could really do with some practical advice
im 30 in a few months time and really want to take a years career break and go travelling
problem is im in a relationship and he has already been travelling and is refusing to go again
I really want to go as i feel it is something i have to do and have access to around £7000
is this enough?
and where do i start going alone?
im terrified that i wot meet anyone plus i dont have a clue where to start in terms of planning anything eg places to go
does anyone have any useful advice or any website links that may help?
Jeez, £7k. Obviously it depends where you'd be planning on traveling and for how long but you could get a reasonable trip for that. My g/f and i each paid £1500 in flight tickets which are valid for 1year and take us from the UK to North America (LA), Fiji, NZ, Aus, Japan then back to the UK. We're off for 6months and we're aiming for £4.5k each. U could however cut down on traveling in Asia as places like Thailand and India tend to be cheaper, or for that matter, south America.
As for any more advice, i've actually found this website one of the most helpful places to look.
PS - Sorry if this post seems a bit over the place. Trying to muti-task
First up don't worry at all about being alone when traveling. Unless you are a super introvert, or off in the middle of nowhere it just doesn't happen that easily. If you can say "hi guys, are you up to anything today?" Then you will be fine
Right, to help with the rest.
Its up to you about the relationship. But in my mind, if you want to go, and he's already been and doesn't want to go now. Then fine. That's life. You need to weigh up what you want. If you will regret not going, then you need to go.
Where to go? I take it you have no traveled before, and this is you're one big chance. In that case go where ever you have always wanted to go? Pick up a photo book in a bookstore. 100 places to see before you die, or one of those big glossy round the world Photobooks. They might give you inspiration. Then apply a small cross on a small map of the places you saw in the book that seemed to attract you! Now you are planning a route without even trying!
I am a fan of overland travel. But all the same once you know some location, try buying a travel novel about the place. Maybe about a traveller who past through. There are quite a few overland travel books that pass through many well travel countries. This will give you courage, advice and even more inspiration.
Then, buy a backpack ...
Finally, ask questions in a place like this!
Hope I've helped a little
A good friend once told me "All you can do is follow what's in your heart and leave the rest up to chance"
It might sound a bit cliched, but when I'm realling wrestling with a big decision in my life, I try to remember those words. You can never control all the elements in your life, and if you boyfriend loves you he will support your decision to go. It's really as simple as that.
If this is something that is a strong desire within you, then you should do it or it might be one of the regrets you have when it's too late.