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Welcome!

/trv/ is a slow board, you don't need to bump more than once a day -- it's OK if your thread is not on the front page, we look several pages deep here. You can do that. too, looking for threads on your topic.

Questions are welcomed, as are threads sharing experiences or generally discussing travel. For very general questions, you can get answers faster at other sites. Google is your friend. Start there, then come back here for specific questions. Some good links for basic info, and a few Pet Peeves of the board, are included within this thread.
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For all those wanting information on Vagabonding:

http://www.artoftravel.com/index.html
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/

Don't forget visa requirements:
http://www.visahq.com/citizens/

Happy traveling! P.S. Do not post nsfw content on this board.

My mom has stage 4 cancer and at this point it seems like doctors have given up on her. Does anyone know about cancer treatment in China? Currently looking it up myself but I just wanted to know if anyone had their own personal experiences with medical tourism there. Not to imply that the Chinese have the cure for cancer, but anything helps at this point.
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Tips I can give of my limited knowledge is the US, Singapore and some Western European countries for top quality medical provided you are willing to pay top money. By the PRC? Nah man
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>>1652946
>Does anyone know about cancer treatment in China?
Mostly it's a few years behind the west and the patient care can be a bit rough. The system sort of assumes that the patient's family will be around to do the menial stuff for them, even in hospital. Family members are expected to bath the patient, arrange meals etc.
It will be different in the 1st class private hospitals in Beijing but you're not saving money doing that.

Look into Thailand for medical tourism, not China.
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>>1653160
>What kind of retard would go to China for cancer?
tbf, the air pollution makes it a great place for cancer.
To get it anyway, not sure about treating it.
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>>1653306
>Don't they just let their old people die?
No, people care a lot about their grandparents, what are you smoking?

>>1653293
>perfectly decent pay-2-play medical care
The public medical insurance is pretty good too, most people pay very little even for surgery, it's mostly covered and rebated.
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What kind of fun pills does your mom have? And does she want to sell any?

>missed flight due to getting to airport 55 min before departure
>have to pay $850 for another flight because I booked through a budget airline, Norwegian air
Dont be me, don't be late for your flights and if you do, pick a nicer airline
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i was late once and didn't have to pay. just boarded the next flight.
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>>1657308
>pick a nicer airline
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>>1657318
Nigga, Norwegian is not a nice airline.

Also, don't be stupid is a common thing for all travel and what not
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Norwegian probably wont be in business this time next year.
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>At Boston airport last year, watching England's semifinal at the world cup
>Miss flight watching the game
>Airline just puts me on the next one for free

When are hostels more worth than hotels/airbnb?
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When they’re closer to where you want to be, they’re a better deal, or you want to meet people. Pick one or any combination thereof.

Why do airports suck so much? How do we fix them?
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>>1657226
Hey mister
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>>1657220
But that also sees what airline has better services though.
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>>1651340
Detroit
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>>1657225
No what?
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>>1657205
Only if it did

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Has anyone done this?
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Met a swiss guy 2 days ago who did it. Took trans siberian to vladivostok and then a ferry over to japan, didn't ask specifics on which ports, but his goal was to avoid flying.
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>>1655769
>Rebun-Rishiri
That's not Japan-Russia, though, it's an internal Japanese route to occupied territory.
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>>1656037
That would be through Tottori.
>>1656965
Correct. The idea was more that Rebun-Rishiri would be worth seeing if you went up to Wakkanai, and Wakkanai and the route to (especially via the coasts) really does feel like a transitional place between Japan and Russia. Hokkaido's port towns -- and, ironically, the nationalist monument at Cape Soya -- are distinctively Japanese but all miserable in an oddly post-Soviet way. The concrete and rust help, as do the ethnic tensions. I'm sad I never made the crossing and I would like to do it if it opens again. Tottori doesn't feel the same. If considering that ferry, I think you might as well fly.
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>>1655752
I know a few people who've done this.
There's a ferry that goes between Hokkaido and the Russian mainland.
You cant directly access the disputed islands from Japan.
As far as Russia goes, there's not much going on until you hit Moscow, but supposedly the Trans-siberian train ride from East to West is pretty cool, if you dont mind sitting in a noisy bunk in a train car for a couple of days.

>the other comments in the thread
they closed the ferry in 2018? that's news to me. my friends who did it went across in like... 2013 or something.
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>>1657310
http://www.hs-line.com/r_index.html
This is the ferry line I know of. It travels to Sakhalin, which is an island but no longer disputed (conclusively ceded to Russia.) The news section in the box declares a suspension of the ferry route in 2019 and possible re-opening in 2020.

Interestingly, Wikipedia lists the line as ending permanently in 2015 (when it took a break to change ships) and Wikitravel claims it did not operate in 2018 season although the ferry operator's site claims it did.

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As I've visited more and more counties I'm starting to regret not collecting something from all the places.

What do you guys collect when traveling?
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>>1657010
Preach it, Sister Bing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30L_XlLWKE
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I collect currency and tourist maps/brochures/boarding passes/ticket stubs. Occasionally I'll get a few postcards too.
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>>1657312
Have you ever had trouble bringing currency back home? Some countries have a "closed currency," meaning that they're usually not available for exchange outside of that country, and they're usually not allowed to be taken out of the country unless you're a citizen. I've always wondered how strictly those kinds of rules are enforced, and if so, where.
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>>1657010
>>1656659
I have a friend who was a sand collector... not related to travel, he was part of the sand collecting hobby, which apparently is a thing. I'll share what he told me. To get sand from a spot where you are not allowed to take sand, kick some into you pants cuffs or shoes. To get sand through customs, the above or a pinch in each of several socks in you luggage, like it just happens to be there. The trick with customs is to make it look like it is casually there, and not too much in one place so it doesn't show up on scans as a mass of sand.
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>>1657313
I have never encountered that. I have some currencies that are next to impossible to exchange through non-sketchy channels, but I don't care since the purpose is to keep it as a souvenir. If I wind up with more than I need, maybe I'll go back some day. Or m.j maybe a friend will go and want a little cash in his pocket on arrival.

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If you had to live as an illegal immigrant for the rest of your life where would you go ?

>10k$ cash
>100k$ cash
>1M$ cash
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>>1655710
>10k

Country with assisted suicide.

>100k

Country with assisted suicide

>1 million

Country with assisted suicide.
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>>1656592
very based
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>>1655710
someplace where I wouldn't mind being deported and barred entry into for the rest of my life
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Well, Id go to Europe for the free gibbes and license to rape in public for a slap on the wrist.

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Iceland, for example, was a surprise for me. I could find apartments at 40-50 euros with relative ease, in constrast to similar countries like norway or the faroes.

Hong kong as well, but that might be because of the recent tensions and the very small rooms.
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sweden

I'm going to Taipei next month for 4 days. I've never been to Taiwan (or China) before, and have no agenda other than to eat food and wonder around.

What places should I go and especially what foods should I eat? What area makes the most sense to stay in?
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>>1657079
You point, you pay, you eat. The signs tell you how much per item. How hard do you think it is?

>>1656488
wut u mean they diffrent?
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>>1657070
It's possible for sure, I picked up a girl the first and only night I went clubbing in Kaohsiung. Taipei has the most amount of "Westernized" girls who speak English, so it's obviously still the best option.
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>>1657070
Hualien, forget it. You won't meet a girl there unless you're extremely lucky. I went there twice, both with girls I met in Taipei.

Great place though, just not for meeting girls.
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>>1657079
As the other Anon says, you just point to the food you want and you get served. You don't need to speak Chinese for the night markets.
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>>1657243
Nice, thanks dawg. That's what I figured but as I was trolling photos of markets I was second guessing that I may end up in a situation where there's no prices clearly listed for shit. Anything particularly outstanding you suggest?

>>1657242
Taiwan girls - exciting or dead tunas?

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Let's start another one Hong Kong thread.
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/east_of_suez?language=en
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>>1656355
>Monk kok
Sorry, I think it was actually Kowloon Tong or something. I rode from Monk Kok to there.

>>1656780
>protestors still blocking the airport
Despite what you might have read or seen, it was actually only for a few hours on Monday and maybe a bit on Tuesday. Airports can't just reopen in a few minutes so once they gave up and shut down, staff went home and the protestors could go home too.
The Airport can't actually tell the airlines to recall all those staff and reopen, and if they tried then the protestors might all come back so it's basically over for the day.
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There is an internal job opening in HK for my company. Exactly the type of work I'm good at.

Should I go for it? Or is it too stupid to move there now?
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>>1657026
>Or is it too stupid to move there now?
Assuming the money is good then it should be fine.
There'll be stoppages now and then, you might not be able to get to work some days, find out if you'd get paid for those days. Your company might not even be open for work during that time.

If the money is good then I'd do it for the experience.
You're not going to be targeted by either Beijing or the protestors so I wouldn't worry about that. You might want to steer clear of protest sites and stuff so that you don't get caught up in the triad attacks and stuff.
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>>1657026
It's a great place to live for a year or so if the money's decent

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Questions That Don't Deserve Their Own Thread
>also known as /sqt/ (Stupid Questions Thread)

For any and all of your one-off questions that pertain to travel.

If your question is specific to a popular destination (eg. Thailand, Japan, Germany, Italy, etc.), consider asking it in a relevant thread/general, should one exist.

If your question is about visas, passports, customs/immigration, airports, or other administrative issues pertaining to travel, don't forget to include your nationality, as well as the places you plan on traveling/transiting to. These details get skimped a lot, and they can & do make a big difference.

Previous thread: >>1628306
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Will be landing in Paris, CDG in the beginning of October, and I need to get to Saint Malo which is in Bretagne, what's the easiest and fastest way to do so?
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>>1656801
Yes.
Walk off the highways.

Denmark isn't densely populated enough, and conversely enough there's not enough wilderness, that you can't go anywhere on foot.

There's plenty of footpaths, there's plenty of local roads, and most of all we're stupidly flat so there's almost no obstacles.

I know that Jylland is the land of motorways, but even then you walk for ten minutes and you usually find another little path.
There's a lot of little towns in rural Jylland, too, and many of them have B&Bs owned by rich couples who rent the place out in the winter, so you'll never be without food and shelter.

You chose a pretty good route for a long hike. Denmark is flat and harmless and there are no real dangers on the way.
Don't go into brush and swampland without long pants and boots (we do have vipers and ticks, and the swampy parts are really swampy).
Bring a compass - you don't need a smartphone in a country with next to no natural dangers and even less crime out of the cities (and I get the image you want to avoid too much modern bullshit), but a lot of woodland footpaths were laid according to state plans in the 70s and 80s and thus they all look alike. Getting lost in Denmark won't kill you, but it's a bother anyway.
You don't need heavy hiking boots - hiking shoes will do the job easy. You don't need a walking stick per se, but some people just like it that way even on flat surfaces, to keep pace.

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>>1656857
There is a TGV station within the airport, you take the train to Rennes, change train, and you’ll be in Saint Malo. The trip takes about a little more than 3 hours.
Or simply drive a car. 4 hours of drive but French roads are bretty gud and you’ll see comfy rural France.
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>>1656414
>>1656439
You must be shitting me because Japanese people’s English outside of hotels is abysmal, worse than Beijing or Shanghai in general. China is much English speaking friendly than Japan.
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>>1656864
0.50元 has been deposited into your account.

Hi guys, I'm staying here in Berlin for the next 7 days; as of now I'm only aware of the Museum Island, I'm going to read next the wikivoyage article.
What do you suggest I try out here?

I won't divulge my interests because I'm pretty much open to everything, so feel free to mention whatever pops up to your mind.
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clubs
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>>1656863
which ones

also, are the museum passes and that kinda stuff convenient or not? it seems like the gains are marginal and it would depend on whether we spend all the time going through the various places it offers discounts for
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just go clubbing every night
have some beers on the benches outside shops
gorlitzer park
go for dinner at Henne
maybe a day trip to Potsdam

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Can I get a run-down on Aragon ? I have five days left, and need to see some small villages around Zaragoza or Huesca provinces. Don't really care to visit the beach.

I'm going to the tourism office today, and will report back.
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>>1656832
The Aragonese Pyrenees are really beautiful so I'd recommend looking into that.
>Don't really care to visit the beach
That's good because Aragon is landlocked lmao

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my lazy ass overstayed Schnegen visa for 20 days. Now I have a flight out of Paris, how likely am I to have problems in the airport? As in, detained, missing my flight, having to pay a fine, etc.

I don't care too much about travelling back to Schengen in the near future.
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>>1656119
>muh Murican stereotypes
Come up with some new material for fuck’s sake.
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So much shitty advice here it's astounding. Then again, it's 4chan.

>>1654119
This happens quite frequently in the Schengen Area and border police are quite used to it, since the rules on how to count the days are quite complex and many people fuck up.

If you do fuck up, go to the nearest police station / foreigner department, explain your fuck up and present your flight ticket. Depending on the countries legislation and how convincing your explanation is, if you do it early enough, you might not even get a fine. You will receive documentation that explains your case, will greatly speed up the border check at the airport and in some countries even legalizes your stay from the day of making the report until the day of the flight.

Laying low and just rocking up at the airport is not a good idea. The fine will most likely be higher and, although unlikely, you might get an entry ban. The system is less kind to those who feign ignorance than those who admit their mistakes as soon as they notice them.

Since you're from a country that's not visa-free though, even without an entry ban, getting a new visa will be extremely difficult (and if it was multiple entry, most likely canceled). Overstaying is a crime in most EU countries, so you'll officially be a criminal. They won't give you another visa without a VERY good reason and being able to explain your previous overstay convincingly.

Deporting is the process of forcibly removing an illegal from a country who is unwilling to do so by himself. This is extremely unlikely since you have a ticket home already. A deportation is usually formally threatened a few times with a plea to leave voluntarily before it actually happens. Deportations are fucking expensive (up to 20k €) and even though they're billed to the illegal foreigner, the state knows that almost all of them never pay up.
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>>1654861
it might hold water in court but you would still be detained and miss the flight
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>>1657041
They just want your money and attribute your obesity to wealth. I'm not American and they roll out the exact same welcome carpet for me in Asia. Any non 3rd world country despises you.

>>1657071
Maybe when your average citizen stops looking like they belong on peopleofwalmart, which won't be long with the rate your being replaced.
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>>1657301
I'm australian tho


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