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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.

American here, tried to enter UK by a one way ticket and got denied entry at the airport. Unpleasant but now in order to go back I'd need a vistors visa. Looking to get around that by going through Ireland or France and wondering if anyone's tried that before and could give advice about it. I'm not looking to stay, it's just that I have to get there before the 30th of this month and a vistors visa would take a lot longer.
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>>1409427
Only if you fly in from one country and fly into another.
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>>1409431
Do you have a EU passport? Then it's a different story.

>previous travel to Iran
Only US and Israel care about this.
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>>1409405
Only person I know who has extra questioning or some shit like this go on looks like some stoner(long hair, unkept bear, only goes in with a backpack, no cash card only, and a cheap ass cellphone) and always gets extra questions, security scans, and other shit done. Everyone else I know hasn't had to prove this. Besides for people booking through places like Kayak/concour/orbitz/cheapoair; where you will generally be using multiple airlines for that lowest rate, do you think every single one has to get out their paperwork to prove they have an exit flight? fuck no.

I have heard of countries with strict visa laws such as switzerland and what not demand these things, but generally don't find this to be the normal.
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should i book straight to paris or would immigration be more lax at the airport of a smaller city?
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>>1409511
You either are allowed in or not, doesn't matter where you enter.

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/trv/, do you think I could get away with traveling with nothing but a backpack for 2 months in Sweden? June-July

I'm trying to pack as light as possible because I'll be moving around a lot.
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>>1409520
It's Sweden so you can buy anything you need there, just pack 6 pairs underwear, socks, pair of jeans, shirts, extra pair of shoes, tooth brush/essentials, and some first aid kit thing you make made up of a few meds and band-aids. Can fit that in a plastic grocery bag. Wash your clothing in the sink using those tiny Tide sink washing things or go to laundry places. Buy the rest of your shit there
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OP here, another Q:

Is it a good idea to bring my laptop with me? I know it's unnecessary weight and extra expensive shit that could potentially be stolen, but I do a lot of music production and would like to be able to work on stuff. I've never been backpacking before so I'm not sure if it's a smart idea to bring it with me.
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>>1409560
No, takes up a lot of space you'll need for other things. If you need to use the internet, just get a library card in Sweden. There's computers there.
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>>1409560
Bring a cheap ass tablet off amazon or chrome book, you can get a windows 10 tablet for like 70 bucks
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>>1409560
Having a laptop is nice if you've got downtime, but it's not necessary. I would only bother if it's lightweight and you've got extra space after packing everything else.

I’ve been wageslaving for about 7 years and I really want to blow my dough on something irresponsibly expensive overseas.
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Do what I do and instead of going for expensive go for affordable luxury. Such as flying to Thailand in business class with Finnair (~2k return) and staying at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (150~200 a night).
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I go to Thailand a lot for work, and I think, like a lot of people, that Bangkok offers some of the best luxury value for your dollar anywhere in the world. Frankly, a good 4-star, and even a handful of very good 3 stars, in BKK is often comparable to the best five star in a lot of other places in terms of service and amenities.

My go-to work hotel in Bangkok is the Banyan Tree, which has very nice suites and can often be had for not that much money... because my company rents so many rooms from them, I know for a fact that they cut us a huge deal, with suites for not much more than $100. But the general public can find deals that are nearly as good if you shop around and wait for sales. I put it in the "best of the 4-stars" category maybe they bill themselves as a 5-star?), but if you're used to traveling on the cheap it will seem extremely luxurious.

But if wasting money is your primary objective, there are also a number of very expensive 5-star places that are at least as good if not better than you might expect. The legendary Oriental, now the Mandarin Oriental, is old-school luxurious with absurd levels of service. My wife and I stayed in one of the smallest of their Specialty Suites for two nights many years ago, but it cost us something like $800/night. Normal rooms are less, but frankly still too much, and will probably blow you away equally. That's probably been my single most luxurious hotel experience globally.

Was fun to pretend to be Somerset Maugham for a weekend, but I actually like smaller, upper-midrange boutique hotels with a focus on being well-designed and stylish a lot more than I like oversolicitous luxury places or bland business traveler hotels, which frankly look the same all over the world (Mövenpick, I'm looking squarely at you).
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>>1409175
The peter trail curve

After a certain USD spent there's diminishing returns on visible peter trails in your hotel room
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>>1409131
High end hot-spring inns in Japan are nice as fuck. One I stayed at in Nikko was larger than most hotel suites, and had a private patio and outdoor bath. Half-board was included as well, so massive 6-7 course meals with things like A5 grade wagyu beef, and a choice of either western or japanese breakfast.

The Andaz Tokyo was the nicest chain hotel I've ever stayed at. Even the base rooms are incredibly large, every room in the hotel has a good view, and the bathroom is enormous with a separate tub and shower.

For flights, I've only experienced business class on ANA and EVA. Both are wonderful, but EVA has a slight edge since they provide pajamas and, in my opinion, had better food for the main meal. They also have more expensive champagne. ANA does have better liquor though, they serve 17 year aged whiskey to business class passengers. By the end of this year I'll have gotten to fly JAL first class and Cathay Pacific first and business class as well, and am looking forward to seeing how they stack up.
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The most I've spent on a room was about $40 a night. I end up in nicer places (by my standards) when I don't have a place booked and ask a taxi driver to take me to a hotel.
I've also spent $4 a night to sleep in some sketchy alley in Bangkok, and that's fine too. As long as I have a bed. Spend your money on food or something.

What do I do in Reykjavik?
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>>1409574
Get ripped off.

How much euros do i need in Nice per day for food and public transportation? 20€? 30€? For one person, of course.
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>>1408522
Monaco is very near. You can go there early in the morning and return by night.
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>>1408201
Is Nice pretty nice?
How does it compare to Cannes?
I'm thinking about a place that maybe both my mother and I can enjoy. I think these might be a select few.
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>>1408522
Ventimiglia is accessible by train, it's the first town in Italy if you want some change of scenery. It's not that much different, but hey it's another country. Genova is a bit too far.

For a day trip I would advise to try and visit the Lérins islands near Cannes. They're pretty comfy, with a monastery on the bigger one. Beware their merchandise is overpriced. You can get the ferry from Cannes, you'll get on the islands within 10-15 minutes.
Cannes itself is meh, you can try walking on the Croisette if you like. Some might find it pretty, but it's pretty average compared to any other coastal town in the area.

If you want to do some bathing, I wrote some detailed posts on previous thread and cba to type it again tbqh, but basically the best beaches are la Mala in Cap d'Ail (quite small though), Villefranche-sur-Mer (plus you can visit the small town), Beaulieu-sur-Mer, le Larvotto in Monaco, or Antibes if you prefer sand. Eze might be good but I don't know it well, though the village itself is nice to visit.

Picrel: OC of the Mercantour.
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Same questions of the OP but For Montpellier

i need advices anons
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Bump

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Do you guys get vaccines when you go to 3rd world countries?

I will be going to South America soon (Colombia, Peru, Brazil) and I saw online that I should get vaccines but I really don't want to. I hate needles and I fucking hate vaccines.

I'll only be down there for a couple weeks so I should be fine.... Right?

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I was thinking of putting my passport and money in my shoe, but there's the possibility of it getting bent or something when I crouch or walk for a while. Any other good ideas? I know of someone who got drugged by just smelling something and the thief took everything.
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>>1409306
NB I haven't had anything stolen from me since I was 5. Nowhere. So I trust my processes.
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>>1409275
All the pickpocketing and petty thievery happens on buses, in hostels and in and around train stations, and people latching on to you in the street near areas where foreigners congregate like red light districts or bars/tourist traps.

Any decent hotel, they won't be stealing from your room safe or stealing from their lobby safe but hostels anything can happen, since tons of poorfag druggy scumbags are staying there too and probably doing the stealing. You can buy those hidden wallets/belts, where you can keep cash and a passport or hanging neck bag. I have a belt that expands one side where you can slide a phone into I bought from PacSafe. My bag is also from PacSafe so rats on the street can't just razor your bag and grab whatever falls out which happened twice in Barcelona.

On buses or trains just keep it in your bag secured, and keep your bag in front of you, and never look away when some guy beside you says "Oh look there's something on your shoulder" or some other distraction, move with your bag.
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>>1409299
Literally most any reputable hostel has a locker, and you should have researched that prior to. No hostel owner is going to fucking take a customers passport, that's just fucking business suicide and an actual crime.
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>>1409284
>where the absolute bloody hell
greece. pretty wild tho
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>>1409269
>Places to hide valuables

1. Sleep with passport in pocket
2. Have chain wallet that clips onto you
3. get any valuable shit out in the shitter and not let anyone see it

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Do you guys collect anything on your travels?
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My parents used to give me fridge magnets when they came back from abroad. For some reason I started doing it myself.

I also keep all my ticket stubs and any paperwork I picked up along the trip.

Besides the usual souvenirs I also pick up any piece of geothermal rock or "ancient looking thing" from archaeological sites.
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>>1407871
started off buying minibar sized bottles of booze without the intention of drinking them. that lasted a couple of years and have a decent collection which is packed away somewhere (some were pretty old and gnarly. like 30+ years old contreau bottles as any indication)
I did collect a bunch of those pennies in OP's pic when i was in the US working my way down the west coast from Alaska to LA.. I dont even know what to do with them in all honesty.

The most fun is having a fist full of dollar notes to make it rain at parties. (ausfags have $1 and $2 coins. the 'two drink' lesbians hate having coins thrown at them)
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>>1408076
>the 'two drink' lesbians hate having coins thrown at them
Whores be uppity in Ausland.
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>>1407967
This, OP. Collect the whole set.
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I collect flags, but I buy them at home, not while traveling.

It's also getting to be cumbersome, as I keep ordering the standard 5ftx3ft flags, and I'm running out of wall space. They're also somehow cheaper than smaller flags. And the cheapskate in me would never allow me to spend more money for what amounts to less material.

I've also started a second collection of flags where I just put stickers on my toolbox. This one is much easier to manage, as stickers are cheap; I just bought an entire set.

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She wants to do resorts and cocktails. I want to find weird places & climb up their mountains. what do. sometimes the pussy isn't worth it
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>>1409577
weird places have resorts too, unless you want the adventure part to be 24/7 or if it was just hte 2 of you the gf would be mopey about being left alone
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>>1409577

Unironically book a tour group to shut her up. The marketing pamplet will basically mask the fact you get to go see cool shit, even if more limited time frames, each night she can use the allocated time to get drunk at the local bar then fuck silly in the hotel

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Has traveling changed your politics or ideology, /trv/?
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Absolutely. Traveling definitely helped me grow out of my /pol/ phase.
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>>1409530
What contradictions? Nobody gives a fuck about complaining about political shit on 4chan. But when I'm chilling in a cafe somewhere, the last thing I want is some American cunt traveling on daddy's money to lecture me on politics.

It's not about getting emotionally charged. It's that these fuckers all say the same exact thing. You encounter the textbook liberal who thinks Trump is the end of the world and X country needs more diversity, or you encounter the textbook conservative who immediately starts bitching about the opposite.

Even if I hate the area I'm traveling in, I don't immediately unleash that upon people I'm talking to during my travels. I try focusing on the good and avoid touchy subjects. People who bring up politics to people that don't know lack this skill.
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>>1409536
it just sounds like you are what you hate.
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>>1409554
Nice projection
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>>1409563
i didn't really write enough for you to conclude i'm somehow projecting. I'm not sure why you are saying that, I don't really care either.

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I want to visit France.

I've been to Paris a few times and to the cote d azur as well, but I didn't like it that much.
The touristy stuff was nice, but Paris especially was very dirty in the non-touristy places.

So I wanna visit some country side, non-city places in France.
I heard Normandie and Bretagne are alright, has anyone of you been there?

What other places in France can you recommend?

I'm planning to do a day trip or maybe a few days.
I live in Switzerland so it's all pretty close to me.
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>>1409304

Being born in Bretagne and living currently in Normandie, I would indeed recommand those two regions, which have lot to offer to travelers. Even among French people, those are considered to be among the best places of the entire country.

Bordeaux is funny as well.

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This is something that I ate in Japan. Can anybody tell me what the name of this dish is?
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>>1409533
Looks like karamiso ramen
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>>1409533
>>1409562
Correction, it's tantan-men.
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Looks like your girlfriend should lay off the ramen for a while.

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Going to Boston with family soon, I did not plan this trip myself, what am I in for?
Locals recommend anything worth seeing.
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>>1403298
Looks yummy
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Just chiming in. I'm a tourist in Boston right now and, in addition to things other anons are saying, I enjoyed the Charleston Naval Yard (tour two historical ships, and then there's a $5(?) water shuttle to take you back across the river.

Also, if you like books, Cambridge has a high concentration of really good little bookstores. I went to Harvard Bookstore, Raven Used Books, and the Harvard Coop, as well as a little poetry shop. Really nice selections at each.
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Oh yeah and Monica's Mercato in North End has really good, big Italian subs
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>>1407023
OK we're doing this, turns out there's a light house in Maine mom wants to see.
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>>1409000
If you are still around and like good used book stores: commonwealth books (my go to) and brattle books are both right near downtown crossing.

Previous thread >>1382267


Rules:
>no sexpats
>no /r/philippines cucks
>no shitty forced memes
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How is the Phillipines for a white tourist near Manila, a couple friends apparently want to go get a tattoo from that granny who practices that dying art. I don't care for it, but it might be fun to go if I don't get robbed.
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>>1409512
Get your Hepatitis B shots if getting a tattoo in the 3rd world.
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>>1409512
There’s a shit ton of white tourists all over Philippines. Just be cautious of your belongings and don’t be stupid. Like if you’re in a crowded place/sketchy place with a lot of sqauatters, you might want to put your backpack in front and not put anything in your back pocket. But overall you’ll be fine. And the granny you’re talking about is probably Whang Od https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/tribal-tattoo-with-whang-od/
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>>1408436
They already did
it didnt work because the kids were homeless
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>>1408187
Just go straight to coron and palawan



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