"Oops I fucked up" thread
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Too much asking/requesting and not enough story telling going on in /trv/ lately. Let's have an "Oops I fucked up" /distressed/panic travel thread.
Regular stories and/or greentext stories are welcome!
>Be in Chile.
>Spend weekend in Argentina.
>Don't bring too much cash, not planning to spend a lot.
>Didn't tell bank I'd be in Argentina.
>End up spending more than I want to that weekend.
>Leave hostel early in the AM to catch a bus back to Chile
>Have had a historically bad and laughable record of leaving high priced items (i.e. cameras, iPods, cell phones) behind throughout teenage years into adulthood.
>Oh look I have everything!
>Get to bus station, buy ticket
>On bus, look for iPod
>errr where is it?
>left at hostel, along with camera
>have to swallow $40, go back and get valuables
>come back to bus station with almost no money
>Ask to buy another ticket
>Have mix of Chilean Pesos and Argentine Pesos
>We only accept Argentine Pesos
>Fuck, can't miss this bus
>Distressed, running around bus station looking for place to exchange money
>Argentinian man sees I'm in full panic, directs me to friend who at bus station who exchanges money
>Profusely thank him for his kindness
>Finally get on bus, exhausted
Young, idiotic USA traveler that day? Absolutely. That was my first real "shit, I'm on my own and have to figure it out" moment in traveling alone.
Alright, I've been on this board for years. I know you guys have some crazy stories. Let's hear them.
Pic is bus on road crossing Andes Mountains. We got extremely close to the edge, and I'd be lying if I said butterflies didn't flutter in my stomach anytime during the way up or down.
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Not sure if this is quite the right place to ask my questions but seeing as it pertains somewhat to travel, im just going ask it here since you are the likely the most knowledgeable board on the subject.
I'm a pre-med student about to finish my 2nd year in college. I am currently a certified EMT in my state (California), and looking into volunteering/working abroad in 3rd world countries short term. Ideally, It would make sense for me to find a medical placement setting. Whether it be a refugee camp, small village, or a small hospital township. I would like to do this for about 6-8 weeks, followed possibly by 2 weeks of just recreational travel.
The closest programs I have encountered so far dont quite line up with what I would like to do/can do.
>peace corps (multiple year commitment)
>Gapmedics (expensive as hell and looks more like a summercamp,lol)
>Going purely Independent (seems sketch as fuck, would not like to be beheaded on the internet...)
I am college student, so my budget is pretty bare to a round ticket flight, and very little spending money ($50-100 a week.)
>Does anybody know of any originzations that provide meals/living in exchange for volunteering/work in 3rd world countries?
>Im thinking about (east)Africa as a place Im interested in.
>Recommended countries to volunteer in? (6-8 weeks)
>If I decide to travel after volunteering, Any countries in Africa I should NOT GO, or at least steer clear of?
>any basic traveling tips or guides I should read that are relevant to modern day Africa Travel?
Share your eastern european off-the-beaten-track secrets
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Working out an intinerary for this summer, end of July. Visiting Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, stopping over in Zagreb then going via Plitvice to Split. I've been looking at travel guides for the best stuff to do but does /trv/ have any alternative, off-the-beaten track fun stuff they've come across in these cities? Also is it worth doing a day boat trip from Split when we only have 3 nights there? Which island?