This has turned into a great thread, its good to hear so many people have had fantastic experiences whilst travelling. Still havent made my mind up whether to quit or take a sabbatical (if possible). Part of me thinks having the comfort of having a job to come back to will be nice, but at the same time this could be restrictive if I decide I would like to go for longer than 6 months. I'm deffo doing it though, from Oct/Nov this year!
Just a wee question about funding/finance - we're planning on going for a year's travelling the world departing from N Ireland - OZ, New Zealand, Thailand, America - the lot!! I've priced the tickets at around 1000, we plan to work in Oz and perhaps New Zealand, has anyone got experience in how much money you need to bring with you? I've heard people bringing £1000 and others bringing £3000 - What is the least and most to bring? and is there some kind of rule about having to have £2000 in your account in order to be let into Australia to work?
Prolly best to check the sites of each country. I am going round the world for 18 months+ (def 18 months but could easily be years) and I'm taking about £5k. I'll be working and travelling in New Zealand for a year of it, and I know for a fact that if you don't have a return flight you need to be able to prove you have got £3k when you enter. You'll need to check this out if it's different in Oz. Best thing is to go to their immigration/WHV website and take it from there. There's a lot of different advice floating about on this and other forums, so best get it straight from the horses mouth!
As for money, you take as much as you think. If you can only save £2k then take that. If you can save £6k then take that! If you want to do loads of expensive activities, drink a fair amount and pay more for accomodation, then you'll need more money. Standard! If you're willing to do it on a budget, not drink as much and do a few choice activities then take less. there's no RULE to this kind of shit.
Part of me thinks having the comfort of having a job to come back to will be nice, but at the same time this could be restrictive if I decide I would like to go for longer than 6 months.
I did this....see my reply to someone else who wants to know in the general section
Hey like many of you im getting those nerves aswell - im leaving to go round the world for 2 months on the 6th of may and im really worrying - what about spiders? money? flights? being alone? being eaten by a bear in yosemite park! lol all these things im very scaired of last minute nerves - im only 18 aswell so im unsure if il be a bit young in my tour groupes i have sorted out - im very very nervous atm - has anyone else travelled at this age?
Many thanks for all of your really helpful replies. It is reassuring to know that it is possible to go travelling alone and for the experience to be enjoyable. I worry that as i've never been a loner and a bit of a sheep that i will struggle to make decisions and generally not have a good time if i do this alone. I like the thought of sharing the experience with someone.
I will start to surf the web more for travelling advice and will deffo look into volunteering opportunities.
I just have to remember that i will regret it if i don't do it and i have absolutely nothing keeping me in the UK, its the perfect time! No more excuses and lose the fear is the key!
I understand wot your're saying about making excuses. its too easy to make excuses and put things off. Its a lot harder to actually go and book the tickets knowing/thinking that your gonna spend the next X amount of months alone, abroad and in strange surroundings lol
I reckon if travelling the world is ure dream, you WILL regret it if you don't do it before you have more commitments. thats my theory...problem is putting it into practice and getting outta here lol. good luck
I have just found this website as I have finally decided that my dream of travelling the world should turn into reality. I am 37 and have a job that I intend to give up sometime next year to spend up to a year travelling with my partner, so the research starts here.
There have always been excuses for us not to go, the career, the elderly parents, the mortgage, the cats.
Well now I am fed up of the career, my sister can look after the parent and the mortgage is paid off shortly, so its just the cats keeping me here and they are both 16 so I am planning for next year. (Hope that doesn't sound too mean - I love them to bits)
Obviously I am quite apprehensive about the trip, fear of the unknown and all that, but what have I got to lose?
We have some savings which will be added to over the coming months, but I wish I had done it when I was under 30 and could have got a working holiday visa for Oz.
i am 20 and have just started my RTW travells alone, i can tell you the scariest thing is the thought of doing it alone because once you get going you meet so many people in the same boat, or with experince.
If you want to do it then go for it and if you really dont want to go alone you can always go with an organised group of people, the company i booked my ticket with offer both its travelnation and they are so friendly and all of the people who work there offer great advice as they are all experienced travellers too.
I would of much prefered to of travelled with someone but now i am here doing it, i dont regret it one bit!
Hello all, I'm a 25 year old american and beginning to really think about this as well. Does anyone have any approximate prices for one of the one world alliance trips? they make you call the airlines and work it out with them and just trying to understand abotu how much it costs? i'm thinking in the $3-4,000 range???