What are some Good Tips and Advice for a Recent Graduate who wants to Travel Overseas?
pick up the 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris. while it's a book on building online businesses it has a ton of travel advice in it. Also pick up the book How to travel safely by Stratfor. it's a good book on staying safe overseas in cultures you aren't accustomed to.
Make a list of the things you want to accomplish while traveling overseas. The list should be in order of priority. The main purpose of your travel will have the biggest influence on how you need to plan. Whether you want to work and make money, meet as many people as possible to gain social and cultural experience, travel to as many places as possible, or gain an education will be a major influence. Cost will also be a a big factor. Some areas of the world it may cost much more to travel, live, and find work. There are many opportunities for traveling overseas. You can find work, volunteer, do a foreign exchange with a school, or just back pack. The goals you have for yourself should direct you.
If you are not shy and you are a hard worker. Test yourself and your self reliance skills.
1. Buy a roundtrip ticket.
2. Start in [I suggest] Barcelona.
3. Hitch to the Med coast.
4. Find work in the many greenhouse and farm "factories"
5. Make enough to go to your next Work Place "Vacation" say Italy.
Work your way around Europe. Plan on being there for 3-4 months. If you can do this you will be the world's best traveler, and learn more about the people and culture. Think of all the great writers, artists and poets who took walking tours. Don't be surprised that people will take you in in rural areas, and give you food and lodging for work.
Keep a journal, and make film clips daily. When you return you can sell this stuff and then take a luxury trip when you are more mature that you will really enjoy --having first learned European life from the grass roots on your first trip.
Assuming that you want to make money while you are traveling, start a blog now before your trip and include the planning stages, budgeting, etc. Try to make time to blog while you are in Europe a few times per week, if not daily. You would be surprised how you can start to generate some income as your following grows from other companies wanting to purchase text links or banners on your site. You could also write for places like textbroker and travel agencies like ours always looking for unique content. If you are looking more for the experience before coming back and starting your career, you might want to consider traveling with a group of like-minded people at first until you decide what country you want to spend more time in. Contiki Tours (http://www.escortedcontikitours.com/ ) where you travel with 18 to 35 year olds has a 40 day trip around Europe that will cost you around $140 per day including transportation, hotels, some meals and sightseeing. Also for 18 to “30 somethings” is G Adventures where you will have more hiking and adventurous activities included in the trip for around the same per day cost.
Stay at youth hostels! Lodging can be a huge expense while traveling and if you are planning on going overseas for an extended amount of time every penny counts. Youth hostels may not be luxurious, but they are affordable, so stay at them whenever you can.
Check out RealAdventures.com for great deals on youth hostels.
I'd say do a lot of research on what you would like to do abroad. There are many companies that cater to just about every travel abroad niche. I recommend you visit the website GoAbroad.com, it's quite popular among students. Lots of good stuff there.
Don't be an American. Roll with it. There is much truth in the old saw about "When in Rome..."
I have seen Americans in England complaining because hamburgers don't taste as they do "at home."
I have heard Americans in a restaurant in Provence (France) asking for a hamburger.
Too many times I have heard Americans complain that foreign countries do things differently from the way things are done in the States.
If you want an American experience, stay in the States and enjoy it. When in another country, embrace the differences. Try those strange foods and dance the strange dances. Do what the locals do and put away your prejudices about everything in the States being better than anywhere else, and allow that other folks, other countries might have their own good things going.
I have done that for a couple dozen years and believe that my experiences have been much richer for it.
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