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/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:


Don't forget visa requirements:

Happy traveling! P.S. Do not post nsfw content on this board.

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Alright /trv/ I'm starting a long term plan to travel the world. First gotta save, of course.

I have three questions

1. Where do you recommend I go?

2. Will I live with this description of me?

3. How much does it cost?

(What's in red is what I am too fearful to go to right away at least (never been out of the continental US, never seen any of the coasts, only been to the ocean once))

for the second question, I'm white, 5'7", have a pretty boy face. so I feel like i'm more likely to be assaulted then other men but idk.

This is a trip I'm planning for a year of world travel. If I can get some volunteer work out of the way during it that would be a mega plus. I know you can go on however much money you want but I want to be able to get out of a crappy situation. I was aiming at like $16000
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Just going to assume this post is trolling. Many safe and interesting countries in red, many dangerous spots not coloured.
Americans really are fucking stupid.
Just go to disneyland or something.
hey you fucking faggots obviously I'm new to this and don't know shit about the world. I've always wanted to travel (maybe run away?) but whatever reason for it I am going to fucking do it. Look I've made a new map so you can STFU, and I put in purple the only places I've ever traveled just so you know exactly how undertraveled I really am. I put in red the places I SUSPECT are very unsafe, tell me if I need to add a place or if it's just my (i admit I have this) dumb american news propaganda induced-brain that makes me think these places are so bad.
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oops here's that map i was talking about, op sage and what not
Fair enough. You just sound like a poltard when you list your whiteness, gayness, height and "pretty face" as criteria for your safety abroad and then ruling out the ENTIRETY of Africa and the Muslim world except Indonesia because you deem it "unsafe". But whatever, at least you can admit your failings, so I'll help you.

1) No one cares that you're American. I've met American travellers all over the world, and they're all alive to this day. You're not universally hated, indeed in many former colonies the French and British are far worse thought off. I've met Americans who have traveled extensively or even lived in places like Russia, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Kenya. The only places you'll be in danger because of being a white American are places where ALL westerners are in danger of kidnapping, and you want to steer clear of those places for your first RTW trip anyway.

2) Unless you look and dress EXTREMELY feminine, no one can tell you're gay. Homosexuality is illegal or socially unacceptable in many countries, but it's not harder than just not flirting/having sex with guys during your visit to these places. You'll be alright.

3) Africa is a large place, almost four times the size of the continental US. Some places are literal war zones, others are safer than the Bronx. For your first trip outside the US your second map seems alright, except you can add Somalia, the DR of the Congo and Libya to your red zone, and remove Ethiopia, Gabon, Egypt, Ghana and Uganda. I don't know enough about Western Africa to comment, but you probably won't go there on your first trip abroad anyway.

4) The same goes for the Muslim world. With 1,5 billion people in 50 countries, it's not a homogeneous place, and mostly safer than the news will have you believe. You'll have no problem going to Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula outside of Yemen, the 'stans outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.

5) Read up on visa policies before leaving. Many countries are visa free, many will give you a visa on arrival (they stamp your passport when you arrive in the country), while many are a pain in the ass. In order to go to places like Russia and China, you need to fill out an application and hand it and your passport in to the country's embassy, pay a fee, then wait. The country's embassy doesn't (in most cases!) have to be in YOUR home country, so you CAN apply for a Chinese visa while staying in Bangkok, for example. Some countries are notoriously difficult to get into and you should probably forget about them for your first trip, including Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, etc, i.e. places you wouldn't want to go anyway. For some countries you can get a visa on arrival if arriving by air, but not overland. Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_United_States_citizens and work your way from there.

6) If you calculate 1000 USD per month you should get by pretty well.

7) Accomodation. In the touristy part of the world, hostels are a big thing. They aren't as common in the US, but if traveling to Europe on a budget, you'll probably end up staying in one. They have either dorms (cheap) or private rooms (not as cheap, but cheaper than a hotel), and are a great way of meeting other tourists. Check out Hostelworld's blog about it: https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/what-is-a-hostel/.

8) I'll add that Hostelworld is the best site for booking hostel rooms, during my years and years of travel, I've never had any trouble with it. Another great site is Tripadvisor.com, where you can search for sights, hostels/hotels, restaurants, etc, and read and write reviews. If you find a hostel you like on HW, you can read about on TA before booking to ensure it's good.

9) ITINERARY. It's impossible to give you any advice on where to go unless we know what you want to see. You like ruins, religious monuments, ghost towns, mountains, valleys, partying, architechture, what?

>"We now invite travellers in rows 1-16 to board the aircraft"
>entire planeload stands up in line, people have to be repeatedly turned back by boarding staff, wasting time and delaying the flight
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>>shoes off, shoes on
this is why God invented slip-on shoes
It's still ridiculous.

The terrorists won. Richard Reid totally failed as a shoe bomber, yet has probably cost the world economy hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars.
More loss of personal space considering that you already have limited amount of space while seated
Lose of personal space is unfortunately a given, but hopefully people don't recline all the way.

Have you tried 'hard shell' (non-reclining) seats?
I was told to stand aside during boarding even though I was 1A.

When the gate agent was doing a pre-check in the aircraft, he locked eyes with me using a shocked expression.

(Yes, I tend to dress like a slob.)

Plenty of ways to cost governments more money with less effort, it's everything else that comes along with it.

If you travel enough, go get something which gets you TSA Pre.

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How does one find virgins while in SEA?
Hypocondriac so plan to stick to virgins only in a future travel session there. Just went through a harsh break up with a mentally ill cunt.
Pepe unrelated.
not goign to happen while you travel bud
if she'll fuck some random foreigner (you) she'll fuck another one (any other guy)
Only virgins in SEA are 12 years old
Have stumbled across 1 virgin in Bangkok and another in Bali during my short stays there.
Both Tinder matches. You are either ugly or lack life experience.
Both in their 20s. One was cute, the other was all right.

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pet-horse in Tokyo edition

Post about
>Your favorite Japanese drinks, bars, and degenerate drinking activities
>Getting drunk with salarymen
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

"Dude what should I see in ________?"
Solid general guides - sights, sample itineraries, pre-travel considerations, etc

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Animate is there and there a good bit of weeb stores pushed into alleys. It’s got a lot of the goods of Akiba but not as obviously otaku
Is Tāto Ward worth visiting?
I meant Koto* I don’t know why or how I did that
I am staying next weekend in Otsuka (one station away from Ikebukuro), I was pondering going out in Shibuya or Shinjuku and come back on the 1st train in the morning.
What can I expect from Ikebukuro?
odaiba is pretty interesting for that huge carnival floor in that shopping complex

Best shoes for walk for sightseeing. I was thinking in buy some Air Max 97 but I want to read some recommendations.
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good pair of running shows will do and they're light weight. I go for asics gel kayano.
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excellent. may want to go with the all terrain or the ultra boost tr mids if you plan on doing some intense hiking
The materials in the upper and stuff don't tear? That's what I'm afraid of most, putting some 200 bucks down on comfy shoes and them breaking on me during the first real hike.
depends where you hike

If by hiking people mean walking far along paved trails, they'll be fine. A lot of people consider runyon canyon hiking.

They offer very little ankle protection and would likely fall apart if your hike involves crossing streams or any mud.

I personally wouldn't trust the glue. I hike in arizona and the soles can start to peel away from the shoe because the glue softens in the heat. Would probably be the same in humid countries too.

I have some NB Hierro trail runners for everyday runs and hiking. They're pretty good. But if I'm going to anywhere challenging, I take some proper boots.

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So my fiancee and I are set to get married in August 2020. We were considering having our honeymoon on a Pacific island because it's not that far away and the climate would be comfortable, but it's still be something different (we're both Australians).

I'm interested in architectural history, both pre- and post-colonial. My fiancee is very much into nature, both aquatic and terrestrial. We both like relaxing on quiet beaches and not dealing with too many people where possible.

Given all this, what might be a good choice of island to go with?
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>My marriage was a disaster
>therefore yours will be too

Your opinion is noted, but taken with a grain of salt.

Also, currently leaning towards Funafutti, Tuvalu.
My marriage was a disaster and so were over half of the marriages in my state.
I am not an anomaly.
You need to know you are taking a huge risk
The volcano in Tana island is pretty cool to visit. It's like a big black beach leading up to the volcano
That does sound pretty cool. And Tanna's the place where they worship John Frum, right?
Cook Islands all the way. Relatively cheap, super clean and there is plenty to do if you don't feel like sitting under coconuts palms on a picture perfect beach

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Both sides of my family come most directly from Germany and Ireland. I want to move to Ireland (A four year plan at this point). And Advice on things I should prepare beforehand? Things I should know? I have a friend in Scotland who might help in exchange for sex but I don't know if I want to do that.

PS I know the map is inappropriate, but it is also funny.
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Renting is stupid high here.
Loads of clubs and all are getting shut down.
Hotels and all sorts of other crap is getting built.
people are nice though but you can definitely make a better life somewhere else

>don't fuck that dude in Scotland he can't and more importantly won't actually help... that sounds controlling and stupid..

I'd honestly write off anybody completely that actually talked like that. Also tell him to stop jacking off so much

honestly look at American companies with huge Irish offices mostly tech companies/Banking and apply for a transfer after you make a foothold. It will be easier to get a visa and through work people you can at least start to establish a network there

Dublin rents are stupid especially in regards to wages. Nobody cares where your family is from and the only time anybody will humor your "Irish ness" is if they want something form you. You're foreign and you should embrace it : )

If you have a grandparent that was born on the island apply for the Foreign Birth Registry to get citizenship and then apply for your passport. It will make life way easier for you

Ireland is a nice but its also a hard place to live sometimes there is a reason young people are still leaving.

You should also actually visit for a few weeks before deciding anything
>Green England
It's built up as fuck
You wont be welcome, irish people don't like foreigners, and they hate plastic paddies such as yourself

It's also not even as green as scotland or wales
>we wuzzing your Irish heritage in 2018
we've been over this so many times

Hey /trv/
Just started a MBA program that has a compulsory trip to San Francisco in June.
Accommodation and lunch will be provided, we’ll stay on Nob Hill and be bussed around the various workshops and seminars mon-fri.
Evenings will be free, looking for recommendations/advices.
I’m 35, love eating and drinking, not really into partying. We are a prom of 11 but I’m comfortable with spending time alone too.
Thanks all!
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The boost for men is maybe 10% after mid 30s. You can have fine kids till 50.
Just get a wife under 25.
This isn't the 50s you can have kids till your 40. You just need to be a bit more careful and not go around like a fucking moron 100 years ago 50 was a ripe old age to die now it's like 90
>implying I rack any debt for my tuition.
I think you did not read my post you are quoting.-
But the general vibe I get from your posting show that you’re indeed better off knocking Stacy up ASAP so you can move in your trailer and get your welfare checks.
Guessing your mom had you late in life too
You need to be 18+ to post here, kiddo.
38 yo SFer here.

I'm more of a budget foodie than a connoisseur; if you're more of the latter there's various blogs that can steer you well (Eater SF, 7x7).

on the local, authentic side though, there's some killer street cart food at places like the Presidio and Soma StrEat.
The Mission District is where Chipotle-style burritos were born, though you can find them at mom-and-pops all over town
Dim Sum in Chinatown, pick your place

As for sights, obviously it's better in daytime, but definitely see the Golden Gate (Sausilito is a nice change of pace with good eats, btw)
Good views of the city from Dolores Park/Twin Peaks, or from Berkeley/Treasure Island if you can get there before sunset and the fog.
Ditto with Golden Gate Park (DeYoung has a free view tower). Many local museums have an evening or 2 where they're open, too.

The Ferry Building is a nice spot forfood or to peoplewatch. The ferries serve wine/beer and can be nice to take for fun and cheap views too, or hire a boat for cheap.
Fish. Wharf and Union Square are the main tourist spots. Alcatraz is much hyped, they have night tours but you need to book ahead I hear.

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I'm planning on spending the majority of one day in the Louvre, another day I'm going to walk past the Eiffel tower (afaik a tourist trap, still want to see it). Apart from that I don't have any major plans. Just want to experience the city, visit a few used book shops, eat good food.

Any recommendations for a ~4 day solo trip this winter?
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Catacombs are good to check out if you're into macabre stuff. There's a LOT of bones there. If you go, do get an audioguide, it's got a few interesitng stories about the place. The wait lines can be the most terrifying part of your visit, though.

Also, I recommend going to Tour Montparnasse for the best panoramic view of the city. Pic very related.

If you just want to wander around some nice places, go to Montmartre. It's got a special feel, somewhat different even from the rest of Paris.

And do go on a free tour, the guides tell lots of interesting stuff that you can't usually find out yourself.
check bandsintown and see if there's anything you're into music-wise. for small art galleries, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire features some interesting stuff but it's smaller than small, like two small floors tucked away in the back of a courtyard small.
Best thing I did was to just buy cheap bottles of wine and walk around and see the city. Get lost.
Thanks, my dudes, just booked 5 days in Paris in the middle of December. Looking forward to experiencing this city. Probably going to regret doing that during the pre-Christmas chaos, but oh well.

I am French and I live super close to Paris, I'd show around if you're interested

I'll check this thread for a few days

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Anyone done the ring road trip in Iceland? Going next year (renting a car but staying in hotels and airbnbs, not much of a camping fan) and have done a ton of research into it, but looking for more insider tips. Should I totally skip the Golden Circle? Any stand out areas not to miss? I was planning on doing a tour of some glaciers and maybe snorkling the Silfra rift
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Do car rental agencies look at small scratches on 4x4s? I mean it would be almost impossible to not have scratches or a bit of damage on the car after going through the F-Roads..
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Yeah definitely bring them, it's such an amazing place - I fell in love with Iceland immediately. It's the best of both worlds, infrastructure in Reykjavik is great, the ring road is mostly maintained but as the other anon mentioned the F roads can be rugged where a 4x4 will make your life easier and put a smile on your face.
And you're welcome!

Fully agree with you!

They say they will and do an inspection before and after the rental. I'm not sure if it's a scare tactic, but I fell for it so I bought extra fully comprehensive insurance for an extra ~ 100USD for 5 days where all they don't cover is your doors getting blown out by wind. Scratches, rock chips and cracked windshields are all covered under this, plus a replacement car anywhere on the island if anything were to happen.
Thanks for the tips. I'll probably book through a local company that has all inclusive coverage and only gives you a voucher for the actual car company when you arrive. Always had worked well in the past. Still feels an impossibility to not get scratches into the car when driving on roads like >>1495964.

A relative of mine went in September this year and there were still a lot (A LOT) of tourists. I wonder how bad it is in August, July etc.
When is the best time to go if I specifically just want to see the aurora borealis?
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I'd get insurance for a chipped/cracked windshield. I wouldn't worry about chips in the paint, it's a 4x4 after all, just return it dirty so they wont be able to tell :^)

>A relative of mine went in September this year and there were still a lot (A LOT) of tourists. I wonder how bad it is in August, July etc.
It's definitely going to be busy. It's generally a matter of going a bit out of the way, away from the ring road. We drove way into the Westfjords, and didn't see a soul for three days.

Post September

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I'm going to the UK soon, staying with a 'mate' in Lincoln. I'm there for 2 weeks and want to see a lot of stuff (I'm into historical sites, museums etc.) since it's my first time abroad. I feel like it's an ordeal to get around anywhere though. I might rent a car, any tips for travelling England?
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You'll be too busy shagging him to care
learn jihadi and for good measure memorize the q'uran. Grow a beard. Oh you said Lincoln not london. Well still do these things for good measure
Rent a car only if for travelling outside cities, trains are expensive here unless you book well in advance but they're still better than getting fucked over with parking charges and trying to find space in most cities. Megabus is a good bet if you're concerned about money but it'll take longer between places and chances are you'll be surrounded by smelly pajeets and africans (not /pol/tard but it always happens). Lincoln isn't that great as a base so you'll have to be ok with not spending much time there and maybe paying for accommodation elsewhere. Other posters will have a much better idea of what there is to see around there than I will. I don't know where you're from but expect it to be cold, wet and dark most of the time.

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No unneeded politics please, keep it clean.
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That death rate is still insignificant to the reason why life expectancy is low, you brainlet. According to this, China's life expectancy should be lower than Philippines because almost 1.6 times more die to air pollution.
Hanoi has slightly higher PM2.5 than Quezon City, where the latter is the most polluted city in Philippines. It's probably due to shitty health care follow up that Filipinos die so much to air pollution.
The life expectancy is low because 60% of the Philippines consists of multi millions of people stacked on top of each other in shacks, and die off from mass cholera and other 3rd world outbreaks of disease that every other country except warzones like Yemen have eradicated for the most part.
pic for reference btw
lol no, I already proved that metropolitan areas are not so affected by low life expectancies because of better accessibility to health care

psa gov ph/sites/default/files/attachments/ird/quickstat/ncr_7.pdf
psa gov ph/sites/default/files/attachments/ird/quickstat/Cebu_12.pdf
psa gov ph/sites/default/files/attachments/ird/quickstat/Davao%20del%20Sur_9.pdf
nap psa gov ph/rucar/pdf/fs/FS_lifeexpectancy_Mar12.pdf
psa gov ph/sites/default/files/attachments/ird/quickstat/Iloilo%20Jan11.pdf
Now in most of these places as of 2010-2015 estimates, the life expectancy of men were sometimes under 70 but not by much. This is only slightly lower to that of Vietnamese men in 2010, which was at 70 overall in 2010, and they are known for their life expectancies.
Just want to quickly chime in and say that Manilla airport is an absolute disorganized shithole
Asian layover rankings:

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Hi /trv/,

So I'm off to Japan in 3 days. Will be there for about 12 days or so.

I need some advice - should I get a SIM card or one of those portable Wifi hotspot devices? Anyone care to chime in?

Literally just answered for somebody else in /jpg/
How was the battery? I'm assuming getting one of those power banks is necessary for all day use?
They generally last around 12 hours, so plenty of time. If you're paranoid or staying out late, just bring a small portable battery and use it for your wifi or phone when you need it.

This thread is to help you with meeting other /trv/ users while travelling overseas, lots of us travel solo and sometimes it's nice to hang out with either a local for a few hours, meet up with someone wanting to do a similar activity to you (Hiking, motorbike touring, roadtrip, partying ect) or just have a bunch of people you can go out with on a Saturday night. The choice is yours.

Alternatively, if your not travelling at the moment but still want to meet some new people you could always offer to be a guide around your own city or simply be down for having a beer at a local bar, its up to you.

To make sure your meeting up with the right people (IE: So a backpacker doesn't meet up with a sex tourist, or vice versa) best to include some details such as...

>What you plan on doing/what kind of traveller you are

Ya regular OP starting things off again
>Vegas (as we speak), Arizona (26th Oct to 29th), LA (30th Oct to 3rd Nov), & Vietnam (5th Nov onwards).
>23yo student backpacker
>Keen on walks/hikes during the day then casual beers or a party during the night. Wanna try get to Monument valley and grand canyon without paying extortionate tour fees too.
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Update I’ll be there Nov 25-30. Hit me up anons
ay I'll be in Paris next year
what are you doing in frankfurt. Only had layovers there
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I'll be in Zurich/ east Switzerland in general from dec 16 to 20
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Paris, but the whole Île-de-France zone counts too
>What you plan on doing/what kind of traveller you are
I'm not a traveller, I live there, I'm just looking for people I can be buddies with for a few days and me showing them around

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