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1. Posted by FUBAR (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi peeps,

this is my very first post on here after spending the last 8 hours reading as many threads as possible to help clear things up in my head but still things are very cloudy lol!

Basically i have come to that point in my life where im ready to get up and go. I have £9800 and would leave tomorrow if i could but need a little direction before i run.

Im wanting to work while a travel and eventually make a new life for myself anywhere other than the uk. My problem is i just have no clue how to go about planning my adventure. I do know that i would like to begin in the south pacific and eventually head over to south america and north america as San fran, LA and NY are places i must visit. I will be travelling alone with my ipod for company.

Are any of you able to give me any advise on where i begin to start planning this? I dont wish to plan everything as i just love to be spontaneous but i just cant seem to get my head around where to begin, flights visa etc etc, the one thing i do know is im not coming back lol!

I know this kind of thread will have been posted a million time and im sure your all very sick to death of reiterating the same thing over and over again however with my budget etc and where i wish to go wont be the same as all of the others.

Any help would be great.

Regards Tom

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Fubar,

Yeah it can fry your brain a bit at the beginning - not knowing where to start!

Firstly with that much money you are certainly off to a great start :) Did you have somewhere in particular in mind in the South Pacific - and where did you have in mind to settle and work?

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is how long you are going for, and what way would you like to travel. If you are planning less than a year's travel, then you could start by looking at Round The World airfares. If you plan on travelling for longer (and it seems like you are definite about that ), then I'd suggest sitting down and picking your first port of call. Then just book yourself your first flight to wherever that destination is. That's Step 1 out of the way! :)

I'm not much of a planner myself, but in order not to watch your money disappear (and it can quite quickly! :) ) it's a good idea just to have a rough idea of when and where you are going to work, so that you can budget a bit. Obviously, NZ and Oz are the popular choices for WHVs - it's easy to find work there and the lifestyle suits a lot of backpackers who are just looking to settle for a while. Organising a WHV is pretty straightforward - it can be done online easily enough and its not too expensive.

It's always possible to find work along the way in South America, Asia or whatever, but it's not as easy and obviously far less well paid. Teaching English is a good option too, but again the pay isn't outstanding unless you look at Japan or Korea maybe.

The best advice that I can give to anyone is just take the first step. Map out a rough itinerary for where you want to visit, then just book your flight. Things have a way of just falling into place bit by bit. When you think about the whole thing it can nearly be off-putting or daunting, but it's really not.

There's NO better feeling than when you pick a date, take the plunge and book your flight :)

3. Posted by FUBAR (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I would very much like to start in in Cairns and work my way down the east coast but by doing it this way means i miss out Thailand and Vietnam and i know i would be gutted if i did.

So really my journey must start in Thailand however i really know very little about this area and travel.
Then hop over to cairns work my way down the coast over to NZ and fiji. After this i will make a decision as to what next, south america then north or where to settle and try to stay for good.