Essential Travel Gear
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Been thinking about making a thread like this for a while; just out of curiosity.
What do you consider to be essential and/or useful travel gear? Try to break it into different tiers. Essential/necessary, useful, optional. If you've tried different kinds or are perfectly happy with it, please name the brand and/or model!
I'm a noob vagabonder/traveler, so I'm afraid I don't have much to add. But I would love to read about what you guys suggest. I'm leaving for my 2nd long trip again next month!
- Universal travel adaptor. No specific brand, but the flatter, the better so it's less lumpy in your bag.
- Carabiner. No specific brand as they're all essentially the same. I use this for my hostel keys, locker keys, and anything important that I can clip. They also make a good hook for dirty washrooms where you can't put your bag on the floor.
- Clothesline: such a cheap item, but so useful! No explanation necessary
- quick-dry towels. No specific brand as many outdoor companies make one. Normal towels can take forever to dry and these are great for
- external battery charger. You charge it by USB and you can connect your phone to it when you're running low on battery. I've never had to use one because my phone lasts at least a day.
pic related - it's the kind of carabiner that I use
Ireland or China?
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Hey people! Listen, I have these two options to spend 6 weeks in December, look at the options:
Option 1. China, I would go with a friend to the Beijing Language and Culture University to learn another language, the school is kinda cheap and it includes accommodation, but I don't know any Chinese (I'm fluent in English and Spanish)
Option 2. Ireland, well I will go to England too, and some parts of Europe in all that time, no university in this option, just going to relax, see new places, etc. At the 5-6th week I will meet my parents in France and spend a week with them (they will be in France at that time, they are not from there nor live there).
So which should I pick? Considering the season, should I leave Europe for another season when it is more warm? Will it be cold as fuck or not a big deal? Any tips or recommendations? Thanks in advance!
How do you plan a trip?
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So I'm in my mind 20's and I've never left my country due brokeness, study, work, etc., so I'm not exactly sure how I go about planning a trip. I've searched the internet of course, but I'm more interested to hear from you guys and the varying ways you've gone about it.
Personally I'm considering going to Nepal in a little over a month and staying there until January. So I have a few (probably stupid) questions:
1. What minimum amount of time would you give to plan a trip? Essentially I want to leave in early November. I was going to get my passport sorted out within the next week and then my Visa afterwards. Flights I was going to do sometime in the next couple weeks (since the prices don't seem to vary much). It should be ok given the turnover period for the documents. Do you think I would be cutting it too fine? Do you usually get a visa before you book flights or the other way round?
2. What level of planning do you do? I was thinking of booking flights and sorting out accommodation for the first week before I get over there, and then just winging it once I'm there. Of course I generally know the places I want to see and stuff to do, but since it's pretty cheap, I'd like to get pretty settled and take my time working out what I want to do and when. Aside from flights and assumed costs of accommodation based on research, I haven't really budgeted except to the extent that I know I have more than enough money to see me through my time there assuming I don't go overboard. I also figured that the cheaper accommodation and things to do wouldn't be advertised on the internet and I could try sort it out with locals when I get there.
Is this doable or am I totally out of my depth?
Any help or advice appreciated. Pic unrelated.
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Hello, /trv/. Do any of you have done a "work and holidays" trip? Me and two friends are planning to do so next year, what would you recommend us? How did you do it? We are 20 years old, and our biggest fear is traveling into somewhere and not being able to get a job.
So, /trv/, what wouuld you recommend us to do?