Looking for some travelling inspiration - get me outta here!

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1. Posted by JamieUK (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Im basically looking for a companion(s) to go travelling with. Ive got a tight budget but am looking to work here there and everywhere to get by. Theres just me and my guitar at the moment, and we've got no real plans as of yet, but we're disgruntled with the 9-5 rat-race here in England and want to get out there and free. If youre a like minded individual with a strong sense of personal and philosphical motivation and can empathise with these sentiments then dont just sit there and take whats coming in life, send me an e-mail!

Till then, Jamie

2. Posted by devotchka (Budding Member 4 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jamie... I know exactly what you're talking about! When do you plan on heading out??

3. Posted by alanac (Budding Member 9 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

hey Jamie,

glad to hear im not the only one... 9-5 here in Australia is the same...
so the decision has been made - im off in May... where are you thinking of heading and when... ..

4. Posted by JamieUK (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Nice to hear from you all... Its good to know Im not the only one out there that has a restless spirit!

Im probably gonna stick out the job until spring, maybe even through to the summer at the latest, but the priority is going to be getting a fairly decent ammount of money together to get me away for potentially as long as possible. Ive been toying with the idea of busking around europe to begin with, then heading to Asia... No concrete plans yet, but I can envisage what I want to do...

I dont feel confident enough to take off straight away with limited funds, but would love to hear from anyone who may have done it on a purse-string just to see how they have got on....

Where are you guys planning on going?

Jamie :-)

5. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Jamie, One thing to note is "limited funds" arent so limiting in some parts of the world. You should be in the neighborhood of 7 to 1 Ringgit to pound sterling in Malaysia where you will find your money can go quite far, and upwords of 65 or so to one Thai Baht to Pound Sterling.
Sing Dollars should be 3.5 or so... with other countries in the region being similar, although I don't know their exchange rates by heart.

It sounds like you are planning very well, so don't let me get in your way of that... this is just sort of an FYI.

As far as living on a shoestring budget. It really depends. I have recently been reading the travel diaries of a couple travelling around the world hitchiking and camping living on I think it was 10 dollars US a day or so.

I like to be a little more comfortable than that, as such when in SE Asia for pleasure and not work I tend to budget 55 to 65 USD/day. That being said I am an avid user of public transpo which saves tons on car rentals.

6. Posted by JamieUK (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Thats very helpful Ian thanks. Thats the kind of insight/info I have been looking for, as although Ive done a little travelling, its been nothing too spectacular and hence an air of anticipation on just taking off without taking into consideration daily cash needs etc.

Ive normally always had plenty of cash to throw around when holidaying or on previous trips, but Im a little cash-strapped at the moment - and desperate to get away, hence the idea of working to get by... but it will be a new experience for me and the more advice on getting by the better, hence the thread...!

What was the name of the diaries you have been reading, is it a published works?

7. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

OK, here is a link to that travel diary. Sam and Peter I really hope you don't edit this one out.. It's not a comercial link at all... Just some useful info for Jamie... possibly anyways.


Hope this helps. Also I am in the US so if you decide to come this way let me know... obviously it's not cheap over here though, but the strong pound helps make up for that.

8. Posted by JamieUK (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Thanx, I appreciate the gesture... :-) Thanx for the link too, should make interesting reading...

9. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Don't know where exactly in the UK you're trying to get out of, but i got together with a few other Aussies who like me were sick of the London rat race and headed out on a road trip. We went to Wales and were on a budget so tight that it meant sleeping in the car more nights than we did in hostels, but it was excellent therapy - wherever you head, be it France or rural Ireland or wherever, hire a car, grab a half-decent map and go get lost with no particular schedule and don't fear camping on the roadside or whatever is necessary. It makes 9-5 routines seem like another life, you meet some amazing people, find some unspoilt out of the way places and its cheaper than living in any city. best ecperience i've had in a long time, definitely medicine for the soul.