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Thoughts on traveling alone at 18 y/o

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1. Posted by Doomwaits (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12w

Hello, my name is Elijah I'm planning on traveling to Germany alone and trying to find a temporary job and see the country! What are your thoughts on traveling so far at 18? And has anyone here ever traveled there alone themselves?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 12w

How far is "so far"? Where are you from? (Do you speak the language? Are you from an EU country so are actually legally allowed to work in Germany? If not, it might becomes a very short trip for you...)

Germany in general is a safe and quite expensive country with lots of gorgeous hiking, interesting cities, and friendly people.

3. Posted by chotta (Budding Member 4 posts) 12w

Germany is safe but you "officially" need a working visa!
Considering traveling alone - why not! It's an amazing experience!!

4. Posted by MicaelaRafel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w

Hi! I just turned nineteen a few days ago and in the last year I have lived in Sulawesi, Indonesia for 8 months where I lived with a local and family and worked for their non-profit project to benefit those in their community. It was a good way for me to feel connected, settle into a space, explore and learn deeply about the society and culture I was in. After 8 months in Sulawesi, I went to China for a couple months (mainly Sichuan province which is a Tibetan region). I planted myself in one hostel for five weeks, where I became a part of the hostel family. I used this hostel as a jumping off point or base for the rest of my travels to surrounding areas in the region. I did a couple long treks/hikes unguided with friends I met while in the hostel. I then hitchhiked alone for seven days straight to get to the next big city. I eventually hitchhiked into Kyrgyzstan. What I realised in all this time is that I like to be independent - it gives me the freedom to be whoever I want to be in any given moment and live how I choose to live. I also learnt that I find it extremely important to feel a deep sense of connection with where I am - and that this usually comes from relationships with people. During my time hitchhiking alone I felt very disconnected from my surroundings; I was seeing places, but I was just passing by, disconnected from people and place. It was meaningless and therefore pointless. So I cut my trip short in Kyrgyzstan and changed my plans. If I can give you some advice and general opinion; I don't think your age means any more than you allow it to mean. So what if your 18? What does that even mean in regards to who you are and where you are as a person? Just live how you want to live. I think it's awesome to experience independency - especially through travel if that's what you want to do. I think travelling alone forces you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and causes you to grow. You will meet many more new people if you travel alone - it allows you to develop new friendships and make new connections. I do think finding a base helps to provide a feeling of connection and helps to develop a deeper understanding of the place your living as opposed to just moving through - so if you're thinking of living and working in Germany for a while that could be a really cool way of seeing the country. I suggest for you to lookup couchsurfing if you want to meet locals who can show you around/hang out with you, or even if you need a place to stay while getting yourself settled in. If you're staying for a while then AirBNB may work out cheaper than hostels, so look into that too. Best of luck, and message me if you want!