Travelling alone - advice needed
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 3:50 PM Last Post By: travelinstyle46
Nov 8, 2012 5:19 AM
Travelling alone - advice neededHI I am a 29 year old male and I have been thinking about travelling for a number of years now and never found anyone who was willing to come woth me so I have decided to consider doing it alone and was looking for some help/advice.
I am planning on going early next year Feb/March time I want to spend some time in Thailand but I have no idea where, i dont think I would like to spend much time in Bankok one or 2 nights would be enough as it seems too busy for what I like. Can anyone suggest the best places to go and see and the best route to take and how to get to each place?
After Thailand which I will spend approx 1 month subject to change of course, i want to head to America and spend some time travelling through USA. I will be looking to pick up some work while here can anyone advise if this is easy to do? and again what route would you suggest?
I will have around 7 or 8 thousand pouds saved for my trip is this an adequete amount to be settibg off with or is more going to be needed?
Any helo is greatly apreciated and if anyone is planning on going to thailand around that time and looking for someobe to join them let me know.
Nov 8, 2012 6:20 AM
1as you say 'pounds' you are presumably British. Check what the working holiday visa situation is for the States and if you are eligible.
there are a lot of unemployed people in America.
Nov 8, 2012 1:20 PM
Nov 8, 2012 1:21 PM
3Yes, you can't just 'pick up some work' in America without a work visa, and they are not easy to get without a sponsor. You need to decide what you particularly want to see in the US - Los Angeles, San Francisco, the National Parks, New York, Washington or something in between. It's a huge place, you have to make some decisions on what part of it interests you the most.
Put your queries about Thailand on the Asia-Thailand branch and you will get more helpful responses.
Nov 8, 2012 9:22 PM
I am a 23 year old female who just got home from traveling by myself in Europe with 6,000 usd (about 3700 pounds) Everyone told me on this forum that it would last me about 6 weeks in Europe... I had initially only planned for a three month trip, and I ended up traveling for 7 without working over there at all, But I did do WWOOFING the first two months there, something you may want to look into for the states? My advice to you is to not be worried about traveling alone.. I too could not find anyone who could come along with me and this almost deterred me from doing it. But it was one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. Trust me you will never be alone once you start traveling. It is fun to meet people and travel along together for a few days or a few weeks and then part your separate ways. Also just talking to people at your hostel (Stay in hostels, very good for socializing!) is the best way to plan where you will go next. Traveling alone allows You to have the freedom to do as you please, stay somewhere as long as you please, meeting strangers who will become life long friends, and not have to make decisions based on someone else, it is very liberating!!
It is good to have a rough plan but it keep as that, rough. It will always change no matter how much you plan. Go with the flow and have an open positive mind and great opportunities are bound to come to you. I have never been to Thailand but I think it is easy to find wonderful places to go there. Thailand is also very cheap so I am sure your money will do you fine there.
I am from the States and I was in England this past September, and believe me the States will seem Cheap to you after the UK (if that is where you are from). Obviously it also depends on your travel style. I preferred to save money on accommodation ( I also took a tent and camped quite a bit) in order to spend more money on having fun experiences . Don't think working here will be the easiest option without a visa, but it is possible if you meet the right people. I am already planning for my next trip and this time I would like to keep going for as long as possible, and traveling alone seems like the only way to do it for me. Enjoy the most amazing experience ever!
Nov 9, 2012 5:43 AM
Nov 9, 2012 9:59 AM
Nov 9, 2012 3:50 PM
7Roar99, what country in Europe did you WWOOF in? You may have been doing something illegal. It is for example illegal for a US citizen (which it looks like you might be) to WWOOF in Spain or the UK as a tourist for example.
It is certainly illegal for a Brit tourist to WWOOF in the USA. A work permit is needed. WWOOFing is a topic that is not well understood by many who post about it, so be careful about suggesting it to anyone without adding the caveat, 'provided that it is legal for you to do so'.
Crawley, you need to do some research first and then come and ask questions for which you cannot find answers for yourself. Why are you going to Thailand if you don't know where you want to go? What is it that attracts you about Thailand? What interests you about it?
The same applies to the USA. Asking others what 'route' you should take would require that others know what interests you obviously and you have said nothing about that at all. Get some guidebooks and read them or do some research online to determine what you want to see and do in any place you are thinking of going to.
Regarding your budget, 7-8k is enough 'for setting off with'. All that is unknown is how long it will last. That depends on where you go and how you spend your money. Expect to go out drinking/clubbing much and it won't last long at all.
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