First time travelling anywhere in the world - all advice welcome!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 9, 2012 4:02 AM Last Post By: xray
Jul 7, 2012 2:05 PM
First time travelling anywhere in the world - all advice welcome!Apologies if this thread has been done to death - I've read through a few other posts and the information seems a bit specific to their needs, I'm after a more overarching set of guidance!
Basically I'm 30 this year, woke up one morning a month ago and decided I'm bored of life, want an adventure etc etc - usual stuff I'm sure! So I've decided I want to sell all my belongings and travel all over SE Asia to start with leaving around Boxing Day for about 8-10 weeks (I'll carry on after that somewhere else - not decided yet - not sure if I'll even come back! :) ).
The thing is, I'm a complete amateur, as I said, I've never been travelling, I've only ever been to spain! And there's so much conflicting information online, like backpack sizes etc, even down to what to take! And don't get me started on the routes to take, where to meet likeminded people in these locations (as I'm going alone).
All I know is I want to see SE Asia for starters, I need to take my laptop to blog and do freelance work to fund my trip and I want to see as much as possible!!
Any advice would be MASSIVELY appreciated!!
Jul 7, 2012 6:38 PM
Jul 7, 2012 10:39 PM
2I am in a similar situation as you. Started traveling in April. Started in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, and now in Vietnam. My advice is that you don't plan too much. As far as packing, pack as if you are going camping for an extended weekend; 4 shirts, 4 zip pants/shorts, a couple pair of socks, good hiking shoes, pair of cheap sandals, basic toiletries, thin rain jacket. You can have some additional things if you want. Don't pack too much. One check in bag roughly 10 kilos and one carry-on 4kilos, because airlines tend to charge extra fees for more than 10klos and more than 7kilos. Stay at hostels when you can. This is where you meet great people and get good advice as far as what to do. You can sometimes tag along with groups or other single travelers. But the first night stay in any new place, I would recommend a cheap hotel so that you know exactly where you are and you don't have to deal too much with taxi drivers that are trying to scam you..some hotels provide free shuttle service to hotel. Hostelworld or hostelbookes are good websites to find where the hostels/hotels are located. It can be cheaper booking directly from the specific accommodation. One last advice is ask around for different prices when it comes to do tours. Good luck.
Jul 8, 2012 5:27 AM
3What they don't say when they say "don't pack a lot of clothes" is: You can get washing done for pennies all over SE Asia. So don't worry that you will have to do it all yourself. However, the washing people WILL beat your clothes with a stick, or maybe a rock (not kidding), so good tough stuff is recommended (although you can always buy new T shirts). Heavy jeans are dumb, because they will take days to dry in the humidity.
Buy a good headlamp. You will use it a lot! Reading. Toilets. Buses. Take one set of extra batteries because it's sure to fail when you're someplace where you can't buy new ones.
Jul 9, 2012 3:33 AM
4Thanks for the replies so far - a lot of things I hadn't considered - headtorch especially!
I'm planning on travelling relatively light anyway - it's a bit of a test to see how little I can live off as a flipside to my current life (no adventure, loads of material goods - not that happy) so I'm definitely keen on scraping the bare minimum - the only thing I'm not living without is my laptop so I assume I'll need some form of security (padlocks/wire mesh) to keep that under wraps?
Also, if the plans are so open - what do people do about flights and stuff? Do you just get a one way ticket and go spontaneous - or do you get one of those world traveller tickets?
Another quick question - I plan to pretty much arrive around new year - where's good to start for that?
All help is appreciated.
Jul 9, 2012 4:02 AM
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