I have the opportunity to move to Detroit. I could have a job there doing what I do now and make $40/hr+ on the check, $60/hr+ total. I always hear about how awful Detroit is, but considering I could do a lot more with my money there, is it really that awful? Are there any interesting, somewhat vibrant neighborhoods, or is the whole place an abandoned crime filled wasteland?
Grew up in Detroit, left in 2008 when things were at their worst, but I visit at least once a year and all my family and friends are still there. The city is definitely coming back. Where you live depends on what you are looking for. There are great affluent neighborhoods, nice blue collar areas, young hipster areas. What type of place are you interested in living in? What are some of your hobbies? Where are you working and how far do you want to travel?
Culture is a Smörgåsbord of indian, muslin and chinese, with some thai sprinkled in there. Its kinda like Canada in the sense that you're in Singapore but nothing feels Singaporean culturaly speaking.
Nightlife is shit, beers are like 14 dollars each and clubs close at like 12-1, BUT all coffee bars and food places (all of which serve alcohol) dont close till like 4 am, so getting drunk and eating is one of the better activities to do there IMO, since the food is literally out of this fucking world.
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Next summer I want to go to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Anyone been to any of these countries? How safe did you feel? I was planning on travelling by bus from Egypt to Israel but after the plane going down in the Sinai peninsuila it has made me think I am going to start in Egypt, fly to Jordan, then go overland to Israel, then back to Jordan to fly to Lebanon. I am aware the situation can change quickly. I am thinking I may as well go now because for all we know the whole region could turn into another Syria, and then I would not be able... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1049919 Well it made me assume that there are terrorists operating at points in the Sinai peninsuila. Fliying over it only takes an hour, driving through it takes like 8. More chance of encountering said terrorists.
>>1049907 There are, unadvertised but public flights from Cairo direct to Tel Aviv, run by a subsidiary of Air Egypt. They really are secret, to the extent of not having their destination displayed on the screens at Cairo airport, thanks to Arab and Muslim stupidity, so you may have to find a good travel agent to sell you tickets, but it should be possible.
What's your local airport? Best airport you've been to, and the worst?
My local is Leeds/Bradford. In fact, not long ago I lived very close, to the point where planes would be flying ridiculously low over my house and drowning everything out. It's a standard provincial British airport, so nothing special, but you can go pretty much anywhere in Europe from there now, which is good as it saves me having to slog over to Manchester. Jet2 are based there, and they're always expanding by the year.
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>>1049855 my local ones are istanbul ataturk and sabiha gökcen. atatürk is nice, sabiha is a pit of despair for me because i always end up being there way too early, i'll end up having my flight delayed (curse you, turkish airlines) etc. but i hear the lounges are really nice.
i recently flew to trabzon airport which is a beautiful regional airport, just one runway with the black sea directly on one side. very nice. photo related
>>1049855 Worst airport? Far and away CDG in Paris. Design is terrible, staff are rude and condescending, you have to take buses to get around the airport, random construction half-heartedly going on, detour signs that lead to nowhere, and, to top it all off, they lost my luggage on a connecting flight. I'll never fly through Paris again if I can avoid it.
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Gonna be in Japan for 2 weeks in December. Gotta question about prostitution and brothels. I'm half Taiwanese and passable as Japanese. The problem is I speak zero Japanese. You think I'd be able to get into places that dont cater to foreigners? Or will language be my main problem? Think if I found a Japanese friend he could take to to exclusive places? Also what's the best district in Tokyo to find prostitution and brothels?
>>1049826 >I'm half Taiwanese and passable as Japanese. The problem is I speak zero Japanese. You think I'd be able to get into places that dont cater to foreigners? Or will language be my main problem?
No and yes. No one gives a shit if you kinda maybe look Japanese. If you're a foreigner who doesn't speak Japanese then that's what you are. Language is of course the main thing. How can they be sure you'll understand the rules and the system. Or have proper... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hey, /trv/, I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience or at least insights about teaching English in the Middle East? I've done the ESL thing in Korea and Japan, and I'm interested in trying it out there. I have a Bachelor's (of course) and combined 3 years of experience. Do you think it would be possible for me to get a job? At first glance it appears that most of the jobs seem to require a Master's and/or State License. Are there jobs out there for people with just a BA and experience? I have a small suspicion that the surfeit of qualifications... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
ESL isn't as big a thing in the Middle East as just straight out teaching. Most of the people in the Gulf States speak English anyway. There is a greater demand for teachers that speak English, rather than teachers to teach English.
>>1049689 Sure, I can see that. Are you sure most of the NATIVE population can speak English in the Gulf States? In most cases, a majority of the population in the Gulf States are expatriates, but what about the natives? But yeah, do you think it would be possible for me to get a job at like an international school or something, not as an ESL teacher necessarily, with no master's or state cert?
Do you think travel insurance is necessary? Why or why not? For those of you who purchase it on the regular, on what occasions have you had to make use of it? Who purchases it regularly and has yet to file a claim?
And lastly, based on your experience, would you say the majority of travelers you meet are insured?
Feel free to respond in a free format and without one-by-one greentext answers. Just curious.
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>>1049383 I think travel-medical insurance is necessary. I buy it every time I travel and haven't had to use it yet. However if were to get sick or have an accident abroad I don't want to be paying $400,000 out of my own pocket to cover those expenses. We've all seen those astronomical medical bills from the US but many people don't know that in other countries the costs are actually similar to those it's just that medical care is free for their citizens. In Canada for example if an American was to end... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Had two major claims in my life, both when I was younger and more risk adverse. Needless to say, I could spend $200 a year for the rest of my life on travel insurance and still not get close to the insurance bill for either one the bills.
One coma and one mountain rescue makes me think travel insurance is definitely worth it.
>>1049340 You can get small private rooms for less than a bed in a hostel dorm, and luxurious lofts in expensive areas of the city, and anything in between. So it can be expensive, but it does not have to.
It can be particularly good if you are traveling with a group of people, as sharing the rent of a flat turns out as a pretty good deal, compared to hostels and mid-range hotels.
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It's cheaper than a hotel, more expensive than a hostel. Can be better or worse than either one, depends on the room.
I lived in one for two weeks, it was the side room in this sweet old Israeli lady's house. It was breddy good, though I was always a little conscious of the fact that I was in someone's house, not a hotel
check out strassbourg if you want to see a beautiful french/german city. also they have a lot of really beautiful small town around if you are into that. in europe you can hitch hike if you feel like it, otherwise we have carsharingsites and cheap busses
My friend and his girlfriend are planning a trip through the US. They're thinking of starting in California and then making their way through the southern states to Florida. However, he's white and his girlfriend is black. As a mixed-race couple, will they be ok? Especially in the south-east and in Texas.. Are there any areas they should avoid?
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