Traveling while young
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Should a person travel as much as he can while he is young? Does age make a big difference in how you are treated when you travel?
I'm used to being cared for by locals, getting invited into people's homes to meet their families or to spend the night. I suspect it is largely because I'm in my early 20s that people want to take care of or impress me (I guess being courteous and multilingual helps too). I've heard these words at least half a dozen times: "My mother/father/grandparent likes you. They say you must think of them as your [nationality] mother/father/ grandparent." It's a pretty goddamn warm and fuzzy feeling.
I imagine when you are in your 30s, 40s, 50s and in a foreign country, people see you as more self-sufficient and respectable, and so hesitate to approach you in the spirit of hospitality. Is this true?
I don't really care about socializing in hostels or wherever. In just thinking of interactions with locals.
Budapest, Prague, Berlin
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I'm a single guy traveling alone.
How long should I stay in each of these cities (Budapest, Prague, and Berlin)?
What would you recommend with things to do, see, or eat?
And which city/country has the prettiest girls in the region?
Domestic US Travel
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My dad likes to hassle me about not being very interested in domestic tourism. I'm 21 and have been to several dozen different countries by myself but never traveled west of the Mississippi River. I'd definitely like to hitchhike California and see the surrounding sights, but Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and San Francisco just aren't very high up on my "to do" list right now. I feel like getting around the States, for a budget traveler, is much less convenient than Europe or Asia - there are few hostels, even small cities have low population densities and are very spread out (with several notable exceptions), and you pretty much have to have a car to comfortably get around.
What does interest me is nature tourism, like seeing the Rocky Mountains or walking part of the Appalachian Trail. Other than that, I don't feel like I'm missing out on much by not having been to Texas.
Is this a very ignorant feeling for me to have? The way I see it is that I'm probably going to live most of my life in this country, and it's a lot easier for me to break loose now and go see other places before I have a family and career; the Grand Canyon can wait until I have enough money to pay for a nice hotel room and rental car.
Are people from other countries very interested in traveling around the United States? (asking posters here; I know tourism statistics for cities like NYC speak for themselves) Have other young travelers here gone extensively around their own countries, American or not?
tl;dr - family keeps guilting me about traveling to other countries but not going many places in America. Most of the US seems pretty culturally homogeneous to me, or, on the flip side, too hard to get around without paying a lot of a rental car and lodging. I figure I'll visit places around the country eventually, but is it weird to not care very much about being a domestic tourist versus an international one?
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I was recently informed that instead of spending the summer at National Taiwan Normal University in downtown Taipei like I had thought, I'm going to be living at...Kao Yuan University, in southern Taiwan, basically halfway between Kaohsiung and Tainan. I had a to-do list of all the things I wanted to do in Taipei ready, but I'm finding it's a lot harder to find information about this hinterland between Kaohsiung and Tainan. Anyone have experience with this area, or just southern Taiwan in general? What is a tourist to do?
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Hey /trv/, I'm 17 and since I was 10 I've always had an interest in Japanese culture, it started with ninjas and samurai's and progressed to the food and then to the people. I've never been there but I want to go check and see how it is for about 3 months and then make a decision whether or not I want to immigrate to Japan. Because honestly, Being a white person in south Africa is terrible. We are being discriminated against by the other races and the government. But basically I wanna ask if any of you know where I should study in Japan or even if it is necessary to study if I live in Japan? I mean I have the opportunity because my father said that he will pay for my studies if I decide to go. But yeah. Tell me some of your Japanese experience's and what jobs are available for an immigrant, Oh and ive been studying Japanese for a while, so I'll be able to talk a bit by the time I'm 18 or 19