So I see that one of the most common bucket list dream/goals is to travel.
I am wondering if there is people on this site that have had successful travels. What are some ways that one can travel and fund those travels. I’ve looked into teaching abroad and I’m wondering if there is other things people have stumbled upon, tried out, or perhaps that they are doing right now.
I’d just like to hear some stories, ideas and options as I plan out my upcoming post grad years!
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Its my number 2 recommendation to people, GO TRAVEL! Ive met tons of people who had almost no money and travelled anyway, this is easily doable in asia where it is really cheap (and one can go to australia to work or teach english in japan/vietnam/korea.) Travelling is amazing,
@CJV There are more jobs than people in Australia right now. Their economy didnt get hit at all during the economic crisis. Also it is really easy for an American to get a work visa for a year. You can apply online. I was there over my christmas break from school and had a great time. I recommend Couchsurfing.com. You stay with locals and really get to know the culture and the people. It is also free.
Great places to brudget travel and are not on most peoples radar: Next christmas im planning a loop in Isreal and Jordon. It has so much histroy you can camp and couchsurf and really have a great time and learn a lot. I have some friends that highly recommend it.
Also Morocco is amazing. They people are really nice. You can hitch hike, take your tent in the middle of the desert and just relax. Also there is good surfing on the coast and climbing in the Atlas mountains. (bare in mind that there is a bit of unrest in Northern Africa at the moment.) This travel is on my bucket list.
Turkey is a beautiful country too and Greece. But if you like beautiful waterfalls, volcanoes, swimming and the nicest people in the world go to Iceland. Iceland is by far the most beautiful place Ive ever been. It is rather expensive tho.
I spent 5 weeks in Austrialia with a program, but I talked to plenty of foreigners who had entered and stayed months while picking up work when funds got low. One kid I talked to said he stayed at a hostel and people would just show up and ask for day-help for odd-jobs. Should be able to get plenty of help at hostels.
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Last summer my boyfriend and I bought a beater car and traveled from Colorado to Michigan and back. Stopped by Kansas City, Chicago, St.Louis, and Milwaukee to busk (play music on the streets for gas money and food). Such a gratifying experience to see the country, and helps you appreciate home more. Then my mother and I took a trip out east (to CT and NY) last fall (funded by my Grandpa though). Road trips are the way to go. Someday I want to go outside of the USA though.
I travel every 2 years…and stay for 3-6 months at a time in a country. What I do is I really put in an effort to save every single day towards my travel money. I usually put in $5 or $10 per day…and within a year I have my airfare covered…plus pocket money if I book a really good deal online. At first, I find it difficult putting in money everyday…but my goal is to be out and see the world…so I manage to save…sacrifice little things I don’t really need and save up for a bigger, more satisfying adventure. =) I’ve done most of Asia (Nepal is my fave) and some parts of South America (Chile and Argentina is a must)…I’m going to “robust” places first while I’m young…and saving Europe for when I am older :o).
Couchsurfing really works and can be fun. Also, look into mindmyhouse.com…if you want to stay for longer periods in a country (build up reference when you house-sit or pet-sit for friends and family). I haven’t tried WOOFing but have friends who have and they’ve all had positive experiences. I just came back from Nepal and met new friends there from NZ…they told me it’s fairly easy to find work there, too, and that they are in need of teachers. =)
Everyone that wishes to travel should have a look at Coach Surfing, a program to stay with someone for an agreed upon time and duration and you share a dinner or many sharing your cultural similarities and differences with each other. The best part is that just enjoying another persons company is usually the price or a small gift for the host that you are staying with, is always appreciated. I suggest anyone that would like to travel on a low budget check it out.
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@Martijn: Nepal won me over last year…can’t wait to go back out there again and serve. You’re right…it IS a beautiful country. It’s RAW!..and you can’t help but be raw as well! =) When were you there? Which places?
I roamed about wherever I could…except the Everest region. I volunteered in Sangachowk for a month, checked out The Last Resort, headed west to Lumbini and surrounding towns. Stayed in Kathmandu and Patan for a bit before i got into the lovely spell of Pokhara and went trekking. I LOVE Pokhara…i’ll head straight out there instead of Kathmandu next time. =) Then I stayed around the Bouddha area to teach with a friend…did Vipassana in Boudhanilkanta…hit Bhaktapur, and then I had my refuge in Pharping!
It’s Nepal’s tourism year this year…free visa for 2nd timers. =)
I did a 10-day trek in Langtang area, 3 weeks in kathmandu (Patan, boudha, vaswami) and did a one month Geluk tradition retreat at Kopan Monastery (just outside kathmandu). First time asia, two months total, and I totally loved it.
How was your refuge? Why did you do it if I may ask?
I was actually just trying to commune with fellow practitioners/seekers and receive as much dharma teachings as I am ready for…because here in the states it’s not as easy to do that. By the time I got to Pharping, I knew I wanted to take the refuge…my friend’s guru was giving empowerment that week and the guru granted our request to be in his presence (so I can ask tons of questions). I was instructed into it…got renamed, took my vows, and was given specific tasks for my practice. Baby steps compared to an initiation. That takes years of study and a personal connection with my own guru…I’m not there, yet.
The refuge is actually what it IS for me…(1) I take refuge in the buddha-dharma-sangha. I sometimes feel lost and disheartened in my own practice…and it’s so easy to get suckered back into the sleep-walking-lifestyle here at home…I think that I really need support during those times. Taking the refuge strengthens and deepens my practice. It is (2) a conviction of my own path…i’m now saying YES to this path and am committed to GROW in it. And also (3) I am allowing myself to give back to others…my own practice to be a refuge for others who need it.
I was thinking of going for the retreat in Kopan and actually planned to head onto Tushita …but I had to cut my trip short and be with family…so I did a 10-day Vipassana instead. I heard good stuff about Kopan. Did you take refuge? Gelug…The Yellow Hat tradition. Cool. =) I took refuge with my Nyingma dharma sisters…The Red Hat tradition. =)
Wow, very cool! About 1/3 took refuge at Kopan but there was no urge/convincing argument for me to join them. Ive been only into buddhism for about 6 months now (Kopan was almost 4 months) and I don’t want to hurry into something I might regret later on.
Kopan was incredible, great environment, great people and learned tons. Definately recommended!