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For 2019 I'm planning a small tourism RP. Its focus is to explore the cultures and sights of nations in Argis and Alharu. This will be semi-open depending on which nations grants a tourism visa to my character. The title is a pun on Mr Smith goes to Washington but other than the name this has little to do with politics.

Story

Mr Hidad Simizi has reached the pension age of 66 years. Unfortunately, his wife of Isla Raisi died in 2014. The couple had been married since 1971. His three children have all left the house. For the last 5 years he has been putting some money aside and now he wants to see the world. He is making plans to visit Argis and Alharu, collectively referred to here as "Alhargis". (If this works out well and Mr Simizi survives the trip, perhaps he might visit more places in the future.)

Character Profile

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  • Hidad Simizi is a 66-year-old former tradesperson's assistant who enjoys watching television, baking and he is obsessed with photography. His other hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, knitting, football, cycling, donating blood.
  • Backstory. Hidad has three children from his late wife Isla: daughter Halliye (born 1975), daughter Gloriya (born 1980) and son Jabril (born). He grew up in an impoverished working-class neighbourhood. After his mother died when he was young, he was raised by his father. He finished school and then left academia. Hidad's best friend is another tradesperson's assistant called Elmer Oweni who nicknamed him "Lazy Hidad". The two men have a very fiery friendship. He also hangs around with his neighbour Patsy Neali. They enjoy watching television together.
  • Character. He is giving and friendly, but can also be very thick and a bit lazy. He is an Orinese man who defines himself as straight.
  • Appearance. Physically, Hidad is slightly overweight but otherwise in good shape. He is short with brown skin, black hair and black eyes. He has a small moustache. He is allergic to milk.

Countries to visit

Once it's clear which countries are open to tourism, I'll have him apply for a Visa in each of these nations. If you're open to a visit, please start by filling out this form with additional details.

VISA APPLICATION FORM
* Requirement: (yes/no)
* Max. duration: (days)
* Health requirements: (which)

TOURISM GUIDE
* Top cities: (city names)
* Sights worth seeing: (historical buildings, special places, parks)
* Cultural events taking place: (what, where, when, how many days)
* Getting around: (airlines, public transportation, taxi)
* Local cuisine: (what to eat and drink, what to avoid)
* Sleeping: (hotels)

Itinerary

Right now I'm thinking of having him visit Alharu and Argis from west to east. It really depends on which nations are welcoming enough to grant him a tourist Visa.

@Andalla Can I start out by having my character travel via Arkhavn?

Confirmed visits:

  • Andalla (layover)
  • Fulgistan
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@Orioni Awesome! Arkhavn is a pretty common layover for travelers flying between Europa and Alharu.

... But that's just the simple way to put it. If, perhaps, you'd like something more in-depth regarding the flight, read on...

Spoiler

 

Argis and Alharu are not far from Orioni. A good long-haul aircraft (say Prymont's Slankstrale) could easily fly direct between these places, not to mention these planes would be quite common too. However, at these distances, the flights are very expensive. Therefore, they tend to appeal only to business travelers or wealthy people - those who generally want quick connections and do not mind the price.

As an alternative, travelers (especially those on a tight budget) tend to consider layovers. Not only do layovers significantly reduce the cost of travel, they also provide time to rejuvenate after a long flight. Some popular layovers are also known for their shopping and amenities in general.

This is where Arkhavn's situation gets pretty confusing. Naturally, Andalla is located perfectly between... nothing. While flights between Europa and the New World are definitely not impossible, that means adding another 4-6 hours to the travel time without including the layover.

With that in mind, much of Andalla's international airline industry focuses on making stopovers as appealing as possible. The airport's undergone heavy expansions adding more shopping space and all sorts of things, all while aviation-related matters (skilled labor, equipment, maintenance) are cheap since there's lots of supply.

 

To put it bluntly, Arkhavn is not exactly the best stopover even against a direct flight altogether. But, ticket's cheap and Arkhavn's awesome. So, your call 😉

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VISA APPLICATION FORM

  • Requirement: yes
  • Max. duration: 120 days
  • Health requirements: n/a

TOURISM GUIDE

  • Top cities: Bogd Gioro, Wulumuqi, Xintou
  • Sights worth seeing: Chrysanthemum Palace, Central Fulgistan; Little Madria, Wulumuqi; Old Faratown, Bogd Gioro; Lu Mo Nature Preserve, Southeast Fulgistan
  • Cultural events taking place: International Workers' Day, May 1; National Day, May 16; Revolutionary Guard Day, August 1; Elephant Festival, Xintou, April 24-29; Ramadan (changes yearly) baseball games (national sport, spring and summer)
  • Getting around: Serviced by most major airlines; High-speed rail available from Bogd Gioro to Wulumuqi and vice versa; Bogd Gioro has a very efficient metro system, with light rail and bus service in the Bogd Gioro suburbs and in Wulumuqi; tuk-tuks are available in most cities, as well as conventional taxi services; naturally, equine transportation is popular in rural areas, and can be had cheaply
  • Local cuisine: Beef rendang, horse hotpot, banana-leaf water buffalo BBQ, Banana Buddy beer, the Samarkhand Dance (our unofficial national cocktail) and feremented mare milk in the nomad communes (not a good pick for Mr. Simizi, watch out for that)
  • Sleeping: Golly, this form is not a great format for this. Wulumuqi for the best beach resorts this side of the Adlantic, as well as the only urban commune where gambling is permitted; Bogd Gioro has some lovely hotels for party members and tourists alike; safari lodges in the savanna are well-appointed and spacious; throughout Fulgistan, youth hostels (erected in the spirit of internationalism and openness) are safe, clean, and decent, as well as highly economical
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6 hours ago, Andalla said:

To put it bluntly, Arkhavn is not exactly the best stopover even against a direct flight altogether. But, ticket's cheap and Arkhavn's awesome. So, your call 😉

@Andalla - He's cheap and might be convinced to take 2 flights it saves some money for later. Or perhaps one of his children lives there.

50 minutes ago, Fulgistan said:

Golly, this form is not a great format for this.

@Fulgistan - Sorry about that. I think it's fixed now. Thank you kindly for the elaboration. I'll put you on the itinerary. :)

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VISA APPLICATION FORM
* Requirement: Yes
* Max. duration: 120
* Health requirements: N/A

TOURISM GUIDE
* Top cities: Baghdad, Basra, Dubai, Mosul
* Sights worth seeing: Sayfi parliament building, Baghdad Old City, Mosul Market, Ruins from old Sayfi Empire, Lifeless Lake
* Cultural events taking place: Eid (3 times a year), Ramadan (one month out of the year)
* Getting around: Serviced by most major airlines, Rail lines connecting major cities and cultural sites, Highways connecting almost every city and town
* Local cuisine: Kebab, Kunafeh, Dolma, falafel, baklava, Sayfi tea, fattoush, shawarma, masgouf, etc.
* Sleeping: Hotels in most major cities and town
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VISA APPLICATION FORM
* Requirement: no for Orionites
* Max. duration: (days)
* Health requirements: (which)

TOURISM GUIDE
* Top cities: Sunset City, Utopia Resort City
* Sights worth seeing: Yuyake 101, beaches of Sunset City, rainforests, tourist resorts, water parks
* Cultural events taking place: Day of Radiance, November 25th, Lễ hội Bon in mid-August
* Getting around: cheap and reliable subways, ferries, small regional planes, expensive air taxi rides
* Local cuisine: Nem cuon (salad rolls), Bun cha (grilled pork and noodles), Bún bò Huế (spicy noodle soup), Pho Bo (clear soup with leek and meat)
* Sleeping: wide range of hotels, from basic to luxurious, tourist-oriented, affordable

NOTES
*smoking and drinking frowned upon, high taxes on drugs
*wide-spread CCTV surveillance, restricted in tourist areas

 

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VISA APPLICATION FORM

  • Requirement: Technically, upon entry, no.
  • Max. duration: 60 days, renewable up to 180 days.
  • Health requirements: Upon entry it is preferred - not required - that medical records are provided, although, if forthcoming and staying for a long term stay in Oyus, it is not unheard of for the government to cover the cost of missing vaccinations at no cost due to the potential revenue that could be brought by your stay in the country.

TOURISM GUIDE

  • Top cities: Yulaa, Vaovaohitra, Morlavitra
  • Sights worth seeing: Merseca Square, Yulaa, Oyus - a square with the Mer Palace and a colossus built in the honor of city's namesake; beaches in Costa Scura, Yulaa, and Morlavitra; Alamangina, Oyus - eco-tourism on the interior of the island in Alamangina, a town in the middle of the jungle; Yulaa's Animal Reserve, Morlavitra, Oyus - a conservation area for more endangered species or animals unable to function independently in the wild; Vaovaohitra, Oyus - The media capital of Oyus, including television/movie studios where tours can be taken, and it is not uncommon for one to bump into a star.
  • Cultural events taking place: The Spring Festival, which is a whole month best experienced in Yulaa (2 weeks worth of vacation domestically); The Summer Carnival, a week full of colour in late June, early July, best experienced in Morlavitra; Banner Week, the celebration of the country's unification and the current government's founding after Yulaa's dissolution of the failed Oyus Republic - best experienced in either Yulaa or Vaovaohitra, which was the capital at the time of the dissolution of the republic; Championship Week, a week in December where the domestic sports leagues of Oyus all have their finals on the same week, sports being something there is much pride in within Oyus- best experienced celebration is in a city with more than one team in a final, typically Yulaa or Vaovaohitra; the Oyusard New Year Celebration, which starts on December 30th and ends on January 2nd, one of few holidays with some religious elements attached.
  • Getting around: Urban Areas: Bike Rentals, Bus network, Subways and/or Monorails, Ride hailing services, & Taxis. Cross-country: By airplane, limited to major cities; by rail; by ferry, between the islands; and bus.
  • Local cuisine: While in recent years the government has pushed for the water to be exponentially cleaner, even compared to some of the cleaner countries in the world, the government always recommends that you consider bottled water during your stay. It is best to avoid restaurants that do not have a health inspection grade posted at their entrance, as with street vendors. Dishes with taro are said to be a must to try while in Oyus, Oyus Salad is also an interesting dish, which contains fruit that are more exclusive to the country such as guanabana and granadilla. Fish is also a main staple of the Oyus diet, and a local fish market is the best place to get fresh catches and Oyus-inspired dishes.
  • Sleeping: Lodging is best left to the urban centers of Oyus, where they are plentiful and competitive. Morlavitra is best known for beach resorts, Yulaa and Vaovaohitra for a more traditional Western-style hotel. Alamangina has unique lodging, though air conditioning is not necessarily guaranteed.
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VISA APPLICATION FORM

* Requirement: No

* Max. duration: 124 - 186 days

* Health requirements: None

TOURISM GUIDE

* Top cities: Madria, Sitia, Caridad de los Moros, Sant Juan, Maurotopia

* Sights worth seeing: Palacio de Miraflores in Madria, Bahía del Fuego north of Sant Juan, Monumento Pan-Iberico de la Guerra de Talassa in Sant Juan, the city of Sitia (a city who's entire economy is based on market socialism), Museo de la Historia Nacional in Maurotopia, Palacio de la Democracia (Legislative Palace) in Maurotopia, Parque Nacional Morrocoy and its beaches near Concerpción, the city of Caridad de los Moros for its unique desert architecture and history, Parque Nacional El Ávila near Caridad de los Moros for mountain entertainment and terrain, Parque Nacional Cueva del Guácharo near La Posada for jungle trekking and bats, Parque Nacional la Gran Sabana near Puerto Ayacucho.

* Cultural events taking place: New Year's Day, January 1st; Día de Reyes, January 6th; River Festival, January 16th; Teacher's Day January 20th; Valentine's Day, February 14th; Carnival, February 28th - March 5th; International Women's Day, March 8th; Día de la Juventud, March 12th; Día de la República, April 22nd; International Workers' Day, May 1st; Mother's Day, May 12th; Día de la Maura, June 26th; Children's Day, July 21st; Victory Day, August 25th; National Day of Mourning, September 11th; Día de la Raza, October 12th; Halloween, October 31st; Feria de la Fulginita, November 17th - November 19th; University Students' Day, November 22nd; Día de la Democracia, December 15th; Christmas Eve, December 24th; Christmas Day, December 25th; Nochevieja, December 31st; Along with some Christian holidays like Easter and Holy Week that change on a yearly basis, as well as some others. These are just the major ones.

* Getting around: Major airlines do fly to our airports, public transportation and tours are common in big cities, with taxis being common as well. Roads are decently paved.

* Local cuisine: Pabellón Criollo, Casabe, Arepas, Cachapas, Caraotas Negras, and Hallacas are all nice foods. Our only unique drink is Chicha de Arroz (non-alchoholic and alchoholic kinds) which is ubiquitous in street cars. Buying from these carts is at one's risk, however, as they're not all well-regulated, and that goes for food carts in the country in general, but it's good enough for the locals. As for dessert, we have appropriated Limonaian culture with stuff like "authentic" Tiramisu.

* Sleeping: High class hotels can be found in the cities, along the coast, and near national parks. As the tourism industry is the main force behind the economy, most hotels are pretty nice.

P.S. due to poverty, everything is cheaper in the country than in more developed nations.

P.S. P.S. drug laws are extremely lax here and gambling is permitted everywhere

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VISA APPLICATION FORM

  • Requirement: Yes
  • Max. duration: 90 days
  • Health requirements: N/A

TOURISM GUIDE

  • Top cities: Limone, Citulo, Tirli, Arnella
  • Sights worth seeing: Celino mountain range, lake Pozzillio, Old Limone, Ducal Palace, Careini Castle, Anacone coast. The Island of Anaca.
  • Cultural events taking place: National Day October 2nd.
  • Getting around: Serviced by most major airlines, and features high speed rail connections between Limone, Celano and Sermerio, with normal railways servicing the majority of other sites in the country, trams and metros exist in the larger cities (Limone, Celano, Sermerio), and road quality is generally good in the eastern parts of the country (Smaller and less maintained roads are common in Celino and parts of Colline as difficult terrain make road construction hard here.) Ferries also connect major coastal cities and Anaca
  • Local cuisine: Largely varied with ingredients from all over the world being included in Limonaian cuisine, so you can mostly get whatever you want, although Limonaian traditional food is highly recommended, as well as the wine.
  • Limonaia features a range of sleeping options at most price points, with small family run hotels in small villages, to hotel resorts with all inclusive deals and whatnot, Sermerio is however a bit notorious for being a very noisy city, which could be a slight annoyance at night :(

Map by Seylos showing the regions and smaller cities of Limonaia (Anaca on the side is scaled up)

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  • 4 weeks later...

Alrighty. 30 days is enough for this first planning. It looks like Mr Simizi can follow a clear route. Here's the travel itinerary he's going to follow.

  • Andalla
  • Tikva
  • Limonaia
  • Sayf
  • Fulgistan
  • Oyus
  • Mauridiviah
  • Sunset Sea Islands

@Andalla Do these flying distances make sense? I'm especially interested in (1) the first flight from Orioni via Andalla to Tikva, and (2) the last flight back from Mauridiviah via SSI. See this route.

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21 minutes ago, Orioni said:

Alrighty. 30 days is enough for this first planning. It looks like Mr Simizi can follow a clear route. Here's the travel itinerary he's going to follow.

  • Sunset Sea Islands
  • Andalla
  • Tikva
  • Limonaia
  • Sayf
  • Fulgistan
  • Oyus
  • Mauridiviah

@Andalla Do these flying distances make sense? I'm especially interested in the flight back from Mauridiviah to Orioni. Should there be another layover in SSI or your islands?

I'll break this down leg by leg, but it looks like quite a solid plan.

  • Orioni - SSI: Perfect. This would be an extremely important trans-Oriental route so there wouldn't be any shortage of flights to choose from.
  • SSI - Andalla: Another high-demand route, perhaps one of the most travelled air routes in Thalassa.
  • Andalla - Tikva: Not unlikely, though we haven't really talked. Perhaps we could mutually operate services to each other.
  • Tikva - Limonaia: Tikva's El Al or Air Limone would most likely be the only major airlines serving this route.
  • Limonaia - Sayf: Quite a weird combination, but considering Sayf has all the oil, I'm sure they'd be pretty agressive when it comes to making new routes.
  • Sayf - Fulgistan: I'd imagine this would be a somewhat busy route?
  • Fulgistan - Oyus: Oyus positions himself as a tourist center, so this route is fine.
  • Oyus - Mauridiviah: Same as the above, more or less. Mauridiviah's proximity to Thalassa would make Oyus a less likely destination, perhaps only for the upper class.
  • Mauridiviah - Orioni: Definitely the longest flight on this list, but I think any Aamotech Slankstråle could fly this. It wouldn't be such a high-demand route but I'm sure Oriental Airlines would be operating this.

All in all, solid plan. I might just need to ask @Tikva to confirm with the flights.

Do take into consideration regional transport hubs, which connect far more destinations than usual. I'm looking at cities like Arkhavn, Canastota, Altaria and Ferrefaaierhafen. But that's up to you, since low-cost airlines tend to instead operate cheap direct routes with small aircraft instead of passing through a big expensive hub. That, or they pass through a smaller hub instead.

By the way — got a big school project due soon, plus some other extracurricular projects. But I'm on the last leg of my travel guide, so don't worry! 😅

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1 hour ago, Andalla said:

I'll break this down leg by leg, but it looks like quite a solid plan.

  • Orioni - SSI: Perfect. This would be an extremely important trans-Oriental route so there wouldn't be any shortage of flights to choose from.
  • SSI - Andalla: Another high-demand route, perhaps one of the most travelled air routes in Thalassa.
  • Andalla - Tikva: Not unlikely, though we haven't really talked. Perhaps we could mutually operate services to each other.
  • Tikva - Limonaia: Tikva's El Al or Air Limone would most likely be the only major airlines serving this route.
  • Limonaia - Sayf: Quite a weird combination, but considering Sayf has all the oil, I'm sure they'd be pretty agressive when it comes to making new routes.
  • Sayf - Fulgistan: I'd imagine this would be a somewhat busy route?
  • Fulgistan - Oyus: Oyus positions himself as a tourist center, so this route is fine.
  • Oyus - Mauridiviah: Same as the above, more or less. Mauridiviah's proximity to Thalassa would make Oyus a less likely destination, perhaps only for the upper class.
  • Mauridiviah - Orioni: Definitely the longest flight on this list, but I think any Aamotech Slankstråle could fly this. It wouldn't be such a high-demand route but I'm sure Oriental Airlines would be operating this.

All in all, solid plan. I might just need to ask @Tikva to confirm with the flights.

Do take into consideration regional transport hubs, which connect far more destinations than usual. I'm looking at cities like Arkhavn, Canastota, Altaria and Ferrefaaierhafen. But that's up to you, since low-cost airlines tend to instead operate cheap direct routes with small aircraft instead of passing through a big expensive hub. That, or they pass through a smaller hub instead.

By the way — got a big school project due soon, plus some other extracurricular projects. But I'm on the last leg of my travel guide, so don't worry! 😅

You never cease to amaze.

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VISA APPLICATION FORM
* Requirement: yes
* Max. duration: 90 Days
* Health requirements: just in good general health

TOURISM GUIDE
* Top cities: Moskovo, Peterburi, Vulgus Supra, Strasburg, Thorvis
* Sights worth seeing: People's Palace, Old Imperial Palace, Monarchs Palace, Palace of Justice, Palace of the Presidium, Legislative Palace, People's Square, Peterburi Palace and many more.
* Cultural events taking place: May Day (1st of May), Revolution Day (5th of August), Founding Fathers Birthday (1st of February), New Year's Celebration 31st December-12 January), Christmas (24th-30th December)
* Getting around: Multiple Airlines two International Hubs, Taxis in the big cities
* Local cuisine: Try it all
* Sleeping: Standard Rate just don't use a Derthland Accent or begin with I'm a foreigner. Most rooms are cheep and very nice.
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VISA APPLICATION FORM

Requirement: No visa required

Max. duration: 30 days for vacation/holiday only. 

Health requirements: Up do date immunization.

TOURISM GUIDE

Top cities: Selboune, Norfolk, Aberystwyth, Dunblane

Sights worth seeing: Seylosian Royal Palace Grounds, Alban High Top Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cliffs of Swansea Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Cultural events taking place: Great Annual Selbourne Pub Crawl,

Getting around: Light Rail (In cities), National Rail System, Local Bus Systems, Selbourne International Airport, Norfolk International Airport

Local cuisine: Alban Haggis, Anglian Beers, Anglian Pub Food, Cymru Crempog

Sleeping: Selbourne National, Celtis Hotels, Cottage accommodations of Kirkwall

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Thank you all for your enthusiasm. :) I really appreciate it.

Closing applications. With Ahrana and Seylos as final additions, that should be it for this voyage. There are plenty of places includes right now. Adding any more would make Mr Simizi's travel expenses too unrealistic. Which doesn't mean he couldn't accidentally find himself in another nation.

Writing. I'm writing the story in chapters. I use Google docs to outline the general events. When a chapter is finished I'll post the RP. If you want to interject some comments of your own, replying with something like "space held" will do the trick.

This topic will continue to be used for OOC discussion.

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On 2/17/2019 at 3:15 AM, Orioni said:

@Andalla I think you just set the gold standard for travel guides! 😍

 

15 hours ago, Tagmatium Rules said:

Again, I'm astounded by @Andalla!

Aww, thanks. I did intend to make it quite long as I'll be using that one for lots of future references as well. Plus it's always fun to finally set up some aspects of my nation and culture. :2thumbs:

On 2/17/2019 at 3:50 AM, Rihan said:

Sets the bar rather high. Seeing @Andalla doing his guide has tempted me to actually do mine. But it may be more in line to be written another juncture. It encourages to me consider introducing some form of international exhibition/showcase effort...World's Fair...

Honestly? Go for it. Perhaps do it as a standalone post. Seeing as you're able to write huge amounts of stuff in a short time, a travel guide with this detail wouldn't be too hard.

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