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I wanna go back to Brazil and Japan. Given how they're handling Covid in Brazil and personal stuff, I don't know if I'll get to go anywhere next summer. Bummer.
My favorite Japan travel experience was going to Shikoku. I'll never stop shilling that place. I don't know if it'd be a safe bet for tourists visiting for two weeks but if you're staying longer (a month, a year+), it's cheaper than going to Kyushu and it's very beautiful. Tons of tiny, accessible islands that you can visit in a day either by foot or by bike. Local produce can be as cheap as 1 dollar for a kilo. The locals are very nice even if some will panic if they assume you don't speak any nihon lmao.
I want to visit Canada and Norway because I have friends over there. >>591112
I wanna experience the bizarro Quebec French, as a european French myself lol. Apparently in some places/shops they'll greet you with "Hello Bonjour!" so you can pick which language you want to use.
Norway is sunny out at 3am during the summer which sounds awesome.
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Oh wow, googled Shikoku and the nature there looks amazing! I'm planning to go to Japan eventually (actually it was supposed to be this year but… well), it's going on my to-visit list for sure.
One of my dream trip ideas would be to rent a car, go through former Yugoslavia countries and visit as many Spomeniks as I can fit on the planned route. These are so bizarre and fascinating, even more now when they're abandoned. It's definitely doable so I just need some proper planning and go ahead some year.
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I'm a non-American who dreams of going to New Orleans one day. I love everything it's famous for - the architecture, the history, music, food. Sometimes I just look up photos of the French Quarter and sigh with longing. It's so beautiful.
I really want to visit Denmark/Finland mostly because I remembered asking on a thread where they had the sweetest strawberries and one of the anon answers was Denmark/Finland? haha. Mostly because I lived in a tropical climate and the soil in my country is particularly not suitable for growing sweet strawberries.
That aside, another EU country that I want to visit is Italy. I just want to go to their museum, art galleries, and churches.
I miss Japan bros. Ik it's weeby af but I've been going there once a year for almost a decade, I got lucky that my dad loves it there and goes really often (he also speaks pretty good moon, makes it easier). So he and I are travel buddies and it's like our family holiday. Anyway I can't wait to go again, next trip will be Kyushu and Okinawa. I just want some idea of when covid will let up so I can plan it properly.
Lately I've also been really wanting to go on some sort of tropical beach holiday. I usually avoid beaches because I'm insecure about my body and burn really badly, but I'm dieting and if I can be confident in a bikini the first thing I'm doing is going to hawaii or fiji or maybe on a cruise. Hopefully with friends/my sister instead of my parents so there can be drinking involved.>>591262
Moscow is so cool man. I like it even better than St Ps, all the buildings are monuments are so grand and imposing. I went with a tour group though so luckily I didn't need to use any russian.
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Uggghhh I want to go to Japan soo bad but I don't think I'll ever be able to afford it
Not original anon but when are flights the cheapest? I estimated that I could spend less than 3000 on a trip if I ate cheap (which I heard is easy) and stayed in airbnbs. most of that 3000 went towards the flight. Even right now, flights are sooo expensive for Japan.
Also, what are the best places to stay/visit that are affordable or worth the price?
im not sure, but i think jan/feb can be good times (although CNY can affect things) also sept-oct is good. the cheapest flights i've gotten involve lots of connections. booking early is essential, and always look into nearby countries. us to seoul direct flights were the cheapeast route for me (i don't like having to connect flights too much, which is obviously gonna make tickets more $$) it's expensive to fly into japan no matter what, but flying into kansai or nagoya region will dock hundreds off the ticket price in my experience. the bullet train is moderately cheap and will take you to major cities in hours. its an actual godsend.
3000 dollars is probably more than enough, but you definitely have to plan carefully around the flights. tokyo is just off the table if you want to live and travel cheaply, tbh.
you also have to think of what you want out of japan. old temples and beautiful mountain scenery? arcades and cafes? the beach? plan from there. i am a big fan of the kyoto and nara region, also gifu. i enjoy the hot springs and nature, but that might not be your thing. if you want more of a city vibe like tokyo, try osaka or even kobe. i haven't been to okinawa but i've heard good things.
Be careful with your car, make sure you lock it properly, if you really have to stop at a gas station, be quick and park it as close as possible to a window so you can keep an eye on it.
I got my stuff stolen on a road trip in France and the police sucked ass, there were no security cameras in the gas station and no one saw a thing.
none of you even know what country I'm from lmao. I work from home + get a covid test days before my flight so relax, I won't be bringing the nothing virus to your lands.
I'm not staying in my shitty country for years before they force some vaccine on us.
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Rochefort-en-terre is a very cute medieval village there, it has been elected village of the year many times. I really liked it there, went in the Christmas season where everything is decorated and it was so refreshing! I don't doubt it'll still look nice even when it's not that season.
Food wise, the cider is really good there, and buckwheat crepes are really nice and cheap. I recommend kouign amann for dessert (very sugary and buttery so beware if you don't like that sort of thing), or a far breton for a lighter option (flan/pudding type with prunes)
I get it. But considering that:
>I live in a terrible household>Rent here costs a limb >I hate my fucking country so much I want to off myself
I've decided to fuck off to a cheaper, more beautiful country.>>593830
Shh anon, these people are just happy that their lazy lifestyles are being applauded for the first time. They get to cower at home AND be called heroes for it? Woohoo!
I love travelling but I have cancelled everything this year because it would be to dangerous and egoistical to go ahead.
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>>593822>Rochefort-en-terre is a very cute medieval village
Oh damn, how did I not discover this town myself looking for places to visit? Thank you so much for the recommendation, I'm going 100%, hopefully I'll find a motivation to drive there early in the morning to catch a cute alley like pic related in a sunrise light. And I see theres this huge national park area nearby so the visit is gonna align perfectly with my hiking in the nature plans too.
I've heard crepes in general are a thing in Bretagne, so I'm gonna see how far I can go limiting my diet almost exclusively to different kinds of crepes. Kouign amann sounds like my kind of dessert too!
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I would love to go back to Japan, I went abroad for the first time to Japan a few years ago and even though I was scared of the social barrier at first I ended up enjoying my time there.
I was originally planning to go to Tokyo in 2021 to avoid the Olympics but since they are moving it to next year I am hoping to have money to go in 2022 instead. I was also tempted to go to a language school too but I'm really unsure about it.
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I’ve always wanted to walk in the nice neighborhoods of New York City. I dreamed about living in one of those townhouses when I was younger, but it’ll never happen lol.
I lived there for a year, it's probably my favorite part of France! It's a large region and I'm not sure where exactly you'll be road tripping through but some highlights depending on what you like:
Carnac/Menhirs in general: Ancient stone arrangements, might not be your thing but Carnac is an amazing example of them. If you're in more rural Bretagne you'll probably see random Menhirs anyway.
For castles, Fougeres is amazing. Vitre is great if you're into old town medieval aesthetics. Suscinio is on the coast and has been restored very well/is the most "castle"-like of the ones I've mentioned.
Pont-Aven is a beautiful town famous for attracting painters, Concarneau is nearby and has a cool sea fort. The Eckmuhl lighthouse is nearby-ish, massive, and worth seeing if you like lighthouses.
If you're in the north Saint Malo is definitely worth a visit. Ive heard Dinan is also amazing though I haven't been there myself. If you have a more precise idea of where you'll be in Bretagne I can give you some more recs, my husband is from there and we spent like a month just road tripping around the region.
Not to discredit the car break-in anon but I wouldn't stress about it more in Bretagne than anywhere else. It can definitely happen but we never had any issue, from 200 person rural towns to Rennes, and I've never heard about any of his family members having issues either. Just use your normal roadtrip sense and always lock your car no matter how safe an area feels.
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Thank you for all the recs, I didn't even have half of it on my list! I'm definitely going to Mont Saint Michel in the north, but had no idea about Saint Malo which is very nearby, so it's a must now too. Vitre doesn't even look like a real place on the pictures but a movie set, I wonder how is it gonna be in real life.
Thanks for being reassuring about the car situation, I didn't really expect anything to happen in the rural areas too but started getting worried fo how is it gonna be on gas stations / more touristy destinations. But it's true it's no Paris so theres this much less to worry about.
My "base" will be in the south of Bretagne, close to Quimperle, so if you have any recommendations for that part I'd be very grateful! Especially in terms of good places to hike and interesting beaches (this actually all around Bretagne, not just the south).
I'm definitely going menhir-catching, though I was thinking of maybe skipping Carnac and look for something smaller and less touristy? Theres plenty of them everywhere from what I've heard. But if Carnac is awesome maybe I shouldn't. Btw, do you or your husband maybe know what could possibly be the island on the pic attached? I've seen in a video promoting the region but it didn't say anything about where is it.
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Oh your base is right around where we lived! Since you'll be in Quimperle I'd definitely recommend hitting up Pont-Aven and Concarneau. Pont-Aven has a cute port area with a lot of nice hiking paths along the waterway (its a bit inland so it's a nice forested walk). Quimper is a larger city nearby worth a visit as well, the cathedral and its attached museum are great and the town itself is cute. Just driving along the coast there you'll find a lot of little beaches to stop at, I can't give any specific recs on this since we just drove and explored and stopped when it looked interesting.
A bit more north is Locronan, very cute town but quite small. If you end up going there the Menez-Hom is nearby and you can drive up it pretty far and then hike to the top (it's basically a giant lone hill, great views but it's SUPER windy so avoid a dress/skirt). Crozon is gonna be a good place for hiking and beaches if you enjoy a super rocky coast.
As for Carnac, it's at least worth a drive-by as most the stones can be seen from a small road. Its become overwhelmed with tourists over the years so in the high seasons you're only allowed to go up to the stones on a guided tour, I'd avoid it if this is the case at the moment (it should say on the website). Low season you can just wander around them as much as you'd like.
Definitely drive through there to get to the Quiberon peninsula though, good views of the bay. I think your pic is on an island in the Carnac bay area.
Also, everyone I met in Britanny was super nice and friendly particularly in the smaller towns. The majority of tourism in Brittany is from the rest of France and I found people in cafes and bars were genuinely interested in why I was visiting and weren't shy about striking up conversations. The only place that seemed to feel "tourist fatigue" was Locronan.
You're going to have so much fun anon! I'm so jealous.
I've arrived to Quimper yesterday and since me and my boyfriend do a bit of geocaching we went on a search and found one exactly in the spot from the photo you've attached! Old town area is absolutely gorgeous with these small houses and cathedral towering over them. And the smell of crepes is everywhere.
Thanks for hike recommendations, both seem great, I'll make sure to not wear a dress even though weather is pretty inviting. Would make sense for that island to be in Carnac Bay area, I'll see if I can spot it!
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anon-chans, ill spend 24hr in Prague, is it fully safe? I know it has a good rating when it comes to safety but I still want to be aware of scams, where to not go and such.
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Has anyone ever heard of the blue lagoon hot springs? in Iceland? I found out about this place on instagram awhile back. Damn…it looks so dreamy…
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I want to visit Germany so badly. Austria too. I've been learning German more seriously for about a month now so hopefully in a few years when covid subsides/ I have enough finances/ feel more comfortable with the language I can go over there.
I've been able to visit Ireland and England, and they're so beautiful and I like the weather there.
Kinda funny: I went up to Canada with my family when I was like 6 and I was surprised they spoke English there and had "all the same things we had!"
My family didn't have anything to do with it, I was a little kid lmao>>599025
I'm actually interested in moving there eventually, but I want to go there a time or two to actually see how it is. I know English is common there, but I've always really liked learning languages and this is one I want to achieve a level of actual fluency with. I don't wanna be another one of those Americans going overseas and being like "sprechen sie Englisch please??"
I figure even if I hate Germany for some reason, being able to speak two languages isn't going to hurt me professionally.
As a german: don't bother. Most people (young and middle aged) aren't even gonna allow you to try and speak german because they jump at any chance to practise their english.
You might get so frustrated studying that you lose all interest in germany. Just enjoy a nice vacation once covid is over.
I've been to Vancouver plenty of times. It's like Canadian Seattle kek.
Don't recommend Calgary or Edmonton unless you're going to the national parks.