Would you say travelling has changed your life?
/trv/, I need some advice.
I'm 21, depressed, suicidal, a smidge of masochism, and a potential for alcoholism. I was recently kicked out of the military about 4 months ago due to how severe it was. Even went to a psych ward twice. I was lucky enough to get a computer repair job in Omaha, NE with my friend. I live with him and another.
However, I would say that I'm closer to suicide now than I ever have been before. No, I will not go to counseling, be put on drugs, etc... Been there, done that. Didn't do anything for me.
For 2 years now I have been playing with the idea of just dropping everything and hiking across the country. I have 11k in my bank so money wouldn't be an issue.
The reason I need your advice, or rather, input, is that I am curious if any other anons have been in the same situation. I am looking for personal stories. Specifically where you ended up afterwards.
Thanks in advance
Working holiday visa in Australia famalam
Was the same at 20, working night shift at 7-11 and just generally a loser. Turned it around get a passport, plane ticket and work visa cost you about 1k
I was in pretty bad shape, psychologically. Prepared for a working holiday visa and got better. After 2 months of travelling i started a menial labour job and lived on a hostel.
It destroyed me. Got severe depression afterwards. After 5 months of sea im getting back on track and travelling onwards.
I do not recommend this
>already emotionally isolated
>considering becoming physically isolated
what could go wrong?
anyone ever been on a middle eastern roadtrip?
thinking about it... any dangers?
I've done some road tripping in the UAE and out to the Omani exclaves. No risk whatsoever apart from some slightly maniacal drivers (better in my experience than most of Asia, but much too fast and slightly careless) and some police roadblocks to look for alcohol. There are evidently a couple of gray market liquor stores along the highway (that do not check for liquor licenses), and police in one of the smaller Emirates (Sharjah, maybe? Dunno) have been known to stop cars heading home to Dubai. Heard about it second-hand; didn't happen to us.
Well, I need to go to India almost out of Turkey.. rough draft of what im thinking about doing.. I know nothing about the middle east and i hope an IED doesn't blow me the fuck up... all i know is iraq is bad and iran is good...
EDIT: im a US citizen is that bad?
I'll be in Berlin for a couple of weeks!
What should I do/see?
What if I want a more "underground" experience?
went to berlin in the summer and had a great time. The clubbing scene there is very interesting and unique but as you might already know the clubs can be very hard to get in.especially if you're a bigger group of people.
The locals have very strict policies in the clubbing scene and they should be respected. The most popular ones are near the Warschauer Straße.
Berlin also has tons of abandoned buildings if you're interested in those. We went to an abandoned amusement park called "spreepark" which was pretty cool and also a bit scary because of the guards roaming around but getting caught wont be a problem if you're a tourist. but it's quite cold atm so i don't know if its worth cheching out since its a bit outside the city.
There's alot of great graffiti art around the city. the checkpoint charlie wall is worth checking out.
Imo the best part of berlin is its nightlife and clubs. what we basicly did was grabbed some beers, headed to warschauer without any major plans. The nights ended up with anything from doing drugs with strangers to chilling in the parks. Drugs are fairly cheap very easy to find, you'll figure it out there.
also note that berlin is a very large city. distances are very long so you should definitely buy a metro pass.
If there's any questions, ill try to answer
7h stop in London before next flight , what is the one thing you do or see ... GO !
What do you guys do with downtime? I have been travelling all over East Asia. I am coming back to the states for 3 months in April then going back to Japan for a while. Any suggestions on what to do for 3 months? To short to buy a car or enter a rental agreement. I don't want to stay with family for more than a week or 2. Was thinking of staying with friends but looking for better ideas? What do you guys do between travelling?
Anyone have advice for intercontinental travel that doesnt involve having a job? I'm willing to hide on cargo ships and shit as well. Has anyone done that? How much food should I take with for that? Anything is appreciated.
Anybody /trv/elers going to Europe for Summer that are into music festivals? The ones that play good electronic music, not the mainstream shitty EDM.
Anybody wanna join this solo anon at Dimensions in Croatia?
Some videos to entice you:
Oh, and the line up for this year:
Ahh, lovely! I love psy festivals, been to a few here in Australia (Psyfari and Dragon Dreaming). But this time around I'm going for different genres that I also love :)
I only have enough budget for Dimensions. You should also check out OZORA in Hungary and Tree of Life in Turkey.
I'll make this a double thread because /trv/ is such a slow board and I don't need to make two.
1. How do you guys find the money to travel?
I just finished paying off my car. Now I'm paying off my school loans. Next I'll probably get lasik eye surgery. Then maybe my teeth straightened. etc.
I want to travel real bad, but I keep finding higher priorities.
2. Traveling alone. Who here does it? What kind of mindset do you need to enjoy yourself?
>1. How do you guys find the money to travel?
I work in retail and earn between A$900-1200 a fortnight. Around this time last year, I opened a savings account dedicated just for travel, and chucked in A$200 every payday, leaving me with a comfortable amount of cash* to spend on necessities** and other things. Sometimes I will put in more than $200, even up to $500, and now accumulated around A$7000 for travel. (I recently lost shifts at work because I'm only a casual employee, and I still want to be able to put in as much as I can for travel because I leave in about 4 months)
My advice is open up a savings account solely for travel, put in X amount of money*** from each paycheck, and DO NOT ever touch that money. Don't even think it's yours anymore, think of it as Future You's money.
>2. Traveling alone. Who here does it? What kind of mindset do you need to enjoy yourself?
I've somewhat done it 4 years ago. Did a Eurotrip with TopDeck before, but then about a week or so of solo time in London and Paris. Being a very reserved and introverted type, it was a bit hard, but staying at hostels help, especially if you meet like-minded travelers as well. It can be a bit lonely wandering around by yourself at times, but you can get through that by just being amazed with new things/cultures/experiences.
I will be going solo again for my next time, but hope to enjoy myself even more this time; adapt and mingle better in social situations.
*I grew up in a third world country, so I can cope better with not having many luxuries that westerners are used to here.
**I live with my aunt, so rent is much cheaper, which helps a lot. To all students/young people living with family, I would suggest saving as much as you can while rent is cheap/free.
***The more value you assign to X, the faster you reach your travel goals or the more allowance you have to spend. I regret not putting more in earlier last year when I had more money.
Do you *really* need a car? Can't you get around using public transport and/or cycling and/or walking instead?
School loans... well, fair enough, they do need to get paid.
Laser eye surgery: How impaired is your vision? Does it stop you from doing your tasks that you need to get done? Does it cause you constant, unbearable physical discomfort?
Straightening your teeth: how fucked are your teeth? Does it stop you from eating? Does it cause you constant, unbearable physical discomfort? Does it scare off every living creature you encounter?
I suppose there are just two ways I look at saving:
1. Stuff I want to spend on for a nice, comfortable, secure, repetitive life as another functioning normal member of society
2. To have different and unique experiences in different parts of the world, create memories and connections with things and people you can't find back home
I have like 800€ per month.
Living for my own costs me atm like 550€ per month, including flat,internet, party etc. I don't have a car so I can save enough money for travel. I need a maximum of 3000€ for a "luxury" 4 month travel, starting with 1k, when I'm flying somewhere.
Well,but keep in mind: I'm not saving for anything else , like a house or something - only travel and a little bit of extra like new clothes and stuff.
Never got into debt at first place
I'm going to Seattle to visit a friend. However, this is my first time travelling alone and I would like to know my options around town in case my friend isn't available at the moment. Do you guys have any recommendations? From Toronto btw.
What day are you arriving? The University of Washington is a nice place to poke your head around for an hour or two. Pic related.
Get an Orca card so that you can travel across the city.
Planning a roadtrip through the US with (roughly) this route. Got a few things planned along the route, like visiting the countryside, but could use some suggestions on places nearby to swing off to.
We have a healthy travel budget and lots of time planned out to take our time, see the countryside, things both big and small. We're mostly on an exploration trip so we can go pretty much anywhere.
Any suggestions of things to stop by this route?
Why would you choose that route? If I was to choose the most boring route in the entire US, that would be up there in the top 5. The only suggestion I have is maybe spend some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah Valley. The Blue Mountains are kinda cool and maybe the Ozarks...but, expect to run into lots of meth labs.
Otherwise, Nashville is worth a visit. You don't have DC in there, and I would definitely include that.
Know some friends along the way, was thinking of visiting. But we could go faster at some places and skip over parts of TN, Kentucky, Ohio. We could probably swing up towards Niagra Falls, and head into Massachusetts, although I'm unsure what there is to visit there aside from Boston.
Could also swing West Virginia if there is something worth seeing there. Great nature is good suggestions, I'll def look it up. I'm also a bit of a history nut so would love to find some good civil war sites, heard there were some good ones in TN.
We've got 21 days on this route by the way.
Another possible route. I had to apply for the ESTA program to ente the US, do I need some kind of visa to enter Canada from the US? From what I have been able to see, Canada seems fairly chill about this kind of thing.
American here going to be going to Europe soon for anywhere from 3-6 months for my job.
I've got Verizon cell phone service but I've heard that T-mobile is a European based company and has full coverage in most of Europe. Specifically I'll be in Germany and Poland and maybe the Baltics.
Does anyone have any experience using T-mobile in Europe? I don't even need calling, just data
When I was in Germany I got a Vodafone CallYa SIM for $22.50/mo with unlimited talk and text, and 1GB of LTE data. That was a good deal for my two week trip. I used the Rebtel app to get calling back to the US (connected via local phone) for less than two cents a minute.
Bitch is that the entire registration and activation occurs in German with no english translation but with google translate built into Chrome registering to get the SIM mailed to you isn't hard, and topping it off with a credit card is easy doing the same.
I'm planning on giving up everything and leaving for a Buddhist monastery somewhere in Asia. I have nothing to lose but the only thing I can offer them in return for my staying is my artistic skills, is it worth it? Also, post any experiences you might have of monasteries.
You will be incomprehensible to the monks and they wont really except you if you're not they're type of buddhist. Like... Western Buddhism ("Oh man I am so into meditation and zen and weeabooery/koreabooery and japanese food so zen is like the perfect religon for me") is different from Asian Buddhism(" Have the Theravadas and Mahayanas convert to Zen or die! ").
It's not all Zen/Dalai Lama sexual fantasies and Sushi
I've taken some meditation and dhamma courses at monasteries in Thailand, including two that are very well acquainted with foreign students (Wat Pa Nanachat, in Ubon Ratchathani, in the Northeast, which is aimed entirely at foreigners [name means international forest monastery], and Wat Suan Mokkh, down south), and one that is less so (a local temple in Mae Rim, outside of Chiang Mai--this one was not conducted in English). I found them worthwhile. But these were courses; I paid for them.
Wat Pah Nanachat accepts foreign novices and teaches them using some English (there's also a lot of silence, some Thai, some German, and a lot of chanting in Pāli). But they're not going to accept you just because you want to run away from something; they'll expect you to be a serious student of Buddhism. If you show up knowing nothing and just saying 'let me live here,' they'll turn you away.
Thai Buddhism is the species I know best, but I've also known monks in Mahayana traditions including Tibetan, Zen and Whatever Korean Zen Is Called (Seon, I think?), and my brother- and sister-in-law are both ordained Zen priests. They were all pretty hardcore, and all started by paying for retreats. If you're really committed, or think you might become that way, learn and start practicing first, and/or spend some money on some courses. If you can afford a ticket to Asia you can afford to, and they won't take you seriously otherwise. And of course, if you show up broke with a declared interest in staying indefinitely, most Asian countries aren't going to let you in in the first place. You're not a monk yet.
I don't think that there would be any use for your art skills.
Hey /trv/. This is my first time here, and to be honest I feel like this is probably a fairly common theme for new threads, so if it is I apologize. I'm considering moving to LA in the near future. I live in Boston right now and I'm just straight up unhappy with my life and I desperately need a change of scenery. I have a fair amount of money saved up right now, and I have family (a brother) and friends out there. I guess I'm just looking for you guys to try to either talk me out of it or convince me I should go.
>tl:dr Should I move to LA or no?
Sure why not the cost of living isn't all that more outrageous than Boston. Coach surf of your bro and friends for as long as you can swing it until you get a job bagging groceries or some shit and then you can be a little more financially stable to have a studio of your own. Los Angeles on the surface seems like an amazing place to live, but sooner or later the place gets to you and you realize it any all that.
I don't think I'll have any problem snagging a part time job right off the bat. I've been able to keep a job consistently for a long time and I'm fairly confident in myself.
Why do you say that the place gets to you? Can you give me some examples/stories or anything like that? I mean I've heard that everyone kinda sucks and it's hard to really connect with people...but other than that?
I am aware that most people here are either American or British, so I understand if it's a bit slow, regarding my question.
I'm looking into European countries to go live in. I don't want to go to America because it's too far away and I don't think I'd fit with the culture. South America is also off of the map.
In terms of Asia, Japan might be a possibility, but the language is a great barrier, and I don't think I'm prepared for the commitment of learning japanese. So, just Europe.
I'm sick of living in the same city, basically, since I was born and my country (which I prefer to omit for now) also isn't the best in terms of youth culture. I'm 27 and just got out of a relationship and I want to start things over. So, a laid back, friendly culture where I can meet people would be a great thing, specially since I'll be going alone and am a grade 3 aspie fuck.
I work with web development and have 3 years of experience under my belt, so I don't think I'll have great difficulties finding a job.
Pic related, one of the countries I've considered.
For some reason I'm guessing you're from Australia or new Zealand. I think Canada has an under 30 visa shit, same with UK. With the Eu I think you need to be sponsored by a company or business to work there. In terms of integration you're gonna have to tell us where you're from and skin colour
>I work with web development and have 3 years of experience under my belt, so I don't think I'll have great difficulties finding a job.
just go to Poland or Romania or some shit, western Europe is fucked.