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1. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

Well, there you go, 8 months is over and Im home, well actually hanging out at friends houses while I get a few things sorted till I get to my Dad's place.

But Im feeling proud of myself, big time. Pat on the back to me, for just getting the damn ticket booked and onto that first nerve-racking flight. And when I arrived in India, I soon realised why lots of people were telling me I was brave to have it as my first stop. But what a way to get introduced to different life, different culture, it was actually really good for me. It made me realise I am a much stronger individual than I first thought.

I have found out that I am not cut out for world travel, but at least I have found out what I dislike and what I enjoy. Another time I will spend a couple of months in one country, and not move around too much, I prefer it this way. But I wouldnt have known this without trying it out. I also know it is perfectly safe and simple for me to go on holiday alone - gone are the days I didnt go abroad because I couldnt persuade a friend to go with me. Its not that scarey out there at all. Even in countries where they dont speak that much English, there are ways of communication without language.

I am so glad I went, I read lots of information on these travel sites before I went, I saved up shed loads of money....and I am pleased to say, because I was a shoestring traveller - who rarely drank alcohol, I spent less than £4k in 8 months! I kid you not (not including the ticket), I even had 3 extra internal flights within this spends (granted within Vietnam, where fares are cheaper than cheap). And yes I did spend money on a few CDs, DVDs, swimwear, clothes, pressies, and the usual travel, food, accommodation. I just didnt spend lots! So I am happy to say that I can also afford to go somewhere hot for an amount of time this winter...how cool is that!?!

2. Posted by A-Russell (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

Thanks for that post, it gives me some confidence :)

3. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Clanger, congratulations. You've achieved what I've been dreaming about for a while. Only thing that's holding me back is finances... and I ought to graduate too before flying off to some unknown country. :) Thanks for the encouraging message.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Hey Jill!!
Welcome back! We're happy to hear that you had a great trip and learned new things about yourself. The world is only as scary as we perceive it to be (with a few exceptions). Now you will be able to help calm the nerves of those who are taking the same "leap of faith" you did 8 months ago. Congratulations on completing your adventure! And, just think - you'll get use out those clothes/swimwear you collected along the way. Have a great time planning you winter "fun in the sun" get-away!!!

5. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

nice one jill!!

Its giving me a lot more confidence in my trip. im off to thailand, cambodia, vietnam, laos for a period of two months (9 weeks) this summer... and was worryin about my finances.. if it works out that u spent a grand every two months... then im way over budget :o).. Glad to hear you've had an awesom time!!

im off on me todd soon... bring it on!!

6. Posted by Margrethe (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

I feel better after reading this. I'm going to Hoi An in Vietnam to study for ten weeks this fall, and afterwards I'm planning on travelling Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, and then go to China and take the Transsiberian railroad from Beijing to Moscow, stay for a few days, and go home to Norway from there (unless I find volunteerwork somewhere in SE-Asia, in which case I'll be staying untill summer.) Anyway, I'm going alone, and unless someone studying with me wants to go travelling with me I'll be on my own. Reading this gives me confidence.

Andyroo: I'd love to hear about your trip. Will you be keeping a blog about it?

7. Posted by Rish_n_Ben (Full Member 32 posts) 10y

I can understand what you are saying. I got back in April from my first overseas adventure. I spent 6 months travelling from Morocco through Europe, Eastern Europe, Greece and then Turkey.

Morocco was a big ask for a first up destination, espically considering it was my first time outside Australia. I travelled with my Girlfriend so it was much less daunting. I probably didnt enjoy my time there as much as I would now, but it was still a fantasic experience.

We managed to travel on about $20,000aud for 6 months, which I think is pretty good. The hardest part was coming home and setting up again, and getting back into work.

But plans are underway again, this time we are thinking of baseing ourselves in the UK, working and then travelling for a month at a time.

8. Posted by LuisaMiao (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

Thanks for your words :) They areally cherr me up!

I have this crazy passion for traveling, but I can see it's not so common among my friends. So until now I just gave up because I was alone. But now, reading all those posts so optimistic, I will really consider to travel by my own :)

9. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

That was sooo refreshing to read, its things like that that give you a boost!

I'm sure that it was a great achievement and i bet yor friends wished they'd gone now.

10. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

i love seeing this in the forums where someone has gone from posting "should i/shouldn't i?" at the beginning.. to "i've got my ticket"... to "that was amazing!!"

brilliant to see just what travel does for people. good on you clanger, good to hear you had a wicked time!