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The first questions on travel for a newbie..can anyone help?

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1. Posted by riddler (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

The first questions on travel for a newbie..can anyone help?

Hello,

Im new to all this, the concept of travel has always intruiged me & now I feel is a good time in my life to educate myself on the whole thing prior to some mind broadening experiences.

Should I scour & immerse myself in this board or are any others recommended also for information on how I would go about planning 6 months to one years travel?

I guess my question is really, what do I need to go travelling? finances (how much funding is required), how much planning is needed, where would I stay & perhaps work, organise tickets etc.. etc..

These are obvious questions but also ones that trouble me seeing as Im starting to gather my info & plot things in my head.

I really need to know whats the best way & order to go about things?

Many thanks in advance!

Jake

2. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Hey Jake -

I reckon a good first stop is to pick up (either buy or borrow from a library) some travel guides for countries or continents you are thinking of visiting.
This is often my first stop as I begin to get a sense of what there is to see and do in each country...where you travel and what you do while you're there will have a huge impact on your budget.
For instance, an adventure holiday trekking in the Alps is going to cost a lot more than a beach jaunt in south east asia! The books will help you figure out what you might get up to and you can plan a tentative budget from there. SItes like Craigs list can be a good idea to look for local work in your destinations but you should always make sure you've got enough cash to last you a while in a new place as the work might not be immediatly forthcoming.

Lastly, try and get an open return ticket so that you've always got the option to get home if work etc does fall through or something goes pear shaped. I've known a few people who went overseas on working holidays and got stuck at some point and had to get their folks to bail them out! Not too fun.

Good luck with your plans.

3. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

Quoting Emmelina

Lastly, try and get an open return ticket so that you've always got the option to get home if work etc does fall through or something goes pear shaped. I've known a few people who went overseas on working holidays and got stuck at some point and had to get their folks to bail them out! Not too fun.

Hi Emmelina,
How long can you hold a return ticket before it expires? And do you have to set a return date?

Thanks,
-Ben

4. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

I think you can get them for about 12 months, maybe? I think that's standard, and you may be able to extend that for a price.
As for a return date, you don't have to set one when you buy the ticket (hence the open return), but you'd be wise to book a return flight a few weeks out from the date you plan to leave - you may have trouble getting onto a desired flight if you just turn up at an airport (though this can be done).

An experienced travel agent will be a good stop once you have an idea where you're going; they can give you a no-commitment quote to give you an idea of budget and advise you on lots of issues related to tickets, visas and regulations.

Em.

5. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 9y

Hi Jake Wow!
Wat up. my suggestion would be to travel into latin america, especially mexico and central america!! you can drive all the way it is very cheap and you will have so many awesome experiences!!!

gluk

JJ

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

I reckon before do any travelling, contemplate to find out what exactly you would like to achieve !
Then the other steps would be as easy as drinking a glass of cold beer !