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I'm 30 years old, male, and live in the UK. I've recently started to consider going travelling. I have various reasons for wanting to do this - nothing holding me here, I don't like my job, I have some money saved up, and I have recently had my heart broken.
The only decisions I've made are that I would be looking to go travelling for at least 6 months, if not more. I'd want to go in the next few months (is this realistic?). I have money saved, but would want something to come back to - probably looking at budgeting around £6,000 all in. Is this enough?
Other than that, I don't really know where to start. As in, where I would like to go, how I would like to travel etc.. Obviously I have thought about the typical Australia/NZ stuff, but I am not sure this appeals. Also, how do the different countries compare in terms of cost?
What else have I missed? I presume I need to look into Visas etc - will I have problems being 30 as opposed to the more typical 20 something?
Thank you for your help
You shouldn't have a problem getting tourist visas as a 30 year old. If you were planning on working, then there are some working holiday visas (WHVs) that might not be open to you anymore, but there are some that still will be.
As for where to go, that's up to you. There are places that are less expensive than others, but you can pretty much pick any continent and figure out where the cheaper places are. You should first think about where you want to go, or at least what types of things you want to do? Do you want to work and stay in one place that is different than home? Or do you just want to bum around and drink and see the sites? Do you want to hike and see nature, or see cities, or see history, or see animals? etc. etc.
Ultimately, at some point you just have to bite the bullet and go.
As for budget, assuming 6 months, 6000 pounds will give you 33 pounds a day, approximately, which is lots of money to travel on (I think).
will I have problems being 30 as opposed to the more typical 20 something?
Yes. if only for the simple reason that you are no longer entitled to certain kinds of visa. Depending upon the country and the visa (working holiday visa, Au-Pair, Youth Exchange) you must be under 30 years. For some countries and visas the age limit is even lower.
As for your travel plans: Simply think about what you have always wanted to do. Learn a foreign languge, ride a motorbike, live on an exotic island, etc. Then get into motion and make these dreams come true, because that is what travelling is all about. Get some guide books maybe to start you planning.
With 6,000 GBP you are pretty well off. With this money, you could easily buy (!) a house in Egypt and live there for year before you would be forced to sell the house. In some countries you can exist on as little as 100 GBP for a whole month if you stay in a cheap appartment and cook your own food. In Western Europe or Northern America however this amount would not take you very far.
Whether you will be able to go in the next few months all depends how soon you can take care of your stuff. Can you sublet your appartment? Put all your things in storage while you travel? Not having to pay rent or mortgages is a huge advantage when you are out there. What about your car? Your insurance? Your banking account? Who takes care of stuff for you on the home front? Who handles letters from the government, for example? Legal questions regarding unemployment benefits?
The thing you need most is about 1,000 GBP emergency money stored safely away. This money would pay for a flight ticket home in a pinch or be your safety cushion to live on when you get back home. Other than that the rule of thumb is about 1,000 GBP for every month of travel if you go once around the world with a so-called RTW-ticket.
What I would do if I was in your situation: Check the maximum age for a Working Holiday Visa for Oz or NZ. Grab a one-way flight ticket to Oz, get a job in Oz. If no job comes up, go back home from Oz overland via Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Central Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe.
I agree with the last post - at some point you're gonna have to just do it but I'm sure that it'll be a bug as it has been with me and many of my friends.
Your budget *33 pounds* may go a long or a little way depending on where you are and the types of places you choose to go to. In say Dubai it would'nt be much but in India a large amount.
As stated in the last reply at least narrow it down to interests then go from there. Anyway if you are in one place for a while you could supplement your income by teaching English ( in great demand).
I thoroghly recommend Turkey - on of my favourite countries. If you wanna stay closer to home - try Italy. Yes it can be touristy but depends on the season. Also try the south, less tourists, still loads of sites but cheaper , nice food and great people. Sicily( esp Taormina, Cefalu, Palermo) and the Amalfi coast are amazing.
Anyway the choice is yours. Enjoy deciding and planning. Good luck.
Thanks for the replies
Without too much thought so far, I have been thinking about China and Vietnam. But will I struggle with the language barrier?
I don't have much to sort out leaving here, and only have to give one or two week's notice at work. I have a car on finance, but I suppose I could do something with that - either sell it, or put by enough money to cover the payments.
I worry a little about my reasons for going, as the idea has been sparked 95% by the end of a relationship. Also, the thought of what I will be coming back to - ie. the same as it is now. But I think it will be good for me, and I hope I manage to stick to this idea and go through with it.
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 18, 2006 1:45 PM by Steven76 ]
is travelling a kind of escape or changing new mood? or ,u just want to explore? when heart was broken, we always want to do something to forget.maybe its impossible to forget, but at least, we can do something to not to think of it.
travelling is like a magic, when we start to think travelling, its like there is a new life in front of us. that feeling is nice.even at this moment ,we still sit in the office,but when imagining travelling, we could feel flying,like new air suddenly inspired us.
t_maia gave very good advices about the travelling. i just want to say ,life is still there when u come back from travelling. before u leave,just try to arrange ur stuff in home well. because after travelling, the one who has to tidy up is still YOU!
T_MAIA, i like ur words.
You say you're interested in Vietnam & China. Vietnam is already used to travellers & tourists so it is a relatively easy place to travel in. On the main tourist trial you should have no problem with language barriers as English was widely spoken, although I think it can help to learn a few words, the locals will appreciate it. Vietnam is an interesting country, it has just about anything a traveler would want, landscapes, cities, historical buildings, culture, beaches, mountains, great food etc. One big bonus it that it is a very cheap place to travel in. The only downside is the hassle you get, can get tiring, but it's usually not hostile, just learn to say a firm no thanks! You have to give it to the Vietnamese, they are determined people, I admire them for that.
As for China, I've never been, but I think it's becoming more & more popular for travellers to visit. Language barriers will be evident I think outside the big cities.
People who are new to travelling often consider Australia/NZ because they are English speaking countries and they are Western countries, therefore standards will be similar to Europe or USA. I guess you won't experience too much of a culture shock if you go there. For some people who are used to comfort Asia/Africa/South America might be a shock
Going traveling can only be a positive experience (imo anyway) You'll learn so much, experience new things, have so much fun, meet new people etc. I'm sure when you come back, your out look on life will change.
All the best.
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 19, 2006 7:52 AM by Laura_B ]
I've not been to China or Vietnam (yet!), but I think the best way to get there from the UK is by train.
You can see the culture and the people change around you when you go overland. If you see something interesting, you can stop and stay for a while.
Train can also be very inexpensive when you use EuroDomino for Russia or a City-Star ticket bought in Slovakia.
For possible routes that go from London to China and then on into Vietnam, see www.seat61.com .
I didn't run into too many people who spoke English when I was in China, but I could communicate basic needs okay - I want a drink, I want some food, etc. Lots of smiling and pointing works wonders.
It's good because it is so different than home, you'll find little to remind you of home. Which, when one is trying to mend a broken heart and put distance between yourself and where you've been, can be an excellent thing. A place that is too familiar can just wind up reminding you of what you wanted to forget in the first place.
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