I’ve decided to travel the world, I’m going to expand myself spiritually, physically, mentally, and culturally. Except I haven’t the slightest idea about doing it! I’m still in high school but I’m thinking after that, the world is my oyster, I need tips and ideas to where to go.
anywhere and everywhere, would be my suggestion for destination. There hasnt been a place i’ve been to that hasnt expanded my views on life, and just my general thirst for the world. What kind of budget will you be looking at? If you go europe, hostels are great, and very cheap. Also great places to meet new people as you will probably be sharing rooms with some of them. Always know where your passport is. dont take drugs from any strangers…not that i’m against drugs, just that people will constantly try and rip you off. Meet people, make friends with them, and then try and get their drug connection if you need to go down that path.
If you decide to surf America, I would suggest couch surfing. There are many websites where people post that allow you to sleep on their couch. Its pretty safe, IMO, but do your research. I would give you more info, is there any specific questions you have?
Highschool? yes, here’s how: dress like a squatter and attract local squatters. tell ’em that your new to this but you really want to travel the world and avoid having a great life filled with luxury and truly intelligent and down to earth people. (note that a bum who is always in the same place asking for money as yesterday is considered a “Home Bum”, but a poor dirty individual who begs for money and travels from place to place consistently is considered a “squatter”)
Of course you’ll be very dirty by becoming a squatter, but you’ll make money by holding a cardboard sign next to free ways and by asking your mom and dad to send you money because life is too hard. and you’ll get free food by friendly pro-homeless restaurant employees that feel really bad for you! You’ll learn how to hop trains from city to city while trying to avoid getting arrested, and how to break into houses, and you’ll learn hip new anti-america/anti-job symbols to spray paint on your dirty bum clothes and all over the working classes houses. And you’ll get another dirty “road dog” to get completely wasted with every single night of your life! LEGIT!
Or you can find a suggar momma or suggar daddy and just let them use you for sex, (if you’re pretty enough) while begging them to give you money for traveling…
Or you could look into being a flight attendant.
Or a Reviewer for world wide hotels or restaurants.
Or just start walking and swimming very well in one general direction…
It’s very easy really, and the possibilities are endless.
I’ve been to london, scottland, ireland, york, new york, boston, main, dallas, vegas, and a few other places around the world that aren’t THAT worth mentioning, and i’m only 20. It’s not that hard really, you just have to be in the right place at the right time it seems.
We have similar goals.
Only I am in the middle of college and trying to plan it all out.
Here’s how I am doing it, you may have the luxury of not having to go about my way.
I am taking my damn time and preparing myself before I go. I want to be gone for a long time, a very long one. But I am still in the middle of unfinished business here in the States.
So I research! Oh how I do! i read how to travel lightly and cheaply! I read blogs of people who have circumvented the globe! I look at airline rewards! Hotel costs!
I think of the places I will go, notes places want to go… note stops that might be of interest. And I keep in mind that all of this will probably go out the window when the journey begins.
I’m also picking up some languages that can be of use. You pick up things when you are immersed much faster, but I think a basis helps.
And all in all.. I work on my own self-development.
The thing is, I have time. You might not.
To me, every step of this preproduction ( sorry, i’m a film student) just increases my anticipation for when it all starts.
Also, keep in mind the USA ( where I assume you are from) Is hugely vast and full of all sorts of cultures and places to sail. You can even start now.
Hope this helps.
@mowgli1, you might try wwoof, you work on farms all over the world in exchange for room and board or partial room and board, depending on the amount of time you work each day. Be sure to check out wwoof reviews to see if this might work for you.
@damama, My parents run a WWOOF farm, it’s fun to try out, but I wouldn’t do it for long, you can get burnt out very quickly and you don’t get paid.
-Couch surfing is the way to go (in my opinion), my parents are travelling across Canada right now through only couch surfing, it doesn’t cost anything and you can learn so much from the people whose couches you surf. This isn’t available everywhere, but North America and Europe are pretty good. In some places it’s safer to stay in a hostel or hotel than camping or staying with locals.
-Do it with a friend, travelling can be pretty lonely specially if you’re in a country where they speak a language you can’t communicate in fluently.
-Make a plan of places you want to go and how long you will spend there and the money you will need, always plan that you will spend more than your initial budget :) Plans will always change along the way, be flexible and go with the flow, that’s when you will experience the best moments. And unless you’re that good at budgeting, be prepared for running out of money.
-Plan how you will move around, car, van, bus, bicycle (I did this in Cuba for a week, it was fantastic!), motorcycle, plane, boat, horse, camel, etc. Switch it up depending on your surroundings, and experience the different ways to go :)
-Pack carefully, don’t take too much with you, there are online lists people have made to help you decide what to bring. A journal is at the top of mine.
Most important: Smile! It will get you places. Along with friendliness, and a positive attitude.
@mowgli1, Hey Clare! I hope you’re doing great!
If I’m answering to you now it’s because I’ve been travelling much lately and it has been my best satisfaction! I’m 22 now, and all I can say is that travelling has changed my mind. But it also has become a drug, and a very addictive one :)
I grew up in France and been travelling through Europe, to the US, to Australia (where I’m doing my studies) and to South-East Asia.
I’ve enjoyed all my trips, but I have to disagree with what most people have answered you before me!!
THE EXPERIENCE YOU’LL GET FROM A TRIP TOTALLY VARIES FROM ANOTHER!!! It depends on the place you are going. Every place is different but there are some places that are only, let’s say, 20% different from what you’re used to, and places 100% different :)
For me, as a European, I can assure you that travelling to the US or to Australia hasn’t been as rewarding as travelling to Asia. I wanted to see something different, a place where I could meet people that were different, taste different food, smell different, see different, simply LIVE DIFFERENT!
In other words I simply needed to get out of the “Western World”.
And visiting countries like Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have changed me, really. I feel more aware, not only of poverty and stuff (we all have some kind of idea of real poverty..), but mostly of how people are different and live differently (really differently) from our countries.
Well if you want to have a new perspective on the world, get away of the west :)
But be ready for an adventure!!!
If you prefer to start with something less different, then you can just travel where you want!
Hope that helps!
@misssunbeam, Haha that is really wise advise you’re giving here, but don’t you think that some people would prefer to travel without doing all that?
OK I’ll explain my thoughts!!
You said “Do it with a friend, travelling can be pretty lonely specially if you’re in a country where they speak a language you can’t communicate in fluently.”
Well I have to say that I completely disagree with you on that one. I’ve been travelling with friends and by my own, and it is when travelling alone that I enjoyed the most my trips. It depends on you, on how you want your trip to be…Maybe Clare would prefer to do it alone too… I mean everybody’s different. The advises you are giving here could not correspond to her. They wouldn’t have been appropriate for me for instance!
I’ve met so many people while travelling alone…and NEVER EVER THE LANGUAGE HAS BEEN TROUBLE!!! It is so easy to communicate in this world, it’s not a matter of words but feelings and expression. Communication’s not only words…
And it’s sometimes very agreeable to become friend with someone you can’t really talk with, trust me :) You learn more of the person itself and what is on his/her mind!
Then you talk about planning. I will write the same thing I’ve written before: IT DEPENDS ON THE PERSON! There is no obvious advise to be given about that, as we are all different. It is not because YOU like to plan trips in advance that everyone else does!!!
My best trips happened without being planned at all!!!!!!
The thing I agree with you is the advice about money of course… It is better being financially prepared before travelling the world… even though I know some people that managed to go to the other side of the world without much money by finding some jobs here and there on the way :)
So Carina, if I can give you just one advise, read “On The Road” written by Jack Kerouac. It is one of the best books in my opinion, and it will change your vision of travelling :) :)
Thanks so much for this thread!
I am in the process of preparing to travel to South America from Michigan by motorcycle. I have lots of questions because I have never really traveled anywhere by myself or without really planning. I did spend a day in Seattle wandering lol, but that was just a day. I plan on reading a few books like Motorcycle diaries about Che Guevara’s travels throughout South America.
It actually seems a bit frightening when you think about it; not knowing anything, except maybe a friend coming along. Its crazy and I feel like I have alot of preparation to do before I embark, but I need to get out there and experience alot more than working a job and going to school.
What are some more things I can do to prepare? What books do you recommend? How much money should I save up? What are some useful things you guys have come to love on your travels? How dangerous is it actually to travel to these places?
@falsecandles, Thanks for your reply.
I’m actually not from USA, but the Faroe Islands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands). I plan to be gone for a long time too, approximately 3 years or so, and like you, I am also in the middle of college. I’ve been planning to sail around the world ever since I was 15 (I’m 19 nom) and read a book called The Journey Around the Blue Planet by a faroese woman called Durita Holm who circumnavigated the world in her boat, Salka Valka.
What I really wanna do right now is just leave college, because it isn’t getting me any closer in the pursuit of my dream. But anyways, when I’m finished I’m going to apply to a maritime school in Denmark where you learn everything you need to know about sailing a sailing boat while sailing onboard a fully rigged ship from 1934 called George Stage for half a year. The ship is the school!
(This is George Stage)
When I’m finished with the half-year maritime school, hopefully all I need is a sailing boat. I want to accuire one WITHOUT getting myself into debt! So no loan.
At the moment I’m reading a book called A Handbook In Practical Seamanship.
@frankidelics, I thought of the friend thing after I’d posted it, that’s very true. I’ve travelled once with a boyfriend and once alone, and it’s true you have much more rewarding experiences going alone, but I was wishing I had a friend when I went to Cuba alone, also because I’m female, and there are some things in countries like Cuba that are made harder by this. Depends where you’re going.
And planning, it is important for some people, yes, and some can manage to just wing it, but the wingers are usually experienced travellers, and in this case she’s still in highschool and hasn’t had the experience yet to just wing it. Over planning is bad, agreed! You waste your time planning more than the basics. And when you say your best trips happened without being planned at all, are you saying you suddenly got on a plane without even packing or knowing where you were going? This is what I mean by planning. Spontaneity is great, deciding to go somewhere a week before you leave is fun, but you still need to plan what you’re bringing (also called PACKING) and you obviously will know where you’re going. It’s true transportation doesn’t really need to be planned ahead much unless you want to go by bicycle or motorcycle, something a bit different, in which case you have to think about bringing spare parts, repair kit, and how to pack your stuff onto your chosen mode of transportation. My point: Planning CAN be important.
@paradoxone, My dad took my family, mum and 4 kids, on a 1 1/2 year sailing trip when I was 10/11, he did it without loans and wrote a book about it. It wasn’t me who did the hardest parts, I just went along for the ride as usual, but I know that you can do it and that you most likely will LOVE it!
@misssunbeam, Hey Carina!
Yes yes yes, I agree with you now :D
And that’s true that packing is necessary before travelling! But I still have a slight doubt about planning haha :P
There was one day I missed a flight, was supposed to go to Cambodia but couldn’t cause I didn’t have enough money to buy a new ticket for there, so I just went to the airport and bought a flight for the next destination… I can tell you that was one of my best experiences!!!!! I had absolutely no idea where I was going to (except the name of the country of course but that was it!!), and I just enjoyed it probably even more than if it had gone the way I planned everything!
I am planning to do the same thing someday, as it seems most people are on this website. :) One thing I would say from my experience in traveling, even for a short period of time is to plan breaks. It is so easy to get burned out quickly, and when you are in a foreign country and you are tired, dirty, and a little bit moody, life can suck. So make sure you stay in one place for a while without planning to do anything. The best parts of my trips were when we had free time to explore and chill.