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Welcome to /world/ - This board is for discussion of traveling and everything you need to know to go somewhere. Be it snippets of the local language, some of the better places in the country to go, good stuff to eat or just stuff to watch out for, its all welcome here.
Share some traveler's tips and stories about your travels.
This is not /b/.

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So I'm going to toronto for less than a week at the end of june. I see the drinking age is to my liking. I plan on seeing roy halladay and the blue jays respectively. What else should I most definitely do?
>> No. 50
Got your dates right? Phillies aren't in Toronto until the first week of July.
>> No. 51
I stand corrected. But my general questions about Toronto would apply regardless of the baseball schedule. Also isn't the end of June the beginning of July?
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Famous places around the world that you would love to visit.

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So... I'm finally realizing my dream of going to Japan within a month or two. I'm planning to pretty much go backpacking, couchsurfing, adventuring and so on. I would like some advise on this, and also have some questions:

1. Money. I read that Visa isn't really useful over there, so should I just find an ATM as fast as possible and get as much cash out of it as I can? Or what can I do?

2. Internet. I need this to find new people I can couchsurf at. I figure I can use internet cafés and such, but is that really doable with the OS being in japanese or such? Should I buy a small laptop and bring it with me?

3. What should I pack/bring with me? I would like to travel as light as possible.

Any further tips will be great. I might make a travel blog and post the link somewhere.
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>> No. 141

I very much doubt that I can just buy contact lenses that fits me in such places. Both the strengh for both eyes, the pupil diameter and such things have to be correct. You can only get contact lenses through your opticians over here in Europe.

I get mine from a subdivision of Specsavers, but it doesn't look like they have any division in Japan.. what should I do..
>> No. 142
Wear glasses or carry a bunch of contacts with you? Possibly a combination of both? My 20/20 eyesight can't allow me to say much further on this particular subject.
>> No. 143
+1 on using the Post Office ATMs. The post office in Japan are also banks and have an English Guide button you can use. 7/11s also all have Atms that work most of the time depending of your card (Visa or Mastercard I can't recall at the moment).

The Internet can be surprisingly hard to come by in technology rich Japan. Most hostels have computers you can use if you stay there.

The book, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Japan" has some good info. You can probably pick up a used copy for under 10 bucks.
>> No. 147
Thanks for the tips.

As for contact lenses, I took a good look at them and realized that I only need to bring six boxes of them to have a decent supply, so I'll just do that.

One more question - Can I bring my phone and how much can I use it for? It's a Nokia 5800, it is GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and HSDPA 900 / 2100. It also have GPS, though I don't have any Japanese maps installed, how would I get that?
Is there any dictionary apps or something like that, that could be useful?

Also, I've arranged the first place to couchsurf at, it's Furukawa.. wherever that is, hahah.
>> No. 194

Are you me Op?
I'v dreamed of going to Japan for years and think I'm finally going to go this summer.

I can't wait. It looks like an awesome country. I just hope it lives up to mu gargantuan expectations.

Good luck man!

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The results are in for 2011. Here are the 50 most popular travel destinations worldwide A list of the 50 top tourist attractions in the world. Grouped into categories, some interesting trends emerged.

Piers anyone?

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So for various reasons that it would be irrelevant to go into, I want to move out of America and into either Germany or Iceland. But like many Americans I'm poor. I don't currently even have the money to move out of my parents place. I know I'm asking the impossible here but is there anyway a foreigner can easily move into either country? Are there such a thing as work-stay programs? I'd like to one day, eventually, live in one of them permanently. But I need any knowledge or information on any way(s) a poor man can jump the puddle and get into an apartment and job in Iceland or Germany. If you would tell me of what you know of this, it would really mean a lot to me. Thanks.

I'd also love to be in contact with people from either of these countries. Any German or Icelander can have my email upon if you so want it.
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>> No. 185
No I'd just be going to for a couple weeks.
Aren't the other Scandinavian countries generally pretty open to immigration though? Just in case I do consider it. I'm also fond of Norway and Sweden.
>> No. 186
This sounds like a pipe-dream. I've lived in Germany, but I had savings and marketable skills. Unless things have changed, even going there as a non-EU student, you need to prove you have the funds to support yourself and you're not legally to work more than 30 days a year. Even if you do find work, your employer has to prove that no Germans or other EU-citizens were more qualified.
>> No. 187

Actually no, they're not. There's a running gag that Denmark is like a super secret socialist club that doesn't let anyone else in.
>> No. 188
Not even for temporary workers? I mean, I've got a masters and am working on a PhD. I've heard that I wouldn't have too hard of a time finding work in other countries if I did decide to spend some time overseas.
Hmm, I'll have to look into it more.
>> No. 190
You seem to be under the impression the grass is greener on the other side of the fence OP when it likely isn't. I've lost track of the amount of young Germans I've spoken to who go on about how bad Germany is and how much they'd like to move to The Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, or wherever else they fancy. Whole lot of romanticism and little else. Get your shit together at home, take a working holiday, and then decide what you want to do.

You'll be alright. Generally speaking you'll be just fine getting around in most if not all non-ex-Soviet Bloc countries speaking only English as long as you stick to the big cities. Yea if you're surrounded by older folk in rural areas you're going to run into a language barrier but in the cities? Shouldn't be an issue. Hell, even in most of the ex-Soviet countries (well, the ones I've visited at least) you'll find plenty of young people speak English quite well in the bigger cities.

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A 4 person room is HALF the price of a private room, but I'm afraid to get my shit jacked.
>> No. 104
So what are you exirienses with Hostels? Should I go for the 4 person room and risk having things stolen or should I spring for the single?
>> No. 111
Never had an issue with theft at any hostel I stayed in overseas (Europe). It happens but not particularly often. Also of note most hostels provide lockers or a luggage room (or both). I'd suggest looking into http://www.hostels.com/hostels/boston/40-berkeley-hostel/7191 this one instead though after briefly looking through your options. Same price listed but looks nicer, has a higher rating, and I just personally wouldn't recommend staying at a YMCA.

On a side note: $25USD a night to stay in a hostel is the cheapest rate I can find on there? Fucking rip-off man. During high tourist season in Europe I think the most I ever paid for a hostel was $30CAD, and that was generally only at the more expensive (and admittedly nicer) hostels. Could usually find a place at half that price if you so desired. Is this just a Boston or American thing, or what?
>> No. 112
To be honest I don't know. This IS America. I've never left America because I've always been too poor to do so, and I'm too poor to live here also. Everything here is alarmingly expensive.
>> No. 189

You're never too poor to travel. Fucking Africans who can't afford food will travel thousands of miles to visit family or just to see new places. Fuck, I met a Nigerian who walked to Germany because he thought Hitler was really cool. You can't imagine how surprised he was when he got there and found out Nazis were banned.

Mexico and Canada are certainly within your reach, and even the other continents don't have to be expensive to get to. Maybe you can't afford plane tickets, but maybe there are other ways to travel than coach on a 747.

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How bad is really the TSA?
>> No. 181
Underpaid, uneducated, young, and know nothing about the world.

They can't be too good or the airliners would never make money.
>> No. 182
Legalized rape.
Asshole put his fingers in my but. I wanted to kill him, but then I'd be a "terrorist."

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So I'm hoping to be in Brazil some time this October/November to visit my girlfriend, and I figure I'll shoot you guys a few questions.

Has anyone worked with the Brazilian consulate in Chicago before? They seem shady and mismanaged as fuck, from all the reviews I've read as well as my own limited personal experience; I sent them an email 3 weeks ago with some basic questions over the visa application (can't apply yet because I'm still waiting on my passport) and they never replied. I forwarded my email to the consulate in D.C. saying how it took them 3 weeks and no reply, hoping maybe it might make them look bad, but who knows. I'll ask you guys as well, in case neither reply.

It says contradictorily in different places on the internet that a tourism visa grants a stay of up to 3 months before you'll have to try and get more or leave, and another website that says it's only 1 month, with additional time only if you can provide a "written letter of invitation" from the person you're staying with. What the fuck is a "written letter of invitation"? They don't say a damned thing about it. Is it just a "So and so is staying with me, signature" letter, or what? Secondly, it also says on their website I need to have a ticket before I apply for the visa, meaning if I wanted to stay 2 months I'd have to submit the letter of invitation for approval when I already have a ticket for those 2 months, which really sets me up for disaster if they don't approve it. I'm just terribly confused.

Also any general tips for being in Brazil are appreciated, as well.
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I know, right? I was having a really good chat with someone elsewhere and now it's all gone. I hope he comes back :(

Well, it's all pretty straight-forward but generally I like to go pretty early. The reason I do is because I like to make sure I get the seat I want. I like the bulkhead ones because you get more leg-room but a lot of airlines make you pay a stipend for them now - not much but still - and you also have to present yourself because they need to make sure you can handle opening the doors in case there's an emergency landing. Or not open them but be able to help open them and direct traffic out (quite exciting! although it's obviously never happened).

Also, I just like airports generally. They're obviously more expensive on the outside of the departures area but once you're inside and you need to do a bit of duty free shopping, you can get some really good bargains. Also, airport restaurants are good and the service tends to be fast (depending on the airport of course but usually most of them).

So, that's just the sort of stuff I like as to why I get there earlier. I don't know what the rules are where you are but usually a minimum of three hours before the flight is, I think, typical. Something you need to check so remember. They'll usually tell you on your ticket or on the website when you book but if I were you, considering it's your first time, I'd probably get down there earlier. Also, if you're going from a fairly big terminal, the ticket desks are open all the time (within terminal hours) so you can line up for any flight. Depends on the airport so again something to check.

That aside, overall, the process is as follows:

Note: make sure you have your passport, and all your paperwork and documentation before you leave. Don't leave it to chance that you'll remember. You'll be stunned how easy it is to forget something once you've reminded yourself over and over not to. I think it has something to do with memory processes or something but I've seen this happen so often that there's definitely something going on. If necessary, make a check-list and stick it to your front door the night before or a few days before even.

Right, so on with the process:

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f) Then they will print out your ticket, usually circle information on it including your departure gate (if known), give it to you along with a ticket for your luggage (sometimes not always but usually at the bigger airports and for bigger destinations), point you to the departures area, and tell you to have a nice flight. The time they will give you for boarding is usually about an hour before flight departure but sometimes a bit less. Usually, though, an hour for big long-haul flights like yours even if they're broken up in stages.

g) Then you have to kick around basically and wait for your flight. There are two parts to an airport basically:

h) The first is the outside, ticket, general milling-about, everyone's families saying goodbye, etc. area and then there is the departures hall. The departures hall, or area, is where all the flights leave from and only ticket holders can be in this area for security reasons. As soon as you get your ticket, and depending on whether or not you're saying goodbye straight away to family, etc., find out where this area is and don't leave it until, say, an hour before because you need to go through security, sometimes emigration control, then gates as well can be to hell and gone on the other end of the terminal. The sooner you get into the departures hall the better, really.

i) As you go into the departures area, there will be a person behind a desk that will ask for your passport and ticket (or usually just the ticket but sometimes both). You will also get a little plastic bag to carry all your liquids in for the plane. This is a security procedure that came about with all the hijackings about ten years ago so they're very fussy about it. Anything that's liquid and, I think, a maximum of 70ml has to be put in this bag. I also include things like asthma pumps, any medication and so on.

j) After you get your passport/ticket checked, you then go through to departures via a security area. These usually involve long and tedious lines so, again, make sure you have enough time. A lot of airports in America, too, I think, make you remove your shoes but generally just follow what everyone else in the line is doing. A lot will be regular travellers from that terminal so just follow their lead (especially if they're in a business suit). Belts, any metal items (keys, change), cell phones, laptops, anything like that, and also your jacket, shoes, etc., are then all placed in a little plastic tray that you can grab as you come up to the detector machine. You pop all your stuff in the tray and there are loads of people milling about that will then swing it through the x-ray thing. Then you will be asked to wait and then move forward on the instructions of an airport official. You go through the detector and then come out the other side, grab your stuff that should have come through at the same time as you did, get your shoes on, etc. and head on your way. Occasionally, for whatever reason, they may select you to run a metal detector over. Don't take this personally. They say it's a random selection and I do believe that but, like I've said previously, for some reason they seem to target young men. Like I say, though, don't take it personally. Just be polite and helpful and everything will be cool.

k) Once that's done, then you're free to mill about until your flight. I usually check where my gate is although sometimes these don't come up until about boarding time. If you don't know, calculate a rough time estimate for how long it would take you to get to the farthest gate. A lot of big airports again give estimated distance times to them but again it depends on the airport you're flying out from. You can use the rest of your time to get things like a bottle of water if you want it (for security reasons, you can't get water outside the departures area, or rather, they won't let you take it in so remember that). Any duty free, like cigarettes, a bottle of whisky for your girlfriend's dad or whatever - all that you get during this time. Also, grab something small to eat. I don't know why but it just makes flying easier and seems to help with airline food as well (although, frankly, airline food is awesome and I love it - a lot of people bitch about it but it's fantastic as far as I'm concerned).

l) And then your flight will come up on the board and be called and you head for your departure gate. This will usually be a seating area full of people all waiting, then they call the flight, you all line up according to the rows they call (so, they always start with business and first class and then people in wheelchairs, sometimes those with infants and so on). After that they go for blocks of rows, so, rows A through J and then K through T or however it goes.

m) Then you go through another ticket desk where someone takes your ticket and runs it through a machine, checks your passport, gives you the ticket stub, and again tells you to have a good flight and points you to the gangway you'll be using. You might occasionally again get emigration/immigration around here who might pull you over to check your passport but again, no big deal and nothing personal. You might also have to go through extra x-raying depending on where you're going to and from. Like in some countries, for instance in Africa, they don't say but I guess they don't really trust the locals to do things properly so the airlines have their own security at boarding. You also get this with flights to America from the London airports as well but in that case I think just an extra security precaution. Probably won't happen but it might so don't be alarmed or anything. For these they usually select random people as well so, once again, nothing to get phased about.
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Ok, I've read it over and everything seems good. One thing I just want to clarify, though, is it seems I've suggested it's fine to take blades and knives in your packed luggage in the hold - this is not true and even though you can technically I think in some places, it's probably a really, really, really bad idea to and especially going to a country like Brazil who might have very strict knife laws. Or the UK actually - we have very strict ones here too. So yeah, don't do this. Also, I forgot to mention that when you get past any extra security at boarding (in the remote eventuality this is the case), you head down a gangway, get to the plane doors, and then a nice flight attendant will give you a cheery hello and point you to your seat. You then have to probably wait for a whole lot of numbskulls who are busy fucking around with their luggage but there'll be more than enough time. You should also do a toilet break while you're in the waiting area too before boarding because sometimes flights get delayed and they won't let you get up to use the toilet, or often won't - I think that French actor Gerard Depardieu or whatever his name is got fucked up on this recently but then again, it didn't seem to bother him and he just pissed himself instead. Obviously, you don't do this as you are neither famous, nor French, nor a pig probably.

Oh yes, and one other thing is there are bars in the departures area usually but be careful about how much you drink if you do. One or two is fine but don't get on the plane drunk or they won't let you fly.

Right. I think that's everything but something else might come up later that I'll add in.
>> No. 177
Hey, I'm leaving tomorrow night and I just wanted to stop by to say that all this information was very much appreciated. I thought briefly about printing it out to keep with me but it seems once I board the plane most of it will be behind me anyway (plus I don't have a printer and I'd have to do it at a friends house, haha).

I'll be sure to try and drop an update in here while I'm there, you deserve at least that much. But I'm a terribly forgetful person and I'll have a lot flooding my mind when I'm there I'm sure, so please don't take it personally if it takes me awhile to reply. The support and information in this thread has gone above and beyond what I expected to receive, and doubtlessly made this process far easier on me.

And no worries on the alcohol/knives stuff, I wish I could drink at the airport to calm the nerves but sadly I'll have to wait until I'm Brazilian-side before that can happen, the US having such a draconian age limit and all (I'm 20, may not have said that before), and it'd be pretty hard to pull the "forgot my ID" trick in an airport [/joke].

But hey, thanks again, I'll do my best to drop an update in here sometime to let you know how things turned out. Nervous as hell about boarding that airplane tomorrow but I'm sure I'll manage.
>> No. 178
Shit, I didn't realise it was so soon. Well, working out timings from this post until now means you must have landed and everything went A-ok. Excellent! My main concern was always them giving you shit on that side but presumably you sailed through so that's no longer an issue. Don't worry at all about updates. Even if you post back when you get back home months from now or even start a new thread next year or whatever so I'll know it's you is totally fine. Mainly I'm just really happy it all worked out and that my experience was useful for someone else. Great result. Have a truly wonderful time, young voyager. Your first of a lifetime of journeys :)

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In a couple of weeks ill be heading to China, Sichuan Province, specifically Chengdu.

I'm intending on working there (6 months minimum) but I dont know any Chinese, nor do I have any idea of how to find employment or accomodation when I get there.

Any Sugestions?
Thanks for your help in advance.
>> No. 153
I am absolutely positive that China will be the one place in the world where illegal foreign workers are not only not in any way tolerated but where you really will stand out if you try. If you don't have a work permit, don't bother.
>> No. 154

I feel that you should have looked up how to get a visa first, because for the PRC, they're fucking hard.

The Chinese themselves are quite outgoing and you should be able to find someone to help you with finding an apartment, but i believe chengdu already has quite a few foreigners so unless you have decent qualifications it will be hard (impossible) to find a decent job.

I feel that you should have thought this through more thoroughly. You don't speak Chinese, I assume you have no contacts out there, you haven't looked into preparing your visa, you haven't even looked for employment. What the actual fuck were you thinking? Get your shit together, son.
>> No. 155
This. Honestly, the fuck man?
>> No. 156
Don't become frustrated with everybody staring at you and kids constantly yelling "HELLO" at you. But it doesn't seem like you're actually going to go, given how little you've through this through, but if you do, keep that in mind. Also, I recommend looking into some sort of TEFOL certification and possibly teaching English there.
>> No. 174
Hey, I've worked in China five years. Sorry I'm late-- but maybe someone can benefit..

Don't goto China looking for work. Get work and and invitation (zvisa) before entering the country. Otherwise you will have to fly out again and come back, if you even manage to get settled.

Chendu isn't that hard to get a job, it's also got weed and a ton of hotties. It's famous throughout all of China for hot babes and hot food.

Good luck.

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Hey guys.
So I've been looking into getting out of country for a little bit (USA), and I found this one website called http://www.workenjoyaustralia.com, where they claim to set you up with a job, and accommodations, and what not, so that you can live and work in Australia for a year on a work visa. I was just curious if any one of you have heard about this program, and whether or not its legitimate. Cuz quite frankly, it sounds awesome, and I'd really like to take advantage of an opportunity like this.
>> No. 145
That link won't work for me but generally I'd be suspicious of any of these sorts of sites. They'll probably want money from you somewhere down the line when you can more than likely arrange everything yourself because they're just trying to cash in on legitimate programs.

Anyway, I've checked for you and it appears, as an American citizen, you fall under some kind of cultural exchange visa. From what I can make out, it's an allocated number per year and not just an automatic landing right (it used to be like this a while ago but I think a lot of them have tightened up now). In any event, here's the official Australian government immigration link. You can check their requirements (or if not on this specific link then certainly somewhere on the site).


I'd definitely go for it if I were you. Can't help to try and there won't be any specific advantage - other than they'll just do the process for you - of going through one of those sites. Alternatively, if you really want to live in Australia long term, consider studying something that will eventually get you there. I know they're very interested in specialist artisan skills and engineering and so on.
>> No. 146
Oh, and just to add to that last one. You can try go through one of those sites but there won't be any guarantee because, as mentioned, they're allocated places. Basically they'll take your money and you might not get there so you might as well try on your own in the first instance.
>> No. 148
Right on, man. Thanks for the heads up on the other website, and the tips in general. Right now, its all in the planning stages, so any info I get helps. I've got 4+ years customer service skills, the same in food handling. 2+ years in general management skills. I worked at the local Regal Cinemas (largest movie theater chain in America), so in addition to skills already listed, I know a thing or two about working with film and projectors. Right now I'm working at a Paint and Glass supply store. Business, residental, contractor grade, all that jazz. I'm in charge of their warehouse. So I've got a variety of skills, hopefully some would come in handy overseas. Lol

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I'm to get from Portland Maine, to Manhattan. Thus far I know that I can get from Portland to Boston via Amtrak, but after that I don't know how to get from Boston to Manhattan, nor who or where I would go to acquire such information. Help, please?
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>> No. 140
Take a bus like Greyhound. Also, Amtrak is expensive as all hell.

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General Tips thread?
Please share general tips or things you've picked up in your travels here.

A few basics, in my experience:
-- Always keep two photocopies of your passport in different locations. Similarly, don't keep all your cash/credit cards/etc. in one bag/location.
-- Keep some USD (preferable) or Euros with you that you will only exchange in emergencies.
-- For long-term traveling, make sure you have shoes that rely on comfort rather than style.
-- Depending on the country, hostels are not always the cheapest option. Looking for places with communal kitchens can save you a lot of money, depending on where you are in the world.
-- Banks generally have lower commissions when you need to exchange money. Avoid the exchange booths in train stations and wherever if possible, particularly with larger exchanges.
>> No. 135
Take half as many clothes as you think you need, no exceptions. Hell, a quarter as many clothes in some people's cases.
>> No. 136
Take a pocket tool/knife, a few lighters, a needle and thread and a couple of plastic bags. Scissors are also handy. Take something to give to the kids

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I'm off to Canada in a month for the winter. Got myself a work permit. (Besides the ski resorts) What kind of work can I get a hold of that's going to pay me well? Any places/things I could go for. I'll pretty much have a crack at anything. Mostly laboring-type experience... I've heard whispers about salmon trawling... Any help, eh?
>> No. 119
There's all kinds of blue collar labour work around here (Alberta to be exact, although Saskatchewan is similar), you just need to decide what you want to do. Wouldn't recommend the oil rigs as despite the massive pay you will hate the housing situation in northern Alberta (read: you will over pay for rent or you will find yourself homeless). Way too easy to end up drinking or drugging away pay checks up there too. Other than that though there's plenty of opportunity if you have even a little experience.
>> No. 122
Thanks alot. Just sending out the bulk emails, but it's a big country! Found a few good job search sites and whatnot, so I'll keep at it. cheers again bud
>> No. 124
Eh, it's a big country but you can narrow it down a fair bit. You can basically skip the maritime provinces entirely as there aren't a hell of a lot of jobs out there. If you don't speak French you can skip all of Quebec beyond Montreal. Aside from Toronto and area you probably won't want to bother with Ontario either. Manitoba and Saskatchewan aren't good places to be in the winter unless you just really like the idea of freezing your ass off and having no mountains around for whatever reason. The big cities in BC and Alberta are good choices to find work and be able to go snowboarding/skiing whenever you desire. That's really about it.
>> No. 133
Yeah that's it hey. Been looking high and low and a few good options are beginning to materialise. Thanks heaps for theadvice and the help. You are a legend, my good sir. Have yourself a capital weekend

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So, I'm going to Canada on a working holiday this winter. I'm looking for a job that will pay me well enough to actually make money or at least keep myself level. The obvious answer is the ski fields, yes yes; however I want a proper experience amongst actual Canadians rather than a million other fucking Aussies. Mostly I've done a lot of labouring and working on boats, but I'm heading ultimately towards journalism and writing. I'm thinking at least a couple of month salmon trawling, because I hear the money's good, but I'm open to suggestions. Cheers!

pic is Voivod. Totally related.
>> No. 125
You miss >>117? I can't honestly say I've ever heard people talk about making big money or having an especially easy time finding work salmon trawling. We tend to get a lot of folk in this neck of the woods (Alberta) who leave the coasts because of a lack of jobs in the fishing industry actually. Admittedly they're mostly from the east coast and as such I'd imagine things are better on the west coast, but still.
>> No. 132
Yes. 117 was actually me. I'm an idiot. Late night on the scotch, I'm afraid. Thanks a heap for your advice, mate. I've been looking into it and a couple of nice leads are developing. So, cheers!

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Can we discuss luggage and packing for traveling. I'm currently planning a year long stay in Japan, and trying to decide how to pack.
What are you're preferred luggage choices, wheeled suitcase, duffel bag, backpack, etc..?
Do any of you have any techniques for getting the most use out of your luggage space?
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>> No. 39
I pack in a distinctly slovenly and ill-prepared manner specifically so when this topic comes up I can say "I dunno, I just throw in whatever and think about it later." I've had this conversation on every travel board I've ever participated in and with every travel partner I've ever had the pleasure to roll with.

Not to say that's the only way, mind you. I realize that lots of people spend umpteen hours planning their trips in an absurdly fractal level of detail and it's a nice way to pass the time of boring non-moving existence. I just prefer the inevitable thrill of finding the thriftstore backpack I got three days before the plane took off busted a zipper and is losing a strap and I need to find a garbage bag before those stormclouds roll in... plus the highland guerrillas stole all my good shit anyways, what's the point?

Two philosophies I guess.
>> No. 40
How the hell are you able to stay a whole year in Japan?
>> No. 41
I'm an exchange student.

SAGE has been used.
>> No. 62
I spent a year in Japan doing the same thing. Where you from? Where you staying? Do you plan on going home during the holidays and what kind of accomodation are you getting?
>> No. 118
read about bundle packing on onebag.com

i found it through hackcollege on youtube when i was looking for how to pack without getting wrinkles. you might want to just search for the hackcollege bundle packing video before you look at onebag because the site is just a tad bit stuffed with info

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So has anyone here ever been on the Bruce Trail up in southern Ontario, Canada? I'm really into trail hiking and I want to add this one to my list. I don't really know when I'll be going, but I just wanted to come here first and see if anyone has experience with this particular trail?
Pic is of Dundas Peak, near the trail.
>> No. 114
I live in southern ontario and use the trail quite a bit.

however it's quite large and you need to be more specific about what part you plan on hiking, one can easily walk for a few days along that trail, you gunna do it all?

I've done from about shelburn too grimbsy in pieces here and there.
>> No. 115
I live in southern ontario and use the trail quite a bit.

however it's quite large and you need to be more specific about what part you plan on hiking, one can easily walk for a few days along that trail, you gunna do it all?

I've done from about shelburn too grimbsy in pieces here and there.
>> No. 116
I live in southern ontario and use the trail quite a bit.

however it's quite large and you need to be more specific about what part you plan on hiking, one can easily walk for a few days along that trail, you gunna do it all?

I've done from about shelburn too grimbsy in pieces here and there.

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I kinda just wanna walk away from everything in my life and spend the rest of my days wandering the world as a nomad. If I train myself in how to survive in the wilderness would this be possible?
>> No. 73
Depends on the region, where would you wander off to?
>> No. 74
It's not very realistic. Basic human necessities are hard to meet when you have nothing. Homeless people stay in the city because they can do odd jobs/beg/steal/etc. Unless you have a lot of money in an account you can draw from, you're not likely to last very long.
>> No. 77
I don't think you know what you're getting yourself in to. Sure you can "train" yourself how to survive, but actually surviving is a quite different matter. You would have to be able to adapt to every change: weather, seasons, terrain, animals, plants. Being a nomad means constantly being on the move, and it can be rather hard to learn how to survive in each one of these new environments.
But my advice is simple-- pick ONE type of environment (preferable one near you) and stick to it. Go camping with fewer and fewer supplies in order to force yourself how to adapt. Learn about the local flora and fauna( this is another reason why I say stick to only one type of environment). Once you have actually applied your survival knowledge in a real scenario, then you will know if this primitive survivalism lifestyle is good for you.
And if you do go out and do this, stay within walking distance of a town in case you get need help or supplies.
And I seriously hope "Into the Wild" didn't inspire you to do this, there's a reason that stupid kid died.
>> No. 105
It's a good fantasy, but not realistic.
Even if you were knowledgeable enough, and physically fit, you would not be able to stray far from civilization.
The main reason would be your immune system. I'm guessing you live nice and pampered like most of us, away from the rude and rough biology of nature. I guarantee you'd get sick within a week, and would be forced to seek medical help.
>> No. 108

I've never heard that one before. Certainly, if you get sick out in the boonies, you're in trouble. I mean, it's a risk if he hasn't bee acclimated yet, but nothing more than a risk.

The biggest hassles of being a wanderer are: food and water. Shelter you can make, but food and water cannot just be conjured.

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Okay, I just flew from Málaga (Spain) to New York's JFK airport, an eight hour flight. I'm 188 cm (6 foot 2 inches) tall and coach fucking hurts. My back, legs, and neck are killing me.

What does /world/ do to alleviate the pains of air travel? Although, I do have to say, standing on your carpet barefoot and making fists with your toes really does help, thank you John McClane.
>> No. 69
I'm the same height and I've flown a lot. Reserve an aisle seat and every so often just get up and walk around, or to the toilet and back if you need an excuse to look like you're doing something. If it's not a booked flight and you notice a pair of empty seats, you can ask to move there. They'll let you. Then you'll have more room.

Don't be afraid of walking about from time to time, either. People who travel long distances on planes and buses often do it.
>> No. 83
This. Get up and pace up and down the aisles for however long whenever you need to, it can make a world of difference. Don't be afraid to stand up to do some stretches either. Also I'm seeing those wrap-around-neck-pillow-things more often among people on long flights and I'm starting to think there's something to those. I'd imagine they're good for keeping your neck from getting ruinated trying to sleep on the plane.

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