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post #226 of 427
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Originally Posted by curzon View Post

Then do the open-water course at a place you prefer rather than a swimming pool. When I did courses in Thailand and the Philippines they gave me a good deal on food and lodging, so you can maximise your cash that way.

I would, but I'm starting on this side of the world first.
post #227 of 427
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God damn it. All the Padi international sites are the same $450 fees that I can get here in the states. Fuckin standardized pricing.

Dude, I don't know WHICH sites you're looking at but there's no such thing as "standardized pricing" even stateside. Every shop has a widely different package and PADI doesn't determine what a shop charges.
post #228 of 427
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Dude, I don't know WHICH sites you're looking at but there's no such thing as "standardized pricing" even stateside. Every shop has a widely different package and PADI doesn't determine what a shop charges.

I just checked all the PADI sites in Jamaica and the Bahamas, those listed on the PADI website at least. All were within $20 of each other - $400 for the open water course. Which is basically what they charge here. I thought PADI was the way to go, no?

http://www.padi.com/scuba/locate-a-padi-dive-shop/default.aspx
post #229 of 427
Might want to just try "(xyz country) dive school" instead. I did a quick search of places down here and none had published rates, making me wonder if they weren't negotiable.
post #230 of 427

They are. When I did my cert on Ko Tao I just went to a a few and picked the one with the best price, cleanest shop, and the cutest dive masters.

 

lefty

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They are. When I did my cert on Ko Tao I just went to a a few and picked the one with the best price, cleanest shop, and the cutest dive masters.

lefty
Finally, a voice of reason.
post #232 of 427

I thought that they would be tired of guys passing through and sexing them up, but I was wrong.

 

lefty

post #233 of 427
LOL.

Why else would someone choose to work in the tourism industry?
post #234 of 427

After I was burnt out from work I spent a few months laying on the beaches of Thailand: diving, drinking, sleeping, screwing. There was a never-ending line of european women showing up country-by-country. These two weeks in July, the Italians; the next week, the Swedes; the week after, the French. I left when the Brits showed up.

 

lefty

post #235 of 427
Rambo,

I would pass on any Caribbean place - it's so damn close why waste any time on this trip? Secondly, I would echo a thousand times over to travel light. I backpacked for a couple of months and this A-hole with us was lugging tons of gear with him constantly, falling behind, and just generally feeling miserable. Fortunately, we lost him on a ferry in Venice (this did not go over well).

I would also suggest not being overly ambitious. Travel is a whole different monster once you're out there - and regardless if you can take it, the trip will most likely benefit from some editing.

You don't want to look back on pin dots on a map.

P.S. Sent you a PM.
post #236 of 427
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After I was burnt out from work I spent a few months laying on the beaches of Thailand: diving, drinking, sleeping, screwing. There was a never-ending line of european women showing up country-by-country. These two weeks in July, the Italians; the next week, the Swedes; the week after, the French. I left when the Brits showed up.

lefty

I'm glad we were able to share a drink at some point. I value your choice of humor.
post #237 of 427
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I left when the Brits showed up.

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good call
post #238 of 427

I've never seen people use up a holiday as quickly as the Brits.

 

They would land, hit the beach and start power drinking. That night they'd end up at a bar frequented by Muay Thai fighters who loved to kick the shit out of drunk stupid white guys.  (Word of advice, Rambo, if you end up in Thailand don't fuck with the local boys.) 

 

I tried to advise one particularly loud yob that maybe he should just relax instead of dancing like a fucking idiot and harassing the young Thai girls, but he wouldn't listen. A few hours later his friends carried him out bleeding from a brutally hard kick to the face. Later that night, he was kicked out of the bungalow for arguing with a ladyboy about price.

 

I'm sure it was the best holiday of his life.

 

lefty

 

 

post #239 of 427
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Rambo, if you end up in Thailand don't fuck with the local boys... [RE: ladyboys].

I'm sure it was the best holiday of his life.

lefty

Haha, did this imply not fking around with the ladyboys as well?.. If so, SFer Eason might be disappointed to read. biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by marblehouse View Post

Secondly, I would echo a thousand times over to travel light.

I always hear packing light mentioned, what is a good rule of thumb if trying to put some numbers on light enough?

In my mind I picture carry-on size or smaller and <30 lbs. or lighter is a good goal for the backpack... Anyone caret to share their thoughts?
post #240 of 427
I think it depends on the person, whether they're more concerned with functionality than looks. Personally, while I do like traveling and I do like backpacking I couldn't combine the two and walk around Europe strapped with something that screamed "over here!" I ended up finding a backpack that could be carried around like a soft suitcase and had separate small bottom compartment for shoes, dirty clothes, etc. It was probably around 30-40 lbs.

I think globetrotter already mentioned his list of packing "light" and it was about what I'd recommend. Just enough so that you can go 4-7 days without doing laundry. I hate laundry while traveling so much that I tend to pack more just so that it sucks less.
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