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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*
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/

*Note about the JR Rail Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.

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>>1118946
but now you can share the fun anon
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>>1118947
yes but we're going in the middle of summer and i want to force myself to meet some japs
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>>1118946
Honestly I would love to go alone myself but it'd still be fun with maybe 1 or 2.
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>>1118929
if you like Japanese food you'll probably enjoy it
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>>1118905
You got a beard and glasses?

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I've got two weeks at a friends place in Singapore. What should I do? I'm 22 in great shape and money isn't an issue but I'm not going to blow it on frivolous things. Help me out /trv/
(pic not related that's Hawaii, where I live.)
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>>1118920
Are you interested in ww2 history?
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>>1118939
In the military not wanting to do anything that's like that.
I wanna be a civi for once
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>>1118945
Well I'm going to be there for a day in July and I'm basically going to do all ww2 related stuff. But I am Aussie and Singapore is fairly important in our military history.

Everything else I have read about in Singapore seems very touristy, apart from night life stuff.

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Has anyone done the silk road trip here? i am interested in visiting Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

I have around one month is that enough to see those countries? if not what should i focus on? any advice/insider info/etc would be welcomed
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>>1118672
Cheers guys, I have reworked my plan a bit. The big problem there are the visas - as I plan to get them on the go. That is why Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are most likely out of the picture. Now I just need to work out a multiple entry kazakh visa.
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>>1118661
also Kazahstan has a decent train network. Just so you know :)
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>>1118711
some time in the future I want to do something like this on my motorbike
I don't know why, but I really would love to visit the stanst
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>>1118674
I'm from the middle east first of all so i'm immune to their dirty tricks as an ex-muslim myself and where i'm going there isn't going to be any isis/al-qaeda influences
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>>1118711
I'm having second thoughts about turkmenistan desu since you need to be with a tour to get a visa and i'm planning to go alone

Hey Amsterdam bros!
I'm staying near the airport and am looking for good sights plus best method of travel to the city and back to the hotel.
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>>1117387
try speaking anything other than English. That will make it easier.
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>>1118846
Any that's not in Amsterdam.
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>>1118703
go to Harderwijk
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>>1117387
Try visiting the city outside of the canal belt. I was in Amsterdam last week and some sales clerks cant even speak dutch, only english.

Or go to Utrecht for a smaller, less touristy version of Utrecht

If you like electronic music look at these parties: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events.aspx?ai=29
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>>1118941
Yeah, awesome place. You can give handjobs to dolphins there.

I have never traveled to S.E.A. though I have been just about everywhere else in the world. I think it's finally time for me to head over, though I may be on a very tight budget. $2,000 for two weeks, including flight out from Los Angeles.

Originally I wanted to visit Singapore, Thailand, and Cambodia; but now it looks like I will just have to limit that to Thailand.

Does /trv/ have any good hostel recommendations? By good I mean either: really clean, excellent location, or good party scene; I don't expect to find all three qualities in one place, just want to let everyone know I'm open to different views and definitions of 'good'

Tell me about your best and worst food experiences

and the best sights to see or locales you enjoyed most
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>>1118626
Did you do anything besides drink?
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>>1118884
I drank a lot but mostly from 7/11
Besides that: food, accommodation, transportation, national park tickets
I skipped the elephants and ziplines and scuba diving i guess.
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>>1118893
Are elephants known to be a pricey attraction? I would think not, but then they may require special care.
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>>1118912
I'm not sure about any others but my friends went to one that was $70 for one day.
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>>1118643
What about them?

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Let's have a hostel stories thread.
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>>1118817
Cool story, bro.

>>1118818
Yea, nah, cunt. Fuck off your Real Traveller bullshit.

Hedonism is fine. Writing out BS stories like a /b/-tard, referring to yourself in the third person, over-the-top boasting like a 14 year old, being a sandnigger, that's cancer.

>Unless you intimately know the thrill of talking a drunk vacationer
Fucked an Austrian girl raw, in an alley around the corner from a club in Paris. She disappeared without an adieu (saw her dashing out to a bus stop with her friend) about 2-3am. Never spoke again. When I was 24, fucked a sweet naive 17-year old Russian-Latvian girl raw at a hostel in Riga. She was there by herself for some country-wide school competition in English speeches. Here I am, the only English native-speaker around. Impressing her was easy, and she was hot as balls. Turkey shoot. Hostel was small, single-story, so we made-out/fucked in the building's basement next a boiler. Meant to hang out again (this was before cellphones were as ubiquitous as today), but we never crossed paths again at the hostel. She was gone during the day time, and I was mostly out till late, and only there 3 days. Kind of a shame, she was a stunner, pretty eager, and I was hoping for a second crack at her platinum blonde bush.

>>1118849
Not my problem. Her choice, and I'm not American anyway. Actually it was I who (indirectly) questioned her about why she never really talked about herself or life that much. I was fine with just sex at the time, but found it odd she never opened up more. That's when it came trickling out, she had a boyfriend who was deployed and even when he did come back to base, didn't make any effort to see her (she was poorfag student, couldn't afford the travel out). Sounded like they were on the rocks, so whatevs.
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>>1118885
Maybe this guy was cancer, but at least he didn't come off as a bitter faggot with uninteresting stories
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>Be me
>Be in Osaka
>Meet some Jap girl been chatting up on some penpal website
>Go to Izakaya with her
>1200 yen for unlimited drinks for 1 hour
>Turns out she is some weird lolita/cosplay girl
>Gotten kinda chub used to be hot af on her card she gave me by the looks
>Long story short end up back at her place
>Thought Japanese people were supposed to be tidy
>Like holyyy fuck
>Almost no room to walk anywhere
>About 12 large tied up trash bags haven't been taken out
>Piles of random stuff everywhere
>1 room full of boxed figurines, wigs, costumes, just piled really high
>Place kinda smells bad

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>>1118934
>you still fuck her after seeing all this shit
>you still eat her out

i love eating girls out, but wtf man. jesus christ. this was not a fun story.
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>>1118935
>unlimited drinks before hand

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The most important piece of equipment you have on a journey of any length, what keeps your feet dry /trv/? I rock Docs because they look cool and don't give me blisters. Bad part is they are heavy as shit.
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>>1117848
>because they look cool

No, mate. Just no.
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Danner boots. /thread
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>>>1117848
>Docs

No. Not only are they awful for backpacking, they're awful for working any place but a desk.

If you want a good boot/shoe for backpacking, my recommendation is Merrell's (Moabs especially), Lowa's, Keen's, Danner's, and Redwings'. There are a few other good ones (I was lucky with a pair of Wolverines), but look for tried and true like those above. Check /out/ as well.
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>>1117848
>docs

are you a teenage girl?
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>>1117848
Fake havaianas

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Hey fuckers I'm in New York City. What should I do. Times Square last night was lame as fuck once you get past the spectacle.

Recommend me bars or fun shit to do
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>>1118652
lel
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go knock down the postcard stand
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>>1118908
Be there in 30 minutes. ;p
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>>1118121
>Continental for 5 shots for 10 dollars.
http://www.continentalnyc.com/doorpolicy.html
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>>1117826
>going out in times square

people who know how to use the internet still do this?

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Can you guys recommend any amusement parks in eastern and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Hungary? I need places to lighten up after all of the concentration camps.
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>>1118532
Honestly, I don't think there are any noteworthy amusement parks in the area. Best you'll get is a decent coaster or two and than a bunch of generic rides in the vein of top spins etc
You either satisfy yourself with meh parks like Energylandia in Zator or Vidampark in Budapest, or aim higher and make your way to western Germany to visit Europapark or Heidepark.
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>>1118600
I see. Oh well, I know there's at least a decent water park or something near Munich.
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>>1118532
Maybe the zoo will fix the mood?
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>>1118777
Water parks on the other hand are actually a dime a dozen in the V4 area. Just google for some nearby ones and pick which you think look best.
Zoos are plentiful too. There's a really nice one in Dvur Kralove and the one in Wroclaw is nice as well.

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So yeah I basically lost my mind for a girl that I met in Italy, she's from Astana so I thought 'hell, why not going actually there?' . So there is still no plan, I dont know If while Im there I want to hop on a train and visit a bit more of the Country. Anyone been there? Any tips ? What should I expect? I read that if you fuck up even slightly you can easily get kicked off the country. Welp.
[Also the girl looks 98% as pic]

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Basically I live in Boston and I plan on traveling (round-trip) to Indiana at some point in the near future, but I'm not exactly loaded by any stretch of the imagination.

I was thinking taking a Greyhound or possibly some other kind of super cheap-o bus but I was wondering if there was any other, cheaper suggestions.

I literally never travel and have only been out of New England like...once so assume I'm retarded.
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>>1118865
Assuming you don't intend to do something as uncertain as hitchhiking, or as intensive as walking, you're probably right that buses are your cheapest option, although not your best-smelling or fastest. I don't know of many discount bus carriers serving the route you are interested in--there's Megabus, but that only runs, as far as I know, between Amherst and a few points in the Northeast (must be aiming at UMass students?). Perhaps some combination of Peter Pan/Greyhound/other bus lines could shave a few bucks off? But it seems like it wouldn't be worth it to try and piece together an itinerary on different carriers.

You could also theoretically find someone to share a ride with (see https://boston.craigslist.org/search/rid) for examples, but I generally assume at least 50% of everyone on Craigslist is a murderous pervert. If you're a college student perhaps your school has a similar ridesharing resource--I know mine did.
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The funny/sad thing is, flying is almost always the cheapest option in the US when you consider time, food, and convenience.
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>>1118890
>The funny/sad thing is, flying is almost always the cheapest option in the US when you consider time, food, and convenience.
In terms of time and convenience, no question whatsoever. Money may be true, too--I just did a random search, and it looks like the cheapest R/T between Boston and Indianapolis is about $226. But it takes close to 30 hours and a couple of transfers. A vaguely similar itinerary on Southwest can be had for approx $270. Plane is five or six hours each way, maybe have to kill an hour or two in a weird airport.
>You're not loaded, OP, no problem. But perhaps you have a job? How much are you worth per hour?
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>>1118899
Not a lot. I'm stuck in a crappy transitional period where I work 2 minimum wage jobs ($10/hr) for about 25-ish hours a week.

I know, it's fucking nothing, but it at least gives me days to work with.

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And what were your experiences like there? I'm talking about nowhere places like Nunavut, Papau New Guinea, Kamchatka Krai, Western Sahara, Kosovo, Northern Territory...
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Def Kabul for me. Loved running into westerners who were surprised I wasn't military or associated with an NGO
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>>1118752
so wat were you
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>>1118808
Someone who wanted to see the place his father deployed to. Beautiful country and wonderfully nice people.
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Heading over to Samoa in July, any recommendations on things to see or do? I don't personally know anyone that has been there, does it vary much from Fiji and other islands?
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I used to work on boats and have been to so many little blip bumblefuck island nations in the middle of nowhere and that will be gone in the next 50 years by global warming. I've been to Isla de Cunha, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Haiti, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Pitcairn Island and the Azores as well as many others.

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Getting stoned on good weed for the last time in who knows how many years (smoking a quarter, going to be good and high when I fly).

My fiances water broke 9 hours ago and is currently in labor with our first child. 3 weeks early and looks like she'll be here before I get back to Hat Yai.

Going to be an extremely hectic weekend. I'm so excited though. Going to start teaching in November. Going to spend a few months travelling with my family (my mom is flying out with me for 2 months, my dad is coming in a month for a month) once the baby can. My parents have never been outside of Canada so this is going to be awesome for them. Going to island hop with them for a month.

Just excited and killing time so thought I'd share.
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>>1117140
>taking very young children travelling

Unless you are hotel stays only (probably not on a teaching job salary) everyone is going to hate you.

Just FYI. Expect some hate.
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>>1117140
Congrats on getting stoned. And thank you for sharing that.
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>>1117140
jesus fucking christ.

i cant believe i live in a world where a degenerate fuck like you is treated like an adult with kids
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>>1118564
jesus m8 why do you care? cry more and go back to tumblr where you won't get so upset by ideologies that are different from your own. .
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>>1117140

>the last time in who knows how many years

dude, you're going to be a school teacher and a dad. You'll get to smoke plenty of weed

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What's there to do in New Mexico? Thinking of taking a weekend trip up there (Texasfag)
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>>1118820
National parks. Santa Fe is touristy as hell.
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>>1118820
>Truth or Consequences
What is wrong with these people.


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