it stop to become hip to be a solo traveler who travels around the world and just turns into creepy?
I'm 29 and always dreamt of being one of those but will it look weird and I won't be able to connect to any fellow travelers due to big age gap.
When does "a young soul wanting to explore the world" becomes to "an old failure can't find himself"
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>>1165050
No one will care because you will never see them again after you all hang out for a good night. There was a 28 year old from Colorado in my Montreal hostel group when I was in the city 2 months ago and we were in a big, international group. No one gave a shit that he and this other Frenchie were the oldest in the group because we were all having a good time. The youngest was a 19 year old girl from Germany and she was fine with older people because, like I said, no one cares.
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>>1165050
No one cares about your again while traveling because everyone wants to have fun
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If you consider yourself a creep, then you are probably one.
Traveling solo can be much more fun than with someone, but it depends where you go. Some countries I wouldn't go solo.

At 29, you ought not to be concerned with what the world thinks of you.
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that depends anon

how much money do you have?

over the summer some old ass dude in his 50's came up to me, he was a marine back in his day and say my ink so he decided to talk to me. He was divorced umpteen times and was a corporate type dude on a break from work. Told me he'd been traveling for almost 1 year exactly. He was draped in cash and payed my tab so in my book he was legit as fuck. According to him he had no problems getting snizz but I guess that has to be taken with a grain of salt.
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>>1166694
saw my*. shit nigga im drunk.

Well gents its time I cross this mother off my bucket list being in So Cal most of my life meant i was stuck with Disneyland cause going to Disneyworld at that time costed a arm and a leg (still does).

I'm combining my vacation days along with Thanksgiving (my anus is already puckered up for lines) to make it a 5 full Disney world day trip. What can you Disney world vets offer in terms of advice?
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>>1166621
It sounds like you realize it's going to be busy. And believe me, it's going to be extremely busy with long lines, tons of tourists complaining about how other people are in the park (well duh, it's a holiday and people have the day off), and exhausted cast members missing their family. Thanksgiving day (and the weekend) will be crazy, but the evening around dinner time should mellow out.

Pack a lot of patience, realize all the nice restaurants are already booked, and just enjoy spending time with your friends/family.


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