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21. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

How long for? Good starting place :)

22. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Im planning to go for 6mths! a year i think would be too long travelling alone! Any advice?

23. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

OK SE Asia then India after 3 months :)

24. Posted by MartynH (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thought I'd chip in. I'm (also) a web monkey working in London (living in Brighton) and a few things have happened to me in the last 6 months that have opened my eyes a bit. I've got a nice house and a pretty great job, but I'm sure this isn't all there is to life.

I set myself a career based life goal when I was 25 for the 5 years following, and completed it when I was 27. I've been coasting since then and I'm almost 30. I've always wanted to go travelling and always thought I'd do it with someone else, but it seems like that's not going to happen so last week I made the decision to start planning, both geographically and mentally. I've done a lot of thinking and I'm scared, mostly, of what could happen out there, what I'm giving up to do it and what will happen when I get back but also creeping in is a sense of excitement.

I've got a while to wait until I've saved enough money for the recommended £1k a month, if I'm looking at doing a year away, but that's also more time to plan, right!? I was looking at leaving in the latter quarter of this year, and whilst I have a few ideas of where I'd like to go (snowboarding in Canada, NY to see my friend, Tokyo, Thailand, OZ or NZ, LA or SanFran and seeing the Inca temples in South America) I'm very much still trying to work out an itinerary as it's a big world and I don't even know where to start looking to plan something this big. I've got plans on getting one of those "100 places you must see before you die" and seeing if I can plan a trip to take in as much of them as possible. How is/did everyone else work out an itinerary? Has anyone found any good resources on the web in regards to packing everything up for a year and just going?

I'd be interested to see what kinda tickets people are getting. I've seen some for x thousand miles and I'd imagine they were the best ones to go for if you don't have a def itinerary in mind.

So...anyone else in London? and anyone fancy a pint after work one day? Would be good to talk to a few people going through the same mental shake up as me!!


25. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Lonely planets big trip is a great read and i thought lonely planet best in travel 2009 was a good starting point. If anything it generates excitement. STA travel were v gd when i visited recently also USIT though i found i used their info when searching the internet and found cheaper flights, accommodation etc

Lonely planet website is good!

Good luck

26. Posted by hanhans (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Annie0

Hey everyone up the alone travellers! ive been wanting to travel the world since i was 18 im now 29!! and i think why has it taken me 11yrs??? maybe its the job that i love, the house and the car!! I have got settled in my work life! I never thought i would travel the world alone its very daunting. Im planning to travel south east asia in october any advice would be welcomed.
Im thinking of an organised tour with interpid- India. Has anyone went with interpid?? I thought this would break my trip up and would not feel as lonely boo hoo.

Reading everyone's comments has made me realise im not going to be alone!

Any advice would be welcomed

Thanks :)


I am also planing a trip to se astia in october, was thinking about staying at least three months, will probably bye an open return ticket:) Made up my mind like one month ago....was sitting at home feeling lost and thought "what the hell am I doing here?", and came to the conclusion that my best course of action is to travel
Maybe a friend will acompany me for the first month, don’t know yet. However, was in Thailand for one month last year with another firend, and we met lots of solo travelsers. So don’t think it going to be a problem
I think it is going to be exciting;p

27. Posted by sophiec89 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I thought id join the debate..

i too plan on going on my own for the first time!

STA seems like a good option but im gonna do a custom-made trip. ive been to the states about 12 times already in my life and have no intention of stopping there, i wanna see parts of the world i havent yet seen.

im thinkin
south africa

not in that impractical order of course.

28. Posted by pazz5 (Budding Member 60 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Just thought I'd also add my two cents here!

I have been waiting for my best friend to make his mind up for around 12 months. I had a date set in my mind which I wanted to have the visa's/flights sorted by. That date passed two weeks ago so I now have my flights and visa sorted alone, he still hasn't made his mind up so looks like I'll be doing it solo.

I'm completely excited and in a way I'm glad that I'm doing it on my own. That way I can do what I want, when I want and after all the positive replies here I'm quite sure I will meet lots of other people in the same boat as myself.

I booked through Sta and cant recommend them enough, I just waled in un-appointed and they were really helpful, would be worth speaking to one of their agents (if you haven't already as this post is over two months old!). I'm sure they will be happy to offer some advice, even if your not looking to buy.


29. Posted by pazz5 (Budding Member 60 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Oh yeah one other thing as I've just re-read your original post and seen your dates.

I'm heading to Bangkok on the 1st October and then onto Perth 1st November so if your in the area around those dates then at least you have one person to have a few bevvies with!

30. Posted by Lozey (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey man, im in pretty much in the exact same situation. I just turned 27 and have always wanted to go off on a major trip around the world. Unfortunately, getting a credit card and car loan when I was 18 kept me tied down for a while. I have been quite a few places already but for no more than several weeks at a time but it has always been my ambition to travel the world. I am planning on heading off about September/October and am looking at the exact same destinations. My older brother lives in LA so I have a place to crash and hope to add Vancouver to the trip so I can do some snowboarding before heading back home. I have been trying to save for a while now but 3 weeks around Scandinavia set me back last year and that was on a budget but im back on track now. I just decided that if im going to do this trip I cant rely on anyone else so im just going to book it knowing that when I go there are going to be so many people in the exact same situation and it shouldnt be hard finding people to hitch along with if you need the company. I feel I need to escape the secure routine buble im in and want to do this trip while im still in my 20s and not look back and regret not going as so many elders have said to me.