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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 plan is to come to Istanbul for studying a year abroad. I get funded by the Erasmus program, they will pay about 350 euro a month. It should start in the middle of October.

The univserity just told us that all classes will be held online. So there is no real need to go to Istanbul as I will never have to actually attend the university and would end up sitting in front oy my computer following online lectures. I can do the very same in my home country. But a notable fact is that the Erasmus programme willl only pay me these 350 euros per month if I actually stay at Istanbul (I am note sure how they wanna check on this).

Would you go?

Erasmus will not cover 100% of my costs. So I will be paying on top. I had no problem with this as I was assuming that I can enjoy a nice year of university life in Istanbul. However, without any actual classes there ...

So I am wondering about whether it might make sense to still go there. And whether I will be able to enjoy life there. I am especially interested in meeting local and international people, preferably at some of these student events that usually are organised for Erasmus students.

How is social life in Istanbul right now? Especially for international students? Do public events happen? Is everythin on shut down?
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>>1869639
Hello anons. 3rd time in Istanbul and downloading the Lonely Planet guide for my upcoming visit mid-October. I'll be reading that, then monitoring this thread. Up for a meet up with you autistics if somebody feels like it.
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>>1874486
Samefag from:
>>1869647
>>1874474

Will be here until fuck-all knows, probably at least December or January.
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C-can I come to turkey, guys?
Are there girls who will drink with me?
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>>1876158
no, this is a muslim country
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>>1876158
For sure, but dating here isn't easy unless you speak Turkish or are extraordinarily good-looking. Contrary to what you might expect, Turkish people--at least in big, metropolitan cities like Istanbul--are quite attractive. There's no shortage of swole dudes who dress better than you and have more money, too.

However, from what I've been able to gather, a lot of younger, educated Turkish women don't like the "typical Turkish mentality"--a lot of men are overbearing, possessive, and all-around regressive.

If you have a good personality and are decent-looking, you could probably at least get dates. But I think dating here, on the whole, is more difficult than other countries; a lot of women ARE quite religious, and even those who aren't grow up being taught not to trust men. Also doesn't help that the average Turk, regardless of age, can't speak English for shit.

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===DANCING MONKEY TEFL TEACHER EDITION===

When will Japan be open for US tourists?
When will Bald visit Japan?
Why is Japan better than Korea?


Copypasta FAQ:
>Where should I stay in Tokyo?
Anywhere on the JR Yamanote loop line.
>Is Hiroshima+Miyajima worth it as a day trip from Osaka/Kyoto?
Not really, it's too rushed and you should probably just stay the night there.
>Is Miyajima worth visiting when the floating torii gate is under construction?
Yes, it's still a great place to visit.
>"Dude what should I see in ________?"

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>>1876843
You don't look stereotypically white enough. They want mukimuki blond and blue eyed. I'd bleach your hair and lift for a start if you want a chance.

At least you have a big nose, they love that shit over there.
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>>1876850
Thanks! I'll give it a shot.
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>Japan 2020
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>>1876872
This is why I want borders to stay closed
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>>1876872
Wow why are Americans so violent?

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Thread for discussion about teaching English as a foreign language.
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Is Dubai the spot to go for money? I am trying to make as much money as possible teaching. My wife and I both have degrees. Is a DUI going to make UAE impossible?
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>>1870315
How do you find adult teaching opportunities in China? All the job postings are for kids, which is an age group I have no experience teaching.
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>>1872893
CELTA is the only official certificate, otherwise get an M.A. from university (don't do this though, what a terrible idea). But unless you're going to work in Europe or are forceful enough to negotiate for extra pay based on the CELTA it doesn't matter, really.
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Is teaching online a good option if I want to become a digital nomad?
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If you work at a high school in Asia, can you also help out with extra-curricular activities like school sport teams? Or is that a no-go?

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What is your honest opinion about him?
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>>1876424
I didn't say it was ok to glorify him and I actually clarified the author didn't either. The author kind of saw it as a tragic coming of age tale. Whether you like or not, he's a very relatable character to some people. I feel like most people that say stuff like this didn't read the foreword to the story or didn't even read the story, McCandles pretty much understood what happened at the end of his life. He had a humble take on it. Like I said, just a young man that went off in the woods and tried to do something that wasn't harming anyone, it's sad that this upsets so many people.

Also, rather than glorifying the book is good for young people to read to understand the risk involved in chasing a dream. This should be obvious.
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>>1876609
based
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>>1876393
A man that lives on his own terms always incites rage in normies. Since McCandless died they feel smug, but deep down are still envious.
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>>1876424
I think the only idiot in this thread is you desu
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>>1876629
Normies are the ones who turned McCandless into a hero, retard

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Just discovered Rambalac on youtube.

Any other comfy channels of people wandering around and not talking into the camera like a fucking vloging faggot?
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>>1868913

Kiev
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>>1870445
Awesome! Thanks anon.
>>1870690
This one was really interesting. It wasn't the travel of the man, but the fish's journey. Neat.
>>1870710
Will search, anon.
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>>1868849
What is this image originally from?
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>>1868913
Saint Petersburg
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>>1872426
the allegory of the cave

CHINA GENERAL:
>Have you been to or lived in China? When?
>How was your experience?
>ESL or what occupation in China?
>Anything else
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>>1876783
>>1876787
Very good info. Thanks anon. When the vaccine is finally out and this virus bullshit calms down, perhaps I'll pursue the tourist visa. One last question, any perks or special visa's or chance of residency for someone who invests in China (eg real estate or Chinese start-up businesses, etc)?
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>>1876790
>any perks or special visa's or chance of residency for someone who invests in China (eg real estate or Chinese start-up businesses, etc)?
No, they don't want to encourage that. Most cities won't even let you purchase property by yourself, the ones that do require you to already have the residence permits etc. Often it's only for exec level visa/permits anyway.
China doesn't want foreigners owning more than 49% of anything and it's not a safe investment place anyway, your stuff can be taken pretty easily and although legal protections exist, they're not reliable.
China isn't a country that welcomes foreigners, it tolerates them at best. For most of us this is fine but it's not the place to do what you're talking about.
You might want to look into Taiwan.
Hong Kong has business related investment residency but it's not as good as you want, it's much more money than you have and they still don't permit it for real-estate.

Investment visas are nearly always only for millions anyway, even in Taiwan, you need to be generating like NTD15m and provide jobs for five locals and be earning well over USD$200k or something.
If you were a big enough fish for an investment visa, you'd have a lawyer for this, not be asking on 4chan.
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>>1876808
Thanks anon. Appreciate the detailed answers. Duly noted.
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>>1875706
Beijing feels like home. Not even sure why.
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>>1876846
>Beijing feels like home
The expat bubble is big in Beijing, if you're taking taxis or driving or even just riding, you could go most of the day without going places that don't speak English.

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Redpill me on Norway /trv/.
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Bergen is fun to visit

Take the train to flam

Take the ferry back from flam

World class views

Stavanger is surprisly fun for clubs and bars too
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its too expensive, even norwegians drive to other countries to shop...
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>>1874673
Sneaky we're full poster
>>1874821
>Arab american
You're an arab living in america
>>1875149
Not anymore
>>1874708
If you're mutt they're most likely all way hotter than you. Decide your incel delusion this does NOT make them more likely to fuck you, quite the opposite
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well I've only been there once with a couple of people on a scandinavian car trip, sleeping in car and tents and making fire and so on. We had only been a few days in Norway. We were focused on nature most throughout the trip, and as people have mentioned, nature there is the best characteristic. We were on poor mode so we didn't really buy anything there but clearly everything was expensive as fuck. We went to some fjords, it was summer and yet there was snow falling there, pretty amazing. But I had the impression that it is a cold, barren, stark land. We didn not visit any big city, but we went to some king of a church somewhere and it looked great. There's splendid nature and history, so if you like that, that's great. The other replies give a pretty good impression what it's like other than that. I enjoyed it on the whole, but I have a feeling that it really is overrated – apart from the nature part, because the landscape is honestly quite amazing
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>>1876878
>But I had the impression that it is a cold, barren, stark land.
yes, literally no reason to go there, the people are cold too.
nature is nice, but swiss has better nature.

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To those who have lived/live in Japan, what was it like?
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>>1876688
No you don't need to do a demo lesson. What JET looks for is that you're adaptable and won't run home the minute you experience culture-shock, which is very common. Being "genki" really only matters in elementary school 1st and 2nd grades, after that there's an actual curriculum so you can just teach from that, rather than the dancing monkey stuff. The only other thing with JET is the additional events a lot of contracting organisations will do, so like hosting English speech competitions, camps, Christmas events, etc.
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>>1873117
zero
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>>1876698
>t. mad English teacher.
It's super easy to get an IT job in Japan but I wouldn't recommend it unless you work for a startup or something like google.
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>>1876346
>>1876361
I work at a Japanese company and work exclusively in Japanese. I passed the JLPT N2 in a year after starting from zero. I probably could've just gone straight to N1, but there's no benefit if you already have a job locked down.

Kanji are not hard. There's a clear pattern to most of the complex kanji and you can guess the reading of them after you learn a couple hundred. If you're not retarded, you can read simple manga in a few months and needing to check a dictionary once a page. In a year, you can read simple novels.

Well, maybe not you personally. You're a retard who makes excuses.
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>>1876716
It’s super easy to get a tech job as a foreigner straight out of university with zero experience? Is this something you’ve done or are you just making shit up?

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I'm australian and I hate this place so fucking much. My dad is polish so I should be able to get a polish passport. What's the best country in europe for a young man to live? I'm willing to learn a new language.
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>>1867399
how old are you? im wagecucking rn and planning to go back to uni next year (im 21).
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>>1864190
I hear Australia doesnt exist... must be propaganda
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>>1865239
where do you live now anon?
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>>1864190
Man, I remember me and my father talking about traveling to Australia one day. He wants to get some dune buggies and fuck around with them in the boonies and shit. I told him we could do that in Arizona but he hates that place
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>>1864190
fuck off you are full

Have you stayed in any party hostels which are common in Europe and SEA?

How was your experience and would you do it again? Is it common to have people making out in dorms or is it a larp?

Share your craziest stories....
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>>1875307
Not every party has to end in sex bro.
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>>1875383
>these chav brits
wait, that's two dudes? fucking disgusting
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>>1875284
>I was tripping balls
Why would you touch another man's balls?
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>>1876404
tirana is actually quite trendy and the girls are SEX
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>>1875381
I know where I'm going now after the rona is over

Hey guys, so my brother and her lady are hitting 1 year together. He wants to give her a nice gift. So here is the deal. Write down the following in a paper sheet: "Natty, Bruno's love for you is so big it just reached *insert name of your province and country*" and take a pic of it on a landscape nearby. If you're just lazy, just write down the same thing and take a pic of it on your desk, a table, whatever, alongside your local currency, it could be either a coin, a bill, whatever. I'd truly thank you for that guys
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>>1876811
>when I leave the house
So never then?
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Did I do this right OP?
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>>1876851
THANK YOU NATTY CATTY
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>>1876847
Am I being trolled here? I might legitametly do it to help a bro out.
>>1876851
THANK YOU NATTY CATTY

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Worth visiting? I mean before tragically sinks
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>>1876031
Well they have the best visa on the world to this date, so not really a surprise, but what about the other countires? I dont want to have to visit Asstralia just to get a visa.
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>needing a visa
Which poorfag country are you guys from?
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I haven't actually been to the pacific but I've seen a lot of 'tropical' stuff in the Americas and I've done a lot of reading and it's my impression that all of these "island paradises" kind of look the same and geographic differences within one country bigger than differences between one and other so you'd be better off picking one based on human factors and convenience rather than trying to see every single palm tree-filled beach country there is.
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>>1876487
>even african countries have visa free but mine don't
Feels bad to be spic
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>>1876036
>Well they have the best visa on the world to this date, so not really a surprise,
They? Best visa? To this date? I do not understand what you mean here. Do you mean that Americans have the best assortment of visa-free access (not really true, but certainly top 10)? That Kiribati has the most attractive visa?
>but what about the other countires? I dont want to have to visit Asstralia just to get a visa.
Where do you come from that you have to go to Australia to get a visa that you are required to have to enter Kiribati? Not, presumably, anywhere in the Anglosphere...

What is the point of this besides sometimes alcohol being cheap if going international
Why do people buy such over priced shit
I've never had to buy anything in an airport
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Two words: cigarettes
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>>1874782
This plus not getting hazzled for liquids is the best part.
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>>1874729
stop being an attention whore.
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>>1875226
l2me me
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I guess it really depends on the border and taxes in the country. I live in Norway. The first thing most Norwegians do when arriving from an international flight is heading to the duty free store to get their import quota of alcohol. Norway taxes alcohol and tobacco like crazy, so you're saving quite a bit of money.
For instance a 1L bottle of Maker's Mark costs 369Kr at my local duty free. 0.75L of the same whisky at the Norwegian alcohol monopoly store(the only place selling spirits in NO) is 499Kr, so almost double the price per liter.

Many "duty free" stores in EU airports won't be cheaper because they're not actually on a customs border.

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>>1876815
everything great in civilization all throughout history, everything you depend on and seek out, everything you long for as being "lost" today, was done by people who sacrificed base comfort and 'you only live one life bro chase easy happiness'.
The united States is disintegrating because nobody wants to face the struggle it takes to help fix it
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>>1876829
The people defending themselves get charged, and go to jail. Meanwhile the rioters go free every time. Nah, my ancestors left a sinking ship for a better life, and so did I. Learning a new language, German, setting up a new life,
having skills to support yourself and your family, and integrating into the community isn't easy.
The US is over. You're just too blind to see it. Have you even been outside of the country? Life in 3rd world China is better.
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>it's fake
fucking hell Americans are stupid
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>>1876364
Same here except Canada. PM telling us we need to have a white people tax.. Gone gone gone.
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>>1876861
>PM telling us we need to have a white people tax

Source?


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