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I suspect your Mom hasn't spent much time in the places you're planning to visit, because the notion that these countries are dangerous is frankly ridiculous. I've spent most of my life living in Europe, including Ireland, UK, France and Germany and have never been the victim of any personal crime. Maybe I've just been lucky, but if you want something a bit ...


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I'm not sure where you are coming from, USA? Cities in Europe are like cities in the US, there are business areas, residential areas, entertainment districts with restaurants & theatres. In general you will be safe in Europe but you should probably get a guide book for each country you plan to visit, guides such as Lonely Planet warn of the rough areas ...


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You are 18 and travelling to Europe for the first time and want to know if it's safe, and what other things you should be aware of. I assume you are an American or Canadian. I also assume you will be unemployed and with few, if any, demonstrable ties to your home country. Unforeseen Obstacles The first and foremost thing to be aware of is the likelihood ...


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No problem, many people do it all the time. Rick Steves, the travel writer of the 'Europe through the back door' guide books did it himself and that was years ago. It's arguably safer now. Accommodation - hostels. Use sites like Hostelbookers to find accommodation (book early if possible, they can fill up). They're social, fun, and you'll find lots of ...


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ConsumerReports.org has done the analysis. Obviously it'll be different for every car and shape and size of roof rack, and contents of the rack, but in their experiment: 2013 Honda Accord (4-cyl.) MPG (Miles Per Gallon) @ 65 mph = 105 km/h ---------------------------------------------- No rack 42 mpg = 5.6 l/100km ...


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Turns out, it is now possible, thanks to a post I found on Wikivoyage. A sample itinerary, that they provide, beginning in London: London to Barcelona on Vueling Barcelona to Casablanca on Vueling Casablanca to Istanbul on Air Arabia Maroc Istanbul to Dubai on Flydubai Dubai to Kathmandu on Flydubai Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X ...


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You can use Google Flights to perform such a search. By clicking on the histogram icon: you can see how the prices vary during the year:


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There's much, much more information on momondo.com on flight insights as they call it. You enter the route and click on that option, they graphically tell you all about what weeks of the year it would be the cheapest to do that trip, what day of the week is cheapest on average, what time of the day they'd suggest flying, the alternative airports if ...


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Nancy and Metz and two relatively large cities, close to each other along a North-South axis. They are not big enough to support two distinct airports, two high-speed train lines (which necessarily run East-West since they come from Paris…), etc. Consequently, many infrastructure projects are built half-way between the cities, which is not really satisfying ...


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One thing I haven't heard anyone else mention is your clothes. You can help avoid being singled out by pickpocketers by not dressing like a naive American. For example, don't wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, baseball hats, or even tennis shoes. Get a GOOD pair of nice walking shoes; if you can buy them over there even better. Nice slacks, with a belt, ...


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Yeah. They're called Manga Cafes, or mangakissa, and you need to find if they have seating options - ie reclining, pair seat, party room or more. Wikipedia's page on Manga Cafes Apparently there's a search engine for them that lets you specify criteria, but I'm getting a Tomcat error when I look - so not sure if it's just temporarily not working or down. ...


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Try out https://www.couchsurfing.com/ you will save some $, meet great people and get an experience of a lifetime. Europe is a lot less scary than your mom thinks, I lived in Amsterdam for many years and visited lots of the places on your list without any issues.


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AFAIK, it does not work that way, it is not a type of discount that you get at a counter by showing a seaman's book or ID. These kind of discounts are usually given to seamen by their companies (ship owners), the company will contact the airline and get a special discount. This is used when the shipping company needs to move crew from one area to another, ...


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Hotel pricing in Japan is generally highly seasonal, and many hotels go so far as to publish a "room rate calendar" (客室料金カレンダー) that shows exactly how prices vary through the year. Disney has a nice, clear text-based one, but I'll use this rather more typical image from the Resonate chain in Kyushu to illustrate: To parse that, 月 means month (6月 = June, ...


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Feasible, and highly recommended. I traveled alone for the whole year when I was 18 -- and not just around Europe, but also South and Central America, Central Asia, and North Africa. The biggest lesson I learned was that people everywhere are pretty much the same. One of the things that means is that if you have common sense in the US, it'll apply ...


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Here's a little data about the UK which will hopefully ease your security concerns: London is one of the safest big cities in the world. It was ranked number 12 in personal safety by the Economist Intelligence Unit in their 2015 Safe Cities Index (see page 33 of ...


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Given the route over Eastern europe you have a problem. First of all, there are relatively cheap car rentals which are local, meaning that you are not permitted to cross borders between countries. Europe is not a single country with states like the United States, it is more like traveling from the USA to Mexico each time. So the very tantalizing offers ...


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Since privatisation in the 80s/90s UK bus services are run by a vastly complicated array of private companies with overlapping and disparate jurisdictions, journeys, fares and services. Local services are run by many, many companies, often with overlapping routes. Sometimes the same route will be run by two companies! There are also national services ...


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Are the prices on car rental price comparison sites (eg: Kayak, Expedia, etc) what you will really end up paying? Or are there a bunch of hidden "extras"? No, in nearly every case, you will pay more than the Kayak etc sticker price. But this is not because you have to, but because the price excludes most of the extras that any reasonable person hiring a ...


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If you were willing to pay approx. 8–9 euros for lunch, there would be lots of good options. For example: Satkar Kamppi (Nepalese restaurant, tripadvisor, home page): vegetarian options in the lunch menu for 8.40 euros. Note that the quoted prices in the lunch menus are precisely what you will pay (assuming you drink water). There are no additional taxes ...


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The sane way to travel from Kansai Airport to Kyoto is the direct JR Haruka service, which would usually cost ¥2,980, but as you've figured out is covered by the ¥2060/day Kansai Area Pass. Now you could buy two one-day passes... but there's an even better option! Available at Kansai Airport only, and only for non-resident foreigners with a return air ...


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Least expensive If the credit/debit card does not charge a foreign currency conversion fee and you pay the credit card off before it accrues interest then a credit/debit card will be the best way to reduce currency conversion expenses. Traveler credit cards, such as those that are with a frequent flyer program, typically have no foreign currency conversion ...


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Riders' houses are super-budget dorms, often run on a non-commercial hobbyist or community-supported basis, and not uncommonly entirely free. As the name says, the primary audience is bikers, both motorized and pedal-powered, but anybody is welcome. However, as they've often located in places that are hard to impossible to reach by public transport ...


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There are only four airports in Japan that have direct flights to the continental US: Narita/NRT and Haneda/HND (Tokyo), Centrair/NGO (Nagoya) and Kansai/KIX (Osaka). None are particularly close to Kyushu, and it will probably cost you well over ¥10,000 in train fares to get to your destination, unless you're going to slum it in local trains that take ...


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Airlines tend to charge full fare for last minute bookings, rather than discounting it to try and fill one more seat. The stereotypical last minute booking is from a business person, who has to be there and is flying on someone else's dime, hence doesn't mind paying whatever is asked. So there is no real motivation to discount the fares. The number of ...


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Well this is one good thing about backpacker hostels. In a hostel you still may need to wait until check in time, but they should always have one or more common areas with couches, beanbags, hammocks, deckchairs, etc. where you can doze off. They also have shared bathrooms so you can have a shower almost any time. This doesn't mean you have to sleep in a ...


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it's GREAT to hear of young people getting out there and doing things. You literally couldn't be safer. You've listed the safest possible countries to visit. (Maybe Japan would be in the list, I can't think of anywhere else safer.) (Maybe Monaco??) So that's a non-issue. My advice, I would actually encourage you to STAY IN ONE SPOT and really get to know ...


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I have been wondering about that as well and here is what I could find. I read about trips with several major container ship operators (CMA-CGM, Hanjin Shipping, MSC, NSB) plus some roros and Polish bulkers. I also found many agencies selling more-or-less the same trips (a few in Germany, one each in France, the US, Australia and the UK). In all cases, the ...


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I know an excellent service that has a highly informal interaction and is able to make suggestions based on vague requirements. It can ask questions to refine your requirements, and is even able to suggest modifications to those requirements if it thinks you can find a good deal. It has access to all the other websites that offer cheap travel, and can pick ...


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Yup, Okinawa has lots of cheap lodgings, it's where all the Japanese hippies, surfers and dropouts go to hang out. ゲストハウス (gesutohausu, "guesthouse") and 安宿 (yasuyado, "cheap inn") are the usual terms. ¥1000/night is largely a Naha thing though, it's not going to be easy to find that elsewhere in Okinawa. Here's a handy listing of (close to?) all ...



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