Going to Amsterdam for three days at the end of spring. I wanna plan a day-long cycling trip in the countryside nearby, where are the best landscapes ? Also cool places to hang out at without too many tourists ?
So a friend on facebook announced that they will be backpacking Southeast Asia for the billionth time. It's like the new Daytona Beach.
Why is this? Is it simply because it's an exotic and beautiful place? If so, why there? It seems like there's 20 people backpacking Southeast Asia for every 1 backpacking South America, and I'm sure all of them have their shitty parts. This is coming from a half-filipino who rather drive from Vancouver to Alaska and experience the beauty of his own province than fly over to his motherland.
South East Asia is 1. Cheap 2. Safe 3. Easy to enter/get visa Europe, USA, Australia is not cheap at all South America is more dangerous and more expensive Africa is more dangerous, more expensive, hard to get visas Russia and CIS: not so convenient to get visa, became cheap only very recently Middle East is mostly dangerous or closed.
Hence the reason I've always been reluctant to go to Southeast Asia. It's basically a babby-tier destination for babby-tier travelers who want to say they've been somewhere poor and exotic. Of course, half the time they just stay in a massive tourist bubble, exploit locals, and act like a bunch of drunken and drugged out bogans.
>>1048737 Protips: Self-drive vacation and a new town every night is the best way to do Ireland. Visa and Mastercard are freely accepted. Not a cash society. Charge to your hearts delight. If you use a debit (ie not a real credit card), AMEX or discover or something weird, you might encounter a store that acts like your card doesn't work a few times, because of vendor fees, they might pressure you to produce some other form of payment. Do you need to carry alot of cash? Nah, you can use a foreign ATM withdrawal... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
It never hurts to carry cash (euro) with you, but it is not entirely necessary. Major cards are freely accepted, and ATM's are available everywhere. Get a convertor for your phone charger as well, like the guy above me said.
The best way to do Ireland is to see the countryside; it will only take you a day to enjoy Dublin. Rent a car and drive yourself around the entire country, or/and take as many tours as you can. The euro is very cheap right now, so a cheap price can buy you great long-day tour from... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hello /trv/ I have just received a job in palo alto and i am in the process of moving to the freemont/union city/hayward area. Does anyone have advice on neighborhoods? What is good and what is bad. I will most likely be moving alone looking for a 1 bdr apt. my salary is around 70K yr
I'd stay away from Hayward -- a lot of parts are pretty scummy. Union City is better, and Fremont better still -- also Union City and Fremont are an easier commute into Palo Alto. Fremont has a high Asian population; there's a large Chinese grocery store there. You'll need to buy a car -- public transport from the East Bay to the Peninsula is a pain in the ass.
I live in Belgium and it has been more then 15 years my dream to go to Japan.
A few weeks back my stepmother started talking about going to Tokyo the first week of November. However when she asked my father he said are you crazy? I'm not going to Japan! So that was the end of that. We tried to convince him a few times, because I needed to know so I could get a passport. He always said so we figured it was not going to happen.
Anyway now it turns out that my stepmother booked a flight anyway without anyone knowing. One... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Any advice on traveling through Ethiopia? I have a flight booked next Saturday to Addis. I have family that I will meet for the first time in Bahir Dar. What are some other cities to visit? Things to do?
Ill be there for 3 months. I'm interested in hiking, camping, wildlife, eating kitfo and tibbs and smoking pot.
I would consider myself a budget traveler. How much can you expect to spend a day on food and accommodation?
>>1046933 If you're a darkie, I guess it will be easier to blend in. White folks stand out, for better and worse. On the other hand, once people realize you're a "rich" westerner, it'll be the same expectation that you give them money. Often, 'white' = rich, western, regardless of skin colour.
Overall it's a poor shite country desu, but one of the better ones in the region in terms of stability and economic growth (for what that's worth). Don't need to tell you to stay... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I don't know a better place to ask this question, so here goes.
The Blue zones of the world Okinawa japan Sardinia Italy Icaria Greece Ect Are regularly studied regarding what they eat and what they do for a living.
But I can't find anything documenting their hygine habits online anywhere.. I figure it'd be interesting to know how much these people bathe, what soaps they use if any.. toothpaste, shampoo, if it's common in those areas to clean your pooper with water rather than toilet paper. If they use mouthwash or any other products... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1046299 As a mexican who has done a fair bit of domestic travel, I think it really depends on your budget and the part of the country you want to visit. The place where I have had the best time was in Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, a little hidden gem stuck in a region that is a bit violent nowadays. Guanajuato is a nice old city, Mexico City has stuff for everyone, Cancun is a touristic shithole and Playa is a bit better. Oaxaca is a rather poor but otherwise strong in tradition state with good food(and sometimes disgusting such... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1046299 I've been to Mexico many times. My favorite places are probably Mexico City, which I approached with terror but found delightful, and Oaxaca, which has one of the cleanest and best-preserved historical centers I've seen anywhere in Mexico (another is in Querétaro).
>>1046299 I spent a few weeks traveling through the southern and central states. From Quintana Roo to Jalisco. It's my favourite country that I've been to so far. I think you can find everything you're looking for in one of the regions of the country so I highly recommend going.
Thankfully I realized this early on life as a child/teenager, having spent a cumulative year of my life in several dozen countries, but many people have never been overseas before and get lured into this scam because they hear about how great it supposedly is.
You want to experience 'travel'? Go to that local suburb you've never been to. Or go to a nearby nature reserve; there's bound to be one. Stay there a day; a week; a month - it doesn't matter.
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what if you just really want to experience different cultures/surroundings? i get the trope of the yuppie white 20-something instagramming every little place he goes and romanticizing poverty, and it's obnoxious. but can't a person be self-aware and just really want to see another part of the world? people have done that for centuries
My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Central/South America in January 2016. We have talked about quite a few different options, including Mexico, Ecuador & Galapagos, Peru or Argentina. We have three weeks, and none of us have been to that entire part of the world before. We don’t want to go too many places while we are there as spending time on going from a to b isn’t that fun. Taking the weather in to consideration are there any parts of the central and south America where it would not make sense to go?
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Experiencing the islands is something I have planned to do for quite some time, the idea is to do some diving while we are there. One thing that worries me is El Niño wont that hit around December/January? If so wont that make the weather very unpredictable?
Colombia could also be an option, i have also thought about seeing Chile and Argentina any know if that is doable in 3 weeks time?
The budget matters but not that much, we are already flying half-way round the world
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