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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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>>1437381
>>1437464
People open more up when abroad, it's hardly something new.
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>>1433612
You always need a story you know. You can make it up if you need to, nobody will know if you stick to your role.

The people you will meet as a backpacker randomly roaming streets bars and hostels, they want to meet someone interesting as well. Not some random dude, grey mouse, or a freak. No, they want an interesting person, once youa re interesting, the people will come to know more, invite you for drinks, to their bed which you will leave in the morning not leaving a single message.

So go ahead, make a story - you might be a writer, artist, lone bicyclist, a millionaire who got robbed and now he is looking for new ideas where to invest, and so on.
But anything you do, your role, your character, can't be "I am a depressed man who didn't go out for 4 years and now I am just blindly staying at random hostels and nothing really interests me"
That is a social suicide
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>>1433772
>Hey it's anon from the reply just above this.
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>>1437792
Roger that. I'm not a good liar, but I do have some interesting stories from my previous travels.

Anyway, I didn't expect this thread to stay up this long. I leave tomorrow for my vacation, and I will keep this thread in mind. Thank you so much everyone for your help. If it stays up, I might keep you updated.
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>>1433612
If you want honesty. Stop prepping. Stop looking for acceptance. Stop doing anything other than living in the moment, doing exactly want you want, whenever you want, however you want, and only to please you. I promise you, on a long trip like these, that’s all you’ll have to do. Stay in hostels. The good nights much outweigh the bad. when you’re doing only want you want, you’ll have a great time and attract others. It’s your trip, not theirs, treat it as such, and others will come.

Promise.

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What are the best countries to travel to that block access to internet porn?
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>>1436830
He said the best, not the worst.
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Many countries try to limit it, including the notoriously known U.K. None succeed in blocking it completely obviously.
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South Korea.
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South Korea is the only high GDP country I know of with conpletely blocked internet porn.
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>>1436871
>Get a chastity cage so you can't beat your meat on demand.
>what are handsfree prostate orgasms

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Say I have only about $8K and I want to do an extended trip starting...October or November..

> white american. good shape. handsome. beardy.
> 2 bachelor degrees
> fluent in spanish thats one of my bachelors also
> spent last winter 5 months in south america and loved it

i want to return to Chile and Argentina to see friends and go to all the places i missed because endless opportunities there.

also interested in doing more of Peru, and getting into Colombia and Brasil.

here's the thing though

partially because of low funds and a strong interest in having an experience over in India and Nepal i am thinking this will be a better idea.


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>>1432539
>handsome. beardy.
>handsome
>beardy
lol no
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>>1436285
yes
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>>1436284
Most people are friendly, accommodating and interactive. You also meet some cool foreigners and some less cool ones.
A lot of the food's great.
There's mountains, deserts, jungles, beaches, plains, cities.
It's a totally different culture, and even within India there's massive variety, it's like a world in itself.
I enjoyed travelling around via train, getting a sleeper bed and just sitting and watching the country unfold in front of me. Going past these tiny little villages that you know you'll never visit, stopping at small towns for 30mins and having a little window into another world.
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>>1436279
good comment thx
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its gonna be a tough call fellas im still struggling

another factor is going somewhere ive never met anyone (India/Nepal) vs revisiting many good friends (Chile/Argentina) and will we still be good friends or will i be disappointed

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I’m in Vienna all by myself. I am on Marienhilfer Street. Recommend me stuff to see in the next three hours, provided I have to return where I am now immediately afterwards.
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>>1438196

Schonbrunn
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Jesus, just sit somewhere and have a beer dude, like wtf is that even a question.
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>>1438208
Nah
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>>1438196

So what did you end up doing, OP?
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>>1438258
I forgot to mention that I didn’t want to pay for anything. Anyway, I went to Burggarten and Stefansdom, where I wanted to see the catacombs, but it turns out I needed to pay for that.. I did also go to Haus des Meeres, but since I had to buy a ticket I didn’t go inside. Thanks for asking.

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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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>>1438254
Calcutta is a surprisingly pleasant place. Who'd have guessed?
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anyone have experience crossing the myanmar north india border? i'm thinking of going from myanmar to northeast india for a week or two. I've looked at the areas of Northeast India, any information about them would be appreciated as well.
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>>1438263

Haven't done it myself, but I've read the procedure's been complicated in the past year or so. Somebody was saying that you can no longer simply buy a permit and now have to fork over thousands of dollars to Burmese tour operators.

AFAIK, border crossings from NE India--Meghalaya and the like--are only relaxed for Indian nationals.
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>>1438272
>>1438263

Sorry, kind of drunk. I was thinking of Meghalaya and Bhutan--the former doesn't share a border with Myanmar.

Still, I'd look into any possible recent changes. The process used to be somewhat straightforward, but, as I said, I've heard that some changes were recently implemented.
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>>1438275
>>1438272

*neither does Meghalaya border Bhutan.

OP out, gonna have to sleep this one off.

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>be wagie
>Spend years saving up for nice, small trip somewhere out of state
>Get rear-ended hard
>Forced to use savings to fix car
>Go online to vent
>Notice some boomer "friends" that went in their 3rd trip this year to some exotic National Park


Wtf bros
How come they get to travel all the time and I'm stuck here in this neverending fuckfest?
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>>1438009
>been on neetbux since I dropped out of college 6-7 years ago.
>travel every year, been to 36 countries so far
Cool story bro!
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>>1438249
It's okay wagie, you can cry.
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> takes the dollar off the gold standard once
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>>1438009
wtf how do you do it?
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>>1438267
By being smart with money. I don't have a lot of expenses at home. Got enough saved up to afford traveling several weeks each year.

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Tell me about Malaysia please. Me and the wife did Thailand to death last summer and are looking for something same same but different. Is Malaysia good? Thinking of doing some big city stuff then some beach stuff too. Langkawi any good?
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>>1437649
Batu Caves, are good.
Rest was pretty underwhelming.

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> Really want to travel the world
>Live alone with my kitten and puppy
>no relative or friends live in the state
>Google maps and threads on /trv/ is the closest I'll ever get.

Anyone else on the same boat?
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>>1437128
No wonder you commie fucks have such a shitty economy despite having a white population with a strong cultural work ethic.
You people would be as rich as royalty without the burden of socialism
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>>1437203
go away, /trv/ is a board for mature people
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>>1436744
>abandoning animals that love you

You're either a woman or a heartless heathen
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>>1437074
what do you mean, 10x the U.S....?
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> Really want to travel the world
>Live with my wife and children
>many relatives and friends live in the state
>Google maps and threads on /trv/ is the closest I'll ever get.

I'm on a different boat, but it's not easy to travel when you have all these responsibilities.

Have you ever fallen in love with someone while traveling?
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>>1431245
you...have to...go back.
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>>1429640
For real though, they're the assholes who flood /Gif/ with Blacked threads as well as some crap on /Pol/.

Pic related
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>>1425060
fake and gay
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>>1435179
>He thinks I'm pathetic for accepting other men inside the woman I love
>He must be a virgin
Your logic.
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>>1428265
Bill-san?

Didn’t see one in the catalog.

>does google walking directions work in Bangkok?
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I am new to hostels and what the fuck is this? The Prague hostel only accepted online reservations. Is there a a way to avoid online commission. I booked through hostel World. Is booking.com less of a fuckery?
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>>1437519
Looks like they were trying to recoup their losses. Third-party booking sites like Hostel World and Booking.com take a cut from every room that's sold.

Not all properties do this, in fact, I have never once been charged anything other than the price I see on Booking.com. However, if I happen to book with a more scummy place, they just might do this.
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How are Krakow and Budapest in August, tourists wise?
Is it packed with tourists, or is it still enjoyable?
I've been to prague last year in early september it was terrible.
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>>1437641
It's the same, it's full of tourists like you complaining about too many tourists.
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Is Myrtle Beach worth a seven hour drive or am I just setting myself up for a bad time?

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>Anon, just ask in the "France General" Thread
;No, nobody answered


So, I`m a Latin American Going to Study French for at least 1 year there, I'll have a studend visa and i'll be able to work
I have some questions;

>Average Rent Costs?

How much would be AS CHEAP as possible, anything would be a luxury for a third worlder like me, so i'm not used to first world standars, i'm going with a lad so shared room if possible

> How hard would be for me to find a job for me? I speak Spanish and English with almost no problem .. And what kind of jobs/sectors should I seek/ expect to apply?

>Wich one(s) Universities do you recomend or what do you have to say about them?


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Those schools have absolutely nothing in common. Some are arts, some STEM. Hard to give an advice if you don't specify your skill set.

Anyway.

University Montpellier I
University Montpellier II
University Montpellier III or Paul-Valéry.

Those are huge and comprise very different sub-schools (facultés).
Some are highly selective (not at the beginning. the wall is at the end of the first year) but can get you good jobs if you succeed:
medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, law (all at Montpellier I)

Some are not selective at the beginning but you need to push to a PHD to maximize the worth of those degrees which is hard. Job opportunities aren't so great too:
Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics (all at Montpellier II)


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>>1437144
How about you deal with the fact I spent a year in this university and know what I'm talking about instead
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>>1437462
>It's not important but how old in average were your classmates?

They were my age, I was 18 getting out of college into uni with people my age
Only the open lectures in amphitheatres had older people
Of course we had some exception or people in their twenties but not much more or less

But that was from taking a regular first college year, I have no idea who you'll end up with in French lessons. Don't know if it's gonna be "regular" students or all kinds of foreigners of all age
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>>1437843
Economics/administration- or Computers

in the worst case scenario, anything who could give me a good chance of getting a job after 2-3 years of studying .
So far, i'll have to check Mont I or II, otherwise , going to another city
thank you very much for your answer

>>1437822
I came from a conservative/centrist background so Being around leftists/anarchists is gonna be a pain in the ass and will be hard to make friends
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>>1438026
Where are you from?
You said latin american but never mentionned your country.

How conservative are you?
You spend your time regretting the old good days when Pinochet ran the Chile?
You praise Trump and think his tweets are real politics?

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Do you know any travel vlogger who is not a patreon e-begging shit? Maybe even worth to watch?


I like this guy (mostly because of his older videos) don't hurt me :'(
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Iohan Gueorguiev
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqiYX6cqxQI9CqhH_kvHeOw

Also kinda cheesy but I like Only in Japan
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmz3n15U7S52xShN8NCzsw
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>>1435228
Somehow there are actually people out there that whatch these people film their face in a gross close up 90% of the time. This is while they run a travel channel. Why
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>>1438025
boobs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovlfG5Iwnzo
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How old do you have to be to follow something like "vloggers" or "youtubers"? 15? Less?

Common traits: shitty amateur camera, awkward jokes, attention-whoring, every sentence starts with "please subscribe" or "please donate".
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>>1438226
Also every single youtuber looks damn creepy when talking on camera, fixed eyes, creepy american fake smile, and that generous music always in the background, sigh....really?

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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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>>1437247
>>1437273
As a Norwegian, I have a serious question: What's there to do in Norway as a tourist?
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It's cool too see that so many of you like Portugal, as a Portuguese it makes me happy.
As for my shit taste.

1.Poland
2.Switzerland
3.Croatia
4.Netherlands
5.Cape Verde

I've only been outside Europe twice, planning on changing that,
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>>1437569
Kayaking on fjords, taking a tour boat on fjords, kayaking at sea, ice climbing on glaciers, walking on glaciers, good cross country skiing, northern lights/midnight sun, good food (fish, lamb, bread, cheese), exotic food (reindeer and whale), nice trains, hiking, waterfalls, photography opportunities, churches, and a couple decent museums/historical sites. I'm actually flying out for a trip there in 8 hours if the fucking tornadoes don't stop me. Most places are not as beautiful as the western part of your country, or as quiet as the northern part.
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>>1437775
Thanks for the insight. I'm from Bergen myself, but too busy masturbating to hentai to go explore
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>>1426618
1. Russia
2. Japan
3. Germany
4. Estonia
5. Portugal

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Is this award given to countries that bid the highest?
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>>1438098
Yes ignore any and all rewards. Anecdotal and niche review sites such as on 4chan are to be the most trusted advice. Big aggregator sites are also iffy due to commercial connections to big airlines.
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I don't know what their logic is exactly since some of those top 10 are definitely not as good as some that rank 20-30.
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>>1438180
their logic is getting paid.
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>>1438098
qatar airways is unironically the nicest airline ive used desu
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SQ is a top notch airline and everyone has known this for quite some time.

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How's Russia? It's the world's largest country is gotta be cool?
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>>1437857
This one is cheaper than with a hotel and the service is great (I fucked up a date on my invitation and they corrected it immediately for free when I asked to).

https://visatoruss.com
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I'm >>1437993
Do what >>1438050
Said, it's cheaper, easier and much much faster. Once you have this, you can apply for your visa and it's ez pz.
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How do I get to fuck russian women that aren't prostitutes?
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>>1433942
t. never actually been to russia
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>>1438117
just use tinder lol


adding to what others said, russia is one of the best places ive ever visited and I'd absolutely recommend it, it's cheap as fuck, everyone is so friendly, and they love foreigners if you're not a cunt.
Moscow is easily the best city but Kazan/St Petersburg are obviously worth the trip too
check out the countryside as much as possible too



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