So I want to go to Los Angeles. Specifically the Burbank area. I have a friend out there on internship so having a place to stay won't be a problem. I've traveled a few times w/ parents but never alone or with another friend who might come. I'm currently living in Cincinnati.
Is Los Angeles a good city? Never been more west than Indiana. I love the sun and don't mind warm weather.
Also, I'm in college but got some cash lined up. Would a good budget be around $600? I want to leave in mid October during fall break. Is it possible to fly round trip and still have money to spend in LA?
If you book a cheap reliable flight then i think, you can make do with 600 depending on how long you stay here but always try coming with MORE than youll actually need.
Burbank is mostly a suburban family neighborhood, but youll be next to North Hollywood so youll have plenty to do...if you have a car
Besides traffic, and homeless id say LAs a good city. Im a native, though, so im pretty biased.
What kinda more information do you want, by the way?
if you plan on eating in all the time and rarely going out, yeah. Especially with airfare thats going to leave you with only $400?? ish. That's definitely not enough IMHO.
I love LA but its a fucking expensive city. I grew up here and love it to death, so also biased.
Burbank is like outskirts of LA-ish, tad far from the more happening scenes. You'll definitely need a car or uber which will rack up $$, again.
Thanks for the tips! Cool to here it from natives. It'll only be for 3 or 4 days I'd stay. I know I'm not getting the most money from my flight but only time I could go the rest of the year.
Just got talked to my friend and he's got a car down there. So besides air fare and throwing him some money I'm good. I'm really excited to go to the beaches near there. Are they good? my buddy hasn't gone yet.
I've heard it's expensive, but how bad is it? I can't imagine spending $400 over 3-4 even when going out a night or two.
Hey /trv/, I'm going to be in Atlanta for a few days and want to take some time at the end to visit New Orleans. I've been before but really enjoyed the city.
One thing I noticed - there's an Amtrak route straight from one city to the other that takes most of the day. Has anyone taken this route, and was it nice in terms of views and scenery? More to the point, what are Amtrak trains like? I know you can get little cabins, but that seems a bit antisocial - are trains in the USA full of crazy homeless people like the buses are?
Obviously a flight is both faster and cheaper, but I like some train rides - just wondering if this one is any good.
Amtrak is pretty comfy in my experience. I took it from NYC to Charleston, SC and was impressed. This was back in maybe 2007, and they had outlets, I had never seen that on a plane at that time, and that wasn't a thing on busses either. The windows are large and the legroom is mich more than you'd get on a plane. Baggage was much less of a hassel as well. There was a dining car, but the options were pretty limited. It was nice just go be able to walk around, really. So if the price is right, I'd recommend it. It's an experience worth trying at least once.
> Young french guy
> always living in Paris
> finish my master of mathematics and teaching 2 month ago
> wanted some changes and experiences
> apply in a college of engeeniring ind India for one year
> mfw getting my first job is so easy
> there for 2 week
> love the food
> live on the campus
> campus is in the suburb, nothing arround
> indian traffic scare me
> to fearful to go out
> want to go home
> cry for momy
Any advice to improve my stay in India ?
I'm sorry but I don't even know what you're saying. You like Indian food but you're homesick? So fine, go home. Or stay there and you'll probably get over it. Or maybe you won't. Some don't.
What kind of responses would be useful?
getting over this kind of thing is worth it. trust me. If you told me sth like youre in a crime riddled shitshow like Mexico, i'd say go home, but you'll get used to it. Also, you're not a chick, so i guess India is not a rape promise for you.
Go learn some yoga or musical instrument, any dumb chick in their mid-20 will suck your dick if you play the "i was in India" card well enough.
I currently live in Japan and I've done most of South East Asia. Really want to be somewhere tropical in January and I'm considering Hawaii - for the sake of something different and considering it's relatively cheap from Tokyo.
I'm not sure what it's like on a budget/backpacker style budget. I could, for instance, give Vietnam a second go instead. Any impressions? Also, being surrounded by Americans on vacation... is that a plus or a con? (It might generally be annoying but on the other hand I could try to use my British accent on girls who speak English for a change).
Hawaii is US+Japan under palm trees. Not exactly the most exotic place, if you're coming from Japan.
I'd rather recommend Madagascar or Tahiti for tropical settings, but it's a bit further...
I'm really tired of Colorado for a number of reasons after growing up here.
Most of my friends have felt the same and jumped ship already. Cities like LA, New York, and Portland are all kind of the next logical step for people from Denver/Boulder and Coloradans seem to be flocking there.
I'm curious if anyone has recently moved to a lesser-known city recently and been pleasantly surprised. I've heard Montana is really nice, smaller towns in Oregon, and Vermont all have similar feels.
I moved from Chicago to Boise. I gotta admit, it's pretty great here. All the amenities of a large city, except without all the gangland style slayings and other miscellaneous crime.
Plus there's all the nature and stuff, which is nice coming from Chicago.
I'm from Denver. Most towns you'd want to live in Montana, e.g. Bozeman, Missoula, are basically Colorado style enclaves. Seen similar things in Idaho. I'm in NW Wyoming now, but it's a bit too cowboy. I'm thinking of heading down to Prescott, AZ
I'm traveling to Turkey in the next couple of months to study dentistry, How's life there compared to other Arab countries? and How much of a "muslim country" is it?
of course in general less islamic than arab countries. but like every other countries, there are conservative cities and more seculer cities. and it can be change even in the city.
for example, as a tourist probably you will visit to istanbul/sultanahmet, fatih. fatih is most conservative district in istanbul. but if you take a tram from sultanahmet and go to ortaköy, everything change.
pic related. mayoral election result map in istanbul. red and blue secular, orange is akp (erdogan's party)
and universities are more seculer of course. hijab girls are minorities in there. i can say far leftist freaks control most universities.
trabzon people is conservative but better than arab countries of course. city is safe, no terror, low level crime. turkish students love foreigners. you can feel popular.
nature is good. you should visit sümele manastırı, uzungöl.
ps. dont insult trabzonspor anywhere (football team of trabzon) and don't support fenerbahce. they can beat you just because you do that.
How can I leave everything behind and run off? No planing, just book a flight a leave. Anyone have any experience or tips?
I figured. Just didn't want to put that into the picture. Everything is tied to money. Why can't we be free. Why must we be born in a generation where we are controlled without knowing the truth. I just want to escape, there is no way to fight so might as well run.
Has anyone been there? Opinions? What did you do there?
Neighboring Reunion Island here.
We go to Mauritius when we need a nearby holiday break, it's a 45mn flight (expensive as balls tho, between 200~500 EUR, one of the most expensive on a flight time to price ratio).
Been there 4 times, we mainly go to Mauritius for cheap luxury lifestyle. You stay at 5* hotels and eat out every meal for the budget of a 2* hotel and sandwiches budget in Reunion.
I gave a list of stuff to see/do there to a Belgian anon a while ago I don't know if he enjoyed all of it.
When do you plan on going? Rain season (we have hurricanes in the zone) may spoil your fun if you come in the summer (nov-feb).
Great hikes, breathtaking views of the pitons, french lifestyle with a tropical twist.
Quite expensive, service is poor compared to Mauritius or other touristic destinations, but we loved it enough to move here, and everybody I know who visited enjoyed the place a lot.
Do you have any specific topics of interest?
When traveling, is there any point in making friends that you will never see irl again?
>met a guy in a hostel in a foreign land
>he said he'll swing by my country in 6 months time
>he did, we met and had fun, met his gf
>going back to the same country to visit old friends and new ones
you tell me, senpai
Sure, why not try to make friends? You may never see them again, but is that the end of the world? How many people do you keep up with from high school or even college? How about childhood friends? Chances are high that a large portion of those people you don't talk to anymore.
Also, with the advancing internet, its easy to keep up with at least with electronics.
And if you want to put it real long term, we all die alone anyways.
But in the end, it will likely teach you new things the more people you have a chance to talk with. Nothing wrong with learning about other people either.
Facebook is the best and worst thing to happen to traveling.
>Have an amazing time with some random person one night.
>Friend them on facebook
>They invite you out again the next night and you meet all their friends
>See some amazing local places you would never have found
>You talk and stay in touch
>They make plans to visit you and you have a true friendship that last a lifetime
>You never talk to them again
>You look at their page and find out they're actually a neo-nazi
>You try to talk to them ocasionally but you find out you have nothing in common
>Chats slowly get fewer and fewer
>One day this person you had an amazing time with is the guy on your feed you can't figure out how you know them
After traveling enough I've started to just enjoy the moment I'm with the random new person and to just leave it at that unless there really is a true connection
I've still got 3 weeks of holiday left for this year but none of my friends are able to come anywhere with me for various reasons. Either no one has any money or are not able to take time off work.
I've got the money to go pretty much anywhere in Europe without too much worry for a week but I don't know if there's any point going alone. Then again, the alternative is to just sit at home which I already did with my other week.
What would you do in my situation /trv/?
Is this even a question?
Option 1: Sit at home, watch tv, masturbate, be bored, wash rinse repeat for the rest of your life.
Option c: Go to any city in Europe, go outside, go to museums, do stuff, be active, maybe meet people, maybe don't meet people, be happy to have spent a week abroad.
Just go, faggot.
Take something to entertain you while on your trip, if you're afraid of being alone.
Hi, I'm travelling to America for the first time in a month or so. I'm a British national and just wondering what to expect when I land i.e the questions and customs etc.. google isn't much help on this subject as I would like it to be, my family who have been there a few times before have conflicting answers also. My Brother says I'll be aggro'd and basically interrogated where as my Mum says it's a breeze and they'll just let me through???? I want to see my Girlfriend so it makes me all the more nervous, will I get through???? Lol, just what do I expect.. don't wanna get sent home (probably over reacting but it's nice to have things cleared up) My Brother resides in the USA also but there isn't much contact between us since he has a family and career going, he'll also be in the UK while I'm away.
I appreciate any input and advice, thanks
You'll fill out a customs declaration while on the plane, nothing to it, you'll have nothing to declare (right?). Just don't lie. You'll arrive at the International terminal and go through immigration first, they'll ask you what is the purpose of your visit, and as long as you don't spill your spaghetti, they'll stamp you in (30 day visa free I think). You pick up your bags at baggage claim, then go through customs. I don't remember if everyone's bags get scanned or only some. As long as the bomb you're carrying doesn't look too big or you aren't missing your mandatory gun, you're out. Each CBP officer is different, but they're professional and shouldn't hassel you unless you give them reason to.
You sound exactly the type to overtalk. No one wants illegal immigration, so act like the tourist you are without as little detail as possible, not someone would overstay, and there ya go. (Protip, you should have a return ticket, and not be broke. You're staying with a friend, not a girlfriend, because obviously that looks suspicious as shit, you two being committed and all, yet live in different countries.....)
Clearing customs anywhere is a bit of a crap shoot. Unless you either scream "SEARCH MY SHIT I AM AN ONVIOUS SMUGGLER, " --OR -- get randomly selected for a search, you just get waved through. If you get searched, you do not want to be smuggling shit or bringing illegal shit into the country. If you are not, then I just takes 15 minutes or so extra time for them to look through your stuff. (Googleing what is allowed will take you a few minutes.)
Answer question honestly, remain calm and freiendly, don't give them reason to decide you must be hiding something they haven't found yet.
Customs is a breeze 15 times out of a hundred and only a minor nuisance the other few times, unless you have contraband.
Note that is separate from clearing passport control and immigration. Here, they will examine your passport and any associated paperwork ( visa, which as a Brit you won't need, and ESTA paperwork, which last I looked you WILL need -- Google that shit and get it done. If you have a return ticket, my impression is that they learn this from the airline and don't bother you about it. If not they may ask about how you plan to go home and ask you to demonstrate that you have the means to get a ticket home. You will need to note down an address where you will be staying while in the country -- you don't need every place you will stay for the whole trip, just an address where you will be at some point. They will ask purpose of your visit, 'I'm going to visit a friend, so a little sightseeing just visit," is fine.
Remain friendly but don't tell funny jokes like "I am here to blow up shit and kill people, hur hur hur. Allah snackbar, mate."
In general, don't smuggle shit or act like a douche, you'll be fine.
So I just booked flights for me an my girlfriend to see Paris. How bad did I fuck up?
For the record we both went to India/Nepal last year (and enjoyed it) so we're not super sensitive to a little bit of hassle. But is it really a city full of gypsy pick pockets and brown people? The architecture and food is still nice right?
Food and architecture and worth it, all the ay. But Paris still isn't the most interesting or safe city in France. Pickpockets are not a real problem actually.
Meh, try and enjoy it.
Greyhound experiences? about to take my first trip on one and it's 40+ hours long, is it usually crowded? do I have to make sure my bags get properly transferred from bus to bus?
cozy cities; cozy by day and cozy by night
eh, not bad.
Gonna go from August 25 for 10-14 days. Have an idea of where to go and what to see, but I'm always a fan of asking you guys.
I plan on partying, sight seeing, and hiking
rent a bike ride to wreck beach, third beach, jericho beach- take the sea wall.
hike the baden powell, eagle bluffs, the chief
check out some nearby towns like deep cove and white rock
party wherever you want man there's bars everywhere but the best are just all-day beach parties at wreck or third
getting a bike makes it a lot of fun though
avoid granville street
If it's a full two weeks, I'd recommend going to at least one nearby place. Whistler has a lot of partying during summer. Gulf Islands are really nice this time of year. Victoria is a long day trip, or a easy overnight.