Tell me about Saint Petersburg. I'm thinking of going there for a weekend in February, when the plane tickets are cheapest but the maximum average temperature is -3c. As a big history nerd, is it one of the best places in the world for me to experience?
it's been about 15 years, so i'm probably a bit out of date, but i went in february and weather was cool but not unbearable as long as you're prepared for it (intermittant snow flurries and sun), and as a fellow history buff it was amazing. whole city center was built c. 1703 iirc, so it's all gorgeous georgian architecture, hermitage is stunning, canals and side streets are great to explore, and every touristy kitsch (sp?) store has (had, don't know if they still do this) free vodka samples, so just wander from one to another and get smashed. balticas... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I'm traveling through Eastern and Central Europe with my girlfriend for 22 days this summer. Can /trv/ critique our itinerary and offer suggestions as far as switching cities, the number of days, or general recommendations in the following places?
The days in Ukraine are more or less set in stone and my girlfriend will have a visa from Slovakia so we need to visit there as well. We also both want to visit Prague...but otherwise, I am very much open to suggestions.
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I plan on traveling alone to Turkey in the summer of 2017. On my journey, I want to travel to areas with large Alevi populations, the Hatay province and the city of Konya. What are the best ways I can save money on food and travel while I'm there and what is the best mode of transportation?
>>1119643 I thought about this. And given my looks I could pass as an Arab, just a few problems: 1. Libyans are likely to dump you en route to Greece 2. They will send an interpreter to interview you, how do you explain not knowing your "local" language?
I'm visiting the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time in June and I am looking for good spots to snorkel and swim. I've noticed the coast is very rocky, so I'm concerned about wasting time finding good beaches while I'm there. Does anyone know of any good beaches for swimming and snorkeling?
We have nice water shoes, so the beach doesn't have to be great, just good swimming and snorkeling. I am a strong swimmer, but my partner is not, so nothing dangerous please.
Any tips on things to do on the Big Island also appreciated.
>>1118196 coastal canyons on the northern tip are awesome hikes, waterfalls near hilo are cool (hilo itself is pretty shitty, ghetto and unwelcoming), seeing actual molten lava in the southeast is fucking mindblowing, stand up paddle boarding out of the kona harbor sounds dumb but is actually amazing (go on a day with no chop if it's your first time), basically any beach near kona is going to be great. google map/google earth is your friend for scouting them before the trip.
Getting stoned on good weed for the last time in who knows how many years (smoking a quarter, going to be good and high when I fly).
My fiances water broke 9 hours ago and is currently in labor with our first child. 3 weeks early and looks like she'll be here before I get back to Hat Yai.
Going to be an extremely hectic weekend. I'm so excited though. Going to start teaching in November. Going to spend a few months travelling with my family (my mom is flying out with me for 2 months, my dad is coming in a month for a month) once the baby can. My parents... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
So, I was planning on driving around Arizona and New Mexico, and I figured out that one of my areas I would be near is the Sasabe Border Checkpoint.
This is in north Sonora, right on the border. I don't have much interest in travel inside Mexico, but I do want to get that passport stamp, and I'll be close. I'm just worried about the safety, plus what the customs might think of me driving across the checkpoint, and then right back an hour or so later.
Anyone ever been? Sasabe Border Checkpoint is the least used on the border, I've heard an average... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1116481 I'm also going to have to contact my recruiter, but I'm going to BMT in a few months and wondering if having a Mexico passport stamp will raise eyebrows. I didn't think it was against the rules, but someone did tell me that it was forbidden for people in the military to go.
>>1116488 Your u.s license will be fine in mexico, the car has to have a permission slip but I think that's only if you go past the states lines on the other end so you might be fine if you're just going to the border, as for the checkpoint you might be fine if you tip the guy. Traveling is dangerous at night, you'd have to be unlucky to get stopped by cartels at night and even more so during the day
I'm on my first real trip ever (28 years old) and I feel nothing. Visited relatives in South Carolina for a few days, did a day in Charleston, now in Boston. The supposedly interesting stuff is just buildings, restaurants, or museums or whatever. Kinda nice but not worth coming to see. Everything is loud, people are shitty, and I've felt like shit since I've got here. I thought I'd love diving into major American cities and seeing the culture and history and everything does nothing at all for me.
I guess I should have struck to rural travel. Or just... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1119907 Suburb of Pittsburgh, though i live in Anchorage now, military reasons. Prettyuch never left beforehand, aside from some childhood trips. Outside of them, I lived briefly in Texas and about a year and a half in Monterey CA. I really hate heat. Alaska and Monterey Bay both had amazing weather, though not as much rain as I'd like.
I was originally gonna drift around the UK or something for a month (max I could get at once) but it had been 2 years without a vacation or seeing family so I thought to try and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
If you're a naturefag, go to Yosemite and Grand Sequoia in the central eastern part hugging Nevada. Camp for a few days and hike around.
If you like popculture and urban stuff, obviously LA and SF. Sacramento is cool for a day trip because of the old western theme. Also San Diego has some cool shit like an aircraft carrier and a good zoo. Plus you can go 45 minutes south and check out the shit hole that is Tijuana and the border.
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>>1119839 That's nice, the college I'm going to is in Orange County. How much would it cost to get to Yosemite from there? Also, how much money should I bring and are domestic flights the best way to get around even within state boundaries?
>>1119898 Since I'm right in the middle of the coast, I tend to just drive wherever. However, since you're so far south it'd probably take 8-10 hours to drive to Yosemite. Really anything travel over 7 hours to drive is best just flown. But it really depends on your preferences (if your time is limited, fly. If not, drive. But the San Joaquin valley is boring af so be prepared). You'll be next to LAX and I can't imagine tickets for intrastate travel being over $200.
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Hello /trv/ I plan on visiting Montreal, Canada next weekend and I have a few questions:
1. Do locals mind speaking English? or do they treat it the same way people in France treat English speakers? I know enough French to order food and make small talk, but eventually I would exhaust my vocabulary.
2. What are must-see attractions /trv/ recommends?
3. What are important norms to keep in mind? (e.g. talking on public transport, general manners etc.)
Any other suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you!
>1. Do locals mind speaking English? or do they treat it the same way people in France treat English speakers?
In Montreal, you will experience no language barriers unless you are way out in the suburbs. Outside of Montreal, it's expected that you make some sort of effort to speak French, in smaller towns you will be stonewalled if your French isn't fluent. So as long as you stay in town, you'll be alright.
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>>1119599 I speak French so I've never experienced 'rude' Quebeckers until I went out with my Anglo friends. It's true sometimes you'll be treated differently. Not so much rude but maybe just... not friendly.
If you're from the states you're fine. It's the Ontarians they dislike. Hard to tell the difference.
My specialty is amusement parks, so here are my tips for Tokyo on that topic:
Tokyo Disney Resort: per hardcore theme park fans who travel the world just to ride rides (yes, these freaks of nature exist), the two theme parks in Tokyo Disney are the Holy Grail of theme parks.
Tokyo Dome City: baseball stadium complex flanked by amusement zones. One of them has Thunder Dolphin, the biggest roller coaster in the Tokyo area, which rides along and dips over the tops of skyscrapers.
Sega Joypolis: giant arcade with one ride that is part arcade game, part looping roller coaster (an actual roller coaster, not a simulation).
Hanayashiki: oldest amusement park in Japan (dates back to being a flower garden in the mid-1800s). It also has the oldest roller coaster in the country, which dates back to the 1950s. It's a very small park, though, so don't plan your whole day around it.
There are a couple of other decent parks in and around Tokyo, but these are the most notable ones.
>>1119208 Why is Spain Surprising? It is basically the S. America/Caribbean of Europe. Everyone goes there for beaches and cheap resort vacations. Ibiza, Andalucia, Barcelona, Madrid. These places are full of tourists. Have you been to Spain?
I'm thinking about visiting several places in the UK next month, and I was wondering how many days it would be worth to stay in the places I had in mind. I was thinking of going to London for a few days (which I've been to twice already), then seeing Oxford and/or Cambridge, Bath, Bristol (maybe), Manchester and/or York, and then Edinburgh. I imagine Oxford and Cambridge can be hit in a single day, but what about the others? Should I add some other places that might be better? I wouldn't mind going somewhere with some great nature like the Lakes District, either.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1119133 Edinburgh requires at least two days, though most of the rest can be done in a day or even half a day. It really depends what kind of pace you want togo, if you want to take a few extra days to just relax in nice places then maybe stay an extra day in York and Bath
How are you travelling? Be aware that the trains are very expensive, and slow if you're going off the beaten track.
>>1119139 Thanks for the advice. Everything you said sounds about right to me.
I haven't really decided yet, but I was thinking about taking the bus. I know it'll probably take quite a long time travelling from place to place, but I imagine it's quite a bit cheaper. Do you agree or should I try some other means of transportation?
Not really sure what's up with mine. It doesn't include MANY of the places I've visited. For example, I lived in Delhi and it doesn't show very many checkins, even though I had data and frequently used Google products. Literally no history for cities like Srinagar, Belgrade, Kolkata, Bangkok, et cetera.
>>1118981 I think your device needs to be signed in to your Google account, have location tracking turned on (the default), and probably needs location/GPS enabled as well? My wife has always had an iPhone and her history is there.
Mine is missing a handful of places too, so I'm not sure what any other requirements may be
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