I think I have made it out of Florida, like... twice... and both those trips were still in the us =P
Although I would say not to bring things to entertain yourself, that way you have to go out and experience the place your in rather then siting on FB or RoosterTeeth in a different part of the world =p
Domestically, I've been to Texas, Chicago and all up and down the East coast. Internationally, Mexico, Canada, the occasional Caribbean Island, Germany, Austria, Italy and the Ukraine.
My advice would be go with friends and expect to spend money. Don't stay in and don't go to the tourist traps. That's the most general advice I can give. For anything more specific, it all depends on where you are going.
Well, the main reason i asked for tips, is because i'm looking to travel parts of America next year, so another question is would you guys suggest anywhere of the beaten track that you would recommend people visit or see, that way i can start laying out a road map of some kind.
Im trying to avoid NY / Cali and Florida as there the most definitive tourist spots, i may avoid Las Vegas, but i'm looking to move out to the US long term so its more of finding an decent area or state to live in.
Let you in on a secret. Turns out, England is still pretty boring when you can drink. haha
I have lived in: Puerto Rico (See the bio bay in Fajardo), South Carolina (Candy store in Charlestown), Virginia (Old Town Alexandria), Boston (Dali restaurant), Western MA (Fresh Side restaurant), London (Piccadilly Circus), and Baltimore (Inner Harbor). Do your research and don't trust people.
Massachussetts. Hague, Netherlands. Berlin, Germany. Paris, France. Prague, Czech republic. Warsaw, Poland. Madrid, Spain and most of Denmark where I live.
Most Of these were on either class trips or MUN conferences. For Warsaw I would advise you to get a real cab and don't cheap out on the hotel, otherwise it's and alright place with a wealth of history and beautiful monuments. Warsaw also has an interesting mix of old communist architecture as well as newer, more modern western architecture. Hague is a nice city with a lot of international importance. I'd recommend seeing the ICC and going to the city library among other things. Madrid has a lot of nightlife and beautiful nature surrounding the city. Madrid also has a bunch of museums (don't go to musseums with a hangover, you'll regret it). Copenhagen has a very active nightlife but the city itself doesn't really appeal to me, I find it boring. While in Copenhagen you might want to check out Christiania, Sweden, our women and where the little mermaid used to be.
I'm sure there's lots more to do in these cities, this is just what I did during my stay.
I've been to the four corners of the USA (nowhere central) and to every non northernmost Canadian province. I've also been to Cuba a few times. I was in Europe as an infant, but I have no memory of every being there.
All the times I've ever been to my northern neighbor Canada have been great with best time being a two day trip to Victoria B.C. On Victoria day That trip alone made question my retirement plan of moving to New Zealand.
Backoacked through the Mediterranean for a few months. Traveled across the US by hitching. Planning on doing Eastern Europe this summer or next. Aside from backpacking and such I've vacationed in a variety of places to just relax. Super fun.
Carry your passport with you at all times, preferably with a few hundred USD in whatever the local currency is. Travel light, only things you really will need. If you don't speak the language don't freak out. Hostels are full of travelers, a few of which may speak English and be able to help with any issues you have. Stay in hostels. Hostels are good. International data/phone plans. Learn about them. Talk with your phone company. Take care of any recurring services (Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc). Put them on hold or pay in advance.
Well, I've been to: Norway(I live here) Sweden(10+ times) Denmark(10+ times) Germany Poland England(10+ times) Netherlands(2-3hour airport) Belgium(2-3hour airport) Portugal France Greece The Philippines China(30minutes re-fuel, stood outside the airplane on the runway).
So mostly around Europe and in Asia.
Bring any camera gear in your carry-on and bring a lot of money.
I've been to... most of the US States. Also, Canada and Japan.
My advice? Always have money with, and do some research/planning so you know where you're going. I know this sounds like a given, but I've had too many bad experiences where we thought we knew the way, but then spent three hours walking around aimlessly. Dx
Oh itís amazing, I love it there! Friendly people, amazing city atmospheres, beautiful places to visit, and great food! You canít go wrong there! I lived there 4 separate times, 3 for study abroad and the lastest for disaster relief work!