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In which kind of material do I buy my pants in if I'm going for a walk/dayhike in the mountains in a tropical climate if the temperature could easily rise to 25 degrees on the sea level but gets as low as 10 degrees in the mountains?
whatever regular cargo pants are made of. Probably cotton or cotton blend, I cant be bothered to go dig mine out. They''re lightweight, you can roll them up during the day, and they're definitley warm enough for 10 degrees.
Just grab a pair of military standard pants from a surplus store. The material handles moisture well, lets air circulate when it's hot and is heavy enough to keep you warm at night especially if you tuck the bottoms into your socks.
My question: What country do you think has the worst litter problem? From my experience I'd say Vietnam.
I was thinking of buying a flask to put in my carry-on luggage so that once I pass security at the airport, I could just fill it up again at the restroom so I don't have to pay 3 euros for a bit of water. Does this sound like a good idea?
Can I buy Xanax in Thailand and bring it back into the UK without problems? (I heard that it's easy to get Xanax in Thai pharmacies). And would it be possible/easy to bring etizolam with me from the UK to Thailand? It's technically legal but not prescription.
Scavenger hunt for the most outrageously expensive/pointless item in the shops.
Pick interesting looking people out of the crowd and make up back stories for them.
If you're facing a big delay, try and get a game of cards going with other passengers (transportation delays are one of the best ways to make travel friends).
Used to play hide and seek a lot, but that doesn't go over well these days.
When I was in Buogaria, the hotel receptionist explained to me that you could get whatever you wanted from the pharmacy across the street. Seems okay and you could easily hide it in your luggage, but if you ever have a security check and you don't have a medical certificate prepare for a huge fine.
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going to france in 4 days for two weeks, Paris and Bourdeaux (decided to keep it small since it's my first trip on my own); planning staying at hostels and keeping my budget short.
im scared. what kinds of /trv/-related things should i keep away from doing to keep myself out of trouble?
Don't get wasted I suppose.
Don't know where you are from, but in big cities like Paris, some men even hit on you in the subway, which can be new for some people. Just don't go along in their game.
Sounds stupid, but as long as you dont get caught. Its rare someone gets busted for pharms but they are within the law to arrest you or more likely fine you if you get caught, and drugs fines are usually around £1000.
Not sure about the etizolam, its legal here in the UK as its a RC but i can't comment on Thailand.
When are you going Thailand dude? i land there on the 30th March
I was born in Brazil, lived in Canada for a while. I'm not so big on drinking unless it's wine so I doubt I'll be going to any bars and what not.
Any places I should keep away from? I'm not exactly a big fan of agglomerated places but i take it could save me the hassle. I speak french fluently so I take that I shouldn't be as endangered?
I'm going on a world tour, starting with Helsinki, this spring
Any general tips for traveling in other countries?
I'm going on my first trip leaving my continent and flying per airplane tomorrow.
I'm German and going to the USA, Virginia. I'll travel alone.
How likely is it that the border protection pulls me aside thinking i'm a terrorist? I don't want trouble ;-;
Not trying to jump too fast to conclusions but when I went to Paris I realized that I was in the wrong neighbourhood when suddenly about 20 young shirtless black males appeared. That seemed to be a good indicator for a bad neighbourhood. But again, the chances you would encounter any violence are rather low, just stay watchful.
Oh and if a group of gypsies asks you something, leave as quick as possible and watch your bag as they are master thieves and a plague.
I'm also concerned about this. But unless I have CP or terrorist plans or bomb recipes or similar, i should be fine, right?
I think the worst i have are illegally downloaded music and video files, a password bruteforcer for a chatroom, poo poo pee pee pictures from /r9k/, a written explanation of how horribly deranged i am (although encrypted so they shouldnt be able to read it), annnd i think thats it.
TSA does not give a rat's ass about what files are on your computer -- they sometimes want you to turn it on to show that it is a working computer not a hollowed out dummy full of kaBLAM! (Computer batteries are pretty opaque on their X-rays, turning it on indicates there is an actual battery in there.) This is very rare -- I have been flying for decades on business (I am old) and have never been asked to turn on any electronics by TSA or the equivalent in other countries. NOTE: All bets are off if you act like a dick and earn yourself a strip search and a session on the Probulator. If you board the Hassle Train, they ca hassle the shit out of you. So don;t act like a terrorist or a dick when around the TSA guys.
Now Customs, that could be another issue -- they might care if you are carrying illegal content into their country. Particularly in countries with strict pornography laws and such. But again, I have never had my computer files searched by anybody at customs -- did get my bags searched twice in as any decades.
shitloads of museums
visit Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam
stroll over the Tempelhof airfield
compare different Döner shops
get a get day card for public transport and see where it will bring you
How long does it take people to get sick of surfing every day and 1 dollar mixed drinks in tropical areas like thailand and the phillipines?
I'm currently trying to decide between going to mainland china for "culture" and girls, which I know I will get sick of pretty fast, or just absolutely cheap tourist distractions like riding elephants, surfing, and cheap alcohol.
The thing is, there is a lot of culture in Thailand, and within Thailand. South is different from central, is different from north, is different from northeast (Isan). That's one thing that frustrates me with tourists when people talk about Thailand as an expat farang, engaged to a Thai women. People always talk about the most touristy shit, in regards to Thailand, and ignore the culture of the place, outside the major touristy temples.
I guess I should rephrase. I don't really care about thai culture that much. Obviously I'll try it, but it just doesn't have the same appeal to me that chinese culture does.
that's why I'm asking, if I go to thailand just for cheap parties, nice beaches, sports, and good food, ow long do you think that will last?
I just want to go diving, surf, relax at nice beaches.
culture gets old with me fast, even when I like the culture.
Haiti, seriously. Went there for a week in November and had a blast. Its a beautiful country with some crazy shit going down. If for nothing else its a cheap as shit cultural experience.
During the summer, a group of my friends decided to go to Japan but we can't choose between going with a tour group or going by ourselves. Besides the obvious cost difference, what are some pros and cons of going tour group and going on by ourselves?
I've never flown international but I will in a week. How early should I arrive? I'm going to Japan from California if it matters. Also should I start trying to fall asleep later to get myself used to the time difference or does it not matter?
Arrive a couple hours early. Keep an eye on the airline,make sure they don't screw around with your departure schedule.
I've never had much luck trying to screw around with my sleep cycle before a trip -- if you can get some Ambien or such, use that to help you get onto the Japan sleep cycle as soon as you get there.
Have a good trip -- Japan is a great destination.
In general, places further away from the city center are more rough. But it should be obvious that a neighborhood is sketchy if it looks sketchy.
Paris is perfectly safe, don't talk to the gypsies and scammers around tourist hotspots and you'll be golden
What are your guy's tips for dealing with jetlag and getting into the visiting country's time schedule?
I read an article not long ago in the New Scienstist journal that eating a large meal before a desired time you wish to fall asleep at will aid you with the insomnia. Haven't tried this yet, but I can imagine that groggy feeling after having a really full meal.
>wherever the hookers are cheaper
street hookers are also the cheaper and funnier way to get HIV.. wooow :D
Anyway, no, I would like to get laid with some locals and for p4p (pay 4 pleasure)
I love slavic girls but I heard that in some countries is not easy to approach to girls in pubs, locals, streets, etc..
Yeah, that is what I normally do, but one can only read for so long before needing to do something else.
I guess I could pick up a cheap tablet and binge watch tv shows. But then I have to carry around a tablet the entire time I am there...
tablets are useful for booking hostels anyway, just bring the tablet
anyway, even most budget intl carriers have pretty decent movie selections these days. stop being a child and just deal with being bored for a few hours.
Goa. I am probs going to Goa next week. Last I ever heard about stuff to do there was in the 90s when a certain type of chum of mine used to go off and 'find themselves' lol. I'm now 40 so what do I want to do, apart from sitting on beach, sitting in sea and sitting in bar. I do not need info on picking up women, thank you,
I am a Britfag with a fiance in California. We're going to have to decide which one of us moves to which country soon.
Obviously, her moving to Britain would be the easiest option. It's very easy to move to this country, the cost of living seems to be a lot cheaper here, we have the NHS so I won't get bankrupt if I accidentally break an arm or whatever, etc etc etc.
For a list of reasons that are too long to rant on about, I really do not like living here and would love to move to California to spend my life with her.
My question is how hard would it be for a Brit to get a job and work in America, specifically California? We would be married so I don't know how that effects things like visas or whatever. Obviously having some kind of tech degree or work experience would be useful, being in California, but I'd be going over there with a useless arts degree and retail experience so I'd just be amongst the rest of the shitmunching herd.
how hard would it be for a Brit to get a job and work in America, specifically California?
Would being British give me an advantage in any sort of fields or areas? Will employers have a British-accent-boner?
Is there ANYTHING options besides being a minimum wage retail worker if I don't have a tech degree or tech skills?
It will be easy for you to immagrate to california, you will have 90 days to get married to her if you plan to stay. It will take some time for tou to gain citizenship, but it is very doable, probably easier since you arent a 3rd worlder. You wont be able to get a great job with an art degree unless you go to grad school and become a professor or something. No employer is going to give you a job just because you have an accent, but speaking english is important so atleast you have that. Low level jobs are going to be your only option, sorry. That doesnt mean you cant work your way up to something better, though. Like manager or something. Sometimes experience and work-ethic can get you good jobs, too. But it will be more difficult. Also remember that the nice places to live in cali are expensive
If you get married to her then you should have no problem actually moving there.
The real problem is finding a job because, no offense, you'd be going there with no skills that can land you a career job, so you'd be just another one of the thousands and thousands in the crowd trying to get a minimum wage job. And you can't survive anywhere, let alone California, on some minimum wage retail job
Anyone got any experience with Mongolia or Kazakhstan, I noticed this year they both seem to allow visa free entry for tourists until december.
Sounds like my excuse to visit one of them, but I dont really see much said about either of them in terms of stuff to do
Anyone know any good places for Portuguese colonial architecture? I feel in love with it in Macau and was looking for somewhere with a similar feel, though I realise outside of maybe Brazil there might not be any
I saw Vigan in the Philippines has some cool Spanish stuff going on, anyone got experience of that?
I'm from the UK, and was wondering whether my country's relationship with the EU was similar to commonwealth and former commonwealth states.
As in free trade, a moving work force and such, and maybe moving to such a country would involve less jumping through hoops? Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.
I feel as though there are technical terms for what I am trying to say but can't bring them to mind, so apologies for being so ill-informed.
Sadly not for most Commonwealth countries, but I think for some of the overseas territories you find it a lot easier.
But then you have to ask yourself if somewhere like Gibraltar is your dream destination to start a new life
Im going to New York with two friends. I dont want to waste a lot on hotel since im only staying one night to sleep so I want to just get the cheapest room available. Can I just book a single room and we can all sleep inside? Or will they make me get a bigger room?
Not really a question, but I didn't think it really deserved its own thread. About to leave for 3 month backpack trip all over Europe in a few hours. Been lurking this board for like 4 months now and made a few threads about some specific things.
Underrated board is underrated, you guys are more helpful than most travel websites I've come across. Be well /trv/lers and safe
Eurofag here: I'd like to buy a flight ticket from Munich to California. Pricewise, does it matter what connection I will take? For example, are flights to San Diego cheaper than flights to LA (because the airport has lower taxes or so)?
No need to sneak in like >>954973 suggested
It's your room, they can't tell you nothin' (that's just the NYC attitude). It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission. If you get hassled, which you won't, you could always intimate that you are about to have a mind-blowing gay threesome and it is your legal right to do so.
You will only get one key though so that's something to consider. Have you tried Airbnb/couchsurf?
What are your experiences with Airbnb? I haven't used it before and I'm quite interested in the community aspect of it.
Have a neat wallpaper for your time.
Used it twice, but I rented a whole place each time so I barely even met the tenants.
To me, it's great for a cheap-ish rental in places where accomodation is expensive.
If you want community, I'd suggest couchsurf and hostels maybe?
Myself and some friends are planning a trip this summer, kinda like a lads holiday but we really want to avoid anything chavvy. We won't be getting completely smashed every night but we hope there will be some good places to drink if we choose to, so somewhere with a decent night life. At the moment I think Croatia would be a good choice but we're still really open to any suggestions.
Does anyone else have a certain country or city they feel some kind of special connection to and then when you see somebody else post on Facebook about visiting there you feel a little sad inside?
I'm a giant white american male. I've heard Americans get a lot of shit internationally should I just pretend I'm Canadian? I've heard that sometimes being from notable states like Texas and California off sets the ill will too.
I'm going to be in east asia for the summer and I've never traveled alone before.
I can answer for American college towns. If you're male you need to find some girls and get a ratio of about 5 of them for each male in your party. If you're female you can get into any party you want.
why do backpackers and other Real/True Travelers wear scarves all the time? Even in Singapore/Sri Lanka/Other hot-as-balls countries, always with the fucking scarf? Do you think it makes you look more "travely"? Do you think people look at you with your scarf and think "damn, that nigga must have been to a lot of countries to wear a scarf that cool"? I don't get it.
Scarf wearers, explain yourselves.
Also, khaki cargo pants that can be unzipped to become shorts? black fleece coats? I just don't get why this is a uniform. Who does this? There must be some people ITT that are down with the khaki-zip-off's, the black North Face shirts and the scarves. Please explain why you do this.
Friends of mine raved about Budapest.
Bro took them there a couple days for his bachelor party, they had a blast.
>I live 10.000km away now and I couldn't join
Hong Kong. Used to live there, it hits me right in the feels every time someone is there, or the city is shown in a movie, a TV show or random internet ressources. Lucky to go there at least once a year, but still.
Also, NYC, although I spent only short trips there, the city (Manhattan really) always get me. The feels are a bit dulled tho, since you are exposed to NYC several times a day through series, movies, pictures everywhere.
I have a QTDDIOT:
How do you feel about "exploring" cities through videogames?
However unimpressed by L.A. eachtime I've been there, I want to visit again every time I play GTA V.
GTA IV gave me a good vibe of NYC as well.
Also I've been all over HK in Sleeping Dogs, considering to get it again on PS4 once it's cheap enough, just to enjoy the atmosphere again. Even though they took lots of liberties with the territory's topography, I feel they quite nailed the immersion.
The Assassin's Creed franchise gave me some nice vibes too, however disconnected from present times the architecture was mindblowing. When I visited Florence, I felt like climbing the walls and free running everywhere.
Finally I'm about to start Watch Dogs, dunno if Chicago is well rendered or not?
I temporarily dropped out of uni due to reasons, going back next october. Have been in a bit of a state, mental health wise. I got like £2000, being back at home with family is killing me. Should I spend some on a holiday for a break or just like move out of something
>always with the fucking scarf
>the khaki-zip-off's, the black North Face shirts and the scarves
I guess I count.
I have the scarf (black and white check pattern) and the zipoffs. No fleece coat but I have something high-tech and practical from a hiking store for the wet and a bunch of tech shirts that may as well be north face. Only the woolen top is black though.
Mostly I was going for light-weight and quick-drying stuff so that I could wash it in the shower, hang from a bunk and have it ready to wear the next day. Form follows function and they all look like camping/hiking wanna-be stuff because they were made for campers and hikers and I'm not one so I look like a wanna-be. My coat is in a similar basket.
The scarf is different though, I have it because it's extremely practical. Use for smog/dust on motorcycle taxis, soak up sweat in some countries, keep my neck and/or face warm in others. It's useful in almost every climate, wrapped once and loosely, it's light keeps the sun off without making me sweat. Wrapped tightly and folded double or triple, it's thicker and keeps me warm.
The zip-offs are also useful because they serve two functions allowing me to use them in different climates without needing an extra set of shorts. Keeps the pack lighter.
has anyone ever taken the train from vilnius to minsk? if yes, how much is a ticket? also, can i just go to minsk for a day or two with an american passport or would i have to apply for a visa first?
Is there a UK equivalent of the Peace corps?
Also am I missing something about all these gap year programs and volunteer stuff people do, it seems like you pay an ungodly amount of money to get into these kinds of things
Speaking 4 languages fluently (French Dutch English and German) and a fifth basic level (Russian) without degrees, how feasible is it to find jobs in international hotel chains abroad ? Or some other fields that are better paying or just better jobs than picking fruits. Targetting specifically SEA, WHV's in Australia/NZ/Canada
It will be easier if you have some kind of recognised proficiency exam for those languages. You could probably volunteer with a lot of youth hostels in europe locally for experience too.
>some kind of recognised proficiency exam for those languages
this. My Spanish was nothing special but having a 1+/2+ DLPT score that I could put on resumes helped my chances. Contrast that against "yeah, I studied Spanish really hard in high school and pulled As"
If you want to live there or travel for extended periods of time 100% yes.
The right to own property and the right to work jobs that are only designated for citizens. Also you would not need a working visa, student visa, marriage visa, or retirement visa to stay longer than 6 or so months.
I am unsure if you would b required to know Thai. I know for me if i wanted to jump through all the crazy hoops I would have to also prove a 6th grade equivalency in the language. I think you might be ok though as you are of Thai blood.
I've got social anxiety, it's only got worse over the years. I have literally one friend. I want to shake myself up to get out of it. I'm currently in the UK, I'm thinking maybe something small, but sufficiently drastic, like packing what I need and just cycling to Scotland to live rough.
I don't care much for comfortable living. I can sleep rough, but I am naturally worried about getting stabbed by crazies. Also concerned that it might end up doing nothing and I'll have just relocated my miserable self to a different place, with nothing to show for it.
I'd appreciate any thoughts/comments/advice on this. It's at a point by now where I need to fix it somehow.
I'm in similar situation and in UK considering similar shake-up/change. Not quite sleeping rough. I'd say make an /adv/ thread with more details. Travel might help, but it requires money, so does relocation. There are probably far better paths to take than just going to scotland to rough it. Consider WWOOFing or volunteering and moving. Doctor/social services might be able to help.
I want to visit Paris, so I can say I've been, for 2 days before travelling on to somewhere to have a proper holiday like Rome, Berlin or Athens.
I am interested mainly in history so would like to see the catacombs, Notre Dam Cathedral, the Mona Lisa and, if there is time, Versailles. I'm not terribly fussed about seeing the Eiffel Tower because I've seen the Blackpool Tower and it is more or less the same thing and has more stuff in it like an aquarium and the ballroom.
How possible is it to see the things I want to see in a day? As my wife is a teacher, school holidays are the only option so I would guess the queues will be enormous at the louvre with people lining up to take selfies of them and the Mona Lisa but will they be so long that we have to spend another day in Paris to see what we want to see?
The Louvre deserves a full day, but you can see the highlights in a half a day. Notre Dame doesn't have to take long. The catacombs maybe an hour, and has last admission at 7pm, so that's all doable in a day. You won't fit Versailles in.
It's hard to avoid seeing the Eiffel Tower. You don't need to go up. Word is that the view from the Tour Montparnasse is better (because you don't have to look at the Tour Montparnasse from there).
You can absolutely do it but the Louvre is honestly a 2-3 day thing if you don't want to end up just running through it and getting overloaded by impressions.
The room the Mona Lisa is in is usually overcrowded any given day and the picture is honestly really unimpressive. it's just a little painting and you can't even get close to it.
Original asker of the question here, thanks for the replies. when I was in Rome last I managed to see the Vatican on a tour in an afternoon but it felt rushed so I know where you're coming from about giving the Louvre a bit of time, the Vatican tour did have it's plus points though as we got to spend a good 15 minutes in the Sistine chapel which wasn't that crowded as you can only get in if you're on a tour or something like that. The Mona Lisa room looks a bit sad with nothing else on the wall in the photo and I think that the soul-less setting might ruin the experience more for me than a huge crowd of people or having to queue for hours ever could, it pains me to say it but I might just give that a miss.
Agreed, but with a catch: only if you like art and history. I love both and did exactly what you suggested last time I was in Paris: spent 3 days at the Louvre (5-6 hours each morning, then spent the day doing other stuff). Very worthwhile if you're keen on the sights.
Also, another piece of advice: go early, go off-season (winter), go on a non-weekend. Yeah, there are huge crowds at certain times, but you'll have most of the museum to yourself for a good few hours if you follow the above. I was quite literally the only person in the grand hall where all the David and Delacroix paintings hang, and the Mona Lisa was perfectly approachable if you're actually keen to admire the finer aspects of it (I wasn't).
alright so me and my friends are planning on going maybe a one month backpacking trip during the summer before we leave, im looking at other threads for supplies but where should we go? We live in the bay area and can drive to mexico or canada but nothing to far
>Americans think British accent means intelligent
This is only true for Oxbridge accents. They think chavs sound like chavs and don't even want to know about any "'ow you goin' guvnor" types.
this is a Google-tier question and why they started this thread. I'm not trying to down you, but referencing a "special visa," made me chuckle.
Check out the Schengen requirements. Notionally you could bounce in and out of, say, Moldova, indefinitely.
I got an invitation to sail from New York to Guatemala with some people my dad knows. How long will it take to get there? How do you operate a yacht? Are my dad's friends drug traffickers? How difficult is it to get killed in Guatemala if you stay in urban areas?
>1. Is Eurostar the best way to get from London to Bruges?
It is the most convenient, comfy and regular service. It also leaves from the cetre of London so you don't have to add an hour to your journey time to get to Heathrow or Gatwick in the first place and you don't have airport pissing around time to add on either. The service is also very, very rarely cancelled or delayed for more than a few minutes. Expect this to all change in a few months though as the UK government is in the process of selling their 40% to "party donors" that own hedge funds.
he's going to Europe m8, not some third world shithole
Tap water is safe in almost every central and northern European country and although people say you should be careful in Southern Europe, I never had a problem with it (neither in Eastern Europe for that matter)
You might think that Germany is safe nation to drink tap water.
Hamburg was good for entire week but Stuttgart reminded why you should stick with bottle water.
Same goes to entire nothern part of Europe.
I'm going to travel to Europe soon for about a month or two this upcoming fall.
I was born in Mexico but have a permanent residency in America and have been living here pretty much all my life. My understanding is that Mexican citizens don't require a visa to travel to most EU countries and I can even work in some with just my passport. How does this work exactly?
I would like to extend my stay there if possible. I have enough money to travel without working for about 3 months but I wouldn't mind splurging everyone once in a while in a nice hotel room if I was able to offset it with a temp job here and there.
Any help is helpful xD
I live in Austria, been to Germany, England, Ireland and other parts of Europe too and never did I have any problem with drinking water
sure, it was a bit chalky in England, but other than that it's perfectly safe to drink. Do you really believe that people in those countries buy their drinking water in bottles?
As said before, tap water always goes with different bacteria base. It's not brown water what you get.
Locals has used to that so obviously they drink straight from the tap.
When you have own well back home and get used to that kind of water, tap water always taste weird.
so which parts of the world do you consider the water to be better than in Europe then? I mean, yeah the taste might be a bit weird for unknown senses, but it won't be dangerous in any case and perfectly okay to fill into bottles
If in doubt don't. Take a tablet with you and download what you need as long as it is not against that countries laws when you get there. Many more conservative counties may think it's the 1980s, the internet doesn't exist and you are a porn baron and that you have come to peddle your smut to their innocent citizens.
Are you a troll or just stupid? Water quality isn't determined by continent, it's determined by water source, plumbing, amount of chlorination, and many other aspects. In Austria the water quality is some of the best in the world because it comes from the mountains. For cities away from the mountains, you might get chalky chlorine flavored water that's barely suitable for washing.
For the most part, European cities have great drinking water but it's not the case across all of Europe.
Say you're gonna hike around a large mountain for one day, located at an altitude of 3000 m.
Temperature in the summer, the time you're going, is an average of 14°C (57°F) with the sun shining very brightly most of the day and a chance that it might rain. It is recommended that you cover yourself up to not get sunburned.
What clothes are you gonna wear?
Can someone describe what usually happens on the 4th of july?
Do americans just spend it with family and friends or is it a big public thing where everyone gets drunk to celebrate?
Where would you suggest i spend it, Boston or NYC?
How do some people find hostels and other important places without the internet?
I really like the idea of freedom and spontaneity that comes with not booking reservations, but how do you not end up sleeping on the street? Hostels would be really hard to find if I didn't have directions to them...
It's the former, but often is mixed with the latter. Usually you spend the time with friends/family, and then gather at a large public place since the fireworks are better there. I've spent a couple with friends/family just shooting off some individual ones and having a good time by ourselves, though.
how the fuck should we know?
what are your interests?
do you want a break from the shit weather or don't mind it?
are you interested in natural or cultural views?
do you just want to go on a lads holiday?
I'm not talking about going to fucking Paris or something. I mean going to a small, non-touristy city that neither you nor anyone you know has been to and not being able to communicate well in the local language. There are no brochures or travel agencies begging to hold your hand.
I guess it is a wide question. I don't care about the weather. I just want to occupy the next 6 months with work and travel thrown in. I was thinking about maybe making my way around the UK, volunteering or doing temp work here and there. Or doing a month abroad then working for the next 3 months? I don't know. I want to take in nature and history. I'd quite like to meet a few people, spend a bit of time in a hostel or down a pub. Or maybe do a coach trip with a load of old-aged pensioners, lel.
What is the best credit card to use for an American visiting Euro countries?
So Im going on my first (in this manner) solo trip to kopenhavn. And still have to pick a hostel. I want to go in a dorm because it seems like a nice and easy way to meet new people. But 10 people seems a bit big and around 4 a bit small any thoughts or tips from anons with experience?
I have a long intercontinental flight coming up soon, 13 hours in the plane with a direct flight.
Does it sound silly to put a warm sweatpants in my carry-on to put on during the flight? Staying for 13 hours in a jeans just seems way too long for my jimmies. Does anyone else do this?
I guess it just depends on luck but every time I've stayed in an 8+ person dorm, I've always had a great time. Then again it could also heighten your chances of being landed with a Snorlax.
I think a 4 person dorm is a bit small to be meeting people. You could end up in a room with a couple who just want to keep to themselves.
First find yourself a local pub or whatever fills the same social niche if it is a dry country then ask the bar staff if they know anywhere. If they don't speak English or know anyone in the bar that does (unlikely if you're anywhere but deepest China, North Korea or France) then use hand gestures or talk English loudly and slowly, they'll soon understand what you mean.
If a place is non touresty though it probably won't have a hostel, but the pub is probably an Inn where you can get a bed for the night or a local will let you sleep somewhere on his property for enough cash (at your own risk though).
Best option would be to be a programmer, website designer, a digital artist or anything else you can just take commissions on and do online then only stay places where you can sit down and work on your laptop using their wi-fi. That won't be a problem in Western Europe or the USA and Canada. Make sure you set up the website where you can take your commissions from and start working a few months before you plan to leave to get yourself set up and a steady stream of work. Get people to pay you via paypal and then you can work from almost anywhere.
Depends on the hostel, if it is a 'party hostel' go for a smaller dorm if you want to actually get some sleep sometimes, in a fairly calm relaxed hostel them more people is fine and it'll save you money. In my experience dorm rooms are for sleeping in and the communal rooms are where the chatting and making travel friends happens so it doesn't really matter that much how many people it is to a room in social terms.
Going to Malaysia/Thailand. Live in the US.
Should I exchange my currency here, or wait until I get to Malaysia? Most of the places here have a pretty bad exchange rate and charge high fees on top of that.
Wasn't sure if it would be better there or not.
Part 2: When getting cash out from an ATM in foreign countries, does it come out in their currency?
wait til you get there. Superrich is the best exchange rate for Thailand and they have a website that is always up to date. Every bank in Thailand will have pretty much the same rate and the airports won't be different than the banks at the malls.
part 2: Yes and No
For both Thailand and Malaysia you will get Baht or Ringit. In Cambodia you will get dollars
So, what I do is exchange like $30-50 at the airport on arrival and then more later.
Excellent, thanks for that advice.
As a follow, where do yall usually store your cash/passports/cards when traveling in places like Malaysia/Thailand?
A backpack seems dangerous since it could be stolen while sleeping or out for the day, pockets seem dangerous since things can fall out.
Probably not going to be wearing any socks, so can't hide money in there (plus I hear people in Thailand don't like you desecrating the King's face, that would probably count as such).
I keep my wallet etc in my front pocket. You need new pants if the front pockets aren't deep enough to keep your wallet in.
You are right about the socks and money thing.
You can always get cargo shorts with zippers or buttons on the side.
A hostel will have lockers, you can sleep with a small bag if you feel the need. A hotel might have a safe, use your judgement.
Honestly after 6 years in Thailand I was only robbed once and it was on a trip in Malaysia. On a van ride at the last stop I foolishly left my bag in the van. I did so because the van driver came in the convenience store with us. Fucker's little 8 year old son rummage through bags and nabbed my go pro and other people's as well. Luckily I had taken out the memory card and have all the videos of my motorcycle ride. Funny enough I felt totally fine leaving my Thai registered bike locked up at the hostel in Penang, that was worth $9000
Sounds good, I will make sure the pockets are deep enough.
It is refreshing to hear that everyone isn't out to get you, the way people talk here (usually people who haven't traveled) they make it sound like all foreign countries will rob you blind and murder you.
I am trying to pack as lightly as possible, would you recommend bringing the bare essentials when it comes to clothing and pick stuff up in KL (the first stop)?
Yeah, you can get almost anything you need in either place. Bring so of your favorite clothes but you can always pick up more t-shirts, flip flops, shorts etc there. Don't skimp on boxers though, yes you can get them but finding your size or quality for the price might be annoying.
I always pack a decent pair of jeans and a button down or 2 so if I go out at night I don't look like a tourist wh. Hasn't washed in 3 days. Also, people are out to get your money, but it's mostlytaxi drivers. Don't get into heated arguments or physical alterations and all Will be fine.
Sorry, motorcycle, thus the registration.
This question might be too stupid even for a thread for stupid questions;
But when a hotel says on the website that check in is at a certain time, does that mean I have to wait and find something to do until that time or will they let me check in early?
I'm going abroad for the first time and the check in is at 4pm. That's an awkward time because I arrive at like 10am
Depends on how busy the hotel is. They might have a room ready for you when you arrive, or not long after, but they can't *guarantee* that your bed won't still have someone else in it, or that your bathroom will have been cleaned, until the check-in time stated. Show up and ask; they are pretty certain to at least let you drop off your bags. But then you might have to hang out in the lobby or wander around somewhere for a few hours.
I will be living in Freiburg, Germany for about three months and am currently planning some weekend travel plans to Sete, Leeds, and Berlin for tattoo appointments. I'm having trouble getting the right information down for trains and airplanes and shit like that, is there any good resources for getting reliable information on the best ways to travel and whatnot? Thanks!
Having checked to make sure there are no more exciting Leeds in existence, Leeds UK? Will detail how to get in, look up flight availability yourself:
There are two parts to your pilgramage to Leeds, each as costly as the other:
2) Getting to Leeds, which depending on airport can cost as much as your flight!
Easiest way to Leeds from abroad should be Manchester airport, where there is a direct train to Leeds city centre. Alternatively, Leeds Bradford airport is closer but less well linked.
I don't know how expensive and what flights are available, but Newcastle and Birmingham airports will take just as long as any of the London airports (more on this later).
Getting to Leeds city centre is easiest by train:
As a general overview, long distance trains in the UK are damn expensive (with the exception of the Manchester airport to Leeds train) and booking in advance tends to be a lot cheaper (50% less? if booked 2 months in advance)
HOWEVER, this means you have to get the precise train that you book. Therefore, you can be fucked over by flight delays and may want to consider getting a flexible 'off-peak' ticket.
The Manchester airport route is easiest and cheapest at £15ish return - 1.25 hours
I don't know about Leeds Bradford but it should be similar in cost via buses.
For Newcastle, this will cost around £30 return and take 2 hours.
For Birmingham, this will cost around £50 and take 2.5 hours.
>UK trains are priced not by distance
For any of the London airports, you'll have to travel from airport to Kings Cross, then get a train. This will cost just under £70 including underground, and take over 3 hours overall.
For Leeds, the coach station is really central too. Instead of trains, you can also take the coach (national express, megabus). For London you'll still have to go to centre of London (£12 total). Will probably be half the price as train, but at least 50% the time and with grim people.
Trains use: nationalrail.co.uk : all sites charge the same so don't pay any website that charges booking fees. Only use this if you book trains in advance as 'off-peak' tickets don't get cheaper.
Coaches: google megabus or national express
Finally, if you do go from heathrow or gatwick, don't bother with the 'express' services, both are a ripoff.
>Heathrow express costs £12? each way, world's most expensive train
Since all options for Leeds do seem pretty expensive, consider coming to an English city for a few days! (all of the aforementioned places, except Birmingham, and maybe Leeds are great fun)
Finally, to ask, WHY leeds? It seems like somewhere with absolutely nothing unique to be worth a visit...
Anon I am literally in your exact position, retaking my final year. What do?
>I thought this was me posting in an insomniac haze for a moment...
Considering backpacking in South America alone.
>plan to go on a package for first 2/3 weeks
>then explore a few parts alone
I know I will pick up odd bits and pieces along the way, but how problematic will it be not speaking ingles?
>plan to go from north to south, with me travelling alone in Peru, Argentina and maybe Brazil
>can do a good huehuehue under pressure
Most hotels will have a storage room to keep your luggage for you. You might want to take your valuables with you however as it's just a storage room all staff can access. At 4pm you can come back and get your room. Sometimes they might have a room available in the morning if they weren't all filled up the night before.