Advice on where to travel, on a budget

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1. Posted by wbwanderer (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I've recently decided that I want to travel some before settling into a career. Since I'll only have about $US4000 when I leave, I was thinking of going to New Zealand due to the fact that I can get a WHV for 1 year. Personally, I would rather travel through South America, or Europe because I'll be able to hit up multiple countries. Do you think I would have enough money to do something like that? I won't be able to get a Visa in either continent.

Basically, I'm just looking for some advice from you seasoned travellers. This will be my first time out of the country for longer than a week, and I really want to make the most of it (culturally, sight seeing, meeting people, etc.) It might be the last time I'll ever get a chance to do something like this.

If you were in my shoes, what would you do?

Thanks a lot for the advice.

2. Posted by helsbells1 (Budding Member 70 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have just travelled through some of Central America, I got a flight from Washington DC to San Jose, Costa Rica for $400 (return) and camped most of the way round and cooking for myself. There was 2 of us and we spent around $3000 between us. Costa Rica is one of the more expensive countries but I know Panama and Nicaragua are cheap, cheap, cheap!!!!! So I presume the rest of Central America is similar.
Central America was also the most amazing place I have visited, the people are friendly adn welcoming and the sights are unforgettable, I now have framed pactures of sunsets and mountains and forrests all over my house!
Anyway, let us all know what you plan on doing!

3. Posted by Stewbie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


My Friend and I took the trip of a liftime this last summer just to cap off our college graduation before we settled into our careers. I highly reccomend following through. We set our sites on Peru. We took 8 weeks and had very flexible plans. We did take some surf boards (because you can't get them down there)with us and lived on on the beach for about two weeks. That was rad. And then we travel from place to place bumming rides and taking buses. We summited some sweet mountains with sherpas and even hiked to the edge of an active volcano.

Anyway, the point is Peru is awesome or any other place you want to go. It helps to speak some language and do some research for plans but we were able to go the full 8 weeks for just around $4000 each. We did a lot though and I think you could go even cheaper. It is the travel that kills you though. You need to be booking now if you are looking to save.


I don't know man, I just had so much fun I get stoked for others who are going to do something similar.

One more thing, make sure and give yourself plenty of time. The plane is the bulk of your cost if going south of the border, so make sure you spend as much time as you can once you get there. Do see the famous tourist site but also make sure and ask around before and after you get there for the less traveled but amazing stuff.

Good Luck.

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