help, no idea where to start!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2012 9:54 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Jun 18, 2012 7:51 AM
help, no idea where to start!Hi,
I'm 23 and after going to uni at 17 and the straight to working in a high stress high responsibility job I've decided I need a break. I've handed in my notice and have decided I want a year or so in a 9-5 so I can have time to myself! However, I'm seriously considering travelling a bit first. It seems like the best time to do it before kids and a mortgage (even if it has put the bf's nose out of joint a teeny bit!)
I want to travel for up to 3 months and have roughly £3500 to spend (though obviously the less the better) I like the idea of a mix of beaches and culture.
I have toyed with the idea of volenteer work for a month or so, but also want to explore the idea of travel for travels sake. I think I'd like to visit asia, california, maybe nz/australia.... but am pretty open to suggestions! I'm pretty much drowning in possibilities and wondered if anyone had any advice or suggestions at where to start!
Jun 18, 2012 11:06 AM
Jun 18, 2012 11:12 AM
2My suggestion as an old road monkey; pick half of one of those groups. Go to learn something anbout the world a chunk at a time. Otherwise you'll be stumbling over diamons at your feet (if ya get my drift)
You've got frinds out there, you haven't met yet. They are our teachers in Naívité Removal. Don't ditch 'em too quick.
ANY SCHOOL IS ONLY THE FUNDAMENTALS.
Jun 18, 2012 11:16 AM
3Of the places you mention, the only possibility of doing it on that budget for that maximum amount of time, is Asia.
You should realize that time is not fixed though. I would rather spend a month somewhere of interest to me than 3 months in some place I'm not as interested in. Of course if all you want is to lie on a beach (example) it may be that where you go isn't that important.
There are also alternatives open to you. Since you will have no job there is no reason to limit it to 3 months. You could for example head for a tourism area and get a job in a bar for 4-5 months. If you wanted to try that it is pretty simple.
Buy a 2 week package holiday to the place of your choice in any other EU country. Once you get there you just walk from bar to bar asking for work. If you get work, you're set for the season and throw away your return ticket. If you don't you use the return flight. Young workers like yourself arrive every day and try to find a job. Some do, some don't. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Jun 18, 2012 1:13 PM
4I'd focus on one area, say South America or South East Asia.
Do one country per month, say Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
Or Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
There are many possibilities but usually most new travelers start in one of these two areas.
Volunteering for only one month would qualify as volunteerism and is as I understand a bit frowned upon on this forum.
Jun 23, 2012 11:45 AM
5Remember that there is no right or wrong way to travel. The areas you suggest could be done in 3.5 months on a mini rtw - I'll leave others to comment on costs.
Best advice I can give is to go to your local library, read through all the travel guides then go where appeals to you - you'll make mistakes, but that's half the fun!
Jun 24, 2012 8:43 AM
6Magdelene606, there are indeed wrong ways to travel. I am not a believer in the 'to each his own' is an answer to everything. What it is, is a way to avoid having to voice an opinion in many cases.
You can visit 20 cities in Europe in 20 days. That is DEFININTELY the wrong way to travel. You can sleep on park benches and beg for coins on the street corner to eat. That is DEFINITELY the wrong way to travel. There are minimum times you should spend in a place or it is simply not worthwhile going. There are minimum amounts of money you should have when you travel.
As a new poster I'm sure you haven't seem some of the ridiculous itineraries or ideas as to how much money is needed that get posted here regularly. Some people see/hear/read only what they want to see/hear or read. It is never a good idea to fuel that fire.
Jun 24, 2012 9:54 AM
7First decide what you want to gain from your trip. What theme, like impotrant art, certain place's karma in history, etc.
Do you plan to make it a pub crawl. Meet the boiizzz:)
Drink as much as possible without buying your share?
Or go home if you make a crisis feeling mistake. Or only talk to those of your nationality?
Nothing personal here. But I've seen it.
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