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Soapbox: Oh the outrage!

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/3/2016 at 06:08

From this week's Travelfish newsletter. Not on the list? Sign up here. In pre-social-media times a traveller would do something dumb or inconsiderate -- say visit a temple sans enough clothes or panhandle on a city street or get really drunk and hurt themselves on a beach -- and the only real witnesses would be those unfortunate enough to be within line of sight. The worst, most offensive, trangressors, would be passed into traveller lore, a la The Beach. I remember one story about an American ...

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Travel on television

Posted by liion on 23/2/2016 at 14:18

Hey all! What are your favorite programs on travel on television? I recently bought the Easybox iptv and now I have access to a lot of channels, I can watch programs available elsewhere as well, other than the regional tv that's offered in my country. ...

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Soapbox: Loosen your grip

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/2/2016 at 07:28

From this week's Travelfish newsletter. not on the list? Sign up here. Hi all, Don't mind me, I'm a traveller on my $10,000 gap-year trip, using my $500 smartphone to leech the WiFi from the Bangkok guesthouse next door. I need to access Facebook so that I can ask complete strangers advice on how I can save $2 on the overnight bus to the silly islands that I want to catch tonight. Okay, this is a fictionalised example -- the poster was actually trying to find out how they could spend less tha ...

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On tourism

Posted by somtam2000 on 21/1/2016 at 01:21

Great piece in Awl regarding the NYT's latest "places to go" story, "Reading the list is worthwhile, however, if you’re curious about what contemporary city and regional governments are thinking—why they’re skimping on social programs and littering their skylines with gherkins and sinuous curving mounds and mirrored, tin man variations on Disney Hall. " and "Knowing the list’s inevitability, the way it always swings back around and cycles through the world, ch ...

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On authenticity

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/10/2015 at 10:20

From this week's newsletter: "I'm in Bangkok at the moment, staying in a Chinatown hotel within the grounds of a temple and on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. It's a wooden house, supposedly more than 100 years old, and the water literally washes under my room, a couple of feet below my bed. The glass windows open out over the Chao Phraya and I can watch the river traffic roar past through a tangled web of ivy that falls down from the roof above. To me this is "authentic Bangkok&q ...

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Will write for noodles

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2015 at 08:47

From this week's newsletter: "We've done more than our fair share of food walks in Southeast Asia, and a common theme that pops up in chats over noodles with the guides is travel writers and bloggers asking for free tours in return for coverage. Generally it is a quid pro quo, where the food tour operator provides a complimentary trip for the writer (and sometimes, when demanded, for their companion) and in return the writer undertakes to review, in some form or another, the food tour. Th ...

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What is your favorite city and why?

Posted by exacto on 1/10/2015 at 16:04

Ever since I moved to this small, rural, southern Utah town where I live now, I've craved big city adventures during my holidays. One of my favorite cities I've visited is Prague. I like it because although it is a famous international city, it is still relatively small and easy to get to know. It is easy to get around too, with an excellent (and inexpensive) public transportation system that I used exclusively during both visits, including getting from the airport to town and back. Prague has ...

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A need to find travel partners?

Posted by somtam2000 on 25/8/2015 at 17:54

I met up with a traveller passing through the other day who was a friend of a friend. While chatting, he mentioned that he had found it very difficult to meet other travellers. At first I didn't understand what he meant -- how could you not meet other travellers? (assuming that was something you wanted to do) But it turned out what he meant was finding other travellers online -- before he'd left. He'd wanted to meet up with other travellers so he wasn't travelling alone and it seems had investe ...

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This was so funny

Posted by MADMAC on 6/7/2015 at 06:16

#19 Traveling January 23, 2008 by clander hostel.jpgWhite person travelling can be broken into two categories "“ First World and Third World. First world is Europe and Japan, and man, this travel is not only beloved but absolutely essential in their development as white people. Every white person takes at least one trip to Europe between the ages of 17-29. During this time they are likely to wear a back pack, stay at a HOSTEL, meet someone from Ireland/Sweden/Italy with whom they have a ...

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/12/2011 at 06:01

Another curiousity item, but given the huge popularity of Karaoke in this part of the world, how many of you end up spending part of your vacation here in Karaoke bars drinking and singing with the "locals"? I'm am invariably sucked into doing Karaoke once or twice a month by my wife or friends. Anyone else here find themselves doing the Karaoke thing while here? ...

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Dual pricing (in Thailand and elsewhere)

Posted by somtam2000 on 14/1/2013 at 18:53

Here's a recent blog entry of a foreigner living in Thailand defending the practise of dual-pricing that I thought some may find interesting! I don't agree with it at all, but that's just me. Thoughts? ...

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Travel site - like Travelfish - on India?

Posted by Solaris on 1/7/2008 at 03:10

We are combining a trip to Asia with one month in India - and although we have found guide books, we would so much like to do research on the internet. We are especially interested in sites with descriptions on hotels and guesthouses - but NOT the ones from LP as these tend to be overrun. Can anyone out there help us, please? We would love a site that included travelling with children :-) Thanks! Mette /Denmark ...

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to all the places i\'ve loved before . . .

Posted by caseyprich on 16/2/2015 at 19:38

Sung in the Willie Nelson style. So, this is the first Chinese New Year that I won't be in SE Asia since 2007. I'd usually spend my November and December choosing and then getting excited for my chosen 3 week destination. Usually I'd talk a friend from work into coming along with me and this has resulted in some serious life-long friendships, even when half a world away. Not to mention those I've met on my trips and such. Now, I'm back in the USA and working the USA holiday schedule, so tha ...

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diving egypt

Posted by RACHYPF on 6/11/2014 at 18:25

Any recommendations for good reputable dive operators in sharm el sheikh or hurghada ...

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Weight loss/gain whilst travelling

Posted by luce_uk on 16/1/2010 at 11:30

Hello to all i just am interested in creating a topic where travellers can share there experiences regarding weight gain or loss whist travelling. I have always over indulged whilst in SEA but probs because i have only been on hols rather than proper backpacking....personally i hope that seeing as i will be lugging a backpack around almost every day, swimming, cycling, walking and trekking etc i hope that my body stays really trim but on the other hand, as backpackers in SEA we will be eating a ...

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What would you do?

Posted by noexcuses on 18/9/2013 at 12:37

Hi, Long time reader of this site, first time poster. I am currently in a kind of a dilemma and would like to ask the question, what would you do? I am a 39yr old male, single with no kids that has his own home and has a full time job. Recently the option to take a redundancy from work (been their 14yrs) has come up with a payout that would enable me too travel for a year or two, all the things i have ever dreamed of doing, as such as the trans mongolian train, traveling through se asia a lot ...

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How do you choose where to go?

Posted by travellingsarah on 19/9/2014 at 01:51

I'm interested in how people choose where to go on holiday. Both how you choose on regions / countries and also how you choose specific locations. What or who influences you? ...

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Ethics of couchsurfing

Posted by antoniamitchell on 6/9/2013 at 01:51

Hi guys, I regularly notice people on this site talk up couch-surfing as a way to save money on accommodation. I've never tried it (I'm rapidly approaching middle age and stuck enough in my ways to want my own space) but my understanding of the ethos of couchsurfing is the pay-it-forward principle: You stay with Ben in Barcelona, Ben stays with Susie in Singapore, Susie stays with Laura in LA, and on and on and on. But this works on the assumption that everyone is in a position to host as wel ...

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Posted by Pedroinspain on 26/12/2013 at 10:15

I did a quick forum search for "Touristy". Interesting. A much-used word in travel circles in would seem. Has it been discussed on the forum. If not, permit me to offer a chopping-block for discussion: 1) What does "Touristy mean? 2) Is "non-Touristy" equivalent to remote/poorly accessible, or to boring, or to unsafe? 3) Are Rome, London, San Franscisco, and Cape Town "touristy"? If so, is this necessarily negative? 4) Are Conakry, Port Moresby, Bangui and ...

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Wolf Creek 2

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/2/2014 at 16:57

Its creepy, even more so than the original. Might scare a few backpackers. ...

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