First time traveling on a gap year

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1. Posted by Mbailey (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi. I'm looking for advice on travelling for a gap year. I know I want to travel to places like Asia (japan especially) and Europe (Germany etc.) Though I'm not sure how to go about it. I'm looking for advice for a first time traveller as the best way to travel and possibly where to go. I have some money saved up and I'm working on saving up more for the first part of the year. Is it a good idea to travel when I dont have much money of my own? I was also wondering of ways to find people to travel with as I dont have many friends and it would overwhelming by myself. Thanks for any advice Your text to link here...

2. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 173 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hey Michael!
I have never travelled on a really low-budjet so I can't give you any real advice on that but I suggest that you look into coach surfing sites etc.
As for afraid being overwhelmed, you might consider starting somewhere close home, like Germany you mentioned in your text and see how it goes :)

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2400 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

The further you go from your home country the more money you need for plane tickets to and from the country you choose. A country closer to home would make it easier (and cheaper) to reach. Some of the former Soviet Block countries don't look that bad.

You mention Japan as a country you have an interest in. Well, not all countries are the same for the amount of money you need for day to day expenses as a tourist. Japan is one of the countries that is not cheap to visit for tourists with tight budgets. There are other countries in Asia that are cheaper to exist in but from the UK your plane tickets will be a greater expense than somewhere close to home. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia will be cheaper.

Not all countries want foreigners taking jobs away from their citizens so they make it difficult for non-citizens to work in some countries.

You should look over the prevailing weather available for any country you intend to visit. For some countries there is a high season and a low season for hotel costs and associated expenses.

If you want to get your feet wet and head out for a visit to an distant country you should work up budget and see how much you can afford for plane tickets to and from the place you choose and day to day expenses. You will need a passport if you haven't got one already.

Google type searches will give you some places easier on the budget. Samples below:

https://www.travelocity.com/inspire/the-17-cheapest-places-to-travel-in-europe-in-2019/

https://www.prettywildworld.com/cheap-countries-in-europe-to-visit/

At 18 years old you will not be allowed to consume alcohol in all countries. Some hotels may be reluctant to rent to teenagers. In some countries if you hang around with friends who do drugs you could be rounded up with them and thrown in jail. Some countries they can execute you. So, choose friends wisely when out of the country.

Being young you may not put much thought in health and hospital insurance in case of injuries overseas. Think about it because there are tourists who do to accidents have expensive medical care they cannot pay for and are begging for money on GoFundMe websites.

Look into something like your VSO program where you travel and do something helpful.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntary_Service_Overseas

4. Posted by Mbailey (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice. I'll look into it more.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2400 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Also check out the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum.

LP gets a lot of young people asking about hostels and traveling on the cheap, etc.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1277 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

It's wise to plan in advance on what you want to do in your gap year; and how to pay for it. There is a lot of information online, including estimates of costs.

Working to fund your travel is not out of the question. There are working holiday visas for New Zealand and Australia, for example. See this recent discussion on Travellerspoint: https://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=117070

If you're unsure about traveling solo, joining an organized tour, including those geared for young people, might be helpful. An 18-year-old Australian from Canberra, on her gap year, was on a tour of Africa that I was on.

I suspect you won't have any difficulty in finding travel companions and making new friends while on the road.

If you're thinking of flying, this Web site might be helpful in your planning: https://www.google.com/flights. If you leave the destination blank, you'll see what the fares will be from your departure city to places around the globe.

7. Posted by Mikolaj1109 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi

I'm also 18 and will be doing a gap year looking to travel to Australia, a ski season in Austria and SE Asia

8. Posted by Results (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

What is your favorite travel destination?

9. Posted by nickjonas4267 (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Plan a trip in advance and work on cost estimation may be a wise step. There are some options to book a holiday at a lower cost. Certainly, some websites would help you with a low budget. Apart from this, Europe offers some cheap holiday destinations such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, and Poland. It might be helpful for a low budget.

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1876 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting nickjonas4267

Europe offers some cheap holiday destinations such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, and Poland.

Italy has always struck me as one of the eye-wateringly expensive bits of Europe.