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2-Day Itinerary to Travel from Ho Chi Minh to An Giang

by Brian Tripadvisor @ Vietnam tripadvisor

Tra Su cajeput forests, Ta Pa Mountain, Ba Chua Xu Temple … are the destinations for you to visit on the exploration from Ho Chi Minh to An Giang in […]

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Suggestion of Itinerary in Vientiane in 24 hours

by Brian Tripadvisor @ Vietnam tripadvisor

In February, the weather is so cool, and nothing better than making a spring trip with your family and friends to Vientiane, the peaceful land of the famous land of […]

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Vanda Garden Hill – The New Homestay in Da Lat for Tourists

by Brian Tripadvisor @ Vietnam tripadvisor

Dalat has never been less attractive to tourists, so updating the pretty homestay for next trip is not useless, isn’t it? Although only recently opened, Vanda Garden Hill Dalat has […]

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U.S. Travel Forum to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of U.S. - Vietnam Relations | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

U.S. Travel Forum to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of U.S. - Vietnam Relations | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Embassy Hanoi – Consular Section hosted the first-ever U.S. Travel Forum for travel agencies, business groups, and student organizations at the Hanoi Melia Hotel.  The event was organized as part of Mission Vietnam’s series of activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations and was aimed ...

Gestures That Are Offensive in Other Countries

by Happy @ Vietnam – Travel Forum Board

Travelling through foreign countries can be an uplifting experience. Getting to know different cultures, societies, religions, ways of life, etc. through real life interaction with locals will teach you more about that country than you could possibly learn from books. This comes with its own challenges, though. If you’re visiting a non English speaking country … Continue reading "Gestures That Are Offensive in Other Countries"

Would you continue posting if you were living abroad?

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

I don't know about anyone else, but if I were living in or at least spending time in a nice / interesting country, I don't think I'd spend that much time online at all (except if I'm earning money online), let alone post about what I'm doing. I think I'd just disappear off the internet completely and get on with my life.

Whenever I glance at (I rarely read them fully) a data sheet talking about the girls in this or that country, I wonder why the person has even bothered writing it. If you're having such a great time why the need to tell it to a bunch of strangers on the internet? Isn't the satisfaction of the experience enough?

I can understand travel bloggers writing about what they get up to and where they go, but for anyone else, what's the point? It's nice to have an outlet where you can say yeah finally I made it, but beyond that, why bother?

August Kenya Itinerary w/9&12 Year Old; Too Much?

by littledorrit21 @ Fodor's Forum

Hi, we are flying from NYC to NBO in August. I am concerned that there is too much plane travel for my kids to immerse themselves in the experience....

Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam Travel Guide


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

A comprehensive budget travel guide to Vietnam with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, and cost information.

Hang Nga Guesthouse aka Crazy House in Da Lat, Vietnam

by Happy @ Vietnam – Travel Forum Board

Hang Nga Guesthouse and Gallery may be the official name of this extraordinary piece of urban architecture, but you won’t find any locals calling it any name other than Crazy House. And Crazy House it is. If there are any written or unwritten house building rules, then they have been all broken when Hang Nga … Continue reading "Hang Nga Guesthouse aka Crazy House in Da Lat, Vietnam"

Top 10 Dark Tourism Destinations

by Happy @ Vietnam – Travel Forum Board

In bad taste or not, Thanatourism – aka Dark Tourism to the destinations associated with death or suffering is here to stay. I personally believe that I am not in position to judge other people’s travel choices as well as the motivations behind them, so let me put the prejudice behind and get right down … Continue reading "Top 10 Dark Tourism Destinations"

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Australia vs UK vs US

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

As many other forum members I'm not from the Anglo-sphere.
However, I've always been curious about the differences between the various English-speaking countries.

Could anyone give us a breakdown about differences / similarities of people and girls one would encounter in Australia, the UK and the US?

The Solo Female Traveler's Guide To Vietnam • The Blonde Abroad

The Solo Female Traveler's Guide To Vietnam • The Blonde Abroad


The Blonde Abroad

Whether you prefer to eat your heart out or embark on an adventure on the back of a motorbike, this solo female traveler's guide to Vietnam has you covered.

The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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Vietnam Fantasy Five: The Five H’s to Have in Your Vietnam Itinerary

by Paul Xymon Garcia @ Melted Stories

The most delicious soups for two dollars, quality (and I mean, quality) backpacker accommodations for less than 10 dollars, and affordable transport options to get to your next destination. Vietnam is easily one […]

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So I tried LinkedIn game...decipher this

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

Ok, so I thought I try and play some old work contacts on LinkedIn. I've never tried to do this before...that's why I'm in the Newbie forum.

I send a quick message...Hi, wondering if we could get together, don't want to die wondering etc...shit like that

And I get this reply:

I’m flattered...my world is very crazy atm and I can’t think too straight, happy to catch up but would prefer with clear head.

WTF does that mean?

Insein Prison in Rangoon, Myanmar

by Happy @ Travel Forum Board

In a strangely morbid irony, the name of Myanmar‘s notorious Insein Prison is pronounced in the same way we would pronounce “Insane Prison”. And as if this game of words was not enough, the pronunciation of the prison’s name is more than fitting. The Insein Prison gained its notoriety after one of their rumoured inmates … Continue reading "Insein Prison in Rangoon, Myanmar"

A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]

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Spotlight on Ethical Travel in Thailand

by Charli Moore @ Melted Stories

We are so fortunate that travel is an accessible commodity to our generation. My Grandparents often share stories detailing their move to Singapore when they were just 19 years old. An adventure of […]

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12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

Gomateshvara – Tallest Monolithic Statue in the World

by Happy @ Travel Forum Board

Located on top of Vindhyagiri Hill in Shravanabelagola of Mysore, India stands the tallest monolithic statue in the world. Carved out of a single block of granite, the 60 feet tall Gomateshvara Statue can be seen from 30 km away. Gomateshvara Statue was built by Chamundaraya – a minister and poet from the Western Ganga … Continue reading "Gomateshvara – Tallest Monolithic Statue in the World"

12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

Best Cafes in Hanoi for Losting Souls

by Brian Tripadvisor @ Vietnam tripadvisor

Xofa cafe The restaurant has a very Western design both indoor and outdoor. Table and chairs are set everywhere: inside the house, yard, balcony, even to the walkway…the owner also […]

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10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

by Happy @ Travel Forum Board

Consisting of 7,107 islands located in the tropical zone, there is no shortage of great beaches in the Philippines. If you combine white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and pristine nature, you get pretty darn close to an idyllic beach, but fact be told, not all beaches are created equal. So let’s take a look … Continue reading "10 Best Beaches in the Philippines"

Macedonia Datasheet (Skopje & Stip) October '17

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

Macedonia is one of those places you never hear about unless you're a Slavophile or seriously interested in small countries that make you feel like a Western God. Macedonia has the distinction of being the place that was responsible for the fake news content farms that caused Hillary to lose election 2016; so thank you very much guys for your valiant efforts! Interestingly enough, the teenagers that made the fake news were riding high in new BMWs and everyone in Macedonia knew something was up, because 18 year olds simply don't get BMWs out of thin air-- at least that's what I heard from a friend who happens to live in the general vicinity of these guys.

Macedonia has about 2 million people, basically 75 percent ethnic Macedonian (slavic, Orthodox, closely related to the Bulgarians) who speak Macedonian, and 25 percent Albanian (Kosovo Albanian) who speak Albanian. Only one major city, Skopje, with about half a million people or so. This has a big impact on the political situation there because now the Albanians are a recognized minority and so the Albanian language is posted in places that have I think 25 percent of the population or more (which means in the Skopje area you will see signs in Albanian). One more comment about the political situation--there's sort of an ongoing crisis over what Macedonian identity is, so you will see lots of monuments to Alexander the Great, Greek architecture, etc, which has given Macedonia pariah status because of Greek objections to this; it's seriously impairing Macedonia's admission into the EU.

Macedonia is one of my favorite countries I've visited, for several reasons: fewer tourists than Serbia, very welcoming of foreigners, beautiful nature/mountains, really good food, very cheap prices, and very nice women.

My one week in Macedonia:

I took a bus from Belgrade to get to Skopje, because rail connections are a joke in the Balkans. The bus company was actually pretty good and it was about $40 USD for a round trip ticket, trip took approx 6 hours from Belgrade's main bus station to Skopje (including the time we had to get out at the border). There was also a stop in Southern Serbia for a smoke break.

I was traveling with my Serbian buddy, and we arrived at Skopje's central bus station at approx. 8:30-9PM. The first thing I will say is that it was quite a formidable building, characteristic of the Brutalist style of architecture, which is something I've never really seen much of in the West. If you like Brutalist architecture you will like Skopje! Approaching the outskirts of Skopje we also saw a lot of Macedonian flags.

We got out of the bus, and it was at least 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit colder than it had been in Serbia. The first thing that sucks about Macedonia is that they have a closed currency like Serbia, so you immediately have to find an ATM or a place to exchange some USD, EURO, or GBP. If you're coming from somewhere you want to make sure you have dollars or something, because you can't exchange Serbian currency outside of Serbia. I was able to find an ATM relatively quickly, while my buddy was immediately searching for a sports betting shop. After we concluded our chores, we got in touch with our local contact who my buddy had met on vacation in Greece (Serbs and Macedonians really love Greece). She met us at the bus station-- she looked about 18-- and started conversing with my bro in Macedonian. She got us a taxi outside the bus station, and we sped off to our AirBnB in the city center. We had run out of smokes, so she let us smoke some of hers. On top of it, she paid for the taxi, speak about sweet women!

We were situated in the city center right next to the river and national museum, paying about 30USD for the night, and as soon as we dropped our stuff off we headed out with the girl. Skopje has a very compact city center, although it is quite clean, and was recently redone in the neo-Greek style. We walked to her friend's apartment which was about 10 minutes away on the edge of the city center, closer to Mother Teresa's house. Her friends lived in a tall socialist-style high-rise. We went into their apartment. 3 or 4 girls lived there, all university age and shared the apartment. We drank Macedonian wine for a few hours and smoked a bunch of cigs--Macedonian girls love to smoke. When it got closer to 2 or 3 AM, all the girls walked us back to our apartment. My friend, Milan, had paired up with the original Macedonian girl, Sara, and they were holding hands hugging and kissing the whole way home. Meanwhile I was chatting with the other 3 Macedonian girls. We got back to the apartment, but Milan missed the obvious visual signs because he was now making out with Sara. I managed to get his attention and we bid farewell to the group. We were so hammered we were unable to find the apartment. We were also dangerously near to broke, having been unable to get more money, and so we left the apartment for drunk food. The city was basically closed down by 3, everything was dead, no one out walking, so we started looking for a taxi. We found one, the taxi driver took a liking to Milan and said he'd give us a ride. He gave us a choice, bakery, or some random neighborhood. We said bakery so he found one of the few open ones. The other choice he'd given us was an ethnic Albanian neighborhood, where I’m sure there would of been trouble since my friend was Serbian. We were able to eat some shitty Pastrmalija, and then find our way home.

The next day began with fresh mountain air wafting into the apartment and the sound of a rather loud helicopter over the parliament building. We cleared out of our apartment and set off. We headed over to the group's high-rise to leave our stuff and figure out where we would stay that night. We had some coffee and some cigs. Sara and one of the other girls, Natalia, decided that today we were going to go to Matka canyon on the outskirts of town, because it is one of the best places to take people from out of town. We all walked to the brutalist bus station, and got tickets for the 45-minute ride. Unlike Serbian busses, unfortunately, Macedonian buses do not allow the opportunity to evade ticket collection. We made it to the edge of down, which I daresay had a more “ottoman” character, and the road turned into gravel. We had to get off here, plow through the wet gravel, and find a taxi. We found a taxi and took it to the start of the trail, the girls again paying for the taxi.

We took a vigorous hike for over an hour, and enjoyed some of the most beautiful scenery I’d seen in this part of the world, the canyon and the lake were fantastic. I recommend that anyone visit Matka canyon. We finished, plopped down at the bar and had a few drinks while Milan did some kayaking.

We got stuck at the entrance to the canyon waiting for a taxi that was supposed to show, and we soon started walking back to the outskirts of the Albanian part of town. We must have encountered at least 3 distinct sets of minarets on the way back. We managed to find a taxi near one of the mosques and the girls once again tried to pay; I said no. We smoked some cigarettes back at Natalia’s apartment, changed our clothes, and then headed out to Cocktail Bar, which was very close. Both girls simply looked ravishing all dressed up. Cocktail Bar is a nice little venue, with a big covered patio for smoking, and drinks are cheap 3-4USD for classic cocktails. The girls both ordered neon color cocktails and slowly sipped them the whole time we were there. Feminine as hell!

Later that night we took a taxi to the Sara's university to spend the night in her room. We had to sneak in. She had two roommates and we took her bed, me and Milan. One of the roommates was pissed off that two dudes were in the room, so she left, and Milan moved into the bed Sara was in.

That next morning, I cleared the hell out of that dorm, it smelled like shit, the smell from the squat toilets was bathing the dorms in stench, and there was graffiti on the crumbling walls. There was a small camp stove in the corner of the room that I assume the girls used to cook their food. Third world as fuck! Never again will I again complain about the amenities of American universities. I went and had some burek for breakfast on the main square. I crossed over the main bridge to the Albanian side of town, which was completely different in character, and climbed up through the steps of the Old Market to hill which the fortress was on. I walked into the fortress and enjoyed the panoramic views of Skopje, there was no one else in the giant fortress.

I made my descent back to the Macedonian part of town, looking for a café. I then sat down at a bar, Studio 54, and ordered some native Shopsko beer at 11 on the dot. Drank a few beers, and waited for Milan to get back to me. I made my way back over to the girl’s apartment and set my stuff down, waiting for Milan and Sara to get back. In the meantime, one of the girls made me some Turkish coffee and we chatted about life and travel. Milan finally showed up, having to sneak on the bus because of a lack of cash. We chatted a while and waited for Milan to get a call from his aunt, who was coming to take us to Stip. Natalia escorted us to where she would arrive, and patiently waited with us.

His aunt arrived in a minivan taxi, one of those taxis that takes multiple fares, like a bus would. We piled in, and then set off to Stip.

It’s about a one hour journey from Skopje to Stip if you happen to go by taxi. I think it was about 12 bucks for me and Milan. We met the whole family, and then Milan’s cousin Bill took us to register at the local police station, which we hadn’t done the night before in Skopje because we didn’t really give a fuck. Needless to say, you should register if you actually care, because it avoids trouble later on, when you actually decide to leave, although it’s not typical for them to check for your white card on exit. Stip only has 50,000 people so it’s way smaller than Skopje, but still has some opportunities because it’s a big university town. Rest assured if you decide to visit you will probably be the only Westerner there, I was told by Bill that they had one African who was very famous in Stip because he used to be a model, he had children by several Macedonian girls, and one Russian. I take his words that these were the only “foreigners”.

There’s a nice bar in the city center, at the roundabout, called Кафе бар Illussion, which has a nice terrace on the second floor for people watching, and becomes a lively club after about 8PM. If you’re in the center of town, you will find many other bars and clubs that are similar.
The next day, we started out to the Bargala ruins, which are ruins from Roman times, part of an old town, about 20 minutes or so from Stip. On the way out of town we stopped at a supermarket for some liquor, and I got looks at the register because I’m pretty sure they’d never encountered an American in their supermarket. There aren’t many people that visit Bargala, and you can climb on them and whatnot and get a really good view of the surrounding country. I am a bit disappointed I didn’t bring more alcohol because it would be the perfect place for a picnic. You can also see some wineries too. I would invest in mine own if I had the money, because Macedonia is a great place for growing wine and everything is so cheap….

You will see some shit that you may not be used to when you get out of bigger cities, like shit tons of gypsies, horse-drawn carts on the highway, men drinking beer on the front porch at 10 AM, people herding sheep, etc.

Back into town, we drove up to the top of one of the bigger hills overlooking Stip, which has a 30 meter cross on top of it. It’s another great place for a picnic or doing some heroin—I was told—and has a great view of the whole city and the river. You can climb up the ladder on the cross too, because it’s not locked.

Back in city center, we stopped at a white tablecloth restaurant, which sadly I can’t remember the name of, for some Pastmarilja, which is a dish that’s from Stip. It’s a large boat shaped piece of bread with meat covering the whole top of it, which you eat by hand. We got three of em, 2 medium and one large and a carafe of house wine for 12 dollars… I’ll post the name of the place if I can remember it… I’ve heard it’s good to visit Stip when they host the Pastmarilja festival, which is one of the bigger events in the country..

We went back to the house, had some more Macedonian food, and then got ready to go to this right wing political rally. Me and Milan decided to skip it so we went back to the city center and started to get drunk at the bar. We needed to head to the rally, so we started looking for liquor store, but Macedonia has these dumb strict liquor laws, so we had to find this supermarket that had a license to sell after 5 until 7 pm or some dumb shit like that. People at the register did a double take because they knew I was American. We got hammered next to the river, and then went to the political rally. Half the town seemed to be there, but it was too crowded. We had hid our bottles in the bushes, so we left the rally and went outside to recover our bottles and get drunker. The rally finished, we saw Milan’s extended Macedonian family, and off we went with his hot cousin to the jazz club. I would have made moves but I felt that she was off limits given how much of a degenerate I am, which Milan knew perfectly well. She had a very pretty round face, long hair, nice ass and spoke really good English. We went with her to the jazz club and me and Milan started drinking Four Roses while she had some dinner. Milan discovered that his degenerate gambling habit had paid off for once, and he had won the equivalent of 75 USD on a 1 dollar sports betting ticket. So, exuberant, we ordered more bourbon. Bill showed up. Some creepy dude in the corner of the bar was giving our group weird looks. Turns out he was a police man that got fired because he was a heroin junkie. His parents bankrolled him after he was fired, so now he would just sit at local bars and get drunk and high. Creepy as fuck.

The female cousin left, and we headed to the club, which was called “Underground” or something like that. For reference, it’s in the center of town next to the river that flows through concrete ditch. The club portion of the place is in the basement, and we were some of the first people there. We had a standing table just off from the main room from the DJ. I imagined in my mind, how things could have turned out had I put some planning into this trip… “An American! In Stip!” I could have made up some shit about being a DJ or a modelling scout or anything really…. Anyway…. The place was really full by midnight or 1AM, which is really when people start to show up in this part of the world. We saw a trance DJ there, famous in the more underground side of the trance world, and met a lot of cool people. We had to leave at 3 or 4 because we were about to start doing some dumb things that would get us noticed in this small town. I will say I was impressed by how full the place was, how beautifully made up all the girls were, and the fact that none of them were fat. Macedonian girls are a bit shorter than Serb girls, but still of decent height. A lot have the darker hair, and seems like they have bigger asses, which I will not complain about.

The next day we met Milan’s uncle, a painter. We drank Macedonian brandy with him and his wife, and then his wife made us some food, even though we protested. Macedonians are such nice people, and great hosts!
After that we took the bus back to Skopje, for like 20 bucks total, and the damned thing was full halfway back to Skopje. We had a restaurant opening to attend—one of Milan’s cousins had a new restaurant that was opening there—and so we took a taxi as soon as we arrived at the bus station.

The restaurant was a fast casual type of joint, and everyone was throwing money on the ground to wish the owners good luck with the future of the restaurant. There was all sorts of Macedonian liquor there, so we were soon drunk for the second time that day.

Since we had booked a bus ticket with the good bus company-- their name is Fudeks, I believe-- we were able to return to Serbia any time that week we wanted to. It was already 9 or 10, so I fired up trust old AirBnB and found us a place with my new knowledge of Skopje. 35 USD a night, right off the main pedestrian mall of Skopje, city center, 7th floor, big windows, balcony two beds, and a fold out couch… Perfect place for a house party or bringing women over. All the taxi drivers in Skopje seem to be shitty with directions, maybe because they don’t use GPS, and finally we made it to where we needed to be. We got checked into the apartment, and invited all the girls over, which was the four girls we already knew, including Sara.

We had to go find alcohol at this point, so we found a place that was willing to sell alcohol under the table after 7PM, but the previous time we were in Skopje it had taken us over an hour to find a bootlegger!—so be mindful of this fact. Have some stashed, know a bootlegger, or go to a bar or club, which can be open til 1am or later.

The girls came over, marveled at the size of our apartment, and started smoking! Even though it was a no smoking place… Ah what the hell, at least we had gotten them over. I had the eyes for Natalia, who had a large cross on, dangling into her big boobs, a nice big ass, dark long hair, big brown eyes, and knew how to wear a dress. But I had a serious case of blue balls, so I was being aggressive as hell. Anyway, I should have known Macedonian, but she actually spoke English pretty well. Macedonian girls tend to apologize for their English skills, but most speak decently. Also, the accent is sexy as hell.

We smoked and drank, and listened to lots of Macedonian and Serbian music, most of it rock and pop, with some folk music thrown in… The girls aren’t into English music unless they’re Anglophiles, which is maybe only 50 percent of the girls. Native language music is almost always the better choice, because not every aspect of their culture is westernized yet.
I tried to isolate Natalia, but I wasn’t that successful. Later that night I tried to take her out for a drink or food, but my attempt fell flat, because then the whole rest of the group decided they wanted food too.
Meanwhile, Milan was all over Sara, but had told me a few days earlier he had nothing in mind for Sara because, “I won’t date girls that aren’t Serbian”. Anyway as it got later they were making out on the couch while all the other girls watched.

We went for food, and Sara was making it clear to Milan that she wanted to fuck. I told them to use the bedroom, but they were idiots and went back to her dorm. I walked back to the apartment alone.
I woke up the next morning, the apartment reeking of cigarette smoke, beer, and rose. I went and bought 1 ½ liters of beer for breakfast. I waited for a call from Milan, but he was nowhere to be found. He showed up while I was back at the apartment, and told me the idiot taxi driver had dropped him off in the wrong place, phoneless and almost penniless. Something had happened back at the dorm, but I’m not sure if it was a lay or not…

We walked the pedestrian mall, went to the sports betting shop, and drank some more beer to alleviate the hangovers in front of the massive Alexander the Great Statute in the center of town. There are some aggressive Albanian/Turkish hawkers who try to sell sunglasses, and they have a keen eye for recognizing foreigners. Just say no, they can be persistent. We headed over to the north side of town and had some lunch in the old market. There are some good sit-down restaurants that serve Turkish/ Albanian food or Macedonian food and you can get two entrees some sides and some beer for like 20 bucks or less. We did some casual drinking that night, and I can’t really remember any other details.

The next day was our last day, and we had told all the girls that. They decided they were going to take us to the Millennium Cross which overlooks Skopje, and must be like 100 meters tall. You take a double decker bus (looks like the old ones from London) from the city center, up to the cable cars, which is about halfway up the mountain, the bus takes like 20 minutes. You then walk through a mountainside park, and buy the cable car tickets which are like 3 or 4 bucks, both ways. This is important to remember, the bus doesn’t run on Mondays, so don’t go on Monday. You’ll wait 15 minutes max for cable cars to go up the mountain, which takes about 5 minutes. It’s good to get your own cable car if you go with girls, because they only seat about 5-6 max to begin with. Girls definitely love the opportunity to take photos on the way up, and the way down. Once we got to the top, we bought some beer at the store there, but was like 1.50 for a beer instead of 90 cents, so be aware of the higher prices. There’s a little café where you can order a coffee as well. We took a lot of photos with the girls and then found a picnic table to sit at and smoke and drink. The view is really good, and you can basically see all the way to Kosovo.

We took the cable car back down, and then the bus. It’s really good if you get a seat the at the front of the bus on the second level, because it’s like being on the front of a roller coaster on the way down the mountain… Quite romantic… I made some more halfhearted attempts at escalating with Natalia while on the bus, and I joked how we would live like kings once I permanently moved to Skopje with my American money. I couldn’t tell if she was into me or just being nice….
That night we bought some more wine, and drank in a local park, knowing we were leaving on the bus in a few hours’ time… We went back to the girls apartment, grabbed our stuff, and headed with Sara to Cocktail Bar for one last round. Sara was really into Milan, but had no idea that Milan was Serbian ethnic supremacist even though he was half Macedonian, and that he was going for the pump and dump route. I ended my night getting all three of us drunk as hell, and filling my pockets with Yugo-era Macedonian cigs that were 2/3s the cost of Serbian cigs. Sara was all over Milan as we waited for the taxi, and I think wanted a relationship with him.

I’ll remember my week in Macedonia fondly, and will be back later this year to get the girls I’ve been pipelining out of my phone and into my pants.

Lays: 0/1 attempted for me; ?/1 for Milan

Helpful Info- Macedonia and Skopje (Smaller places in MK will be cheaper)

Currency: Denar- Currently 100 Denar is 2 USD. Denar is a closed currency, so have USD or Euro to exchange once you arrive.
Language: Macedonian (Basically Bulgarian), some Albanian in big ethnic Albanian areas, and about half the under 30 girls speak English.
Lodging: AirBnB is the best. Expect to pay 30-50USD for something pretty nice for Skopje. Stick to the city center, as it is prettier and has better logistics.
Tourism: Not as big as Croatia or Belgrade, use this to your advantage. White God factor seems high. Lots of girls would like to visit the US.
Alcohol: $1.50 for 1.5 liters of Shopsko beer at the supermarket, roughly 2 USD or less at a bar for a pint. Cocktails or liquor 3 to 4 USD at a bar. Beer is slightly more than Belgrade. Opening hours of off premise sales are quite severely restricted, to stop selling at either 5 or 7PM I believe.
Food: Bakery items for 1USD or so, fast food for 1-3USD, sit-down at local places 4-5 dollars, medium quality places 8-10USD for one person
Overall costs: decently cheaper than Belgrade, which is already quite cheap. Skopje is one of the cheapest European capitols.
Women: Not as big hos as Serbian girls, bit shorter, look more Bulgarian with darker hair; the thick Macedonian girls are a bit more frequent than Serbian girls. Don’t seem to be big into the drug scene either. I can’t comment anything on Albanian girls, but I did see a few burqas in Skopje. In Stip, it’s just ethnic Macedonian girls. Macedonian girls like Serbian dudes, and I’d assume other Slavic nationalities as well…
Other cities to consider: Kavadarci, which is a center for winemaking is apparently beautiful a good place to visit. I think girls in Skopje like to go there for weekends, at least according to what I heard from the girls I was hanging out with. Ohrid also is probably worth a visit, and is the main tourism center for foreign tourists, especially in the summer. I’ve heard prices are jacked up there.
Nightlife: Winds down earlier than Belgrade, and I think is pretty much done by 4am if you’re at a club.
Weather: Can be quite nice in October, high of 60 or 70 is possible, but will be much colder, 45-50 at night. Fall/October is a perfect time to visit, before the weather becomes much beaker/cold.

Macedonia is quite a small country so it’s pretty easy to see the whole place.

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Rasing Your Infant Sibling at 21

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

I wasn’t sure weather to post this thread in the Lifestyle Section or Family so mods feel free to move it.

The Situation: A good friend of mine yesterday called me up while having a minor mental breakdown. The night before he got a call from the State of Oklahoma telling him that he is next in line to be the Legal Guardian to his newborn infant sister and if he doesn't take her in she is going into the foster care system. His mother was doing meth throughout the pregnancy and the baby tested positive for meth. Apparently the baby is showing no advice signs of having the drugs in her system during the pregnancy so far. The state deemed his mother and the baby's father incapable of taking care of a child and took her away. He’s waiting for a call from social services sometime this week for more information.

A little background: He’s 20 years old, he turns 21 next month. He had a pretty rough life growing up from what he told, his mother is a terrible human and to my knowledge they have no contact. He was in and out of the foster care system for a good portion of a life, I’ve known him since about 14, he had/has anger issues probably do to his traumatic upbringing. He recently got out of pretty toxic relationship with a red flag woman and has been trying to stay positive in his life.
He has two younger brothers (18) who just aged out of the foster care system and are enjoying a free ride in college due to their Indian (with a feather) heritage and an older sister(?) I am not entirely sure of all the details.

He has a welders certification, last summer he was welding and making pretty good money. Because of that he started letting himself live a somewhat expensive lifestyle, due to his anger issues he was fired from that job and was unemployed for 2 month. He recently started working again and recently started a new job and is now just recovering from being almost completely broke. His monthly expenses are food, rent, car, and student loans.

If he took her in he could expect some money from the state to help take care of her but besides that he has no-one to help him.
When he called me up I tried calming him down and told him to focus on trying to clear his mind. I’m going to meet up with him soon.

There are a bunch of questions he needs to ask himself.
Who is going to watch her while he is a work?
Can he afford to take care of another human when guys our age can barely take care of ourselves?
Is he willing to completely change his life for the next 18 years to raise a child?

As rough as it sounds I think having her go into the foster care system would be the best option.
At Least that way she might have a chance of being adopted by a family from a young age and have a chance at a normal life.

I am the oldest of my siblings and probably the most equipped to raise a child out of my friend group and I doubt I could take care of a newborn by myself. The poor guy can’t even breastfeed her for Christ's sake. Having grown up in the foster care system he does not want her to feel abandoned by her family like he did growing up and cites that as his main reason for wanting to take her in.

Also too as discussed many times on this forum is how having both parents in a child's life is essential to healthy growth and development.

There are a lot of variables and more information needed for this question and I will try to update it as I can. I would appreciate any advice from the older guys on here to give to my buddy.

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Reformed Party Girl – Is true reformation possible?

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

Hey lads

I'm after experienced opinion. I have my own answers already, but I want those challenged. I also think this is a theme that may be useful to other readers.

============Warning: Long Post================

TL;DR
The question is one of having adequately screened a girl vs giving her more time to prove herself. More specifically: Do you believe people (girls) can change if they are gamed reasonably well early in the LTR.


THE BACKGROUND:
I'm a 35 yo Australian and based here. Got into game late (24) but then ratcheted up my notch count to the triple digits. Have done this through a variety of cold-approach SNL, D2, and day game. Have also smashed tinder. Have run multiple MLTRs, committed to a 18-month relationshp with a very sexy cougar (in hindsight not the most productive use of time), and generally kept a healthy 2-3 girls in rotation at any one time.

I am a white-collared professional with above-average income; in the health profession which tends to win points. Have 2x investment properties, am well-travelled, speak a second language and generally have my shit together, although currently my social and gaming time is very limited I have big exams in August. I'm average in the looks department; caucasian, 185cm, BMI ~21.

The last 9 months or so I have been looking for a girl to settle down with. Speaking to a very experienced playa (also on this forum) I started to shift my perspective on recreational gaming to the screening process. I have my check-list. I have my deal-breakers. I have a strategy. I have a firm life direction and am comfortable leading a relationship as a man. However my experience in committed relationships is not solid, and I am learning that I probably distrust girls and am commitment-phobic more than I had appreciated, although perhaps that is justified… read on.

THE STORY
I same-meet-close a tinder flame in September of last year. HB7.5, super-fun, and we have great positive vibes. She is 4 years my junior, also works as a medico in Japan, is well-travelled (perhaps too well) and speaks fluent English. She is an atypical Japanese girl: Extroverted, adventurous, and heaps of fun. She stays with me again on her final night in the country. At the time I felt we had a good connection, and… well, we fall for each other hard. She returned to Japan (where she lives) and I thought that was that.

The next day she had messaged me. She wanted to return to Australia to see me. I had flagged her as non-LTR material (and, in a move of exasperated cynicism, went on to delete tinder and reset my sights on day game after she left) but definitely liked her company. I told her I was flattered but was attending a wedding that weekend (didn't invite her), could show her around in my free time. She visited, I did a road trip with her and left her alone for a good 5-6h whilst at my mates' wedding. She flew back to Japan and we stayed in contact – in fact she constantly texted and wanted to talk on the phone.

She visited another x2 weekends. Now, I have converted plenty of girls who were willing to travel for me, but this was an impressive level of investment. Still, I promised her nothing, and she still visited. After this last visit, I decided to call it quits. Wrote to her and spoke on the phone. This was mainly because of needing to amp up for the exam I am preparing for, but also I was getting the impression that she would keep going and burn herself out on a road to nowhere; I'm not a complete asshole.

She professed her love for me, was willing to keep flying out in the little spare time that she had; repeatedly invited me to visit her in Japan. I perhaps made an error in staking some LTR-frames early - in fact on her first visit (in truth, just being honest about what I was looking for long-term). Anyway. I enjoyed her company so much, I couldn't resist. We spoke more on the phone and she visited again in December.

A few weeks ago I went and stayed with her in Japan. During all her visits I was qualifying her hard - asked many questions about her past. This trip was no different, and she had been investing progressively more deeply since we met. Her past sexual/relationship is not favourable: early (14 years) first-time; "12" partners (ergo, probably much more), lived in 2x Western countries before, and low ASD. I could go on. At one point I had described myself as a reformed partier and she loved this idea (of course) as she also had reformed from her partying days. She was/is very serious about an LTR, settling down, and having kids. For a long time, she has wanted to leave Japan to live abroad after obtaining her qualification.

In addition to her history, I had a lot of suspicion that she still had party girl habits. Visiting her in her home city confirmed that. She uses an English keyboard on her smartphone; she had a bee-line path from the local bar to her apartment door; etc. etc. In her favour, she had been in 3x LTRs in the past – the longest of these was 3 years and ended 12 months prior. In our discussions about the long-term future, she planned to finish her training in 14 months then move to be with me in Australia, and was willing to move straight away if I could commit to her straight away.

A further plunged down the deal-breaker list: I found irrefutable evidence that in her last LTR (the three-year one), they (as a couple) ran into difficulty and she cheated on him. Not once, but multiple times. After finding the evidence (old texts) I asked her point blank about having ever cheated. She looked me direct in the eye and said she never had .

That was it for me. After returning to Australia I called her up and broke it off. She was, understandably, at a loss as to my sudden change in demeanour (we had had a very romantic and fun week together in Japan). She was also heartbroken. I gave her the opportunity to go through it all with a fine tooth come with phone calls later that week. I explained I wasn't judging her past so much as her dishonesty with me and her lifestyle being one unsuited to a LTR with a mother raising children. We broke off contact on a stale note, with a suggestion of resuming contact in 6-8 weeks after time to cool down.

Contact resumed after 14 days – I had blocked all social media / email from her but received a direct interantional call to my phone. This was due to my emotional idiocy in missing her at this point,resulting in 2-3 emails; my bad. It gave us the opportunity to talk more (6+h). I was actually gald to hear from her. She had always insisted on her loyalty to me, and did this again. Insistend on her long-term plan and intentions etc. I asked for her facebook log in and, in a moment of extreme dread, she complied. She had met up with an ex- for a concert in December (she showed me texts to prove that nothing happened; it seems she was trying to rub in his face she had found someone else). She had met a tinder date perhaps two months ago for dinner but had since delete the app. Fair enough. She had also been speaking to friends about how to get me back – expressing to them she was willing to wait for months whilst receiving the silent treatment from me. Explaing to them her loyalty (it seems she may not have slept with anyone since meeting met… who knows). Interestingly, one of these friends was a Western bloke geographically remote from her – likely an old flame from years back. Ie. She was emotionally outsourcing to this other guy in times of relationship stress it seems. I was not amused.

I explained again what I had during the break-up: That we both fell hard for each other, but perhaps have different values and are not compatible in the long- long- term. I re-iterated my entire philosophy of LTRs: Trust, honesty, respect. Traditionalist nuclear family (and was she compatible with it). What was appropriated in terms of ex- contacts (she deleted her ex's number from her phone then and there, promised to come to me first for LTR troubles) and that if we were to be together she would have to prove herself by living a holistic lifestyle, not contact any other guys, and yes, delete her social media contacts from around the world. She agreed. She wanted to call me every night (always has, in fact). From all that I have seen of her previous LTRs she is a natural follower, and she in fact broke up (and, apparently, cheated on) her 3-year LTR in the last year of that relationship because he didn't want to settle down. I have set strong leadership and prizeability from the get-go, and she has always complied with my frame. She wants to settle down and have kids. She has repeatedly said she doesn't think she'll find anyone better than me. We are both busy with our work and so it will be phone contact plus her visiting from overseas monthly (if I allow it).

There is more detail, but I have droned on enough (feel free to ask).


THE QUESTION
Is this juice worth the squeeze?
If not, why not?
If so, how would you go about it?


THE DISCUSSION
My answer is somewhat grey, I know others will see the situation as black and white.

Three maxims come to mind:
1. "you can't make a ho a housewife"  
2. "The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour"
3. "Actions speak louder than words"

But.

I wanted to throw it out to the cast of thousands:
- This is a high level of investment in a girl whose long-term relationship goals align with mine. We otherwise get on well and I'm not afraid to say I have strong feelings for her. She is outgoing yet conforms to the feminine role at the drape of an arm or the pinch of the neck.
- She expressed remorse for her past actions and is afraid to lose my trust. She is willing to change her entire lifestyle and move country to give it a crack. She states she hadn't realise how important honesty is to me and agrees to tell me even if she makes a mistake (the details of that discussion is for another time…).
- I suspect I am naturally a bit distrustful; spinning plates is a nice solution to that, but in the context of a committed LTR, this is new territory. I do believe that she has not closed anyone since we met. Meet-ups with other guys must be immediately destroyed

I have made no promises.
I have, to her dismay, said I would think about it (weeks) and get back to her
I have made a decision… convince me otherwise.

Banging against the odds

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

So I'm travelling now in Latin America and I met a chick through online game.
We met for a date and she was cold on me. Not looking too much in the eyes.
I asked her if she is shy and she said generally no.
Are you being shy with me now? I asked. And she said no once more.

She was already in my place drinking coffee but I couldn't get any escalation done as she was so closed.

I got tired of it and showed her the door.
She texted me the same day and showed interest so I gave it one more chance.
We met the next day but she was cold on me once again, so I called her out.

I told her "bitch, why the fuck do you come all the way here to meet me but then you're like this, I can't even kiss you, what the hell is going on?"

She said "well I'm looking for friends. From what you are saying you are looking for just sex, no?"

I tried to dodge it by saying that I'm only passing by so nothing serious can happen anyway.
She tried to reconfirm "so you just want to fuck?".

I said "Yes".

"So let's fuck" she replied. "But not now, because I have to be back home in an hour. What are you up to tomorrow?"

And just like that, we scheduled to fuck at my place at noon, and she actually showed up and we actually fucked.

she's a 6.5.

And that's just one story. I've had recently a few of these and even one when I called a bitch out and called her stupid for not knowing English and then it got her turned on and she fucked with me.

My conclusion is that being very direct can be beneficial when you know where to use it.

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Hedonism Resort in Negril

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Hey Guys,

Posting after a long time, but curious to know if anyone been to swinger resort, Hedonism in Negril, Jamaica.

I am thinking about going, but couldn't find anything on this forum.

Thanks

Moved to Ukraine (finally) Kharkov vs Kyiv?

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

Been a member for a while but I do not post much... figured I'd share my leaving the west experience.

Long story short I moved all over the US started several quasi successful businesses. I did not get rich but made a comfortable life.

From college in Boston until my early 30's I lived in New York, Miami, Key West, New Orleans, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, Chicago and randomly Dana Point, CA.

The reason I mention the above is because I tried literally every city in the US looking to escape whatever was plaguing me at any given time. Usually just cultural stuff and not always women.

I'm in my mid 30's now and pretty well traveled internationally with the exception of Asia.

After several years of cutting my teeth to make myself location independent and failing at every turn, I eventually ended up liquidating my holdings and starting a financial consulting business which worked.

I literally deserted my apartment in the US and jumped on a plane for Kyiv over night and have been in Ukraine the past 5 months.

1st month I got a business visa (with legal help) and set up offices in Kharkov and Kyiv. I also enrolled in a language school and despite being over 32 was able to get a student visa good for a year.

looking back at all of this I wanted to share that I don't regret this for a second. It's been the best decision I've ever made.

My business is functioning pretty well although having to fly back to NYC every 3 months for board meetings is a bit of a pain in the ass.

I've struggled a lot making friends in Kyiv but in Kharkov I almost instantly had a social circle due to the type of business I'm in being a popular pursuit for young people. It is in Kyiv as well but I'm considerably less accomplished than the big players there for now.

Right now I'm in Kharkov and strongly considering making this my home base versus Kyiv.

Was wondering if anyone considered between these two options for long term living.?

I'm not interested in Lviv or Odessa as they seem to be more holiday oriented. Plus I'd rather holiday outside of Ukraine anyway. I'm just tapping the local talent pool so being near universities is more important to me for professional reasons.

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by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

Hi,

I'm in Medellin for at least another week in centro. My goal is to get a few dates and maybe a lay. I have been traveling for two months so I'm on a backpackers budget.

Need structured action plan.

Staying at hostel, can switch to airbnb.

I don't speak Spanish but I can say almost any phrase with practice. Or google translate

Have already tired Badoo and Tinder with no response. I have a dark complexion so look like a local on photo. In person, I'm tall so I look less like a local. We I speak instantly a gringo. From US

Where would be the best place to pickup girls in person during the day?

Second what should I say? Like direct or indirect,etc..... Thanks

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Backpacking Western Europe for Beginners Datasheet

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

Backpacking is one of those rites of passage that is both over-rated and under-rated. For recent high school grads, college age kids, and people on gap year or sabbatical, backpacking is great travel option that also manages to be adventurous. Our generation is not likely to be drafted soon to fight in a foreign war, so one of the few rites of passage that we have is backpacking. While not as popular for Americans, I highly encourage more Americans to try it. Brits, Australians, New Zealanders, and Canadians are all onto something. While it may entail lots of hedonism, it does present an opportunity for self-growth, introspection, increased confidence, and greater cultural awareness. To this day, I’m happy I backpacked Western Europe when I was younger because it gave me tremendous confidence to further explore the world on my own. Below, I'll detail how a complete beginner can successfully backpack Western Europe.

Western Europe is a great place for backpacking beginners, because you can use a 90 day Schengen visa, and have adequate time to see any number of countries you want. Europe is also good because public transit is generally of high quality and affordable. You are also able to find some great deals on flights that go within Europe. Also, is the safety factor, for Western Europe, at least in good part, is decently safe when compared to some major American cities. Western Europe in particular has a good tourist infrastructure. For beginners at least this is important, because many are leaving home or creature comforts for the first time—it helps to have others on the same path as you.

This will focus on my favorite method of backpacking Western Europe: using a EuRail pass and staying mostly at hostels. This datasheet will mainly help beginners who want to spend 14 days to 3 months backpacking Western Europe, although most of the things talked about are applicable to more advanced backpackers too.

Preplanning

The most important thing is to get your flight, which can be pretty expensive if you backpack in summer like many Anglos do. The sooner you get the flight, the better. Unless you’re the type that likes to burn the bridges behind you, get a round trip ticket. This helps you allocate your cash better, and gives your journey a since of urgency when you get there on day one.

The next thing is to arrange your ground transportation, which you will use as your primary method to get you between most of the cities you visit. A tried and true method is the EuRail pass, which works if you’re under 26 at the time of issuance, in which case you will get a student discount. I highly advise this, even if it is expensive, because it makes the international travel so much easier, and gives you maximum flexibility on your travel dates. It will also allow for most travel in Western Europe one ticket, but for Central and Eastern Europe, it may be less effective. If you try to arrange individual tickets, it gets very difficult and complicated very quickly, and then you have to worry about a very strict schedule. Thus, if you’re an absolute beginner get a EuRail pass—you’re only young once.

These are the two most important things, and what you want to do next is to find yourself a good backpack. This is what makes backpacking, well, backpacking. Go for a pack that you can carry given your frame size and weight, and make sure it has comfortable shoulder straps. Also ensure that it has straps that you can snap to distribute the weight more evenly. It needs to have a decent amount of internal volume so you can fit your toiletries, a book or two, one extra pair of shoes, a towel, flip flops, changes of clothes, an iPad or tablet, and a sport coat, among other things. There are backpacks I have found that don’t look like big hiking backpacks, but still have nice shoulder straps, that make you a little bit less conspicuous when out in public, so I recommend looking into the options for such a bag. Get a lock! More on this later.

At this point, your flight is arranged, you have a rough idea of how ground transportation will be handled, a backpack, and some general idea of where you want to go. Now you pack your backpack being careful not to over pack, and you remember to pack a rain coat, jacket, etc. It may also be a good idea to pack a flask and a bottle opener/multi-tool.

If you’re one to plan, you can start to research and book your hostels. You can book a first night in a hostel in several cities, and then worry about extending your stay when you arrive, that way you can get a feel of the town, and move on if you don’t like the place. Or, you can book every single night of the whole trip, but at the expense of flexibility. Print out your reservation details and put them in a folder. Unless you like to play fast and lose with your plans, book at least a night or two in your first city so you can get your bearings. Photocopy your important documents and put the copies somewhere safe in your backpack.

Buy travel adapters. Make sure you have what you need based on the countries you’ll visit. Most importantly, figure out the money situation. If you have a credit card, it’s great, because if there’s ever an emergency situation, you’ll have a way to book a room, flight, get medical care, transportation, use an ATM, etc. Otherwise have some emergency cash in a second bank account, or have a relative who can send money if there’s a problem via western union or bank transfer. A general rule of thumb would be: Hostel 30-50 USD a night, food 20 USD if you keep it simple, 20-30USD everything else. That means $70-$100 per day. You can backpack for less, but unless you’re a frugal person, the money will leave your hands sooner than you think, especially when things are unplanned. If you were to go to the grocery store every day and use the kitchen at the hostel you could keep daily food costs at $10 or less-- I’ve seen people do this, but this is not likely unless you are willing to do this process every day or you are short on money.

Make sure your cards are valid for use in Europe by calling your bank. Make sure you have your phone situation worked out. You can get an American plan for travelers that will be expensive but will ensure your phone works in most countries, you can get individual sim cards for each country, or you can go phone-less which I don’t recommend. Have the situation sorted out or else you will get hit with roaming fees once you arrive in Europe.

Arrival

Your flight will be most certainly long and unpleasant in economy class. You will be tired, out of energy, possibly sleepy, and jet-lagged on arrival. So, when you arrive at your destination airport, it is very crucial that you get to your first hostel/hotel as soon as possible. Hopefully you went to the exchange office before you ever left, otherwise you need to get to the airport ATM and get 50-100USD as soon as possible. Yes, the exchange rate won’t be the best, but it is better than going to a currency office at the airport, which offers even worse rates. You now need to secure ground transportation to your hostel, which is hopefully in the city center (more on that later). It’s crucial you get to the first hostel safely, because you’re tired and may make dumb mistakes. Taxis are risky, especially if you don’t speak the language because you could be scammed. If you opt for the taxi route, make sure the airport ground transport people secure one for you. Otherwise an Uber would be a good idea, depending on local laws and availability of Uber. Public transit, shuttles and buses are also a good idea. They’ll go to the city center for a fixed rate, and are most likely cheaper. They’ll also be much safer.

You’ve at this point hopefully made it to the city center, and hopefully your hostel is close by, it may be a good time to get some food, and a cup of coffee, because it may still be a bit too early to check into the hostel. Just get something into you, your body just needs some food and a jolt to the nervous system to get you through your arrival day. Get to your hostel; depending on your budget, you may walk, take public transit, or a taxi.

You’re now at your hostel and it’s time to check in. You have a reservation, or you’ve found a hostel via the internet that has beds for the night. Listen to what the front desk clerk tells you, because the hostel may have certain policies, fees, and even hours the front door is locked (which means you can’t get in). Although lock-outs are becoming less common, and are more prevalent in cheaper hostels, or hostels that are in neighborhoods that have noise restrictions.

Go to your room, which is most likely a public room that has 3,4,6, 8 or more beds. Find an open bed. Find a place to lock your stuff when you’re not in the room. Hopefully there’s a locker that you can put your lock on inside the room, or in a common area, or at the front desk. This is important, because someone will gladly take the opportunity to jack your stuff. Meet the other people in the room if you’re social because they may have a better idea of what the city is like, or may know what’s going on at the hostel. One of the primary reasons you stay at a hostel is because it is cheap, but the other reason you stay at one is because they’re social. So, don’t disregard the social aspect. A lot of backpackers stick together in groups thus it’s not hard at all to meet some new people. Everyone is in the same situation and wants to party, hookup up, and see stuff.

There are basically two types of hostels: party hostels and non-party ones. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Party hostels are what they sound like. They are hostels where things get crazy, and people party on the premises. You may have trouble sleeping at a party hostel, but sometimes it may be worth the lack of sleep. Non-party hostels may have older guests, noise restrictions, or premises that aren’t good for partying. You can check review websites or the hostel’s website to get a general idea of which one it is. Some hostels that are run by non-profit groups are generally non party-hostels, and are better for people that like to sleep and families.

Take a short nap, but make sure you have your passport very close to you, or locked up. After you’ve taken a short disco nap, it’s time to meet new arrivals in your room or to head out for some food and fun. You may not feel very social because you’re really tired, but it may put you at ease to meet some of your roommates. If your roommates are chill, they’ll likely tell you their plans, share a drink with you, and maybe invite for something they’re going to do later. It can’t really be any simpler, really. Just look out for weirdos. A lot of hostels have bars, so this would be a good place to start if you’re feeling social. People are generally receptive to meeting new people here, so just strike up a conversation or ask if you can sit with a group. Generally they will say yes.

If you’re traveling alone, it’s important to remember that there’s no one to bail you out if anything goes wrong. So be moderate with your alcohol consumption, etc. Or, at least be moderate until you have some experience under your belt.

Traveling to your next destination

You inevitably will have to move on to your next destination. Pack up all your stuff, make sure you have your passport and travel documents, and check out. Make sure your phone has a full charge. It’s now your obligation to get to the train station or less possibly the airport. You can always ask hostel staff for directions or help because they generally travel as well. Walk, take a taxi or public transit to your departure point. Leave enough time to make your train or flight comfortably. If you’re taking a train, be careful outside the train station. A lot of times, more shady elements congregate outside it in Western Europe, so keep your valuables close, and avoid talking to sketchy people outside.

If you’re taking the train, there is one important thing to do before you get on the train if you have a EuRail pass; you need to activate it for it’s first use. Go to the ticket office, and present the pass to the ticket agent. The agent will endorse it and write the date on it. Depending on the pass, you will have a certain time period of unlimited travel, or you will have a set number of travel days. In any case, today is the first day your EuRail pass will be valid/ used.

It helps to research the train you will be taking ahead of time. Sometimes, although not always, there will be a separate seat reservation fee you will have to pay (mainly for flagship trains, like Germany’s ICE or France’s TGV). This is regardless of whether you have a EuRail pass or not. Make sure it is paid if it is applicable to your trip.
One last word about trains: make sure the portion of the train you’re in does not split from the other part of the train, because if it does split you will be sent to the wrong destination if you’re on the wrong section of the train.

Try not to only spend one day in a city, because you will tire out a lot faster if you’re traveling every day.

Destinations

As a first time backpacker to Europe you have a lot of options as far as destinations are concerned. Common destinations include: Paris, London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and so on. A lot of people doing Western Europe will also devote time to Eastern or Central Europe, for example Budapest, Bucharest, Vienna, Croatia, etc. The destination is up to your personal preference, but you will find a lot of backpackers in Western Europe, and the number will in general thin out the further east you go. I’ve see backpackers in Belgrade or Skopje, but these places are a lot more off the beaten path, and harder to get to logistically as well.

It’s a great idea to mix partying and culture. Visiting Berlin would be great because it’s a party city, but maybe Paris would be good too in order to visit museums. The sky’s the limit.

General Advice

• Scamming is very prevalent in Western Europe, so be aware at all times and avoid propositions or approaches on the street from strangers
• When showering at the hostel wear your flip flops and make sure your stuff is locked up. Make sure your passport cash and phone is with you in the shower. These are things that you cannot afford to lose.
• It is better to pay with cash in a lot of places in Western Europe, but don’t carry too much. ATMs will always be close.
• If you’re at a party hostel you may have trouble sleeping. Bring some headphones, or earplugs. If this is an issue, book a private room or find a non-party hostel.
• People will hook up at hostels, even in public rooms, so do your best to ignore any activity.
• Find a common area in the hostel if you want to meet people. Every hostel has some sort of common area.
• Chat up girls. They want to hookup too. It’s not that hard in the party environment of many hostels. Travel is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Many will hookup in shared rooms even if there are others present.
• Be aware of all local laws; I.e. Public drinking, noise restrictions, opening hours for bars, etc.
• Many shared rooms are co-ed! Just be respectful, polite, and not a creep.
• Unplug from social media—your whole experience will be more relaxing and satisfying this way. You also don’t want everyone on your social media to be aware of all the debauchery you’re getting into.
• Don’t hold/carry other people’s stuff that’s not yours.
• Avoiding acting like what your national stereotype is. Part of backpacking is about making real connections and having fun with fellow travelers. Be polite, respectful, and a good listener.
• A lot of hostels offer free walking tours of the city, these are a good idea if you don’t know what to do, or are companion-less
• Hostels may offer pub crawls for a set fee, which are good if you like drinking and socializing with other travelers.
• Costs vary widely from city to city, so be aware of this.
• Be aware of local tipping norms.
• Carry a water bottle in order to stay hydrated.
• Don't be an pussy and tell people you are from Canada if you're not. Own up to being American.

Let me know if you have further questions, or if there's something I forgot to mention. I hope this datasheet helps people new to backpacking have a better first time experience!

~Dragan

Complete newbie, I need help

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

Some background information:

35 years old living in a small town in the boons. I've been in 2 long term relationships, 10 years and 5. The more recent one of 5 years came to an end a few months ago. It was not a healthy relationship, she was mentally abusive, controlling and insanely jealous. I kept clinging onto it because I was suffering from severe depression and anxiety. Found out she had been living a double life (not sure to what extent), the people at her work knew me as her ex-boyfriend and apparently she had something going with someone there.

This really fucked me up, my self-esteem and self-worth were already in the dumps to begin with. She managed to rip open old wounds that had already mostly healed.

I had a difficult childhood and adolescence. Was bullied at school constantly and at home had mentally abusive parents (my mom was severely mentally ill and was institutionalized for long periods). Grew up with a very distorted self-image and my whole life was just a big battle to seek validation and comfort from other people. Found that with my first girlfriend at 19, that lasted for 10 years until it fell apart. Had started drinking to self-medicate at that point.

Most of my life has been a struggle with anxiety, fear and depression. I have never wanted to give up though, always seeking a way out. A way to better myself and rise above my problems. It has given me great insight into myself and my inner workings but it also put my living firmly in my head as I have been left to my own devices to figure out how the world works.

The last fall after the shit hit the fan with my ex I was at my lowest point ever. I had let her slowly break me and was left with almost nothing. I came crashing down hard and had to check in to a mental hospital for a week.

Been slowly building myself since then and starting to get back on my feet again. I've immersed myself in literature and going to AA meetings several times a week, also hitting the gym as often as I can and participating in every social event I can.

I'm at the point now where I'm finally starting to let go of my own little world inside my head, my ego that's been poisoning me. I've noticed a huge improvement in people around me, how they react to me. This is my mission now, to break out of my shell and learn to truly be myself no matter who I'm with.

I do alright in most social situations but with women I still have a huge wall around me. I've realized I need to fix this if I'm to become complete and satisfied. I never want to put myself into the situation again where I cling to someone just because I'm scared of being alone. Or being alone and giving up on trying because I think I'm worthless.

I need a strategy now on how to learn this skill set. Have read a lot (too much probably) and the theory aspect is pretty clear. Now is the time to start taking action and put myself out there. This is were I'm stumbling now. As I mentioned I live in a small town with 1 nightclub so I'm going to have to travel somewhere else to practice for a start at least, don't wanna poop where I eat so to speak. Going out late at week nights is also not feasible as I start work very early in the morning. Also going sober to a nightclub feels like an immovable mountain right now. I'm thinking about starting at a mall (it's 80km away) and maybe taking the train to a bigger city.

I do have some things going for me:
-I'm pretty decent looking and well built with a muscular frame
-I enjoy humor a lot and am a naturally funny guy
-I'm passionate and intelligent, I'm good at reading other peoples emotions (I think at least lol)
-I play the guitar at a very advanced level

The big sticking points:
-I have massive difficulties projecting my personality and real self to strangers or aquaintances
-The self-talk in my head is very strong and can easily overwhelm me
-The fear of rejection and failure
-Overly sensitive and attached to outcomes

I would really appreciate some feedback, if someone has some thoughts on this? Something I should consider?

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