Hello /trv/ I'm here with the classic "I'm an American who dreams of moving to Europe" thread. I know it will be very hard, but I know for a fact it is possible. I am 18 years old and a senior in highschool. What decisions can I make that will lead me to living a life abroad?
>>1090267 Well, work on your grades and go to university, it will be a lot easier to move to Europe if you have higher education. You can either move for undergrad or move there after you finish university.
>>1090217 If you're like me, you get lucky. If you're a professional musician with lots of money and very expensive gear, you buy an extra seat. There are also specialist courier companies that are dedicated to international shipping of instruments that will be cheaper than a second seat.
>>1089637 I stayed near Karlsplatz/Karlschirche last visit, at Am Konzerhaus. http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1276-hotel-am-konzerthaus-mgallery-collection/room.shtml
Good central spot just outside the ring, a nice walking distance to Cafe Sperl, nachtmarket, Karlschirche, opera house, safe university foot traffic at all hours (felt safe to walk at night, and vienna is a safe/prosperous place anyway). You can walk easily,or the tram/bus that doing the Ringstrasse as a quick "tour" without walking. Sisi... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hard-shell or soft? Favourite brands, features you've learned to love/hate? Any recommendations?
AKA I need to get new luggage for the first time in years and have no idea what to buy. Mostly fairly short city-based work trips with the occasional, longer jaunt in random places where bulky suitcases may or may not be practical.
>>1089532 So you will be fine with a carry-on right? Rule of thumb: about 200€ get you a very decent product and 450€ is the upper limit.
There're roughly 4 categories of it: >Super budget discounter for 10-100€ You use them, they will break down, you buy a new one no fucks given >the middle class, 150-250€. Bit lighter, better quality, will last about 5-10 years if something breaks down it's usually covered by warranty and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1089730 I absolutely love the Rimowa aluminium design but they're really heavy At least for carry-on a concern, as the usual cap is at 8kg.
The cabine trolly weights 3.7kg empty with 35L, so you can realistically only pack 4.3kg into them before a lot of airlines will no longer allow it as carry-on. The Samsonite light shock offers you the same for about 80€ less, weights only 1.7kg empty (so 6.3kg for your stuff) and 36l volume. Downside not so /fa/ and a bit less durable.
This is one thing that really needs to get nerfed when Earth 2.0 comes out. I know it's the least fun thing imaginable, but go through your belongings, shaking out your clothes vigorously and checking under all the seams in your backpack. It's fucking weird the way they hide; their body language is almost like a human cowering into a niche to avoid being seen. Do the search every day until you can get to a laundromat.
OPTION 2: Find someone at home who has a big freezer, and throw everything in there for a few weeks. That kills bugs and eggs.
>>1089515 >>1089516 Aight thanks, I hope I can make do with that until I find a hostel with a self service laundry (otherwise they'll never let me check in/throw my backpack and shoes into a drier)
I swear there should be businesses dealing with this shit for travelers. Like, a place where you throw your backpack into a "hot room/sauna" and have a special room to get decontaminated yourself. Seriously, how is that not a thing in touristy countries?
Has anyone here ridden Greyhound? I want to take a 24 hour trip on it, but I dunno if I I can sleep on it. I'd need room to do so. Plus, I can only sleep on my back, so I'd need to be able to turn over on my seat.
So, uh, is it possible to sleep on a Greyhound bus?
I sleep on a greyhound all the time. It's not comfortable and a lot of time you might be crammed next to someone, but you can still do it. You can also sleep in the greyhound stations assuming you have a ticket with you that's going somewhere in the near future.
>>1089394 Flying is cheaper. 24hr is a stupid amount of time to travel if you aren't traversing the globe.
If you can sleep in a LazyBoy, on a couch, sitting upright in a chair...if you ever practice that...you will do it easily. So practice? Take a nap occasionally in a chair. Blow-up neck pillow will help, esp a window seat to lean on. If you never ever get that tired that you can fall asleep sitting up, then you might doze in and out only briefly, or you might wish you could, but you don't. Whatever. You'll... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>have a connecting flight at U.S. airport in a little over an hour >go through customs >takes 10 minutes even though I'm a U.S. citizen >take 15 minutes to get to area I needed to be and get my baggage where it needed to be >TSA literally takes over FOURTY MINUTES to get me through >sprint full force for my gate >20 minutes late >if... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1088876 Unions. It's the same here in Canada. They purposely do everything slowly because if they do things fast they will be expected to do things fast all the time. Unions protect shitty workers.
When I was coming back from Panama I got my bags searched and they had about 10 people in line for questioning and searches and only 3 border agents doing anything. About 5 other border guards were just standing around, walking back and forth, getting coffee or some shit...
I'm in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Got a full tank of gas and its gonna go up to 15 C (60 F) and sunny today, the wife's Swedish and I'm Canadian so it's practically T shirt weather for us. We also have 3 Chihuahuas who want to come for a car ride.
/trv/ How do you deal with clothes when backpacking? Do you choose the "buy cheap clothes wherever you are and wear them until they're unusable" or the "buy high-quality clothes that will last longer" route?
I heard merino wool clothes are a great choice because of its thermal properties and high odor resistance but the price tag is quite steep.
So what's your choice, /trv/? Anyone care to share some experiences?
>>1089880 Merino is awesome but a bitch for backpacking. If you don't take good care of it you will have pilling all over it. >wash it at 40°C max, use wool wash and always together with a denim jeans That's not really practical for backpacking.
How do work visas happen for work-from-homers like you? Do you need one before you settle in another country? I'm guessing countries like Thailand or India don't give a fuck if you want to do tech support from your hotel room, but I can't imagine places like Australia wouldn't try to jew you out of some tax revenue.
I went to Australia for a year three years ago and it was the best year of my life. I have been back in Canada for two years now and i have not been happy since i came back. I see my friends in Australia post pictures on Facebook and i just get this terrible feeling in my heart. I feel like i should have never left and i belong there. I think about it everyday and it is hurts. I think about going back but i have no idea how. I am currently in school and i dont know how well my future career would transition overseas. Some times... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
There's the whole honeymoon phase and grass is greener on the other side and everything. And how you get slightly special treatment as a foreigner.
I had the same with vietnam (australian m myself) and on going back and strongly considered becoming an english teacher so i could stay there. Its just escapism. You need to learn about how to interact with your own culture and face your problems and insecurities where you are.
I might still go do the english teacher thing but it wont be because I'm running. It will be for the right reasons.
>Its just escapism >face your problems and insecurities where you are.
Those comments and that picture really hit home for me anon.
It has been two years since i have been back and i have tried to establish a life here but i find it difficult. I tried moving to a new city here in my home country and it did nothing for me and now i am trying a career path and i feel like i will still feel like this one year from now
Have a look on /out/. If you can ignore the gearfaggotry they actually know what to look for in a backpack.
I've got the Osprey Kestrel 48 as an overnight/3 day hiking pack, the quality is top notch so I'd recommend anything by Osprey. Just make sure you try it on before you buy, some of them have fitted back 'plates' which means you have to wear it slightly higher on your back. Not a problem though, it just caught me by surprise.
The Stratos 50 looks good. The Farpoint 55 looks horrible and a waste of money.
What you want to look in a good backpack for high load is a nice cushioned shoulder strap and a waist band.
The ATMOS AG looks even better than the Stratos but it's more expensive. The EXOS is another option that's a bit cheaper but doesn't look that inferior to the ATMOS (still more expensive than the STRATOS).
The best option is for you to go to a physical store and try the backpack to see how well it adjusts to your body and how well cushioned the areas... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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