I wouldn’t call myself a hardened traveller, but I have done quite a few long trips in my time. Six months before college was the longest, but I have also had quite a few 6 week mini adventures without much of an itinerary. It’s an experience I can well recommend and the earlier you get into the mindset of the traveller, the more you’ll enjoy it.
The danger is of course, especially as you start work, that those all inclusive trips which ferry you to and from the airport to the luxury hotel. Then you get whizzed around by the tour company on a series of ‘excursions’ which almost always cost a fortune. The temptation is of course there, but if you’re not quite into this stage I urge you to try to be more adventurous when on holiday.
It does pay dividends, I can assure you. You meet more people, real people from the country you’re visiting and not just other tourists and hotel staff. You also will see and feel much more of the place you visit. As let’s be honest the inside of a 5 star hotel will not vary that much from Portugal to Australia.
It’s best to travel with a friend or two if possible, but travelling alone can be just as fun as long as you’re careful. It’s worth remembering though that you’re much more likely to get lonely or home sick travelling alone especially if you have any problems on your travels. My advice is to take with you a tablet or laptop so you can keep in touch with home – heck if you get a subscription to a service like this it’s just like being at home. You can watch all your favorite Tv shows and catch the local news in the evening when relaxing – it certainly makes the world seem much smaller.
It also means that you can plan your trip, read reviews and get advice during your holiday. Heck you can even rearrange your trip whilst on it, of course that is usually subject to finance. The reality is that it’s easier than ever to do yoru own thing when your travelling now, try it and discover the joy which will stay with you for the rest of your life!