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Very new, excited, and nervous about traveling.

Travel Forums General Talk Very new, excited, and nervous about traveling.

1. Posted by mitchellpa (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

I have always wanted to travel. I recently got into PA school, and I don't have a lot of time left before I have to kick it in the have fun world ya know. I have always wanted to travel. And now I sort of have the means, and I just want to go. I have always wanted to go to Europe, or Australia, and from what I have seen New Zealand is beautiful.

I have some questions though. The big one is getting around. How is the best way to save money from going place to place, and making it as cheap as possible? I have heard of people getting rides and stuff like that but I don't know if I'm comfortable with that. Plane tickets. Lets say I land in Germany or somewhere in Europe and just wanted to see all that I can, went here, went there, and I couldn't get back in time for my departure flight. How do you advoid such messes like that. How do you judge how long to stay at one place before you come back. Do you just get a one way and then whenever you decide to leave go to a place and leave? What is the best way to go about not getting money stole. I have heard horrow stories of people getting stuff stolen off of them. Last but not least, WHERE SHOULD I GO!!!!!!!!! I like to have fun, I love to se beautiful things, I love to see beautiful women, I love to see where historical events have taken place. I just want to be in awe ya know.

Thank you guys in advance.:)

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Quick question first - what is PA school?

3. Posted by mitchellpa (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

LOL I get this a lot. I don't know if they have them Scotland or not. I know Australia are starting to use them, so is Great Britian. But PA stands for Physician Assistant. In the US physician assistants are next in line on the totem pole to a doctor. They can diagnose patients, write prescriptions, give referrals, basically do it all but cut them open. A lot of clinics in US or at least in my part are just ran by PA's, no doctors. But that doesn't answer my travel question.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Very importantly - do not attempt to enter the EU with a one-way ticket; you will most likely be refused entry.

If you are a US citizen, you can come on a 90-day Schengen Visa. Check out this site. This allows you to travel freely around member states for the 90 day duration. You have to be able to prove on arrival that you have enough money to support yourself.

Hostels are great for cheap accomodation. Check out the tra vellerspoint site.

In terms of protecting your money - travellers cheques. US dollar and Euro travellers cheques can be cashed almost anywhere. Personally I recommend American Express.

As for missing your flight home - don't. Make sure you've made arrangements to travel back to your port of departure. If you overstay a Schengen Visa you may be refused entry to the EU in future.

So a "PA" - is this like a nurse?

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

I couldn't get back in time for my departure flight. How do you advoid such messes like that.

You plan ahead a little bit. If you need to fly out of a place on a specific date, usually I make a vague route that gets me there by that time (usually a few days ahead, in fact). The route can be vague so that you can go to places you wouldn't have thought of going to, or sticking around a place you really like, but if you stick generally to the route, you're always heading in the general direction towards where you need to be.

Of course, that once meant I spend 30 hours on a bus from Arica to Santiago, but you can't plan everything ;). Roll with the punches, sometimes.

WHERE SHOULD I GO!!!!!!!!! I like to have fun, I love to se beautiful things, I love to see beautiful women, I love to see where historical events have taken place.

Luckily, women are beautiful everywhere, so no issues there. Pretty much anywhere would provide these things for you. My first big trip I went to Chile, mostly because I had read the book Alive, and was amazed that a place could exist where one could crash and not be found (I'm from a big city, not much in the way of remoteness where I am from).

Quoting mikeyBoab

Very importantly - do not attempt to enter the EU with a one-way ticket; you will most likely be refused entry.

Really? I've entered the EU on a one-way ticket before without any issues.

Quoting mikeyBoab

So a "PA" - is this like a nurse?

PA is more like a psuedo-doctor - they do diagnoses and all, usually confirmed at the end by the doctor.

6. Posted by mitchellpa (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Thanks guys for the help. The more I am looking into I am considering going from Panama to Guatemala stoping at various places.

And although you may have never heard of a PA, CNN.com has rated a PA in the top 5 of the fastest growing jobs in the US. PA's are very well known for their missionairy work, which is what I hope to do one day.

7. Posted by BlueSand93 (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

Hey, I'm new here but everyone has been giving great advice...i'm also a college student in the US so I understand not having tons of time or money to travel. This past summer I went two Contiki tours to Europe for 2 weeks, and New Zealand for 2 weeks. They had the young crowd I was looking for, and it was a comfortable, safe environment since I was traveling solo. Also they took care of all the details, so there was no worries about missing a flight home at the end, or having to figure out how to get from one city or country to the next. I had a great experience, good luc traveling and with school, let me know if you want anymore info.

oh and for where to go, i'll say New Zealand is my new favorite place, the country is beautiful and the people are some of the nicest I've ever met.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Doing it as cheap as possible means research.

Get to know the prices for certain things so that you'll recognise a bargain when you see it. These things would be routes and the distance covered in flight tickets, train tickets and bus tickets, prices for hotels and hostels per country and city. Familarise yourself with daily budgets for the countries you plan to visit. (A good rule of thumb is 1000 USD for every month of travel on a RTW-trip.) Check out Round-the-world trip flight tickets. Most importantly: Ask around!

http://wikitravel.org/en/RTW

9. Posted by bestresort (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Try Mexico
they speak your language
The weather is lovely
Food is great.
Water is warm.
Cheap.

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