First trip - Where do you go ? where do you start ?

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1. Posted by Liam18uk (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hey guys n girls and thanks for taking time to read this.

I'm 18 and I want to go for a back packing trip. I dont know where to start. I have the money set aside to go but I dont know whether to go far far far away from home or just far away haha!

I fancy Europe but thats because I am familiar with some of the things in Europe. I have family in New Zealand so I'm thinking of their too!?! I feel soo confused where to go and start. Can anyone shed me some light please.

Thanks alot!

liam x

2. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You have the whole world to choose from.
Sit down with a map and decide where and what you would like to see and do.
Simple ....... Have Fun

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You would have to state your interests, what you like and dislike doing etc before you can get an accurate reply, because not all 18 year olds are the same in terms of what they like and dislike doing and seeing.

If you really want an adventure of a life time and have a lot of money set aside ($10,000US+), well then buy a One World Continent based fare which allows you to do plenty of backtracking within continents. Be sure to get a frequent flyer card before you book though if that is the option you choose.

If you only have a small amount of money in terms of big trip costs($5000US or less after your airline tickets) and want to stretch your trip for a longer time, spend most of your time travelling throughout Asia where things are dirt cheap even though living condition may not always be what you are used to. You could probably spend about 4-6 months in Cambodia or most parts of South East Asia or India, for the price you could spend a few weeks in Iceland or a month and a half in most regions of Europe that have many tourists.

Don't do what a lot of people tend to do, talk about going on a holiday and then get scared off because you mother, father, grand mother, friends or what not tell you a load of crap that frightens you. Going overseas and experiencing what the world has to offer is something that is one of the best things you can do in life, and is best done while you are young.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 10, 2006 10:15 PM by aharrold45 ]

4. Posted by Liam18uk (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks alot for your reply's. Well my interests are more to do with trucks and vehicles, I like a range of music, folk, country, pop, dance, the list goes on. I want to go and explore other cultures different to mine here in UK. I'm not interested in muslim countries at all but I'm thinking of going to new zealand to see family and do everything there. Extreme sports as well as the natural hot pools etc.

My next thought that needs alot of thinking is which route to take from UK to New Zealand (Auckland)....

Up to now I have seen that I can go via, Los Angeles, Singapoore, Dubia and then Australia ( I dont fancy Dubia at all ), but I do like the thought of Australia but I think Australia will be very simular to NZ. Hong Kong is another option which I really like the sound of.

So maybe I will go to Los Angeles on the way out and Hong Kong on the way back. Has anyone been to these places and can offer any advice or experiences I must'nt miss?

Thanks again,


5. Posted by Nanna (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Firstly, Australia is very different to New Zealand. New Zealand has some fantastic scenery etc. but in my opinion much like Europe.

Australia is a large continent and has some very very different aspects to each state. If you are into trucks, you may find getting a ride with one of the road trains across East to West could be interesting to you. Alternatively Queensland has much to offer, mild semi tropical climate in the South East up to the tropical north. Fantastic surfing and diving spots and many interesting places to visit.

But a good place to start is where you may have relatives and contacts. You could head home via Australia.

Good luck

6. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As a NZer who has travelled both my own country, and Aussie, I have to agree with above - 2 very different countries, both with great, unique selling points. You certainly wouldn't be disappointed if you spend a bit of time in both. Queenstown, NZ is great for extreme sports, which you mentioned, and I think Rotorua is definitely worth a visit for native culture plus heaps of attractions. In Aussie I love the Gold Coast for the theme parks and great beach. Air travel between the 2 countries is really cheap too :)

As for the rest of your trip, if you're wanting to stretch your budget while experiencing a very different culture, go for Asia - I like Thailand. Thailand has a great backpacking scene, so you won't be alone, and again flights are pretty cheap from Aus/NZ to here.

I also love the States, especially the Western side for the desert States such as Arizona and Utah. Plus you said your interests include vehicles, so where better to admire some great old-school cars than America

7. Posted by Liam18uk (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replys, keep them coming. I like the idea of taken a trip in a road train, Ive seen them and they are HUGE! Great idea....thanks for that.

I have always thought about travelling by hitch hiking with trucks and vans, ending up somewhere random and then explore that location. Obviously I would have security measures in place incase it never went to plan and would be suspicious of who's vehicle i got into behand also.

I would like to go to Australia now its been mentioned. Thanks for the advise on where to go for the extreme sports in NZ. A few of my family memebers in NZ are sport mad so I wont be short of sport.

My dad got taken to the natural hot pools in NZ and I really fancy that, anyone know where that is ?

8. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've done some hitching around Australia pretty easy to get lifts although getting a truck to pick you up is pretty hard now due to insurance reason if they have an accident. If you want to get a lift on a road train go to where they load and unload stock. Around Port Aguasta i think in South Austrlia and ask there. I don't know wheather you've hitched much before but try to get dropped of on the otherside of towns unless you want to stop there. If hitching at night do it under a street light. Always trust your intstincts.
I got stuck in a small town (by town i mean petrol station) for two days once because the car i got a lift there with was the only car i saw for two days keep this in mind and have a map so you can get off at larger town to save you the hastle.
Hitching in austrlia is realatively easy and you can genrally cover huge distances really quick due to the size and distance between towns. Also in the out back you may find it hard to get a lift due to lack of traffic. If you want to get lifts go on highways as people cover a greater distance. On the other hand i've done a far bit on back roads while you get more lifts they genrally go shorter distances. but are normally farmers and can lead to a bit of work or food/accomodation.
I hitched 5000 Kilometres in just on over two days in 4 cars. Anyway good luck if you end up doing it. And happy travels.