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1. Posted by arrowst (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi all,

i'm planning to take a career break this time next year, to do some traveling and broaden my horizons via a 6 month RTW journey (probably USA/Canada (brief stop), SE Asia and then Australia/NZ)

As you can imagine I have hundreds of questions, but I'll limit myself to two for now....

when you're travelling, do you always/often/never have access to the internet and laundry facilities? (I'm mainly talking Asia here, but I guess I imagined travelling would be quite primitive, but the more I browse the internet, I'm beginning to think otherwise!)

Also, I'm planning to travel by myself, but ideally I would like to meet people as I go. Is this easy to do, and is there anything I should do (or not do) to make it easier.

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to reply.

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

Travelling alone you will meet a lot of people but it will be easier to approach people if you are for example staying at a hostel.. It's inevitable that you will chat to your roommates and/or other people staying there.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

The Internet is available in almost everywhere a tourist would go in; Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam. Those I know about and would guess Laos, Myanmar, India have plenty of Internet options as well. Laundry in Asia is cheap and available in almost every city you will visit. It is smarter to pack fewer clothes and go to the laundry more often. You will meet fellow travellers in the restaurants, bus stations as well as hostels/hotels/guesthouses. If you are the least bit outgoing, you will meet plenty of new friends and companions. Good Luck to you.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 10y

Agreed, internet access is usually plentiful. Unless you're going in more remote locations it is generally quite cheap as well.

As for laundry facilities, we usually just hand wash in a sink. You need to get some soap powder of course and have the time to allow your clothes to dry, but if you do this every couple of days, it should be quite manageable. A portable clothesline, one of those elastic cords with pegs attached, can be quite handy we've found.

Indeed, hostels are the best places to meet other people. Having to share a room with someone inevitably means you're going to have to talk to them. :)