It makes sense, considering the content of this board. It would also be beneficial to conversation (e.g. I could ask an anon with an Estonian flag what their opinion on Tallinn is)
Im a norwegian girl, planing on going to Taiwan next year to teach english. I don't have a college degree, and I'm not from en english speaking country. Does anyone have any experience getting a job without this? Possible to still get a work permit?
Would getting a TEFL be a good idea? Thinking of doing a 120 hour TEFL course.
Also if anyone has experience teaching in Taiwan, it'd be great to hear!
I lived and taught in Taipei for 2 years.
No, you can't get legal teaching jobs. You can't get a work permit and residency card (ARC) from the government unless your passport is from an English speaking country (US, UK etc..). There is no way around that. Also you're meant to have a degree too but I was never asked to show my original degree, only a scanned copy or sometimes never even asked. It's easy to provide a fake or photoshopped version of your degree.
One method: try and find an (illegal) cash-under-the-table job. It's not a great idea but possible. Since you won't have an ARC you'd be teaching on a tourist visa and you'd have to fly to Hong Kong and back every 180 days to renew it (tourist visa is 90 days, extendible to 180 days). I knew a few people who did this. I have to say they never made much money...
You could enroll in university there and get a student visa (and ARC) which would mean you wouldn't have to leave the country every 180 days. You could then teach (illegally) on the side. University in Taiwan is pretty easy, not much work. Most students I knew barely ever went to class. I don't know about fees but it was either cheap or they had scholarships. There are also modelling jobs around if you're white and attractive but these are pretty unstable. Most foreign models are students and model part time and don't make much money.
Being white and female (preferably blond/attractive) will be your main advantage though. Also helps to know people there and network as much as you can.
tealit.com is the main site for jobs. Why not just apply (with a picture) and see if you get any replies?
What's some great travel gear?
Backpacks, luggage, shoes, gadgets, etc...
bonus points if you don't look like an ass with it.
when I started I had so much shit, and my bag weighed a ton, it was like hiking getting anywhere
all you really need is water, enough fresh food for a day, a few clothes, some kind of gps enabled internet device, ear and eye covers for sleeping and an umbrella
I took a clothes line when I was backpacking and some bag locks
buy a pillow for the flight, and throw it out, then buy another one for returning home
bring condoms, your medications, pick up panadol when you get there
I had a full medical kit and a swiss army knife, and never used it in three months
I had a sleeping bag, never used, as well as those anti bed bug sheets, never used. I had a water bottle, but I bought bottle water most of the time so It was unused, scan proof wallet, unused (your call)
I took a money pouch with cash and a passport, It was so damn uncomfortable and a nuisance; but some people I was with had their passports stolen, so I'm undecided on that count
A decent pillow is good, makes sleeping on buses, trains and in airports much better. Get either a miniature version of a normal pillow (comfy but bulky) or an inflatable pillow (shaped like an actual pillow, fuck those U-shaped things).
Try to minimse the number of chargers and electronic gadgets your have. It's good these days since most things can charge via usb. If you're only going to a few places it's easier to just get an adapter for that country than one of those big universal things.
Money belts are a controversial topic but they are undeniably useful in certain situations.
It seems to be impossible to find shoes that are comfy enough for long days on pavement, sturdy enough for day hikes and decent-looking enough to not look out of place in social settings but if you find such a thing please let me know.
Cheap plastic ponchos are much lighter and smaller than actual raincoats so they're a better option if you don't need something durable.
Water filtration devices are largely unnecessary since bottled water is everywhere. I've honestly never been anywhere where I couldn't get it. That said it doesn't hurt to have a few water purification tabs if you're in some isolated area where the water is very expensive.
Which is better: Hard or soft luggage for travel?
soft luggage only has three advantages
it can be folded up when not needed
hard luggage has the benefit of keeping you belongings from being broken (probably the biggest concern), allows for more security because they can't be slashed, are less likely to break, provide more protection from water or other liquid contaminants
the only time I'd recommend soft luggage is when you are carrying something one way
Baggage handler here. We prefer hard luggage with 4 wheels. They tend to last longer and instead of having to throw them to the other side in the plane luggage compartment, we can simply roll them.
I like hard-case, myself. Airport staff are nigs (whether literally or not) who WILL throw your shit and drop it like they just don't care (which they don't). Recently took a trip with Aer Lingus and I had the luck to have a seat right above the cargo loading door. I saw my hardcase suitcase (100% sure it was mine due to distinctive orange string I tie to the handle) fall off the top of an over-stacked trolley, and then watched as the fuckers threw it hard on to an empty trolley, then again as they tossed it from there to another guy who loaded it on the belt. It was cracked when I went to pick it up. Stupid Irish mother fuckers.
I guess a softcase wouldn't have cracked, but the shit inside it might have broken.
Besides Principal Skinner's kitchen, where would you guys say is the best place to go if I want to see aurora borealis?
Amerabro here, my family and I are heading to Vancouver over the thanksgiving holidays, any Canucks out there that can give me any inside info on Vancouver. Places to see good restaurants, attractions, any areas to avoid things of that nature. What should I expect going to the Pacific northwest?
Vancouver is hardly the Great White North
Visit Yellowknife my friend. Go on a bear hunt and you will learn why it is called Yellowknife
>Bears have yellow blood if you stab them in the right spot
Hey all, British guy here. I've been "privileged" enough to visit Kansas a number of times as my wife is from this wonderful state. I shall be returning in September 2016.
It hardly seems like the most exotic place to visit, but this is my big vacation and damn it, I'm determined to enjoy it. Last time I was out there we had a fun time exploring ghost towns and abandoned settlements in the east of the state. That was - genuinely - fun.
I will be based in the city of Manhattan during my stay, but will also be spending some time in Kansas City (I know, I know, most of it is in Missouri). I'll have access to a car and I like driving, so I can get out and about. I say "I like driving" - the trip between Denver and Manhattan had to be one of the dullest I've ever endured, one that barely required the slightest tilt of the steering wheel for hundreds of miles.
I haven't seen a huge amount of Kansas City (though I have had drinks in an Overland Park bar owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley), and I really liked the day I spent in Lawrence last time out.
So recommend me things to do, big or small, cultural or historical, things to eat - whatever. I'm open to most things. Help me to uncover the charms of Kansas, home of Dwight D Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart and Elvira, Mistress of the Night!
KS fag here what exactly do you want to know?
I pass through a few small towns on my way to college twice a week. Have you been to Council Grove or El Dorado? Both towns have great historic districts and nice big lakes close by for outdoor fun. Have you been to Junction City? It's close to Manhattan and has a cool downtown. Also there is a state park just north of Manhattan called Tuttle Lake. Big ass lake with a cool dam and nice forest and parks surrounding it.
Also have you been to Kansas City before? I go there quite a lot during the summer and can recommend stuff if you want.
My I live on a 20 acre cattle ranch 45 mins outside Topeka, if you haven't been there before I would recommend it too. The state capitol building is beautiful inside and out.
I'm doing some travel in the south of England in a few weeks time, are there any must-visit towns there?
So far I have Bath, Salisbury (for Stonehenge), Brighton, Devon, Torquay, Brixham and Weymouth on my list. I was interested in Cornwall too but I was told I'd be going during the off season so a lot would be closed, but I'd still be interested in checking it out. Time and budget are both flexible, bot I'm obviously not looking at five-star accommodation nor spending a long time there.
I've also been looking at train timetables, is that the best and cheapest way to get around?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Trains are generally your best bet, yes. Buses are an option, but they're not great in terms of timescales - they run infrequently, and they tend to be slow. Bear in mind that tickets for most travel in the UK by train are a lot more expensive before about 930am or so.
Has anyone here taken the trans Siberian railway? How was it? Is it worth the cost?
I'm going this July from Moscow to Vladivostok. When are you going Anon? I don't have first hand experience obviously, but have done most of my planning if you have any specific questions OP. For a 18 day trip across with stops I'm looking at about 3k USD including visa costs.
I'm saving up for a big trip in a few years, road trip through eastern Europe, then transsiberian to Beijing, then train through southern China.
Gonna be long and costly, but I rally wanna experiment the trans siberian, and since it's a week long by itself I might as well slow-travel the whole thing.
This question is slightly /out/ ish but do you think either of these backpacks are worth buying for backpacking through europe around autumn? I know Kathmandu is looked down on by some travel types, but both these models are on sale in my country, and don't look half bad.
I'll probably be doing some light hiking, day-trip out of country town stuff, but I'll primarily be lugging these around urban areas.
If you think these are both not worth it, what would you suggest as an alternative in the 50-60 litre range?
What the fuck is wrong with you, dude? You're backpacking around fucking Europe, not going off to climb K2. Try on a couple of packs, read the reviews, and buy whatever seems durable and is comfortable.
I took my first four-month trip with my fucking school backpack and then another, longer one the next year with a 35L hiking back that I bought for $70 at Dick's Sporting Goods. Both held up fine and did exactly what I needed. Who cares if somebody is going to "look down on" your bag? They're an elitist prick.
Travel with something which works for you, regardless of if it's a cheap piece of crap or an expensive piece of crap with a helicopter built in.
Also, since my tone was already douchey:
>he needs a 60L backpack for a Europe trip
what the fuck is wrong with your attitude, dude? The first pack I linked says it's for "experienced travellers" (whatever that specifies) and opens longways, clearly designed for being multipurpose and not a hardcore hiking thing, second one is explicitly for "urban environment".
I'm not concerned at all of people looking down on my backpack, but I was referring to a poor reputation of the quality of the packs themselves, people saying they're overpriced/break easily, shit like that. I'm not informed enough to know how valid those assumptions are, so I asked.
You come across as a horrible elitist prick on a board I like to think as one of the most civil on 4chan. Good job packing as little as possible I'm sure than impresses everyone you mention it to. I know I can travel on less and yeah, fuck those 60-70 litre behemoths people take around, but I've decided 50-55 is a size I'm comfortable taking.
At the end of the day, it's your money and your decision. Have you tried checking out the reviews online? Have you can considered alternatives and gone into a store to look at your options? There's nothing wrong with taking in a tent and a handful of clothes, stuffing into a hiking bag off the shelf, and strutting around to see whether or not it's comfortable.
The mention about backpack size was just me meme-ing. What I was trying to convey - in admittedly not a very civil or proper manner - is that the choice here is entirely yours. You already know that, but there is plenty of information available online. Backpack threads on /trv/ never seem to gain much traction or go beyond people recommending various brands which are available in some parts of the world but not others.
I personally would not spend that much money on a backpack. Unless you're planning to go far off the beaten path, you don't need something overly rugged or extremely weather resistant. You'd be just as well served by something with a similar frame and attached rain tarp.
I live in Central Jersey. What the fuck is there to do? I live in a rich white town where people only get in trouble for weed. I'm about an hour way from NYC and an hour away from Philly. What do? What do you guys do when you arrive in NJ?
That's not really a travel question, is it?
But the answer is spend all your time browsing the web, specifically 4chan.
Or you could go deer hunting, although the rules are complex. There are a lot of deer in New Jersey.
What do I do when I arrive in New Jersey?
>wake up in pitch darkness
>try to remember where I am through pounding headache
>realize I can't move
>wtf am I tied up?
>hear squealing brakes
>slam against wall and bounce around a little bit
>hear footsteps crunching on gravel
>trunk of car opens over me
>flashlight blinding me
>try to scream but gagged
>realize I done fucked up
>about to be buried in Jersey
>Stay in 30 dollar a night hotels in Vietnam
>free razors and toothbrushes galore!
>Stay in $100 a night 5 star hotels in 'Nam
>fuck all complimentary toiletries
...yeah. Anyway, hotel/hostel stories thread? any good stories?
This is the worst. I stayed at a Clarion in Prague and they wanted €10 extra for WiFi, €10 for coffee/tea facilities (literally a kettle and tea bags/coffee) and had zip tied the mini bar so I couldn't use the fridge. In Prague you could spend a whole day sightseeing for less than €25.
What do you know about traveling in Indonesia? Really want to go to somewhere equatorial this summer, Indonesia is my first choice, but I want to know more
Don't be a normie and go to kuta if you decide to go to Bali. North and east shores are pretty cool. Also Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra is an interesting place to go. Think it's a bit hostile at the moment though.
Hey guys, i'd like some help please.
I'll be moving to Dubai in a month or two, what can I expect?
Expect summers that you literally will not be able to comprehend.
Anyone else who scrapped all France related plans? The country isn't safe for kids anymore.
Not to exaggerate, but seriously, just think about the following, two terrible things happened this year, and it looks like it will keep happening at least with the same intensity.
So from any year on now, there will be 2 days where if you are a tourist and shit out of luck, you die.
Great so 2 out from 365, big deal.
However if you are a tourist, the next days will also suck, since everything will be closed, museums, the tower, cafés, everything.
Not to mention who wants to fucking go sightseeing after 130 people were murdered a couple blocks ago?
Not going to Paris anymore just makes sense.