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I was planning on going to Norway in July or something like that. My goal is to see the country, fjords and stuff like that, but also to work there for a month or two. So I'm looking for some advice - what city would be the best for something like that, what sort of jobs are easy enough for a studyless foreigner, and what would be the best/cheapest place to stay there? (Like should I rent an apartment with some people, or stay in some hostel etc)
Any relevant advice will be appreciated
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So I've done some basic interstate traveling and was stationed away from my home of record while I served in the Army but I have no travel experience otherwise. Currently I leave for Thailand on Feb the 10th and until today I've been extremely excited for it but today it dawned on me that I have no idea what I'm doing.
I've been a lurker here on /trv/ for about a year and I've done research about where to go, what to see, where to stay leading up to my deciding to actually go and buying that first plane ticket.
My question is, when you took your first trip were you scared, worried, nervous at all? What did your feelings subside when you arrived at your intital destination?
Before anybody says "oh you shoulda picked an easier destination for your first trip"...I'm headed over there to meet up with a penpal that I have had in Indonesia for just over 2 years. Since we've never met before I only have a couple days scheduled there but if we are having a good time and its not weird or anything I'd be more than happy to stay longer.
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Let's say you're 21, you've already traveled quite a bit, but the wanderlust has only grown stronger and stronger, it never resides. You've also been in a relationship with a wonderful girl for 4+ years. She's not the typical girl of this generation. She isn't in a constant frenzy to check Facebook, she can eat dinner or sit and have a long conversation with you without checking her texts every two seconds, her loyalty is unfaltering. She values security in a normal 9-5 job which doesn't allow her to always venture nearly as much as you'd like. She needs stability. She doesn't place travel as her #1 priority, maybe between #3 and #5.
Do you cut the ties free and set forth onto the world with the possibility of losing a quality girl and regretting when you're 40 and want a family, or do you push the wanderlust aside, marry her, and pray to whoever is out there that the wanderlust doesn't hit you like a freight train again once you are settled in and have kids?
Where should I go?
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So, I have a free week in February (first half) and I'm thinking of going somewhere east of where I currently am (Milan, Italy). I'm 21 if this influences the choice.
For now, I am considering 5 different countries:
Czech Republic: I'd go to Prague, I have heard many good things about the city but I'm a bit afraid it will be too "touristy".
Hungary: Budapest would be the choice. I already spent a couple of days here last summer and I was really surprised by how beautiful the city is. (Haven't seen really much of the other towns though).
Macedonia: I'd head to the capital Skopje. I spent a week in Macedonia and got already stuck a weekend in this city. I also got robbed while sleeping but I want to see this city again, as I have not met any local Macedonian last time (I met gypsies, albanians and homeless from southern Macedonia though). Plus cheapest prices in Europe.
Poland: I guess Warsaw or, maybe, Katowice. I have never been to this country but I'm worried it will be too cold to walk around and visit.
Romania: Timisoara, Cluj (Transylvania) or Craiova. Cheapest return tickets out of the 5, but I have no clue about what to do there and where to go. Romanian though would be easier to speak as it is a NeoLatin language, just like Italian.
So, any advice and/or tips about the places I mentioned are welcome. I plan on taking tickets in a couple of day maximum.
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So I'm a poor Ami student who can speak decent German, who is looking to hang out in Germany for a month to sightsee and check out schools and work opportunities. I'm thinking about renting a bicycle, getting a train pass, and staying at hostels, but I don't really know if that's the most cost-effective way to travel around Germany. Going to sleep immediately after I post this and won't get back on until after work, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.