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Really want to travel, can i do it?

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1. Posted by vsb123 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm 23 years old and am about to become unemployed. As far as i can see i have 2 options a) get a job and embark on something resembling a career b) go travelling. I'm quite keen on the latter but have a huge stumbling block, money, i.e i have none.

I'm looking to temp for a while to put some money together and then go away. What's a realistic amount that i need to do this? I know some countries are more expensive then others but im not really fussed about where i go (though Australia is the dream destination)

I will be looking to work along the way. How hard/easy is it to find work abroad? I have read a bit about TEFL, is it worth doing. Any pros/cons or experiences with this?

I know that some countries are more expensive then others. Any tips in regards to this?

How realistic is it for me to try and get away considering i have no saving s currently?

Is there anyone out there that has been in a similair position to me and actually done it?

Any responses are greatly appreciated as I am going to make a decision soon and stick to it but i need a bit of educating first.


2. Posted by oneshoe (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

My suggestion is travel the U>S first, get your traeling skills on a budget honed in. This way you can always bail out or get help and such in a friendly country. And all the while save some money, make contacts, maybe find friends in other countries so you can stay with them. You can always do what they call work-camping at state parks. Start out small thinking big the whole time, you will get there!

3. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Huh? Travel the US with no money?!?? You must be having a laugh!!! It's not even easy to get work once you're there.

Realistically speaking, you are going to have to save/get SOME money. You need money for flight, vaccinations & living. There are various options you can look into...perhaps some voluntary work where they provide living and food and a small amount of 'pocket money' (but you will usually need to pay for flight), you could study abroad and work part time (Australia is a good place to do this, but flight expensive) or try the teaching English with no qualification thing (Korea & Taiwan are apparently good places for this). Failing that, it is easy to travel South & South East Asia on a very tight budget. USA, Aus, Europe are going to be too expensive unless you can work. My budget was £100 a week in Asia, but it is possible to spend much, much less than that if you are prepared to rough it.

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'd be tempted to say have a think about what sort of places you want to go, check out flight plans then set yourself a realistic target for getting the money together. You will find plenty of advice on budgeting in different places for different needs.
For instance. I decided I wanted to go to South America. I found flight at a reasonable price to Brazil, I started researching it then budgeted myself £100 GBP a week based on accomodation, food and bus travel. I worked two jobs for 5 months to get the money up.

As to getting work along the way I think that will depend on where you go. For instance if you were heading to a poorer area it would be better to have a qualification in English teaching like the TEFL or the voluntary work is a good idea but be careful you don't get roped into one where you have to pay them to volunteer In places like Europe or Australia there are certainly jobs going as long as you have the necessary permits, as far as I'm aware, certainly in England but its comparatively expensive to live here...

You can do it if you really want to!

5. Posted by mumba (Full Member 42 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I left the UK to travel in September 2005 and have just come home in July this year - although I knew I was going travelling on that date probably for about a year I didn't actually start putting money in the bank to save (including money for the flight) till around June - I work better under pressure I think! I had a day job and a second job in a bar and I signed up with an agency for random weekend work at exhibition centres for gigs honestly all comes together in the last month.

My advice is to set a date, book the flight (a lot of places let you pay the flight in installments) - tell everyone about it so you can't back out - work your ass off and go with whatever you have in your pocket - what's the worse thing that can happen?! I literally lost all my money including all my cards etc when I arrived in Oz - I had to make the dreaded call to one of my mates who wired money to me..... :) In my head that was the worst thing that could have happened to me and when it happened it wasn't so bad!

I travelled around SE Asia for 3 months, met up with some of the best people I've ever met and seen some pretty amazing things - mostly places I had never heard of! I spent around £1500 and this was over the Christmas period and everyone hikes up their prices and you generally drink and eat more so i don't think I spent too much considering.

Oz - well, I could go on all day about this.......depending on what time of year you arrive getting a job isn't too stressful and the hostels normally have posters up advertising things here and there. Everyone is in the same boat so they tend to help you out if they hear of anything. Sydney is my favourite place on the planet. It tends to feel like money flies out of your hand here if you have just arrived from Asia but it's not too expensive and working is good fun there - pretty chilled!

Happy travels

Drop me a line if you need any advice

Mumba :)

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well, if your dream is Australia and you are a UK citizen under 30, your best bet is to apply for a working holiday visa.

The only downside is that the Aussies ask for 2200 GBP in your bank plus a flight ticket out of Australia before they issue you this visa. On the upsite you can book yourself a return ticket that goes for example via Bangkok and then (if you have enough money left) forgo the flight from Bangkok to the UK and travel overland from there.

BTW, since you are about to become unemployed - what about recieving unemployment benefits? Couldn't you use them to finance your trip? In countries like Syria, Egypt, Iran, the Phillipines or Thailand 200 GBP per month are a very nice middle-class income and you could live comfortably on this amount there. For travelling you would need a little bit more, say 300- 450 GBP per month, but that is not the world. If the department of works and pensions forks over that much for 1-2 months, you'll only need to have the money for the flight in your bank account.

Another alternative you should not overlook is to work abroad. UK citizens are allowed to work inside the EU without a work permit - and the resorts in Switzerland and Austria are currently recruiting helpers for the skiing season. You could work and holiday all over Europe if you are willing to do dirty work.

7. Posted by mumba (Full Member 42 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The only downside is that the Aussies ask for 2200 GBP in your bank plus a flight ticket out of Australia before they issue you this visa. On the upsite you can book yourself a return ticket that goes for example via Bangkok and then (if you have enough money left) forgo the flight from Bangkok to the UK and travel overland from there.

I arrived in Sydney with a one way ticket and about $200 in my pocket and i had no problems at the airport - as long as you have a smile and are nice to the person on the desk there normally isn't a problem. I have never heard anyone being asked to prove they have any money in their account - and I lived in Oz for 18 months and met a lot of travellers! Maybe I was just lucky with the one way ticket thing but I know a lot of people who did it too! :) My one way cost me £600 via hong kong, bangkok and bali :)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 1, 2007, at 2:30 AM by mumba ]

8. Posted by Liberte30 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi vsb123!!!

I totally agree with ''oneshoe''. You should start by visiting USA. Working there is really easy. I came here with $35 in my pocket and i'm not a US citizen (if you know what i mean) and i found a job right a way! I've been working at the same place for 10 months (bar). So far, i've been here for 1 year...

I also think that you should travel before it's too late! You are only 23 so you should enjoy it. I'm 30 years old and i just finish University 2 years ago and i started travelling before it's too late! I know what i want to do in my life but i really enjoy travelling so that's what i'm doing at the moment!!!

A lot of people (your parents probably) will tell you that working is way more important than everything else (i dont blame them) (my parents did the same), but that's your life...If your heart tells you to travel you shoud travel...

Christine from Canada

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello Vsb:)

What about spending most of your trip in Asia.
U can travel in Thailand for as little as 10 US dollars per day. It would be a tight budget but it can be done.
Maybe save enough for flights, enough for travelling in Thailand and enough to stay in Australia for a few weeks to job hunt. I have not been to Australia, but I would guess that a minimum budget would be 30 US Dollars per day if u are staying in a hostel and not travelling around the country.
If u can get a work permint for Australia, u could go there after Asia and spend some time working.

About the TEFL course. I think u could Private Mail Paul3879. He is an English guy who was/is working in China as an English teacher. His profile is


10. Posted by vsb123 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the responses so far guys, they are really appreciated.

Liberte30 you couldnt be more right about my parents :) All my dad ever talks about is getting a job in a bank but its travelling i dream about not shuffling paper in some back office in a bank.