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Questions about not being detained by customs, /trv/.
I'm going to visit my wife (she lives in the USA) in a few weeks, and am planning to stay there for the maximum period without a visa (half year). Now, I have a new passport (recently changed my name), and I'd probably be buying a one way ticket (going to wait for sales in tickets, don't want to lose it by getting it now, etc.), and apparently this will raise a lot of red flags for customs.
So basically my question is: what can I do to make sure I'm not detained / deported, and to make the process as smooth as possible? Also general travel questions thread, I guess.
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Another China thread!
Hey /trv/ I'm planning on traveling to China in May or June this year and I'm just looking for any advice in general. I don't have much of an itinerary yet, but I plan to start in Beijing and go from there. I want to see both cities and countryside, I like to see historical things and just take in the culture.
I will note I will be going alone with very basic Mandarin skills, and I'm kind of nervous if I will stress out too much during the trip or not. I've been to HK before and how similar are the mainlanders to them? I found HK people to be not really friendly at all. I'm just asking what the general feeling of traveling there would be like. What's some advice you guys can give me? watch to watch out for and what places to go and which to avoid, thanks.
Also, General China thread I guess.
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Hey /trv/, i'm planning on driving from the Philadelphia to Tarpon Springs, FL next week. I've seen threads on this board saying to beware of making it a 2 day trip, so I'm considering making a 3 day sort of thing. I'm thinking about leaving at 5 pm one night, stopping around midnight, doing the bulk of the driving the next day and stopping somewhere fairly close to my destination, and then just finishing up the third day with hopefully only a few hours of driving left. So far, I'm thinking make it from Philly to Richmond, then Richmond to either Savannah or Jacksonville, then from there to Tarpon. I know this is a bit of an obscure request when it comes to driving trips, but anyone have any input/advice/suggestions? Would it be better to just try and do the bulk of the driving one full day, and then finish the second? That was our original plan, but I want to avoid being totally beat when we get there, which is why I'm considering splitting it up. Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!
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Not sure how much luck I'll have here with this, but I have seen a few posters on /trv/ who have lived and/or worked in Saudi Arabia...
I'd like to teach English in the Middle East for a year or two. However, the jobs offered are really centered around Saudi Arabia. It seems for every one teaching position in Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, etc. there are 10 in Saudi Arabia.
It's not that I'm completely opposed to it- it's just that from what I've heard and read, there is rather little to see and do. I do look forward to the actual working and teaching, but I'd still like to experience the country I'm in. I'm just worried that if I go there, I'll see whatever the city I'm in has to offer in a couple of weeks, and then mostly be stuck inside an apartment.
Are my worries reasonable? Are they exaggerated? Would greatly appreciate the input of anyone who has traveled, lived, or worked there.
Interrail Route (.......for the second time)
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You can skip this for a tl;dr. In light of my other post a few days ago being terribly received by some of you, I had a discussion with my girlfriend, and we both agreed after looking at our interrail route, there were several places where we didn't really have a lot planned, so we decided to skip them. There were also places that we just didn't know if we'd be able to afford or not as well, so we decided to go east after coming down from the north.
We both think that this route is a lot better, and we have already got some plans for many most of the new cities.
What do you guys think about this, and what would you recommend doing in these cities? I'll stick around this time and reply rather than running away like a little girl, and I feel like I should make an effort to explain the map too. I'll also respond to what some people said last time.
For those who didn't see the other thread, my girlfriend and I are both 18 and we're going interrailing this summer for 6 weeks.
We're flying there and we don't want to do anything on our first day, we just want to make sure we're comfortable and gather our bearings. We'll most likely stay in a cheap hotel or get a private room in a hostel. The journey then starts the day after - 3 nights and on the 4th (technically 5th) afternoon we're getting the ferry to Stockholm. That's why we're in Helsinki so long.
Many people said Belgium was boring, so we decided to cut down from 4 nights to 2 nights, and choose a different city too.
We need to be in Lille on our final day since we have to catch the Eurostar to London. After looking into it, we realised that 3 nights was just way too long.
TL;DR | I posted in here a few days ago with an interrail route and you all said it was shit. Rate this one and give me cool stuff to do and shit things to avoid. Obviously I have things planned, I'm not making you do all the work for me, I just want to know what your favourite things in/about these cities are.