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1. Posted by leadersway (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

I’m a 24-year-old Irish guy traveling for the first time. I have never traveled alone before but feel that now is the right time to broaden my experiences. I’m confident about the adventure. I have carried out some research in the past month and am astonished at all the information available to people intending to travel. Forums are very interesting and provide an excellent insight into people’s experiences. I believe planning is an important part of the process within traveling. Financial considerations are also important. I hope to travel to London, New Zealand, Australia, Los Angeles and finally back to Dublin. I hope to spend 3 months in each city. For the moment I plan to stay relatively close to these main urban areas to find work. Perhaps on weekends or time off I will take trips to places of interest in these countries. As I explore I may get more confident about moving around. This is my vision. I am open-minded however and will take each day as it comes. Change is good and if I have to I will.

I have lots of questions but if anyone has undertaken a trip resembling what I have described above I would be delighted to hear any advise you have no matter how small. (an urban travel experience)

Finally, sometimes I like to question the authenticity of information. A lot of info can be misleading.

Here is a question that I would be delighted to hear opinions on…..

On your travels what expectations turned out the opposite of the ones you expected before you embarked on your journey. Why was this?

Many thanks


2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Hey stevo, I was drawn to your post cos so many people have looked but noone had answered
I hav'nt done the trip you described but I've done a fair ammount of travelling and the one thing I'd say is over planning is overkill, underplanning can be wild but may mean you miss out on stuff but thats what life's about eh?

As for the expectations thing, I try not to have any. I occasionaly thought I'd have better times in other places then had much better times in others...It's definately all about the people.
O.k the one major one was about the boat up the Amazon, everyone said it would be killer boring but I had a fantastic time and met loads of really nice people, the reason? I'm reckon that the people's opinions I based my expectations on were nothing like me!

I found that correlating many peoples response helped me draw out the most accurate info,TP is a great site though I've been coming here for a while and think it's the least trashy and most genuine of all the travelling websites :)
happy hunting

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

if you are staying in each city for a relatively short time it might be difficult for you to find any sensible work.

try to organise your work in advance - so it will be waiting for you to come.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I tried overplanning and underplanning. I like something in the middle - a flexible plan that doesn't have me criss-crossing the city and 'wasting' my time travelling. Kind of the "let's start here and then try here and see what happens".

I find I don't think in terms of 'expectations' when travelling. At home, it seems like everything is measured by whether or not it meets your expectations: restaurants, movies, blind dates, a sale at Mexx. But travelling seems to give me another mindset, especially travelling alone.