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Average cost in food, transportation, and anything else for someone who intends to spend a month or two abroad on the European continent couch surfing. Any estimates?
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>>1059304
Going to steal this thread as a qtddtot now.
Im planning on visiting the baltic states to meet up with some friends who comprise of foreigners and want me to bring some American snacks and candy with me but Idk wtf to bring since most things here can be found elsewhere. What snack items CANT be found over there that would be appreciated?1
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>>1059304
depends where you go in europe you stupid fuck
europe is big
some parts are expensive some are cheap .
which is logical

where are you going ? how long do you plan to be there ? going out ? drinker ? drugs ? whores ?
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>>1059304
http://www.priceoftravel.com/world-cities-by-price-backpacker-index/#

Gives you an estimate for all the more popular destinations worldwide.

Hi /trv/

I'd like to propose to my girlfriend somewhere with stunning scenery and pretty special. Any ideas?

Considered the above but it's way too touristy and the fact you have to queue for an hour to get back down would probably ruin things.
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Dinner at the Burj Al Arab
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>>1059213
Sure if OP got the money, you can't just walk there and have dinner. You must live at the hotel and that costs at 23k dollars for the cheapest room
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>>1059206
I was there two weeks ago, it's really beautiful down at the ground of the burj khalifa aswell, after 18:30 they play music and have a fountain show every half hour, google it my friend.

I'm getting tattooed in berlin the 26 and 27 of January. Thinking about staying in Berlin for 3-4 weeks. Is this too much? Unfortunately I'm going to be there in January/February so it's going to be pretty cold. Any suggestions? Should I do this or should I travel a bit through Europe?
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>>1059138
>Thinking about staying in Berlin for 3-4 weeks. Is this too much?
Prolly too much for any european city.
So easy to move around, might as well add some different sized towns in Germany or head over to your other interests in europe.
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Even if Berlin has much to offer, I think one week and a half are enough. You could use the other weeks to visit some cities which are nearby like Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden, Krakow or Prague.
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Why Are you going to Berlin to get a tattoo? just go to Frankfurt

Planning on going to brazil during carnival.

What should i expect?
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piss on the streets
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getting shot
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>>1058204
Don't go out at night alone.
Don't wear anything expensive.
Don't try to adventure on places that you don't know.
Be careful with the taxi drivers, they will try to scam you, by using longer routes.

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I'm trying to save up enough money so I can go live and teach in a foreign country.

I've been sort of doing jack shit since graduating half a year ago and feel fucking lost in my home town.

I have about a thousand in cash. I was thinking of working really hard for a year while taking TEFL or TESOL classes. Doing odd jobs, working, and tutoring would hopefully let me be saved up after a year, I think.

I was wondering on how realistic this plan would be. I am thinking of moving to Taiwan or South Korea to go teach.

If this fails I was considering becoming a teacher back home, but I don't want to make that major commitment yet.

just wondering on general feasbility and tips about taking those classes and if anyone else has any expereince doing this sort of thing
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>>1057812
Go for TEFL not tesol
also , from where are you ?

teaching is foreign country is 100 % doable , dont blieve the meme makers here , that you need like shitton of degrees and stuff

not true

TAIWAN & South korea however are hard to get in if you dont have experience and stuff
better go for thailand , cambodja , vietnam or china (====
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>>1058722
Im from USA and am white. After some research I was interested in getting a celta. I already have a degree from a State University.

Would a in person CELTA give me enough experience to be decently paid to live and work in a different country.

I am not too picky about where I would go teach.
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>>1057812
ESLfag here, was in Korea before, now in Japan. Biggest piece of advice is to not worry about a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA... Generally speaking you won't need it just to get your foot in the door. A bachelor's degree in any discipline is pretty much all it takes. You DO have to do a 100hr TEFL course to teach in Korean public schools now, but online is good enough--definitely don't waste your time or money on in-class TEFL shit or anything more intensive than a 100hr online class.

>TAIWAN & South korea however are hard to get in if you dont have experience and stuff

It's quite easy to get at least a kind of crappy job in both countries, somewhat harder to get a decent job, especially now in Korea. If you shoot for Korea, public school is what you want. Don't bother with hagwons. Too large of a chance you'll get fucked. I recommend checking out Greenheart Travel for public school recruiting. While I ended up getting my Korea job through other means, I was in contact with them, and they seem like a very good agency.

http://greenhearttravel.org/program/adult/teach/teach-in-south-korea#overview You might also look into..

http://www.eslcafe.com/jobs/korea/index.cgi?read=65896

I doubt you can get hired for this spring at this point. Korea visas are a pain in the ass because you need to get a Federal level background check. You'll probably have to settle for fall 2016... According to the site, the app will be available in February. I'd get started as soon as it's available.

Basically a couple years ago, the Korean government cut back the foreign teachers in public schools greatly, it used to be much easier to get a job. But almost all Middle and High School positions are gone. Green heart recruits for EPIK, meaning if you go through them you'll be anywhere in Korea except Seoul or Seoul burbs/surroundings. The other program GEPIK (which I went through) places you in Seoul metro. SMOE (which I think is dead) was in Seoul directly.

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What's your experience with airbnb, /trv/? Any success or horror stories?

I'm thinking of using them when I go to the states this summer. I'm also considering renting out my own apartment while I'm gone, could earn up some money of the trip.
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>>1061129
if you're going to rent out your apartment, be very careful to screen the renters. I've had multiple bad experiences with renters (including family) that ended up costing me more money in repairs and cleanup costs then I made in rent. Basically you want to make sure that if they damage your place or property that you will have viable recourse against them. Its one thing to have a piece of paper that says they owe you "X" amount of money, but its an entirely different matter to actually GET "X" amount of money. Especially if they don't have "X" amount of money and their crap isn't worth selling. My latest experience was almost exactly that. After back rent and (mostly) damages an evicted renter owed me close to 25,000 USD. But the lawyer pointed out that the only thing I would do by taking her to court was spend another several thousand in lawyer fees and win the satisfaction of a judgement...in other words...I would never see the money.

Just some friendly advice anon. Good luck.
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>>1061159

I could just take renters that already have a good rep, right?

What kind of viable recourse are there to get? I could take a deposit, but damages could get way higher than that. Are there any insurances that could cover that?
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>>1061129
Used it once over a holiday, renting family was super chill, because the grill that was coming to stay with me was there 2 days earlier, and they were going out of town, she just straight up left me the key and told me to come whenever since she wouldn't be around.
Left their number if I needed assistance they had someone in the neighborhood who would lend a hand and they'd pay him later.
As for renting my own place, never tried it. Proceed with caution, as the other anon said damages can be painful to try to get restitution for. And if you're going away for when you're renting, you better have someone reliable in the area in case your renters need assistance.

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How's becoming a flight attendant if I want to travel? Are you allowed and do you ever have time to see whatever city/country you arrive in? How are the discounts?
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Anyone?
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>>1061781
look at the FAQ on the careers page of the airline you want to work for...
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>>1061749
>How's becoming a flight attendant if I want to travel?
Pick an airline that goes places you wish to go, or start with some commuter stuff. Realize the biggest airlines will have seniority (years of service) as the reason for the most desired flights such as trans-atlantic, and their promotions. Make yourself the most congenial person you can think of...get some CPR/first aid certs, and any career where you work with wealthy people in a service role. Degrees and other languages would be a good idea too. Have perfect teeth/cleanest cut of appearances, and look healthy and attractive. Think actor-wannabe looks.
>Are you allowed and do you ever have time to see whatever city/country you arrive in?
Pilots have sleep requirements, and turn-around rules, so there could be some dead-heading and other reasons that give you more time off in a destination before the return flight, but it's not always the case. You might have 2 hours in an airport lounge to put your feet up, and then back home for dinner, or you might have a hotel room which you'll share with another crew member.
What does it get you? Dinner and nice evening walk to explore. You will go multiple times to the same cities and little by little get a little of the culture covered. Crew takes advantage of equipment delays and other reasons to get a little more sightseeing in. Taking a taxi at night, going down to the wharf, hitting a club or simply staying at the nicest hotel in town (typical believe it or not in some cities because pilots need more pampering), or the closest airport hotel such as a hampton inn with great shuttle service. Because of the sleep reqs, you have to be careful about late nights, you're on the clock.
>How are the discounts?
Used to be better. Now it's buddy passes, and full flights that make them hard to use. Having a nephew, or retired grandparent use one, or come to stay open-ended is the great benefit. Plans that can be last minute or bump-ups to First.

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Sup /trv/ So i am planing to go and study english on Australia (My boyfriend lives there)
I presonally think i have a medium-hig/hig level of english. So gonna travel there to study. Now how's the economical situation there?
I bet i have to start working there along with my studies.

>Image non related. But wonder if anyone else have noticed this shit on an airplane?
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>>1060885
>noticed this shit on an airplane

uhh no smoking has been pretty much standard forever on the internet
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>>1060885
Expensive as fuck. Pretty much everything is stupidly expensive but rent and alcohol most of all.
On the other hand, local wages are pretty high (minimum wage of $21/hour, higher on weekends etc) and it's easy to find work if you've got even basic skills. I did some bar work when I was over there and it was great, good culture in most venues and almost $30/hour pay.

Where are you coming from?
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>>1060895
Mainly studying english and getting experience on my main career (Gastronomist) Also visiting my boyfriend for a long period of time.
>>1060894
You realized there's an ash holder right underneath the sign right?

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Hi all. First time poster long term lurker here.
After years of thinking about travelling and not doing it, i've finally jetted off on an adventure.
Im spending
>1 month SEA
>1 month India
>1 month Nepal.
>I'm young male white etc

I'm one week into the first part of the trip and I just wanted to give/recieve some advice.
So far I've been Phnom penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, and am currently in Ayutthaya as I make my way north in Thailand.

Advice for first time travellers
>Money:
You'll lose more in transaction/atm fees than you'd expect. plan for this
On the first day you arrive in any city/place there is a strong chance you'll get ripped off. This is okay, as you haven't learnt the way of the land yet, and don't know whats worth what. Don't stress it.
It's okay to spend more than usual when you first fly into a place. after twenty hours of flying theres nothing you need more than food/rest.

Advice for me (plz):
I'm a week in and have spent nearly my entrie budget for this leg (I'd saved $1k nz for each "section of the journey - flights are already booked) But i've manage to get together an additional 400nzd that I've been owed. My plan is to head to chaing mai and just live like a local for the next two weeks for both money saving and immersion.
Is this doable?

Scams/touts
I've gotten good at avoiding both of these, and the only real spots that i've been ripped off have been when I'm new in town and don't understand the taxi going rates. Managed to avoid all others, though there has been A LOT. No matter how much you research you really aren't prepared for the reality of it.
As a general rule - don't trust people. if something doesn't seem legit it probably isnt.

>Drinking
Have self control.
I stupidly got way off my face in my first night in Phnom Penh, nearly died of alcohol poisoning and lost $250US to a dodgy tuk tuk driver (In hindsight, the fact his tuk tuk said "Poor tuk-tuk" should of been a give away).
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But yeah, most of the stuff I've learnt so far is probably quite self explanitory, and obvious to anyone who (unlike myself) has half a brain.

Willing to take absolutely any questions, as I'm not to sure what else to say about the rest of my journey.

After SEA my flight from Bankok is to Chennai, where I was planning on using the 3 weeks to make my own way to Dehli to fly out.
Then the flooding happened. I'm now considering flying directly out of Chennai airport to somewhere less ravaged, any suggestions?
>Yes I'm making this trip up on the fly. The only real things I knew I would do before leaving were hike to base camp, visit ankor wat/the killing fields and ride a motorbike through india.

>NEW YEARS
I also have not made plans for New Years yet. Will probably be in chiang mai when this occurs, has anyone been there and can say what its like?
Not looking for partying at all, just some good Asian big fireworks, in a nice setting.

Oh, and to anyone who plans on visiting Cambodia, s21/the killing fields - Buy the audio tour! - are a must see. I went with a base understanding of the conflict, and left feeling hollow inside. Its a life changing experience.
For the full impact i'd reccomend reading the book "First they killed my father" by Loung Ung. It's riveting in everyway.

One last piece of SEA advice - in Cambodia you will see a lot of landmind victims. This is the reality of one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Unless you have experience viewing and witnessing people with devasting injuries, you will not be prepared for it even if you think you are.
It's soul crushing.
Or I'm just a softie.

I'll also apologise about the way I've written this post. After abstaining from caffiene for the last 2 months I've tried a Thai redbull. My mind is everywhere.
I'll add more photos up as people don't do that enough, and am happy to dicuss anything Southern Asia related.

Pic is from the timelapse I took of the Angkor sunrise.
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If a monk tries to bless you then says you owe money - scam. Monks ask for donations, and generally from locals not whiteys
If a tuk tuk driver takes you somewhere you don't want to go, refuse to buy anything from the place and they'll eventually let you leave.
Don't buy anything from street kids. It's the same marked up imported crap they sell in the foreigner markets, and it encourages the kids to skip school.
In fact, dont buy any of those shitty knock off tourist trinkets, these help neither the economy or the people you buy from. If you want a genuine long lasting item, get something reasonably priced from a local craftshop. they are around, and yes they aren't as "cheap" as you'd like SEA to be, but at least your tourist money helps people in need rather than adding to them problem.

Also the earlier you can get to ANYTHING you want to visit the better. The only thing harder to deal with than the heat are busloads of chinese tourists.
>Pic related, anything for a selfie
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>>1060438
>giving travel advice after 1 week in SEA

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Which airline is the best and why is it pic related?
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That's not IcelandAir
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I've only flown United and American. United's 737 was nicer than American's in terms of features but I enjoyed my flights on American more.
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>>1059215
You clearly enjoy being constantly late and treated like cattle. Good for you, OP.

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Hey /trv/. Trying to go back to Mexico to live semi permanently, I figured at least for a start a job teaching English would be a good way to keep myself fed/housed. I'm fluent in Spanish and have done informal English tutoring to ESL uni students so it shouldn't be hard to get a job once I have a certificate. Which leads me to my 2 questions:

Which certification should I go for? TEFL, TESOL, what's the real difference? I'm having trouble finding info on how the different certs are distinguished from one another.

Also, what's the fastest way to get certified? Since I actually have no home in the U.S. I'm currently staying at my parents house which is far from ideal. I'd love to limit my time here to like a month, and get to Mexico asap. Are there some reputable online courses anyone could recommend? Then I could move down like immediately as long as I have my laptop with me.

Thanks for any help!
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Nada?
Has anyone currently on here done international English teaching and, if so, which license did you have?
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I don't know much about the ESL stuff, but in my experience the paperwork for working in Mexico as a foreign resident is a bitch. My job has taken me down there for two long extended periods. Due to various contract structures, the second time required our partner organization to be the one paying me, and everything we had to file had such long wait and processing times, and was so needlessly complicated, that I ended up getting paid under the table.

They really do not like non-Mexicans working in Mexico. It's way worse than getting into the US or even Canada.

>mfw I realized I wuz technically an illegal immigrant in Mexico for 3 months

So I'd really recommend making sure you've got a position lined up ahead of time and starting all the red tape bullshit before you go.
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>>1058604
See I've heard a very different tale from people I know who work/have worked there. They say that as long as you're not doing any government or big corporate work, it's very easy to get by without your work visa, working "illegally" and nobody gives a fuck. Actually, everyone I know who did teaching over there did it without bothering to get the visa.
It sounds like yours is maybe a bit different of a situation where the company you work for has to keep everything "above board".

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Hey /trv/, just moved to Vancouver from nz and was wondering if it's this bleak year round and if buses and the sky train are my best bet or if I should.invest in a beater of a car. Also curious about housing. What are some okay areas and so on and what's a reasonable rent rate for a single bedroom place?
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>>1061562

may to september gets really sunny and nice, afterwards it rains all year and is cloudy.

i rent for 800 single bedroom, in a residential house, i think apartments are a bit more expensive

transit is pretty easy unless you have to travel frequently and often. parking is really gay here, expensive and hard to find spots

also traffic is annoying in the morning and after work.
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>>1061568
I've seen a lot of basements for let. Is that a thing? Also does that 800 account for power/water/net etc?
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>>1061572
Yeah. Vancouver is really trying to increase density, so a basement suite is really easy to have.

Do you have a job yet? You don't need a car if you live by transit that goes by your work. Getting a bike is good idea probably.

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Post them!
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>>1061193
Also, will be going to London in January and
France in June or July
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Why do we change maps like every week

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Are you guys not annoyed and depressed by the fact that you can only travel around this tiny dot and you were born to early to get to see the wonders of the galaxy with your own eyes?

Travelling the world looks boring to me
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Will it ever be enough? One day we'll wish for inter dimensional travel, then we'll still be wanting more
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>>1059879
>Will it ever be enough? One day we'll wish for inter dimensional travel, then we'll still be wanting more

No, I think I would be entirely satisfied by interstellar travel, hell I'd probably be mostly satiated with interplanetary travel within this system.

>inb4 some retard says "just do drugs!"
It's not the same, it really isn't.
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>>1059879
I'd be satisfied with just this galaxy

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I'm getting a SUV soon that I'd like to use for extended travels, by myself. I plan to put down or take out all the rear seating and turn the back of it into a little camper area, with space for a small mattress or sleeping bag, window covers, some shelving, etc. What people do with vans, except in the limited space of a SUV.

Any recommendations on what I should try doing here? Recommended vehicles?
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>>1059539
I've always had the idea of doing that with a proper 4x4. Set it up for proper offroading, throw a solar panel on top, a fridge, laptop charger and cooker in the back and then just drive off INNAWOODS and set up by some remote lake until my food runs out and I can't catch anymore then head back to work. Rinse and repeat.
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>>1059691
How would you get the power for the fridge?
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>>1059539
I would suggest a late model ford exclusion or Chevy Tahoe and extended bed where it is either flat or the hardware that hold the rear seats can relative easily be unbolted. You might also want to think of a used cargo van, yeah creepy as fuck but cheap, easy to repair, and incredibly versatile to make the interior fit your needs (rape) or otherwise

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