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I'm going backpacking for the first time around Europe and I was wondering if it's safer to keep valuables on you in a backpack or something, or to just leave them behind in a luggage at the room of the hostels I'll be staying at. The rooms will probably be dormitory style, but I'm traveling with friends so there won't be any strangers. Have any of you ever had something stolen from you while staying at a hostel?
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Europe is big and there is no general rule. Usually there are lockers. In most of western Europe this is safe enough. Putting anything valuable in a backpack is the worst idea. Anywhere, even at home. A smart person would not carry a fortune around while travelling. All you need is passport, bank card, phone and some money. All of this would fit in your pocket.
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>>1122819
Would it make sense to carry 2 different wallets, one very hidden with most important stuff like passport, and another one with a bit of money and maybe my drivers license?

Im going to Prague, first time travelling alone and Im a bit paranoid
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>>1122819
>Putting anything valuable in a backpack is the worst idea
Is it really? It seems like it'd be easier to reach into someone's pocket than to unzip a bag.

I am brown (Indian). I could probably pass at a local in places in South and Central America where I am visiting. But, I have part of my hair bleach blonde coloured. Will that put me in danger of kidnaping and shit when I explore Colombia, Venezuala and other such places?
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>>1122184
If you are more Dravidian-like you will not pass as a local. Anyway, why would you go to Venezuela?
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>>1122733
>Anyway, why would you go to Venezuela?
thread!!!
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>>1122184
>brown guy with blonde dyed hair

If you were in Mexico they'd think you were a local resident.

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Just got back from a working holiday in Sydney. Worked in Sydney for 8 months. I later did the north east coast and bali for 2 months.

Ask me anything.
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What did you do?
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>>1121941
bartend for merivale. Ivy, establishment, the beresford hotel and a few other venues.
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How was your time in Australia? Did you enjoy the people are or did you find they are mostly cunts? Where did you come from?

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Travelling from Israel to Sofia on September . How can I get the cheapest tickets, when should I buy them?
Any cheap good hostels? How long before should I book?
Anything special to see?
I travel for a week which one night will be a concert, other than that I am open for suggestions.
How much food and beer costs there?

>pic not related to Bulgaria
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>>1121647
They have 'go 'za in Bulgaria?
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>cheapest tickets, when should I buy them?
skyscanner.net , if flight tickets are at their cheapest one month from now, wait until one month to trip. etc

>Any cheap good hostels? How long before should I book?
hostels.com , does not matter when you book


>How much food and beer costs there?
numbeo.com
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Hi, I'm from Spain and I wanna move out to somewhere else.
What do you recommend me? I'm looking for a place in Europe where I can live with only English as second language. I was thinking moving to Ireland but idk, any tips or ideas?

Pic semi-related, I love that kind of places
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Do you want to work there or what? Give more detail about your situation and maybe someone can help you...
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>>1121579
I want to stay there, to live there, for a few years. I'm 22, I have studied Fine Arts and I have worked as a designer, writer and in marketing. But I'm looking for almost any kind of job. Something in a cafe would be nice as a starting point
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Scotland

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Tiger Temple has tigers seized and taken to shelters.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36414977

How many anons have been to the temple before it got shut down?

Now that it's been shut down and tourists can't go there, does it become real-traveller approved?
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>>1121355
I went there in 2008, it looked ok, I couldn't tell whether the tigers were sedated or just snoozing in the sun.

When I patted one and it twitched in its sleep, I jumped half a foot. Most of my photos with them are hoverhands.
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>>1121355
Been to Thailand a number of times, so glad I never supported that tourist trap. Why do Thais treat their animals like Shit? Don't even get me started on the elephants
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>>1121355
I don't care.

I know that as an American I'm supposed to be obsessed with animals all the time, but I just don't give a fuck. I have no empathy for lower life forms and although I'm forced to pretend offline I'm not going to continue that here.

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Going to be living in Oakland California for the next three months. What the heck should I do there?

>poorfag but paid internship
>like music, asian food, hiking, politics (esp. the trumpinking), meetin' interesting people

how can I maximize my happiness there
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Take Bart and caltrain to San Francisco and walk around. Do some exploring.

>http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Cool+things+to+do+in+oakland
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>>1121302
I'm moving to Oakland as well. What neighborhood will you be in?
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>>1121361
Very South Berkeley, but will be in Oakland most of my time. Like 6 blocks north of Ashby BART station.

Hey, does anyone know if I could sit in on lectures at Berkeley or some other school, or would I not get in bc of ID?

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Hey /trv/ i'm making the move to Montreal from Florida in a couple of months for work, what should I expect and any tips for how the city is, what to avoid and stuff like that
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What's you line of work/company?
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Speak french?
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I'm a concept artist and my french isn't that good

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What kind of backpack do you use /trv/?

Is there any customization you do to make them more useful?
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>>1119519
I got my camera backpack, reverse zipped, so cant be thieved out of while wearing and an osprey backpack that attaches to my large osprey bag.

You can get camera bag internals as an insert and put them in regular bags too.
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>>1119519
Kelty Redwing 50. It's a little too big sometimes but for the price it has been very good to me.
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When I was a young traveller going abroad for the first time my mother, being the loving but over protective person she is, got me a Pacsafe treksafe 100. It's got slash proof front, bottom and straps as well as being near impossible to open without removing it (the zippers clip near the neck).

It's pretty nice, though I wouldn't have ever bought it myself. Got a few nice pouches inside. I don't remember what brand my hiking backpack, it's nothing fancy.

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Expats of /trv/, how did you know you were ready to move to a new country? How much planning and preparation did you need? Are you planning to stay in your new country permanently?

I have a more specific problem which I'll post below, but I thought I'd keep it general to start off with so the threads not just about my problems. I'm interested to hear the experiences of any expats, so feel free to share.
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My problem:

I live in the UK, but have never been completely happy here. Mostly it was just a youthful dream to live somewhere more naturally beautiful, but as I've got older I've noticed lots of other problems too. My generation doesn't have the same mobility as my parent's generation. Increasing house prices and student debts mean that, unless you come from a rich family, it's very hard to become rich because you're paying into someone else's pocket for the majority of your working life, and don't get to keep much for yourself....
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I was ready the minute I saw this country will never offer me anything good without influence and money. Since I don't have any money, I can't even start planning. My only asset is my car and even if I sell it it won't be enough to move to a different country legally. I'd love to stay permanently somewhere I could live peacefully.
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>>1119026
So since then, I've returned to the UK, and my old problems have come back. I find it hard to meet like-minded people here, in terms of both friends and potential partners. My life here is fine, but completely boring. I keep wondering how much better it would be if I was still in Canada (or somewhere else with a more outdoorsy and friendly culture, like New Zealand). However:

- I realise I've definitely got a big case of 'grass-is-always-greener' syndrome, and the reality of living there...
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How do I convince friends to go on a camping roadtrip?

They want to have some faggy lads holiday where we just drive to Greece or some shit and stay in a family hotel, how do I convince them to go on a roadtrip with tents instead?

>inb4 get new friends
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>>1122461
There's a very wide gulf between what you want and what they want.
Their idea is way more normal, so it can be very difficult for you to convince them to go on a less traditional holiday.
Is it possible to compromise? Is the roadtrip aspect very important to you? Nature? Can you find one of those awful family hotels in a place with beautiful nature that appeals to you? Would you be able to live with that?
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>>1122472
The thing is, our budget is tight. My idea is that if we go on a camping roadtrip, we'll save more money and have a longer/better experience overall.

They just want to go to a family hotel in Greece for a cheap package holiday. The thought of it pisses me off
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Take a camping road trip by yourself. If your bros don't want to do it, don't make them. If you force it, you might find yourself uninvited. It's their holiday, too.

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Hey /trv/lers,

I'm trying to visit the Islamic State in the next couple years before it sells out, becomes too touristy, and loses its authenticity and gritty charm. Any suggestions on things to see/do?
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>>1122164
I've heard the stonings are quite the spectacle in downtown Raqqah
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>>1122164
>things to see/do

the vat of acid that they're about to dunk you into
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>>1122164
Be sure to ask them for the real beheading experience. You don't want to get some fake touristy shit where they don't even lock you up and torture you first.

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I wanna take a 2 week vacation of around February next year since I usually get semi suicidal around that time in Central Europe. Any warm places you would recommend visiting (preferably with beaches)
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>central Europe
>preferably with beaches
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>>1122071
He's from Central Europe. He's not saying he neccesarily wants to go to Central Europe

That said, where do you want to go, OP? Somewhere in Europe or further afield?
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>>1122079
Doesn't really matter since I have two weeks I wouldn't really mind flying a bit further as well. If there's other stuff to do than beaches, that would be a great plus too

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How single friendly is Paris as well as the rest of France? I'm thinking of traveling there by myself and don't really want to stay in a hostel either. I'm just wondering if most of the things to see and do there are more targeted towards couples and romance.
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>>1122015
Is this the /trv/ equivalent of /tv/'s meme about the "no singles policy" in cinemas? What are you even asking about? Will the French allow you to book a hotel room for one person? Yes. Will the French sell you a single ticket to the Louvre? Yes. Will teenagers laugh and throw stones at you for eating lunch in a cafe alone? Highly improbable. The city is full of tour groups, school groups, couples and - yes - people going about their business alone.
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>>1122016
No I mean I just imagined that a city that's known for being a romantic destination would have attractions more oriented for couples like gondola rides and stuff like that.
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>>1122017
Well what are you interested in? It's the second largest city in Europe; you can find plenty of things to entertain yourself, not least the museums.

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Has anyone ever solo traveled to New Zealand/Australia? I'm thinking about going near the end of the year and am interested in others experiences. Interested in pretty much anything, just want to explore what little of the countries I can while I'm there.

I'll be coming from the US. Tentatively flying into Wellington (i know a guy who lives there) and then to Sydney (since it's closest/cheapest to fly from NZ). Any advice?
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>>1121990
I've never heard of anyone doing that before. Sounds risky, m8
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>>1121990
Just keep an eye out for... the high price of food?
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All flights from the US come in through Auckland so it would make sense to start there. Noting of note in Auckland but you could pretty easily hitch down to Napier, Taupo or Rotorua. Shit, even Tauranga is pretty cool place which is near Auckland. Then you could hitch to New Plymouth or something then get a train or hitch down to Wellington. Maybe fly to the South Island (Wellington to Christchurch is about 40 NZD one way) and check it out then try and fly to Sydney out of Christchurch. I pretty regularly get that flight for around 200 NZD. Sydney is okay but there is some sweet...
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