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US National Parks w/o a Car

Hello /r/solotravel!

So I'm a 22 year old guy who just realized that I haven't really seen much of my own country-in fact I've visited more countries than I have US states. To do this I've decided I'd like to see at least one national park sometime this spring or summer but there is one thing holding me back: I'm from a metro area and while I can drive locally and hold a license I'm not a very comfortable driver, especially in places I've never driven before.

Ideally I'm looking for a park that has a shuttle system or maybe some (reasonably priced) bus tours. Of course, bonuses are if I can do it all inexpensively and can meet other young people there. I'm a pretty experienced solo traveler so I'm open to a lot of things. Only caveat is nowhere in Hawaii or Alaska as I live on the east coast and tickets are too much there. Not greatly interested in California either as I've visited a number of times but I could be persuaded.


Submitted March 21, 2018 at 03:04PM by ben1204

Questions about Vietnam in summer

Hello fellow travelers!

I plan to travel this summer in SEA with Vietnam being number 1 on my list and Thailand being second. I would like to motorbike across Vietnam but I'm worried about the weather since it will be during monsoon season (and hot as dick). If this isn't recommended, I'd be open to other modes of travel (bus, trains, etc)

When: Early July-mid August

Travel time: ~5 weeks

Budget: ~1,500 USD (not including flights)

Interests: eat eat eat, photography, experience culture and nightlife, explore city + rural landscapes; bike across the country

Previous experience: (mostly) Central Europe last summer; rode motorbike (unsure of cc) around Hvar island in Croatia with minimal issues

With all this in mind, I'd like to ask for your input concerning my situation:

  1. Will riding a 110-150cc motorbike across Vietnam be problematic during this season
  2. Would the weather be more forgiving traveling north to south or south to north given my July-August timeline (if there even is a considerable difference)
  3. Should I just stick to Vietnam or is something like 3.5 weeks in Vietnam and 1.5 weeks in Thailand feasible (I'm okay with not seeing all of Thailand, maybe just Chiang Mai and/or Bangkok).

Submitted March 21, 2018 at 03:09PM by doodoofeces

Road trip Houston to Idaho! Looking for advice.

Hi! I am looking to do a road trip from Houston To Boise, ID (for a wedding on Sat June 16th). This will be my first road trip with the gf and we are excited. We have the opportunity to take our time and not rush. What are some ideal places to stop on the way? We love anything to do with outdoors and are in no need of driving 12 hours a day. We want to make this as memorable as possible. Currently using the roadtrippers web app to get some ideas, but would love some advice from all of you as well! Thank you.

In the middle of my first solo travel - North or East from Munich?

Hey all,

At a bit of a crossroads right now sitting in an attic in Frankfurt. I know I will be in Augsburg/Munich until Sunday, but after that do not know if I should head North or East. North would entail Berlin, Krakow, and then south to Bratislava/Budapest(definite end goal). East would be through Salzburg/Vienna to Budapest. Avoiding Prague as I've already been there.

Have until May 6th left on my visa, and just don't know how best to slice up this last month or so. Funds are solid but not without limits, and I'm a little burned out on cathedrals/museums. Wondering if the weather right now in Berlin would make it better saved for another time. Any advice would be super appreciated.

Submitted March 21, 2018 at 01:48PM by doodoobrain9192

Revisiting places you've been over exploring new places?

Wondering how you guys deal with these dilemmas yourselves. Do you just forget about visiting X amount of countries and go with the flow, no matter how much time spent in 1 place could factor into skipping other places before going home?

I've been fighting with myself for the past month while planning a trip for this summer. I've already done 2 solo trips in Europe, and my 3rd will also be there, and I'm really trying to broaden my horizons and go to as many countries as possible while I'm still without any kind of commitments back home (Uni aside). Problem is... I really bloody loved a few of the places I went to on past trips and it's so hard to resist the urge to go back, and if I go back I know that I'd end up spending a lot of time in those places because a) I love the cities, and 2) The hostels there were so damn good.

Submitted March 21, 2018 at 12:54PM by Locke_John

FOX NEWS: United suspends PetSafe pet service amid multiple animal mishaps

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United said Tuesday that it will halt PetSafe reservations while it reviews the service, which lets customers ship pets as cargo.


10 Reasons to visit Cape Town, Despite the Drought.

Submitted March 21, 2018 at 12:13PM by SaffaSurf

A small trip through Iraqi Kurdistan

Thought this might be an interesting trip to post about and share my experiences.

So I visited Iraq last year in July for 4 nights. I crossed overland from Turkey via bus and returned via the same bus/route. I wanted to share this as this region is one the most beautiful I’ve been to and the people there are really amazing – so friendly and humble.
There are safety concerns in Iraq – I don’t want to ignore that – but when I visited, the Kurdish region was very secure. In fact, Mosul was being liberated while I was there, only an hour from Dohuk, but even the drivers would not drive near Mosul so there was never any direct security threat. Always check the current situation though if you are planning to go in the future.

Destination: Iraqi Kurdistan - Erbil, Dohuk, Amedi & Lalish

Length of Time: 5 days (3 full days), July 2017

Budget: (prices in USD)
Accommodation: $60 ($20/night but I got one night free due to a misunderstanding with the hotel staff)
Transport: $140 ($40 for return bus tickets to Turkey, $70 for day trip to Amedi and Lalish, $15 inter-city shared taxi, $15 for various short taxi rides within cities)
Food: Nothing – seriously though, I got a few free meals and everything else I ate was all less than $1 for a portion

Bekhal Hotel, Erbil (Cheap with nice staff but pretty run down)
Dolphin Hotel, Duhok (Cheap, clean and very friendly staff)

Erbil – I mostly wandered around the city, seeing both touristy sites and more general everyday places. The Citadel is a must and getting lost in the bazaar is always fun. I also walked to Shanadar Park which isn’t too special but kinda interesting with replicas of various monuments and structures. Spending the evening around sunset in the main square was really nice as it comes alive during this time and great to meet and talk with various locals.
Dohuk – Again, mostly walked around the city. Went up to the damn which had a great view but itself was nothing spectacular. More walking through the city streets trying local foods, and checking out the shops. There’s also a nice view from the Azadi Panorama with an Iron Throne-esque instalment overlooking the city. The best view, however, was from the Zawa Mountain, a short taxi ride outside the city. The bazaar is also worth a look around, can find almost anything there. I didn’t visit but there’s also an amusement park called Dream city which is very popular with the locals I heard.
Amedi – More wandering around. The town is beautiful when viewing from the surrounding valley but there’s very little of interest in the town itself. The Mosul gate on the Western edge of the plateau was one of few historical sites of interest. Other than that, I just enjoyed the views of the surrounding mountains as the landscape was beautiful.
Lalish – Some of the local Yazidi children/teens showed me and my driver around. I couldn’t really get what they were saying as they were speaking Kurdish but it was pretty interesting nonetheless. A little more wandering around the village and trying to talk with the Yazidis that stayed there, but to little success due to the language barrier.

What Went Right:
Well, I made it to Iraq which was pretty cool in the first place. It was very easy to get around (besides the 45°C heat). Shared taxis run between the major cities and taxis within each city are easy to find. Food was incredibly cheap (75c for an amazing falafel wrap). Everyone there is very helpful and friendly as well, especially when you’re a foreigner – always getting offered various things including free food and drinks. And even though this was Iraq, the Kurdish part was extremely safe when I visited and had no problems with any potential security threats.

What Went Wrong:
One of many lessons I learned while travelling was from Iraq: Don’t arrive in a country with no money, no knowledge of the local language or nowhere to stay – even having just one of these things would have gone a long way for me when I first arrived. I caught the bus form Mardin in Turkey, arriving in Erbil at midnight (I was told it would arrive at 5pm…). I was kinda fucked until a really nice Syrian man offered to share a taxi and also helped me find a hotel for the night.
Iraqi Kurdistan does not have any ATMs really. I arrived with about 300 TL (75ish USD) and that was not enough. Luckily, there is one ATM in the Erbil Rotana Hotel (the most high-class hotel in the region) where I could withdraw USD and convert to Iraqi Dinars on the street.
Language is always a bit of an issue while travelling but I had more trouble here than anywhere else as this area is not frequented by tourists. My conversational Turkish was useful as probably 1 in 4 people I talked to could also speak Turkish but knowing some Kurdish would go a long way. I got a guy to drive me to Amedi and Lalish for a day and he spoke nothing other than Kurdish – still made it where I wanted to go and he was a very helpful guy, but was a definitely hard to communicate.

Embrace any moments you get to interact with the local people there. The region is a mix of Kurdish, Arab, Turkish, Assyrian and many other populations so you get to learn a lot from everyone and also experience some of the best hospitality in the world.
There isn’t too much to see in terms of specific tourist sites, but wandering around the cities and towns gives you a small snapshot of the region – the people, the food, the environment, and even the history.
Accommodation can be cheap, especially when staying in hotels/guesthouses around the bazaar area is both cities but this accommodation is usually very low standard. Erbil has many nicer hotels, but depending on your budget, these may be too expensive.
The whole region is fairly cheap as Westerner travelling there. But in terms of travelling solo the cost of accommodation and transport to far-flung places adds up and may not be the more budget-friendly destination. That said, if you stay in the major cities, you can travel reasonably cheaply.

Final Verdict:
Check the security situation before you go but I loved it and hope to visit again and explore a little more in the near future.

If anyone has questions about logistics or anything else, I’d be happy to answer.
And finally, the best part – Pictures

Submitted March 21, 2018 at 11:19AM by Panampu

Do you do everything as a solo traveller that you'd do with a partner/more people?

Title says it all. Been solo for a while now. I'm not easily intimidated by people and still don't mind walking through 'bad parts of town' alone.

However, my worries are more clumsiness related: do I really need to climb into this bunker to explore? (yes!), stumble through a thick forest and climb a tree for a geocache? (hmm), etc.

So I have a few trips planned this year, including 2 hikes ( on the Isle of Mull where I don't expect to meet many people, and am considering walking from Ben Nevis to CMD (part of:

Also, consider driving longer stretches on dirt roads in rural Utah and from Sao Paolo to a State Forest in Brazil some 4hrs away.

Being used to doing those things I think: so what? But doing them alone there's a bit of a nagging voice telling me: what if you do something clumsy and need help?

Anyone in the same situation here?

Submitted March 21, 2018 at 09:25AM by GeoGrrrl

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