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1. Posted by Tina Bean (Budding Member 48 posts) 10y

Hey,

I've just turned 25 and have always wanted to go travelling but found excuses of why it wasn't the right time. The only thing stopping me...the fear of doing it alone.

I plan to start my travels at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Would really like to chat with people who could offer me advice and tips on where to go, what to see and all the things I need to consider to get my dream off the ground. Any help would be greatful received.

T x

2. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 10y

dont have any hints or tips but just wanted to say go for it dont make any more excuses go for it

3. Posted by Jolo73 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Tina,
Iv been wanting to travel since I was at least 18 and have also made excuses, Im now 32 and am finally going to do it but have had to sacrifice my Fiance and home. My biggest regret is that I didnt do it sooner as its come at a big cost. Just do it, dont waste anymore time. All the best x

4. Posted by helsbells1 (Budding Member 70 posts) 10y

I was afraid to start travelling as well. I think the best thing to do is get in touch with people like this and see where they went and where they advise. I found it easier going to Canada as it was English speaking and once I had gained confidence as a traveller I went to Central America and was able to feel comfortable in a Spanish speaking culture. Most of all, I'd say just go for it, it will be the most amazing experiance of your life!

5. Posted by Shepwad (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Hey!

I'm 26 from the UK.

I've also been thinking about going travelling for ages and have decided I am deffo going to do it this year, around Oct/Nov. Depending on whether I can take a sabbatical from work I will do 6-12 months. Has anyone who has been travelling quit work to go? and if so how easy did you find it to get a job on your return? If I have to quit my job I might take 12 months and look at working somewhere for a few months.

My rough travel plans are to start in South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam) then move onto Australia/New Zealand/Fiji from there to South America (Peru, Brazil, etc..)

I am also considered doing a volunteer project somewhere for a month or two but havent decided what yet.

Any advice appeciated, I am at the very early stages of planning my trip!

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

When it comes to travel, just do it. Its something that you will never regret. The first big trip I did, I did alone and it was the most rewarding experience of my life. You'll meet people on the way too! If you are concerned about travelling alone, you could sign up for one the working vacation programs that are there. Or maybe even a volunteer program. You might not see as many cities that way, but you will get a really good douse of the local customs. The web has so many tools to help you create a well planned trip. Besides making sure you pack well, I think planning is the most important thing to do for you trip.

7. Posted by miketurner (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hey Shepwad,

I'm 27 this year and have been travelling all over the world since I was 18. Obviously depends on your job and carear path as to how easy it is to find work on your return. We all know, work is shity and we dont want to do it. However, there will be a time when you have finished travelling and have to start over. Believe me, when you have quit work, you'll never want to start again. Unfortunately, you will have to start work again! I apologise for sounding like a cock but it will happen.

I think i've found a happy compromise. I work, I take my 6-7 wks holiday a year in one go, and go travelling. Work is shit, travelling is what I want to do, but in the future, i know i'll want kids,family etc. You need to have a good base!

Enjoy!

8. Posted by radura (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Like most people say here: Just do it!!
I was 20 when I did my first travel out of Europe. I went to an agency, bought a flight ticket to India, and when I came outside on the street I was saying to myself: -Oh my God, what am I doing??

But then I just had to go...it was the best time of my life so far,
I was supposed to do an around the world trip this year, but then I was in doubt, work , home etc. I'm 22 now and finally I decided that work isn't everything, even if it can be difficult you will find a job when you come back home! So one week ago I told my boss that I will quit in december and leave in january 2007. I'm just so happy about my decision.

We only live once, and we just have to do what we want when we can!
You're still young, waiting longer maybe means children and family, then it's a lot more difficult to do it.

Wish you all the best!!

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Hi,

I'm now 26. In 2004 I decided I'd had enough. I left early January 2005 and got back at Christmas. I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever done with my life. I also had been waiting around for someone to go with, but a friend who had done it herself made me realise I could travel alone.

Whehter you have trouble finding work when you get back depends a lot on what you do. I was overqualified and in charge of paper clips and printer cartridges in a dead-end office job which I had started to HATE. I realised while I was away, that the only was to avoid getting stuck in the old rut, was to re-train and do something new. So I have now applied to go back University in september and train to be a midwife! Complete change!

Unfortantly, in the meantime it is taking me a while to find office work. Although I feel much more confiden than I was 18months ago, I've never been un-employed, so its quite hard. But whatever happens, I have no regrets!

10. Posted by Shepwad (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

All,

Thanks for your replies, its great to know so many of you have had fantastic experiences! Saying that I have never found anyone who went travelling and hated it!

I work in IT, and am highly qualified so I'm not too worried. Just wondered if when you went for interviews etc when you got back how Travelling was percieved by your potential employers?

Either way it matters little as I am deffo going, no one can stop me! Will just have to worry about work when I get back I guess!

Can anyone recommend a volunteer scheme that i can do for a month or so. OPen to ideas on what to volunteer for.

Cheers

Shepwad