I graduate from university in the summer of 2011. For the past couple of years I've been planning my Round The World trip with my boyfriend. Unfortunately we broke up a few weeks ago, so obviously this trip can't happen. I'm determined not to let this ruin my dreams and have decided to still go travelling, but to do it alone!
I had planned to visit SE Asia/Australia/etc, the stereotypical travel locations but now that I'll be doing this on my own I feel quite intimidated about these places, I therefore came up with the idea of going to Europe instead, or at least starting there and seeing how it goes, and maybe going further afield later on. Living in the UK it's right on my doorstep, I've been to so many holidays there, speak a lot of the languages, that I just feel more comfortable and it doesn't seem as scary.
I'm planning on going for about 3 months, mainly travelling by rail, occasionally some flights, basically whatever is cheapest! I wanted to do this trip by booking my first flight out of London, and my first few nights accommodation, and that's it! I want to be able to go wherever I want, whenever I want and not worry about being tied to plans! I know that everyone is different and people will have different opinions on this, but as I am someone who is very organised and likes to plan everything out, I am a bit worried about doing this! How exactly would it work? Would I just stay in a hostel, and when I'm ready to move on, have a look online, book another one wherever I want to go and move on? Would this add a lot of stress to the travelling? I don't want to spend half my trip wrestling online trying to find places to stay! Are most places easy to reach by train, as I don't want to rent out a car or anything?
I am also quite scared about the security aspects. I'm female, 22, only 5'1'' and weigh about 100lbs! As you can see I'm quite small and I feel a bit worried about the safety aspects, especially as I am so little, it's not like I'm a huge, intimidating male! Can any of you give any tips about how to stay safe, put my mind at ease? I don't want to not travel just because I'm small, but it IS the thing that worries me the most at the moment!
I know that Europe is one of the more expensive places to travel to. I'm not fussy and will stay at super cheap hostels, eat cheap food, etc, I don't want to spend a huge amount of money! I have £10,000 originally saved up for my round the world trip, and I know that I won't spend that much, but how much, roughly, do you think I could live on if I live on the bare essentials only. I've read somewhere about £1000 a month, is that accurate, or can you bring this price down? I guess it mainly depends where I want to travel to. I do want to spend more time in northern and eastern europe than western europe as I've done that countless times on holiday before, so hopefully that will bring the price down.
Thanks for reading this and thank you for any help you can offer! I'm sure I'll have hundreds of questions over the next few months!