Hey /trv/, after years of staunchly traveling without any guides, I decided to procure a lonely planet for my upcoming trip to Istanbul to see if it makes me see more than what I would normally and whether it will reduce the quantity of brute research I need to do myself.
My question is, seeing as this year I will be visiting Istanbul and only Istanbul, which guide should I buy? The country guide (Turkey) or the city-specific guide (Istanbul)?
Would the city guide be a more complete version of the country guide or would it essentially be the Istanbul chapter taken... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>962180 I agree, I normally travel that way, but it's seriously research itensive to check every little thing for these kinds of trips, and I likely won't have internet access so I'd likely have to store tons of (incomplete) information on my phone/iPad before leaving which is really inconvenient.
I'm going to Germany this summer and living with family. I would really appreciate it if you could give any tips on things to do (including the obvious) and any advice on money saving experiences to enjoy.
I'll be going for a month so I believe I'll have enough time to see a great deal.
>>960655 Kowloon walled city was built that way not because it wanted to, it's because it's an ENCLAVE, thus it can't expend beyond the grounds it was bordered. So what you are really looking for is small enclaves, which there are tons in europe, specially in those tiny countries between germany and france
If you are a real traveler, probably not. But if you like tourist shit, escapist vacations, it's great. Lots of things to do. From base jumping to sand duning. To clubs to concerts. Like Vegas without the gambling. They may even have that, too.
>>958691 just go with the flow.. - just have a basic itinerary where i list down what you 'might' want to do if you are in the city. -short list down few cities that you may consider checking out, and the attractions - short list some accommodations of each cities (keep in bookmark etc)
YOLO basically you can work the rest when you get some feedbacks from other travelers at hostel lobby on what to check out n what to skip.
what exactly do you mean by "going to school" (I guess you want to go to university and not the equivalent of an american high school). Do you have an EU-passport?
It is certainly possible for an older American to get a B.Sc in electrical engineering. Are you proficient in the German language ? (Bachelor degrees are almost always taught in german. Masters on the other hand can easily be found in english). If you're really interested in studying in Germany this is a great site to start your research: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/en/
I'd definitely recommend doing the free walking tour if it's running while you're there. It's aimed at backpackers and it's customary to tip a few Euros at the end of the tour (which lasts at least a few hours), but you don't have to if you don't want to. It's great if you're on a budget, because instead of just seeing the sites for yourself and trying to find out their significance from guidebooks/internet, you've got a knowledgeable local guide who will know all that information and stories that you'd find out from locals.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>957777 Be warned Mr Quads that a lot of the castle may still be closed. Not worth paying for admission for anything up there if it is. And if you want to see Charles Bridge when not covered in people you will need to get up early. Main sights are easy to figure out, try to go to the jewish cemetery, and to the theatre as often as you can
Old thread is on autosage and found here: >>943712
Post here to ask: > Where is good to go > How to overcome <random paranoid bureaucratic rule> > Where to meet qt3.14 (Skout app is a good start, momo is expert mode) > How to facebook (just use bing to find a free vpn) > What phone apps to use (Pleco is 1st, Wechat is 2nd) >... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Im interested in travelling to china and doing the usual (drinking, eating street food and partying) but I'd also like to maybe speak or learn (from people) about the political side of things , and some cultural nuances unique to china. I guess anthropology type things if that makes sense.
Would I be able to get a government official to speak to me about china , I know itll be "propaganda" but I'm very interested in hearing about such things
>inb4 le communist anarchist
I dont know why but I want to... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
It definitely made me more independent and self-possessed, and helped me to lose some of my sillier inhibitions. I think it's such a great experience that you can't help being a little more positive about life in general afterwards.
Any experience "changes you", that's just part of life. How it changes you depends on you and the experience you had.
Traveling hasn't turned me in to a radically different person, but it's helped me overcome some social issues and given me a fresher perspective on things. You realize that every country has things they do well and things they do poorly, and that mostly people are nice but assholes exist everywhere too.
I'm mostly a normal American. I have a job and a car, I watch Netflix and sports. My diet did change, though. I realized... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
This worked great in the Thailand thread so I figured I'd play a game with you folks
Rules: 1) No reverse image search 2) One location per post 3) Thailand photos ONLY 4) Must give a little background if it's not an obvious photo
#1 is extremely easy First day in Thailand, our host family recommended we go here. I should have been suspicious of their advice when they told us to only eat "safe foods" such as McDonalds or Burger King (I'm not kidding). Anyways, they suggested "a must-see" in the city and we went.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
This is amazing. Paul Theroux (Louis Theroux's dad) went by train from London to Japan via India and SEA, then back through Russia, on his own, in the 1970s.
But as with all good travel literature, it's not just the journey that makes it interesting, it's that he's an amazing writer (his description of his feeling guilty about travelling aimlessly hit me right in the feels. He says he was "nagged by the seamless guilt of the unemployed man, who moves from failure to failure"- anyone who's been... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>955091 I am a huge fan of travel books. The Great Railway Bazaar is one of my absolute favorite books, and what really got me into the genre. The parts taking place in Burma were the most memorable part in my opinion, with the descriptions of the train going through the mountains in Burma probably being my favorite part of any book I've ever read. I actually just finished his The Happy Isles of Oceania recently and it was quite good as well.
Two other travel books I would recommend highly are North of South by Shiva... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>954732 Prepare to spend all of your precious bahts on alcohol. Overrated but you really gotta do it because it's a touristy thing.
I have trouble partying all night without drugs (and that isn't an option). I was waiting for the boat back to samui and some Brit claimed he got mugged and got his shoes stolen :p sucks to be him.
Also there are magic mushroom shakes for 300 baht at the end of the beach in the cliff side bars. Don't split it with anyone because they're weak, but they're legit.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
FUCKING HELP! my girlfriend just decided to 'tag along' on my trip through canada and is really fucking with my plans >complains about staying in hotels less that have less than 4 stars >wants to do tours designed for old people >wants to micromanage every second of 'our trip' (where to eat, how to get there, what time we need to be awake etc etc)
shit is starting to get expensive so how the fuck do you ditch a travelbro/girlfriend without completely... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Anon tells his gf that her plans ruin his trip >They get into a fight and she agreed she wont go >Anon leaves for trip on bad terms with his gf >He comes back from trip >His gf is cold and distant >Anon searches his gfs phone >Anon finds text messages and calls to another man
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