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Old 12-02-2013, 10:33 PM
Location: Macao
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Originally Posted by oldsoul13 View Post
So many things to reply to!

I'm going to ignore most of what was said in the comment about Detroit, except to say that I've been to Detroit and now I'd like to go to Africa.

Istanbul is on the list of possible connections, as are some places in France and I think the Netherlands also. I'm sure it's a wonderful place, I guess the main problem with getting stuck there is my own fear. I've never traveled alone, and I know it might sound silly to be comfortable with staying for two months in Kenya but be uncomfortable staying a night in Istanbul, or wherever else I might end up. There's just things like language barriers, extra money, etc.

I'm from Cincinnati and I'm scheduled to stay in Kenya during my trip.

Thank you all for your comments, even the unhelpful and/or rude ones. I'm still deciding on my course of action, but right now I'm leaning towards buying a full priced seat. I'm rather not play the guessing game with the times and dates that I'm going to be arriving. Thanks again!
You shouldnt' worry at all about missing a connection in France, Netherlands or Istanbul. All of them have plenty of international hostels, where you can quickly and easily meet other young people, and enjoy good conversation and community, while waiting for your connection.

I think I'd be more worried about being stuck in a large African city capital on a random layover, and trying to negotiate finding lodging on the fly. With the European ones, they are always well connected with good transportation to and from. With any potential layover city, just make sure you have some basic info such as where the bulk of hostels are at in that city, and how to get to and from the airport to that bulk of hostels.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:46 PM
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I'm curious, what is the volunteering program you're doing? I looked into them, but the prices they charge for the privilege of volunteering (i.e. free labour lol jk) seem outrageous! I mean you should get board and food, not as 'payment' per se, but I think they shouldn't charge you the same price as a holiday for it. That's my opinion anyway.

I'm sure you'll have an unforgettable and fulfilling experience helping - whatever it is you're doing, and Kenya would be amazing, I'd love to visit there one day.
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