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11. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Wish I had thought like that when I was in high school. I was so goal-oriented, didn't realize the goals didn't coincide with my dreams. Here I am in college, first year, yes I love it and understand that this is a great experience, but I sure wish I hadn't gone straight into it. I didn't realize I had options. Now I can't wait to study abroad/travel around before and after those semesters. And when I graduate, I won't be making the same mistake; I will be taking a few years to travel then.

12. Posted by katie1535 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

When I graduated high school, I backpacked in Europe for 4 months alone. It certainly wasn't easy- I spent a lot of time lost and a little time lonely- but I wouldn't take back that trip for the world. It opened my eyes and broadened my horizons and I came home with way more confidence, people skills, and independence. I met some wonderful people that I still keep in touch with today. I say take the brave step and go.

13. Posted by italy_07 (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

My next, (and possibly final) questions is, now that i'm considering spending a whole year abroad, how much is this going to cost me? My family is not rich, they don't even have enough to give me a little towards college. I have a job, but, it seems like I'll need a lot of money for a whole year. I mean at 2000 USD a month, that's $14,000 for a whole year, I don't think that I could make that much money between school and other things I have to do. Is it possible to get a visa and work abroad? Would that be a worthwhile thing to do or not? Thanks again everyone.

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting italy_07

I'm a sophmore in highschool and am looking into doing some traveling after highschool. Here are my two questions, Should I go alone? None of my friends want to go with me, they're all scared. Is it still worth it to go? My second questions is what is a reasonable (and when I say reasonable, I mean cheap) cost to spend a thrifty month in Italy and France? That is where I plan on going after highschool and want to start saving now so I have the money to go after I graduate.

Yes, go alone. U will meet lots of people.
30 to 50 Euros per day is a thrifty amount to spend per day in Italy and France. This does not include intercity travel.
Mel

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting italy_07

My next, (and possibly final) questions is, now that i'm considering spending a whole year abroad, how much is this going to cost me? My family is not rich, they don't even have enough to give me a little towards college. I have a job, but, it seems like I'll need a lot of money for a whole year. I mean at 2000 USD a month, that's $14,000 for a whole year, I don't think that I could make that much money between school and other things I have to do. Is it possible to get a visa and work abroad? Would that be a worthwhile thing to do or not? Thanks again everyone.

Since u are a student, u are probably entitled to get temporary work permits, to work in various countries, in Europe.
Ask the consulate, for the countires u are interested in.

Mel

16. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

It would be nicer to go with the right minded friends, otherwise go alone as those places are safe as long as you use your common scenes in what so ever you do.
Good luck

17. Posted by Eric19382 (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

Go without them! They'll only hold you back. I assure you, you'll only regret it later if you the fears of others hinder you from following your heart. I'm 33 and I'm only beginning to travel now. Like someone else said, I wish more than anything that I had started traveling when I was your age; it's the thing I most regret not doing in my life.

Also, why wait until graduation to travel? You don't just have fun and see pretty sights when traveling; you open your mind and expand your world view. Knowing what I know now, if I was you I'd enroll in an exchange program or two before graduation. Besides being a great experience, universities will look more favorably on someone with the boldness and initiative to live abroad than someone who isn't.

18. Posted by pippy4tao (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Definetly go alone. You'll meet tons of people on the road. The best part about go on your own is you are more open to meeting new people and can pick and choose when you want to hang with those people.

Second, Italy is pretty cheap with train fare. If your staying in hostels, eating at supermarkets, and seeing some of the sights I would say bare minimum 35 euros. You can do better if your camping. you could do it less but then you wouldn't see any of the sights, or well just the free ones. I would go with $2,000 u.s. in my pocket at least when you ad it all together, just in case.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

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20. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Don't even think about not travelling. You'll make new friends anyway, while you're travelling.