Hey everyone -sorry I've not been back [to my own thread!] much lately. It's been quite a hectic last month sorting out things for summer. I can't remember if I mentioned it but I'm working in the US (Roscoe NY actually) all summer through BUNAC teaching mountain biking. That's all sorted now so it's back to the big RTW plans!
I've noticed quite a lot of you have similar plans, it's really good to see that so many other people are travelling similar routes at similar times (and alone too!). I don't know about you but this has made me feel soooo much better about it, I can't wait now!
I've not had a quote from STA yet although when I'm back from Austria in April I'm gonna get one (I'm going snowbombing on thursday, can't wait!). I've had a quote from roundtheworldflights.com and it was just shy of £1600 all in for Thailand, Oz, NZ, Fiji and LA for a year. Their website has a route with added in between Fiji and LA and New York after LA -I'm gonna get quoted on that too.
Something I'm not so sure about but I could do with researching is visiting Laos whilst I'm in SE Asia. It looks like an amazing country. Hopefully it won't be that difficult to go there when I'm in Thailand for a week or so. I also need to decide on how long to stay in Thailand and what exactly to do. I've heard Bangkok is pretty wild and you really only need a few days there. I wana check it out of course but I definitely wana head south to some of those amazing beaches -advice? The only main plan I have is 6 months in Australia and at least a month in New Zealand. The rest of the year will be split between the other places, any ideas would be appreciated.
The upshot is that I'm soooo excited about it all! I've got the cash to buy my flight whenever I find the right one so any advice about any of these plans will help!
Good luck with it all everyone. Feel free to PM me or add me on Facebook for a chat (search Darryl Young)
I am going to link this article to you all because it exactly articulates my feelings on traveling alone. It is definitely a rewarding experience! Not only does it build your independence and self confidence (Just think, after your done your trip and have all those wonderful memories and life experience, you can say that YOU created those experiences, nobody else made them for you, YOU did that), but you meet so many people and become so much more open to new cultures, people, and ideas. Anyway, read the article, I can't explain better than it does. :P
Besides, if you really want this trip, you're not going to let such small outside circumstances (aka: your friend not wanting to go) stop you. Think of how regretful you will feel later on in life if you don't go on the trip of your dreams simply because someone backed out on you? Are you going to back out on yourself? I thought not.
I originally planned to go Australia with a few friends for a year but as it clashed with first years at Uni and me not choosing the option of going Uni but got a job instead i didn't want to wait so here i am going it alone. Fly in a few weeks by myself, nervous and excited at the same time, I see it as a positive going at it alone as at least you can do what you want to do and go the places you want to go :D!
Wow i can't believe how many people are in the same boat. I too am renting my lovely little house out, selling my car and leaving a good job, and sometimes, well most of the time i wonder if i'm going insane.... The family are falling out with me and i sometimes feel ungrateful for what i have in life when other people have no job, house etc., why can't i just settle and be happy, ha.
I know i have to do this - 25 now and have wanted to do this for so long. Very scared - more so about the old house situation, don't want to find that i am to lose that as well as i my mind, ha.
Went to Aus and Thailand for a holiday over Christmas and have to head back. I plan to go to either Thailand first in late Sep and then Aus in Jan or just go straight to Aus and maybe go back to Thailand in January for a couple of months for some fun. Does this seem strange to anybody? I would like to work in Aus (just in a bar - don't want to go anywhere near an office for a whole year!). I loved Thailand and so would like to go back and see a few more of the islands.
Be great to hear from you.
Of course, it takes courage to move ahead with your travel plans apparently leaving your career, liabilities etc. with a big question mark on it. Still, I would think if you are pretty sure of what you wanna do then you probably should, though you could plan it more intelligently rather than just taking the plunge. What you ned to do is make sure that your home, finance and other responsibilities are not left unlooked for. It IS a good deal of risk, anyways, but everything comes for a price and so does being able to explore the world we live in......Wish u luck!!!