I'm totally new to this and just need some real help...
I want some time off from my job and so i've decided to go travelling and see some of the places i've dreamt about...
I'd like to take in the US, Canada, China, Japan and Australia...
But my problem is i've no idea how to start planning for this or what i need to think about... Can anyone give any advice on the following points...?
1. I've saved up about £8000 GBP, is this enough to get started and head off (want to go for a year and will take on work when i'm travelling)?
2. If i get a 6 month B2 holiday visa for the USA i know i'm not supposed to work but could i take on cash-in-hand jobs without getting into trouble?
3. When you go somewhere first are you best to stay in a hostel while you try and find work or just rent an apartment?
4. Is it a good idea visiting places like china and japan on your own, not speaking any of the local language? Is there a good chance of meeting other english speaking people when you get there...?
I'd really, REALLY appreciate any help...
Thanks for your time...
Hi! Well, finding under the table work in North America might be tricky (but then again, if 8 million illegal immigrants can do it, you probably can too...) As for China, it's easy to find a teaching job if you are a native speaker of English.
Of course, speaking the local language is always a plus, but in most parts of the world, you can always find SOMEONE who speaks English.
Seriously, though, it really depends on where you go. 8,000 pounds will last you a year in some parts of the 3rd world, no problem. Thailand, for example. In the U.S., maybe not. You just have to be creative. And have a high tolerance for stress.
As far as places to start, I'd do the following:
(1) Get copies of your birth certificate and start applying for a visa for the US
(2) Decide how long you want to spend in each country and what you want to see in each one
(3) Start asking people in each country if there is anything in particular you "have" to see--and then determine if you already have these on your list--and if you want to add them or not.
(4) Start figuring out how to get to these spots (plane, train, bus, metro--etc.)--start getting maps and schedules
(5) Check the weather at the places you are planning to go to--and figure out which season/weeks are best. Try to avoid travelling to someplace during a big event (for example, going to Rio de Janeiro in Brasil during the carnival time) since prices will be really high during those times.
(6) Purchase many of these travel tickets--and see if you can "bundle" them with hotel packages--and maybe even tour groups
(7) Get a camera
(8) Start packing and get going
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jun-2009, at 21:22 by Calcruzer ]
Just a couple of pieces of general advice -
- stay in hostels...you'll meet lots of people and they have job boards up
- finding cash-in-hand jobs in the USA is not advised, and would probably be rather tricky I imagine. There are some short-term working holiday visa options for the USA such as J1 visas to work at a summer camp
- it sounds like you come from the UK, looooads of UKers travel to Aussie each year on their 1yr working visa, so this could be something for you to look into
- Japan is expensive! Other than that, if you're worried about the language barrier in your Asian countries of choice, why not join a tour such as Intrepid (look on their site, theres lots of options). This way you'll be travelling in a group and have a guide with great local knowledge