I would really like some advive fom the mature travellers.
Im a guy that wants to go traveling round the world.
The thing is that none of my friends want to do the same. Im young, independent and confident and have done backing packing on my on my own before for up to two months in South East Asia.
In fact, I have discovered that my close friends and family do not have the same enjoyment about travel that I do. ( They think im strange when I praise another country that I love more than home.) I have discovered that Im enjoying travel alot. Im not sure if if there is some kind of personal reason that wants me to escape from my every day life. All I think about and want to do is get away! I want to travel all the time. Im sure im not the first thats felt this way.
I could get the money together rather easy if I wanted to as I have quite a good job.But do many people do the round the world trip on their own? My best friend wants to join me but the most of the time it rersults in a fight so I just wana do on my own?
Any kinda info is good thanx!
I'm perhaps not as mature a traveller as the others here, but I think you should go ahead or forever wonder "what if". Why let the number of people who have done RTWs be a factor in your decision? Even if no one has done it before, why not be the first? I think that one can have a wide range of friends and loved ones who share one's various interests. Your close friends and family may not share your love of travel but you do and will continue to love them for other reasons right? And you'll get to meet like-minded travellers on the road, and more.
Plenty of people do RTWs on their own. Who knows, somewhere along the way you may find a like-minded traveller to share the rest of the journey with. Until then, I'd advise going it alone, sans best friend. Fighting can make travel unnecessarily stressful, when it should really be the most enjoyable experience of your life . So, go for it!
Heaps of people do RTW trips by themself. I've done two and by the end of this year will have done three it is the only way to travel and be able to fully enjoy all of your time. If you are travelling with a friend or family member you are limited in what you can do, when you can do it, how you do it etc. You have to consider what your travelling partner wants and you will be extremely lucky if he/she wants to see or do exactly what you want to all of the time. This will then lead to friction between the two (or more of you) and will possibly end up breaking the friendship up.
If you travel by yourself and stay in the large dorm rooms in hostels, you will meet many people some of which you may travel a little with and you may end up keeping in contact with after your trip has ended.
Many people think well I have known him/her and been friends for 10 or so years, nothing could happen to hurt or break our friendship up. Then something or many things happen that will frustrate you a lot and it ends up making your time less enjoyable than it is when just travelling by yourself meeting random strangers.
I found myself in the same position as you after seeing a bit of the world in the Navy and promised myself I would go backpacking and see it properly one day. I decided in the end to go solo, flights are booked now so no turning back!!
I couldn't agree more with everything that's been said already by the others and although the idea is daunting at first it now feels like most of the appeal is going it alone. You said your quite a confident person so you won't have any problems talking to people and I think you will have the time of your life.
People who think wanting to travel is strange are usually the sort who sit in the same job for 25 years and go to Spain once a year, personally, I think that's strange!
My advice....Book your flights soon then you have a date as it's too easy to keep putting it off.
If your in SEA between March and August then give me a shout and I'll go for a beer with you
Hope it works out for you mate
Can't give any advice and I'm certainly not disputing that travel is great, but you said that you loved other places more than home? You live in England?
I think the British Isle are a diverse and fascinating place, some of the best countryside, best landscapes, best history and absolutely staggering coastlines! I'm proud to live where I do and I am forever thankful to my Norse ancestors for coming over here!
Naturally the entire world is incredible and every location has something to offer, but for me, the UK is just awesome!
Sam I could'nt agree with you more when it comes to being gratefull for what I have in life. I could have been born anywhere in the world, but to be so fortunate to be born in London England is something to be so thankfull for. Of course I love home. Im proud to English, but when travelling and discovering new places your so free and happy. When you do arrive home you have so much to say and many stories to tell that home can seem a bit of a come down when you get back.
Thanks for all the info guys, and of course Im gona book up the Rtw, now its time for research, timing and saving!