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what do i do in a new city?
will be going to montreal alone (i'm from Toronto), but have no clue what to do really.
do i just walk around, see the sights (biodome, botanical gardens, parks), restaurants and bars?
i'm awkward and shy. is there a good way to meet new people as a tourist? i'm pretty anxious about going alone to restaurants and bars (usually things you do with friends)
i haven't traveled alone before, and when i did travel it was only family trips. what do i need to know to make the most of my time?
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So I'm in the early stages of planning a 4-6 week trip to Scotland, and I'd like practical information that I may overlook in the process.
I'm not big on culture, and my grand plan is to do several of the longer hikes through the country with breaks to distilleries and towns in between. I also don't want to carry a ton of hiking gear so I'll probably do the old man thing and sleep at hostels, bothies, or B&Bs.
So far I have 2 trails that I am definitely doing:
1) West Highland Way (94 miles)
2) Great Glen Way (73 miles)
The good thing is that one begins where the other ends, and they're both good hikes. But they're both fairly long and I don't intend to do them back to back. I'm also planning on doing a several day hike in Skye, then taking a bus or renting a car to drive about while I rest up.
I'd like some suggestions from people more familiar with Scotland on what to do between the 3-4 long hikes I plan on doing especially geared towards landscapes and unique places to visit. I'm also planning on keeping my pack pretty light, like a 50liter back so gear suggestions would be good (aside from a good pair of boots and rain jacket).
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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!
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Middle East safety thread.
Next summer I want to go to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Anyone been to any of these countries? How safe did you feel? I was planning on travelling by bus from Egypt to Israel but after the plane going down in the Sinai peninsuila it has made me think I am going to start in Egypt, fly to Jordan, then go overland to Israel, then back to Jordan to fly to Lebanon. I am aware the situation can change quickly. I am thinking I may as well go now because for all we know the whole region could turn into another Syria, and then I would not be able to go for decades. Thoughts /trv/? Is it very dangerous?
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