Safe for a Belarusian to travel to Belarus?
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I was born in Belarus but have lived in the U.S. for most of my life.
I'm only looking for input here from people who are Belarusian, have been to Belarus, or have extensive knowledge about it, please do not just google and give me your answer.
My grandma, grandpa, and uncle still live in Minsk and I've been back there once but we've been spied on and followed by strange people there.
Now my mother wants to go back there this summer even though it's incredibly fucking dangerous (according to everything I've heard from her) and I don't know what to do.
I want to see my family, but at the same time I don't want to be killed. I don't know, is it safe to go there? Are the loud protesters and foreigners the only ones who get kidnapped, jailed and/or kiled?
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Hello /trv/, i've never been in Asia, wich are the best cities to visit? I was thinking about Beijing, Hong Kong or Tokyo. I'm looking for fun (nightlife, clubbing, no strip bars), maybe shopping, restaurants... and well i know what to visit in Tokyo but i've no idea about Hong Kong and Beijing. Thank you.
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I'm going to Morocco in three weeks and I have a couple questions if you guys would be so kind.
First, apparently the Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency and they don't allow you to import more than 1000 dirhams. I have over 5000 dirhams that I was planning on bringing with me to cover most of the costs of my trip. I already have them, so should I declare them or sneak them in?
Second, I want to ride around the desert on a camel. Probably for a couple days. I don't want to overpay or get scammed or anything like that, and this seems like a really touristy thing to do, so I feel like the chances of me getting taken advantage of while trying to do this are relatively high. Has anyone ever done this before and have any suggestions? I'm going to be touring the country for about 4 weeks, so I'm planning on being all over the place, so if you have any recommendations that are really out of the way, I'd certainly be open to them.
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I live in NYC, but the media makes California look like such an amazing place. I've been wanting to go for the longest time, and I'd like to finally go this summer.
However, California is awfully big so I'm not sure exactly where I want to go. Is LA as overrated as they say? I'd like to go somewhere preferably near a beach, but also near a city with a great night life.
Open for ideas, thanks.
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Hello /trv/, I have come to you with important questions. Has any of you ever done a motorcycle trip about 1500 km long? I just dropped out of university, and I've got two months of free time for the end of Februari untill the end of April to ride to Italy on my motorcycle. Now, since this will be my first trip, I have no idea what to expect, and most importantly how much it'll cost me. Now, I've thought about things like fuel usage(which will be at least 1500km/30kpl=50 liters of fuel, say 100 euros counting for extra kms), camping(no idea how much that'll cost, but I've got a tent, sleeping bag and everything I'll need to camp), and several other stuff like eating(I've never been on long road trips, how can you eat on cheaply when on the road) and a lot of other stuff, but I have no idea where to begin even. Can you guys offer any advice? I mean, this board is bound to have some guy who did this, right?
As far as the trip itself goes: I'm planning to go the usual route my parent have always taken(for the most part): going through Germany, Switzerland, and then straight into Italy. I'll be staying with friends near the Lago Trasimeno so that'll be cheap lodging without having to stay in a tent for two months(and with a shower, thank god). I'll be doing about 200-250 km per day untill I'm at those friends, and after that I'll just start explore te countryside of Umbria and Tuscany. Once I'm either out of money, or when it's mid-April, I'll go home again, and do those 200-250 km per day again. That means about 7 to 8 days of riding (provided I won't stay near Davos for a while, ride around in the Alps for a bit) per trip.
Pic related: my current planning(could use a fair bit of work).
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I'm going to europe with my brother this July.
We're going to visit Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid in a time frame of 24 days.
I don't know much about Barcelona or Munich (they are also the shortest stays on our trip - about 3 days each) Are there any MUST-sees/dos while there? Will I be able to do it all?
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Visiting Frankfurt in about one month
How's the nightlife? We'll be visiting from Monday to Friday, is the nightlife lively during the weekdays?
Also, we will be staying across the street of the the central station, will this be a problem? I have read that physical crime is concentrated around this area and the neighbouring red-light district, will it be a problem getting home at night? Where are the good places situated, and is it a long walk from the station?
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Would you recommend for or against traveling to Russia for personal recreation if I am not fluent in the language? I've taken four semesters of Russian in college and I'm not fluent, but I think I can get around and hold maybe a basic conversation.
Also, where do you recommend I go? I've heard nice things about St. Petersberg and Moscow, but apparently Moscow is expensive and sometimes dangerous, so i'm leaning towards St. Petersberg.
If I travel with a friend from college who is at the same level of Russian, do you think we could get around?
It seems like such a cool place and most Russians I know say that in the big cities, Russians like and are fascinated by Americans
Lastly, what is the visa process like? Thanks guys.
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In 2014 my girlfriend and I will be doing a bike tour of the U.S.. It's roughly 15,275 miles. At 75mi a day it'll take us 7mo and honestly, 75mi a day is not what we'll do. We might break it up into pieces.
We want to start a blog to write about our planning, our gear, our training, and everything else that'll go into this. We need a name though.
Something simple, short, catchy. Something even a child could easily recall and pop into a browser.
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Okay so two friends and I are planning a cross country road trip.
We live in LA and want to get to Manhattan and basically, spend the day there and then drive straight back.
We want to drive nonstop if possible by rotating drivers and only stopping for gas, maybe some scenic spots off the road, and if we cant help it, a place for all of us to sleep in the car for a few hours.
We estimate that it will cost us $212 each just for gas there and back, and maybe a couple hundred bucks extra for food and such.
Pretty sure it'll take at least 50 hours to get to New York alone if we are precious with time (maybe less?). I think 7 days in total is realistic if not too generous?
What say you? And are we crazy? This is our plan for Spring Break.
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Hello /trv/! Currently in heavy planning for my trip across Europe and Asia and I'm wondering if you can help me think of the things I have to think of.. What information do I need or is at least good to have about countries I'm visiting?
The itinerary is the following (highly likely, although not set in stone):
Holland / Germany / Austria / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia / Montenegro / Albania / Greece / Turkey / Georgia / Azerbaijan / Caspian Sea (by ferry service) / Turkmenistan / Uzbekistan / Tajikistan / Kyrgyzstan / Kazakhstan / China / Nepal / India / Bhutan / India / Bangladesh / India / China / Myanmar / Laos / Vietnam / Cambodia / Thailand / Malaysia / Andaman & Nicobar Islands / Indonesia / Philippines / Taiwan / South Korea / Japan / Russia (Trans-Siberian train) / Ukraine / Belarus / Latvia / Lithuania / Poland / Czech Republic / Germany / Holland
I plan on travelling by hitch-hiking primarily, train or bus if need be. I do not have any time schedules or anything, I plan to take my time in all of these countries if possible. I plan to use Couchsurfing to be able to spend the nights everywhere and get information about the countries and make some friends. I'm 24/m and I'll be travelling with my mate who is also 24/m, we'll start the journey in May.
Information I will at least be getting together about the countries is the following:
How to get in (visum) / Actualities / Travel advice according to my ministry of foreign affairs / Couchsurf hosts / Little bit of history / Basic language (small sentences and a few words like "yes", "no" and "do you speak Dutch or English?") / What the currency is and what the rates are compared to the Euro
So /trv/, can you help me make sure I start my journey well? Can you help me get off to a good start?