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I've recently watched a few travel stories/ diaries on youtube and I really enjoyed them.

Did you watch or even record travel stories/ diaries? If you did, you can share them here.

I'm talking about videos like this:
Two Korean guys filmed their travels to Mongolia, Thailand, Turkey, Nepal and Vietnam. It's not a boring sterile documentary and feels natural.
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This felt a bit more authentic than most of the travel youtubers i've come across. Most travel vloggers videos just come off as annoying and/or masturbatory but these guys seem to be a little better with making something casual and lighthearted that doesn't make me want to shoot myself
I don't like watching travel videos of any sorts, not because the content is bad, but it makes me depress people are enjoying their time abroad and probably getting paid for it posting onto YouTube regularly. I mean, I do my best of saving up money for 2-3 weeks trips abroad, but these people are going MONTHS on end traveling non-stop

btw: the video has english subtitles

Hello /trv/ I'm looking for some solid travel advice.

First of all, where's a nice place in the UAE to spend a week at the beach? We'll be traveling with a baby (6 months old) and are planning to rent a car so we can get around easier and don't have to rely on tours or public transport. Does anybody have experience with car rentals and driving in the UAE? How easy or difficult is it to cross the border to Oman? While we're in the area I would love to spend a weekend in Muscat.

Any advice is appreciated.
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I can only speak of Bahrain and Qatar from my personal experience. But here is a bump for you.
They drive like fucking maniacs, I can tell you that much. All Arabs seem to.
Try to fly into Dubai. If you're from one of the visa-free countries (which I'm guessing you are), your Dubai visa will get you an Omani visa free of charge (2 weeks, IIRC). Ignore the touts at the border, they'll charge you like 20OMR for doing the visa for you, when you can just wait for 5 minutes and do it yourself, for free. I'll see if I can remember some things about Oman tomorrow. Right now, it's sleepytime for tired anon.
You should do the opposite, i.e. spend most of your time in Oman with a small incursion into the UAE. Oman is a much nicer country with better people, better culture, better beaches, etc...

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Hey /trv

I'm going to Japan in July for 2 weeks with my friends.

I currently don't know how our 2 weeks itinerary should look like, could you suggest me something maybe that you've done or someone you know did?

And maybe what we should finish beforehand ( I know we have to buy a JR pass beforehand)
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Also I assumed 2-2.5k € should be fine since we are getting close to 1k€ with the flight and JR pass. Is it too much/not enough?

We are all 19-21 and don't really care about big hotels, even a capsule hotel is enough for us or an AirBNB place
What I imagined:

Day 1-4 tokyo
5-6 kyoto
7-8 osaka
9-10 nagoya
11 yokohama
12-14 tokyo
First of all there's a Japan general thread where you'll probably get more help.

Also your budget isn't clear to me. You have 300-500 for each of you for two weeks living expenses? Or you on your own have 2-2.5k?

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Good evening /trv/,

My fiancee and I are looking at traveling to Iceland for our Honeymoon and wanted to get an idea of what we could see, what are the best activities to do, and how much of the island we could see in the time we have. We will be traveling on August 8, 2017 and can stay between 5 and 9 days. We prefer to self-drive and would love to do a loop of the island. Some of the items we are interested in are: horseback riding, glacier hiking, lava or ice cave (I can't tell what is available in summer), river rafting, snowmobiling, etc. Of course we don't...
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You gonna need more than 9 days if you want to do the golden circle.
Rent a car, or do a few guided tours. Pick one or the other. You can do/see plenty by renting a car and having a GPS or map, though you can make do without those, it's pretty easy to follow the ring road.
9 days will not be enough time to do the entire island.
Heads up: Iceland is expensive as FUCK. Since this is your honeymoon, I'm assuming you will want it to resemble a vacation and not budget travel. Budget at least $150 US dollars per day for food for both of you. Keep in mind, that's not gonna get you any fancy meals. If you want to visit some of the...
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What is your equip?
Share experiences

I'll start, nice product but the wood cap on top takes on every odor from it's surroundings. Wood cap looks nice but stinks, dont fall for aesthetic memes
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I always find buying like a $5 pair of shoes from like Kmart or Target is a very good investment when going overseas. so many times where you might need to walk through water or mud and dont want to get you proper shoes wet, but also dont want to do it barefoot encase there is something sharp underneath.

They also pack fairly flat and dont weigh much, better than risking your health or good shoes.
good tip thanks
>dont fall for aesthetic memes
I do better with a starbucks insulated mug, the kind that can go upside down, but is also dishwasher safe and vacuum insulated. Morning breakfast at the hotel, tea will be a nice hot sip by lunchtime out of the purse. Or, I can fill er up in the airport terminal with a little coffee, something better than the crap on the plane.

I just can't wear crap shoes like the kind you're referring to from Target, since I need arch support.. I'll wear some Crocs, Tevas, or similar however. I'll hit some boots with extra waterproof spray if it's a rainy season kind of vacation. Really nice running insoles can make lesser quality shoes tolerable, however. You can move them shoe to shoe. They'll make new shoes that aren't broken in much yet, far more comfortable as well.

Always have some granola bars in the bag. Sometimes I'll skip a meal if the options are poor and expensive both. Saves money til the next meal, something worth waiting for.

Hey all you Canucks on /trv/, I'm a guy from Buffalo, NY who just received a job offer that will substantially increase my standard of living- but I'll have to relocate to Winnipeg. I've been to Winnipeg and I find both cities to be pretty similar. And I love the Sabres-Jets rivalry that's playing out as I type this message. I feel like it's the best move I'll ever make.

So why SHOULDN'T I move to Winnipeg?
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B.C resident here

Having visited Winnipeg once before i can honestly say no amount of pay increase would ever make me equate moving to Winnipeg with increasing my standard of living.

Its freezing, its crime ridden , its boring and there are humming bird sized mosquito in the summer.

i would at least visit for a few days before making any commitments
Thank you very much for your response. My responses may seem flippant but I am truly taking them all into consideration. At this point my greatest concern is still the natives (who I apparently have no potential of being 'cool with', like my criminal neighbors who love me).

I'm probably going to make the move. But I truly am glad I have your comments to boot
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What do you work in?

Winnipeg has a crime problem for a Canadian city. Annual average is 30 natives and 15 non natives homicides. Majority of those are prostitutes and drug dealers. The rates are 1/10 of problematic American cities though. Baltimore, Chicago and New Orleans would LOVE to have Winnipeg's crime problem. You're not going to move into the north side, so don't be too worried about it. At worst you might get mugged, which is unheard of in some other Canadian cities. The way the legal system works property crime is a lot more common.

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Does anyone here know Punta del Diablo in Uruguay? I've heard it's a very cheap and nice place, I want tips other than google to make my decision to spend some months there or not. Hostel and prices and stuff.
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Uruguayan here. I'll try to help you as much as possible once I get out from my office,for now get a free bump.
Ok, thanks.
You go Uruguay, and I'll go mine...

Going to Wisconsin soon with my Girlfriend.
Any ideas on where to take her? I really have no clue... We will be staying in Madison most of the time.
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depends on what you're into. I would say Wisconsin dells. But, that's if youre in sightseeing and water parks
NOT Milwaukee.
Wisconsin native here, from Madison.

Why are you going to Wisconsin and when? If it's not winter you can have a very nice time in Madison.

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Great food
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Great thread.
It sucks..
>Great food
They have the same things in their tagine every day because they're poor.
>beautiful country
When you're somewhere in the desert you can tell how close the next city is by the amount of trash lying around.

Morocco is alright and the people are friendly but really
>romanticizing third world countries

We are all tired of hearing of people who had really tough lives and decided to leave it all to go travel around the world.

I was just wondering. If those stories are true, what do we need in order to do that? I mean, there must be somethin we need to have in order for that to be feasable. What is the least we must have? I really want to try and do that with my life. Also, for how long can someone travel until it feels empty and meaningless and you don't want to travel anymore?
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Live in a country with very lenient welfare benefits
Or be childless until you are 35ish and invest all your savings into some investment funds and live off its yield
Have you ever heard of a personality profile test? In other words, we're all different. Your life might be meaningless already because you have no spiritual base and never even sought something, or no one has ever loved you (incl your parents), and you have shit for habits and genes (addiction). Would you long for home? Or is your home friends base, house, mattress nothing crave-able? Long for a special someone to spend the glorious travel moments everytime one of them happens because you personally don't...
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Answer to all of those is "depends"

For myself, I can't go for longer than a couple of months before it all starts to feel pointless and self-indulgent and want to get home to do something of real value, but your mileage may vary.

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Hello /trv/. I'm new to this board. This is my first time backpacking and going abroad alone. I was hoping someone with a bit of experience traveling south east asia could look at my itinerary and tell me if it's sound or needs critiquing. I have about 2.5 months over there and I'm arriving in Bangkok just before the New Year.

My plan is to stay in Thailand for 30 days, Cambodia a little over week, and the Philippines for 30 days. I'd also appreciate some advice on what to pack. Thank you all very much in advance!

Rough Itinerary:


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Manila is no fun and as much as possible stay away from it.

Some of your destinations are good but you might want to visit Palawan too. It's REALLY beautiful! Nature their is beautiful and a location of one of the 7 wonders of nature.
And don't expect too much "nature" in Boracay. Many tourist go there to party and have fun. But putting it as your last destination before going back to Manila is a good choice.

Don't forget to bring sunblock and drink many water. It's really hot here!
Being in Thailand that long you might want to throw Isan region in there. Udon Thani, and maybe cross the border north into Vientane, Laos while you're there. Not sure why Isan never gets any love, my favorite region of Thailand
Yeah, I've heard some good stuff about Palawan. May have cut some of the 4 days down to see it!

One month seems a bit too short to me to see Thailand. For some reason most forums just talk about the south/beach areas. Thanks! I'll look at the Isan region! I'll try and limit my time in Bangkok

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Is it safe to travel in Nigeria? What's the security situation around the Niger Delta/Port Harcourt area?
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God /trv/ is going to shit.
Where were you looking to go OP?
The south is safe for the most part, but did you have any kind of itinerary in mind?
>Is it safe to travel in Nigeria?
Well its a country full of niggers, that's not a very good indicator of personal safety...

t. realistic black man
Lagos is not as dangerous as it used to be. People are gentrifying Ikoyi and Lagos Island.

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Hey /trv/ gotta question for you guys. I live on the east coast specifically New England, and I want/need to move out to the west coast. Specifically a place that has afforable apartments and colleges for a youngster like myself.

It can be anywhere in not picky, anywhere on the west coast is fine.

Thanks anons
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I was about to make the same thread. Hope someone knows.
Humboldt county, Eureka/Arcata is pretty cheap

Reno, nv

Eugene, Or
Corvallis, or
Portland, or

Merced, ca
Sacramento, ca

Has anyone been to the Azores?

I was thinking of going there for a week in December, on the main Island (starting in Ponta Delgada).

How is the weather going to be like around that time? What are things you would recommend doing there?

Thanks lads
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i am planing to go there too. you wont find the typical tourist bullshit there (except for the whale watching i guess), nature is the greatest attraction, which is why i want to go. i would like to do camping and fishing, since the wheater there is perfect for such and the ocean has a lot of fish. if you google the climate of the acores, you will see that temperature are fine all over the year, but its raining a lot in winter. to complete my stay in this beautiful peacefull place, i would love get some good weed. a...
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I'm from mainland Portugal and never been to the Azores, but Terceira is known as the fag central of the whole archipelago. Just thought you should know that, might come in useful, I don't know

Also, December usually means A LOT of fog, but the temperatures are always good. I'm pretty sure you could get by in the Azores your whole life owning only a couple of pairs of shorts and t-shirts and a raincoat
I always hear that the late spring/summer months are the best.

I'd love to go, but those plane tickets from the west coast USA are a fortune.

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Hi Anons,
I have $1250 to spend on a trip. I can spend more, but I'm trying to keep in my budget. I'm 19 and from the US, with a good amount of travel experience, but never entirely by myself or backpacking. I have a 9 day spring break in March, and want to go somewhere outside of the US. My airport of departure will be MSP, so my options are pretty open. I speak fluent English and intermediate French. I was considering Central America, Boston/DC, or Europe, but would really appreciate suggestions or advice on where to go and how.

Thanks trv
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You could use your French in Morocco, and it would be well within your budget.
Within the same budget where could I go if I'm based in India Atm.

I like party places and cold weather

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Hello /trv/

Next week I'll have my first long haul flight ever (15h to South America).

Now I may be weird, but despite travelling quite a lot around, I've never flown anything but low-cost (ryanair, wizz air, easyjet etc).

I'll be flying Alitalia (yeah I know not the best airline but they were cheap!) and my question I guess is sort of broad but what should I expect from them on such a long flight?

I'm "concerned" with the stuff I should bring with me on the plane. Will they give me blankets? 2 meals and some snacks?...
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What time do you land and what are your plans upon landing? This is important
I land at 09:15 so it's an overnight flight. My friend picks me up and hopefully I will be rested enough not to need any sleep until the evening, I don't really want to waste a full day on sleeping there.

I'd like to sleep during the flight but I'm a bit wary regarding sleeping pills and such.
>Will they give me blankets?
>2 meals and some snacks?
Yes - snacks maybe - but one meal and a breakfast for sure.
>Maybe free alcohol?
Yes, but only wine and - maybe - beer. And 2 cups maximum.
Try to sit in the aisle to stretch your legs and try to walk a little bit 2 and 3 times for avoid economic class syndrome.

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Preferably free or very cheap ones.
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You will need two things:
>Buy VPS (https://www.digitalocean.com/)
>Obtain Shadowsocks - its free open-source software made by chinese hackers to bypass Golden Shield Project aka Great Firewall of China (https://github.com/shadowsocks/shadowsocks/wiki)

1. Buy a server (vps) on digitalocean, they call it "Droplet". Costs $5 a month, has 1TB/month transfer limit - this should be enough to all your funny youtube cat videos.
2. Choose Debian or Ubuntu distro to be installed on your server.
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probably tor if it works there
That will be significantly slower than a VPN.

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I'm tired of this 9 - 5 bullshit and working for fat cunt bosses, and the depression that follows. I just want to live off of my savings for the rest of my life, living somewhere that is preferably cold and somewhat isolated / deserted. I'll build my own shack, and when needed, I'll go down to the city and purchase needed goods. If I run out of money, I'll live off the fauna and flora. I just don't give a fuck anymore and can't live another day in this shithole, living a life that I was not evolutionary primed for. I am meant to be a survivalist,...
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1. go to argentine patagonia
2. become a guide
3. build your shack by a lake
4. ???
5. profit
Go to Ushuaia, build your own house then claim the land (you are kind of allowed to do this).
And then just work as a guide for Europeans.
No matter where you go, there you are.

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if I get asked at customs where I'm going to stay, should I tell them I've got an AirBnB booked? Will they be cool with that, considering it's sort of a grey area as far as lodging goes? Would it be better to tell them it's a hotel or a friend I'm staying with, and hope they don't ask for any specifics?
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They usualy just need an adress. Sometimes you can omit the typ of accomodation...
I usually have a printed email of the reservation confirmation, just to have some kind of record I can show an idiot, look up an address, that kind of thing. It wouldn't do to not even understand what you'd tell a taxi, or what neighborhood its in, etc. The form questionsor the human asking you have reasons, so don't try to buck them too much with some kind evasive attitude and should be fine to book only 1 night and be openended like that. Often, I'll find where I want to stay after walking around...
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If I have got an Airbnb booked for the duration of the stay already though, would it cause any trouble to show them the email confirmation and give them an address? I've heard that some places take issue with that since it messes with their tourism industry

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I'm not interested in meeting new people, cool architecture or seeing ancient buildings - there are plenty of those things in London, where I live. I want a vaporwave holiday.

I know it sounds dumb and childish, but I really want to experience the whole aesthetic in a tangible way.

What do you think I could do?
I was thinking maybe renting an incredibly tiny apartment in Tokyo during the winter or something, i dont know.
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What the hell is a vaporwave holiday? Just use drugs like a normal person instead of listenin to crappy artzie music songs, fucking weeb. What the hell do you think you're gonna see through the window of an apartment in Tokyo? Probably 4 drunk businessmen going to a massage parlor, and you have plenty of that in London.
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I'm not sure what I want.

I want to sit on a balcony and see tons and tons of people going about their day, see lights flickering on and off all around me as people live their life, hear snatches of arguments carried by the wind and the laughter of others, and all the while sit up there wrapped in a blanket and drinking tea by myself while listening to music.

uhm. i know it sounds stupid. i would never tell anyone i want this in real life.
You can do this in London, you'll just end up seeing more Asian people in Tokyo.

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I'm moving from Phoenix to Seattle next month and I'm driving up the west coast alone to get there. I'm looking for things worth stopping at along the way to make my trip more enjoyable. I'm going to be staying outside Los Angeles the first night, then near San Francisco the next. I'm thinking of maybe camping the third night in the Redwoods, and the last day making it all the way to Seattle where I'll be staying, if not adding another night in between. This is all subject to change as needed and based on suggestions.

I'm looking for...
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Drive up highway 1
A.k.a. The scenic route

Big Sur is rad for photographs
And Santa Cruz is cool too
Wasn't sure I wanted to take that route due to time, but considering I have an entire day to kill for that stretch I definitely could. Inland seems barren anyways. Any specific spots along the route?
the thing to remember about Seattle people is that they're a little closed off and not especially open to meeting new people. If you make friends it will probably be with other transplants, just don't get discourage/take it too seriously when the locals snub you.

How do you guys handle money overseas?

Is there a travel card company that you recommend? I don't have a fucking clue where to start (yes I have googled a little but would like your opinions)

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You can call your bank and get a preloaded debt card separate your usual one that you can refill but doesn't connect to your account so if someone steals it you're only out the preloaded amount at most.
Go to Google ---> "Charles Schwab no fee ATM card" + "No foreign transaction fee no annual fee credit card"
No foreign transaction fee credit card for places that take credit cards (even the freaking capital one quicksilver fits this bill, though there are far better cards as far as what they give back to you for using them) and this >>1175575
A thousand fucking times this >>1175575
Never pay an ATM fee again.

Has anyone done a trip like this recently?

Any advice?

I'm planning to leave from Finland where there's a fast train to St Petersburg.
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Pack alot of food that you can make by adding boiling water
judging by my life experience from the mobile game 80 days

this will be a very boring train trip
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I left from Finland on oct 26th. Travelled by train: Kouvola-Moscow-Beijing-Shanghai-Xiamen-Nanning-Hanoi. Continued by bus: Hanoi-Cat ba island-Hoi an-Nha trang-Ho Chi Minh city-Phnom penh-Sihanoukville-Siem reap. Next stop Bangkok. What do you want to know?

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If things go right, I will be travelling to Australia this upcoming summer (so winter in Australia). I'll be traveling alone as a 21 yr old American

Any recommendations on things I should go see/do? I'd like to maybe attend an AFL match if I can, but what else should I try to do?
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Where to begin? Post some things you're into, what do you like, gender, what you want to see, how cashed up you are, and so forth..

But anyway in general, I imagine you'll fly into Sydney or Melbourne. Firstly, Sydney is a shithole. It's outgrown itself and is super expensive. The harbour area (circular quay, darling harbour, the star casino, Taronga zoo, opera house and harbour bridge) are all sweet and great to see. But seriously you can do everything nice in Sydney in a day or two and then gtfo of there.. the rest of it is full of Arabs, Asians, Indians...
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Thanks for the reply.

I'm male and interested in sports for one (I've taken to watching AFL and cricket [don't think any will be going on while I'm there on account of it being winter] while staying up doing homework). As cheesy as it sounds I might try to go see Zyzz's grave in Sydney. Not really sure what else I'd like to do, this will be my first time going abroad

As for cash, probably after airfare I'd set a budget of $8000-$9000 USD? Would have to stay in hostels...
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Yeah, this is all pretty true (except rugby which is a shit sport and nothing compared to AFL). Tick off the typical tourist shit in Sydney and then spend your time in Melbourne. Especially if you actually want to have fun - Casino Mike's lockout laws have killed any night life Sydney had, while Melbourne's got 24 hour techno parties on every weekend.

winter sucks though. I'd recommend travelling in summer if you can - the city comes alive

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I've been thinking about taking a trip to at least a couple Nordic countries, and I'd just like some opinions.

Of the Nordic countries which do think is overall the best/most worth visiting. And which of the Nordic countries is

Which Nordic country....

has the most interesting stuff to see and do?

has the best nature?

has the best cuisine?

has the best nightlife?

has the best looking girls?

has the easiest/most open minded girls?

(By the way for last two questions, it's being asked by a 27 year old...
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Anyone? P-please respond, thanks, lads.

Swefag here

Which Nordic country....

has the most interesting stuff to see and do?
Depends on what u like, Copenhagen has alot of culture and stuff like that! Stockholm sucks imo just cool stuff to do there like the Vasa museum but there are so many immigrants in Stockholm so i dont recomend it. Malmö is a no-go, its like mini bagdad

has the best nature?
Norway has alot of fjords and stuff like that, Norrland in sweden has alot of forrestes and rivers if your like fishing and hiking!...
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>has the most interesting stuff to see and do?

Define interesting.

>has the best nature?

Depends on what kind of nature you enjoy.

Mountains? Norway
Lakes? Finland
Flat land? Denmark
A mix of the above? Sweden
Something unique? Iceland

>has the best cuisine?


>has the best nightlife?


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Do you like visiting theme parks? I feel that the typical trip to Orlando/Los Angeles might be too insipid for the kind of crowd at /trv/, but I'm interested if you think otherwise.

Did you have any good experiences at them? ADvice for amusement parks?
What are some of your favorite parks? The staples always seem to be Disney parks and Universal Studios.

Pic related, going to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain soon.
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Im jelly of you tatsu looks dope asf.
Im a big fan of dollywood they have great coasters in a lovely setting
Always look for tickets online. I'm surprised there's still people who actually get them on the actual site.
Not a big fan, but I like to go because I like to be a kid any chance I get. I'm going to Halloween haunt at Canada's wonderland tomorrow with a bunch of friends and I'm pretty excited. They turn the whole park into a haunted thing with scary mazes and all of that crap. Anyone ever been?

I don't really have pro tips since I don't go enough. I guess just go with a solid group of people so it never really feels like you're waiting. I've never been alone before to an amusement park and I sort of want to do it to see how that feels.

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Anyone been on Birthright? Is it worth it considering it's free? Good to go with National, or people on Campus, or otherwise? How are the people on the trip?

I'm half Jewish so I can go easily, but I'm afraid I'll just be fed some propaganda shit the entire time. Also would like to fuck some other vacationers and locals while I'm there, not sure if they're super religious or picky about that though, or if there's a lot of free time
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I'm half Jewish and am going on a birthright in December. From what I've read most people aren't very strictly Jewish on these trips and a lot of people drink and fuck around. You will definitely be fed propaganda shit the entire time, why the fuck do you think they have these trips? Overall it seems like a good time, I'm probably going to extend my birthright to a month.
What do you mean extend it to a month?

Also is there just a lot of free time int he hotels or after events of the day? Like after 5pm or whatever, do they just let you loose?
I've read certain people saying that at night they were free to do whatever and went to some clubs and whatnot. It's a common stereotype that the 18-22 group just go's on a birthright to get drunk and be away from their parents. As for extension, you can have your flight back changed to a later date for free if you tell them early or it could cost you $200 at most. There are several extension programs where you can stay for another week or two but it costs $200 a week. That's cheap as fuck so I...
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What's your sketchiest travelling experience /trv/?
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backpackers make me want to kill people and this picture triggers the ever living fuck out of me
Now THIS is shitposting.

Don't know if I have any that are really sketchy. Had to deal with some scammers in New Orleans, but it was not that difficult. Was expecting some sketchiness when I had to fly to the Middle East the day after Bin Ladin was killed, but there were no issues.

I need a good sketchy story,I guess...
Fucking OPs mom

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How much does a round trip ticket to north korea cost?
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I paid around 1300k euro.
worth every penny.
About three fiddy.

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How does tipping/ bribing the front desk work for major hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton and Starwood?

Upgrades would be my primary reason to tip. So would just handing the guy or girl a $20 or $50 guarantee an upgrade? Looking for 3-4 night stays mainly, so it would be worth it.
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do you know how hotels even work? what makes you think if you give an employee 50$ they can give you a better room? the management is going to see you were placed in a more expensive room, but only charged for a more basic one.
Join the hotel chain's rewards program to get upgrades. I have quite often found myself upgraded and I'm still pretty low down in the reward program levels.

This was my thought as well. I'm not at the top of any loyalty program, but it's rarely even been acknowledged that I'm a loyalty member.

Could a front desk agent add numbers to my loyalty level, so that instead of it saying I've stayed 3 times it shows 10 times? I'd tip just for that - but I can't exactly ask...

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