Novi Sad is a beautiful city located north of Belgrade in the province of Vojvodina. I'd recommend going during the summer (especially during the EXIT festival, look it up). There are some really beautiful sights there & great food. If you ever go, make sure you go to "Toster" and get your self a Toster Monster. Or, if you'd like to try some traditional Serbian food I'd recommend visiting Sarajevski Cevap on Temerinska street. That's all in Novi Sad. I wish I could give you more info about Belgrade but I was there only once (for half of a day). Definitely... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Me and a friend are thinking about opening a guesthouse in the Philipines.
We have been travelling together in the past and were always talking about the idea (both unhappy with our modern life, willing to do something with our own hands, fascinated by the idea of making a unique place...). So when we travelled the Phillipines during February and March, by chance we found some cheap piece of land, roughly 1 hectar on Palawan in a not yet well developed area. Right now, there are many road projects and even a new airport being built in the North of the island and neighbouring... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I've been learning Spanish for five months. How's my accent? Can you tell where I am from based on my accent?: http://vocaroo.com/i/s0rT4sIyX8TE (sorry for posting here, it looks like people on other boards have no interest in this thread/no knowledge of Spanish)
>>1090985 Definitely the Anglosphere. I'm going with USA. Having an accent is not the end of the world, certainly not when you've only been learning it for five months only. One tip however: try not to sound like you're reading words off a page. That makes you sound stilted, which is a bit more annoying than having an accent, IMO.
Anyone here ever traveled specifically to go watch space launches? The thought suddenly popped into my head to wonder about the cost/practicality of scheduling a trip to Cape Canaveral, Baikonur, Kourou or some other spaceport to watch giant rockets blast off into space.
The number one thing to keep in mind is that a launch can be postponed at any time, even going so far as to abort a launch when the countdown gets to one. So with that in mind, Cape Canaveral is probably your best bet, the tourist infrastructure within 50 miles is quite possibly the best in the world,so if your launch gets scrubbed you can at least go chill on Coco Beach or whatever, and you haven't wasted thousands of dollars to hang out in Kazakhstan.
>>1091219 All of this. I've seen shuttle launches from the Florida Turnpike back in the space program. I've randomly seen rockets as well. They're all beautiful. Visiting the space center has some museum infrastructure which is fascinating.
>>1091219 Soyuz are so big that they are rarely delayed. Russia is so strapped for cash that their space agency allows for tours, they're just expensive and have to be booked through a connected agency.
http://starcity-tours.com/baikonur/ It's a 5 day trip, but expect to pay over $5000, from Moscow.
On Saturday I fly down to Costa Rica, have a 19hr layouver in Panama City starting at 9pm. Got a room, plan on hitting bars at night, city in the AM and off to San Jose on Sunday.
Do I have enough time to do this: Sunday 20th 4pm, Land in San Jose, get to Arenal by night. Mon-Tue @ Arenal Wed - Thur @ Monteverde Fri-Sun @ Manuel Antonio Beach Sun Night back in San Jose, fly off 11am Monday
I would like to see Arenal Volcano, some nice waterfalls, get out in nature and chill at a beach with a bit of partying there. However, I love to ride motorcycles... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1090892 Haven't been to Manuel Antonio, but SJ-Arenal and Arenal-Monteverde are easy transit in a few hours each. You can supposedly do part of the trip between Arenal and Monteverde by boat and save some time; it's a surprisingly long drive, quite a bit slower than SJ to Arenal (I did it in about four hours in a private car, but we stopped for lunch). The big highways are generally in good condition, and if you're OK with curvy, mountainous routes (like CA1/Pacific Coast Highway, sort of), I imagine it could... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
How are you getting around? How set in stone are your plans? Based on my experience in Costa Rica, I'd do something different if I wanted to see a volcano, rainforest and beach.
Arenal is really weather dependent. It might be nice, it might be foggy. It's pretty unpredictable. I went there and couldn't see the crater. It was kind of neat hiking through the fog though.
If time is a limiting factor, you might not want to go north, then south. Transportation in Costa Rica isn't very efficient. If I only had a week, I'd want to spend the least amount of time possible on the road. Just because something on a map is only 50km away, does not mean you will be able to drive there in an hour.
San Jose is pretty dirty. Cartago is an hours drive south and a lot nicer, especially in air quality. A lot of the diplomats in San Jose live there. Irazu volcano is right next to it, and is more often visible. It's not as foresty, but it's kind of like a poorer version of the alps. There's a bunch of ranches on a hairpin road with shepherds taking their flocks up and down. From there I'd go to Tapanti National Park. It might be a bit busier and not as nice as Monteverde, but it doesn't take the better part of a day getting there. You could go to Cartago on Sunday, and then have two separate day trips and you can go to Manuel Antonio on Wednesday?
Or maybe do what you wanted to do originally, but switch Manuel Antonio with something closer like El Roble?
Whats the best way to explore chernobyl if youre on a budget and dont want to spend hundreds of dollar for a guided tour with no freedom to explore on your own? The only thing I can find online are expensive as hell tours in groups. Not really something we are interested in really...
Im hoping that its similar to what I experienced with Machu Pichu in the way that the only easily accessable way was through the heavily overpriced and lame official tours and you had to dig far deeper into it to find out how go get there in a cheap way.
That being said: if there... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Tagging along on two week rented car trip, and I have some say in what to see. So any recommendations? Thinking of just skipping Nevada for Utah. On paper they have more to offer in terms of parks, but I'm a bit worried about the distance to it, so is there any reason to that?
So far we're down to some baseball games, maybe la kings if we get some fairly priced tickets, few days in squoaia park, la and sf.
Recently I'm very interested in traveling by bike. I made some smaller tours with my old bike but want to go for four-digit-km-tours now, through Europe at first. I think except for the cost of a good bike at first it is cheap for travelling (in combination with a tent) and gives you a more intense experience. Also I like biking. Does anyone have more experience? Stories? Also rate my new bike choice, Bergamont Vitess 6.0 2015, about to add new handlebars and a front carrier.
>>1090843 Hmm, this is definitely a question better suited for >>>/n/ . they are absolutely autistic about bikes and would be able to rate your bike down to the thread count of the spoke nipples. Literally their testicles have been completely annihilated by stiff saddles and often drown attempting to bike across water. Go there, friend
>>1090843 Where's your starting point and potential destination? Personally I'm not aure whether ill follow suit or go hiking somewhere cheap. You can check out thebikerambler if you want to be inspired to do it.
>>1090843 Good bike for that money. You should get another saddle though. Also get some replacement spokes. You'll need them for your rear wheel. Make sure to get handlebars that allow for many different hand-positions. It's important to switch positions often.
Did some smaller tours. I think it's the best form of travelling. Not as slow as hiking, but slow enough to allow you to absorb your surroundings. It's cheap, good for the environment and very rewarding. It has this adventure feel to it.
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I'm moving into DC for a job (consulting). Sold my car so I will be using the metro, my bike, and my feet. I got a small studio in Capitol hill. Anyone have any experience living there? Already bought a good knife off of Amazon to ward off the blacks.
>>1090740 >I'm moving into DC for a job (consulting). Sold my car so I will be using the metro, my bike, and my feet. I got a small studio in Capitol hill. Anyone have any experience living there? Already bought a good knife off of Amazon to ward off the blacks. Not having a car in metro DC isn't so awesome. You should replace your car.
Capitol Hill isn't the best neighborhood, doesn't have a gentrified evening scene where people pound the pavement al fresco dining... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
How long would 2000€ last if I were to live in Serbia and Croatia? I plan on finding work at a hostel through workaway so I don't have to pay for accommodation. Ideally I'd like to spend a month and a half in Serbia and maybe 2 months in Croatia.
If you aren't paying for accommodation, that amount of money would easily last you several months in Belgrade, provided you're moderately conservative with your spending. I haven't been there for nearly two years, but alcohol, food, and club entrances are so cheap they may as well be free. Transportation costs are negligible, given that virtually nobody bothers to pay for tickets on trolleys and trains.
Eastern and northern Croatia are slightly more expensive. 2000 EUR might not take you... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1091043 €2000 will last a LONG time outside of Belgrade. Are you eating out every day, or are you planning to cook? Lots of parties+alcohol or are you more of the staying in with a book kind of guy? Anyhow, I think it'd be possible to get by with €2000 for a year if acco is sorted
>>1090672 I have not stayed at the Del Rey, but I have hung out in the lobby bars and casino area. It and the two or three blocks around it are certainly the epicenter of the gringo sex tourism scene. I've read that the hotel itself is a perfectly pleasant low-4-star, perhaps a bit overpriced. Higher floors for less noise.
As for paying to play, it's not really my thing, but I was stunned by the quantity and impressed with the quality of talent... from one of the Del Rey's lobby bars, I watched a continuous... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1090766 I liked the small historic city of Cartago, in the Central Valley, only a little ways from SJ. Just a little farther, there is whitewater rafting on... I think it's the Turrialba River, outside the rather sleepy town of Turrialba. Less than two hours by car from the Del Rey, and highways are quite good. Tamarindo is a party/resort beach town on the Pacific side, maybe 4hrs away; I went to smaller, more relaxed, slightly scruffier Limon, on the Caribbean coast.
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