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11. Posted by SpesRimor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi bobbie,

this is my first post on this site...i was interested in you as you are only 16, and maybe i could relate to you a bit more.

My name is georgina, i'm17, and also plan to travel. If you read my profile, you can see i'm lucky enough to have done some travelling already. However, in january and february this year i went on my first trip without any adult, and although i had my boyfriend with me, it was the scariest and most intimidating feeling. It's then when you realise how big the world is, and how small you are!

I know what it's like to have a burning desire to travel and have all these ideas of helping others, but unfortunately that's not quite the reality. It's hard, expensive, exhausting and THAT is why it feels so rewarding. I'm not trying to put you off your plans, because they sound amazing, and you have your heart in the right place, but i quit my college courses to focus on travel, and i regret it.

In the big wide world, 16/17 year olds are still only children, and we need protecting under national and state laws...no matter which country you're in! There are so many things you have to consider before embarking on a trip like the one you're planning, so my advice for you would be to wait a little bit, do your law course, gain experience in independent life, and then go away. spend the next 2-3 years planning your trip, considering evry aspect and outcome and researching. Waiting a little while won't make your trip any less spectacular, if anything it will make even better!

Anyway, i wish you the best of luck in the future and hope you succeed in everything you want to.

12. Posted by Maria M. (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi! First of all, i'm sorry, my english is not perfect...

I'm 18, and i'm at law school. I'm not liking it at all! I'm going to change to journalism school here in Portugal. Do you think that with journalism course i could get a job in USA or other country?
Like you, i can't wait to start my rtw trip. But i'll finish my course first, earning some (a lot i hope!) money, and then i leave this tedious life
Oh, i didn't tell my family yet! They certainly wouldn't understand my option!

Best luck!

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

you are a bit young. i think you can go through the whole trip, but the world is a scary place...there's more of a chance of someone trying to attack a 16-yr old girl than a 20-yr old one because it's easier (some study done about kidnappers). even adding a year or two would be safer for you. but since you really want to go, how about working a bit to save up money and going during the summer, for a month or two. by the time you come back, you may save up for the bigger trip, or go to school first, whatever you plan.

when i finished high school, i went to greece for a month and a half with my dad. after that, it was school time and all that...finished school, got a job in my field, and now i have an option for industry-based work, as well as others, when i go elsewhere. but that was just me; i just wanted to get some more options on my resume. otherwise, i would've gone sooner.

good lucK!

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

oh, i forgot to add, there are many more things you'll be able to do if you're a bit older, too. :D when you're 16, there are still loads of age restrictions. :(

15. Posted by mosaic (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Quoting Maria M.

Hi! First of all, i'm sorry, my english is not perfect...

I'm 18, and i'm at law school. I'm not liking it at all! I'm going to change to journalism school here in Portugal. Do you think that with journalism course i could get a job in USA or other country?
Like you, i can't wait to start my rtw trip. But i'll finish my course first, earning some (a lot i hope!) money, and then i leave this tedious life
Oh, i didn't tell my family yet! They certainly wouldn't understand my option!

Best luck!

If you want to leave this tedious life ASAP I'd suggest listening to daddy and finishing that law degree. I doubt a journalism degree will be half as useful as a law degree (especially in the US). Same to Bobbie. Get your degree, travel during your holidays and then if you've got a good law degree and experience you can work anywhere you want earning good money. You can travel as long as you want and you'll always have something to fall back on, and something that'll help you a lot in getting work abroad.

Good luck with your travels, Bobbie. I know it's a bitch being young - I'm still 17 too and am itching to see the world.

16. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

what you should try to do instead is take it in steps.... when youre younger you have these grand dreams but less of an idea of how to make them happen, remember that "living" includes being at home too...

your plans are big, and no matter how cheap you think these countries are, its still going to cost you money. my advise is definately to get a degree before you go... work your arse off, save up your money and go on a few trips here and there to keep you going, do your internships internationally... go on a youth exchange (with organisations like AFS, Rotary.. there are heaps).

I was the same as you were... big plans and no idea how to get em. but i went on exchange to germany after high school, which was great, and then i went to uni for 3,5 years, then i moved to the netherlands in october 2006, and im still here, and ill go home (to australia) in october this year. ill do one more year of uni and then im a fully qualified teacher, which will open doors all over the world for me.

i HIGHLY suggest, from personal experience to GET A DEGREE first, someone else said that if you fall in love with a place it makes it so much easier to stay there if youre qualified. its all fun n games to pack up and go but its not always realistic....

i reckon you should look into going on a youth exchange, that will give you a place to live, youll go to another school, it looks great on a CV and its a fantastic experience. choose somewhere in south america, i know ppl who went to brasil, mexico, chile and argentina... really good opportunity!!

17. Posted by mosaic (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Quoting bobbie1991

Also any suggestions on how to find multiple connections with people living in America so I can make a pitstop in the city they live, shower, sleep on a bed, eat normal food etc.?
Already know people in Santiago Chile, Phoenix and Las Vegas..

Try couchsurfing.com for this. I wouldn't mention that you're only 16 though for obvious reasons.

And I imagine you shouldn't have much trouble hitching in the USA or Canada if you're a guy/girl couple. Latin America could be a bit dangerous though.

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