Hi, if your wondering who is writing this then I will tell you, my name is Alan. If your wondering why I am writing this I will tell you that aswell. I have always dreamed of traveling to any wear beyond this small town, every chance I got I daydreamed of far off places that I would eventually visit. Although I knew deep down I would never really be able to visit those places. Growing up in Corydon in a middle class family hardly brings opportunities for travel and dreams to really come true. My parents sometimes struggle to keep everything we have but sending me to places would be impossible. I really love photography, I have always wanted to have the opportunity to take amazing and breathtaking pictures that could captivate everyone that sees them. I have never been fortunate in finding anything living in this town that could provide me with any opportunity to grow and realize what I really am.
To really get to the point, I am wondering if there is any way to realize my dream? Or anyone that can help me realize it? I'd be willing to help with any group who is going on a mission trip or Disaster relief..anything.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2008, at 4:06 PM by Joel11 ]
Have you considered joining the Peace Corps? Or perhaps even the Armed Services?
You could backpack on the cheap, or try finding work on a ship or applying for a work visa overseas and working somewhere new.
Good luck! Keep following your dreams!
It's rare, but there are people who do the "No money trip", where they go from place to place with their travellers backpack with the usual stuff in there, looking for work as they travel different countries.
It sounds great fun, albeit rather difficult since your living from wage-to-wage but then that's part of the thrill
ahh I see you are only 20. you are really young.
I used to think the same way. My parents barely get by. They had no money saved for me for college. So after high school I lived at home worked 50 hour weeks for two years. It was absolutely terrible it was like going to prison 9-11 hours a day. I helped my parents out with bills, I saved until I had about 15 grand in the bank....and guess what I did next
...no, I didn't go on some epic journey throughout the far reaches of the world. I went to college for 4 years for graphic design, I busted my ass. I got my degree, I got a decent job in advertising. I worked 40+ hours a week again... but this time actually making good money. So I saved for three and a half years while paying bills and having a good time around here. all the while keeping my dreams in the back of my mind.
and so here I am now...I'm 26, I'm still young, I have a degree and a portfolio that can get me a high paying job and in 5 weeks I am getting on a plane by myself to travel through Australia for 4 months and then I'm going directly to New Zealand for a year or two. and because I got a degree and some work experience I have the option of applying for residency if I work in graphic design.
just don't ever forget about your dream. don't lose it when you get caught up in daily grind, don't start working for the weekends blowing your entire paycheck on booze because you hate your job and you think your life is terrible. You're American. You have a lot more options than you think you do. You just have to work for it. but at least that options are there.
I don't think it matters what age you are if/when you go travelling, and I found it quite patronising when people said that when I went backpacking at 19. I'm 23 now and going backpacking at 19 was the best thing I ever did, and I'm off again when I finish my nurse training at the end of this year.
If travelling is your dream then go ahead and do it. Backpacking is by no means glamorous but its great fun and a great experience, otherwise get a job that involves travelling like mentioned earlier....
How about considering travel (photo)journalism as a career?
You know, big travel adventures start small. Since you are from the US, I can safely assume that you have a driver's license. And compared to other countries gas is really cheap in the US, plus there has got to be a rolling junk heap of scrap metal that was once a station wagon somewhere around you that you can afford to buy.
Once you got that car, all you need to do is to save up a few hundred USD, get a mattress, a sleeping bag and some camping cooking gear. The money is for food and gas, the car is for transport and for sleeping in. Go up to the Great Lakes or down to Miami, you are bound to find some opportunity for those breathtaking pictures. Practise makes perfect. It doesn't have to be India or South America. If you are not good at photography at home you'll never be good abroad.
It is also a good idea to hang around travel sites like these. You'll soon get an idea just how much money you'll need for a 4-week trip to India or how much 14 days in Italy are going to cost you and how to do this on the cheap. Once I've set myself a goal I find it easy to save up for it - I know that I want to go to India within the next two years. I'll be needing roughly 1500 EUR for this including the flight from Germany and slowly slowly my savings are growing. At the end of the day I need to put 2 EUR into my travel piggy bank, which I don't find too hard to do even though my current income is less than stellar. And yes, I openly admit to collecting cans and bottles for their refund value in the park among the winos. Every cent helps.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 29, 2008, at 6:23 AM by t_maia ]
Your post doesn't mention if you're going to school or not, but if you can earn a college degree (in any subject), you can teach English in South Korea with no experience. You just have to be a native English speaker and have a college degree. They pay for your flights, put you up rent free and pay a wage that allows you to save quite easily. I'm working about 3 hours a day, saving about $1000/month (which I intend to travel on) and having an amazing time while I'm here.
Just a thought. Let me know if you need any info.
PS: where there's a will, there's a way. Especially to get out of Indiana. You could always move somewhere in the States that is new and exciting.