im 20 and live in south west england, im just finishing my last year of college and really want to go travelling when im done. i've only ever been on family holidays to france and the usual galavanting around britain.
i would love to see the americas, australia and as well as europe, well erm anywhere which isnt Devon!
i have one slight tiny snag...
i have no idea how to go about it,
can anyone give me advice on how to change my "wouldnt it be nice if..." into an actual plan of action
Hey Faldor, If you have saved enough money for a couple of months just go!!! If you want to go to Australia I would suggest to take the overland route via eastern-Europe, Iran, India and Indonesia (if you are the more adventurous type), atleast I think that is some great adventure (better then Devon). Have fun, cheers. Wouter
Your best option: waltz into the nearest bigger bookstore (or a library) and get some travelling guides (Lonely Planet, Let's Go, ...). Also take a map, and together with the books decide where you want to go.
Make a list, so if you realize that you cannot afford that plane ticket to South America, move to the next best destination.
(Most people from the UK start small, using Eurail to see maybe Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, but nobody forces you to...)
Your next steps are to figure out:
1) how to get there - by train, bus or plane. I like to take the bus or get cheap airtickets from airlines like Ryanair or EasyJet or from charter airlines that sell leftover seats to touristy destinations.
2)how much it is going to cost you to travel there and to stay there. The guide books really help. Alternatively, ask here.
3)What you want to take. Tent and cooking equipment? Sleeping bag and isolation mattress? How many clothes? Can you wash them regularly somewhere along your trip so that clothes for 5 days might be enough for three months? What is the climate, do you need t-shirts or sweaters? Sturdy hiking boots or trekking sandals?
(You need to buy hiking boots at least 3 months ahead of time. I got mine in autumn and wore them as winter boots to break them in. Similar for trekking shoes.)
Weigh every item you pack and consider whether you really need it. Make sure you don't have to carry more than 25 kg at maximum - yes, that includes your rucksack, tent, cooking equipment, that little sidebag with valuables and all. Best weigh yourself naked and then fully clothed, bag on your back, ready to set off.
4)Medical healthcare - do check with a doctor whether all vaccinations you might need are current. Nothing is worse than being in for example Russia in a hospital with Polio just because you forgot the trip to the doctor. Malaria, Yellow Fever and even that simple cold can be nasty too. Whatever you do: Don't forget medical insurance, in case you get sick on the road.
Hi there welcome to the site, i've only just joined today and am in pretty much the same boat as you, but have gone in to work insted of college,
I too have been on the usual holidays with parents to south of france and around the UK but now want to go it alone, well not alone, with a good friend of mine, i have managed to buy a decent car and we are looking to go camping around the UK at varouse times nxt year, we hope to go to Devon 1st! etc
so hey buddy!!
The first thing to do, like T_Maia said is to get a world map and start thinking of the kind of places you want to go. Do you want to start out small or just jump right in? My first trip was round western europe which was a relatively safe option, but also the only one seeing as how i was going during my university holidays.
Once u have decided on some places that you def want to see then you need to figure out if it is actually possible to see everything that u want. I normally have 4 or 5 itineries by the end, all of which have been whittled down considerably - im always find that i aim far too high in what i want to achieve and always have to tell myself to be more realistic!!
Some people opt to see only a few places in a long amount of time, personally whilst travelling id rather get a snapshot of as many places as possible and then go back to explore further if i liked i there.
I find that once u have looked where you want to go it is very hard to back out of it as you keep hearing things about the places you are going to and become even more determined to get out and explore. Guide books are a must and are very useful in planning trips. www.hostelworld.co.uk is very useful for finding out about acomm, but try and search for the place thriugh google rather than booking with hsotel world as they charge you a fee each time u book a hostel with them. Whilst this is only a measly $2, when you stay in 15 or 20 places it soon builds up.
http://www.railsaver.com/ Is useful in helping you decide if a railpass is the way forward or if you are better off going it alone.
Is the best site to use if you are doing any train travel in europe.
If you have any questions just let me know, i have travelled throughout western and eastern europe as well as doing the south.
i've just come back from 10 days in austria and poland! it was an amazing experience, its really opened my eyes, just going to a different place with a different culture where not everyone speaks english, seeing amazing sights.
not to get melodramatic but i think my life just changed...
Hello Faldor...a little late, but better late than never!!
WELCOME TO TP!!
I hope it has changed for the better.....
Hope to see you around!