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Imagine a government somewhere saying "you are adults, the actions you take in life are your responsibility, not ours"

In Australia in national parks/hiking areas they like to post signs that say "Your safety is our concern but your responsibility."

Seems like that doesn't apply now lol.
 
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I wanted to spend a week or so in southern Albania to relax a little in a (still) warm place without restrictions but I was shocked at how difficult (or rather, impossible) it is to find a nice private house there.

Wherever I go, I always rent a private detached house with a backyard as that's one of the things I love the most about traveling. I like to chill out at the property without anyone watching me and without having to share it with anyone (which is one of the reasons I hate hotels, too).

Most listings in a large area I checked (so not just in a single town but the entire region) were misleading. In titles or descriptions they indicate they're houses while in fact when you check the pictures or read the reviews they're apartments or rooms in a villa. You never know what you're getting. It seems like Airbnb doesn't care, either, even though it's super obvious, for example when you filter by houses and one of the first listings you get has the word "apartment" in the title and is in fact an apartment (categorized as a house).

The standard of these "houses" is really terrible, reminding me of Poland of the early 90s. I knew that Albania wasn't a particularly developed country but it's way worse than I expected. I've been to a couple dozen countries around the world (admittedly, mostly richer ones) and I've never had trouble finding a nice (not luxurious, just nice enough) detached house with a backyard in a quiet location.

Perhaps backpackers won't relate to this but I've just learned through my own experience that I don't enjoy my trips as much if I'm not staying in a nice (enough) place where I can relax on nice comfortable furniture or ideally in a nice backyard with a view without anyone bothering me. I sometimes do "adventure" trips sleeping in the car or otherwise roughing it (did such trips in Kyrgyzstan, Oman, and Morocco) but for this one I just wanted a comfortable stay. Seems like I won't be going there after all.
 
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Not surprised about the results. Zurich has this vibe of "something going wrong" at all times, plus nightlife sucks.
As for Bucharest, don't go on tinder date with a stranger in a dark alley, just a friendly reminder.

Wonder if they did it in Georgia. You might actually get invited to drink some home-made sour wine, which is not necessarily any better than losing your wallet.
 

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Not surprised about the results. Zurich has this vibe of "something going wrong" at all times, plus nightlife sucks.
As for Bucharest, don't go on tinder date with a stranger in a dark alley, just a friendly reminder.

Wonder if they did it in Georgia. You might actually get invited to drink some home-made sour wine, which is not necessarily any better than losing your wallet.

A bit shocked on New York. I'm guessing the #s would be better in other US cities if NY is 8 of 12. Would love to see this in every US state and city.
 

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Not surprised about the results. Zurich has this vibe of "something going wrong" at all times, plus nightlife sucks.
As for Bucharest, don't go on tinder date with a stranger in a dark alley, just a friendly reminder.

Wonder if they did it in Georgia. You might actually get invited to drink some home-made sour wine, which is not necessarily any better than losing your wallet.

Interesting idea, but I wouldn't draw conclusions on 12 wallets in a big city.

They should "lose" hundreds of wallets in different parts of the city and different timeframes :)
 
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A bit shocked on New York. I'm guessing the #s would be better in other US cities if NY is 8 of 12. Would love to see this in every US state and city.
My friend living there told me, that excluding skyscrapers, it's a third world place compared to Georgia (crime, rubbish, homeless, rats).

Interesting idea, but I wouldn't draw conclusions on 12 wallets in a big city.

They should "lose" hundreds of wallets in different parts of the city and different timeframes :)
Obviously this experiment is not perfect, but every city I've been from this list, matches almost exactly with my experience.
 

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Alberta, supposedly the free province in Canada, just implemented the mask mandate again. We also stopped alcohol sales after 10pm. That will stop it!

This worked so well before, so it is a good thing they are doing the exact same thing over and over again.

They are also going to give people $100 to get the vaccine. Sign me up!
 

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Alberta, supposedly the free province in Canada, just implemented the mask mandate again. We also stopped alcohol sales after 10pm. That will stop it!

This worked so well before, so it is a good thing they are doing the exact same thing over and over again.

They are also going to give people $100 to get the VAXClNE. Sign me up!

Your leader is a psychopath.

Ours are the worst as well.

Leaders all over the world are openly encouraging segregation and demonization of certain citizens.

Australia and Canada in particular.

I'm not usually a conspiracy person, but something is off about all of this and it is 100% not in good faith.

What can an unarmed citizenry do?

You would need most people to not comply, but it does t seem to be happening on a large enough scale.

Will it? I don't know.
 
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Not surprised about the results. Zurich has this vibe of "something going wrong" at all times, plus nightlife sucks.
As for Bucharest, don't go on tinder date with a stranger in a dark alley, just a friendly reminder.

Wonder if they did it in Georgia. You might actually get invited to drink some home-made sour wine, which is not necessarily any better than losing your wallet.
Not sure about the numbers in Mumbai, I mean if the number of samples was higher with different areas we would have got more clear picture.
 

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Not surprised about the results. Zurich has this vibe of "something going wrong" at all times, plus nightlife sucks.
As for Bucharest, don't go on tinder date with a stranger in a dark alley, just a friendly reminder.

Wonder if they did it in Georgia. You might actually get invited to drink some home-made sour wine, which is not necessarily any better than losing your wallet.
LOL another list in which Spain is a world leader:rofl:

If they tried in Barcelona I bet 0 wallets would be returned, people voted a communist mayor who hates businesses and tourism, it's shocking how much big cities have gone to sh*t the last 7 years, a real tragedy.

But a good place if you want to test your street smarts I guess... :frown:
 
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I wanted to spend a week or so in southern Albania to relax a little in a (still) warm place without restrictions but I was shocked at how difficult (or rather, impossible) it is to find a nice private house there.

Wherever I go, I always rent a private detached house with a backyard as that's one of the things I love the most about traveling. I like to chill out at the property without anyone watching me and without having to share it with anyone (which is one of the reasons I hate hotels, too).

Most listings in a large area I checked (so not just in a single town but the entire region) were misleading. In titles or descriptions they indicate they're houses while in fact when you check the pictures or read the reviews they're apartments or rooms in a villa. You never know what you're getting. It seems like Airbnb doesn't care, either, even though it's super obvious, for example when you filter by houses and one of the first listings you get has the word "apartment" in the title and is in fact an apartment (categorized as a house).

The standard of these "houses" is really terrible, reminding me of Poland of the early 90s. I knew that Albania wasn't a particularly developed country but it's way worse than I expected. I've been to a couple dozen countries around the world (admittedly, mostly richer ones) and I've never had trouble finding a nice (not luxurious, just nice enough) detached house with a backyard in a quiet location.

Perhaps backpackers won't relate to this but I've just learned through my own experience that I don't enjoy my trips as much if I'm not staying in a nice (enough) place where I can relax on nice comfortable furniture or ideally in a nice backyard with a view without anyone bothering me. I sometimes do "adventure" trips sleeping in the car or otherwise roughing it (did such trips in Kyrgyzstan, Oman, and Morocco) but for this one I just wanted a comfortable stay. Seems like I won't be going there after all.
Ever stay in a hostel? I can’t imagine liking that. The airplane experience extended to your lodging! Yay!

Also, people tell me that I’d hate a cruise. Lol, so I’ve never been on one. When I travel for fun, I go in style. I really like Ritz Carltons and they accept my credit card points so I don’t really pay for them.

On the other end of the spectrum, I can go to the middle of nowhere in the travel trailer and chill. I drive it out on to the beach along various places on the coastal bend in Texas and spend a few days with a fishing pole in the water.
 
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Not true. It's to keep us safe Kyle. Big creepy uncle knows best. The cove hates late night drinking, so that's a clear way to keep us all safe from instant death.
So we have Uncle Sam that “wants you.” You guys have “Uncle Polar Bear” or “Uncle Buddy?”

“Wants you” is right. He wants to rape and pillage.

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That would be it for Mexico being the last bastion of freedom:

https://www.jornada.com.mx/notas/20...s-extranjeros-presenten-certificado-C0VlD-19/

Oaxaca. La Unión de Secretarios de Turismo de México presentará la próxima semana ante la cancillería mexicana una propuesta para que los turistas extranjeros presenten su certificado de vacunación, así como pruebas de antígenos o PCR para poder ingresar al país, informó el secretario de Turismo estatal, Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos, quien preside esta agrupación.

Or in English, with more details:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/co...coming-travelers-to-be-screened-for-C0VlD-19/

Mexico’s association of tourism ministers will ask the federal government to implement a policy that requires incoming travelers to present a C0VlD-19 vaccination certificate or a negative test result.

Oaxaca Tourism Minister Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos, who heads up the association, said the proposal will be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs next week.

Mexico has never closed its air borders or required incoming travelers to go into mandatory quarantine. The absence of restrictions has been blamed for fueling coronavirus outbreaks in tourism hotspots such as Cancún and Los Cabos.

Rivera said in an interview that the proposal has the support of all state tourism ministers, who believe that the measure will help reduce the spread of the virus in Mexico.

If the federal government approves the proposal, a plan for its execution will have to be developed in conjunction with the Health Ministry, he said. One matter to consider, the minister said, is whether vaxinated travelers will be allowed into the country regardless of the C0VlD-19 vaccine they received.

I know it still needs to be approved by the federal government but it looks like it'll go through.

Albania, one of the last bastions of freedom in Europe, recently relented as well (for a long time, there were no entry restrictions).

Starting tomorrow, they will either require a proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours, a rapid test taken in the last 48 hours, or proof you've had the c-stuff in the past six months. Otherwise visitors are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine.
 

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Ireland just announced an end to the 'Vaccine passport' on the 22nd of October. Kinda funny though that it was required in all the bars, restaurants to eat inside the first few weeks but lately I have been just walking into places and they have stopped asking in most businesses anyways. The students are all coming back to college now and the city is heaving with partiers. While we have led a semi normal existence the last few months this weekend felt like the first proper normal one since everything started back in March 2020. Even the whole mask wearing thing is fading away. For reference, Ireland is almost 90% vaxinated and most people follow the government. So we aren't having some of the same issues that the US is having. I don't have the vaccine but have a cert based on my recovery from covid.
 
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In Australia in national parks/hiking areas they like to post signs that say "Your safety is our concern but your responsibility."

Seems like that doesn't apply now lol.
I hear you guys have a goverment app that your police text you and you have to have a pic of your face and your location?
 

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Ever stay in a hostel? I can’t imagine liking that. The airplane experience extended to your lodging! Yay!

Also, people tell me that I’d hate a cruise. Lol, so I’ve never been on one. When I travel for fun, I go in style. I really like Ritz Carltons and they accept my credit card points so I don’t really pay for them.

On the other end of the spectrum, I can go to the middle of nowhere in the travel trailer and chill. I drive it out on to the beach along various places on the coastal bend in Texas and spend a few days with a fishing pole in the water.

I think I've only slept in a hostel once. Thankfully it was completely empty then (off-season).

Other than that, one of the main things I like to spend money on when traveling is privacy. This means a nice house with a large backyard away from it all, private surf coaching, or a private boat charter. I don't do well in groups.

I think I'd probably like the middle of nowhere in a trailer type of traveling as well.

I hear you guys have a goverment app that your police text you and you have to have a pic of your face and your location?

I'm not from Australia but the same system exists in Poland for those who are forced to quarantine. They actually implemented it well over a year ago already.
 

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I live in Merida, Yucatan (since Feb 2020) and I love it (I'm from Central Europe):

1) Fking cheap real estate and cheap terrains still. You can buy a beautiful 3 bedroom house with garden in a good district at around 200k USD or cheaper (even less if you are willing to build it from scratch). Depending on your needs and zone, it could be even cheaper.
2) Fairly good infrastructure. Not Germany or France but it's very good for a Latin American country. Never been to the US, but I imagine it's better than in many poor/rural US states.
3) 1.2 M population, big enough but not too big like CDMX, Paris, Berlin, NY and other monsters. Doesn't feel like a megalopolis, doesn't feel like a village or a sinkhole either.
4) Summer all year long. It's too hot for some people but it's a part of the lifestyle.
5) Beautiful beach with kitesurfing spots is 20 minutes car drive / 40 minutes bus ride from my house
6) Carribean side - 4 h bus / 3h car drive to Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel (2nd world's biggest coral reef)
7) Way cheaper groceries etc than US, Europe (although it can be more expensive than Eastern Europe)
8) Safest city in Mexico, 2nd safest in both Americas according to many crime statistics
9) Amazing food, rich culture overall
10) Fairly good cultural life (museums, shows, local culture, live music). Of course it's not a big US or European city in that aspect, but I'm good.
11) Good connections to Europe, US, rest of Mexico (CDMX is 2 hours flight away, Florida and Texas as well)
12) One of the biggest expat communities, biggest US expat community in the world as far as I remember
13) Lots of millionaires, entrepreneurs, interesting people from all over the world
14) People are super nice. All my landlords feel like family. They bring food, water, bags of ice, beers...GREAT people! Extremely caring, friendly, hospitable.
15) Great healthcare, people come from other latin american countries and sometimes US to get treatments here. I was personally treated from many skins problem that I couldn't get rid of in Europe.
16) Visually, It's a tropical paradise. Flamingos, crododiles, monkeys, lizard, colorful birds of all sorts, turquise waters, coral reefs, coconuts, coffe, avocado, papayas, markets with fresh food (you can buy a big a$$ shark or amazing reef fish to grill along with fresh fruit and veggies for PENNIES)
17) Mexico has amazing coffe and a big coffe culture if you like to work remotely
18) It's a hidden gem, still not as touristy and "Trendy" as Bali, Thailand etc.
19) Great investment opportunities when it comes to real estate. ROI 7-14%. And you can always rent a house/apartament to rich Americans/Canadians/Europeans.
20) Beautiful, feminine and more down to earth women. A big plus if you're single and ready to mingle.
21) Spanish. I love the language.
22) Cheap labor. I don't ever clean my house, I pay 200 MXn and have it done. I don't care about my garden nor pool, I have it done. You can have a private chef and overall millionaire's life way cheaper.
22) Beautiful colonial architecture. I think it's world's 2nd or 3rd biggest colonial city center, after Havana as far as I remember. Mayan and Spanish legacy around every corner.
23) Rents are awesome too. I rent a modern 250 m2 house (3 bedrooms, big living room + kitchen, 5 bahtrooms, garden, pool, private area in the best district) at 27000 MXN (around 1200 EUR) monthly. House cleaning once a week, gardener and pool cleaning included + fast internet + gas + water + maintenance. I only pay rent and electicity lol. Close to mall, gym, shopping centers, 20 minutes from the beach city of Progreso.
24) Easy to get the residency and just live here for as long you please, without visa runs and bullshit.
25 ) Lots of light, blue skies every day

Is it a perfect place? No. Sometimes it's too hot. It can be chaotic and a bit dirty in the city center, like all Latin cities (and all cities in general). You could get a cultural shock. People don't arrive at time. It's harder to maintain real estate because of the humidity and extreme sun. Sometimes I miss food that I grew up with or walking in the forest. But I can always go to a paradise beach, ruins, cenotes, caves, jungle etc.
But all things considered, Merida is the best that I've found, and I lived in 9 countries and visited 51 overall.

I can post some photos if you guys are interested.
 
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