ljdaviss asked: hi, I see that youre travelling and was wondering if I could have some advice about the whole experience? (caution: annoying and relentless questions to follow) are you travelling a country, returning home, then saving money to go to the next country again and again or have you saved up to do a long all at once tour of the world? either way, how much did you save? did you decide to travel alone or with others? and where are the best places you've been to so far :) hope youre enjoying it!
Just typed out a big reply to your question and it disappeared somewhere…devastation! I’ll try again…
No worries on all the questions, I’m happy to help anyone out who wants to travel :).
I’m travelling for a year. I bought a round the world plane ticket with the option to change flights,which trust me I have, sometimes it’s free sometimes there is a fee. If you are in the uk and want one of these I would suggest going with a company called travel nation. They are a small company with seasoned travellers working for them so they are very friendly and helpful. You deal with the same person throughout your entire trip. You get their direct email for while you are travelling. They will change the flights for you and if you want they can arrange shorter flights in the middle of your trip, although the couple times I have needed this I have just done it myself…I forgot that they provides this service at the time but don’t know if it would have been any cheaper that way. I tried some of the bigger companies but felt very impersonal.
I can’t remember exactly how much I saved. I have been working in Australia to top up my funds so no matter how much you save as long as you are happy to stay in one place for a while and get the right visa (or not depending on how laid back your employer is -you didn’t hear that from me though :P) you can always top up your money. It’s super easy to get a working holiday visa in Australia, it lasts a year and if you want to extend it to two years you have to do things like fruit picking on farms for 3 months…which is also a good way to save more money. Australia has very good wages but is also very expensive. There are also lots of ways of doing things cheap. I highly recommend websites like couch surfing. Good for finding places to stay and also just meeting people or finding people to share rides with. Gumtree is just as useful in Australia for meeting people to share lifts with. I have also done some hitch hiking in Australia, which I loved. I’ve also heard its especially easy to do in New Zealand.
I started in America with my friend from back home. We travelled round for three months and then went to Fiji. After that we parted ways I came to Australia and she went to New Zealand. I have been meeting people to travel with while I have been in Australia. So really I have done a bit of both, travelled alone and with a friend. To start with I don’t think I could have travelled alone, I can be quite a quiet and shy person so it was good I was with a friend. Also it is fun having someone you know well with you. But now I absolutely adore meeting new people and going wherever I want to go whenever i want. I’m even going into Asia by myself, which was something I never thought I would do. Now I can’t wait!
I think my favorite place so far has been Fiji. Incredibly beautiful and the people are absolutely lovely! Australia is also an amazing place, the wildlife is crazy and such different landscapes and places to explore!
So yes, if you can go travelling then I highly recommend it. Sounds like a total cliche but I don’t care…I’ve completely grown and found myself while I’ve been travelling. So much more confident and sure of myself.
Sorry if I rambled on a bit there, just read it back and was a rad lengthy. hope it was all relevant to you, if I missed anything out or you want to know anything else feel free to message me :).