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Tauranga cruise ship tours & shore excursion to Rotorua - Hobbiton

Tauranga cruise ship tours & shore excursion to Rotorua - Hobbiton

Tauranga cruise ship tours & shore excursion to Rotorua - Hobbiton

Day Trips, Tours & Cruise Ship Shore Excursions from Tauranga Port, Mount Maunganui to the Bay of Plenty, visiting Rotorua, Hobbiton & White Island Volcano,

Breathtaking Natural Stone Arches of Legzira Beach in Morocco

by Happy @ Travel Forum Board

The Legzira Beach can be found between Sidi Ifni and Mirleft in Morocco. Not only is the Legzira Beach the most unique beach in Morocco, it’s also one of the most astounding beaches in the world. Its uniqueness comes mostly from the presence of two breathtaking naturally formed stone arches that make Legzira Beach a … Continue reading "Breathtaking Natural Stone Arches of Legzira Beach in Morocco"

Gestures That Are Offensive in Other Countries

by Happy @ 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"

And the winner is….

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I'm very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

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Top 4 The Most Beautiful Homestays in Sapa, Vietnam

by Brian Tripadvisor @ Vietnam tripadvisor

Sali House Just 20 minutes by car from Sapa, located at the end of Ta Van village, Sali House owns a lovely name which is so easy to remember . […]

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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 […]

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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Hedonism Resort in Negril

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

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.


Lepont Bungalow – The Straw Hostel in Cat Ba Island

by Brian Tripadvisor @ Vietnam tripadvisor

As one of the most impressive hostel in Cat Ba, LePont Bungalow hostel is truly a great stop when you visit this paradise island. Situated on an extremely prime location, […]

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

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 […]

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.

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10 Most Famous Festivals in the Philippines

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Island nation of the Philippines has a long and rich history. The best way to experience it is through participation in festival which take the old traditions and demonstrate them to the modern world in the most spectacular manner imaginable. Here’s a list of 10 most famous festivals in the Philippines which introduces the best … Continue reading "10 Most Famous Festivals in the Philippines"

A Journey Through Madagascar: Notes on the Privilege of Travel

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

We travelers are a lucky bunch. It's easy to forget just how privileged we are to be able to travel the world. The truth is, most people rarely even leave their own country, let alone visit destinations all over the globe. My recent visit to Madagascar reminded me that it's important to keep this perspective in mind, and to give back to organizations that help the places we visit.

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Croatia Towns/Islands Suggestions

by abs004 @ Fodor's Forum

Hello all. I�m looking for thoughts on a trip to Croatia in late Sept/early Oct for 2 weeks. We are experienced travelers but have not been to...

Upcoming Travel Plan In Romania

by beautyofheaven @ Fodor's Forum

I'm just planning a 3 week trip to Romania for my next trip, and all I want to start from Budapest because I've never been there. The rest of the...

A Saturday in London

by harvmatic @ Fodor's Forum

It was recommended that I repost this in the Europe Forum, so here goes. My husband and I, and our 18 yr old grandson will have 24 hrs to spend in...

Let’s Send Another Set of Students Abroad (Exciting Updates from FLYTE)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.

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

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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.


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.


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.


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!


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Japan declining for westerners

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

There was a marked decline in jgirl attention towards caucasian men seemingly overnight between 05 and 07. That has not recovered.

Some liken it to an increase in foreigners but western males are less than they were 10 years ago. Im not buying it.

I came to granted a smaller city osaka with jet. There was definitely interest and not just from girls. Ekaiwa was everywhere then in advertising and commercials. The people thought America was powerful and cool. Internationalism was all the rage for years. In japan fads last a year. This internationalism lasted since the 50s at least as concerns the west. How could that change so quickly

I came back in 07 and all of the gaijin bars were j rap bars all the foreigners out except the nigerian thugs who were now jesus figures.
Returning in 2010 I observed the Hollywood induced rap phase moderating but other declines.

The economy declining for decades was reaching a critical mass where j people were not as concerned with travel ir English. However the revelation of nova bad practices made itself known. The only exception to the decline in foreign interest was the niw diminished rap craze and the inexplicable kpop. This from a country that discriminates against koreans

Japan is a less traditional more poor more fat society. J men are still beta. Is the less polite/traditional trend a factor in making them more alpha.

Jgirls attraction to caucasian men was never primarily about scarcity. It was about taller stronger fairer more fun and gentlemenly behavior. Our cultural preeminence was fully appreciated in a country without a ((tribal)) media.

With less ekaiwa are there not less caucasians. I know the number of third worlders has skyrocketed. This seems to counter act the nationalalist narrative.

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There are 3 chicks in my hostel room of 4 beds. They were hear last night and one more night. One of them is probably into me, who is sleeping above me.

They speak Spanish and are from Chile.

How should I test if she is down? Any other ideas with the other ones? These chicks are probably horning or curious cause they are traveling

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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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by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

There are many great threads about red flags. My idea is that a red flag woman can be a lot of fun if there aren't too many red flags and they are manageable -for example a woman with tattoos and smokes may be a wonderful fuck, or a single mom that rocks your world for a weekend, and that's the end of the story, but a low quality woman may be so "dangerous" as to not even be worth messing with. The most obvious example of this would be any woman that starts talking about how her ex abused or raped her, since you will be the next one, this is a low quality woman. Assuming you aren't a low quality man yourself and you want to protect yourself here are some of the more hidden signs I have noticed over the years.

gold chain purse straps
A woman that wears too much shiny gold on accesories is a low quality woman. She chose these items because they draw a certain kind of attention. An attention whore is a red flag but walk through a mall and observe the difference between women who love likes on instagram and those who have these exess attention gathering accesories. It's the whole ensemble that matters. The ones with an excess of shiny shoe and purse straps will stand out easily if you observe. These women are low quality because they desperately need to signal other women that they are going to get the attention of men.

heavy red lipstick
This is very much related to the above - watch for a woman with an out of date or excessively red lipstick that doesn't quite jive. Only applies to red, other excessive colors are just a fashion statement. This means she is secretly needing to affront the world or be offensive to it (just like extreme excess perfume). She knows its way over the top but has intended it to be this way. She has a need to affront social norms and is not worth your time.

Quick to criticize you
This one is hard to recognize, but this girl will -very quickly- drop some needless but heavy criticism on you and your general nature, morals, or persona. Example one, I am fluent to a native level in Spanish and went out with a Venezuelan chick who started telling me on date two my Spanish was "harsh." I told her that was because I am a harsh person and never spoke to her again. This was a trap for her to start manipulating, it didn't work. In another case I had two amazing blow out fuck all weekend sessions with another South American girl and she started telling me my driving made her uncomfortable after a few days. She went on and on and made it into a character issue. I "broke up" with her and ended it. In the past I might have tried to "no no its not like that babe" these babes but I recognize it now as a low quality woman issue that is not worth going one moment further.

Messy and unmaintained car
This girl will drive around on bald tires, have no oil in the engine, and have a car that looks like a garbage can inside. In this day and age there are tons of woman friendly retail maintenacne places that will clean her car and do oil changes for next to nothing yet she insists on driving a dirt bag dangerous car as a general fuck you to common sense. Guess what, she will say fuck you to you too one day.

Engages in lots of little indulgencies
This is the pre-fat chick that is in constant need of a huge slurpee (now called frapacuino i think?) or whatever indulgances that her little heart desires when she desires them. Fast forward - this is the one that says she never loved you in the first place and you don't know her feelings, and she takes your kids away. Nuff said.

If you have more signs of low quality women do share:

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?

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7 Days to Play in Europe

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel

I’ll be traveling on a business trip to Paris at some point this summer. I plan on using some of my hard earned vacation to stay in Europe for the week after business concludes. I feel like a kid in a candy store staring at the map everyday, and I’m having a rough time choosing where I want to spend my week abroad.

I’ve read through countless data sheets and country specific threads, and to be honest I still can’t narrow it down. My first choice would of been Asia.

Two questions I have, and I know some people may think these things don’t matter, but I want input.

1) I read somewhere that certain countries view guys with tattoos as lower class or dirty. I have a sleeve tattoo, can anyone expand on this from personal experience?

2) the good ole height question. My research on the forum seems to show there is two schools of thought. The first one being height doesn’t matter at all, and the second being a mans height could work against him in a foreign country. I’m pretty short (5’6) so I’d like to hear some fresh perspectives on this.

$ isn’t a huge factor. I’d obviously prefer to spend less, but will spend what I need too to make this a worthwhile time.

To save someone from asking, I’d say I have pretty decent game. I don’t usually approach hundreds of women a year, but have had plenty of success pulling throughout the years. I have no problem opening someone in any situation.

The Secret To Attaining (and Recognizing) Wealth — Know Your Number

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

I know that many guys on the forum are interested in building wealth. Part of your success will depend on setting goals, looking at the big picture, and knowing when you have reached your lifestyle goals.

This is a good article about knowing when you have reached your goal and then cashing in your chips -- and how to win the money game when you reach a point of happiness, rather than playing the loser's game of simply chasing wealth forever.

Quote: The Secret To Being Wealthy—Know Your Number
Jan. 18, 2018
Belize City, Belize

On the plane flying from Paris to Panama last weekend, I read an article about a librarian who made the decision to take all of her money out of the stock market.

It's not that she was worried about the stock market crashing. It's that she reached her number.

As the woman explained, she's accumulated the amount of money she feels she needs to live a comfortable life through her retirement.

And it's not that she thinks she couldn't make more money in the stock market. She recognizes that, probably, she could. But she doesn't want to have to think about it anymore.

Now that she's cashed out, the stock market can go up, down, or sideways, she figures, and she doesn't have to care. She has her nut.

This woman has reached the stage that few people ever will. She's truly wealthy.

Most people think that acquiring and holding ever-bigger assets and building ever-greater amounts of net worth makes them wealthy.

Having riches does not equate to being wealthy.

Here's the definition of wealth that makes sense to me...

Being wealthy means having enough passive income to cover your living expenses... whatever you want your living expenses to be.

That could mean you have US$100k in a REIT throwing off US$10,000 a year and you're living off that US$10k...

Or it could mean you have a billion dollar net worth and you're spending tens of millions of dollars a year maintaining your lifestyle.

Though even having a billion dollars doesn't necessarily mean you're wealthy. Even with that level of “wealth,” you could be struggling to make ends meet.

Okay, maybe that's hard to imagine... but certainly many millionaires are living paycheck to paycheck because their lifestyle outstrips their income.

On the other side of this coin is a friend who has been retired for more than 30 years (since he was 35). I'd describe this friend (we'll call him Mark) as wealthy even though his net worth when he retired was probably not enough to buy a house in a high-end U.S. suburb at the time.

However, the assets he held at the time of his retirement have proven to be enough to generate income enough to support the lifestyle Mark and his wife have wanted to live these past three decades. They have been able to live off the income from their portfolio as the value of the portfolio has continued to grow.

Unlike the librarian I read about last weekend, Mark didn't walk away from the investment markets. He knew that his nut wouldn't carry him and his wife through the 50 to 60 years of living they hoped they had ahead of them when they decided to “retire.” He hadn't yet made his ultimate nut, and he was ok to continue managing his investments during his very early retirement.

He made a leap of faith in his ability to continue growing the value of his portfolio at a rate to keep up with what he presumed would be an increasing cost of living the lifestyle he and his wife wanted to live. And that bet on himself has paid off big time. The couple has lived a fulfilling life of perpetual travel and adventure ever since.

Part of the reason Mark and his wife have been able to live off the passive income their portfolio has generated is because they are living what today's Millennials might call an “asset-light” lifestyle.

Before it was trendy not to own your house or even to own a car, my friend didn't own those things.

Mark and his wife have rented for most of their retirement, and the couple hasn't owned a car even since before moving into this stage. Houses and cars require maintenance and repairs. Those kind of sometimes unforeseen expenses could have hit my friend's budget hard... so he eliminated the risk by not owning.

Not owning (anything, really, other than the clothes in his carry-on and his computer) has also provided Mark with the flexibility to move around the world at will. He and his wife have charted their perpetual traveler course in response to the fluctuating value of the U.S. dollar. They go where their dollars buy them the best possible lifestyle in places where they want to spend time.

The dollar strengthens against the Argentine peso... Mark and his wife go to Buenos Aires for a spell. The euro weakens... they take off for a season in Europe.

Unlike my friend and the librarian I've told you about, most of us fall into the category of always wanting more. Even when we've reached the stage of having “enough,” we're hungry for more... and then for more after that.

So the question you have to ask yourself is: What is your number?

What amount of “riches” will allow you to live the lifestyle you want to live in the place where you want to be?

The financial experts say that the answer to that question is a nest egg that will allow you to withdraw 3% to 4% a year over your expected remaining years.

The “experts” factor inflation, historic investment returns, and estimated longevity into their equation to come up with the draw-down amount that should allow you to maintain your standard of living throughout your retirement as inflation erodes your buying power and you erode the balance in your brokerage account.

This expert says that that is the kind of thinking that keeps you working longer than you need to.

I wouldn't wait until you've accumulated assets enough to support that math.

The longer you continue working, the more the cost of your lifestyle expands. More working years means more time to acquire more assets to support—cars, boats, second homes, jewelry for your wife (and your mistress)...

It's a difficult treadmill to jump off.

Difficult but not impossible. My friend Mark and the librarian did it.

As did another friend who took early retirement from a corporate job more than 15 years ago. At first, he was worried he wouldn't be able to survive on the reduced pension he agreed to as part of his early-retirement package... and he wouldn't be eligible for Social Security for more than a decade.

However, once he sold the ATVs, boat, extra cars, and other extraneous playthings he'd accumulated by that stage of his life, he realized he could in fact live the lifestyle he wanted to live on his pension... if he moved outside the United States.

And he was right. This friend has lived a full life all these years since. He has even managed to continue to accumulate assets during this retirement stage.

He and his wife have enjoyed a fuller, richer, better retirement lifestyle than they imagined possible when they decided to retire early a decade-and-a-half ago.

Expanding and diversifying your life offshore can translate to many benefits... from adventure and new friends to investment upside and a chance to retire decades before conventional retirement age.

It can afford you many options for living better at any age.

And it can be the secret to being truly wealthy.

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"

Medellin Action Plan

by @ Roosh V Forum - Travel


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

My escalation is poor but my intention is clear

by @ Roosh V Forum - All Forums

Met a girl through instagram before christmas, we went on 3 dates before she left for Christmas break, she was keen and wanted to see me before she left so I saw her the 3rd time the day before she left. The first date was a drinks date where she was an hour late to meet her friends because she spent time with me, there is very little kissing at the end. On the second date we go for sushi, we go to near her place and look for coffee but the coffee shops are closed, I suggest going for coffee at her place but she says there is no coffee there, we find a pub, we kiss more and I leave her. 3rd date we go for drinks again, and we say some nice things about each other, she asks that I describe her in 3 words, I ask for the same and she says Im charismatic and shes not met anyone like me before.

She came back for NYE for 1 day and texts if Im free for a coffee and I say no, she asks if I want to join her and her friend for dinner and I said I cant but counter offer a different date for when shes back, its sushi again, she is a big foodie and is always eating out at fancy restaurants, she is a model, and she is a socialite. Just kissing again. 5th date is drinks and food, I am leading and choosing date venus and times, she is travelling an hour to meet me at these places. I drop her off after and as im kissing her in the car I say I have to go soon, but lets hang out some more, it gets awkward and she says she has to get up early, so I leave without sex again. The next day she tags me in a photo I took of her in one of the sushi places but then deletes it, I text to say what have you been tagging and untagging me in! she does not respond, this was two days ago. Im thinking of freezing her out for a week, and then just suggesting we cook together.

Im just confused as to whether she likes me or not. Acknowledge my escalation has been poor. Was wondering if she was using me as a provider or free meals but she has met me for drinks, stayed with me after food for drinks. She eats out all the time so looks like she doesn’t need me to be taking her to these places. Wanted me to meet her friends, initiates more than I do to see if we can meet. Not sure if asking to go into her place has turned her off.

Some other info on her: she is 20, was in a 5 year relationship, but broke up about 6 months ago, first 3 months she was distort and didnt come out of the house, last 3 months shes been completely extroverted and going out almost all the time. Says she doesnt want a bf now.

Must-Try Cuisines in Ha Giang in Buckwheat Season

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You can enjoy cuisines in Ha Giang in the markets to fully feel its unique flavour and atmosphere. Triangle cake (buckwheat cake) From mid-October, Ha Giang stone plateau is filled with […]

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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate in Munnar, India

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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate holds an impressive prime. It is the highest located tea estate in the world but aside from visiting one of the world’s primes, a visitor to Kolukkumalai would also be treated with breathtaking panoramic views. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate can be found 35 kilometers outside of Munnar, India. Built atop the precipitous ridge, … Continue reading "Kolukkumalai Tea Estate in Munnar, India"

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12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

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Hang Nga Guesthouse aka Crazy House in Da Lat, Vietnam

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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"

Gestures That Are Offensive in Other Countries

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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"

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Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it's like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.

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A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

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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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The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

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Lourdes - help please

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Hi, My husband and I will be travelling to Lourdes in May. On the way back we would like to get to Nice from Lourdes (by train), however, since this...

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Anyone travelling through Southeast Asia will inevitably find himself or herself in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian capital is a transport hub. Airlines in the region all fly here. If you’re landing into Southeast […]

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