I haven't stayed in hostels before - my sisters went to Ireland together hostelling it and gave some good insights. Its actually one of the reasons I'm considering travel companions. From what I've researched so far the Oz hostels are quite good for the most part. The challenge I'm told is sleeping and showering with your gear. When travelling together you can watch eachothers gear while the other showers, and if you're in a large enough group you can all crash in the same room so the worry of theft is deminished somewhat. The one experience I am going to love about them is the cooking. Just to see the different ways people cook the same foods.
You'll do fine in an airport, they're actually a lot less scary than you think - it actually ends up like a heard of cattle, once you find your checkin (the hardest part) you just head to your gate and wait, getting off you simply follow the person in front of you, eventually you make it to where you need to go It's rather entertaining actually. No one is quite sure where to go but they know they can't stop so they just keep going forward till there's something they recognize - there's always an ever so slight increase in pace once that happens - everyone running to familiarity.
I know what you mean about being bored and fed up - I like my job to an extent, I purposefully chose one where people are willing to interact with you and talk - most retail you just serve, take the money, and that's it. Video you get to know people a little more, get to joke around with them and have some fun. The thing that I've always had trouble with is I never really learned how to make friends in a normal setting. I moved around schools a lot, so much so that once I started to get to know some people it'd be a new school. Then my summers were spent travelling with my parents. Travelling its so easy to make friends because people let their guard down, not only fellow travellers but locals as well. I remember we were walking along a beach in the US - happened to strike up a conversation about birds with some people on the beach - ended up staying at their place for the night. Ends up he was a retired 3 or 4 star general. I am so glad I travelled so much. The things I've seen and done and the people I met make the drone of 9-5 seem so pointless.
awww..your making me jealous!!
yeh thats one thought-about the safey of your things but i will have with me my money, pasport and camera oh and music system so i'm not too bothred about my clothes etc. i know what you mean tho.
In some ways i wish i was like you and had moved schools and travelled-but i suppose you always want what you can't or haven't got, ay!-crazy stuff!
You found any good flight deals yet?
Isn't that the truth.
So far no. There's the Qantas one for $1599rt from Toronto to Sydney + 3 free flights within Australia but I was reading further into it and you have to book your return ticket within a month. I'm thinking I may do a drive down car to California (hit the car show in Monterey) get a cheap flight ($99-$199) from Cali to Hawaii, spend some time there, and fly out - might be able to find something a little more reasonable than flying from Toronto.
How about you?
I’m in a similar dilemma as many of the people in this thread, I’m 29 years old have a good job paying £80k+ a year with good prospects but lots of stress. I’ve been travelling before but no more then 2 months at a time and loved it and Im just about ready to leave my job knowing full well the difficulties ill have rejoining the career path and just travel, live life and make memories for the next 1-2 years, the alternative is to buy a house and settle down but to be honest that scares me a lot more then turning up in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a backpack and passport.
You should only travel if you WANT to, not because you think you should.
I went travelling and when I came back I found that I had changed, I didn't want to climb the career ladder, I didn't want to be in a well paid job, for me I wanted to feel alive, I wanted time to do small things just for me, to make me feel better, I wanted to connect with others on a different level.
Yes I earn peanuts now, yes I live in rented accommodation, but I also feel like I experienced living, I earn to fund my next adventure, I also look within my own country for exploration, and I like to network and help other people. Without my experience of my travelling adventure I don't think this inner person would have been discovered whilst I was still young enough to do something about it!!!
You guys who are wondering why, are clearly scared of change...you weren't when you were kids...it's programming and institutionalisation that has made you money and career oriented. Break free and you might find yourself again. Also you might not. Travelling is not for everyone, I for one am happy that I can wander around some amazing places and not fall over people from my home country, in fact when I was at Angkor Wat on my birthday in 2006, I was soooo happy that there were only a handful of other tourists....which made my experience so special!!!
[ Edit: Edited on 02-May-2009, at 13:19 by Clanger ]
OP.... Give it one shot. You should know whether it's for you or not - after just a day or two.
My first go alone, was when I was 15. I took a 40 minute flight from Southampton - Jersey for a week. I did a little package hoilday with 1/2 board in a small hotel with about 30 other guests. It was cheating to do a package - but I was only 15. It worked for me and so far - I've never looked back with anything but happy memories. I've had some bad times for sure - especially in Eastern Europe, but I keep going back.
Just try it for a long weekend and get scraping the surface. You won't know until you've tried it, what it's like.
travel to me is a "life charger"the more i travel and experience new things the more my life battery is charged so when i am old and physically not able to go,the memories will be my current to keep me happy and smiling...