I am a 21 year old student from Alaska looking to take a break from the normal routine and experience the world. I am at a point in my life where I need to start over and discover who I am, anyone out there feel the same? I have enough money saved for a plane ticket, and hopefully more soon. So I am looking at a budgeted backpacking trip, possibly partaking in volunteer experiences. I would like to travel to the following places: Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, India, Nepal, Subsaharan Africa, and possibly west Africa. I do not have a route mapped yet and could be interested in other places as well, especially certain destinations throughout Africa and Europe. I would love to end my trip somewhere in the Caribbean-possibly to go to school. I am interested in volunteering, meeting people, sightseeing (experiencing culture, prefer my tent to a hotel), eco projects, taking pictures, sailing, and diving. June 2008 would be the best starting time, possibly earlier. Anyone have similar plans or advice?