hi am ollie. i am thinking of jsut jumping on a plane and to start travelling. but i dont have the slightest idea what to do. ware to go e.t.c i want to work while travelling over a period of years. has anyone got any ideas of going about it? thankyou.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 8, 2008, at 5:46 AM by olllie ]
Hey Ollie. Welcome to the boards. I travel alone all the time and am currently on the road with just my twenty year old backpack Bugs and myself. There is a lot to be said for doing it by yourself, because you really have no one to answer to. That said, it can be daunting to make your first trip by yourself....but it is completely worthwhile.
I know that you wanted to get started with your membership by posting the question you ask here....but it is a huge question. The board is nothing BUT tips, so I encourage you to read a little and then refine the question so that the net is not so big...I mean "Any Tips?" could include
"Yeah. The bathroom door in the El Murro in Antigua sticks. Watch for that."
See? A little broad
With a UK passport and as a native speaker of English you got plenty of options for working your way around. First you can work visa-free in all of the EU and even in the EFTA states you need less paperwork than elsewhere. Then there are Working Holiday Visa.
What you should do is get a job (bar tending, waiting tables, working at McDonalds, construction work), primarily to earn some money and secondarily to get some work experience that you can use on the road. If you don't speak the language (well) a potential employer will want you to have some experience before he hires you.
Travelling takes money, you'll be surprised how expensive it is. At your age you might be used to mom and dad paying for everything, but when you are on the road you are the one paying for everything. (When I was 18 I went on my first big trip. I planned everything myself, bus ticket, hostel, maps, insurance, etc. I took enough money to pay for entry to all the sights. But what I totally forgot was money for food, bc I was used to food coming out of the fridge. )
If you want to go for several years you need to save up a substantial amount of money, a year around the world is usually around 15 000 GBP. And you want to go for more than one year...
If you do not have a lot of money but like to cycle, consider going around Europe by bicycle. Get some panniers and camping gear (maybe one of your relatives has an old tent and a sleeping bag that you can have) and just start off when spring comes. Even a total couch potato can cover up to 70 kms per day with no previous training. It is the cheapest way to travel, you can get by on 15 EUR per day and person that way in Europe. (Normally you would need 50 EUR per day and person minimum.) If you got mountains in your way to your destination get a decent quality touring bike, something that costs at least 400 GBP new but can be had for 70 GBP used if you get lucky.
Some tips that I stick to while travelling.....
-Before you leave the airport and head out to where the cab drivers are waiting, try to find a security guard and ask THEM how much it costs to get into the part of town you are heading to. Pick a security guard who is bored and really doesn´t want to talk to you. That´s when you will get the truth.
-Some airports suggest that you pick only official taxis. They have signs that say this...You walk through the doors where all the cab drivers are waiting...ALL of them have OFFICIAL TAXI badges...strangely, the badges are all different...It costs nothing to laminate a card....DO NOT get into a cab where the cab driver is overly excited about getting you in to his backseat. In general, the less a cab driver seems to care whether you get in or not, the more you want to get that driver. Walk by all the obsequious grinning boobs and go find a cab driver who is quietly reading the newspaper. Better yet....if you have done the research, try to get out into a street away from the airport, if possible, and flag a cab there. The price will drop dramatically.
- Know where you are going when you leave the airport. Don´t just say "Take me to a hotel, my good man! And step on it!" Tell them where you are going. It is an urban myth that cab drivers know a huge amount about the city they drive in (A and cab drivers will then take you to the place where the hotelier will grease their palm, whether it´s good or not (B
-pick an area and hotel with lots of other hotels around. That way, if you don´t like this dump, you can cross the street and check out the other, slightly less dumpy, dump.
-When you are asking for directions from somebody, don´t take those directions as gospel....ask three people for the same directions....lots of places I have been, people would rather lie and sound helpful than to say that they don´t know where you are talking about....saves you a TON of legwork, my friend.
-Bring a compass....and use it....alot. (Figure out how to use it first, tenderfoot)
-Bring a calculator....and use it...alot.
There are lots more short tips like that....But that´ll get you started.
Good luck out there
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 8, 2008, at 3:11 PM by Piecar ]