Want to experience the world! Young, poor, and free!
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 3, 2012 2:31 AM Last Post By: bedknobs
Jul 25, 2012 12:11 PM
Want to experience the world! Young, poor, and free!I'm 18 years old, African American living in the West Coast of the U.S and I've never been abroad except one lame trip to Kenya as a youngster lol, it sucked because it was mostly visiting family instead of sight seeing. I am taking a gap year off and I'll be working with AmeriCorps. I'll be making around 500$ every two weeks and I'll be able to save all of it since I'm living expense free with my parents. I'll be a teachers aid in a school, so my trips will either have to be during the school holidays (Christmas, thanksgiving, etc) or the summer after I complete my gap year. I'm open to all things, but I've always had a particular fascination with the Middle East. I'm trying to plan in advance, so please give me suggestions as what I should do and how much I should budget to spend.
Jul 28, 2012 3:31 AM
Jul 29, 2012 10:36 AM
Aug 3, 2012 2:31 AM
3What do you mean by Middle East: Jordan and Israel (true Middle East), Egypt or Morocco (north Africa), Turkey (technically Europe)? What are you hoping to see?
Turkey provides a good introduction to the region as you can move from the westernised areas in the west, to the much more traditional areas in the east, but with Syria a no-go area its rather cut off from the rest of the Middle East at the moment. This applies to a lot of countries in that region at the moment though. Its a difficult time to travel down there.
Muslim countries are great for single male travellers, as people are extremely friendly, helpful and hospitable and crime is almost non-existent. However, as a black person I imagine that you will get a lot of curiosity; off the tourist trail its likely that you'd be one of the first black men that many people would have seen.
When exactly are your holidays and how long are they? Assuming that your main holiday is in the summer, you'll find that the Middle East is likely to be very hot (although I suppose 'hot' kinda depends if you're in southern California or Washington). This is a good website for getting an idea of what climates are like:
Alternatively, you can find detailed historical data on
Money wise, I think you should first come up with a realistic amount that you will be able to save, allowing for some spending at home. However, it does sound like you'll be able to save a pretty serious amount of money up. The Middle East is pretty cheap by western standards (think Mexico), but not mega cheap like south-east Asia. Go to your local library and look through some Lonely Planet guides. Its also a good way to get an idea of some other places that you may want to travel to.
Finally, you might want to consider doing a relatively quick trip to somewhere like Mexico or Guatamala as a taster to get your head round the concept of travelling.
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