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We recently posted a round-up of travel mishaps experienced by Lonely Planet staff and authors on our blog. Check it out here:
Would you like to share any awkward encounters, travel fails or embarrassing mistakes you’ve made on your travels? I thought it might be fun to hear some more. (We're also sharing them on Twitter using the hashtag #oopsLP).
I’ll start with my own tale of woeful unpreparedness for the Moroccan hammam experience. A naïve young traveller on my first trip to Fez, I followed my friend into what she insisted was a local and off-the-beaten track hammam. I don’t know what we were expecting, but for some reason we’d pictured the experience as lounging in a hot tub in our swimming costumes and maybe getting a massage. But the r... more »
So I haven't done a whole lot of traveling just yet, but in what little I've done, probably my favorite aspect of it all is simply being the midst of old, dense neighborhoods and districts, where cobble, weathered, traditional buildings, narrow streets (the narrower, the better), and that old, vintage feel dominates. I definitely prefer such places.
Soooooo.....for those of you that have traveled more than I have (most of you, really), which cities/towns have the largest old districts?
(Or, better yet, cities/towns that are basically one giant old town...?)
Any particular recommendations?
about the Maritime_Map_2012_final.pdf found here:
where is the Americas region / the Caribbean ... etc ...
please hep find it...
I wish there was a world map - showing cost of average flights...
has anyone come across anything like that?
and any other alike resources?
Hi Ladies and Gents.
So i'm 27, decided to pack it all in and go travelling with a view to end up in Australia and make it my home.
I've paid for my tours and my flight money is put aside, all I need to do is save a bit more and book it.
I've booked through STA Travel and they've been great so far.
Here's the loose itinerary.
Namibia (Overland)> Capetown then spend 7 Days minimum in Capetown
Beijing (overland)> Hongkong spend 7 days in Hong Kong
Hanoi & 7 day stay (overland)> Ho Chi Minh
Then I'm travelling non stop through Cambodia and finishing up in Thailand for 30 days, before travelling to Australia.
I'm really looking for good value and reliable Backpackers to stay in most of these towns, Except in Hanoi and Thailand as I want to back pack it in Thailand for 2 weeks and then Hotel it for the last two when friends will be over to visit.
The travelling wil... more »
Hello there! I'm Sarah from Singapore. I've always wanted to backpack around and in a few months time I'm turning 18 so I want to do something really different during my semester break. I was planning to just have a short getaway but in a backpacking way to the neighbouring country either Malaysia, Perhentian Islands or Thailand, Khrabi.
I only have a budget of 800SGD (635USD) to spare from air tickets, train tickets to hostels/hotels and activities.
And I have no idea which is the better choice. I want to make it the best of my very first trip overseas alone!
Apart from that, my parents aren't approving of me to go overseas alone, and how do I convince them that I'll be fine and okay.
Planning a trip for 2-3 months (maybe more) to South east Asia in 2 months time. I have been thinking about travelling almost entirely by bicycle. Not in a lycra onesie, million speed road bike, aero helmet way but just by flying in and buying a used bike somewhere and taking off to see that area of the world.
Any tips from anyone? Or cautions, things to be careful of?
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I'm planning a short ( 2 weeks) trip in Europe. I would like to find people in each town, who can show me around the city and help me to find cheap but normal accomodation...
I have heard about sites, where I can contact locals to ask fo advice such as socialsightseeing.com, localyte.com, tripadvisor.com and couchsurfing.com..
Do you may know others?
First post here! Okay so I know the Lonely Planet is mostly about travelling on your own two legs. But once in a while don't you ever wish to travel further with your own vehicle? I am based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I have not too recently completed an "experimental" road trip, using an Indonesian registered car, driving from Jakarta all the way to Bangkok. It was great, and I'd love to do it again.
However, Indonesia isn't the easiest nor the cheapest place to do these things from. Which is why not many people in Indonesia have ever tried something like this. Even "adventure drivers" from Europe tend to avoid Indonesia like the plague, opting to jump over Indonesia from Malaysia or the Philippines straight to Australia. As an Indonesian, I can say for good reasons.
I am looking for like minded people, not necessarily from Indonesia, to share experiences, to do convoy trips together w... more »
IWas trying to think up some neat ideas for fun ways to pick travel destination if you're completely open to going anywhere in the world. Came up with the following:
- Sister Cities to current one (Wikipedia often has this)
- Most distant city from current one. http://furthestcity.com shows this
- Wikipedia random buttom
What other fun ideas can you think of?
I'm 25 years old and a Masters Graduate in Environmental Management from South Africa. I'm currently working but hate my job. So I decided to look at travel options until the end of the year when I can start looking for work again in 2014. I was thinking of going to South America (or any place other, where something like this is possible) and travel and work part time to just cover my expenses as I only have enough money to get by for about 2 weeks. I'm willing to just work for food and accommodation. I don't care what I do. I can stack wood or teach English, do household jobs and also farm jobs, anything that comes up. I don't want to go there and make money. My goal is just to survive and have an adventure for about 3 months. I want to find out if someone has done something like this and if it is possible. Can anybody help please? Any recommendation is welcome; I will appreciate it ... more »
I have a big project planned for next summer, about 8 weeks between May and July. I will need to be working on it about 8 hours a day 6 days a week, and want to do it in a location where I can find inexpensive short term rentals (and low living expenses generally), extremely reliable internet, and can be fun and relaxing, but not so much that I will be tempted away from my important project.
To me, that last part means somewhere definitely not like Istanbul or New York City. Even if they did satisfy the other criteria, there's far too much going on that is interesting that I would want to be out absorbing and doing. Cities aren't completely out of the question to my mind, but many will be too exciting to be a good fit. I naturally think of a country with cheap ex-pat beach areas (with good internet of course!) where I can spend a few hours a day relaxing and spend some time... more »
I am an artist of many forms from Newfoundland Canada, and I am heading out in search of fresh inspiration. I have flights to and from London Hethrow for about two months already booked, now I just need to figure out the middle. I am a singer/songwriter, so I would love to move around playing shows (but have no idea how to go about booking shows abroad. I do play around St. John's, and am in the process of recording a demo), I work as a photographer, so I want to take this time to re-appreciate the art of photography. (Shooting weddings will make you forget that passion fast). I also draw and write poetry.
IMPORTANT FACTORS: I am travelling solo and am 21 years old, so I would love to meet people on the road, but want to stay off the beaten tourist path if possible. I am frugal, I'll be doing this as cheaply as possible, and I will be doing it in Oct-Dec.
Ideas I ... more »
Recently I quit drinking (I didn't have a problem just want to save money and my health) and I am looking for advice for dry travellers on what to do and where to meet people who also do not drink. I am planning on doing Southeast Asia for a few months and I am a bit worried some places might be to much party destinations. I like to hike, climb, surf, be active that sort of person.
Any advice for travellers who do not drink would be great.
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