Hi everyone :)
So i got a few questions about traveling, since i abselutely love to do that.
But as a 17 year old, i have never traveled with out adults.
So how much different is it to travel without adults?
Is it selfish to travel just to see new things?
How do you start traveling?
How important is it to have freinds to travel with?
Any specific mindset required?
Which tools, if any, is needed?
Is it selfsutainable or how would one keep going?
If you think you have some advise which does not fit into the quisten or maybe a link to an older topic conserning this, feel free to write it aswell :)
@reinert, start ‘local’ for a short period then go further and further. You have the advantage of getting used to being without your parents but your not so far away that you can’t get help if the shit hits the fan.
Where are you living at the moment? Perhaps some people could give you recommendations.
Some places you gotta be safe. You can always travel for free (hop on a freight).
Stay toward tourist/college towns until you can handle it. Use your common sense and don’t go overboard, you can get hurt. Just because someone offers it doesn’t mean you gotta try it. Always have condoms…
Ask drifters man.
Make friends. That’s an important one. Do it where ever you go.
Don’t be afraid. It’s like jumping in a pool, you’ll find the water’s warm and it’s a lot better than sitting around watching everyone else.
@piptherational, Im in northen denmark, Europe. I see what you mean about shit hitting the fan and i should proberly start close and work my way out.
@ballsackturtles23, Thanks for the tips :) I havent been the best to make freinds but hopefully it can be learned.
@realone2014, Thanks for the spam :P
Thanks for the replys guys :) hope more will be comming.
It’s important to have some idea of what you are getting yourself into. Just basic research to make sure you don’t have huge bureaucratic issues with visas and whatnot. That being said, I suggest you commit yourself to traveling and just get out the door as soon as you can.
You don’t need to travel with friends. Make friends while you travel. Pack as few things as possible. The more you have to carry the more of a hassle it is. You can buy whatever you need wherever you go.
As far as being sustainable, that depends on what you are doing. If you have no source of income and you are staying in hotels and partying every night, then no, it’s not sustainable. But you can get jobs teaching English, work in hostels, WWOOF, couchsurf, etc. There are ways to make travel quite a bit cheaper than living at home.
I am eighteen and have been traveling alone for nine months now.
You don’t need friends to travel, in fact I would recommend traveling alone.
Stay at hostels, you make friends, and meet like people at these hostels.
Keep your mind open, let things happen, go with the flow.
As for picking where you travel, just make sure you know if you need a visa. Don’t worry if you don’t see the sights, do how you feel but try not to sit in a hostel all day. Make as few plans as possible.
Don’t be scared or nervous, you won’t enjoy your travels as much if you are scared. At the same time, go out of your comfort zone.
For sustainable travel, travel as the locals do, you can always try and get a job at a hostel for a month or two, I got TEFL certified and was able to volunteer teach for a couple months and room and board was provided.
Most importantly enjoy yourself, party, relax, and meet people!
Thanks for the wonderfully reply’s, i was thinking of doing voluntary work and in that way get around the globe, but i was wondering what does one do in the spare time? since your only working like 5 hours a day. You cant travel away because one have to be back again for the next day.