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I'm planning an Eastcoast trip this summer but i only have a few days. I'm visiting NYC first but not sure if I should go to Boston or Phily/D.C. Any thoughts?
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>but i only have a few days.

Spend a day or two in NYC, a day or two in the Lehigh Valley and a day or two in Philly.

NYC has countless things to do at any time.
The Lehigh Valley has amazing and cheap shopping (And Dorney Park if you like theme parks) and Philly has all sorts of stuff to do as well.

This way, you won't be killing your whole trip traveling. It's only about 1 or 2 hours from any of those places to the other
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>>1068675
I'm stuck in NYC for a music festival, I'm planning on doing some site seeing during the day. So you don't recommend Boston?

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So I'm going on holiday to Amsterdam for my 21st in may. I've never been out of my country on a holiday so I'm a bit confused

If anyone has been reticently could give me a idea of what kind of prices things are beer food the likes

I'm there for five days hotel and travel is payed for i just need spending money
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Dutch here. Beer is somewhere between 2 and 5 euros depending on venue. With classic backwater café going as low as 1,50.
Food?, if u cook it yourself u can have meat and veggies for less then 5. Restaurants will cozt 10-20 for a disappointing meal. Dutch people only eat out occasionally instead of several times a week /day like for example Asians and South Americans. This makes the prices quite high even for Dutch that earn quite good
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Where do you live anon? Food is cheap if you buy in the supermarket.
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>>1068564
awesome thanks should help me work out what I need wont be cooking so that will be the only expensive part i for see
>>1068566
>England

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Hey guys my question is only partly related to traveling but I guess I'll shoot away anyways.

Feel free to ignore and/or call me a homosexual.

To keep it brief if all goes according to plan I will start studying in the US this fall.
I'd get an I-20 document and through that F-1 or J-1 Visa.

Now my question is the following: I was thinking about staying at my girlfriends place in the US for a few weeks/months prior to university and maybe to some light traveling through the US too.
Would I be able to figure the student-visa stuff out while...
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>>1068506
You need to get your student visa in line while physically in Germany. It requires an interview at an embassy or consulate, neither of which we have stateside. Before you even apply for it you have to have been accepted to your school of choice. But you could visit your girlfriend and some schools on the Visa Waiver Program, go back, and apply for the visa, obviously.
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>>1068506
Oh, and also,
http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html
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>>1068511
>>1068513
You Sir, are a Gentleman and a scholar.
I deeply want to thank you for your input and hope that you have a nice day.

Do you know by any chance the length of the process to get a visa after you've received your I-20?
Also how soon - before the start of the semester would I be able to enter the us on the students visa?

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I lived in France when I was a kid. I learnt the language but sadly forgot it as I got older and moved back to Sweden. Tired of High School I became an Exchange Student in USA, where I'm currently residing. I'm 18 years old and will graduate from my swedish High School when I'm 20. This information might provide you with nothing. My question is (this type of question is probably very frequent, so I'm specifying it): is pic related any good? This is of corse after I've graduated. Have you tried it? In the sense of a gap year, are there better alternatives,...
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>>1068285
not OP, but bumping for WWOOF-ing experience / stories
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not op but bumping for the other posters
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Meet a guy in Japan doing it... For about a month. It's basically like slave labor for farmers or getting an "internship" where they have you doing menial work for the companies benefit only under the guise that you are learning or getting experience or "traveling to an exciting place to meet real locals"

It's cheaper and more fun to backpack and stay in hostels and couch surf.
If you want to learn farming. You need to know someone where you want to go. Network your ass off once you get there. Not through wwoof.

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Hey /trv/, me and some friends are planning a road trip trough europe. Are there some places you recommend in eastern europe?
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>>1068170
actually, no. unless you want to fight with ukraina against russia. or with any other country, against russia. have you already visited the "good" parts of europe? like italy, spain and france for example?? only place in eat europe you could visit, if you saw the western part already, is croatia and of course greece.
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This isn't really EASTERN Europe, but Slovenia is a really good option OP. Very small country but really diverse. The area by the ocean resembles other Agean cities but with a distinct Austro-Italian feel. The Alpine regions are absolutely gorgeous with snow capped mountains of Mt. Triglav. Lake Bled is a world famous summer retreat for many Europeans, and has a really cool castle on an Island in the center. The Karstic region has the most sophisticated network of caverns in the world, so you coild walk for kilometers on end and aee subterranean waterfalls and all sorts...
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shit m8, there are about 8 threads on the first 5 pages on the wild east. I suggest reading them first and coming back with some more specific questions.

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Hi /trv/,
I used to love Skycanner for it's innovative map feature. Especially the the function where you could set your destination and then see from where it was the cheapest to go there.
Just as an example, I'm from Europe and wanna go to let's say Singapore.
I'd put Singapore into the map and then see from where in Europe it was the cheapest to fly to. Then I'd sepereately book a 5€ or so bus ticket to there and connect to Singapore for super cheap.

The feature seems gone. I can't find it on the app and the map feature on the...
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>>1068105
Bump for interest
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>>1068105
Try google flights, they have that feature now. You select a starting airport or city and it gives you the prices to all the connections.

How trustworthy is it to get a tour/travel package from Groupon?
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Don't get a tour. Get a flight to/from Tokyo, reserve hostels, get a rail pass. You'll have a much more interesting experience.
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>>1068077
At those prices, it must be the most budget airline available. Room's might be cheap but you knew that going in.

More likely, meals are not included and you'll be paying a lot of extra fees and things where there's no reasonable alternative.

Expect them to make it up in the margins.

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Travelling through SE Asia from Australia, leaving March and coming back September, I have a rough idea of what I wanna do, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips of cities or things to visit along the way aside from the obvious.

Rough itinerary:

Bali > Java > Singapore > Malaysia > Thailand > Laos > Cambodia > Vietnam > Hong Kong > Taiwan > Home
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Also considering buying a motorbike from Malaysia and trekking through most of it that way.
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>>1068069
I haven't been yet but my research on the region has me thinking of doing the same route in a few years. Except I would also go to Myanmar.

Regarding a bike, read up on other peoples experiences. It might be hard getting it across some borders. While it would be awesome to do that there are some negative sides like for example meeting and traveling with people. Most of them will be backpackers and will not want to team up with someone on a motorbike.

As a useful suggestion, read up on weather patterns....
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Has anyone done this? I'm flying into Barcelona with my GF on the 6th of February and we'd like to get to Portugal in 4-5 days max. We're not sure on the route, could you guys advise?

We've already seen Barcelona so we might just spend the evening there or a day tops. We haven't been to Madrid but we're wondering if it might be a better route by going along the coastline.
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>>1068005
>Hitchhiking in Spain
It's bloody difficult, however not impossible. It will take long hours of waiting to get rides, I'd recommend getting a shared ride since the hassle is not worth the savings.
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>>1068008

Is it like this everywhere in Spain? I've noticed for example in my country there are areas and types of roads where it's tough to get a ride, and other regions where it's quite easy. Shouldn't the coastline route be a decent chance?
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>>1068010
When you're hitchhiking through Spain most people that will pick you up are tourists and people from France. I went hitchhiking from Barcelona to Valencia to Sevilla a while ago and relied fully on other tourists. It's not impossible like >>1068008 said. But it will be hard because it isn't really tourist season when you are going.

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How do people end up paying so much for airfare?

Paying over $350 for a ticket from the eastern U.S. to Europe is completely insane. Yet I see people all the time BRAGGING about getting a one way ticket for $800.

Read an article on cheap airfaire between U.S. and Europe, they'll list prices in the high hundreds or low thousands.

What is this shit?
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Where do you get your cheap tickets OP?

Ameriburger here, cheapest I've paid for airfare is 300's to central America
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>>1067997
>tfw $1000 from central EU to the west coast
>can't find cheaper months ahead

fuck me
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>tfw flew from Warsaw to Kutaisi, Georgia (2000km) two-way for $50
>tfw flew from Rome to Warsaw for $50, could've flown from Bologna for like $20
>tfw Wizzair is a bro

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Hi trv, im european and I've been wanting to do a longer hitchhike through Europe, mainly to Germany. I live in portugal.
Ha anyone here done anything like this before? Any experiences or stories, tips would be helpful.
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>>1067993
Hitchhiking experience depends on the country:

>Easy tier:
Germany
Poland
Czech Republic
Netherlands
Belgium

>Medium tier:
Austria
Slovenia
Hungary
France


>Pain in the arse tier:
Spain
Italy

Write a sign, try to hop from one rest area with petrol stations on motorways to another, plan your trip, carry a map and plan ahead, talk to people, check the hitchwiki for tips and stay safe.
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>>1067998
>Pain in the are tier
Why? Are people just not gonna pick you up?

What do I do when I haven't reached the next city but it's getting dark? Hitchhike through the night? Sleep in the open?
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>>1068185

I've hitchhiked from Poland to Italy and I can confirm that Italy is pain-in-the-ass tier. People are just less likely to give you a ride, plus hitchhiking is illegal on highways. I don't think you can get in trouble for it really, but it contributes to people not wanting to give you a ride. Italians in general were assholes during my trip and could barely speak any English, even people in their 20s.

I've had to sleep at a service station after not being able to get a ride before it got dark...
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Hi /trv/, first time posting here
I'm an italian high school senior and once i finish school i'd like to spend some time in the US
What are some cheap methods to travel through the US?
I was thinking about volunteering or about finding a job (Maybe teaching Italian or something like that) but i dont really know.
Also, what are some must see places in the US?
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(this might sound like a stupid question but i'll ask anyway.
I have an Arabic name since my parents are immigrants, can that cause me any trouble in the US?)
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travel by greyhound bus and stay at campsites

your arabic name might get you detained at the airport on arrival
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See https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/temporary-nonimmigrant-workers for information on visas that let you work in the US. Generally you have to have the job lined up in advance, and your employer plays the major role in applying for the visa.

A teaching job seems unlikely without further education. Maybe you could be a fashion model? There is a special subcategory for them.

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>tldr: I have two months to travel, and I want to visit another country, but I have no idea how one travels without a local guide. How do I cope when I have no language ability? How do I ensure that I do not get lost and am unable to return home without meticulous planning?

/trv/, I have never traveled before. I work in China as a teacher, I bused and trained around hundreds of miles in northern China (from the grasslands at the tip to the choking pollution around Beijing), I have served as a missionary in southern India, and I have flown...
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>>1067932
Ok, you're a very interesting case. I don't think you're far off from being a good enough traveler to manage everything on your own. You've already experienced other countries so now it's just a matter of doing it on your own.

I think for someone like you, I would pre-plan everything I wanted to see and do and research transport options before going to where you want to go. It will make you more comfortable and more confident.

You're in China, do you speak any Mandarin at all? Research where trains can take you from your city, look up hostels or hotels online book them for the nights you plan on staying and buy a train ticket to get there and come back. If you want to visit more than 1 place book a ticket to get there, a ticket to the following destinations (s) and book accommodations in all destinations. When it comes to actual travel and exploring places don't be afraid to get lost. The worst that will happen to you in China is that you'll pay more for a cab to get you to the right place.

If you're looking at leaving China, look at budget airlines that fly out of your city and where they go. Same rules apply afterwards. Just book a hotel/hostel and look up what's interesting to visit in the area.

If you have any specific questions let us know.

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Ask questions and share your experiences with Couchsurfing.
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>>1067907
Does it still work? All I hear is that no one wants to host any more and that everyone who has extra space just puts it up on airbnb so they can make money instead.
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>>1068101
I've heard that too.
The site itself used to be non-profit, but then it was incorporated a few years ago and it changed a lot, along with the community.
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>>1068106

OP here - I've used it for the first time last month actually, when I went on a week trip to Georgia (the country). I've had a GREAT experience with it.

I've had three types of interactions, listed by the amount of contact I've had with users:

1) Messaging people just for advice. If you ask nicely you can message a member and ask them for information about where they live ie. is it worth seeing this time of year, where...
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I started this thread on the wrong board, so hopefully I have been redirected to the proper place for this post. So here is a copypasta of the OP.

Now, without going too off topic, allow me to explain what I want, know, and wish to know. And there will be a tl;dr I promise. Currently I am a 25 y/o War vet who was discharged from the military for marijuana use/Medically Disabled (went through a lot of dark periods after deployment). I have bad credit, no job (worth mentioning), and no land. Most of my close family is either deceased or out of state. I have no kids, pets,...
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I chose it because I think I would enjoy the work ethic, group mentality, structure, and culture (always been a electronic/video game addict. Techy devices and such that may just be a waste of money are my favorite things to discover. I enjoy the compact living spaces and subsequently shorter travel distances to get to anything. i enjoy the idea of city lights, lighted streets and sidewalks to navigate at 3am when I need something late. On top of that, I feel safer in their economy than I do here (leave this one be, it's not a political debate).
I want to do it, I want...
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>I think I would enjoy the work ethic, group mentality, structure
HAHAHA
no you won't.
there's nothing to enjoy in there. the work culture is about refusing any change, follow along the way things are, a lot of peer pressure, and overtime.
Most Japanese are actually very bad at technology, it's baffling. I know many who first saw a computer upon entering university.
Japanese economy is crumbling, but the US's too so heh, it might be safer there, okay.

You think a lot about yourself though, but I don't...
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I was in the military. The work ethic is right up my alley. I enjoy the structure and responsibility attached to it. And I'm more interested in finding stupid gimmicky devices for myself in relation to tech. And I fail to see what you mean that I think a lot of myself. As in I talk more than I walk? The amount of effort and work I put into my military career, and to get through combat, is evidence I am capable of more and better. However, I need to remain humble, especially asking to be at the mercy of another...
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