I'm trying to make travel plans, however, the whole situation is changing so rapidly. I have not booked any tickets yet. My rough original intention was to travel throughout Southeast Asia through China (Hong Kong) then up to Europe. I originally planned to start in Singapore and work through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam but the recent situation in Bangkok has made me nervous.
I'm trying to stay as safe as possible. I want to do as little backtracking as possible. I have saved up a bit of cash and am using the trip as a personal sabbatical/soul searching. My time frame can be up to a year on the road. What would a typical itinerary look like/do you have any alternate suggestions? What do people generally do when on the road for this long/any suggestions to stay busy during this time?
posted by nathanm
on Jan 23, 2014 -
In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Nov 13, 2013 -
We're going to Portland for a week-long vacation (and maybe a moving trial run) in a few days.
We've visited before, but this time we're taking our 2-year-old daughter, and I wanted to ask if there are any great toddler friendly destinations or day trips that we shouldn't miss. Any tips on kid-friendly restaurants and organic grocery shopping in NW Portland are also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mmc
on Apr 29, 2013 -
I'm going to LA in a week. What are some things I should see or do? "Off the beaten path" tips encouraged! [more inside]
posted by deathpanels
on Dec 5, 2012 -
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 -
My 8-year-old son and I are about to go on a trip which will require two 6-hour plane trips. A friend is going to lend me an iPad to take on the trip. So what can I load on it to amuse my kid? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Apr 9, 2011 -
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 -
I need a travel search tool that will alert me when fares between 2 locations on my select dates drop below X. Surely there must be such a thing? [more inside]
posted by widdershins
on Aug 30, 2010 -
(Travel filter) Where should we go in Indonesia? Going there for 5 weeks in December, from Australia. We are not interested in kicking it with our compatriots in Kuta or generally, on staying on any very touristy beach or place for an extended period of time. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo
on Jul 9, 2010 -
I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
posted by timoni
on Jun 1, 2010 -
I'm going on holiday to Ethiopia - specifically, Addis Abeba and some hiking in the Simien Mountains. Does anyone have any tips or recommendations? Whilst I am fairly well travelled, this is the poorest country I will have visited; is there anything I should look out for or anything I should take?
posted by handee
on Mar 29, 2010 -
I'm heading off to Paris for four days, and I'm starting to get a bit nervous that I'll forget something important. I've never been to Paris, and I haven't been to Europe for fifteen years. I'll be staying by myself in a hotel in Arondissement 7.
I'm wondering if you can help me out with any last-minute tips or things I'm likely to have forgotten. [more inside]
posted by cider
on Oct 9, 2009 -
What are some good travel guide websites that aren't so Western-centric and don't treat other countries like exotic sights to gawk at? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 2, 2009 -
I am ready to go. I have been waiting for the fiscal year (Happy New Year!) to declare action on several large ambitions. There is only one question that remains to be asked here: What are some fun things to do in Tulsa, Oklahoma for Labor Day Weekend? (I will have a rental car).
posted by parmanparman
on Jul 1, 2009 -
Holiday / Vacation Inspiration Needed !
A last minute opportunity for an Asian getaway has popped up !
I will be in Hong Kong, my travel destination will be ?????? >>>>> ???? [more inside]
posted by doogyrev
on Apr 8, 2009 -
New road warrior here! Looking for sites, blogs, toys etc that all you other road warriors use to help ease myself into this lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by wile e
on Feb 6, 2009 -
How can I plan a trip to Iceland this August? What do you recommend to do, where to stay, what to budget ... and how can we spend money intelligently rather than in tourist traps, etc. [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion
on Jul 7, 2008 -
Ok, so I'm traveling to the States from the UK for the first time and I realise that you guys tip pretty much everyone. So I need to know when to tip, who to tip and how much to tip? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23
on Apr 29, 2008 -
I'm traveling to china in a few weeks, for a few weeks. We're going from Beijing to several outer areas, staying in hostels, figuring things out as we go. What do we need to be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment
on Jun 25, 2007 -
What survival tips for health and sanity would you give to someone going on an ad-hoc two-week road trip with five others on a tight budget and involving a lot of couch surfing? [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am
on Jun 6, 2007 -
I'm about to live out of my car for about two months. What tips or tricks should I know before doing this? [more inside]
posted by mulkey
on Jun 3, 2007 -
I travel regularly for work -- at least one week out a month during down time and three weeks out during peak time. But, my schedule is usually domestic, and always gets me home after 5 - 6 days, 10 at most... till now. I'm departing Wednesday on a four-week trip: first leg = two-day stops in all four US time zones, second leg = two weeks in one European city, with zero time home. I'm feeling anxious about my preparation. [more inside]
posted by pineapple
on May 27, 2007 -
California-filter: I'll be traveling in California for one month with my girlfriend. Please provide us with little hidden gems (hotels, restaurants, lunch rooms, best cappuccino in town, things to see and do etc) we won't find in travel guides.
Please see our travel plan and other specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by IZ
on Feb 11, 2007 -
Can anyone recommend some good stops on Highway I95 between NC and Florida? I'm driving to Florida after Christmas on Highway I95 and thought I'd consult the mefi hive for some suggestions on good stops for food or other things that are worth pulling off the road for periodically. I've driven the route before but I've always wished I knew of better places to eat than the usual chains/fastfood (ugh!) that have saturated the highway offramps. Roadside attractions are welcome, too (but not Pedro's tourist trap emporium at the NC/SC border).
posted by runningdogofcapitalism
on Dec 20, 2006 -
I am planning to do a short-ish road trip from NoVA - Atlanta and back in 4 days. Along the way, I would like to accomplish a night at Smoky Mountains, an afternoon at a beach, a day in atlanta. I would appreciate any tips on doing this well or fun/not-to-be-missed activities along this trip [more inside]
posted by cusecase
on Aug 28, 2006 -
What's Albuquerque's finest? If you were showing a stranger the most amazing sights and experiences within two hours' drive of Albuquerque, where would you go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 30, 2005 -
TokyoFilter: I'm spending three days in Tokyo just before Christmas. I've never been before and I doubt I'll ever get there again, so I want to see what's important and skip the tourist traps. Any tips (including pre-trip reading)? I'll be solo so I can do what I like.
posted by grahamwell
on Nov 24, 2004 -
How do you take a vacation? I want to take a few days off, get away from home, relax and not feel any particular pressure to do anything. It seems like every vacation I've ever been on has been work. If I'm not touring or driving, I'm skiing or hiking. I don't want to take time off and just be home, but I don't know how to travel and relax. Any general tips or specific vacation recommendations?
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Oct 26, 2004 -