First time, sort of sudden urge to travel, traveller
Erm yea basically, my life consists of working in a dive of a job (serving the general public) coming back to my parents house and living infront of a computer... So basically, from that exciting life, last august I just decided "I'm going travelling."
So basically, my rough estimate for leaving is this august and my rough plan is to do atleast a lap of the world (east to west), time isn't an issue and I'm more than willing to work abroad to help fund my travels. One of my main questions at the minute is, as I'm guessing most new comers is, how much should I be looking to save (£), i'm more interested in doing things as cheaply as possible but not being overly stingy if I don't need to be etc. In the long run, if I can handle the trip in the first place, I want to stay out as long as I can. I'm not really that interested in getting an RTW ticket to be totally honest, would rather travel by bus/train/boat and other general gravity obeying stuff...
I'm rambling a bit so I'll end this here haha.
$20K is the least I would suggest leaving home with to give you a year + or - depending on your travel style.
Oh yeah should warn you that travel is highly addictive!
I am very open to changing plans... To be honest, I feel like as this is my first trip out the country, and being alone for it, I feel i should plan some of it but in the long run I would love to just be able to float along...
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South East Asia is a definate for me. I'm assuming starting off with 5k wont get me far on this trip?
There's quite a few threads on around the world budgets, one of them will probably be about what you're looking for, short of a few adjustments.
One of the most expensive parts of traveling is getting from point A to point B. A plane ticket just to reach one of those destinations could easily set you back $1,000 right off the bat, depending on where you're departing from.
So if you've never traveled, and you don't even know if you'd like it, is there any reason you're not planning a more modest trip, just to dip your toe in the water? $5k could take you to any one (maybe three) of those countries for 3-6 months, easy. Once you get somewhere, it's a lot easier to settle down and make your money last. Or you could make a more longterm plan and keep working and saving money.
Aside from that, busman's advice is sound: a few searches will net you a lot of the knowledge you're looking for.
Greetings from New Zealand.
You have not mentioned where you are from, but I am guessing the USA. Have you heard of a Working Holiday Visa? It means that US citizens can apply for a working permit for NZ, Australia and Singapore.
As long as your are aged between 18-30, you can apply to live and work for up to a year in these countries.
Here is a link for US citizens for the NZ scheme.
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/ ... scheme.htm
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eureka-W ... 2916852962
Mama-to-many wrote:Why don't you hop on a train/ferry combination that will take you to Moscow, then keep heading east all the way to Mongolia....and after some time there, keep going to China for as long as you feel like (don't be scared off if busman tells you not to go there - heehee), then the rest of South East Asia....your money will stretch and stretch there. Then you can see how you're going, whether you need to earn some more - before hitting the more expensive countries.
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Just never got over the Chinese Police`confiscating my Lonely Planet China guide at the Nepal/Tibet border.
Lots of question to research ....
As it was said already, why don't you take a test trip. Some low budget destination, different that your home but not a total shock. Here are some safe bet countries: Peru, Syria, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia.... not overly expensive, different but not shoking, pretty safe and with lots of fellow travelers to compare notes with. If you hate low budget in any of them than low budget RTW is not for you. If you enjoy adventure in any one of them there is hope...
I have relatives in Australia so I would have a place to stay for a while.
Would going straight to Aus and going out to NZ - SE Asia - India be a better idea for a first trip then?
Going travelling is a test in my commitment as at the minute I am totally not happy in my life so I want to get out and see the world and start to rely on myself properly and see what I am actually capable of.
As far as 5k (assuming GBP) goes, I personally would feel very comfortable heading to SEA for a year with that much. But if you're going to be flying a lot then no, it likely won't last you a year.
busman7 wrote:Just never got over the Chinese Police`confiscating my Lonely Planet China guide at the Nepal/Tibet border.
Hint: travel with a cute kid or two and hide your LP in the bottom of their pack - our kids' stuff was rarely checked at border crossings!!!!
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