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.
What are some unconventional, or just plain weird, scams you've come across?
>Staying at a hostel in Istanbul. >All goes well, it's a nice place, good staff. >Leave, tell them I'll be back in a week after I've travelled elsewhere. >Get back, stay again, all good again. >A few days after I've left I log on to leave a review on the site I booked at. >A review has... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>918160 Had something similar happen to me. >take shared taxi (collectivo) to one of the archeological sites in Mexico >40 pesos for the ride >first one to exit the van, driver opened the side door for us, I give him 40 pesos in coins >everyone exits, slowly take out wallets and pay for their ride, we all start walking away (new people I just met while waiting for the ride) >taxi... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Basically you want to be a sex tourist... fuckup and you end up in prison for a long time. Good luck... I guess go pick up some newspapers from your local porn shop.. or find some forums and ask there.
ITT: The closest you've ever come to dying while travelling
Mine's not that great, but I'll put it out there to try and get the ball rolling:
>Be staying at Buddhist monastery in Nepal >Only other white people there are three girls from Spain, France, and Germany >There's a small mountain/large hill near the monastery >One of the girls hears that the peak is an amazing place to watch the sunrise >Convinces... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>driving scooter while drunk and on valium >max speed about 110km/hr going through reds and shit cos I was high as fuck >go to mcdonalds get food and come home and dont remember it >gf tells me what happened the next day
>>919211 That's the thing about Nepalese. They're so eager to help even when they have no idea what they're doing.
>solo-trekking the tour de mont blanc during the off season >decide to do two days of trekking in one while crossing from france into italy cuz fuckit >French side is ezpz >cross over to Italian side >fuck there's so much snow where's... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Get really drunk in a hostel with some other people in Rome. >We decide to walk to the Colosseum. >See a fountain on the way and climb it to take a picture >Decide it would be a good idea to jump of the top of the fountain. >With my entire bodyweight behind it, my ribcage smashes into concrete lip of fountain and I hear a large cracking noise. >Stand up and can't breathe Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Worked for the FBI for 7 years, quit to move to Japan with a load of savings, got a nice paying job, hated it, quit, ran out of money and had a financial situation back home that emptied my funds, apartment contract renewal was up at the same time, didn't have money to renew the lease nor for a plane ticket back home. Ended up sleeping in internet cafes until I had the money to return to the states.
I've been reading through the Western vs Asian clubbing thread and keep seeing people say it helps if you're white to get girls in Asia. Is this true? If so, why? Wouldn't they want a local guy who's just as wealthy as a white guy (for poorer places), and if they end up with a white guy, won't their kids be ostracized?
If they are having kids, I'd hope they wouldn't make the children they are raising to feel that way, or think that there is actually any problem with that. As for the white people thing, generally speaking, ( you can Google the statistics ) people trust white people more. so that's probably maybe a thing.
Also with a couple of exceptions asians want to be western. And there's a lot of asian girls who find western guys more attractive. Plus, you're rich. And you can probably get them to move to Aus/Eng/US which would otherwise be out of reach.
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."
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.
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.
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.
>>918386 I much prefer backpacks, you can run for a flight with a backpack and it's vaguely easy. Suitcases are awkward, if you're tall then they always bash your legs and you have to stoop to pull them.
The security issues in soft-sided ones are valid (they can also sometimes just be slashed with knives) but hard ones can usually be forced with a crowbar or any length of metal etc.
Really you just don't valuable things in a suitcase, even in flights. Don't travel with guns and diamond-encrusted... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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