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11. Posted by charlienicolek (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

I am travelling to Vietnam & Laos end of July then onto Australia for a working visa. Starting to get nervous as this will be my first time travelling on my own. Would be nice to see anyone doing similar times etc.

12. Posted by Mollylissa89 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Hi. I also am falling out if love with the uk. I have no commitments here so saving up to travel. Really want to travel around s.america, also spend some time in the states, I want to go to thailand and be somewhere amazing for the new year. Ill be travelling solo but hoping to meet people along the way! I get on with pretty much eveveryone I meet and open to goin anywhere really just want to experience more, I reckon ill have enough saved up by Sept to last me 6 month but hopegully work abut along the way! Message me if u want to make plans! I currently live in Manchester in the uk, 23, single, bored and ready for some adventure! :)

13. Posted by DavidBrady27 (Budding Member 13 posts) 1y

Hi, well I've put it off for years now but I've now decided this is the year I'm going! I'm a little bit lost and the thought of travelling is always there! I'm gonna be going in October, haven't planned it properly yet but I know I'll be starting in Southeast Asia maybe for 3 months then move onto oz. I'm so excited thinking about it. If there's anybody got a similar plan let me know. :)

14. Posted by askgudmundsen (Respected Member 59 posts) 1y

Quoting Tom_bucko

At present it looks like I am flying solo and I have no idea where to start planning this trip. I would love to see South America, Africa, Indonesia, Thailand (a must), Vietnam, Oz and New Zealand.

Please do note that "Africa" is a highly diverse continent (without a doubt the most diverse in the World), and not anything compatible with travelling around S.America or SE Asia... It's also the toughest place to travel, which gives it a higher sense of accomplishment to do travels there...

After several years of travelling and big trips, I highly agree with

Quoting Andyf

I think "no plan is a good plan" leaves you in danger of getting lost.
"No schedule" is great.


Especially if you're going to off the beaten track places... Visiting backpacker trails like the most common destinations in Europe, S.America and SE Asia can be done without much planning, but going off the trails (so to speak) it can be outright dangerous not to plan.. And if you are going place were visas are harder to come by it's gonna be a hassle just improvising along...

No planning do also take a certain mentality of "liking uncertainty", and an ability to accept that you've missed some great places once you left a country and hear other peoples stories...

Overplanning and fixed itineraries will ruin your travels just as much... I find that most seasonal travellers are working with something in between these two extremes, going towards one or the other depending on their destination.. As you go along you tend to figure out how you like to go about it and ease into you're own way of planning for places...

And it is usually easier to trash your plans once you're on the road that come up with great once...

To give some examples of where planning (small or large scale) is need:
Hiking to Mount Everest's base camp or Kilimanjaro special clothes and gear might be needed
Getting an Iranian visa can take about six weeks
Visiting Johannesburg or Guatemala City, wandering around being/looking lost will raise the risk of muggings
Sailing between islands in the Pacific, there might be weeks between boats

15. Posted by Tj86 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

I think I'm in a similar situation to a lot of you guys! Really need to see the world and hoping to go at the end of the year..... I would really like to see Thailand Cambodia Vietnam first and then maybe go into the states and Australia before finishing in South America but don't know whether to book a round the world ticket or buy 1 way tickets?? Also would it be safe and more importantly economical to travel to places like the states solo? I have travelled parts of Thailand and the states but not on my own

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