I'm looking for some well needed advice about where to start with travelling!!
I'm a 20 year old female from England and have rcently decided that as from next January I will no longer have a job....it's the ideal time to go travelling!
The thing is, I don't know where to start and nobody I know has ventured out of Essex really (no jokes please!)
I definately want to go to Australia, i know that for a start. But that's as far as I get!! I mean, do i book a direct flight there and see how i feel? or do u book several places in one goi.e. around the world?
Also, what happends when you get off the plane? I know this sounds pretty strange but I haven't a clue about what to do!! I've looked around and seen sites like Oz intro that basically sets u up out there for a week. Is this worthwhile?
Anywya, to get to the point, if anyone thinks they can help a very naive girl!! I would be very grateful!!
Thanks in advance guys!!
The first place to start would be to probably answer some questions.
How long are you going for?
What do you want to experience in your travels?
How much money will you have?
Will you be working along the way?
This will start to help you pick destinations and know how many places you can go.
As for what you do when you get off the plane - find a place to stay and get some food. I'm not just being trite here. That's really what you do. And then, after that, you start to look around your new surroundings and experience the things you wanted to see.
It's not as scary and way more fun than you can imagine.
I start by figuring out which continent, which countries I want to visit, which sites I want to see. Meanwhile I save my ass off. Once I have the money and the time planned, I book the cheapest tickets I can, search for hostels (this site is good for it), and... well...leave. Get a guidebook for the area you want to go for.
When you get off the plane... head for the hostel/hotel. Dump your bags, then head out and start checking stuff out. Personally, I like to do as much as possible in my short about of time, but others like to relax and travel.
My girlfriend and I are from Canada and are now teaching English in Japan. When we are finished here we are going to travel around the world and end up home. Before we left to start to plan our trip, we bought a big laminated map of the world so we could write on it with markers. We put it up in our living room wall and one day we each took a different colour marker and circled everywhere we wanted to go. It didn't matter about cost or anything like that, just where we would like to go. Then we could see where we both wanted to go and where only one of us wanted to go. Once we did this we could also see what places were really out of the way and start narrowing down an itinerary. Our itinerary will change, but having that map up on the wall with the places was very motivating and kept us both excited about travelling.
I went to Trailfinders initially and asked them similar questions to what you are asking. They told me to go home, do some research, find out exactly where I'd like to go, what I'd like to do in each country, work out how long I wanted to be there. And then come back and do the booking.
I decided that because I was travelling alone on this trip that I would go to all the obvious travel destinations and do all the tourist things. So I went to Beijing saw the forbidden city and the Great Wall of China. I went to Hong Kong and saw the Giant Buddha and HK Harbour. I went to Bangkok and saw the temples and the palace....blah blah blah...
Watch some travel programmes, go to the library...check out whats in between here and Australia.
Failing that just go to Australia, there are no hard fast rules about where you should go on your trip. It should be what you want to do, not where you think you should go. My mate did just that, saved up a shed load of cash and set off one month before me and went to Oz, explored the whole place as best she could, and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
Follow your heart.