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What amount of litres do people recommend for a month long trip?

What bags do people recommend, based on affordability, comfort and practicality?

Anyone used the Crumpler LLA 60L? Its a bit expensive but looks incredibly well made, comfortable and practical.
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Some good advice I read a while ago was you will fill whatever bag you get, if it's 20 or 60ltr you'll find something to put in it, so go as small as you can.
I had a 30ltr for 2 months travelling and it was perfect. Just get something with lots of pockets, mine was one big bag and it had to be emptied to find anything.
The unbreakable law of backpack is that no matter the size of it, you'll ALWAYS fill it up.
So pick the smallest backpack you can afford, or else you'll just fill it with useless crap that you'll regret having brought.
The smallest backpack you can afford, obviously, depends on where you're going, for how long, and your budget.
In general, the longer you're going to stay and the colder the place is, the bigger your bag will have to be, unless you're willing to shell some cash on high quality, extra thin clothing for winter.

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I have been traveling with a 25 liter Tom Bihn Synapse for 8 months. I was in Seoul during winter and in Myanmar now (so hot). My traveling friend is hoping indefinitely and has the 18 l version.

Wool t shirts do not need to be washed as frequently and dry quickly when you do. It sounds crazy at first but once you start it's easy and you wonder what everyone carries in those 60 liter packs.

No extra baggage fees and easier to walk to destination when you get stranded or need to change places....
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I just booked a flight and my return leg is with air France. Should I be worried? I have a pretty serious fear of flying and I didn't realize until afterwards they have a less than stellar track record.
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Their planes might not offer the highest tier of comfort but it's still one of the biggest airlines that will take you around the globe even to destinations that are usually only served by meme airlines on a daily base.

Nothing to be afraid of. If they would suck they wouldn't be allowed to land in the EU or the US.
Air France is allowed in botb EU/US airspace, which is a good indicator of their safety status - yes there have been two mishaps in recent memory (last was AF447, seven years ago). You're much much more likely to get killed en route to the airport in an auto wreck than you ever will flying anywhere.

Try the 7/11 breathing technique, take propanolol, distract yourself with a book or imagine you're in a train rolling along the rails & look directly down the cabin, avoid external visual references. I find it's a good way to keep my mind off the most dangerous...
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Oh look, it's the daily anxiety bait thread.

I want to go somewhere, anywhere, I don't care. I have 1500 bucks. Sell me somewhere to go.

I live in New England, if that helps.
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That's enough money to go pretty much anywhere if you're frugal. Are you just after original ideas?
Go on a quest to find illegal Casu Marzu cheese in Sardinia
Hike the coastal path in Cornwall while trying to find the best cream tea in the West Country
Hunt wild pigs in Samoa
Investigate the Zugurramurdi cave festival in Basque country
Ride the iron ore train in Mauritania and hunt for glow worms in the oases
Walk from the Atlantic to the Pacific in Costa Rica
Go to Ouagadougou. I don't know what you'll find there but it's within...
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Sealand britbong, sealand
>Nothing but a tent, thump piano, and snorkeling gear

I like the way you think, hombre.

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How do I cross the Atlantic for free? From Europe to the Americas. Does anyone have experience hitchhiking boats? I heard it takes a lot of time to find a boat and still it won't be for free. Is there a way via Iceland, Greenland? Or maybe from Africa to Brazil? Experience anyone?
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Smuggling drugs maybe? Become a missionary? Sounds pretty unrealistic...
Swim across the ocean you lazy piece of shit.
maybe go around some of the major ports of europe and ask is there a way for you to get on a boat that's going to the americas in exchange that you do some basic work on that boat

i have a friend who got from rotterdam to rio de janeiro on a container ship that way, although the trip took over two weeks and my friend said it was one of the worst experiences he has ever gone through

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I want to travel with two friends to the Czech Republic to go hiking.
Anything that is nice to know beforehand?

Also general Czech Republic thread.
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I was there in January with my wife, we really liked Prague alot (although I personally thought Krakow was better). I would advise you that whenever you go out to eat make sure they dont fuck you on the VAT. The ticket breakdown is suppose to be

>VAT amount
>total amount (same as the original total)

However some places will show you
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What is VAT?
That never ever happened to me after 25 years of my life in here, but I've heard there are some serious tourist traps in Prague and I believe it might happen there. Just stay away from the very obvious scams. The most touristy places in Prague aren't really filled with the most pleasant and honest people, really.

Hiking in Czechia can be quite enjoyable as we have a really good network of marked hiking paths. If you zoom in, you can see them...
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I might be traveling to Puerto Rico in the next few months for about a week. Anything I should do or know when I get there?
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What part of Puerto Rico?
Also it gets expensive here quick.
What are your interests? I had an awesome time there, recommend staying at the Posada San Francisco Hostel in Old San Juan. It's very close to cheap parking, and you can see old Spanish forts from the window.

Some sights to see:
>Indian ceremonial grounds (those were my favorite)
>walk around San Juan
>see Arecibo Observatory if it's open to the public (sometimes it's not)
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Local here. Best bars in old san juan:
El Batey
Taberna Lúpulo

Best restaurants:
Casita Blanca
La Casita at Miramar
Mi Casa by Jose Andres
Meson Gallego

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What vaccines do you have? Which ones do you believe are essential for a typical /trv/eller? I believe I mostly hear about Hepatitis. Is there anything else?
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Depends on where you go. For much of Africa I needed yellow fever and polio (the latter is given to everyone in America). On top of those I got tetanus, diptheria, Hep A and B

Hep A and B, and Japanese encephalitis I think.

Which reminds me, I gotta go get my update shot for hep A and B.
Doesn't hep shots last 30 years? That's what the vaccine lady told me. I thought about japanese encephalitis but you need like 2 shots and they cost like 140 USD each. And the protection only lasts 5 years. Are they really worth it?

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What credit card do you guys use? I'm skeptical but hopeful.

>"The credit card market is extremely competitive and very lucrative. As a result, credit card companies will hand out huge frequent flyer bonuses to get you to pick up their card.

>A typical bonus for getting a new credit card is 25,000 frequent flyer miles. Occasionally, you can get as many as 100,000 frequent flyer miles just by signing up for a new card. In case you're wondering, 100,000 frequent flyer miles is enough to get you a...
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It's a Credit Card, if you plan to use the frequent flyer program of airline anyway it's worth it.
Just remember if you can't pay the full bill by the end of months you shouldn't have a credit card at all.
Is their a downside of having a lot of credit cards? I'm tempted to open a bunch of cards just for the incentives like bonus miles. But I already have 5 card, and only use one. Would this hurt me?
I sell these fuckers for a living, and I'm essentially a corporate carnie.

At the end of the day, pretty much every retailer has a credit card, and many fast food places for that matter. The rewards can actually be pretty high but we are trained to pretty much bullshit and say whatever we can to get those cards in your hands. We get 20 bucks a card and I cant remember half the outlandish shit I said to get my $20.

Always read the fine print. Some of the shit like the 10 cents off per litre is only...
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Is it feasible to just hit the road with a fully stocked backpack and a few thousand dollars in savings, and just explore the U.S. for a couple of months? Could taking busses, hitchhiking, dumpster diving, couchsurfing, and sleeping on benches be relied upon as practical cost saving measures?
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I would recommend getting familiar with the laws in different states.

For example, in Washington you can stay overnight at rest stops for as long as you like, but in South Dakota you can't.
You can't go as cheap as sleeping in public. You're more likely to become a target for crime, or get charged with vagrancy. But backpacking and living cheap is legal.

Check out craigslist joe. If you're patient, friendly and have few reservations you can pretty much travel for free.
Right. I would want to try to rely on Couchsurfing and AirBNB as much as possible to cut costs. I was just thinking of sleeping outside as a last resort scenario.
The plan would be to see how long I could stay on the road and stretch my budget. Ya, I was thinking of using craigslist to look up rideshares, but I also want to try hitchhiking at least once. I could rely on trains and Greyhound if all else fails.

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I'm going to be working in Brussels for a couple months, and having never been to Europe before, I am completely inexperienced.

What are some must-visit cities that are within a 4 or 5 hour train ride from Brussels?
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also in case it wasn't clear, I was looking for cities that aren't as well known and like hidden gems or something of the sort

nice dubs
thanks :^)

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I don't speak French at all and I will be going to Quebec soon. Will that be ok? I've heard how some locals there dislike English-speakers. Is that true?
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They have a very good average level of english.
They mostly dislike uncorrect anglicisms (although they commit a lot themselves), and seing their language replaced.
That's will be okay.
Just learn some french words for show them you respect their culture.
They all speak a reasonable amount of English, they just pretend they don't

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Travelling to Gothenburg, Sweden next month.
How safe is it?
I don't want to get shanked by Ahmed for refusing to convert to Islam.

Also, things to do? I already know that I'm gonna visit Liseberg as I heard it's one of Europe's best amusement parks.
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Göteborg is very safe, don't believe the /pol/ memers who try to make Sweden out to be some shithole where oogaboogas try to kill you just because you're not Muslim.

With that said, don't travel to the suburb areas such as Angered, Bergsjön, Frölunda, Kortedala and Hisings Backa, but there's fuck all to do there anyway unless you love to look at DDR-style buildings and hear more Arabic than Swedish.

As for things to do, go to Hagastan, picturesque old part of Gothenburg with a very specific design on the buildings. Lots of great cafés as...
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I will most likely stay in the central parts of the city.
As a general rule for all of Europe. In tourist areas the only non-Europeans you see are tourists like you. Or staff working in tourist industry. Even beggars in the streets are Europeans. Usually Gypsies.

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Venezuela is dangerous as fuck right now.

I would recommend going to Argentina, Colombia, Chile, or Ecuador...as long as Ecuador is safe from natural disasters, at least.
Before you click, it's Venezuela.

And that's why I don't want to go.
"This vacation spot is to DIE for!"

are there any good shoes to buy?

want something for walking in cities, but also to do light hiking with. would any pair of sneakers do?

how many pairs of shoes do you bring when traveling, just one?
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If i go anywhere for longer than a day i always take at least two different pairs of shoes with me, usually three though.
what kind of shoes do you bring?

I just have an old pair of chuck taylor's and dress shoes

was thinking of buying sneakers, as neither of my shoes are good for walking for long periods of time
I wear sambas. they have worked pretty well for me in all kinds of environments.

Which one to travel to for sights, adventure, fun, and not getting murdered?
Also, why does it seem like Thailand is always being raved about or shitted on when it seems Brazil has most of the exact same things?
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To include slums/poverty tourism and prostitution?
I haven't been to Brazil so I can't comment on that.
But Thailand is great, I've been there twice, once with my family and once just with the missus. I never once felt in danger? I'm a skinny white guy from Australia too, so I'm not menacing at all.
Plenty of friendly people. Just don't walk down dodgy alleys I guess!
You'll only get murdered in those countries if you're a stupid shithead and don't care about where you go.
That aside, both are great for sights, adventure and fun, though you'll need more time for Brazil because the country is the size of a continent and the transport system is horrible.

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