So Im an English 19 year old and I want to go travelling around the world for as long as possible and until I either get bored of it or get home sick. There are many places I wish to explore such as Australia, India, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil (Amazon). I know my plans are very vague at the moment however I have no idea where to begin when travelling and what to consider.
To be honest if I had the money now I wouldnt worry about where and when I would leave tomorrow. My aim to travel is to broaden my mind, my view on the world, and mainly to meet new people and make new friends. I have no time limit however I plan to either take a year to save up some money or to go and work abroad; however times are hard and I cant seem to find a well paid job everything seems to be slave labour these days.
In the next few months I plan to buy a professional camera for my travels where I will be able to take photos etc.
What I want to know is what people have done in terms of finances for their travelling and how much they plan on saving. I know there are many ways of saving money when you go travelling however I mainly need a way of making money as I travel. Becoming a freelance photographer is the main idea at the moment.
In terms of where I travel I just need the cheapest however to nessesarly easiest way to getting around. Does anyone know of any websites that help travellers through their journey?
Sorry if this is very vague.
Not to burst your bubble, but if you're not already a VERY accomplished photographer who has already regularly been selling photos then forget the dream of financing your trip by somehow becoming a freelance shooter. The travel world is overflowing with very, very good photographers and quite simply it's impossible for an amateur to break into that market - the bar is set WAY too high.
As for how much money you'll need... how long is a ball of string? Budgets vary wildly of course... if you're couch-surfing, staying in dorms and cooking your own food then your money requirements will be minuscule compared to the average flashpacker.
Lastly, the single greatest impact on your budget is choice of destination... you mention Australia... I can live very comfortably in India for a year for what a month costs in Australia.
Good luck and have fun.
In 2009 I spent about 10-20 pounds a day traveliing in Thailand, including transport, food, and accomo with maybe a night or two out per week.
Australia is quite a good place to work- quite a lot of jobs around (esp in the outback). I never had a problem getting work and it paid well. Auz is really expensive though if you are just travelling around, maybe about 10-20 pounds a night for a dorm room on average.
I did a bit of camping in Australia in the summer which makes it way cheaper.
Have you looked into volunteer programs such as teaching foreign students English? Or I participated in a service trip while in college where we built a house for a poor South American village.
They can be very cost effective, and it's probably one of the best ways to learn about local culture, and becoming friends with the locals.