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Good evening to you /trv/,
First, a preface. I'm a 23 year old male from Boston. The last time I flew was for a high school trip, so not what I would call unsupervised. I've also never been outside of my time zone. This is all relevant because in March, I will be flying to San Diego alone for my cousin's wedding. The rest of my family has made different travel plans.
I just want to make sure I'm heading in the right direction with this so I don't end up self-inflicting torture on myself due to bad travel arrangements.
Part 1: The Airport
There are two airports that I am able to fly out of. Manchester Regional (MHT) and Logan (BOS). Both have similar inexpensive flights from U.S. Airways, United, and Delta. Only Logan has premium airlines like Virgin America and JetBlue. What concerns me is the airlines that serve MHT are the ones most complained about regarding baggage handling and dis-satisfaction. I'm willing to pay for convenience, however. Should I choose BOS for a more comfortable (possibly direct) flight at the expense of heavier TSA thuggery, traveling into the city and a ticket worth $200 more than the others? Or should I choose MHT (which is farther away from me) for an inexpensive flight on airlines not known for comfort and satisfaction, but with the benefit of lighter TSA thuggery and less metropolitan mash-up.
Part 2: Duration
The wedding is on Saturday. Everyone else is planning on arriving on Friday, but I'm thinking if I do that I'll be a bag of unprepared shit for the wedding so I'm considering a Thursday arrival with plenty of time to rest. Similarly, everyone's planning on taking a red-eye home on Sunday, but I'm over here like "when's the last reception you went to that ended at a reasonable hour?". I do not want to go to an airport drunk or hung over. So an extra day there too. Of course this would mean two extra days on my hotel bill plus. So do you think it is worth it or should I just deal with the tight travel plans?
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I know there are quite a lot of people who have hitchhiked here on /trv/. I've never done it before. I'm from the Toronto area and I want to do it all the way to Vancouver, stopping off in several cities along the way, seeing Canada. I've read Hitchwiki and a few other websites so I guess I'm looking for some stories and any pointers anyone has.
My main concerns are with sleeping. I guess for a trip like the one I'm thinking of people just sleep in the woods close to the road or maybe a highway interchange. Can someone just confirm that and give me some insight into sleeping like this? In other threads I think I remember the general consensus being tarp over tent for shelter. The Hennessy Hammock stands out to me also as a pretty cool minimal shelter, although then I think I might not be able to find many trees in the huge swathes of the prairies.
Also, would anyone bring a little stove and pot for a trip of this length? I'm leaning to probably not, but I wonder what you guys might think. And just for clarity, I figure I would stay in hostels or couchsurf in the cities I want to stop off in and this trip would be in May at earliest but probably further into the summer.
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I have break from school in the first 2 weeks of February and instead of going skiing like everyone I decided I am going to fly to Barcelona for a few days with Ryanair (cheap as fuck) with 2 female friends who are 17 - I'm 18.
I've been in Barcelona and Spain before but I'm wondering what kind of stuff there is to do in February - apparently the average temperature is 12-15'C which is nice. We don't need anything concrete to get excited about, just the experience of being abroad is enough to have a good time, but it'd be cool to do something other than walk around the city, visiting shops and bars along the way.
Secondly, it's the first time I'm planning a trip by myself, what are the most important things to keep in mind so this works out alright?
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Hey, /trv/. I'm here to ask a favor, or to help you out, depending on what you want in life.
This could come to bite me in the ass, but I kinda hope it does some good for somebody.
Here's a link to a study abroad scholarship application for $2500, if you want to apply. http://www.studyabroad101.com/scholarships/academic-programs-international-api
And here's my submission. You can read if you like, like if you want, or just ignore this post altogether. That's up to you.
Thank you for your time.
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Soup, trv, it's pho time! I wanna go Vietnam.
What are the must-see places for a first-time traveler there, and can anyone recommend hotels? I'll be going over Chinese New Year, so will be competing against other travelers from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and so on.
Oh, any suggested vaccinations?