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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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Going to Bali for 10 days with a buddy of mine.

What places should I visit? What stuff do I have to try?
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>>1252486
Also after heavy rain-
It flushes out the creeks and rivers that get used as rubbish dumps.
But they do rake that shit up- then probably throw it back in the river again.
Kuta/legian is a shithole -unless you like drinking with aussie bogans and getting hassled to buy t-shirts,sunglasses and tat.and if you are a single guy you will get plenty of offers for a 'massage
Visit the north coast- Amed,Lovins etc
I'm a aussie expat living in Java-AMA
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>>1253595
Where in Java/what do you do?

I went to visit some friends in East Java and Jakarta and loved it - Jakarta has some cool youth culture going on.
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>>1252121
I went to the south: lots of slightly-too-old aussies trying to be the cool surfer dude.

Go to Ubud, rent a scooter and do daytrips to temples, waterfalls, rice teraces.

I did a 3 day trip from Ubud to Lovina to Amed to Ubud.
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Ubud's pretty cool, we stayed in a homestay just outside the town which was the best part. Spent the days walking around this comfy indonesian village. Got to wash the guys pigs, play a game of football with the local kids

had a great time

pig related
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>>1252450
>Every beach in Asia
FTFY

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Hey /trv/, my gf and I are going to Edinburgh in September for a week. She wants to go to the Highlands, I kinda do too but I would be content to stay in Edinburgh for the week.

Are the Highlands worth going to or is it a meme? Are they easy to get around without a car?
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>>1253839

Serious. It's not that America has a monopoly on dramatic nature, but I've always assumed it was somewhat more than somewhere like Great Britain
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>>1253830
It's not as grand as the Rockies. Or the Cascades. Or the Sierra Nevadas. Or the Tetons. Or the most rugged parts of Appalachia. But the highlands have a certain desolate charm.
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You can check out Edinburgh in 3 days. I really enjoyed the horrortour where you go to the underground 'city' and visit the graveyard. I did a days tour to Loch Ness wich was fun to, you visit the valley where a scene from some bond movie was shot. Really epic. If I where you I should totally visit the Highlands, a week is more then enough time to check out the city and do other stuff out of the city.
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>>1253830
visit some ruins or castles, you don't have that in america
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>Are the Highlands worth going to
Most incredible place on earth. I say that having been to ~40 countries.
>Are they easy to get around without a car?
Fuck no. You'd be better off hitchhiking.
You might take the train to somewhere like Crianlarich and do some rambling, though. Or take a bus to somewhere in Perthshire.

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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/
>http://rockitrisingsun.com/


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Is Sapporo worth checking out alone
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What's the easiest service to book a taxi with in advance?

We need to be able to book an arrival/return trip, same place.
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>>1254016

Have fun with the hordes.
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I've done it from station 5 to the top.

>>1254024
Lol you sound Japanese. I did it in the middle of Obon and it was fine, crowds aren't really a problem. Pic is one I took from the summit.
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What are some good things to do in one day in Osaka?

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Basically I want to become a hobo in Japan. I'm sick of my home country, all the people around, the society, the entertainment here, the politics, the weather, the scenery, IM SICK OF EVERYTHING!!! I just wanna run away so bad but I don't have too much money at the moment. Someone tell me how much money I'll need to start my hobo journey. Im fine with sleeping manga cafes, capsule hotels, a box, just anything where I can have a place to lie down and some sort of roof on top.

And dont talk to me anything about getting more educated. Ive done high school but Im sick of education and Im not gonna study 1 day more. I can talk a little bit of japanese.

PS: If ur here to tell me how stupid my idea is then go ahead but Im not gonna change my mind
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>>1245081
>I'm going back to /pol/.
And don't ever come back
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so.... enlighten me, why japan again? why not china or korea or any other south east asia? or central asia (all those -stan) or africa or latin america? As a matter of fact, if your white and charming, even if your poor smelly retarded hobo, rich chink/hk girls will just pick you up, house you and feed you. Heard that from hk guys and chink guys themselves by the way, not sure about tw though.
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>>1253874
>I'm sort of broke at the moment
And how do you expect to subsist when you're in Japan. You won't have a job.
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>As a matter of fact, if your white and charming, even if your poor smelly retarded hobo, rich chink/hk girls will just pick you up, house you and feed you.

Lel how much meme could a memechuck chuck if a meme chuck could chuck memes.

Want to go on first holiday. Dubs decide what country I go to. Only qualifiers are that it must be in either Europe or Asia, and can't be an active warzone.
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The migrant fucks your fun in Europe if you dont want to go to warzone
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North Korea
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Kosovo
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Papua New Guinea.

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I'm 24 years old and not long for this world, yet the vastness of the earth calls to me.

Where should I go?

I live in Southern Cali, and I'm poor as fuck, but I have a car.
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>>1253785
is that some kind of book? Is it good?
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>>1253744
Well Mexico is the only thing that fits your bill as a poor, car-owing Californian. You could just drive across the American West, but your money won't go as far as in Mexico. If you can pay for gas, see the Southwest at least.
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>>1253744
>My digestive system is fucked.

If you tell me what happened a soul across the planet will feel sorry for you
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>Move to Berlin
>Live life to the fullest
>Die of a drug overdose
Why not try that?
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>>1253923
My family is actually planning a trip to mexico. I wonder if I should go with them?

>>1254018
I developed acid reflux when I was 16, and then it turned into GERD, finally it became Chrone's, and soon it will become full blown cancer. I'm going to die one of the most gruesome deaths imaginable, as my insides rot out. It's people like me who have been pushing for euthanasia to be legalized.

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American travelling to Finland at the end of the summer to see a friend. What should I expect?
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>>1253998

Also 'Kikkeli + Pillu?? :DDD'
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>>1254000

There's plenty of nigs now, especially in Helsinki.
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>>1254010
>you see some black people every now and then
>plenty of nigs
Sure thing buddy. Europe's gonna fall any day now.
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>>1254012

I see em errday and I don't even live in the capital

Just sayin'
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>>1253986
>Most Europeans get pissed off at Americans who can't even be bothered to speak a few local words out of courtesy so take note.

He can just put a Canadian flag on his backpack! :D

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Alright m8ts. Gonna go to Thailand next monday, Phuket Island to be more exact [like all other tourists]. Share stories, share experiences, things I should know before I got and when I get there, places to visit n shit like that.
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Have some questions:
how much would you pay for a bike per day? For say a week.

Done some scuba-diving in Thailand? Any advices on where, and how much it would cost?

Will be there in a week for 3 weeks. Cheers
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How is the bus/public transport system in Phuket? My gf and I want to move around a little but we don't want to constantly use taxis.
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Mate, I'm also going to Thailand on Monday.

I'll catch ya at the bar.
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>>1253798
Rent a bike, should be possible for something around three euros
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>>1253797
per day around 3 euros, i don't know how much it is for a week but prices are negotiable. We did scuba-diving at Surin Islands. I would never do it again: You get carried from the shore for about one hour in a crowded speedboat. then you go to some scuba spots and afterwards you get a crappy buffet with guys from other crowed boats. You feel like a sheep that is guided around the islands. the whole thing was quite expensiv too, i think it was something above 100 €.
The only way to have some cool experience is to rent one of those tents on the island. after about 3 pm all the tourist hordes left, so you have some chilled time.

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I am considering riding my motorcycle from Michigan to Alaska.
I am wondering if anyone has any advice,
My biggest concern is if I am going to get mauled by a bear in my sleep,
I rode to California years ago and camped out everynight or slept beside the bike no tent in parking lots,
I am riding on a 1980 Honda Goldwing
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>>1253166
you're about a million times more likely to get squashed by a semi than mauled by a bear. just do what you did on the california trip to keep animals from getting into your food.

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Hey all! Anyone wanna share their experiences in travel that weren't fun at all?

For me, it was my entire experience in Paris. Spent a week there and had the entire trip ruined by the people there. They were rude as fuck even when I tried my best to speak their language. The second that I spoke English, every person would immediately become disinterested in me and pretty much told me to fuck off. I never had that experience anywhere else and I definitely don't recommend others to go to such a pompous city!
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>>1253494
Philly ain't no safe place either. Go wait for a train at Broad & Erie or Market & 52.
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I don't get this at all. I slept my first not in Paris on the street, met some of the kindest homeless people I've ever encountered. And I don't even speak French. Then, just by hanging out listening to music on my stereo, I hooked up with a group of students. Spent the next four nights sleeping with a French qt. Every day was filled with museums, so not much human interaction, but every night was uni crowds and bars and nice folk.
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>>1253566
I had the exact opposite experience. Istanbul was probably the friendliest place I've ever been too (and for the record I went with a couple other people).
Granted, it was Ramadan so probably everyone was striving to get their good deeds counter up, but I've never gotten so many freebies on any trip, in addition to people just being friendly and going out of their way to help.
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>hating on Paris
Back to /pol/ you manchilds. Of course it's messy, of course there are immigrants, of course you won't fucking meet autistic qt a la Amelie on every street. Grow up.
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>>1253457
as someone from new jersey I feel like I have to apologize. i hate newark too. the difference from newark penn station and new york penn station is like night and day. i think it will get better though, it's undergoing a major face lift right now.

Hi /trv/,
I'm leaving for Europe in October, where I have a one month internship, which I then intend to segue into a year there.
I'll be taking $20,000 AUD, is this enough to survive on assuming my first month's costs are all covered?
The places I was hoping to move to would be either: Berlin, Budapest, or perhaps somewhere like Athens. Though Copenhagen has also been pitched.
I'm monolingual (English speaking scum) and like theatre, arts, film, food. I would be hoping to live alone in a studio, but for the first six months I would be sharing with my girlfriend if that makes it more affordable.

I've never been to Europe before so any insight would be much appreciated.
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>>1253121
Do more research.
13k euro will be enough to live comfortably in some parts of eastern Europe, but you would be living in poverty in Kovenhabn. The sticky has good resources for comparing costs of living

Berlin, Budapest and Athens are very different places from eachother with completely different cultures, economies and languages. The language barrier could be a problem so I suggest you try to learn the local language when you're there
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>>1253121
>I'm leaving for Europe in October, where I have a one month internship
Europe isn't one country, m8. You need to think about a working holiday visa or splitting your time between Schengen and non-Schengen countries. The cost of living differs radically between cities in a single country, let alone cities in the whole continent. But in most cities where you want to live, you'll be able to get along in English.
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>>1253395
Oh sorry, I should have mentioned I have my European passport through my parents, so I won't have to worry about visas.

At the moment Budapest seems to be the front runner.

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I just noticed we didn't have one of these up. And that shit ain't right.

Welcome to QTDDTOT.

Got a brief question that doesn't warrant a whole thread's worth of discussion? Instead of sending one of out fabulous threads about ladybois or NEETs who have never left their parent's house but want to go to Japan to the archive, post it here.

Obligatory first question: I am looking for suggestions for things to do in southern Portugal. We'll be traveling for two months and Portugal will be our most relaxed leg and the one chance to enjoy the beach. With that in mind, where should we go?
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>>1253405
In one trip I did Enthusiast, Pro, Veteran, Max Level, The Collector, Border Hunter, New Horizons, Seen It All, Lederhosen, Mountain Goat, Magellan, All-terrain, Time Traveler, Hemisphere Hopper, Daredevil, Imitator, The Consul Will Understand, What's Chinese for PETA?, Poseur, All Out, Kindness of Strangers, Cattle Class, Mercantile, Beer and Ramen, Cheap Ramen, Dumpster Diver, Victim, Has That Been Sterilized?, Making Friends, Lasting Friendship, Smooth Talker, Got a Light?, Local, Small World, Polyglot, Translator, Lone Wolf, I used to be an adventurer like you..., Terminal Velocity, Ramblin' Man, Seven-league Boots, Centurion, Level 20, Land, air, and sea, Thumps Up, Stunt Driver, Sparky, Cheese Steak Jimmy's, Infidel, Fuck the Police, Groupie, Conservationist, FFS, Incognito, Local Knowledge, and Fries with That?.

I also did X marks the spot, On the Road, Spiritual Enlightenment, and Mona Lisa Smile as a kid, but I probably won't make it to 69.
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>>1253933
Was in Japan for 3 weeks in April and saw did the main tourist route along with some lesser-visited places. Not planning to city hop this time, just spend my time in one area that I didn't visit last time. Sleep is also not an issue, as my experience from the business class flights was that I got plenty of rest and only needed mild ajustment once in-country.
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>>1253319
Guangzhou (China Southern)
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>>1253932
Interesting, thanks for the advice, mate It'll probably take me a while to plan it so I'll have a good look at the different visas, obviously a hard question but how cheap is cheap? If I wanted to sleep in a motel every night? Any time spent in a locals house is just a bonus?
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>>1253405
>Guide
>Visit 100 countries
Is it actually possible to do this while avoiding warzones/high-crime areas? Don't get me wrong, I totally understand why some people would be interested in these types of countries, and this list is intentionally designed for the adventurous type, but it would be interesting to know if a person with bland tastes can achieve this.

>>1253943
We should have a separate thread for this one day. It would be interesting to see what we come up with.

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I'll be studying at Legon University in Accra next spring semester, really looking forward to living and studying in Ghana as it's been one of the countries I've been most interested in for a while because the history of the Ashanti Empire [spoiler]and I'm a filthy commie and huge admirer of Kwame Nkrumah but let's not get into that[/spoiler] among other things like the contemporary film industry there.

If possible tho I would like to travel around the region as much as possible, particularly Benin, Ivory Coast and Mali, but I haven't been able to find great information on how much that might cost. On a budget of course, I will have the summer afterwards to travel as long as my (very limited unless I get a grant) savings will last so local transport delays and whatever aren't a problem, and I'm used to and not very bothered by uncomfortable living conditions.

And a much more naive question: how expensive would it be to travel across the continent from Ghana in this manner? To Ethiopia/Great Lakes? South Africa?

Also any general advice for living and traveling in Ghana/west africa is very much appreciated. I've spent a while in shitty parts of Peru and Mexico (Lima/Ancash province and Juarez) outside of tourist/backpacker safe zones and I have lived in Philadelphia my whole life so I think I'm familiar enough with third world conditions to be alright but I'm also interested in the particulars of possible dangers and /trv/ seems like a good place to ask because it's a good middle ground between political correctness to the point of dangerous ignorance and "don't leave the resort if there's darkies outside".

Thanks in advance
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>>1252604
Are you black? If not, just know that in Africa, whites will attract much more attention than in Mexico or South America. I haven't been to Ghana but had a few friends who did semesters in West Africa. The Uni will be a good place to start. Make friends there. The education, upper-class folks you meet will be the most personally relatable to you and will dispense useful advice and potentially guides to everything from nightclubs to parks.
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>>1253992
No, very clearly white, thats what I figured and am a little concerned about. Yeah in Latin America it seemed like there were enough people of predominantly Spanish descent/enough travelers that I didnt stand out too badly.

Thanks for the response getting a few good friends at the school seems like very good advice.

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I'm planning a trip to Las Vegas, coming out of Southern California, and I'm asking around for what I should do/go see. I'm not really the most rich guy around but I'm very satisfied with kitschy or off-the-beaten-trail type stuff.
For example I know there's a ghost hunt in a near by town and some animatronic prospectors on the way there from Southern California, and I know there's some fun nerd themed bars and horror themed bars in Las Vegas, along with some a cool arcade.

But I need a lot more to fill up my time. Anything you guys know of, little or big, that I woulndn't already be able to find in the more basic searches. Everyone knows about the Luxor and the big apple rollercoaster, so I'm just curious if you guys know of fun or interesting stuff do in or around Las Vegas.
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>>1253076
Looking for some things a bit more unusual. I was excited because I thought Bedrock City was closer to Vegas than it was, so I can't go there and really would like something kinda like it as well
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>>1251868
Visit the sand dunes at Mojave National Preserve. It's a tiny detour and a quick hike to the top. If you've never been to big sand dunes before it's an absolute pleasure running down them.
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>>1253988
Thanks man!



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