Do I have to organize a trip to Tanzania through a travel agent?

I’ve been fascinating about Africa for years and years. I can not wait to go (not now…lol.) I’ve never been to any African countries, I’m wondering do I have to book the entire trip through the travel agent? I do like nature activities, animal, wild life explorations, etc. I assume these places have to be directed by the touring other than driving there by myself, right? I’m a little bit in the hassle that I don’t know where to start. Can I book the ticket to Tanzania, staying at the hotel, then ask the front desk to introduce me some daily tours? Thank you, any tips help.

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Is America a bad place to start my travels?

After college i want to travel the world while working, i plan for america to be my first destination but is it a bad choice? Is it hard to make money so i could eventually leave and hop to another country, or would a country with better wages be better for the first destination?

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Does anyone have experience with a missed connections on Tap Portugal airlines?

I found a great deal on a flight but it has a super tight 55min connection in Lisbon. I know this is risky and likely cutting it too short. I called Tap to inquire about how they handle missed connections. I didn't get much confirmation at all from the customer service agent. He did confirm that Tap does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other airlines so they could only rebook me on another Tap flight and they would only cover the cost of the rebooking if it was due to a delay. No guarantee that they would cover the hotel and meal if I needed to stay overnight to catch the next flight. I'm worried that I'll have to book a new flight at cost if there's no delay on the flight but a long security and customs line that causes me to miss my connection.

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with a missed connections on Tap Portugal airlines? How did Tap work to resolve this?

Google didn't provide much info here. Thanks!

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Anyone use WiseCar car rental?

Hi, were booking a trip to Hawaii from the US (domestic travel) and looking for a cheap car for 5 days. We stumbled upon wisecar on kayak but the price of the car for 5 days is way too low to be true. When we book through them the option said we would get a "surprise" car rental company after booking. After booking it said our car rental was Thrifty but when we called there was no reservation because our voucher doesnt even have a reservation number. It looks like half of the reviews online said they showed up and there were no cars available after booking.

Is this service legit?

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Travel insurance company recommendations

I'm traveling to the Dominican Republic around august 2021.

The company I used to buy the trip doesn't offer any refund option if anything happens, so they recommended me to go with a travel insurance agency.

What company should I go to for travel insurance so I don't lose my money if anything happens?

reputable companies and cheap travel insurance as possible.

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Does anybody else feel guilty about staying at resorts?

When I think of a resort, I think of an expensive, materialistic, cut-out "comfort zone" in countries where everyday households don't resemble 1st world households.

My mother, grandfather, and I are from the U.S and we are planning a trip to South Africa sometime in October or November of 2021 (hopefully!) My grandfather doesn't really care but my mother is definitely one of those travelers that refuses to stay in an airbnb, hotel, condo, or whatever if it's not in western Europe or Canada basically. So that leaves resorts. South Africa can sound alarming to people who don't do the research, most crime in petty crimes, and even the violent crime rarely effects U.S tourists. Not to mention, the USD to ZAR rate is amazing and hotels or airbnb's are great for the price.

This is definitely a personal feeling and everyone is entitled to their own feelings, but I can't stand resorts, I feel like I'm some pretentious, materialistic, spoiled baby who can't handle the actual country. When I visit somewhere else I want to be a part of that place for a little while, I want to be one of the people walking in the streets, shopping in stores, eating in the restaurants. Not somebody who is just in the same border on a map that is tucked away in a tiny sliver of pampering.

I also feel bad for the workers and service members. Yes I'm completely aware that resorts provide jobs for locals, but are usually poorly paid and overworked. And I can't help but remember that fact when I'm laying down by the pool and a waiter asks me if I'd like to have champagne or assorted cheese.

I remember asking my mother how her adventures were after she got back from a trip to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. And her answer was what sparked all this thought. "Everybody mostly stayed in the resort, it was really nice"

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Spain>Corsica>Italy>Switzerland>Germany: reasonable route for first time solo travel through Europe?

Hey guys, I've just discovered this great subreddit because lately I've been having a major urge to just drop everything and go. I just spent the entirety of the last decade focusing on my studies and feeling like I've let alot of traveling opportunities pass me by. I finally got a job and I'm slowly making money but I've convinced myself that by next spring, if/if not the world goes back to normal that I want to take out maybe 3-4 months to travel while I'm still young in spirit.

I know that I want to hit Spain as well as Italy and maybe go up till Northern Europe. For some reason, my heart isn't too set on mainland France (I've never been but I'm currently living in Quebec and want to really feel out of my comfort zone) and so I've been thinking of checking out Corsica since I've heard its really beautiful and has many amazing hiking trails.

I love urban cities, beautiful architecture, history, hiking, and just meeting people from a different culture. Can anyone tell me if this route sounds reasonable? I'm not under the strictest budget but I am trying to keep it reasonable, under 6-8k, but I also want to make sure that I'm not underbudgeting. I've only started thinking about it recently and I want to make sure that the route isn't too unreasonable. My heart wants to go everywhere but I know that I can only visit so many places at once. I'd love to hear any recommendations or any stories from people who did similar trips! 😀

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Dual citizen dual passport?

Hi everyone, I’m a dual US/Canadian citizen. Born in the US lived in Canada. I’ve always traveled on a Canadian passport to all parts of the world.

But I was wondering, are there any specific rules to travelling to the US on an American passport and then on my way back to Canada going through with a Canadian passport? I feel like that’s against some rules, or will bring me extra scrutiny, but I don’t know for sure

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