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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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Umpteenth India general.

Discuss travel, food, safety and the pleasures and downsides of visiting the world's most populous democracy. Memes and "poo in the loo" posts aren't welcome and will be ignored.

Me: visited India ten times, lived in Delhi for a good couple years. Traveled to most states aside from a couple in the South and most of the Seven Sisters. If I can't answer a question, there's probably someone else here who can.

FAQs

>How can I avoid getting sick in India?

You can take some common-sense precautions like not drinking tap water, avoiding salad and preferring vegetarian foods. In my experience, illness on an extended trip to India can be difficult to avoid. Ensure that you carry a small supply of anti-bacterial medication and Imodium.

>Where should I go?

That depends completely on your preferences, the time of year, and how many weeks or months you've to travel. Normally, the cooler months provide the "on-season" for Goa and the South, and the warmer months jump tourism in the North (Himachal, Utttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, etc).

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>>1436563
word son
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>>1436560
I started my way in India drinking a tab a day just like the doctor instructed. Little by little I minimized the usage until I stopped altogether. Obviously the fact I only had 120 pills helped. You can buy weekly pills in the local Indian pharmacy store but I don't think I had any real problem with mosquitos except near water areas and even then a net was usually provided. The pills didn't make me sick to the best of my knowledge but I just got tired of taking them. Right now in Cambodia where having regular mosquito bites is pretty much a way of life by this point, and the pharmacies won't sell me pills without a prescription.
Guess I'll die then.
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Just booked to go back to India for the first time since backpacking in 2015. This is more of a young people package adventure holiday, but since I'm employed now with only two weeks of holiday I can't really go there with no plan at all. I'm quite hyped though. It ends in Nepal, which is fine by me as I absolutely love the Himalayas.

I think some day I'd like to go back like I did the first time though. The first time I flew into Bombay and then went on a crazy unplanned zigzag route all around, it meant I ended up in cities, jungle, desert, and a ski resort in the space of two months. It's a shame you can't experience something for the first time twice.
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OP here, on an overnight train at the moment. Will respond to what I can once I settle into my destination tomorrow.
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>>1436691
You will have an awesome time. I went to a similiar thing like yours, I just went from Nepal and it ended in India. Nepal is comfy as fuck, it will be awesome to end the crazy adventures in india.

Hey Anons, i have an honest question.

How do you guys save money for traveling?
Do you have a job with great income?
Im really interested in knowing how people like me who have low incomes in shitty countries manage to travel for long periods.

As for myself i live in my parents house and usually can save around 50-80€ a month(I live with them but pay a small rent and buy my food, it's just impossible to pay a room with university expenses) and usualy do 3-4 day trips, been to most of europe Cape Verde and Angola.

But i now need to go to Latin Ameria and Central Asia but i feel like i'd have to save for more than a year to do that and i cant not travel for a year, i'd just go mental.

So how do you guys manage?
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>>1436992
Yes of course, but i have work, so not much i can do(coming from a not so goo family in term of money made me have to start working early, i do have experience in my field of work so not that bummed out).
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Sounds like you are doing a good job saving for not even having a job. Just trade the short trips for a longer one. Go to the foreign exchange office at your University and ask about scholarships. Start a side hustle of buying stuff locally second hand and sellng it on eBay, especially electronics.
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>>1436983
>living at home
>only saving 50-80€ a month

Do you live in Moldova? I think the solution is to move ASAP
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>>1436991
Yeah but you are not a wagecuck.
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>>1437010
I do work. Doesn't pay that much though i have some expenses that i need most of my wage for.
Mainly Gas, Car Maintenance, Public Transportation, Food and some for rent.
I'm now starting a new job with better wage, but im on the fence of either save and move out of parents or keep traveling when i can.

>>1437016
Portugal, but the situation is not that much better for someone that studies and has some expenses. After i set aside that money that i save i usually am left with something like 50€ if i need them for an emergency.

>Bangkok is better than Tokyo.

No, I’m not a sex tourist, I’ve visited both multiple times with my wife never with the intention of fucking whores.
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>>1436990
The food court at W-District near Phra Khanong BTS is pretty good for food, beer and a game of pool. Really chill, have a live band most nights.
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>>1436990
Fukkk gimme dat
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>>1436990
There are food courts in the basement of most supermarkets and numerous other places. They are very good and very cheap.
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>>1436938
Are you trolling?
You only need to go Kaosan in the late afternoon to drink with friends. That's the best part of Kaosan, do not sleep there unless u r poor.

You could even go there late afternoon from the chao praya pier, after your done sightseeing around in the morning.
>>1436990
That area is my favorite. T21 foodcourt is great too, and healthlandspa for 500THB in the vicinity was awesome too. nowadays cost 600
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>>1436051
I hate dystopian skyscraper cities.

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Im a canadian on a trip to Japan and on my last day I bought some hentai magazines but now i am worried they will get confiscated at the border by Canadian Customs or worst and get myself arrested for CP or something.

I am taking the plane back tomorrow. Should i just throw them away, mail them to myself or is there something I can do to bring them with me without trouble? I only have 2 so they dont take much space.

Thanks for your help and sorry for the weird request.
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Throw them away, obviously. Loli is illegal in Canada.
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>>1437025
There is no loli i think but thats probably what i will end up doing
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>>1437024
Throw them away. You've been warned.

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Always wanted to go to Chernobyl, but am not old enough and also a little bitch. Any advice as to how to get there.
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>>1436708
stop doing the first 2 things you admitted, you are and go LARP in stalker more.
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>>1436708
> but am not old enough
>You will immediately cease and not continue to access the site if you are under the age of 18.
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>>1436708
I would advise against it. At best, you'll shorten your life expectancy by about 5 yesterday. In addition, your death will be more painful and drawn out when it arrives, assuming you make it to 70 years of age.
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>>1436708
Just watch a few videos on youtube.

Chernobyl is literally nothing more just abandomed buildings. You can find many of them anywhere in the world. Just because you need to hold your radiation device it doesnt mean it is different.

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I did a long backpacking trip back in summer of 2014, after that I had a lot of shit happen in my life that left me broken and depressed. I didn't travel much after that, withdrew into myself, and became socially retarded, again. I was never a social butterfly to begin with, and the concept of "small talking" doesn't exist in my culture, but it was like I actually contracted autism. I couldn't small talk for shit, trying to talk to people I just ended up agreeing with anything like "yeah", "I know", occasionally repeating what they just said etc.

I've done a lot of work on myself for the past 6 months, but what little social skills I had back then still seem to be dormant. Now I've booked another backpacking trip for this summer, the first real solo traveling I've done in 4 years. I'm super stoked, at the same time I'm afraid I'll just be by myself the entire time because I either can't or won't speak to other people at my hostel. Help?

What I essentially need is a crash course on how to be social at the hostel. How do I start a conversation with a stranger, or even worse, a group of strangers, in the common room? I always book dorms to sorta help me along, as it's a smaller group and we're all "in the same boat" there, but I know I've gotta break out of my comfort zone at some point if I want to make friends abroad.

How do I/is it socially acceptable to:
>talk to strangers in the hostel common room
>talk to a girl/group of girls
>talk to people at the hostel bar, where applicable
>ask someone to join me on a day trip to wherever
>tag along with a group of people at the hostel and just join in on their conversation
>for a dude to suddenly start talking to other dudes?

Sorry for what must be a very spergy thread, but I really need some help getting over this social anxiety. Tips, stories, actual advice, Youtube videos, etc, anything will be helpful. Also, no bully pls.

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>>1433612
Usually for me it's
>find a bar for a few drinks
Don't need to get drunk just have a few beers
>chill in hostel common area, don't be afraid to share beer
>learn some of the local language
>be well groomed, business causal can be a huge plus depending the are
>have photos from home to share
>know how to keep the conversation about them telling you things they like about the area
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>>1434700
I mean I agree that those kind of people are fucking terrible to be around, but maybe don't go to SEA if you don't want a bunch of immature, drunk youngsters.
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>>1435362
>it was off season in the Caucasus

Sorry for the of topic bu, how do you get to Caucasus? Did you fly to one of the countries and then caught a train\bus to the region?

Can you enlighten my ignorance?
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>>1437000
flew Luton to Kutaisi for 80quid then yeah, took buses, spent most of my time in Tbilisi and Armenia.
took the night train from Yerevan back to Tblisi which I recommend, it's full of tourists because it's more expensive than the bus but it saves time so I think it's worth it. german couple shared their beer on it which was nice
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>>1437018
Cool, never had heard of that place and it peaked my interest might go there in april.
At what time of the year did you go?

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I've chosen Madrid for my first time travelling internationally on my own, does anyone have any tips?
The metro system looks good but does it have an Oyster card system like London?

Also is not speaking Spanish viable? As a Brit I know the basics but not enough to communicate.
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>>1436974
You can get a metro card in any station, with that card you can charge for a one ride pass, or 10 ride pass anytime you want. You won't have problems just speaking english in Madrid.

For eat/drink: Go to Ponzano street in Chamberí for places where young people go. La latina or Malasaña also have many alternative/hipster places to eat tapas and drink some beer or vermouth.

Museum: Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia are a must. You also have the military museum and the national archeological museum.

other things: Go to Retiro park for a walk, El Rastro (huge second hand market on sundays), the historical city center (Austria's quarter) is a must as well, there are located the Royal palace, Madrid's Cathedral and Plaza Mayor.
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>>1436981
Thanks anon, got my tickets booked for the 31st.

Where can I buy vietnamese hats(non la) in Hong Kong? I promise to friends that i will bring them those hats, but i can't visit Vietnam during this trip.
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They're everywhere in Guangxi... Idk about Hong Kong.

Ask your hotel/hostel receptionist, and don't let them pretend they don't understand the question. Don't bring up "non la", though, it might have some different name in Cantonese, just show a picture of what you want.
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>>1436094
Night markets around Mongkok and Temple Street will be your best bet. They are not hugely popular in HK

> how do I get a job?
> it's 5am what's up with all these firecrackers?
> are the Chicoms invading this week?
> how do I ask out girls here?
> I ate food from a night market, am I going to die?
> bad oil, PM2.5, VOCs, exploding streets!
> NO ESL TEACHERS OR WANNABEES ALLOWED

aaaaaaaaaand GO!
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>>1433478
i sick of seeing those machines literally everywhere
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>>1435965
Yeah
I just go into them and spot easy targets and win half of the time.
But i make a compilation of weird claw machine stuff. Sometimes their winnings are just funny. But i think this bubble will soon bust if there are not many people playing
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anyone know how much those maid cafe shops in ximen cost?
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I saw an anime girl at the metro station yesterday, what's going on with that?
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>>1436031
is that a dick? lol

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Right, I've been trying to plan a week's holiday in Russia to meet a friend, having never travelled by myself before and never outside of the EU.
I had been planning to apply for a tourist visa, booking a hotel for five days with flights there and back. I've already bought medical insurance.
Only now do I realise that I almost certainly do not qualify for a tourist visa as I'm not travelling as part of a tour company.
German citizen. I have no idea what I'm doing. Private visa sounds more plausible but it's apparently one hell of a hassle to apply for.
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Go to a travel agency. They are used to handling these.
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>>1436135
I'll feel awfully inconsiderate if I didn't at least thank you for your suggestion: it's lead me down quite a rabbit hole.
I have no idea how to even approach a travel agency on such a topic, although there is one in town wherein I'll inquire.

The proverbial rabbit hole has lead me to some insights: It appears that the root of my problem is what's known as a "letter of invitation" a.k.a "visa support documents", that consist of an "accommodation voucher" (a.k.a. proof of having booked a hotel) and a "tourist confirmation" (which I suspect may just be confirmation that the hotel I booked can indeed lodge foreigners).
If that's the case, then I'll need to find out how to acquire those from the hotel I'd like to stay in.
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>>1436185
Travel agencies are used to this. The "letter of invitation" can be just something from a Russian hotel. And those travel agencies handle things like this every day, so they will have contacts in Russia who can send that letter of invitation instantly.
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>>1436120
You are pretty dumb OP, but its understandable.... you have never traveled, and russia requires alot of unusual shit, so ill help you out.

Google "way to russia guide" its pretty easy to follow and understand

Google "hotels-pro" they will print you a letter of invitation for like 10euro. Just make up a bullshit itinerary and google a 5 star hotel in the city and say you will stay there, it doesnt mean you really will

And lastly, just go to a travel agency, theres no reason to do it on your own, you will fuck up. Just pay the money for peace of mind.....

I know you are german and autistic about rules, so just familiarize yourself with the process and goodluck
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>>1436185
Letter of invitations can be bought online I believe

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In this thread, we rank the top 5 countries we've been to. Only countries (not regions or states) that you have ACTUALLY been to. The idea is to make a list (Top 1 gets 5 points, Top 5 gets 1 point) to see what are the travelling preferences of /trv/ and also to have people fighting each other over their choices.
You are not allowed to vote for your own country.
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>>1429315
jij houdt van natoer?
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>>1430256
if I were a waiter i'd be rude to you too americ*nt
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>>1431950
I don't speak french sadly, Who is filming and how lang have you been traveling?
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Why is Italy so high up on everyones list? I live there but don't really find it too great.
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1 Portugal
2 Italy
3 France
4 Croatia
5 Bosnia

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Not sure if this is the correct place for this post, but I was curious if anyone had ever run into these street preachers that protest with amplified megaphones at baseball/football games in Seattle, Washington. I've come across them in towns surrounding Seattle as well. There is barely any information about them online outside of self published Youtube videos and a couple threads on Reddit. They preach about Hell mainly and when you approach them they ignore you and keep preaching.
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>>1433756
that semicolon was unnecessary
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>>1433504
Right outside of elysian, fuckem
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>>1434983
Yeah fair point, some of these guys are all about fire and brimstone and forget to preach the positives. Obviously not all preachers are like that, most I've seen globally tend to throw a little bit of hellfire warning in amongst preaching about the goodness of God, and reasoning with the listeners if they ask questions somewhat politely. It's a bit annoying sometimes even as a Christian to see guys preach nothing but hellfire but not much can be done about it. If you listen carefully they're not just telling you you're going to hell and that's it - they're warning about sinful lifestyles that lead to hell and telling people to stop living those lifestyles. At least that's what they should be doing, unless you've ran into some Westboro Baptist types. Only the most hardline Protestants think Catholics are straight up going to hell no ifs no buts.

Was there specific information you wanted about this stuff or did you just want to know who these guys were? If you want to hear some interesting street preaching check out christsforgiveness on Youtube.
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>>1433504

These Taliban cunts are literally breaking harassment laws.

Can't wait for hard left Seattle to go full Stalin and start throwing these fools to orcas and sealions.
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>>1433756
The prophet Jeremiah may stand as an exception to that rule.

Have you ever fallen in love with someone while traveling?
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>>1436723

It's more complicated than that chef
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>>1436637
I have no idea what race has to do with it. All these girls were white and so am I. I don't know what swj means. Peace.
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>>1425060
as a New Zealander i question your decision to set foot in Christchurch

unless you went there to laugh it all the broken buildings
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>>1436868
it means not every non white is a desperate beta for white pussy and not even a non white can stand a white women if they have "leftie" or social justice warrior behaviors..you know what i mean :) Peace.
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>>1436952
Ahhh right social justice warriors. Yeah these girls were definitely not sjw. I just had my bae back home and wanted to stay right with that. I hear you on the not being desperate. Stay strong brother.

Everyone knows the problem with chinese tourists, but how come no one talks about the american 25-year old boomer problem
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>>1434386
This. Foreign people are a fucking nightmare to serve food to cause being in a different country starts their retsrd mode
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>>1433302
Americans are ok. From experience, they dress like shit and have little awareness of the world outside of their country but seem to genuinely appreciate the places they're visiting and are very polite. The worst you can say about them is that they're loud all the time. Chinese tourists are on a whole other level.
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>>1434944
>wearing flip flops and shorts
why they fuck do you care what another man wears?
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I like american tourists, they are loud but they are always nice, brits on the other hand...
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>>1434389
Europe needs America a lot more than America needs Europe



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