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1. Posted by Jessieray021 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I am 26 from California, US. and have decided that I am going to travel starting in Feb/March! I have always wanted to go traveling but never had the chance. I've currently been at my dead at job for the past 6 years and honestly, I need a change! I also just became single so I figured what have I got to lose!!!! :) I can't even explain how excited I am to do this! Scared but so very anxious!!!! :)

Anyways, I was thinking of starting in Ireland and then going wherever from there...but I have noticed that it is so expensive to go to Europe and I was wondering if anybody has any advice or input or even knows of better places to start your travels! :o) I basically want to see everything! I have no time restraints and not even sure if I will end up coming back to California or not! haha I do plan on working while traveling so if there are any countries that you know of where it may be easy to find jobs, I am all ears! I would love to see all of Europe but I am definitely not opposed to starting out in another country as well! Basically just going to backpack wherever I can! I am also doing this alone since none of my friends or family are able to do if any of you are also planning a trip, we should meet up! :o)

I would love any advice, references, ideas, great places to see, job finding, great pubs/restaurants/night life, etc. Anything! :o)

Thank you so much!


2. Posted by mangofruit (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hello. Im just curious on how to tackle passport expiry issue? Are you a native English speaker? I heard many Asian countries looking for English tutor. I'm not eligible to apply for a tutor job even if I have a paper qualification because neither am I a native English speaker nor my parents are. So I had been working and savings for a RWT. I hope to start my journey before I hit 30 and Im already 28 this year.

3. Posted by Jessieray021 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Yes I am a native english speaker. I currently live in California, United States. :) But, I am ready to get my butt out there and travel! :) I definitely want to be able to find a job while on my travels so hopefully it won't be too hard to do.

Where are you planning on traveling? :) Will you be traveling long?


4. Posted by yarafat (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jessy :)
hope you are doing good, i'm yasser from Egypt a 26 old, actually i been looking for a mate or a good friend to go with on a vacation but :( i'm gonna be solo,
thinking of going to Thailand or turkey thought it might be a good vacation to relax and enjoying liberty after a full year and half working , so it would be great if we can meet in any of these countries and for sure it will be better just to get the chance to know an awesome girl like you, as well you can get the chance to look around in egypt, specially in sharm el sheikh where i'm living ,tourist came to it from all over the world, might you find a good position there :) who knows, a lot of foreigners living and working in here
hear from you ;)

5. Posted by mangofruit (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Good for you. I think you should work on your plans fast and go see the world soon. Nowadays education industry is getting even more competitive and sometimes even dirty, so be prepare for worst situation when you’re on foreign land. Most important we must have fun in our travel and not thinking too much on finding a job because it will only defeat the purpose our travel adventure.

About 2-3 months only my savings said. Now doing my research and once complete im set to go year end. Plan to cover SEA only. Hot weather less cloths lighter backpack swifter movement and just enough cash for a last trip back to homeland.

6. Posted by rach87 (Budding Member 26 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jessie,
Im 23 from Yorkshire in England, like you im leaving my job and just basically going for it....alone lol All my trip is booked and has been for a few months now.
Heres what im doing -
UK to New Zealand 10th November, spending a month travelling around doing 2 weeks in each of the islands, ive also booked on the Kiwi experience ( you should have a look on the internet at the kiwi and Oz Experience). Then im heading over to Oz mid December starting in Melbourne and travelling around working my way up to Cairns, doing the Oz experience too. Spending xmas and new year in Sydney. Ive got a working visa for Oz which lasts a year, then after im bored of Oz i want to go on to travel thailand, vietnam, cambodia etc with th money ive earnt in oz hopefully lol
I just want to get away and go for as long as poss to be honest, my flights allow me a year to return but like you said im not sure i'll ever come back if i find somehwere i love.
Would be great to chat and maybe you could join me somewhere on my trip

Rachael xxx

7. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rachael,

Yup im snother one thats just decided to head off for a year. 31 now so thought its now or never. Il probably be hitting Oz/NZ about February time. Who do you book Oz experinece and NZ experience through? Was gonna check it out,


8. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 335 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jessie,

I was in your position a couple of years ago (except I am from the UK). Despite living in Europe shamefully I haven't travelled much of it so I can't give you too much advice there!

All I will say is that you have already made the best decision you will ever make. I spent 18 months travelling and it was fantastic, the best time of my life - I definitely want to go again.

For what it is worth I went to South East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia) and loved it, due to its cheapness and the fact it is totally different from the UK. I went to Australia and was slightly underwhelmed (very expensive). I went to New Zealand and loved it (so so beautiful and so much to do) and Fiji and loved that too (almost paradise).

I made so many friends, saw so many places and have so many amazing memories.

9. Posted by rach87 (Budding Member 26 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I booked tthe experiences through STA travel, they were really helpful and know what their talking about as most of the guys who work there have been travelling themselves xx

10. Posted by indranur (Inactive 10 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Indonesia is the best..........