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travelling for 18 year olds

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1. Posted by jereminho (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey all

I am just wondering what you guys think are good places to travel to while you are still relativly young, like 18. I went to thailand at this age, had a lot of fun, but still a lot younger than most ppl. Are there any places where there are lots of locals around, going out etc that are around this age?

Any feedback very welcome


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd say that at 18, you'll most probably be the youngest wherever you go. European parents don't seem to be comfortable with their offspring travelling solo at younger ages.

Personally, I think that 18 is too young an age to go, which is a maturity thing. Sure, you can have a good time drinking and parting, but (exceptions notwithstanding, of course) if you want travelling to change your perspective on life, career, etc., to make you a better/different/more complete person, this presupposes that you have something to go on to begin with... for those reasons I'd say that travelling after obtaining one's BA, for instance, is a more logical step. But that's just one guy's opinion :)


3. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i definitely agree that its a maturity thing! i am 17 years old and have travelled a bit with my mother, and i am also planning on taking a year off next year (when im 18 and graduated) to travel around Europe... i think many young people just go to places to drink and party because it's more accepted in europe compared to north america... but i also think that there ARE some young ppl who go for other reasons than to just get drunk and stupid... its bad to generalize and i really hate it when people think that i'm only going to europe to party, when really, i just want to see other countries and cultures before i go into dept from university. i am stereotyped as a "teenager" which i am technically, but i dont act like one, which i'm sure is the same with many other people my age...
i say, if you're young, you might as well live your life before you have to take on lots of responsibilites...

4. Posted by andyt_uk (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey guys,
im 18 and going backpacking to SE Asia for 3-4 months on my own. I dont think 18 is to young to travelling, it depends on the individual. I think im mature enough to go on my own, im really excited about learning about other cultures and experiencing different parts of the world. Drinking and having a good time are definetly a part of it but by no means the main reason im going.I get to party enough at home being old enough to drink, i definetly feel it depends on the individual

5. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i went traveing when i was 18, first to australia for about a year then over to south east asia. then worked for a little while in the usa and now im down in south america. i personaly think 18 is a good age to start it gives you life experence and maturity at a young age. any you would be abble to use that expenence and knowledge for anything you do in your future i.e university or a job

6. Posted by T_I_N_A20 (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I went to Vancouver at 16 for a about a month and a half to study English in Summer and I was the youngest kid in my international school. I think 18 is okay to travel. I'm planning to travel at 20, three years from now. I think Europe will be a great place to start.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 30, 2006 12:52 PM by T_I_N_A20 ]

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5655 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When I was 18 I did not really travel myself, but with parents, friends (yes, also partying) and for my study as well. But although I liked to party, I was really interrested in countries, cultures and so on. I choose to finish school and university first, before I did start travelling at the age of 24.
But in general, if you like to travel in between school (college) and university, I donĀ“t think 18 is to young. People who travel at that age are usually smart and interested enough. And a party now and then isn`t that bad is it?

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When I turned 18, I knew I wanted to travel. So I asked for money instead of presents.

I had been all over Europe with Mom and Dad, but I didn't like how my mother ruled where we woud go and what we would see. To prove my determination, I worked in a bar for a few weeks. I did not even have a big party, I spent the whole evening of my big day tending to dirty glasses and mugs.

From the money I earned I bought myself a bus ticket to London. The trip was just for a few days and there where some things I could have thought through better, but it was the start of my solo independent travelling career.

9. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm 18, taking a gap year before starting university in Sept 2007.

I wanted to travel in my gap year to 'broaden my horizons' and experience different cultures and traditions. I've only experienced western cultures, and I think giving myself a culture shock will be a good, sobering thing before university. It will hopefully enable me to come out of my shell a bit, and give me some good stories to tell!

I already feel mature enough, but I'm not too confident, so I think throwing myself in the deep end ie. cambodia and vietnam should help with this!

Although ill be at university for 3/4 years, this will not stop me travelling either. Now I have the bug, I don't think there is any getting rid of it. Next I am hoping to backpack around europe- mostly Eastern Europe, and visit aftica in the summer holidays of my first year of university- biting off more than I can chew? maybe. But aiming high is better than aiming low!

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When i was 19, I moved, to london, England, from Ireland. I worked for around 8 months, and then travelled around east and west Europe for 4 months, on a tiny budget. It was fantastic.
I think most countries in Europe, will have a lot of people your age, going out. If u go to particular bars and clubs, where they go, u will meet them. Also, a lot of people of this age group stay in youth hostels.