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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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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*
Please try to refrain from asking questions about prostitution.
Japan's sex industry is almost completely inaccessible to foreigners who do not speak Japanese.
What is available can generally be found in the following links
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/

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>>1305126
There are a number of Christian communities scattered throughout the country. I've personally met at least 3 Christians who go to church every Sunday. A good portion of the population of Nagasaki, in particular, is Christian.
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>>1305233
I was staying at a Hyatt. But like I said, Tokyo sees enough foreign tourists that the front desk won't mind. They'll receive a package addressed to you, see that you're checking in in 1-2 days, and just hand it to you when you arrive.
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>>1305248
>A good portion of the population of Nagasaki, in particular, is Christian

Really makes you think.
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>>1305251
Because of Portuguese missionaries who came there.
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>>1305018
Right in the pussy

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I've been using these a lot this year for business travel accommodation. It's good but sometimes the hosts let it down. They don't seem to have any system to penalise hosts who waste guests' time. Thoughts? Experiences?
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>>1304061
As a host, bed bugs are my worst nightmare. With all the people who come and go, sometimes passing through airports or dirty, crowded trains, I consider myself lucky nothing happened so far
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You can superbly decent airbnb in a prime location at a subpar price
Also youll be in a place where locals are
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>>1304158
Mm
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how much human interaction would I have to deal with using Airbnb instead of a normal hotel?
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>>1304154
Get vinyl encasements for your mattresses, that way even if someone brings in a bed bug it can't make a home.
I've worked in 4-5 star hotels and even they have problems with bed bugs. They're just making a big comeback.

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Everyone on this board, with little exception, seems to travel for absurd reasons

There are those of you who only travel to smoke a joint in Amsterdam, or fuck ladyboys in Bangkok, or both. But why would you do these activities when you could stay home and do them for less money? The cost of flights, accommodation, food, and other services seems to grossly outweigh the benefits of traveling to these countries, which is not to mention that most of you can't make money while you travel unless its by begging or whoring yourself out. So why don't you stay in your own country to snort cocaine and fuck cheap whores? What about those of you who insist that foreign women are more beautiful than the girls back home? All countries will have approximately the same number of attractive women to ugly women, its consistent worldwide, don't tell me "oh i traveled all across Europe and Slavic women were so much hotter than women in my native country" thank you for your little anecdote that is not representative at all of the world. If you still do believe that foreign women are more beautiful then you're just fetishizing foreign women.

Those of you who go to "see the sights" why? Most of these "sights" are overpriced tourist traps, Big Ben, The Colosseum, The Great Wall. Are you really learning about their history? You're just another tourist passing through, you're not there to stay. You only go to say that you've been to these places, and to take photos that you'll never look at except on rare occasions to show to your friends and family how "cultured" you are for boarding that gondola in Venice, and then returning to your 9-5 job the next day wondering when you'll finally work up the courage to kill yourself.

So why do you travel when traveling in your home country is more cost efficient, you'll still meet new people, have new experiences, and be safer? Are there any good reasons to travel?
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>>1304044
Because it's there.
/thread
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i travel for the bragging rights
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>>1304044
To escape responsibility
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>>1304324
Yeah you do see why some of the poor decisions you made led to bad consequences? You're too self aware to be idiotic. Cut the stupidity out, at least most of it and you'll find things go more smoothly.
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>>1304325
Dude you're probably just paranoid kek

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What are Prague do's and don'ts? Going there with three of my friends this October. The most important question is though: Where are the escorts? Best whores in Prague?
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>>1302311
Same thing as other countries. Don't be a dick.

Museum of Communism was surprisingly good.
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>>1302311
Start here and look for tourists.
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>>1303431
Care to share some experience in the showpark? how does it work? what's the difference between the regular one and the DeVinci one?
How much does it cost?
Any do's and don't's ?
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>>1303720
There's a difference between technically tall, and tall in the eyes of girls.

Being taller than average doesn't mean the opposite sex considers you tall "tall".
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Remember the sexiest thing a man can do on his travels is to respect women!

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Indonesia thread?

I am going to be planning a trip there in march/April next year. The only issue is I will only have 9-10 days to be there. What are some of the must do things there? I mostly like to travel just to experience the difference of other cultures. I've heard that Jakarta is shit and to get out of there ASAP.

Other than Ubad (still not sold on this place) and YogyakartaI don't really know where I can visit in such a short period of time.
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10 days in Indonesia is nowhere near enough. 10 days would barely be enough to see Bali alone.
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How prevalent is malaria there?
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>>1304033
>They like white guys
LOL
That's an understatement desu.
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>going to SEA
>not going to a hedonistic country like Thailand

Fuck Islam
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>>1304055
Old Batavia has left plenty of monuments, so there's enough to discover

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Thought I'd open a Taiwan thread. I happen to be going there soon, and there's a lot I want to talk about, so I figure it's better to create a separate thread rather than scatter my posts throughout other threads.

People who have already been, or are currently in Taiwan, please share your experiences. Anyone else planning on/thinking of going, ask or lurk.
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>>1303225
because Korea is the only country where people vomit after drinking
You haven't been to korea, your only knowledge is from a hapa coworker and a shitty interent forum full of degenerate ESL teachers
Can you at least try to educate yourself properly?
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>>1305122
Welcome to Taiwan
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>>1300709
>seeing the archive of this post

you literally have been posting this same post for nearly a year now. what is your end game? are you getting paid by the taiwan government?
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>>1305190
Not him, but even though it's copypasta at this point, it does help mitigate many of the "wat do" questions.
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Asides from Taipei, hotels, and airports, how is the English situation over there? I feel terrible for even asking, but Chinese is so hard to learn.

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I'm German and would like to go to New York City with my girlfriend over the Christimas holidays. We'll be flying from Munich or Frankfurt, we'd like to spend about 7 days there and we can basically go between the 25th of December and the 3rd of January or so.

Do you think that time of the year is good to travel to NYC and would could be potential downsides? Is seven days a good time span or should we try to spend less/more?
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>>1305084
New York City is always expensive, particularly around Christmas.

But if you can afford it, it's very nice. Worst time to visit NYC is the summer for several reasons.

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Hey /trv/
I'm going to New York in October to see death grips. What are some things to do that aren't tourist traps ? I already have a list of little restaurants.
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>>1304855
By "up to", I mean all the stops before Broadway Junction.

Broadway Junction is still pretty hood, mostly due to all of the huge iron viaducts in the area.

Mark my words, Cypress Hills will be the next hip area.
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>>1304445
Aren't most films set in New York filmed elsewhere?
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>>1304445
http://www.scoutingny.com/the-new-york-city-filming-locations-of-the-warriors-ny-youve-changed/
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>>1304927
The iron viaducts are cool, though

Hipsters would love that shit, but East New York is a little too hood to have a large hipster population. East New York's precinct is one of the most dangerous in the city.

Long Island City also has the big iron viaducts and is not dangerous at all, for what it's worth.
>>1304929
It depends, because if it's supposed to be realistic you'd easily figure out that it's not in New York just by the way the street lights look
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>>1305179
LIC was historically mostly industrial with very few residents. Most blocks had little crime, simply because there really weren't people.

The hipsters can't push further south on the Canarsie Elevated, because the housing projects will stop them in their tracks. They're going to need to turn east towards Jamaica (which is also beginning to get better - new buildings are going up near the big rail station there).

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I'll be in Iceland towards the end of November, what is there to see and how much time will I have to check it out before dark?

Curious about how I can move from one destination to the next, are there buses, is it possible to take an Uber/Lyft from to another city?

Also what should I bring clothing wise? I may buy a new coat as all of the goose down has come out of my old one over the years.
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whats a good place to party?
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>>1304137
About 15-20 minutes outside of the city zone.
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question: I have a 7.5 hour layover in REF airport in december.. enough time to see Reykjavic and run back?
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>>1305213
Kek, you can do ine thing for 1.5 hours, then get your ass back to REF.

Choose your activity wisely and plan your transportation to and from that activity ahead of time.
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How is Iceland in March?

It's the only time my gf and I get some vacation time together. Thinking of staying for a week, renting a car and drive around the country.
Do auroras still happen at that time of year?

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Is this a good idea? Any experiences?
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How much money should I take with me for 5 days not including accommodation?
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>>1303780
5000 roubles is a good amount.
Visit the Russian museum and the Artillery museum as well as the obvious sites.
Don't bother going inside the Church of the saviour on the spilled blood.
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>>1303449
Yea, probably. Since it is a cultural capital (with gopniks, of course),
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>>1303449
>Russia
>a good idea?
Never.
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>>1305236
why?

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What are your experiences with using ebookers? Also experiences from other such sites would be welcome. Also general conversation about where to book your flights and stay.
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Tell me your tips and tricks on getting good travel deals /trv/.
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>>1304782
Always shop around, don't rely on one website for everything. Once you find a good price for something, compare it against the airline/hotel directly. Sometimes you get the same deal buying directly and can save yourself the booking fees.
Get a junk e-mail account and use it to sign up for free memberships and special offers. You can legitimately get good deals on stuff, and your regular email doesn't fill up with spam and junk.

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I bought a two month round trip ticket to New Delhi, planning on backpacking around India and seeing as much as I can. Any advice?
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how do i get an indian gf
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>>1304923
Surprisingly easy.

1. Have at least more money than her family
2. Be at least less of a creep than the average Indian male
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>>1304923
Use poo cologne.
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Can someone hold my hand through the e-visa process? I've heard some horror stories about people who applied too early, and having run out of time (or pretty close to it) by the time they were about to begin their trip.

For reference, I plan on going there by the end of December. When would be the right time to apply? I obviously want to avoid applying too early, but I'm also worried that applying too late might end up with unexpected delays.
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Any have some opinions/advice about Kolkata? I have a chance to go their this January. I have always wanted to go to India, but Kolkata was not really on my radar, however, the opportunity was presented to me by an acquaintance.

Hey /trv/

Heading to Bangkok in a few weeks. Staying in an AirBNB close to the Sukhumvit BTS.

I don't really have a plan as far as what I want to do. I know people usually gravitate to the reclining Buddha or Khao San road.

Anyone can provide some interesting places to visit or have any good tips?
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>>1305196
That place is long gone but used to be a lot of fun like 10+ years ago. Have pulled some really good sardines put of there. Pattaya is cheaper for just drinking and watching though.
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>>1305204
Barfines not sardines.
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>>1305007
Most expats in Pattaya do hire hookers. You can get warts and herpes even if you use condoms. Not worth concerning yourself about if you're already fucking hookers.
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>>1305196
There's a tiny outdoor bar on the second floor of Nana plaza. No girls but a perfect perch for watching the comings and goings. Just go up the escalator on the right hand side and then do a hard right turn and you'll see a spot with about 8-10 bar stools.
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>>1305212
Honestly that would just be depressing. When I have been broke in the past and stuck in BKK for extended peroids would mostly just hang out around Nana Carpark, the Biergarten, and the beer bars lining soi 4 and hang out with the girls, occasionally getting 1000b freelancers when I could afford it. Was always depressing as fuck watching all the hot girls walking around and not being able to do anything about it. And can be quite lonely if you're solo. This guy keeps on saying he is lonely, but it scared of having sex. I think his best bet is to hang out in beer bars in Patts ans find a girl to hang out with during the day. A girl to go to the movies with, visit Koh Larn with, go to the Tiger zoo with, dumb touristy shit like that. Maybe then he wouldnt be so lonely.

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How much have you come across anti-tourist sentiments while traveling?

This summer I was in a few cities which might get a few too many tourists (Barcelona and Lisbon) in particular. I never got anything personally, but I did notice anti-tourist graffiti (especially in Barcelona).

How much is tourism a legit problem and how much of this is just leftist angst?
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Felt guilty in Lisboa, people really seemed to hate airbnb and in the traditional parts of town there were a lot of tourists, which ruins the whole authentic thing.
Lisboa is pretty shit right now desu
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>>1305197
A buddy of mine is Portuguese, born and raised in Lisbon. He gets excited when I go to visit him but he also isn't shy to complain about tourists with me. Luckily when I'm with him I can go to authentic local tascas and stuff and not get the "damn tourist" treatment.

It's still better than Paris or Barcelona in that regard but it's definitely not heading in a good direction.
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>>1305192
I know that feeling bro, happened to me in Japan. They thought I was Chinese or Korean, their two least favorite countries
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>>1305192
I have Portuguese friends who have worked in places which get a lot of tourists (i.e. the Santa Maria church in Ă“bidos) and they said that 90% of the tourists were extremely polite and respectful, even the burgers.

They said the bad ones were always French or Chinese.
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Some places legitimately don't have the infrastructure to accommodate large influxes of tourists and that can put a lot of hardships on the locals. Also places that rely heavily on tourism dollars often have a lot of blatant local corruption and pretty big economic gaps amongst the locals.
It's not even a developing world thing, visit Alaska sometime. It's full of tourist towns with all kinds of problems.



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