I've never had much luck getting sleep on flights. It's usually too cold and bumpy up in the sky for me to stay down for long. Buses and trains on the other hand - oh god, I literally can't stop myself from dozing off. One of my friends who came with me from Istanbul to Tbilisi on a 36-hour ride got angry because I slept almost the entire way.
I've flown from Spain carrying sprays (deodorant) and liquids (hand moisturiser) and have had to throw them away when flying from other airports. Either they just don't give a shit in Spain or they are too paranoid in other countries.
>>916517 >When I came back home, they told me to put my stuff through the scanner but the other people hadn't to. Delta has a TSA-precheck for a while now. If you are checked in far ahead and they do a little background check you get to skip a bit of the security random deep checking, to generalize the process.
What you describe however is ignorance. You obviously look and act like a lost puppy and felt persecuted for them doing their job right one way and being casually (bad) on the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
A guy in my work has had is ass-cheek spread and inspected on 2 different occasions. He told me it happened when he was leaving Florence to come back home. Apparently he had been keeping weed in some small camera film container and emptied it before arriving at the airport but the sniffer dogs still picked up on it.
The guy doing the cavity search was a bit of a cunt and said something along the lines of "isn't this humiliating for you?" To which my collegue replied, "you're the one with your head up a strangers ass."
>>916332 Hey guys, I'll spending a night in Phuket, second week of Jan, and possibly a day (0800-1700) in Bangkok. I plan on taking the train+bus from Bangkok to Phuket and staying at a semi decent hostel/hotel for the night there. any advice on what to do/how to make the most of it also what not to do/avoid would be appreciated.. Cheers
So, I've been trying to visit every country in the world. After about four world, I'm now up to 79 out of 200.
One absolutely pet-peeve of mine is when I am chilling in a hostel or whatever reading my guidebook, and someone comes up to me and informs me that I'm "not really traveling if I use a guide book" or that they are "more genuine" and "real" because they don't use guides.
Do they not realize how limited and horrendous traveling could be just a few decades ago? I've heard stories of travelers back in... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Guidebooks are to be used as a reference, and not 'you must go there and there and do this'. But I don't think anyone actually does that (save for japanese). The good point in them is in the historical/cultural explanation they provide, which is not obvious if you just go there without any knowledge.
>>915520 >There aren't really any hidden gems in the world anymore
This is a pretty good point. If something amazing is discovered, the whole world will learn about it. The only places that are awesome and can stay off the beaten path are those that are difficult to reach.
First stay for me coming up, but i've researched a bit.
Yeah, you'll need to reserve, I did my reservation online but this hostel doesn't charge until check-in, so I assume they ask to reserve so they don't overbook. And yeah don't see why a single night would be frowned upon.
That's exactly what hostels are for. A place to sleep. Most guests are one night only. You can check in at 11pm and check out at 3am for all we care. Your roommates will probably hate you and you're not getting a refund. But it's basically just like a hotel. Reservations are sometimes necessary, weekends and summer especially. Just call or email. I work in a hostel.
I made this thread a couple of times before. Although some friendly posters helped me keep it bumped for a short while, I wasn't able to post often after my laptop's motherboard got fried. Now that I've bought a new computer, I figure I'll give this another go, despite the fact that /trv/ has way more shit-posters than I remember.
So yeah, here I am again: ask a guy who hitchhiked around Iceland and from London to Istanbul before spending three-and-a-half months living in New Delhi anything. I'll post pictures in roughly chronological... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I was gone for almost five months on my last trip. I left at the very beginning of May and returned closer to October than not. I spent a week and a half in Iceland and mid-May until mid-June hitchhiking from London to Istanbul. I did cheat once or twice (I was hitchhiking because I was broke, not just because I thought the idea was cool), like when I took a paid car from Sarajevo to Belgrade in order to ensure my arrival in Istanbul in time to catch a flight to Dubai.
I saved $2900 or so for this trip and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Oh, and I turned 21 in August. I afford traveling by way of two part-time jobs. I don't think I'm going to go anywhere overseas again until I finish getting my BS in Neuroscience, but I might take a trip down to South or Central America this coming summer or next winter break. I'm going to India again for a month and a half, starting in three weeks, but I think I'm going to take it easy on traveling until I graduate. As much of an addiction as I feel like I'm starting to develop, I'm... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
What are your thoughts on travelling alone? I recently acquired about $50grand CAD, and want to drop $10-$15 on travelling Europe. I'm from Canada, and I have a sister who lives in London England. I have no one to travel with, because my friends all have real jobs or school. Is travelling alone a lonely experience? What is some advice for travelling alone?
>>915171 How did you acquire all that money? Sounds like a good idea anyway, but there are about five of these threads a week. Read around.
tldr: traveling is what you make of it. If you're lonely at home you'll probably be lonely on the road. There's added freedom, but no you won't have immediate companionship wherever you go. The general feedback is to choose your hostels wisely, be outgoing, and you'll come across people going where you are. Unless you're content to be very isolated, this... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
One of the most hospitable places in the world, same league as Iran. Great people, not much of landscape, huge heaps of waste along roads.
I crossed Syria in Oct-Nov 2011, so technically speaking the war was already ongoing (fights in Homs, FSA being formed). Situation was very tense, I was checked my military many times, including total inspection of baggage.
> What was the best experience?
Hard to point at one, but here are some highlights:
Being invited by a local family to their home, while cycling in the night and in rain through countryside in Syria.
Riding alone across Sahara, sleeping under stars.
Paradise-like scenery and tranquility of countryside on Mount Elgon slopes, in Uganda.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASIAN NIGHTLIFE AND WESTERN NIGHTLIFE IN YOUR EXPERIENCE (clubs, dance festivals etc) shit like how physical these girls are with strangers etc, what can you do and not do as a comparison
>>912269 well for me its really really different. I'm not sure were you have been but western girls are much much more chill. and I have never pulled a girl in asia who isnt obviously a hooker. In western countries i have taken so many girls home. Plus in Asia (Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Japan) its really hard if you are not white in clubs...thoughts?
Just for fun. It's interesting to see how people around the world live.
Pick a picture that is taken within 0-2 minutes walking distance of your home. Kinda lame if someone who lives in the outer parts of paris posts a picture of the Eiffel tower.
So this is where I live, it's a part of central Stockholm (Which is the capital of Sweden for those who didnt know) called Hornsbergs strand.
The area is a bit sleepy but we have like a 30 second walk down to the water from our house entrance so that's great. We have a little mini-gym made out of... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
North Carolina reporting in. I'm in Charlotte, the largest cit in the state, but there is a system of "green ways" and creeks that provide forage and corridors for getting around for various critters.
Picture is in my back yard, it's been sort of fun having the deer come by, but the numbers are starting to get really high and they are on the point of becoming a nuisance. Will be interested in seeing how the city copes with it.
In addition to the deer, I've had several sorts of hawks, some racoons, possums and once a wild turkey (which is... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Reunion Island here. I live a short distance outside of the most touristic town of the island.
Pros: Best beaches (with the island's coral reef) are a 3mn drive. Local nightlife is much more alive than most other towns (tropical islands tend to be super quiet after nightfall). Weather like pic related 300days+ /year (between the coral reef and the mountain as a backdrop, we have a microclimate when some other parts of the island are under pouring rain 9 months/year). Neighborhood is quite new, so infrastructures are better than most parts of the island... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Britfag here, why is it when Latin people (Spanish ,Italians, South Americans etc) come into your hostel room you fill up with hope, knowing that there will be a warm and social atmosphere within the room but when a German arrives you know you will have to deal with a piss faced cunt for a few days.
>>911041 because their minds dont think like normal humans. They have NO senses of humor, literally you tell them a joke and they will wonder why you intentionally said an illogical and untrue story. They don't really know how to relax, the german mind is always obsessed with seeking effeciency and perfection, and feel they have to do everything to its fullest potential. Losing at a game of darts, for instance, to a brit is just something that happens. To a german it is a shameful display of laziness and ill preperation.
They... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>906683 The wage is higher but the rent and other costs are higher too, so there isn't much difference to other places. It all depends on what you like, if you're into surfing, then LA is the choice, but if you like skiing, you'd probably prefer Seattle or something.
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