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Well /trv/, back from Japan and sharing what I have learned to help other travelers. I’ll cover skiing in Hokkaido, car/motorcycle rentals, and the eternal search for street racing and nyotaimori (sushi served off a naked woman). The biggest take a ways are that not all 7/11 ATMs take Master Card debit cards anymore- although Citibank ATMs do now. This is the opposite that I found in 2012. JP Bank and the post office still work the same as always for getting money, the exchange rate during this trip was roughly 100?=$1. The bus info contained herein is important as it is only found by asking people in Hokkaido or being able to read Japanese. No websites or forums, including google maps, I found gave information in English. Well some do but it is inaccurate (learned the hard way). Lastly, don’t travel to Japan on or around the New Year for three reasons. The biggest issue is many places are closed (almost all museums and tourist attractions) for the week following (national holiday) and many places don’t clearly state their revised hours. More than once I ended up at places that said they would be open and weren’t. Second the snow in Hokkaido I heard anecdotally but unanimously is better in February. If you’re spending the money to come skiing here (which I highly recommend) make it worth it. Lastly, I have never traveled to a place during a peak travel time before. Never have I met so many shitty travelers and tourists in my life. I make it a point to stay at hostels just so I can meet new people, but during my time in Tokyo over Christmas and the New Year I bounced out of two hostels (something I’ve never done before) because of the people. A 2,000? a night capsule hotel above a pachinko hall and below a fuzoku (brothel) filled with stale smoke and burnt out bottom rung salary men was a huge step up.
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hi /trv/, femanon here
I'm going solo backpacking/WWOOFing from July-October this year, starting in Ireland and working my way east. I really want to visit Romania (and would probably be WWOOFing there for at least part of the time I'm there).
My question is: am I actually fucked? Everyone tells me I'm literally screwed if I decide to go to Eastern Europe on my own as a young, solo female. No-one I know personally is traveling that area at all this year, so I'm not sure whether I should just not go, or try and find someone to go with (on that note, how?), or whether I'll actually be okay.