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same trip but different

How should I spend my week alone in Thailand (or nearby)? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Apr 18, 2014 - 4 answers

 

Give me the amazing travel podcasts

I have a recently renewed thirst for travel, having read a couple of fantastic travelogues recently. I also have a regular hour-a-day walk to and from work, plus several opportunities to listen to good audio during the day. I'd love to listen to some podcasts on travel, food, language and discovering the world. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

A one way flight to anywhere? (What should I do with my life?)

I'm recently back from a long trip through South America, but my travel lust is hardly satiated. I have some savings left, and I'm desperate to take off again. Is this a good idea? And if so, where should I go next? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Central America backpacker travel porn thread.

With a month, a thousand bucks, Puerto Vallarta as a starting point, and a hot travel partner, what's our best backpacking travel option? Cross-Mexico drive? Hop down to Costa Rica/Panama? Something else? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Argentina in 2 weeks - where to go and what to do?

I'm going to Argentina for 16 days in November, starting in Buenos Aires and ending in Ushuaia, where I'll be getting on a boat to the Antarctic. But Argentina is massive, and I'm bewildered by the choice and distance. Can the hive mind help me work out an itinerary? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

One outfit to rule them all

I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Aug 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Recommendations for Budapest -> Krakow -> Berlin itinerary in early July

Doctor Girlfriend and I are taking a trip to Central Europe in a couple weeks, flying into Budapest and then making our way over the course of 10-11 days to Berlin to meet friends. We're planning on spending most of that time in Slovakia and Poland. Our only definite stops are Budapest, Krakow, and Berlin, and we definitely want to do some hiking in the Tatras somewhere in there. But aside from that, we don't have firm plans. Anyone been in that area, and have some recommendations on awesome places to see/stay/eat/drink/listen to music? We tend to like stuff that's not super tourist-trap-y or packaged. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Jun 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Where should I travel?

My roommates and I are going abroad for the month of July. We're American college students; we'd like to go somewhere warm and cheap for a month. The thing is, we're not necessarily looking to go backpacking the whole time. I'm searching for a place that's super cheap, warm, and close to the ocean where we can write/relax/make music for a month. Shoestring budget here, and we don't mind dumpster diving. In the past I've sublet an apartment in Paris for two months for really cheap and just lived there to explore the city. Does anything spring to mind that's coastal and doable? [more inside]
posted by Shasta on May 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking to travel the world.

I want to travel. Besides that fact, nothing is decided - around October, for 2-4 months, probably on my own, on a relatively flexible budget, anywhere in the world. Tell me your travel stories! [more inside]
posted by alona on Mar 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Is 3 months in South America long enough? (& other travel questions)

Next month, I'm off to South America for three months. I'll be flying into Colombia and flying out of Buenos Aires--already booked my flight, and all should be good, except for my fear that it won't be enough time to see everything I want to see! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 7, 2013 - 7 answers

New Zealand essentials?

So this is happening: my wife and I are taking a last-minute trip to New Zealand for the new year. We'll be away for 12/29-01/18, driving a few hours every few days, starting in Queenstown and heading north. Where should we stay? What should we see? What should we experience? [more inside]
posted by ronv on Dec 23, 2012 - 17 answers

4month travel in Europe

4 month DIY traveling in Europe starting Dec. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Nov 9, 2012 - 12 answers

I've got a bit of time and a bit of money, where should I go?

I want to spend some time in SE Asia. I have three or four months to do this (January through April). I could spend up to $5k-6k on this, though much cheaper would be better. Help me sort this out. [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Nov 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Help us figure out the best route!

Help us plan the best month-long route through Western Europe! [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

How to save money and enjoy a trip to Bremen, Germany?

Planning to attend a language course in Bremen, Germany early next year. Need extensive MeFi advice/help! [more inside]
posted by naskar on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ gay man?

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ man? I'm about to turn 25 and thanks to healthcare legislation I've been given a small window of time to travel unencumbered by the fear of loosing health insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Where should I go?

I have about six weeks off to travel before starting a new job, beginning August 1st. I'm having a tough time choosing where to go, and I need to get plane tickets soon before they jump up in price. Any suggestions? Details below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Lacking knickknacks for backpacking

I'm leaving tomorrow from Boston for a round-the-world trip - what easily packed knickknacks should I bring to exchange or give away to new friends? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme on Apr 5, 2011 - 15 answers

closed my eyes and put my finger on the map

just another European travel filter: I just spontaneously bought a round-trip flight to Madrid and have 3 weeks to burn. Any ideas for itinerary? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Mar 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Best bag for 8 weeks of travel?

I'm going to be traveling in South Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia for 8 weeks this summer. I am very much a minimalist, but still, 8 weeks is 8 weeks-- what's the best bag that meets carry-on requirements? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Feb 23, 2011 - 20 answers

Fix my life, move back to the city, or travel around the world?

I live a sad, lonely, purposeless existence in a city that I'm not crazy about. Should I try to fix my life here, move back to the city that I loved, or quit my job and travel around the world for a year in the hopes of finding a mission in life? [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Jan 31, 2011 - 25 answers

I can't wait to get on the road again...

Year on the road...help me plan a working year across the globe! [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Jan 13, 2011 - 19 answers

My life, compacted.

I will be living out of my 45 liter/2,700 cu. in. backpack for three weeks in a foreign country (Japan). Help me not lose my mind: please share your tips & tricks to stay sane. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Dec 9, 2010 - 29 answers

Help me prepare for a month backpacking in Europe

Please help me plan a month long backpacking trip through Europe. I've never done this sort of this before for this long and I need even the most basic tips as regards travel of this nature. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Oct 27, 2010 - 21 answers

Best/safest/most efficient way to send money from England to Peru, Ecuador and Mexico?

What is the best/safest/most efficient way to send money from England to Peru, Ecuador and Mexico? What's the best international bank in Peru/Ecuador? What are the best travelers checks? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Sep 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Which European cities should two young backpackers visit?

I'm planning a summer in Europe with a friend and I'm wondering what you think of the preliminary city list... [more inside]
posted by csjc on Sep 19, 2010 - 27 answers

Please help my nice travel to Peru/Ecuador/Mexico

Please help my niece traveling from England to Peru and Ecuador with advice about where to go and what to take: what is the best netbook/mobile broadband stick/ power plug adapter to buy in England? Also what is best cellphone with pre-paid service to buy Peru? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Sep 15, 2010 - 7 answers

3 weeks in South America, for noobs. What to do?

Planning a trip to South America. Only have 3 to 4 weeks max for the entire holiday. We will be flying in from Australia so will be coming in and out of Buenos Aires, and are keen to see as much of Argentina and Brazil as possible. I feel like I know next to nothing else other than the continent is huge and I have nowhere near enough time. Hive mind, help me plan the best possible itinerary! Tips and stories highly encouraged. [more inside]
posted by arha on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Where in the world should I go?

I just graduated from a U.S. university and I have the whole month of June to go anywhere and do anything before I start working. I need ideas! Especially travel abroad. [more inside]
posted by ista on May 22, 2010 - 23 answers

adventuring out of tokyo

1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Travel in South America

What should I know before backpacking across South America? Experienced travelers' advice needed! [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

India advice, please!

I'm going to go to India in February and March. I have no plans, and would like advice. Sub-question: if I were to buy a teeny, very light laptop to use while there for email and writing, what kind would be best? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

What happened to the hippie backpackers?

What happened to the hippie trail backpackers of the 60s and 70s when they went home? Did they mostly turn into normal, functioning members of 1980s society or did a significant number of them stay burned-out hippies for the rest of their lives? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Jan 12, 2010 - 36 answers

In 2009, how much does it cost to backpack in Europe?

Mainly to settle an argument: what is your best estimate on what it would cost for 2 North American adults in their 30s to spend about 6 - 8 weeks traveling through Eastern Europe? They say $10,000. I say - that's ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Dec 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Going on a round the world trip. Am I starting out right?

[TravelFilter] I'm leaving the country next week, with no return ticket. I'll be starting off in Thailand (Bangkok), with a basic itinerary including other countries in Southeast Asia, Australia, and (eventually) Europe. I feel mostly prepared. But I'm curious as to what I'm forgetting? Your help is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Dec 10, 2009 - 45 answers

I'm so bored with the USA

Where should my wife and I go traveling in January and February on less than $10,000 CDN? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Nov 23, 2009 - 10 answers

I'm going to try doing GLASTONBURY 2010. Difficulty: Never been to Europe, have no idea where to begin, kind of dumb. Help me make this beautiful dream a reality.

I'm going to try doing GLASTONBURY 2010. Difficulty: Never been to Europe, have no idea where to begin, kind of dumb. Help me make this beautiful dream a reality. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Aug 18, 2009 - 17 answers

How do I carry my laptop while I'm backpacking?

I'm going backpacking through South America and Southeast Asia for a few months, but I need to work from the road. What's the easiest way to carry my (relatively large) laptop without destroying it? Can I do it without a separate bag? Bonus points for dSLR tips, too. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Aug 11, 2009 - 14 answers

How to find someone to travel with? (Strangers will do.)

Are there any websites that pair up lone backpackers/travellers with others who are also looking for companion(s) to travel with? [more inside]
posted by pixxie on Jul 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Single female traveling alone and staying in a youth hostel in Shanghai: fun adventure or catastrophically bad idea?

Single female traveling alone and staying in a youth hostel in Shanghai: fun adventure or catastrophically bad idea? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Jul 29, 2009 - 14 answers

What else is there to do in Alaska beside running for governor?

Boyfriend and I decided to go to Alaska in August. We'd like to hike or backpack: where should we go? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jul 5, 2009 - 16 answers

Farewell gift for a traveler?

I have a 20-something friend who's leaving on the 22nd of this month, he plans on traveling for a whole year throughout Europe and South America. I want to get him something that is useful/meaningful for the journey, any ideas? For example: A watch? A Compass? (good or bad?)
posted by pixxie on Jul 5, 2009 - 33 answers

Backingpacking on the east coast this fall?

Looking for an east coast backpacking trip this fall. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jun 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Advice on my trip to Italy

So I'm going to Italy for a class and then I'm planing on traveling around for a little while afterwords in the month of August. I'll probably stay mainly in Italy, but I would like to go to Greece and maybe visit my cousins in France. I've never done something like this so I really could use some help with my trip. Is there some guide for people for backpacking in Europe? What are just some overall recommendations on traveling like this? [more inside]
posted by Rustbeard on Jun 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Bangkok stay, recomendations.

Wheres somewhere great and cheap to stay for a couple of days at the beginning and ending of ten days in Bangkok, Thailand? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Jan 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me travel SE Asia as cheaply and amazingly as possible, please

So I'm going to be going over to SE Asia for the first time in a couple weeks and I'd love some advice on where to go and what to do... [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Dec 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Making hostel reservations is what this question is about.

I'm going to Europe in December/January. How do I make hostel reservations? I'll be traveling with one friend for about a week, and then by myself for another week and a half. My ideal hostel is warm, safe, and my stuff won't get stolen. We're not too afraid of roughing it, but we're going in the winter. So how (much) should we plan? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Oct 19, 2008 - 16 answers

What equipment do you take on a long hiking trip or when backpacking in the developing world?

This is a gear nerd thread soliciting your ideas and favorite equipment, related to hiking/trekking and traveling in third world nations. Here's a list with URLs of stuff I currently use, any ideas are welcome! [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Aug 10, 2008 - 9 answers

My head says "GO" but my budget-brain says "not yet"

Help me to figure out a budget for some fairly extravagant backpacking travel. [more inside]
posted by Planet F on Apr 6, 2008 - 8 answers

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