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11. Posted by MartianTom (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Sounds like you're better placed financially than I am, Dodge. I have around £10,000 (around US$15,000 at today's rates), which has to include the price of the ticket. So I can't do what you're doing, unless I can work en route. With a bit more cash, I'd feel happier. Or maybe I'm just hanging on too much to the last vestiges of security On the plus side, I'm used to living cheaply. I live in a space at the moment that's smaller than the average Winnebago, I have a low income (hence the lack of capital) and I don't have many possessions to cast off. I think I've got minimalist living down to a fine art. I read my Thoreau well! And I know that whenever in the past I've put that ruckie on my back and set off thinking 'This is it' - those are the only times I've ever felt truly liberated and unencumbered.

Thanks for your input anyway, mate. I'll get there, one way or another....

[ Edit: Edited on 03-May-2009, at 05:34 by MartianTom ]

12. Posted by roxymayhue (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

MartianTom and Baskaat,

Enjoyed reading your posts here. I'm right behind you. I'm planning a rtw in summer 2011. I just have to get
my last child tucked safely in college and I'm off for over a year. I'm 49. I think there are more mid-lifers out
there doing this than you think! I'm in the process of simplifying my life also...getting rid of stuff. It's liberating!
I've been researching this trip for a couple of years now. Currently trying to figure out my route. I can't decide
whether to purchase a rtw air ticket or just buy as I go. Any thoughts on that? I shy away from a route that's
too structured and places I must be on certain dates. I think I may have commitment issues...

Anyway, you're not alone! Happy trails!

13. Posted by baskaat (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi all,
So here's my question. Due to my limited budget, I'll need to save money on lodging, so I'm thinking guest houses/hostels (with a really nice hotel thrown in here or there!). I've never stayed in a hostel and don't know what to expect. Are the other guests likely to be of all ages, or will I be hanging out with people in their 20's? thx! bask.

14. Posted by MartianTom (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Hi Bask,
In my (not extensive) experience, they vary. They're the cheapest option for most people, which makes them most attractive to young travellers, who may be on a gap year or something and who don't have much money. Last time I hitchhiked in the States, the cheaper hostels I stayed in had predominantly late teens to early/mid thirties, so an average age of around 24. Be interesting to hear what others have to say.

15. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting baskaat

Hi all,
So here's my question. Due to my limited budget, I'll need to save money on lodging, so I'm thinking guest houses/hostels (with a really nice hotel thrown in here or there!). I've never stayed in a hostel and don't know what to expect. Are the other guests likely to be of all ages, or will I be hanging out with people in their 20's? thx! bask.

Certainly the majority will be 20 somethings. But being older Ive never been viewed as weird to stay in a hostel. In fact I think they kind of liked having someone older to talk over their ideas and plans.

I will say that if your going to Australia, they are by far the most filthy hostels in the world. Not all, but most. Its been years since I was in England by they were pretty rank then also. I think the problem is kids coming over on gap years that then get drunk every night and still think their mummy is going to clean their shit up after them. trying to eat and sleep in these hostels can be pretty stressful. A lot of these hostels are now switching to more mixed dorm rooms too, so as a woman you might find that uncomfortable..or maybe not! I'd strongly recommend you look into. http://www.couchsurfing.org/ and http://helpx.net/ as an alternative and much better way to seeing the country and meeting the locals.

16. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting baskaat

Hi all,
So here's my question. Due to my limited budget, I'll need to save money on lodging, so I'm thinking guest houses/hostels (with a really nice hotel thrown in here or there!). I've never stayed in a hostel and don't know what to expect. Are the other guests likely to be of all ages, or will I be hanging out with people in their 20's? thx! bask.

You could consider joining the Couchsurfing network. Basically, they're a bunch of travellers and locals from all over the world who offer free accommodation to other members. Their FAQ page explains how it all works.

If you're unsure about somebody's credentials, check how many references they have i.e. people who have stayed with them already and what their views are. You'll find those by clicking the "Profile" link for a particular individual.

17. Posted by baskaat (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Thanks for the input. I will seek other lodging in Australia!! I've been on the couchsurfing website and am thinking about that as an option. I have to say, that concept seems a little odd to me. People just let perfect strangers sleep in their homes??? I guess you just have to have a trusting and optimistic view of the world.

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