how do i start

Travel Forums General Talk how do i start

1. Posted by cat2angel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i'm now starting to plan my traveling but when it came down to it i don't have a clue where to start.
i'm a student at the mo and in a partime job.

i have always want to travel and my chance is coming i would like to go for 6 months and start off at france working my way down europe where do i go fine cheap ways of traverling?

i'm going to be backpacking it. me and one other person will going can advice would be great i'm one very confused girl

2. Posted by farfromhom (Full Member 20 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

southeast asia is the only cheap place that I can think of. have fun

3. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

6 months traveling for new starter is too long in my opinion. Make it much shorter to feel out what it is like, 1 or 2 months. If things go OK then continue. You must have beaucoup money to travel 6 months starting in France (expensive). I agree, Southeast Asia is one of the cheapest. If you want to travel to lots of countries, check out the OneWorld RTW ticket or zonal tickets which let you pick by continents or something like that.

4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Cat2angel,

Well, you came to the right place!

I disagree with Iloveflyin. Six months isn't too long to travel on your own. I travelled for 6 months the first time I "really" travelled and it was in Europe. I wasn't alone for the entire time, though, and I was studying abroad, so I got lots of advice from more well-travelled fellow students and teachers- and I learned A LOT by talking to those people. Europe is a generally safe and easy place to get around, though (as long as you use your brains!). France is expensive, though . .. . But it is okay if you want to start there because other places are cheaper, like Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic . .. . I was a travelling IDIOT when I left Canada. I hadn't travelled without my parents ever except for when I went to summer camp- which is hardly travelling! What one needs to travel in Europe is to be informed. Do research. The internet is full of free and accessible information about travel. Start there. Read guidebooks, ask other people who've travelled in Europe about their experiences, etc. This forum is a great place to get information, as well :) But if you are not informed and you don't keep your wits about you it doesn't matter if you travel for a day by yourself as a newbie you may get into trouble! Also, if you don't think and you aren't informed it doesn't matter if you have been travelling for the last 10 years. . . things could still happen. Of course, there are no guarantees in this world. . .. But, if you risk nothing you have nothing, as the proverb goes, so I say go for it!

Anyway, I didn't mean to get over-excited about it, or to offend anyone. Just my opinion . .. .

Good luck! Planning is half the fun!


5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Sorry, this will be a bit of a mish mash of disjointed statements (i really need to sleep), but hopefully it will be of some use somehow.

There are many cheap places (and cheap is a relative point of view anyway) to go, and it all depends what you want to see/do/experience.

I sort of fall between Ilove & Steph here - 6 months can be too long or too short (or about right) for a first trip - it just depends on the individuals and how they get on. Some people struggle/freak as soon as they reach another continent or a different language/culture, or after a couple of weeks. Others adapt very quickly and can keep going for months on end.

France is a good place to start - it's different, but well developed and generally easy to get yourself into the idea. I'd recomend not trying to plan/book things too far into your trip. Give yourself time to adapt and see how you get on. There's nothing worse than having to keep travelling if you get really home sick or don't want to be there. Conversely, if you get really into it, it's just as bad having to stick to a pre made itinerary if you then want to explore different things or be more adventurous.

As for cheap, general common sense makes a suprising difference. Savings from basic planning and checking of information (i.e free entry days for museums etc, discounts for booking a day ahead etc) and the like mounts up over an extended trip as well. Most people learn themselves as they go along what are the best ways for them personally to save money.

And always be prepared to ask questions - on places like this, to friends/relatives, people in Europe etc even if they sound really stupid. You don't know if you don't ask. Half the fun can be the research/planning/reading you do beforehand, even if most of it then goes out of the window the minute you are there!

If you really want to go, 6 months will be far too short a time, leave you dreaming of more and will be a fantastic experience. Go for it, and good luck! Anything you want to ask/know, just ask here somewhere.

6. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I found this site and also books such as "rough guide - first time around the world" really helpful in terms of answering my queries, concerns and just providing ideas. I also found the various Michael Palin books really useful . . . ..

I am also chatting to family and friends who have been to many of the places I intend to go, even if it was 10years since they last went there!

So just talk, surf, ask questions and most of all enjoy the planning!

Good luck