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Thinking of Travelling for 1st time. Help :)

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1. Posted by BenW (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hello, I'm new here, so hey!

I'm thinking of traveling around the world back packing for2-3months or so.

I've always wanted to see the world and think I'll regret doing it when I'm older. I don't have a good job so no career to worry about leaving, and I have no really responsibilites at the moment i.e car finance, kids lol. I've recently split with my long term girlfriend, and now theres nothing holding me back from travelling.

I'm not really sure though how much it's going to costs. 1st thoughts are...
Round the world ticket the best bet? There around 1k and then another 2k for money in my pocket so to speak? Sound about right? Staying in hostel etc. I would also like to work if I can, where can I work? NZ, AUS?

I'm not sure about where to go either, can't be too expensive and would like to go Thailand, Aus and one place in the states, like miami or something.

I'm just a little worried that I'm going to come back and not have a job or anything, having spent all my savings going around the world, having only amazing memories and photos to show for it.
Anyone done it? Advice?

I want my mate to come with my, but don't think he has the money to do so, so would more than likely be going on my own, which scares me a little.

As you can probably tell, I'm a little lost on this and was recommended to this forum by a friend, so hope you can help.

Thanks :)

- Ben

2. Posted by tyssenl (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hey Ben :)
As far as travelling alone goes you can always try and meet companions on sites like this before going - and of course you meet people on your travels.

Ill no doubt be going alone unless my friend can raise some cash, it scares me too with being female and I dont think my family will be too happy about it but I aint going to let it stop me

3. Posted by BenW (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Quoting tyssenl

Hey Ben :)
As far as travelling alone goes you can always try and meet companions on sites like this before going - and of course you meet people on your travels.

Ill no doubt be going alone unless my friend can raise some cash, it scares me too with being female and I dont think my family will be too happy about it but I aint going to let it stop me

Yeah would be cool to meet people on here etc before going, and meeting people already on travels will be good. Where are you planning on going?

4. Posted by ofthesea (Full Member 46 posts) 7y

Sir, as a complete and utter advocate of travelling alone, I will link you this article:

Traveling alone or solo

Now that that is out of the way, I must say: if you are planning to go all the way around the world, why limit yourself to 2 or 3 months? A lifetime is barely enough time to see the world, let alone 3 months. As this is your first time traveling, I would like to give you a bit of advice which you can feel free to take or completely ignore: travel slow. Don't rush through cities or countries trying to 'collect them all', stay for longer periods of time, get a feel for the country, its culture, its landscape, its tastes and smells and sounds. Travel is all about experiencing, and you can't experience much when you are rushing about. So if you have more time, make your trip longer! Or, if you only have 2 or 3 months, choose only a couple of countries to explore, or a certain region. If you find out you love traveling (which happens to people often), you can then go on another trip to explore other regions.

Also, if you're looking to save money, couchsurfing and helpx are great sites you should look into. :)

5. Posted by BenW (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Thank you, that link is a great read, especially as one of the things bothering me is meeting people, not knowing where to go or what to do.

Money is permitting this trip. Wanting to do a year, but really don't think I can stretch my funds, as I want to go asap.
Would you recommend english speaking coutires for a newbie?

Thanks for the money saving links, I'll have a look now.

6. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I wouldn't limit your choice of countries by those that speak English.

Finding yourself in a strange land where you have to learn some language is half the fun.

And don't worry yourself about meeting people, i'm sure you will meet lots of friendly people on your travels. Yeah you will meet some idiots - but just tell yourself that you will meet more likeminded friendly people. And i'm certain that you will.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

English speaking countries are usually the more expensive countries. If you want to stretch your money further then you should spend more time in South East Asia. US, Australia, New Zealand are amongst the more expensive countries that a large amount of rtw travellers visit. When I was in Cambodia a couple of years ago I was staying by the lakeside in Phnom Penh for just $2USD a night and 20 metres from the beach in Sihanoukville in a private bungalow for $5USD a night! At that rate you could stretch your money a long way, but the time would get a bit tiring.

My personal opinion of a rtw trip is completely opposite to that of "ofthesea". I've tried the Amazing Race pase RTW trip i.e. a sampler of a country and tick countries off a list type trip, I have tried the medium paced RTW trip i.e. still tick countries off a list but see at least a few cities in each country and some smaller places in the country and the slow paced RTW trip i.e. see a few countries in a longer period of time to see more thoroughly. I really did not like the slow paced one because so often it was boring having already seen a lot of the same stuff in the others days I had been there, the amazing race one was a great trip and got me the travel bug but didn't let me appreciate the culture as much. I think that the best of the trips as a whole was the Medium paced trip because you didn't have to rush everything but you didn't waste any time like you tend to do when you don't really have a time frame to follow.

8. Posted by ofthesea (Full Member 46 posts) 7y

I think, aharrold45, that your definition of a 'medium trip' and my definition of 'slow travel' are the same. :P I just stay in a place until I feel its time to leave. I don't rush out, and I don't stay longer than endurable! I think what I meant to say is, don't rush your trip, if you want to explore, explore! But if you find it boring by all means move on!

9. Posted by Crashed (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi BenW,

I agree with ofthesea in terms of travelling alone. It really is, I think anyway, the best way to travel. The fact that it scares you is a good thing. Step out of your comfort zone. As for sticking to English speaking countries? Again, step out of your comfort zone. Remove the ballistic duvet.

As far as RTW tickets go, personally, I don't like them. How people know where they want to go and for how long in each place is beyond me. I prefer the freedom that buying tickets while on the road affords. You might get to a place and decide you don't like it, or decide you love it and want to stay longer. YOu may wish to join the group that's invited you along someplace. For me anyway, I dig the total freedom that comes from not having a set itinerary. If I want to pack my bag and just start walking, I don't have to set my plans around getting back to a specific airport or flight or whatever. The extra expense is worth it I think. Just some food for thought.

What I would completely reccommend, is to not just go straight into a rtw trip. Before you do that, save for a very small trip, perhaps somewhere local. Select a country in Europe, book a ticket, pack a bag and go. It'll give you an experience of travelling alone, operating complicated transport systems by yourself, dealing with any self-consciousness etc. Also, set yourself a budget of day to day spending and try to stick to it. This'll give you a better idea of general costs of travelling, and you'll learn some lessons about where to eat and what tourist shops to avoid etc. Plus, it'll help get you over which for me is the worst thing of solo travel.......eating alone. Tip: get yourself a diary, and you can look busy while you chow down. You may find that travelling isn't for you, or isn't what you think it is. Most likely, it'll give you the 'bug' and you'll be desperate to do it again. Either way, the experience will be invaluable, and it'll be done in a fairly familiar place not too far from home in case you find it's not for you.
If you can afford it, I reccommend Rome. Magical city, plenty to see, always other travellers if you want company...I fell in love with the city and at the same time I caught the travel bug (the good kind).

As for saving for a big trip, the longer you can stand it the better I think. That extra month of work will afford you three months in India. That cd you were wise not to buy just meant that you could upgrade from the $2 room on the first floor outside the sewer to the $4 room two floors up. Every litttle counts while travelling, so start living as though you were a monk now and it'll pay off.

Personally, I don't think it's about the money. Save until you can't stand saving no more. Than just buy a one way ticket to somewhere and start travelling. The length of the journey will be dependent on your finances and resourcefulness, your level of expected standards, work you find or search for, places you visit etc. But, you can hitch-hike almost anywhere with no money and simply the reliance upon the kindness of strangers. It's been done, but how much to save for is all dependent upon you. When you've reached an estimated amount that YOU are happy with, then you know you've researched enough.

Hope this helps. And best of luck!