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hey /trv/,

Coming august I'm doing a 16 day trip with two friends. We're starting in Dubrovnik, heading south through Montenegro to Albania and fly back from Dubrovnik.
We wanted to do the whole trip with public transport. However, in Albania this seems almost impossible to arrange beforehand and trips
of only 650km would take up to 20 hours. Our itinerary is as follows:

9 Dubrovnik
10 Dubrovnik
11 Dubrovnik --> Dhermi
12 Dhermi
13 Dhermi
14 Dhermi
15 Dhermi
16 Dhermi --> Sarande
17 Sarande
18 Sarande
19 Sarande
20 Sarande --> Budva
21 Budva
22 Budva
23 Budva
24 Budva -> Dubrovnik
25 Dubrovnik

Getting from Dubrovnik to the south of Albania is the biggest problem. We are thinking about taking public transport to Shkodër and renting a car there. From there on we can drive to Dhermi and Sarande and on the way back to Budva drop the car in Shkodër again. We might have to stay 1 night in Shkodër.
I've read that the roads in Albania are very bad and the people drive even worse. How true is this? Is this a feasible plan?
Getting from Dubrovnik to Dhermi by public transport seems almost impossible so there's not really a way around renting a car...
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>>1144805
Hey, I came back 3 weeks ago in that exact area.


Dubrovnik is fucking shit. Skip it entirely or spend one single day there and do the walls. People are looking to squeeze you dry and everything is damn expensive for a shit city. I would definitely put Kotor somewhere in your itinerary, its amazing.

Albania is fun in a wacky way. Nobody speaks English, so prepare to use sign language. Oh and forget about booking anything in advance, everything you just need to pay for on the bus. I would probably ditch Sarande and swap it for Himare, amazing place. With public transport I did it this way:

Dubrovnik-Kotor-Tirana-Himare

Roads are actually okay in Albania as long as you stay on the main roads. People drive like madmen though, so you should be confident in your driving. I don't know about Dhermi, but from Kotor there is quite an extensive infrastructure.

Hope this helps!
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>>1145777
>Dubrovnik is fucking shit

We fly to and from Dubrovnik because the tickets were the cheapest option..
We want to get to the south of Albania as cheap as possible but we can't find anything about public transport in Albania.
I found some travel agencies which offer transfers, but these are still pretty expensive. We don't necessarily want to book in advance, but we also don't want to spend an entire day going from travel agency to travel agency to bus station etc...
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>>1146017
Just buy tickets on the bus, its not expensive, i paid 8 euros for an 8 hour bus drive.

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Not sure if this is the right board to post this but anyway.
So I'm about to move to study in Germany (from Bulgaria) and I'm looking to find a place to live. I'd be grateful if someone told which are some trustworthy sites where I can find something cheap(WG or not, it doesn't matter). Im looking for someting in Munich, Karlsruhe, Aachen or Dortmund.
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Not OP but in similar situation (bumping for interest). I am still waiting on my state health insurance to supply my my insurance number. It has been 2 weeks and several follow up emails latter. Does anyone here have experience dealing with german health insurers?
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>>1144467
wg-gesucht.de is were you will find a WG, all other sites are way smaller
immobilienscout24.de is the biggest site for single apartments like 1-room if you exclude ebay were you might also look
or look on facebook if there is a student housing group (just look for WG+city you wanna go)

>>1144479
call them and if something went wrong try another one. getting no replies from a health insurance is strange, at least as a native.
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>>1144467
also i advise against Munich. Finding a decent place to live, shared or not, will be really really hard. The city is extremely expensive in terms of rent.

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Planing a trip all around Ireland. Any advice? What should I make sure I don't miss?
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the giants causeway is amazing. visited it a couple of years back
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If its the real Ireland you want to see.
Go here http://villageofthemonks.com
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>>1144328
dont be english

I'm going to Greece from 23 august - 4th of september, so right now I'm looking at things to do and places to stay.
My question is, could it just be me or is there a huge circlejerk around travelling? Looking at travel blogs every attraction is recommended and every city is great, everyone left their cushy corporate jobs to travel the world, etc, so I'm having a bit of cognitive dissonance because a lot of things that people cream themselves over don't seem really exciting to me.

Also, recommendations for things to do in Greece? I don't really like anything, but so far I've planned on visiting the major musea in Athens, the british/dutch party scene on Crete (I'm dutch), that's it really.
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This is what I'm talking about:
>“A great way to get to know Thessaloniki is to do nothing to ‘explore’ her, but instead just ‘be’ there. Just relax,” advises writer Rika Z. Vayianni, an Athenian who has been visiting Thessaloniki for decades. If you pause to linger and listen you will hear the city speak volumes, Rika notes in “The art of doing nothing,” the magazine’s introductory article. “Some of the things she will say, or show to you, will remain in your memory for a long, long time. Some of them will perplex you, take you out of your comfort zone. But the city does speak.”
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>>1144067
I find most people to be insufferable.

Delphi is pretty cool and you might like Meteora.
If I were you I would find some islands and spend most of your time on them. Crete does have a lot to offer.
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>>1144069
Greeks are notoriously lazy and this just reaffirms it lol. "Just do nothing" lmao. Greeks, pay debts!

It's too much for Greece and Athens doesn"t have a good rep on trv. There should be a thread going on about now about it. The Acropolis, a museum and thats it.

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What is there to do or see within this area for someone who is driving thru with 3 days?
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>>1143869
There's a craft brewery in Laurel, MS that gives fun tours and has great beer, and there's pretty good restaurants nearby in Laurel, Meridian, and Hattiesburg. A good art museum in Laurel too. If you like beaches, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is going to dissapoint you - muddy/murky water and litter on the beach. It's the only beach I've been to in my life and I love it, but every friend I've made from the East/West coast have said it sucks. The Gulf Coast itself is pretty good, though. Tons to do in Biloxi/Gulfport.

Tennessee has Dollywood and Gatlin Mountain, which I had a lot of fun at as a preteen on vacation, but I don't remember enough to tell you if you'll have fun there as an adult.

On the off chance you like Water Parks, there's one in Collins, MS called Grand Paradise that's pretty okay. My ex lives in Collins, so if you want to get in some nasty pussy in your travels, I can give you her number.
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>>1143869
Yeah bro set me up with her. Can she deepthroat?

Hi /trv, I am someone in mid 30s but have not traveled often. I hope to do so now, please recommend me must have apps that I can use when at overseas. I plan to to backpacking, so it would involve more effort and things can get easily overwhelmed due to information overload, hence need your help. Thanks in advance.
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Maps.me is an incredible offline maps tool, I use it a lot
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I used maps.me in London, smaller download than Google Maps offline regions and it does the job. If you have the time/bandwidth just download google offline regions.

Otherwise I use Tinder and Foursquare for places recommendations.

I think more anons will know stuff in Asia where stuff isn't available or there are local alternatives.
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>>1143016
I like google maps offline dl. It's nice having access to all my saved places.

Also, find a local public transport app. I used Trafi in the Baltics and it worked great.

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Is birthright a meme? A friend of mine is thinking about going.
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free guided tour of Israel. Pick a more secular trip organizer and you'll be fine. It's pretty tiring though, when I did it we would wake up at 630 everyday, tour until 7 or 8 at night at least, have a bit of free time before sleeping and going again. Very little time to chill or explore on your own. Still, it's a free trip to Israel.

pro-tip: book a flight to europe or somewhere else for when the trip is finished, Birthright will pay for your return ticket so if you make it through the initial tour you can go travel independently and still have a free return ticket available.
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>>1142592
They'll pay for anyone to go. I had a friend who wasn't Jewish say he wanted to go to Israel and learn about Jews or some shit like that, and they let him go.
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>>1142594
>>1142592
what exactly is birthright? never heard of it.

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China General

General info:
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/China (preferred, the 'new' one)
http://wikitravel.org/en/China

Hotels:
http://hotel.elong.net/
http://english.ctrip.com/hotels/

Buses:
http://bus.ctrip.com/
http://www.chinabusguide.com/

Trains:
http://www.cnvol.com/
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/

Domestic Flights:
http://www.elong.net/

Expat restaurants/supermarkets/bars:
http://listings.echinacities.com/

Apps:
Pleco (dictionary)
baidu maps/google maps
Dianping 大众点评 (Yelp/Groupon clone; Chinese only)

VPNs: (be advised, the CPC is cracking down on VPNs)
Astril/VPNNinja

4chan: get a pass or use a vpn or both (might be blocked now)
(VPNs might get you b& on 4chan if used outside of /trv/)
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I'm going to China soon and have barely any idea about their culture and how it relates to the West. How should I behave generally while interacting with Chinese people?

Should I try to adopt their customs, going full /a/ and bowing and shit, or show them the freedom stance with hands on my hips?

Do they like when people try to emulate their culture, or should I just admit to being a baka gaijin and doing Western stuff since I'm white?
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Going to Shanghai and Beijing and was looking around for any type nature like mountains or lakes something close by or between the cities
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>>1135393

Any info on sex industry?

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What's your guys opinions on prostitution? I'm in Vienna where it's legal and a brothel down the street from my hotel, should I do it?
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Do you want to do it?

IMO it's not worth it and it's much simpler and cheaper to have a wank. I did it a couple of times to indulge a fetish and lick a girl but it was awkward in most of the encounters

P.s. sex threads get deleted here
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>>1141348
>What's your guys opinions on prostitution?
I favor legalization, mostly because I think it's safer for the women (and men) who sell sex for a living. I don't think it's inherently immoral, either for providers or consumers.

I also don't like paid sex, at all--I find the scene depressing and don't get excited by sex with people who aren't enjoying it.

>should I do it?
Do you really want to? Can you afford it? Then by all means, give it a try.

But don't be too surprised if you don't enjoy the experience as much as you hoped to.
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>>1141348
You should try it if it is not too expensive for you, but make sure you sort everything out ahead of time.

I got a hooker in the Red Light district of Amsterdam who offered "sex and blow job" and all she did was give me a blow job and a hand job, only to tell me "full service" would be another 100 euros.

It's probably only worth it if you want to do it for the experience. Otherwise, you're most likely better off saving that money and spending it on a nice restaurant or some museums.

What are some tips for solo travel?

I'm halfway through a solo jaunt in Central Portugal (currently in Óbidos) and I've generally been having a blast but I'm not sure if I'm missing out on certain things because of my ignorance and shyness. Instead of staying in hostels, I oped for hotels/a VRBO apartment. I have local friends, but we can't hang out as much as we'd like because they have lives too (couldn't stay with them either as we're all young university students and their parents wouldn't been keen on some foreigner from the internet staying in their houses).

I've been kinda shy about going to restaurants and cafés alone, though the other day I ordered a bifana and imperial in Lisbon, then had an awkward conversation in Portuguese with a fascist.

What did you wish you knew before your first solo trip?
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>What did you wish you knew before your first solo trip?

I have no idea, I'll go on my first solo trip in january and I'm anxious af
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That I should try to see less in the time I've allocated myself. Two, sometimes even three days per city is not enough, and hiking for less than three days straight sometimes seeems like a loss of time to me, whereas a week seems like heaven on earth.
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>>1147681

Ya ur way fucking up bud

Solo travel is best coupled with cold approach pickup

Goal: fuck girls for a place to stay. Don't spend an hour without meeting someone new

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Why is traveling considered to be such an admirable thing by most people? Travel is cool and all but nothing beats staying home and being comfy.
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If that truly makes you happy then keep doing it. We are all raised and conditioned by our own social and cultural surroundings. Some people want to explore beyond there own boundaries. Some people want to explore themselves.
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Why not do both?

Be comfy 90% of the year. Then take a trip every now and then.
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>>1147505
Because I am not a faggot loser who thinks staying home is the best thing ever and traveling does beat staying at home because staying home being on 4chan is for people that should kill themselves

I'm in Taipei. I'll be here for a while but I'm just getting settled now and don't have much to do aside from getting my shit in order. If anyone wants to hang out/meet up let me know.

Also, suggestions for things to do in the area?
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Where in Taipei are you? The metro is super convenient to get anywhere really. If you're an /out/doors person hit up the hiking spots at 陽明山 (Yangmingshan), 象山 (Elephant Mountain), and 皇帝殿 (Emperor's Hall or something). Nightlife, shopping, and food are all good to explore as well; there's a lot to do in Taipei. How long are you there for?
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>>1147522
A year, to learn the language. I'm staying in the Jingan MRT area at the moment. I'll look up those spots; I won't have much to do after I get my gm membership/sim card/ bank account settled.
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>>1147532
That's awesome man, I would also recommend taking the HSR down to other cities like Tainan, Taichung, and Kaohsiung if you ever get bored of Taipei. Tickets are around 1000NTD which is a little over 30USD.

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About to travel to Hong Kong for the first time. Curious, do the market sell decent knock-off clothing for men? Is it worth me breaking HKD for the market shopping experience?
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>>1147405
are you american sized? if you are your kinda fucked on choices
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>>1147412
Second.
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Another anon said he got a really good Reuben in HK and I'd like to know where.

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Everywhere I travel I see Australians. Do all of them go on frequent vacations or something? What gives
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>>1147397
20 days paid vacation per year
Good exchange rate.
Not ausfalia.
Why wouldn't you travel elsewhere?
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>>1147397

We get good wages, couple that with paid vacation and then rostered time off and you can get anywhere from a month to a month and a half of travel every year.
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>>1147397
On top of decent wages and paid holidays, travelling is heavily engrained in our culture. It's simply part of our lifestyle, because we're raised to be adventurous and with the idea that "you need to see the world" if that makes sense.

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Hello /trv/! I am asking you a favour.
Anyone who's living (or traveling) in Wien could send me a photo of the house at Kaiserstraße 34?
I am doing a reasearch about a famous scientist who lived there. Thank you in advance.
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>>1147372
Hallo. It is I, helpful anon from the depths of the internet.
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>>1147372
Have you tried Street View and such?
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Thank you! Found it as a spherical photo, I have not seen it before!

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