I literally just came back from a trip with two very long layovers in Schipol Airport.
It's extremely easy to get from the airport to the city center on a very nice and relaxing train ride.
Here's a tip: DON'T PAY FOR THE TRAIN. Literally nobody checks those tickets so it's a total waste of money. I paid for mine and I regretted it, especially since I ended up hating Amsterdam.
Anyways, seven hours is not too long of a layover, so I would recommend either walking around and going on a canal cruise, or finding just one museum of interest... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1136014 Drivers can be fairly reckless. So be extra careful if you rent a car and always assume there's some cretin trying his hardest to crash into you. Still, it's nothing compared to what you'd see further east or outside of Europe. Otherwise you'd really have to go out of your way to get hurt. Use common sense, avoid bald drunks, try not to be black, smashed and alone in the middle of the night in a shitty neighborhood. Ordinary precautions. Supposedly there's some scam in Kraków where... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
We are going to Japan soon. Our plan is to stay in Tokyo for the first week. Than go to Kyoto, Osaka, Naga and continue out trip to Hiroshima and ending in Nagasaki and Hashima (Battleship) Island. We will do this in 4 weeks of time. But my question is what is the best way to travel in Tokyo and the rest of Japan? They told me I should buy a JR railpass, especially for the Shinkansen... But is there also something for the subway since our hotel is close to a subway and no JR trains? Or is it cheaper to buy individual tickets for subway and trains? There are so many cards and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Also hard to tell, I live here (from US). I know there is a JR rail special for people not living here. I get the card from the train stations and just load it with yen and train hope to some of the lines to take me into Toyko like Tachikawa.
I spent 6 weeks travelling across Japan in 2014, and I found the best (cheapest) way of travelling is by overnight bus, such as Willerexpress. JR Rail passes are also super good (used up to 3 weeks) and are super easy to use. Bullet trains are by far the fastest way of getting around.
However, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto are all easily accessible by simple day buses.
When using the subway, Tokyo is broken down in 2-3 route. One public, two private, so it'll cost you differently dependant on route and locality. But I'm pretty sure that doesnt including JR... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I live near Seattle, like 20 minutes away. You could come to hemp fest which is later this month. It is an annual festival all about weed.
Pike place market is cool to check out and watch them throw fish around. The gum wall is kinda cool although I think they're tearing it down.
I don't think Seattle should be your main attraction in Washington. This is a beautiful state and I think going into a concrete jungle like Seattle will make you forget all about it. Although if you go to Alki beach then you can see the whole city stretched out in front of you... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1149696 If the only things you know about in Seattle are the gum wall, pikes place and hemp fest then you arent really qualified to offer an opinion on the city. This is like someone in new york telling you to go to times square.
Spent about a year there. Partying on Mallorca Ibiza is fun for those stuck in early 00s, Germans in similar Malle 16 t shirts and young English scum (they are the worst). Oh, you could also go to overpriced crap like Nikki in Palma, but that's for 40+ with mustache and money. But! Mallorca is totally awesome for everything else! Just do the following: - rent a house in the middle of the island. Algaida-Alaro area works great due to convenient location. - rent a car, they are dirt cheap there, use record go - swim at playa de Palma in the vicinity of Palma aquarium... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I'll go on a 12 days roadtrip and right now I'm planning a route. I never visited this part of Europe, so could you recommend some important spots? Picture is just a rough sketch, but max. distance is about 3000km.
>>1149413 I'd drive way more along the coast. It's longer and slower, but driving along the Adriatic is magnificent. If we're taking Kotor/Montenegro as the furthest south you want to go, my (rough) itinerary would be: - München - Leibach - Triest - Istria (Umag, Rovinj, Pula, ...) Skip Rijeka because there's fuck-all to see there. - Krk/Cres if you can fit it in. IIRC there are ferries. - Plitvice is nice. If you're going to Split anyway, drive back to the coast, visit Zadar. The... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Dutchie here. This year I'll be traveling to Sydney during Christmas and new years eve. My gf is from there and we're visiting her family and friends for 3 weeks. We are trying to figure out what to do on the evening and night of dec 31 but don't want to go to the harbor and pay a zillion dollars for some invite only party. Does anyone have suggestions on where to go? I don't care much about the fireworks really, I mean I know the show is amazing but I prefer having a chill night out and the freedom to move from one place or bar to another.
>>1149294 haha i'm an ausfag travelling to Amsterdam for new years. Take ur gf out for dinner at a restaurant along Circular Quay or at the waterfront at The Rocks. It will be cheaper than booking on a boat. You will get a great view of the fireworks. I'm not one for fireworks as well but you should see the Sydney Harbour New Years fireworks at least once in your life.
If you cant get a reservation (or its just too expeno) for a waterfront restaurant, just have dinner prior to the fireworks. Then move down... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Luister op kankerlijer...Anywhere near the bridge or downton will be a complete clusterfuck until about dawn, so unless you can get a lift home or are staying within walking distance of the harbour then expect to wait hours for a taxi or pay retardedly high Uber surge prices (some people paid $500+ last year).
Also, any public gathering is likely to be alcohol free, in order to maintain the family atmosphere. The cops *stringently* enforce that rule, they are out in force on NYE. Also, Sydney now has draconian... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Go to a music festival. Falls in Byron Bay runs Dec 31st- Jan 2nd, and you can buy anything from 3 day tickets to one just for New years eve. I've done this the last few years (Although Lorne Falls and has gone well above previous new years.) Headliner this year is Childish Gambino, and the rest of the line up will be announced soon.
So I've planned out my route for backpacking europe and Im looking for suggestions. The tentative route is flying into Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bruges, Brussels, Luxemburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Zurich, Lugano, Milan, Florence, Rome to fly home. First time traveller, never left Canada. Any insight is appreciated, I'm sure this plan has flaws. 6 week trip for about 4500 bucks. Doable? Average four days per city.
You're totally right, my buddy who has backpacker said the exact same things. The revised list is Amsterdam, Bruges, Cologne, Prague, Munich, Lugano, Florence, Rome, then fly over to Barcelona and back home.
Main points of travel are landscape and architecture, secondly the experience and people, was told the party scene in Prague is unreal. 4500 is the budget for the whole trip, where 1400 is towards cost of flight, Eurail and passport, leaving 3100 for food and travel fair.
>>1149288 >was told the party scene in Prague is unreal Just don't go to Karlovy Lazne. It's a shitty tourist trap these days.
>Cologne, Prague If going this route you might as well squeeze in the German city of Dresden which lies right between Cologne and Prague. Very historic city with some great views over the Elbe river. Was bombed to the ground in WWII but has been rebuilt since and looks dope again now. Make sure to check out the Hygiene-Museum... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
10 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur. Hoping to get into see the towers, eat lunch, and leave.
As far as my research can tell, you can take a train from the airport to KL Central station but theres no train or MRT that'll get you near the towers.
It appears the only viable method is to use a taxi, or am I mistaken? Is there another, easier and cheaper way, to get there? if I have to use a taxi I'll probably just skip the entire thing and chill at the airport.
Also, it would take enough time getting out of the airport, into the city, to the towers,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
You're going to have to take a taxi, and it'll be way more expensive than a taxi in most of Southeast Asia. KL is alright but unfortunately I think it'd be a total waste for you to spend like $30 in transportation alone just to get lunch in the towers
>>1149045 >Hidden Gems In terms of destinations, mostly places that are less known or visited by your peer group (that can be as small as friends and as large as nationalities or entire continents)
Cinque Terre is a prime example, it's a weekend go to destination for Austrian, French, German and Swiss (to narrow it down: the entire alps and pre alps area) people mostly 25years and up that go there: >to relax at the sea side >family... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Me and my gf are going on a vacation soon, and I've had a hard time choosing where. I'm not thinking a mainstream city like Paris or Venice, but rather a city with less tourism and more culture. Bonus points for hidden gems. I'll dump what I've found interesting.
I am moving to Spain/Catalunya. Is there something like Craigslist (or ebay-Kleinanzeigen for other Germans) in that country, i.e. an online marketplace for local trading of stuff like furniture, bicycles, auto-parts etc?
Me + gf both graduated this year and started earning some money. We would like to spend 2-3weeks in summer 2017 traveling through the USA. We're both from Belgium. She has never been to the USA, I've visited NYC once (4days, didn't like it, only saw tourist shit).
What we've established so far is that we will start off in New Orleans, and due to reasons I won't bother listing she would drive towards Nashville from there.
Now comes the question: Where should we go from there? 1) Drive further north towards Chicago? 2)... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1148765 What's your final destination? I can't help you until I know where you end.
As for the route to Nashville from New Orleans, I wouldn't suggest driving through Mississippi and Alabama. There is absolutely nothing to see and nothing to do. Since you are from Belgium I would suggest driving over to Pensacola Beach, Florida on your way to Nashville so you can experience the beaches. The sand is pure white and the water is an emerald colour and the area has history dating all the way back to the 1500s... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The closer you are to the Mississippi river, the worse the cities are, as a general rule, but eastern Tennessee and the Appalachians are very beautiful. If you -have- to go from New Orleans to Nashville, I would recommend taking I-10 to Baton Rouge, and taking the Natchez Trace from there. Decent bit of history, and lots of little things to see and do. Make sure to take a detour to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge if you can. Lots of amusement parks and attractions there.
Hey /trv/. New to this board and looking for insight outside of the sticky. Recently went through some loss and was told short of killing yourself, travelling is a good way to go. Three grand saved currently, looking to leave around October from Canada. All information is appreciate.
>>1148694 Hey man I agree with what you heard, I was depressed for the longest time for a variety of reasons but the main one was my best friend dying of cancer and I agree with what you were told. I spent a month in spain and spent about 6 grand, although i stayed in hotels not hostels and i spared no expense. I could have done it for around 3, the only thing that might fuck you over is the exchange. If you live out east it will be way cheaper, I went yyc yul bcn, then back through toronto so it was pretty expensive. With europe... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
if you're trying to make your trip longer I'd recommend going to places where your dollar goes further. Eastern Europe was sooo much fun. prague budapest and poland were the best part of my eurotrip and the money we spend there for 2 and a half weeks was the same amount of money we spent in western Europe for 3 days... keep that in mind. I'm planning my next trip with 3k usd and it's going to be a 3 month trip for eastern Europe again and south east asia just because people talked so much about it and said it was super cheap too. looking into hitting up... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hello /trv/. I am an American citizen who is going to (hopefully) gain dual citizenship in Iceland. After this, I plan on living 5 or more years as a nomad. I understand that as a US/EEA member I don't have to get visas in quite a few countries, and I know how to (relatively) quickly get them in the countries that require them. That being said, I'm not fond of paperwork and am hoping for a less typical method of crossing borders. Do you guys know anyways to (not so) legally bypass the border paperwork BS and cross borders in Central and Southeast Asia? Bonus points... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Your excuse for not crossing properly is paperwork? I don't believe it, and the police won't believe it either once you inevitably get caught. Enjoy your time in whatever fuckmeintheassistani jail you eventually end up in.
>>Any other tips on living a nomadic lifestyle are also welcome.
There's a big difference between traveling frugally and being a skinflint miser.
Fuck's sake OP just get an international drivers license and cross borders at border crossings. You can do whatever Real Traveler (TM) shit you like during the 99% of your trip when you're not with police and customs agents but if you ignore the law for long enough you're going to end up in a third world gulag
This probably a pretty big non-issue for most of you but anyone ever get burned out or just plain sick of traveling?
I've two weeks left in a 4 month trip and I'm frankly sick of traveling, if not mildly depressed. A week before I spent 10 days at a good friends house in Germany, I had a great time. I had my own space, I was able to meet and hang out with the locals. However, I'm out on my own again until I fly home. I don't have motivation to speak to fellow travelers or go out and explore much. I just want to get home back to into the rythym of home... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Sounds like you're just over-stimulated. I did a super long trip and whenever it felt that, it was time to live somewhere for a bit. You've got 10 days left so just do something fun...or don't, But I think people feel this pressure to do something amazing every single day you're out there and people need to realize that it's okay to have a shit/okay day out there.
Where are you from? Scandinavia can be very friendly to foreigners. The stereotype is mostly true but you sort of get a free pass as a foreigner. I cleaned up and made a ton of friends... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Me and all the other travellers that I encountered in Yerevan were surprised by the quality of the girls there. I went to a spanish bar to meet a belgian girl I had meet during a tour and she was there with a belgian-armenian friend and his armenian cousin. At some point the belgian armenian girl went out and after chating started making up. The cousin appeared from nowhere and separated us telling that this was not possible. The girl run into the bar and I just left.
Rent a bike, go to Christiania, buy beer from a grocery store and drink it literally anywhere you want. Enjoy the laid-back athmosphere of the city. And of course be prepare to pay shit load of money of everything
I'm from Australia, flying out to Europe on the 29th of the month. I'll be there for 1-2months. Can anyone help me (Australian bank advice would be great) on how to go about card that wont charge me international transaction fees or any sort of transaction fees? Is it possible? I am currently with Commbank but I don't know if I should be getting a travel card through them, another bank, another company or even get something once I'm over there. Any advice woud be great. Thanks
To follow up on that, my ideal situation would be having a seperate card, where I can log onto my current account online, transfer money into it, without fees or very little. And then once money is on that card, I am able to use that card at ATMs or any stores without receiving a transaction fee. Is there anything that provides this? Or even anything better?
No fees for foreign exchange or CitiBank fees. Only thing it costs you is the local atm fee. The exchange rate is good too - pretty much identical to XE.com and no account keeping fee. Best option there is. But you won't get approved in time.
Since most cultures and languages don't adhere to national boundaries, wouldn't it make more sense to draw a grid over all the earth's landmasses, and visit each box in the grid? Makes more sense than saying "I've been to Beijing, I've seen China."
anyone else been traveling for so long you can't relate to your old friends anymore and dont stay anywhere long enough to meet new real friends?
been happening to me. i finished school at 18 and been traveling for the last 4 years. I also earn my living online so i dont make any real life work contacts either. also have mildish social anxiety and struggle to make friends, not just casual chat buddies. kinda taking a toll on me now, decided to move somewhere and actually settle down for a bit now.
>>1148210 hell then I guess I'm the minority, I'm still friends with all of my close circle of friends from high school. I even rent 2 of my rooms to 2 of them. One moved away for college and were still close to, Skype a good amount of days a week as a group.
I can see how your nomadic life style could cause some strain on friend ships but if you actually wanted to be thier friend you would kept in contact or made an effort to catch up every now and then. If you want to make new friends you need a hobby, it... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Oh god, those feels. >Hardly any friends, because I can't relate to people who don't travel >Few friends I have don't want to talk about traveling >Even when my travel experience is relevant to conversation, afraid to bring it up for fear of sounding like I'm bragging
I found out this weekend that a coworker of mine died on her trip. Apparently it was on a jet-ski. They were on 2, one chasing another, my coworker fell off hers and was ran over by the chaser. Not a pretty sight apparently. She was only in her 20s as well which makes it even more sad.
Kinda got me thinking about travel and safety. I had an accident on my trip recently, nothing much happened to me but scared the living shit out of me.
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