Traveling the World

Anonymous (@) 9 years, 5 months ago

I plan on traveling the world when im older. Not as a tourist, but as someone looking to connect to places and locals. My family expects me to go to college and get a job, the normal, dumb routine. I will probably attend college but not for the reasons which they want. I just feel as if there is so much more out there. Any HEthens out there who have similar interests? If so I could use some advice! Thaanks!

August 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm
Redolent (14) (@redolent) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, In the same boat. Ended up going to college, travelled throughout the degree (ended up taking a year off to ‘travel’ vietnam), and am now back at College completing my degree, a little older than I would like to be. The advice I can give you is just to think about the benefits some kind of training (college or a skill set) could provide you with when you break free from this all and start your further exploration of the world. Being able to use the opportunities you were born into to help out others is a great feeling. But all in all, follow your own path, learn from others paths, but always feel free to go your own way, there’s no ultimate formula for how to do this life thing.

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Anonymous (2) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@redolent, Thank you so muuch! And how was Vietnam?

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Redolent (14) (@redolent) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Vietnam was eye opening, just the different ways of life (and the absurdity of the concept of ‘normal’) that are out there and finding my own way of doing things. Ended up turning around from what had meant to be me walking away from all the civilities of life, to return to finish my degree (in social policy). Odd to say why I returned, I still have no readily available definition of what I want to do in the future, but I enjoy learning about my major, and want to complete this part of my life, not for a better job opportunity, but just for me. Finishing next year and so far the plans range from living in south america, learning to build log homes somewhere in north america, heading to india to be with my long time partner, or the very unlikely option of putting my degree to work.
So yeah, what I’m saying, is I have no idea what I’m doing, and I hope that is somewhat comforting for you in the process of making your own decisions.
Good luck mate

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Jessica Vannette (6) (@butidonteven) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

im 17 and ive done 2 student exchanges where i lived in england and germany both for a month. those experiences were eye opening and i found my passion to travel. im going to college next year, and ive come to the conclusion i will get a degree for the sole purpose to join in the peace corps. im going to minor in french, so ill study abroad for a year in france, and ill end up traveling for my job with the peace corps. not only is the traveling nice, but to feel like i contributed to society would feel so satisfying.

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kmcbain (3) (@kmcbain) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Your mind will change.
Depending on what age you’re at, I’ve found a lot of my friends had the inclination to travel as soon as you got out of college, or in between, or before even going and less than one eighth of them actually did it. I have yet to do it and I came so close to going a few years back.

I think the concept is amazing, but to be honest financially I don’t know if it’s practical but it all depends on the person. I’d love to find myself out there in the big world, and I really hope to one day get out there because I love experiencing new things but for now I need to find a solid bedding for my future endeavours.

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Petiolaris (23) (@hydrangea1) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

i think the same way, my family wants me to do that routine you call it, its really tedious specially when my career choice is based solely on the fact that i want to travel and i dont know if i am making the wrong decision because of the reasons that i am choosing my career path. Probably when i have some economical freedom i might get the courage to go on my own but for now im just gonna stick with the “plan” … BUT if you can do it without all the nonsense and just jump right to it then go ahead it’ll be a great experience

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I don’t mean to be rude but sometimes I don’t understand traveling….I guess partially because I’ve only ever done a little bit of it. But whenever I think of travelling I always wonder, what’s the point of going somewhere else if I’m going to be the same “me” when I’m there, and the same “me” when I’m back? I’m sure travelling has its fun bits and all, but sometimes I find it hard to see the point unless you come back a little more grown as a person….like, some people that I used to go to school with I see have travelled, then they come back and work the same old boring jobs in the same old boring lives they had before….all they did was just walk around some other city than here. I don’t know……..

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I was the exact, same way.

Since I graduated, I have been to 7 different countries in Europe, and have been to Spain on 5 separate occasions. I’m now 26 years old and am ready to settle down a bit and focus on my future and career.

I say this sincerely and with the utmost conviction…..definitely go and travel the world! See as many places as you can! There is nothing that compares to getting out and experiencing the world you live in. Nothing compares to immersing yourself into a foreign culture. It’s humbling, and it makes you appreciate the world and your fellow human beings. Do as much traveling as you can. I am not done traveling the world, by any means. But I have to focus on some other things right now.

The key is to do what we love and yet figure out a way to take advantage of the unfortunate system we have – aka MONEY. What you HAVE TO REALIZE is that you CAN make a living in this world by doing what you love, but it’s entirely up to your dedication. Only YOU are going to know what you’re meant to do with your life. It’s all a matter of how badly you want something, and how you make it manifest into your life by willing it to (the law of attraction).

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Daniel (316) (@qwuakeup) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Yes this is my ultimate goal in life. I want to travel the world just to simply experience, even if it means camping and hiking, and I want to fund it with some form of internet income, so I can earn it anywhere. If you want to help me click here http://www.monkboss.com ;)

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Anonymous (2) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

Thank you all for your feedback! Its been greatly helpfull! :)

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Deepak (37) (@deepak87) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

I know of people who go to 100’s of treks, but they still function with the same worldview and see the world through almost the same goggles as they started. In fact I have seen this with tourism too. There are people who travel to scores of countries, but they are pretty much the same. They would go to the same kind of places, maybe visit popular spots, if they are into dining – some eating joints etc.

As you get older, you have pretty much experienced all the trees, roads, streets, buildings, statues, temples, trails, stones, water bodies etc. IMO everything is mental. Even if I see a YouTube video about the pyramids and read about its dimensions, facts history, I have already got a large chunk of the experience. So when I actually see it, the wonder element is not that intense. I think the bottom line is your perception goggles and previous knowledge.

Just think about childhood. Everything is wondrous, rapturous, intense, frightening etc. How exactly does that disappear in adulthood. I would think its because when we are creating brand new mental archetypes, models its creates this sense of wonder. But by the time we reach adulthood of say >30years of age, we have experienced A LOT. Even if not directly everything, we have models and archetypes which can accommodate things without much neural effort.

Like say I visit a club in Spain. I already know what to expect. There are concepts which are highly detailed like: a building, a room, flashing colorful lights, LEDs, girls, different people and their clothes etc.

These concepts are so detailed because:
1. I may have previously visited 100’s of clubs
2. I have seen plenty of girls, guys in different clothes of all ages in them
3. I have seen various buildings, rooms with different decor

I am currently 25 years of age. I do feel wonder for certain new experiences. But it is nowhere as intense as my early childhood experiences.

That is part of the reason why I started getting more interested in meditation and mind expanding drugs such as weed, LSD, psychedelics etc. before considering world travel.

Others, please comment on my views or share perspectives.
Does traveling the world really give you guys as much pleasure as you might think it would?

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Ivan (0) (@chasing1catfish) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, i feel the dude. i’ve found myself in a very similar situation recently. I’ve always wanted to travel but unsure when i could possibly do it and how i would even go about doing such things. There are many work exchange programs around the world which offer amazing opportunities to work, live, and learn in communities in many countries all over the world. I myself am involved with the program WWOOF (world wide opportunities on organic farms/willing workers on organic farms/etc) and am taking time off from college to travel as far and wide as i can. WWOOF is awesome because it allows for you to travel nearly anywhere in the world you want and as long as you have the means to get to where you want to go, the visa’s and all of the proper paperwork (varies country to country), and some extra spending money. You get to pick organic farms on which you’d like to work and as long as you work a certain amount of hours a day (varies from farm to farm but usually no more than 6hrs a day) you have the rest of your time to do whatever you’d like and you can stay on any amount of farms for a negotiated amount of time with the farm. It’s an amazing opportunity to travel in a cost effective manor and see some amazing parts of the world and meet amazing people.

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Anonymous (216) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, Dude, I’ve been there. I took half a year off from college to go to China and the Philippines. Here’s the advice I would give myself if I could do it over again.

Take time off if you need to, but when you’re in college, BE IN COLLEGE. Be motivated and have a good fucking time. Don’t look at college like a stepping stone that you must work through to join the masses like the “sheeple.” View it as one, continuous, unbroken story. You in College, chapter 1. What you learn should be like 25% school work and 75% everything else in life that you and everyone else there has never experienced before. You’re not just a student anymore, you’re a young adult. Drop the old labels and figure yourself out. Only in college can you do that AND you get this awesome thing called a degree that will let you earn 1 mil $ more over your lifetime. $ is real and YES IT MATTERS. $ isn’t the most important thing but you need it if you want to play the modern society game. $ allows you to do so much more.

When in college, go with the flow, discover your abilities, likes, dislikes, friends, opportunities, lovers, haters, other cultures and perspectives, everything. How to say this…go crazy. This is your last real chance to enjoy being crazy until you’re retired. Don’t even blink, man.

Travelling can be nucking futs. Bring people who know how to have a good time and leave your inhibitions.

The Philippines is a modern but poor country. Lots of seedy streets, but there are legitimately good people around too. Like the nicest, most-hospitable people you could meet. Boracay is one giant orgy.

Go to China if you can afford a house and you’ll always remember every second of it except for the cocaine and the hospital bill.

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reneeeee.g (9) (@reneeguthreau) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@redolent, I went to Vietnam to teach English and traveled afterwards, a total of two months last summer. It was the defining moment in my life that put everything together- my past, my present, my future, and my dreams. Everything became so clear and I there on out knew I wanted to teach abroad and travel the rest of my life, connecting with like-minded individuals around the world and experiencing cultures from even the smallest of countries. Vietnam truly is a magical place, I plan to live there for a few years at some point once I finish my degree finally. Best of luck to you and your studies! (:

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Anonymous (7) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I’m still in high school and I feel exactly the same :/

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@sbsc716, then this site is for you http://www.realgap.co.uk/top-trips-for-17-year-olds

Aslo EVERYONE should check it out. My new goals are to do trips from this site!!
http://www.realgap.co.uk/destinations

I’m glad I could help :)

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Mels (16) (@mels) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I feel the same.
Travel has been my dream since I was little.
Im 23, working 45 hours per week, and studying political science. Im not sure this is my “thing”, so I’ve been thinking in dropping out, and travel the world next year.
I know a college dreegre its something very important, but i dont feel like I’ve found my vocation.
Im from Argentina, south america, so it’s really hard to have savings to do this. ( 5 dollars = 1 peso ; 6 euro = 1 peso). Next year, in march, i’ll have 4.000 dolars. Dont know if I should wait, and save some more, by october i think i could have 8.000 dollars, depends how my country is doing.
I’d love to travel for many years, get jobs on the run, doesnt matter what, teaching guitar, english, spanish, i dont care.
I want to start with europe, backpacking, and then go from there. Asia has been a favourite for a long time.
I dont know if this is really crazy, has someone from here already did it?

(So sorry for my english, Im still learning, but I really love this page so I had to write!)

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Irene En Route (16) (@irene1982) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Hi, I’m 30 yrs old, got a degree at university of real estate (boooring…) got a few office job (even more boooring..) before I found out that I just don’t know what else to do in this world than use as minimal as possible (including money) and inspire as much people as possible. I started traveling when I was 25. Every time I went, it was just for a few months. In between I got jobs. Which was okay, coz you need money to stay alive in society (and save money for travels)
I became a fulltime traveler just now, not a tourist at all. I just got rid of my stuff, my job and my house (except for some boxes with books and souvernirs). I’m almost free now. To travel. And use again (airplanes, hostels, …stuff, plastics…). Don’t like this, but..anyway

I understand the feeling of connecting the world. I have that strong feeling myself. But please keep in mind that connecting is not changing! Connecting is giving yourself to them and accept them and their culture and the way they’ve been living for generations long.
Remember that everyone you meet is there to teach you something. Probably more than schools and colleges anyway. They will teach you about life.

But unfortunatly…there are a lot of people on this earth (like 98% or so prob) who think that you need money in order to survive. This is not only happening in the United states of America and Europe, it’s happening all over the place. from the poorest to the richest.
But LIFE doesn’t cost money, society does.
I know college is boring. And jobs are. And that you have a choice in life. We, in the west , are ridiculously free. We won’t lose our dignity because we chose to skip college. But if you connect to the locals in 3rd world countries, where they don’t have any opportunities, let alone money, you’ll become to know that telling a story like this makes the dignity of all the people in the room dissapear, including yours. I guess what I’m trying to say is, keep in mind that your choices here (at home) affect all the people you meet….

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havilah (5) (@superchic) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, I am a teacher, musician and world-traveler. If you have the resources, energy and desire I say travel and explore now. Through exploration of the world and of yourself, you will discover where your true passion lies. Then you can decide how and where best to educate yourself in order to achieve your goals. A lot of people waste a ton of money and time going to college without knowing what field they’d like to work in or what they’d like to learn. If you don’t want to travel as a tourist, pick a place and find a way to work there, as a volunteer or otherwise. By being of service, you will be more welcomed and exposed to the local community. Teaching English, working in shelters, or working on a farm in exchange for room and board and even language lessons are all possibilities which will give you a more profound perspective of the places and people you are visiting. This is just as educational if not more so than going to a class every day you may or may not be interested. Your parents are important people to listen to but they are people, at some point you will have to make your own life decisions whether they agree with them or not. Good luck.

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kaysteady (18) (@stereofidelic) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, Absolutely!! This has been my dream for quite some time. I’ve been trying to save up money to travel before I decide on settling down somewhere. I attended my Freshman year of college…. hating it. Dreading it almost. I kept thinking, I’m now spending my own money on something I don’t even want to do. So I decided to take a hiatus from school for a while.
Traveling felt more natural. Going out and exploring the sites, sounds, and history of a place felt more enticing. I’m a bit afraid until I get a really good nest egg underneath me so I can actually take a couple of months and just go to Europe.
Everyone around me fed me the same story outside from a couple of friends. They felt just as trapped as I was, but people tend to get afraid of someone who doesn’t necessarily want to plug themselves into the grid so to speak. The creative lifestyle scares the shit out of people. At least in my experience. I’m glad to see things like this on HE. Go travel and have fun.

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who (557) (@season) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, Best advice I’ve gotten: “Just go man. You can come back whenever, and everyone will be doing the same shit.”

search these:
http://www.findacrew.net
couchsurfing.org
wwoof.org
ESL certification

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O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I recently heard something good I might try in the future. Buy an airplane ticket one year in advance. You then have 365 days to plan your trip and earn money for the road. At the end of one year, you might be able to go for months, or maybe just a few days. In any case, you won’t regret it.

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Anonymous (3) (@) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

@5h3r1dan, You don’t need advice. We’re leaving right after high school. You and me. We’re traveling everywhere and that’s final. Love you.

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El Vagabundo (9) (@stett454) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

I’m desperate for travel…. Headed to Colombia for 1 year in December…. Can’t wait!

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Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

@Angiemarieeee, Aaaaw, how sweet

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