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Damian
Damian Hi Fiona! We are looking to do the same thing. Do u have any thoughts on starting point and direction of travel?
FionaH1
FionaH1 Hey im thinking about flying to thailand at the start of July, after that im not sure, what are your plans? (:
3 years ago
Damian
Damian I'm not sure which way to start yet. I'm in the US and it will either be South America first, then west towards NZ, Australian and SE Asia. Or maybe I'll leave S.America for my return and start in NZ. We may be able to connect through parts of our trips.
3 years ago
FionaH1
FionaH1 Sounds good (:
3 years ago
FionaH1
FionaH1 This sounds really good, im looking for fun and adventure as well, im plannig on starting my trip in Juy but really wanting to go to new zealand, have you got any plan yet?
noodles
noodles well aside from having saved the money and a departure date not really. I am having trouble deciding where to stop on the way...i want to see Bangkok but a bit dubious about going there alone. I have friends in christchurch so I will prolly go there first when i get to nz. Stuff i want to do is ..pretty much everything i hear about. Want to go on a horseback tour of the lotr rings places and stay in a treehouse for a night. Also going to do one of the tramping/kayak trails and if i can afford it do a parachutejump
3 years ago
Marcia stacey

Marcia stacey Hi all i have to say sorry in my lateness and in replying back to everyone. To cut the long story short i for got my password and blocked myself out. AS i was really busy working and saving ive only just got round to this and i no its no excuse. But i can promise to all i will be on here now on a regular basis replying and checking updates. My trip is 100 per cent still happening and as i always planned i want to start 2012 summer. I have not booked any thing yet as want to save as much as possible and find a fun bunch of people to travel with. Drop me a message if you are all or if any are still interested. As im keen to get the ball rolling now. I promise i will be quicker at replying. Thank you all. Marcia

DanaBanana
DanaBanana Heya Marcia, I'm definately up for this, we just need to find a good group of people to start with, where abouts in the UK are you living at the moment?
3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey I live in a town called Basingstoke which is not far from reading. How about you?
3 years ago
DanaBanana
DanaBanana I'm from Lincolnshire. I have been saving for quite a while now also, what do you do? Do you plan to work in some of your destinations?
3 years ago
FionaH1
FionaH1 Hi Marcia, im still really interested in going on this trip, hope it all goes ahead (:
3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey Hi DanaBanana I have worked in various jobs from retail, bar work, admin, customer services etc I'm currently in admin at the moment. Yes I plan on working whilst traveling. I've heard there's a Tesol course you can take which is a couple weeks, which allows you to teach English whilst traveling. I'm not sure how much I think that's correct though. What do you do? And do you plan on working whilst traveling?
3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey Hi FionaH1 yes the trip is still going ahead as I have mentioned previously it's in early stages, looking for a good group or person to start the traveling adventure with. I have all ready moved from my flat I was renting back to my parents so that I can save even more. So the trip is defiantly happening :)
3 years ago
DanaBanana
DanaBanana Im a pharmacy technician in a hospital, been there 4 n half years. I like it I just need a break before I get really tied down. Yeah I plan on working in some places, Ive heard about this course dont know much about it either though.
3 years ago
DanaBanana
DanaBanana Im a pharmacy technician in a hospital, been there 4 n half years. I like it I just need a break before I get really tied down. Yeah I plan on working in some places, Ive heard about this course dont know much about it either though.
3 years ago
DanaBanana
DanaBanana Im a pharmacy technician in a hospital, been there 4 n half years. I like it I just need a break before I get really tied down. Yeah I plan on working in some places, Ive heard about this course dont know much about it either though.
3 years ago
DanaBanana
DanaBanana Im a pharmacy technician in a hospital, been there 4 n half years. I like it I just need a break before I get really tied down. Yeah I plan on working in some places, Ive heard about this course dont know much about it either though.
3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey I've had a look basically it's a short course you can take, in order to get a certificate so that you can teach English in foreign countries. Yeah that's same as me want to travel, have fun and adventures see the world before I'm tied down. In the next 5 months or so id like to start at planning the destinations I'd like to go to and buying my round the world ticket. My dates are not fixed but would like to find a person or group to travel with.
3 years ago
Ian [EagerExistence]

Ian [EagerExistence] Getting your TEFL/TESOL is a great idea. I've met so many travellers in non-English speaking countries who are making ok money just teaching English (and travelling on weekends/weeks off). Its a perfect start if you are on a tight budget.

How big a group are you looking at travelling with? You realise the larger it gets, the more disagreements on things to go and places to see? I've hosted a few day trips, and couple of weekends away while living in Spain... free of course... catered for travellers. And when the numbers got up over 4 or 5 people started to break off into sub-groups, and disagree with the itinerary.

Just offering my tips from the last 10 months of SOLO travel. I'm following your trip though, to see how it all goes down, and what happens... or troll for an invite ;) Also, in 10 months, I probably spent 2 weeks actually alone. Just another tip.

A final note, you don't need RTW tickets. They give limited flexibility (and only 12 months to use them). Why not be brave and just get point-to-point tickets? Or, do RTW based on the long-haul intercontinental flights.. and figure the smaller hops out independently.

If I don't find a pose to travel with, I'm looking at Australia -> India -> South America next year. SOLO again.

3 years ago
Marcia stacey

Marcia stacey Hi Ian any tips or advice you can give is much appreciated as I'm new to this whole thing. I think your right the smaller the group the better. Plus there's going loads of exciting people to meet on the journey. I'm finding hard to find some one to travel with. My friend let me down and the others are either to scared or would rather go on a short holiday. But I'm very much going ahead with it, hence why I started group and joined this site.

With the Tesol are there any specific websites you know of to take it and how long etc and price?

In regards to the flights in your experience do you think it's best then to just get your flights as you go? And book a one way in advance to the first destination I'd like to go to first, which is Thailand? Is this the best and cheapest way of doing it rather than booking a Rtw ticket. Are there any websites to look out for to book my ticket to Thailand? What's point to point tickets?

Also I want to go to Australia and south America too, wouldn't mind India either also china but Thailand is first on my list would like to stay there for a few months.

I'd love to find some one on here that wants to start this journey with me.

3 years ago
Chuks Emma
Chuks Emma hi am happy you replied am realy interested in this trip
3 years ago
Chuks Emma
Chuks Emma this trip draws many attenyions in few days .intresting
3 years ago
Chuks Emma
Chuks Emma hi macia am interested to travel in your trip alongside interesting people. i gat a piece of advice for you, the leser the no of people the the higher chance of agreement you gat to start planning and choosing your triop partners.the better the good to enable easy and effuicie nt plan
3 years ago
Ian [EagerExistence]

Ian [EagerExistence] Marcia,
It's good to see you're logging in regularly now. A lot of these GT trips get made, and never followed up.

The thing is, if you don't find someone to travel with, it's still ok. You have resources like GT to meet up with people along the way. You also have CouchSurfing, and every hostel has like-minded travellers (quite a few solo as well). I've been travelling solo, and I still prefer to share the adventure (which I do as often as I can).

You've got a lot of followers on here, maybe you can send an email out to them all and find out who is just looking, or who is serious about starting with you.

There is TESOL and TEFL. They look like the same thing to me. Coming from Australia, I was only aware of TEFL.

I did a quick google search, and you can do the course in Thailand. From what I found, Bangkok for example, the course is USD$1000. But shop around, you can probably do it where you are now cheaply too. Just make sure its TESOL/TEFL certified.

With flights, you can't really do cheap and best. Its one or the other. If you want flexibility. Not knowing what dates you are moving on, where you are going, who you are meeting. Then I recommend point-to-point tickets. Which means pay as you go (what I do). If you know what months you will be where, and when you want to return home, you can get a RTW. Some RTW tickets are flexible and let you change dates. But I dont like this way of travel so much. What if you fall in love in Thailand, and want to get a visa and stay? It happens. There are plenty of websites out there for getting cheap tickets. But plane is not the only way to travel. I like SkyScanner the best, but Kayak is also really popular (and many more).

Thailand is beautiful. I can't wait to go back. Sorry mate, I won't start the trip with you. But I'd be keen to join up in South America or India. Depending on dates. You can keep in touch with me through my website (but its down right now, I broke it) EagerExistence.com

3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey Hi Ian thanks for getting back to me your advice is much appreciated. Any thing you can advise me of goes a long way. That's so true I did get side tracked and was not logging in to GT regularly but I put time aside now to reply as think it's a great trip and so excited to leave the uk now. Everything you have mentioned above I am going to check out. Shame about the website :( in mean time I have put my face book profile name on here so add me as so much easier to talk on there. If not I will 100 per cent be on here checking regularly. And again keep it coming with the advice I'm liking it and it helps Thankyou
3 years ago
FionaH1
FionaH1 Hey, i think your trip sounds great and id love to join you. Im in the same boat with wanting to go travvelling but none of my friends are up for it. Could you send me more details? thanks (: x
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