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11. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

In 2014, I was on an "adventure" tour of Madagascar. One of the tour members was an 18-year-old from Australia. It was her first trip overseas. She celebrated her 19th birthday on the tour. After Madagascar, she was booked on another "adventure" tour from Nairobi to Cape Town. So there are viable options besides Europe. Some of these tours are good value; and a good introduction to travel.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2015, at 04:00 by berner256 ]

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13. Posted by makolo (Inactive 14 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

If I was to suggest a place then it would be Scotland,the north to be precise,good place for a young curious mind to wander about and get lost,the mountain ranges are really awe inspiring,but If you really want something different or unexpected,try Malawi,can be a little odd sometimes,if you are hardcore like I am then take on Mulanje Mountain,really majestic place if you ask me.

good luck

14. Posted by chloebuoton (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you want to start travelling the world you must also start saving up some money for it because it will be really expensive. And also research first on what's the do's and dont's in that particular area so you can avoid jail time it would be great if you start in travelling countries that are not very strict.

15. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 316 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm going to be a mom and suggest you finish college. You have two months in the summer to travel so use that to make a couple short trips to Europe and see how you like budget travel. Or check your college counseling office to see if there are any study-abroad programs you could use. You might be able to do a year of college in another country and that's a great way to get to know another culture . . . actually live in it for a year and make friends with other students.

You might try your first trip to the UK or Ireland. We love Scotland and it seems quite foreign to us. I even had to have my husband translate some of the Scottish brogue. It gets a bit thick out in the country! The advantage is that they do speak English so if you have problems, you will have no trouble finding answers. Again, look at schools there with shared programs. That might make your parents much happier than just taking off to "find yourself."

I belong to the original "find yourself" generation from the 1960s and I can tell you something. You don't have to find yourself. You are yourself. You seem to be an adventurous self so embrace that and enjoy it. Don't be pressured by other people to be something you are not; it leads to unhappiness. Your family is precious so you want to keep them as happy as possible. My mother hated it when I traveled to (to her) weird places like Haiti. I compensated by keeping in close touch with her and letting her know how I was the entire time so she didn't have to worry so much. Sharing your experiences with your family will go a long way in helping them to understand your need to travel so sign up for Skype and have them all sign up too. Have a good phone along and keep in touch with them. Skype is free if you all have accounts. It takes little time and helps your family accept your decision. If emailing is easier for you, text your family to keep in touch but share at least one thing you've done in the last couple days that has been fun, useful or educational. Once they realize you're okay in a strange (to them) place, they'll be more accepting. (In all fairness, I will say my mother never did completely accept my travels but that's because she personally hates to travel. There is nothing I can do about that except sympathize. You may run into that too, so just be as generous with information as possible and enjoy your travels anyway.)

Whatever you choose to do, have a great time and remember, you have a lifetime of travel ahead of you so don't feel you have to do it all in one trip. We always have at least two trips in the planning stages. Makes it easier to go home . . . and wait for the next trip!

16. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 178 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Ladies - this thread is two years old;-)

17. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 316 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

Ladies - this thread is two years old;-)

Ah well. I wonder what she did. Do you suppose she found herself?

18. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 178 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

She will surely have discovered a lot of new aspects both about herself and about life.

19. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 316 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Kathrin_E

She will surely have discovered a lot of new aspects both about herself and about life.

Possibly. Some people are untouched by what goes on around them. It always amazes me. She does have a map to Iceland on her Profile Page so I hope she got at least that far. It would be fun for her to come back and share her adventures. Love to see photos of Iceland; we've never been there.

20. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 178 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Yes, it would be interesting to hear about her life in those two years, and whether her dreams came true.

OT but concerning Iceland: Are you aware of next year's post-VT Euromeet...?

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Aug-2017, at 11:25 by Kathrin_E ]