Replies: 11 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2012 1:35 PM Last Post By: gawkabout
Sep 19, 2012 11:37 AM
advice neededhi, my name is karl and i'm 25 from England (not done this before so forgive me if i ramble) i'm at uni studying film and TV studies. This is my 3rd try at uni as the last 2 years i studied film directing and quit within the 1st 3 months on both occassions. I've come back one last time to see if i can succeed but within 2 weeks i'm not enjoying it and decided to leave cos i now know uni isn't for me.
My dream is to travel the world and it's on my brain 24/7 Thinking about traveling is the only time i'm really happy. My family are really angry that i'm quitting but The course i'm on isn't a career path i want to follow and it's not like it's essential for me to get this degree to work in that industry altho i don't know what career I want. I only have approx £2000 but there is couch surfing, hitch hiking and doing part time jobs while i'm in the cities.
I would just like some advice should i travel on my own which i'm quite worried about cos i've never been out of the UK before or should i get a job like what my family want as i'm leaving uni.Thanks for any advance given every piece needed.
Sep 19, 2012 2:43 PM
1Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
Where would your ultimate destination(s) be then?
You can travel 'Some' the world on £2,000, but it'd be a few stop-overs and little more.
Quite honestly, to travel 'The World' - you're gonna need a 'Lot' more than £2,000, even if couchsurfing.
Plus working along the way requires paperwork, or you might get deported and lose that £2,000 quickly.
You need to save a lot more wedge in the meantime. However, if you wanna see a nice chunk of the world....
Why not try a bit of Eastern Europe, then on to cheaper parts of Asia. Your £2k will go quite a way.
It'd be a nice icebreaker as a first trip too.
Best of luck with everything.
Sep 19, 2012 2:53 PM
2While your career path is obviously not the right choice for you, maybe you need to do some travel (BB has a good suggestion), then decide what is right for you - get stuck in and either do a degree or get some trade qualifications. In my era it wasn't necessary, however it now takes more than a bit of good luck to get a reasonable job and to find a path that will allow you to be both happy and to feasibly keep you in the future.
Without a degree to support it TEFL will restrict you to the countries that pay peanuts and and in many cases you wouldn't qualify for a work visa. Investigate WHV's for NZ/Australia and anywhere else that may be feasible but with your limited funds proving you can support yourself until you get work is going to be difficult.
The more you can save before you go the easier it will be to convince the immigration authorities that you are not another 'down and out' itinerant traveller.
Sep 20, 2012 2:33 AM
Sep 20, 2012 9:14 AM
Agree with battybilly....to spend a proper amount of time seeing the world will certainly cost more than your 2000 pound....airfares, visa's, vaccinations & travel insurance would nearly cost that alone. Might be a good idea to start off closer to home...Europe...,,book a cheap Ryanair/ easyjet etc etc flight to eastern Europe and your 2000 will allow you a decent time for travelling. You would also be much closer to home in the unlikely event that it turns out that solo travel/backpacking is not for you. Another option for a longer trip might be getting a working holiday visa for Australia/new Zealand.....find a job there and work for a while saving up money for seeing the country later, then you also have the possibility of cheap flights to Asia as well...,,this option would probably require more than 2000 pound to start with and of course there is no guarantee that you would find work straight away.
Sep 20, 2012 1:12 PM
Sep 21, 2012 9:26 PM
Sep 21, 2012 10:03 PM
Sep 21, 2012 11:39 PM
8My family are really angry that i'm quitting
I can see that.
So, the solution is to spend what little money you have and then return (never fear, the British embassy will pay your way back and take your passport until you repay them) flat broke with no job?
Good luck with that.
Sep 22, 2012 1:24 AM
9most people are very happy on their holidays. How can you know you enjoy travelling if you've never done it? With no knowledge of foreign languages (I assume) how do you plan to work in Eastern Europe?
start in the UK and see your own country, build up some independence and some savings, and then step further afield. Your problems will travel with you until you solve them.
Sep 26, 2012 4:03 AM
10This is the 3rd time you have quit?! Wow, no wonder your folks are angry! Those tuition fees don't come cheap...
If I were you, I would get a temporary job for say 6 months to give you time to save up some more money and then go traveling.
Life is short and then you die. And then what happens? Who knows. Go traveling. See the world. Live life. Die.
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