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Go west, young [travel] thread

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  • WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta Registered User regular
    I will be your cultures guide, leading you to the finest cheeses

  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    I can also be the schmulture guide

    I bet you don't even know what schmulture is

    tsk, you're so unschmultured

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Friends of mine spent five months backpacking from Guangxi, in Southeastern China, northwest through China and across the Gobi desert into Pakistan, then through India and Nepal.

    One of my closest friends spent three months hitchhiking through Senegal and The Gambia.

    I want someone who wants to go and do these things with me.

    i would totally do this with you.

    though I'm reserving the right to complain about any unhygienic ablution options we encounter.

    Will it be funny ha-ha complaining or "I won't stay here" complaining? Because

    Let me tell you about some awful places I've pooped

    (never on the Great Wall, though)

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  • bowtiedsealbowtiedseal Registered User regular
    I have seen my fair share of questionable lavatories and guest quarters in my travels!

    I am hoping to spend a bit of time visiting family/friends in the coming year. I am very lucky to have lots of places to stay all over the world!

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  • KochikensKochikens Registered User regular
    Fuck heathrow

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Friends of mine spent five months backpacking from Guangxi, in Southeastern China, northwest through China and across the Gobi desert into Pakistan, then through India and Nepal.

    One of my closest friends spent three months hitchhiking through Senegal and The Gambia.

    I want someone who wants to go and do these things with me.

    i would totally do this with you.

    though I'm reserving the right to complain about any unhygienic ablution options we encounter.

    Will it be funny ha-ha complaining or "I won't stay here" complaining? Because

    Let me tell you about some awful places I've pooped

    (never on the Great Wall, though)

    funny complaining, followed by completely voluntary constipation.

    Lost Salient
  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    I've been lucky enough to have gone on several long roadtrips with my best friend, who I originally met online. We live pretty far apart, but we try to meet up when we can to hit up some big event. We've covered pretty much the entirety of the midwest at this point going to various Harry Potter concerts/music festivals, plus New York City. I've also flown on my own a few times, including to Boston for the first PAX East.

    Plus the last two summers I've worked in the north of Michigan, so that's necessitated several long drives with my mom and her conveniently large truck from where I normally (nominally) live in western PA.

    I didn't get a lot of chances to travel growing up, so it's been a very liberating experience. Especially given I've always felt disconnected to my birthplace - although having lived about half the last two years away, as much as I love it there too I'm starting to realize it's a general restlessness I get if I stay in one place too long.

    I recently got my passport, partially to apply for a job(s) in England, where I would like to move permanently if possible. But for now it was a good excuse to get it and hopefully I can save up some money and at least travel overseas. The only time I've been out of the country was when my family went to Niagara Falls when I was too young to remember it.

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  • mullymully Registered User regular
    yes, i have flown tons, wimble! just never over an ocean. that freaks me out quite a bit.

    and, drug myself to sleep - as in, i'm going to a pharmacy and telling them what i'm currently on and asking what would safely make me sleep for 6 - 8 hours

  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    i spent all afternoon with my friend trying to do more travel planning

    i dunno how much we accomplished

    poo
  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    That is what I am asking myself about my entire day

    I... I swept the floor??

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    mully wrote: »
    yes, i have flown tons, wimble! just never over an ocean. that freaks me out quite a bit.

    and, drug myself to sleep - as in, i'm going to a pharmacy and telling them what i'm currently on and asking what would safely make me sleep for 6 - 8 hours

    Absolutely nothing.

    'Safe' sleeping medication is a myth, the chemical pathways of it working mean that your best bet from that angle is gonna be some benadryl.

    A one time (two time, for the flight back) dose of Xanax would be your best bet.

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Ireland was nice. I should go back some time soon. A few weeks in the UK in general would be pretty great.

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  • Slacker71Slacker71 subgenius RentonRegistered User regular
    I've been to Shanghai, Beijing and Xian in China, Hong Kong, England (mostly London with a side trip to Stonehenge and the Eurostar to Paris), Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, at least 40 US states and six Canadian provinces.

    My next trip will be in two weeks to NYC for a week.

    I plan to get to Cambodia some day to see Anchor Wat, and want to get to New Zealand and Australia.

  • pookapooka Registered User regular
    i really like my job, but i was lucky to get 6 consecutive days off to go home for Christmas. and that's only 'cause i flew back on Christmas and worked the next day. service industries, man.

    gonna have to save up and get a big-time career if i'm ever going to afford long-term travels, le sigh. what jobs pay to travel, now? travel magazine/guidebook correspondent, BBC presenter?... fashionista? ..i still need a fairy godparent.

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  • pookapooka Registered User regular
    to counteract that grousing, what i am saying is that traveling is awesome, and there are surely many ways to enable it.

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  • Bé ChuilleBé Chuille Registered User regular
    I have such a travel bug, and I can't wait to drag hullis around the world. I've visited Wales, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain (mostly family holidays but I lived in Barcelona for a summer and my god I could live out my days there quite happily) and a few weeks in Romania every summer for about 5 years.

    Outside of Europe I've visited Minnesota to go see my butthead, and spent a month in Tamil Nadu in India. I'm not sure where is next on the list, I'm starting out in my career so plans are on hold.

  • Bé ChuilleBé Chuille Registered User regular
    Oh and I am going to Austria in April, but since it's for a conference I won't see much of it :(

  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~ Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    i want to go back to england/scotland.

    I want to travel to Israel at least once (no i'm not going to argue with anybody about this)

    I want to go through europe on the trains and everything.


    but I was raised in the central easy coast, I lived in Indianapolis for a summer, Maine for 5 years, and now I live in one of the most amazing countries, new Zealand.


    Seriously, you guys should all come visit.

    We have some amazing things.

  • Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    I wanna go back. I haven't been since elementary school. I only have vague memories of mountains and relatives and sheep.

    poo
  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava ~~She/Her~~ Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    you should totally come visit again.

    Although i live in the big city, so not much for sheep (although there are some in one of the parks), and mountains are just a drive out to the Waitakeres.

  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    Kochikens wrote: »
    Fuck heathrow

    god yes. Worst airport I've been to by far

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  • FlarneFlarne Registered User regular
    What is so terrible about Heathrow anyway? I mean, apart from no wifi coverage in the bathrooms.

  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    I liked Heathrow when I was there. Beats most of the airports I've been to. Tegel was fucking awful for example. Barajas (Madrid) is gorgeous though.

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  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    You know what airport I was impressed by in spite of my preconceptions?

    Detroit.

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    Real strong, facetious.

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  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    Also at the airport from which I flew to Detroit, the security agent guy was ridiculously cute and nice and I developed a massive crush on him from our brief conversation about how much older I look with a mustache.

    And then flying onward from Detroit, there was a huge storm that planes had to reroute from. So our plane was literally sitting on the runway in line behind 23 other planes, and it took over an hour and a half until takeoff. At one point the pilot came over the intercom and basically said, "Yeah this is gonna be a while, so I'm just going to shut this baby down in line and turn down the lights so you can get some rest." But when we finally took off and skirted around the storm, I was lucky enough to be in the window seat on the side that faced the storm so I got an incredible light show in the cloudy night sky. I put on Of Monsters And Men and had one of the most powerful experiences of both music and nature at once.

    ... I forgot so many anecdotes occurred on the flights home. I don't remember anything about the flights back.

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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    I am in the Philippines right now! Visiting relatives for the holidays. At Palawan right now, got done with the tour of the underground caverns. Bathrooms in the Philippines can be sketch as heck, but when you gotta go, you gotta go. Never any hot water, blah. Sooo hot here, I am a sweaty mess.

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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    Skeith wrote: »
    I liked Heathrow when I was there. Beats most of the airports I've been to. Tegel was fucking awful for example. Barajas (Madrid) is gorgeous though.

    I was at Tegel so briefly that I couldn't get a good impression, but it seems like it could be pretty bad, I agree

    I really like Kastrup and Landvetter is fine too (that's obviously the one I've been to the most since it's so close to me)

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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    Flarne wrote: »
    What is so terrible about Heathrow anyway? I mean, apart from no wifi coverage in the bathrooms.

    I think it's mainly the way it's designed. The flow of it is real garbage. Getting to places is such a chore and navigating when it's busy is way worse than other busy airports in my experience

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  • Peter EbelPeter Ebel CopenhagenRegistered User regular
    My most recent travels have all been motivated by alcohol and meat.

    For the first time ever I also checked out the Soviet war memorial at Treptower Park in Berlin. Sarcophagi and bas reliefs of war make for a gloomy place, my homies. The Motherland loves herself some brooding glory. It's so serious it's hard not to laugh. Basically, if you want to spend an hour in a Warhammer 40.000 novel, go here.

    Fuck off and die.
  • Bé ChuilleBé Chuille Registered User regular
    If we're talking airports, Schipol is just a joy.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2013
    o_O :?

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    Incheon International Airport (Seoul's major airport) is the best

    Super-clean, super-efficient, super easy to get to...

    This is not just my bias talking it's honestly the nicest friggin' airport, although I hear Singapore's is also wonderful

    All airports should have showers and sleeping rooms

    All airports should at least consider putting in saunas, also

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    Hong Kong and Singapore have pretty nice airports

    Our (Perth) international is okay I guess, it's just a bit of a pain to get to compared to a lot of other places and I think it's tolerable mainly due to its small size rather than an exceptionally good design

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  • Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    Perth international is only fine because its a destination airport and not a connecting flight airport.

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  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    All I know is being hungover in an airport with bad bathrooms, such as McCarron and New Orleans, is a miserable experience.

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  • cabsycabsy the fattest rainbow unicorn Registered User regular
    Incheon International Airport (Seoul's major airport) is the best

    Super-clean, super-efficient, super easy to get to...

    This is not just my bias talking it's honestly the nicest friggin' airport, although I hear Singapore's is also wonderful

    All airports should have showers and sleeping rooms

    All airports should at least consider putting in saunas, also

    Best airport for someone who only speaks english to not have a boarding pass in :| my Seatac > Dalian flight they said they couldn't print me a boarding pass for the Seoul > Dalian leg of my flight and I would have to have someone in Seoul print it off for me, but nobody was at any of the desks because it was late, and then I nearly died of anxiety but everyone at Incheon is just like "no it's ok you can get one at your gate it's fine!" so I made it through security and up to my gate and they hand printed me one

    As opposed to worst airport ever, which is Denver if you're flying United, because there's some sort of black hole force field that causes all United flights through Denver to be at best delayed and at worst completely cancelled and after the third flight where they told me it would be a 12-16 hour "delay" I refuse to ever fly United through Denver ever the fuck again

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  • 101101 Registered User regular
    I enjoy travelling but urgh flying is the worst. Somebody invent teleporters already.

    On the subject of airports, dubai is pretty god damn cool, and easy enough to get around despite it's size

  • PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    Worst airport I've been to was the charles de gaulle airport in Paris.
    Had a two hour layover there on my way to berlin, and while I don't usually get nauseous while I'm flying, I could taste the puke rising just from sitting at the terminal.

    The place stunk. Badly.

    Tef
  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    for our honeymoon my wife and I spent a week driving around the south island of New Zealand with an australian that my wife had been penpals with since they were both learning to write and her husband, and then another week in and around Melbourne

    went to Boston for PAX East a couple years ago

    going to Seattle for PAX Prime 2014 assuming I can actually buy a pass before they sell out

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