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11. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

Hi Alan,

I was in the same spot you're in now. But I was in school at the time (so perfectly broke). The one good thing is that my school was one that has a good reputation for getting you a job. So I got one fairly well. Isn't the best pay for what I do, but it's alright. The first year I had some things to pay off, get together, etc. (long story). But then I could start saving full throttle. It's been nearly a year since then..in another 5 months (just under!) I'll have enough to go to Europe, SE Asia, and enough to go back to the UK and (hopefully) get a job there for a while. It took about two years...though it could've been done in one, I think..I'm 22 now. You can do as much as you want, as long as you have the will for it. Don't give up on it; start on saving up - you can go a long way in just two months. But in the meanwhile, I agree with the above - you can try teaching English abroad, they're always looking for teachers, and practically anyone can do it. There's also volunteer work for different organizations, but you would have to look them up and make sure they're not scams (some of them are). Most of all, don't lose hope on it. You'll get there sooner or later.

Lots of luck :)

Kat

12. Posted by kathidi (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

Joel,
A great way to get your first travel experience is through college study abroad programs. In many cases, a semester or year abroad can cost little more than what you'd pay to live and study home. Student grants and loans will cover this and paying them off will be worth it.

You get to live in one country, travel around in that country and others nearby and earn college credits at the same time! You'll be with a group of friends in no time. Your living situation will be set up for you and you'll have support as you get accustomed to life in a foreign country, as well as security if anything should go wrong. This will make your parents more supportive as well. I know a lot of young people who started this way and are now great world travellers!

If you're not in college, this might be the inspiration you need to enroll! Look into travel abroad programs before you choose your college, however, students from any college can usually enroll in a different institution's travel programs. Just check the credit transfer options to make sure your school will accept credit from the other institution.

You'll find a way if it's your dream. Do it!
Kathi

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