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my GF is in Thailand teaching English and I want to send her a present for Christmas, does anyone know the best way to do this?

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Ship her a pack of condoms. They're generally pretty lightweight, so shipping them won't cost much. Maybe send her a few boxes, because you know she's fucking a bunch of expats, and the occasional charming Thai guy.
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Ship her yourself in a package and get opened up by her and her new bf
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>>1493547
whatever you do ensure you have the package insured and have a tracking number.
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>LDR
she's cheating
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>>1493547
Just use a courier that has a branch in Thailand, you'll need to google for courier companies and check where they operate. I probably wouldn't trust the post but you never know.

Hi /trv/.

I will be staying in London for 2 days and am looking for a hotel near historic and old stuff.

I thought it might be cool to get a hotel in the City of London, am I making a right choice here is it not a nice vibe at all there?

I could also get one near Piccadilly and the royal palace etc.

I'm just looking for that classic fancy London setting with a some historic juice thrown over it, and obviously close enough to walk to a lot of the (touristic, I know) highlights.

When I recommend places to go in my local town, I steer people away from the overly expensive tourist places and send them to places where locals actually live and hangout. I don't want any of that for my London visit.

Would really appreciate any tips from some locals in London. Centrally located neighborhoods that are absolutely horrible I should stay away from? Old historic squares/parks that are super lively and cozy at night? Etc.
The only time I've stayed was yeaaaaars ago and I stayed near Elephant & Castle and hated the vibe there.


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>>1493803
The centre is going to be hard to avoid expensive tourist places

As I'm sure you're aware, London is huge so the centre is all going to be tourist traps etc

I really recommend you stay in Greenwich, which is c. 35 minutes to the centre, but has an amazing charm to it. It has a lot of history too, and has markets at the weekend too

Don't stay in North Greenwich btw, that's just a name made up by developers to lap off the charm of Greenwich. When I mean Greenwich, I mean stay within walking distance of the Cutty Sark or the Maritime museum

If you stay near Piccadilly Circus, everything you will get is touristy. If you want something more central, perhaps consider Baker Street or Marylebone - but this will all still be v expensive and fairly touristy (far more local though)

> For reference, Piccadilly would be the equivalent of sleeping under the Eiffel Tower

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So me and the gf have about 10 days for vacation this spring, and we want to check out somewhere in Central Europe. We're thinking of separating the time between Prague and Bavaria

I have a few questions on both.

First, is that time frame doable for both regions? I was figuring about 3-4 days in Prague, with the rest in Bavaria. I was thinking of taking either a train or a bus from Prague to Munich and then using Munich as a home base.

Prague seems like a meme to me. Is flying into there a nightmare? What's there to do that isn't filled with con artists and pickpockets? Is it a particularly gf friendly destination or is it as scummy as I've read on here?

Is it better to rent a car in Germany or will public transport suffice if I want to get around, especially for those smaller alpine towns? What are must experiences in that part of Germany? Also, is Munich worth spending time in or would it be better to go to a smaller town like Nuremberg or Bamberg?
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German here

>Prague seems like a meme
its beautiful city and there are alot of bars if you into that but sadly everything is really overpriced and there is alot of scam to rip off tourists. Also pickpockets are a huge problem.

>Is it better to rent a car in Germany or will public transport suffice if I want to get around
Public transport should work fine, usually trains drive every hour from one city to the next and also there are alot of buses.

>What are must experiences in that part of Germany?
Visit the Breitachklamm in Oberstdorf, visit the Neuschwanstein Castle and walk there up you wont regret it(dont use the option to drive with a car up there), and visit the "zugspitze".

>Also, is Munich worth spending time
Yes of course I would really recommend that, its not the cheapest city but a really pretty one with alot of old buildings and culture.

>ould it be better to go to a smaller town like Nuremberg or Bamberg?

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>>1493804
Second this, I went years ago and it was bad enough then, and I gather it's even worse now. We got ripped off by a taxi driver and were followed home one night by some shady character that was obviously looking to rob us. There are plenty of beggars and alcoholics, as well as rowdy stag dos on the hunt for beer and prostitutes. Avoid avoid avoid. Buy a lonely planet or whatever and seek out somewhere quieter - I bet you can find somewhere lovely as an alternative. Harz mountains are somewhere I fancy
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/articles/Germany-fairytale-highs-in-the-Harz-Mountains/
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>>1493804

I'm a burger, I've been to Germany and Eastern Europe before (Berlin and Russia/Ukraine), but the gf hasn't, so I'm a little worried about how she's going to take being in a post-communist country for the first time. Any places you'd suggest avoiding for pickpockets / scam artists? Is 3-4 days enough there?

Looked up all those sites Germanfag, they all look pretty cool. Is the castle reachable by train or should I book a tour or something to go see it?

Would you recommend anywhere to eat or drink in Munich?
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>>1493930
>Any places you'd suggest avoiding for pickpockets / scam artists?
Basically avoid weekends at tourist hot spots. As for where to go check this channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt7oj318jVQi7vRbc1bNjJA
Yeah they are a bit faggy for thr views, but you can find decent info on where to go eat/drink/party/explore in Prague and not get ripped off there.
>3-4 days enough there?
I'd even say maybe too much. 2 days is enough, 3 is already pushing it. Would much rather spend that extra day in Bavaria

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How's Katowice?

I'll probably be there for a week in March alone. I'll be at an event for most of each day but I should have a few hours per day to walk around. Any good restaurants? Also, how safe is it? I'm from a Slav country and am not sure how comfortable I'd feel as a foreigner not knowing the language visiting where I'm from.
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>>1491523
It's post industrial and ugly. Some massive old commieblocks that make for a good dystopian/cyberpunk kind of feel if you're into that and wanna take some pics for your Instagram.
Like most of Poland, it is safe. It's very unlikely that you'll get mugged or murdered. Just use common sense, for example don't mess with people who are obviously drunk and stronger than you.
Not everyone is going to speak english, but no one is going to care that you don't speak the language. Keep in mind that Poland has been getting a lot of immigrants, especially from Ukraine, in recent years, so it's a common occurence to hear other Slavic languages spoken in the streets and people are used to it. Although the immigrants are mostly concentrated in bigger and wealthier cities like Warsaw and Gdansk.
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>>1491523
A week in Katowice and not being able to travel away for more than a few hours? Ouch
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>>1491670
I mean I'm only going there because of the event, I wouldn't visit otherwise.
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>>1491660
Oh come on that shit was true 20 years ago
I was there recently and the city develops quite fast
plus post industrial doesnt have to be depressing, IT van be comfy too like pic related

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Traveling through Finland and Sweden mid June, any advice?
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>>1493917
In Finland, I guess you could increase your chances of catching northern lights starting from Oulu. Though I guess there is some level of adventure to go further up north, beyond the arctic circle. You should google up Lapland and see what interests you. Most of the civilized Lapland is accessible by overnight train from Helsinki, albeit it might be cheaper to fly there. In terms of activities, I guess you could take a bus to rural areas and try ambush a reindeer with a knife. See if you can get away with it. It will also be cold as freezing hell in January. Thus, you can go out and experience things such as passing out from coldness, your nose bleeding blood all of sudden, and losing the feeling from fingers and getting it back up by drinking salty licorice vodka and then passing out from the salty licorice vodka.
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>>1493946
I also forgot that you should definitely strike up conversations with random people and see how they react. It's socially awkward to do that in Finland, but that's the point.
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>>1493506
Oh, the gay /pol/tard again. You never told us which US state you are from, the one you have never left.
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>mid June
Note that on Midsummer weekend those countries shut down completely. Cities are ghost towns. Everyone goes to the countryside.
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>>1493946
>>1493949

>crazy ideas
Ask me how I know you’re a Finn. Thanks, I guess.

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Spain thread

What's the best things to do and see? Whens the best time to visit? Share your stories /trv/
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Currently on Tenerife in Puerto de la Cruz.
I rented a Honda NC 750 and paid 270€ for 3 days. But it was really worth it. The central parts are a bikers dream
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>>1493880
Thanks for replying. Geez that's expensive -- I'd be happy with renting one for 1/2 a day or a full day, but was expecting prices more like ~50 euros for that amount of time.

I'm basing my pricing expectations off what I paid in Greece, on Santorini island. Am I being unrealistic here in Spain? Cheers
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>>1493883
You can just rent a car for like 10-20 euro a day on Tenerife.
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>>1493909
But I want to get my motorcycle fix...it doesn't have to be anything fancy, a basic used 125cc will do. Is it not possible to do cheaply?
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>>1485117
Did someone say Spain??

Burger here. Been traveling in Europe for several months, mostly Italy and one thing I’m starting to understand is just how much poorer Europe is. You’re told Italy is like the US but with better food, but not really at all. Is japan being rich like us a meme too?
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>>1493586
They are brits actually but more importantly ,they are part of your tribe of irrational anger.
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>>1493727
>they are brits actually
Yeah, cause a Ford Mustang and a "truck" is exactly what you expect to see in the background of any UK parking lot...
Nonsense. Much like your mom, these are 100% certified US beef.landwhales.
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>>1493727
>"aluminum" baseball bats
>overhead power lines in an urban area
>they are brits
Travel moar
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>>1493738
>>1493534
>>1493586
Triggered!
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>>1493611
>>1493625
>>1493953
I love to constantly get confirmation that there are people more retarded than me

Anyone here been to Uzbekistan?
What’s it like? Does it feel more middle eastern or Asian? Neither?
Can I get by with Russian?
Any tips on restaurants? Museums? I’m planning on going to Tashkent and Samarkand
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>>1493577
How is the security situation? The entire place, with the possible exception of Wakhan, seems pretty unsafe for travel right now. How will you get there? Gonna visit Kabul?

Sorry for spamming, it's just refreshing to see another Real Traveler (tm) on the board for once.
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>>1493606
Mazar has always been safe, as far as I know. I was just planning to cross the border from Termez and back, so no Kabul.
I fear I might have to skip Afghanistan, I just got back from the embassy. Another clasic example of me procrastinating everything to the last minute means I now have to rush to get my visas in order.
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>>1493700
Yeah, I think the Afghan visa is not something left to the last minute. I hope you make it though, I know of literally two people who have traveled to Afghanistan as actual tourists. Shame the central route is no longer safe, Herat to Kabul via the interior mountains seemed like a true adventure.
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>>1493162
>Afghanistan
Absolute madman
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>>1492872
>I imagine it feels like a mix of Russia with some Iran.

Tashkent has a large Russian population due to the people displaced by the Soviets to rebuild the city after the 1966 earthquake. you will see plenty of blonde-haired blue-eyes Russians walking the streets speaking pure Russian while everyone outside of the city will be dark skinned Turkmen with their own unique dialects and a stronger Islamic influence and wardrobe.

i went there back in 2009 and most people are quite friendly to foreigners aside from those in the tourist industry that live off of extracting foreign $$$. Uzbeks they rarely ever deal with foreigners and appreciate seeing people like Americans coming all the way to their backwater country.

one odd thing about the country is that the larger cities never quite feel filled up, like half of the people left and there are empty buildings everywhere. I read some time later that there is a large migration of people in the summer months from urban areas to work out in the cotton fields but nobody mentioned it while we were there.

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Has anyone ever visited a slum? Is it as dangerous as people say? I've always been curious about them but have never actually seen one.
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>>1491959
Why would you need to excuse your presence? What would you be up to?
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>>1491961
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>>1491975
>>1492289
>>1493902
you fucks need to get off the internet and maybe go watch a movie or do something that doesn't require human interaction because you really let such a shitty ````troll''''' get you to reply this easily
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>>1491966
I second this anon's opinion about non-muslim slums being fine. I'd also add that muslim non-slum neighborhoods aren't safe for people who don't belong there either.
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>>1493117
>Is it an europoor's fetish or something
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if it is. I've personally met several euros that have come to America and specifically wanted to visit famous shit hole neighborhoods mentioned in famous rap songs. Like this one petite Belgian qt who INSISTED on visiting south-central LA near evening time. Not sure whatever happened to her
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>>1492973
What the fuck does 9/11 have to do with the people in Honduras slums?

going to Amsterdam next week, going to see some of the Museums, wondering what the best old architecture there is and if there are any places off the beaten path in the country i should visit.
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Parents of my girlfriend bought a farm with 4 houses on it in the far east of the Netherlands to retire in. During construction in their first stay there for a week suddenly out of nowhere an entire tour of Chinese entered the house and started taking pictures of everything.

Nobody spoke English and they actually had to call the police because the tourists kept thinking they were employees instead of the inhabitants.

This place is in the middle of nowhere inside a private forest. Chinese tourists are fucking insane.
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go to the uni cities outside of Amsterdam :

Utrecht
Maastricht
Nijmegen
Leiden
Groningen
Tilburg
etc.

make a uni friend and go from there
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>>1493077
20 min train ride or so. Then a walk of 10 min
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>>1493070
Anything? Really?

How do you go about finding and obtaining these?
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>>1493059
in 12h I should be there with a group of friends

can I bring a tupperware with around 300g of protein powder? or will I get dun goofed at security

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Why do German men act like the bathrooms are a social activity? Recently, I've been staying in hostels in Oz, and every time I walk into a washroom there are krauts blasting god awful rap and socializing while shitting, showering, or shaving.

Wtf is this? Is this the norm in Germany.
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>>1482593
Some stereotypically pretentious euro blowhard (probably a bus driver or something) will likely come along and lecture passionately about the synergy, the social benefits of communal pooping.

No, dude. You're just weird and too much of a joiner to be anything other than cringey.

Stop it now.
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>>1490504
No doubt. What about global warming?!!! Thought these Yuroniggas was woke!!?
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>>1490908
The German rap I've heard from the 2010's has to be genuinely the worst music I've ever heard, and I've listened to a lot of music.
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All Germanic people are weirdos but Germans take the cake. They definitely have a unhealthy national obsession with piss, shit and especially nudism.
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>>1482593
>having a team shit

Do we Have any Richards out there on /Trv/

any crazy life changing stories
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>>1492269
You are correct sie
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I backpacked on Thailand, 'nam, Laos and Cambodia in 2016.
While there's some natural beauty to be seem there, lot's of other stuff annoyed me:

- USA/Canada girls, virtue signaling, saying they have been in a rice farm for a day, and had "so much learning" in there
- old European guys, white, sun burnt, fat, clearly looking for sexual tourism
- Australian Bros, loud, drunk, obnoxious in every way conceivable
- Chinese people: no further explanation required

Other than this annoyances, I liked the place. Definitely do not go there searching for an adventure. You will speak English most of the time, pay stuff with your credit card and if you don't pay attention, you will hang out with the same people you would back home (not that it's a problem).
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>>1482980
>>1482995
>>1481635
The whole soundtrack is fantastic.
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The book is better
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>>1481478

such a sad movie, all those dolphins

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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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How much squalor will you put up with for a cheap place to stay?
In my search for a warm place to winter over ,I have been looking at the philippines.
This popped up on my youtube and its only 28 usd per month!
Not sure I could put up with the chicken howlings but I guess you get used to it.
The exchange rate is really putting the whole country on sale bigtime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeZGFygmQ6g
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>>1490458
Thankfully I'm not useless and do fine here.

But when I'm 65 and old and busted I really wouldn't mind leaving the frozen north having 3 teen gfs at once while I pound down viagra in the tropics until I die of heart failure.
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>>1486715
This guy sounds like he beats women.
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>>1491999
You just described my retirement plan
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>>1492146
It's the /trv/ dream
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>>1487201
>Think I'm past the point where I feel like being uncomfortable gives me RealTraveler Cred or whatever
>RealTraveler Cred

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So I just came back home from a 2 week trip to California, and I have the blues, very intense, bad ones. Like feeling my chest heavy and having watery eyes all day bad.
I'm from South America so these trips are very sparse and special, often years apart, I guess it makes it sadder. I've been on other countries before, but i've never felt this bad before after a trip. It was just too good, and the thought of coming back, it hurts so so bad.

Is this normal? Am I fucking retarded for feeling like this? Any tips?
Like i really want to kill myself rn.
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>>1492807
OP here, is there any options like this to study on the states?
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>>1492664
Same feeling man.
I went to California in late September for a week. Home base was San Jose, road tripped to Yosemite, San Fran, all the way down the coastal highway to Los Angeles.

Fuck the rich cunts that live there and their outrageous returns on property investments.
Fuck them and there beautiful, diverse state with nice weather and beaches.

Part of me is glad the state is burning rn, part of me is determined to settle in a small city like San Luis Obispo.

It's snowing here in upstate NY, and I am sad.
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I just got back from Japan. I'm more upset that now my friends won't have a reason to go out on a daily basis and well only go out once in a while. That and I have work tomorrow
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>>1493570
Where in upstate? Grew up in Elmira
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>>1492664
iktf bro, I came back from Japan two weeks ago and the first couple of days I had it REALLY bad combined with jet lag

you get used to going on adventure every day and exploring new places and when you get back everything just seems so boring and bland.

i started working again asap (even with the jet lag) just to get back in the normal rhythm as quickly as possible and it helps, now I just look at pictures from the trip and make notes of things that I want to see on my next trip.




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