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I'm going to Laos in a couple days and just wanted to get a couple tips. I've been travelling to Asia many times, all the way from India to China for longer periods as well. So I don't need any of the basic stuff (aka it's a bit cheaper than Thailand etc.)
I want you secret spots! This dingy local bar where you had an amazing time with some rice farmers and their homemade booze, the hostel where you got stuck for 10 days, this nice cave/tree/temple/village/mountain you stumble upon far for the next tourist. The stuff people back home don't understand when your'e talking about it!
Will be going by bought scooter/125ccm bike - only way to go (Freedom, Flexibility, Fun!).
Give it up!!!
Ghana, Tanzania or Namibia?
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I can go on a three-month exchange to one of the following places.
What could /trv/ tell me about my options. For me Africa is a large unknown continent and I have to admit that I know pretty much nothing about those places.
I am interested in experiencing the stereotypical Africa. Crowded bazaars, parties where I can feel the African rhythm and feel embarrassed because of my white boy moves and cheap living costs.
I am doing some research on my own too but it would be nice to get some insights from you people.
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Hi /trv/, I am considering moving to India for at least a year (likely more). Probably baidyanathdham [aka devghar] or gokarna, near goa (leaning towards devghar). I plan on living in a hut or something relatively as simple and cheap and continuing my meditation (I have been in a quasi-meditative retreat in the usa for almost 5 years now,but it is expensive amongst other things (I am just not a huge fan of living in this society).
Reasons for the two particular locations are:
-Both have lots of really good naturally growing and abundant hashish,which though I don't need to explain this,as a tantric it does help with prana movement (according to Hameroff, co-creator of the Orch-OR theory, prana might be able to be explained as quantum vibrations in the microtubules, either way it is a real experiential phenomena and it is important to my goals in meditation;I can provide links for the recent evidence of quantum vibrations and an interview with Hameroff if anyone is interested).
-very few people, I am not looking to really disturb anyone or be too disturbed
-tremendous amount of scenic beauty, self explanatory, looking for a very simple life lived in nature.
I chose India in general to move to continue my practice because:
-it will be much cheaper to live
-I love Indian food
-the culture supports meditative retreat
-when taking breaks I can backpack and travel around India
-there are other serious contemplatives who I can make contact with and with whom I can teach and learn from.
I get a small check every month to live off of, and in the USA it really is a small amount of money, but in India this is plenty to live and travel on (especially since I plan in living rent and virtually all utility-free).I am just looking for any pieces of trivia you may find helpful/insightful. Sorry for the length, I went into detail to avoid comments like "you can meditate in a hut anywhere in the world", or statements about stereotypical faux-enlightened real-travelers/hippies.
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I want to go to Berlin for the summer holidays (early august I think). But I have no clue what to do there. I just think it'd be a city I'd enjoy from what I've heard.
Recommendations would be lovely.
Hotels, restaurants (vegan which is one of the reasons I want to visit Berlin), museums, experimental avant garde music, you name it. As long as it's not too expensive.
I'm thinking about staying 4 days, 2 adults. Budget is around €800 per person, though more or less won't be an issue.
Chiang Mai, Thailand to Yufu, Oita, Kyushu, Japan
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I've been travelling around Thailand for about 2 months now and am currently staying just outside of Chiang Mai. I've thought it's time to move on and rather than following the conventional path of going through southeast asia, I've decided to take this opportunity to go to Japan.
I've signed up to WWOOFing and found a host in Oita, Kyushu who's willing to put me up for a month, the only issue is finding the cheapest way to get there. I've got a budget for transport of around $1,000, but the issue is Japanese transport is REALLY expensive, like it's about $150 to take the bullet train there from either Tokyo or Kansai airports. I'm desperately looking for a cheaper solution to arriving there, maybe even hitchhiking. Got any advice for a brokeass traveller?
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Just got back to Hong Kong from Shanghai. Never realised how much I missed this place, but w/ev.
Feel free to ask me anything.
Overnight train from SH to Kowloon: 605RMB.
I may have been forced to pay for a soft sleeper bed due to overcrowding; that's a 4 bunk cabin as opposed to a 6 bunker with the same ceiling height. Just a seat would be much cheaper, but the car would have been hellishly crowded with people balancing two buckets across a stick on their shoulders, screaming children, huge suitcases, maybe the occasional chicken. Well, not so much the last one, but it really wouldn't shock me.
Budget ensuite hotel room in SH: 100RMB
Ensuite dormitory bed (SH): 50RMB
You can get a legitimately good chinese dinner for 30RMB, and a piece of greasy street food for as low as 2.
Chungking Mansions (HK) single room: 170HKD, i.e. about 140RMB (at the lowest, and by god I searched and haggled for it. These people are sharks.)
Chungking Mansions (HK) dormitory bed: 150HKD (which makes no fucking sense.)
Got to talking with an Australian in SH. Said he got paid 100RMB for two hours English conversation with a slightly creepy/friendly/nervous chinese student (in other words, and average chinese student) who asked him "Are we friends now?" after paying him.
The chinese fellow bought him a frapuccino, which would have been at least 30RMB, and one for himself; I'm convinced that he could have charged twice or quadruple what he asked for, as he told me the chinaman considered 100RMB the minimum when he offered a free session.
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I'm working in New Zealand for 2 weeks in July, I only have a few days spare for tourism but I would like to see as much of the best parts of the country as I can. I'll be based in Dunedin, and I'd love to get skiing somewhere nearby at the weekend in the middle of those 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks, I have 3.5 days free, was thinking of flying north and going to see Rotorua and maybe Taupo because many people have recommended those to me.
What do you guys think? Especially anyone who has travelled NZ before. Sadly my time is limited so I really want to make the most of my free days, I've been wanting to see NZ for years. I will be travelling to Sydney and Brisbane too, and I heard Auckland is nothing special if I've already been to these places. I'd like to see places of natural beauty or that are really unique or culturally interesting. I've heard Milford Sound is nice too, but I don't think I'll have time to travel there as well.