Never traveled, trying to get to MO.
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Complete noob traveler here. Never been on a flight on my own, much less tried to plan one. I also happen to be extremely financially challenged.
My girlfriend joined the National Guard and her graduation ceremony is on the 13th. She's stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri and I'm in Beverly, Massachusetts (most likely departing from Boston).
Last week I looked at the airfare for flights from Logan directly to Fort Leonard Wood (or nearby St. Louis) and found tickets at about $350, thinking it wasn't too bad and that I could afford the tickets after my next paycheck. After I get paid, I check the rates and see they jumped up to $666. I had no clue airline prices fluctuate like that.
So here's my situation. On a budget of about $900 maximum (even with that I could be in real financial trouble when I get home) I need to get from Boston to Fort Leonard Wood by Feb. 12th, 1PM and stay until 8 PM on the 13th. I have the 11th-14th off from work. My car can just barely get me to Boston, nevermind the midwest. Also none of her family will be attending so I will be traveling completely alone (which is why it's so important that I get there, I'm literally the only person supporting her).
Airfare is ungodly expensive. Renting a car is not an option as I do not have a major credit card. Only thing I'm not worried about is lodging since they have a hotel on-site at the army base.
Any experienced travelers have tips on how to find cheaper airfare, or a way around needing a credit card to rent a car?
Another Japan thread
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Me and some friends are gonna travel in Japan 1 August - 1 September by train.
We are gonna travel below Tokyo and we already planed to go to Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima.
We both really like to see the best Japan has to offer and have a great experience.
We already know about the large and hottest tourist spots.
I know some Japanese and my friends don't know anything.
Me and my friends are interested in mostly anything except shopping.
Now i have some questions:
>What other places are nice to visit?
>Is it safe to get a tattoo in Japan? If it is, what is a good place to get one?
>What are some hidden gem places in the cities we are going to?
>Are Japanese Girls easy to get home on pubs and clubs? Something to look out for there?
>Is it hard to survive in Japan without not being able to talk and read Japanese so well?
>If you have been in Japan what was the best and worst experiences you had?
>What tourist spots should we ignore?
>Any websites where i can find special events happening in Japan?
>What places is the best to learn to know people you maybe can spend time with?
>Is there a cheap way to get phones in Japan so me and friends don't loose each other?
>I don't want to carry a big case through Japan, is there a place in Tokyo i can leave it cheap for 3 weeks?
>Are men who like manga and anime seen as manchildren there as well?
wwoofing in Japan (and elsewhere)
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I didn't want to make this thread specificially about Japan, but rather about wwoofing, however, my question is specific to Japan and anyone who has knowledge or experience doing it there.
I am doing 1 of 2 things in about June or July.
1. Going to Japan for 3 months purely as a holiday. I may try to get some type of wwoofing in if I can, but otherwise not too fussed if i'm "only" going to be there 3 months, I can certainly occupy my time touring the country.
2. Going to Japan for 12 months on a working holiday visa, in which case I would definitely look into wwoofing and similar in order to truly experience the culture, people, and etc..
I was wondering if anyone here has wwoofed outside of the usual 3 month workless-visa type of scenario, what their experience was, if they were ever offered paid employment by the wwoofing hosts or etc..
Also wondering how many people have done this with beginner level Japanese vs say, moderate conversation level where they could understand everything that was going on.
A large part of wanting to go there so long is to truly learn the language, be forced into a situation where learning phrases will just be part of the day-to-day. But i've always been a bit of a japanophile I guess, so the entire experience of living overseas (which i've never done) would just be that much more enjoyable.
Short-term work options in Europe
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Does anybody have any ideas for breaking-even (or better) in continental Europe, short-notice, for 1-2 months? This question is aimed at EU citizens, obviously.
Eg. pamphleteering, menial work, bar work (possibly unlikely in countries where unemployment is 15-20%..!?)