Right heres the situation.
Im going to leave my job, Im 21, i'll be travelling alone. Ive never left the UK apart from the odd family package holiday as a child. I have just over £7000 saved for travel. Throw some ideas!
If you were me where would you go??
I was travelling in Aussie earlier this year and it was REALLY popular with young people from the UK
I would go to Australia - I'm pretty biased because I love it there!
But here are my reasons: Everyone speaks English, it feels safe, your money goes pretty far, its beautiful and there are lots of other young travellers to meet. Plus if you decide you want to move on New Zealand's really easy to get to and so is Fiji, Cook Islands etc. And there are loads of things to do and explore and some great activities eg white water rafting, sand surfing, snorkelling, bungji jumping, sky diving....
I'm very jealous!! Have a wonderful time where ever you decide to go - you're very lucky!
You can easily get working holiday visas for Australia and New Zealand which will enable you to stay there for a while and fund your travels around both countries.
You could go into somewhere like Trailfinders or STA travel and discuss what options are available for round the world tickets as that will give you some more ideas. South East Asia is a popular route to take on the way to or from Oz and NZ, and you could also incorporate North or South America and the Pacific Islands in your route.
If you're thinking of going to Oz, you could always go overland maybe via the trans siberian railway to beijing, then down through asia for a bit before hopping over to Oz? I think there's also some bus company that does a route through asia to oz as well.
I personally would go overland from the UK to China, take in some of Russia and stop in Mongolia.
Depending on the money I'd make my way down to Thailand and do the Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia route...
But that's what I would do, figure out what interests you and what kind of trip you want to go on. My motto is always "If I want to hang around white people, speaking english and eating burgers I might as well stay at home" which goes to show how people's travel needs can differ
Iceland, North America (not commercialist areas as such, but the wilderness), Canada, Europe generally really, Russia specifically, Australia, New Zealand, I'd like to go to Nepal and India at some point, maybe put Thailand somewhere in there!
Throw some ideas!
If you were me where would you go??
Maybe try to get a work permit for Australia and get there using the following.
i think Europe would be easier for you:
Italy - as long as u have some EUROs in your pocket
Barcelona in Spain
Paris / Amsterdam / Roma ... etc - one of big citiies, and all around
if you prefer nature - then South Tyrole in Austria or Italy - would be great, as well as Sardinia (Italy again).
you can also make a pass of 2-3 European countries (again, depends your limits)
enjoy your trip!
It really depends how long you to plan on travelling for. My wife and I travelled for around 8 months on $30k (Australian) and during that time took in Australia, SE Asia and Europe. If it was me therefore, I would take on either South America or Africa.
Europe is definitely worth experiencing, and has the advantage that visas and what-not don't need to be sorted in advance. Further afield such as SE Asia, it will likely be more of a culture shock but you should enjoy it. For example, while in Saigon, we met a young English guy who had travelled down from Hanoi over a few weeks and was off to Cambodia. A totally different experience, but he was having a great time.
Have a great trip. It's only once in a lifetime if you decide to make it so!