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Where to start for a first time traveller? by Dominic on 20 December 2003 4:49pm
 
I have never really travelled before and I am looking for suggestions for the best country to visit for a first time traveller
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by Napoleon on 22 December 2003 9:26pm
 
Where do you live dominic, so we can best gauge how far each destination may be from you.
regards
Napoleon
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by MykReeve on 23 December 2003 3:25am
 
Well, probably a good first start would be to travel to a country where they speak the same language you do... Knowing that you can make yourself understood can be nicely reassuring.

Of course, having said that, dropping yourself in at the deep end is so much more exciting!
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by Dominic on 30 December 2003 12:54pm
 
Hi Napoleon, I am based in England.
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by Godfather on 30 December 2003 8:23pm
 
Hi Dominic,

It really does depend on multiple factors when deciding. The kind of cultures you're interested in. The level of comfort you're looking for (or the level of dis-comfort your prepared to put up with). The kind of terrain you wish to experience. What kind of activities you'd hope to participate in. If you like cities and crowds. If you like beaches and remote national parks instead. If you dont mind spending the cash each day, or if you hope to travel long term on the bare bones budget. If you like to communicate and learn from other cultures,or be left alone. If you are prepared to go to a country with another language other than English. If you're hoping to party. If you're hoping to drink alcohol (or indulge in other elicit substances). If you hope to find romance. If you hope to fire guns. If you hope to face death every 5 minutes for the adrenaline rush, or hoping to wake up to a sunrise on your face surrounded by tropical palm trees and a fresh joint. If you can answer some of those, then we can perhaps suggest somewhere that would suit :)

Regards,

Godfather (Will make you a suggestion you cant refuse)
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by Napoleon on 30 December 2003 9:51pm
 
Well Dominic, not knowing your age or wallet size, lets assume your youngish and havnt got alot of wedge. Id grab a cheap ryanair flight over to europe, say rome or paris and then use the rail, or coach system and travel around a bit and fly out of somewhere else. If you just want to hit one place at a time, then Id recommend rome or paris so much to see and so much to do. If you eat in the cheap places and stat away from the main tourist traps for hotels and food then it can be done very cheaply, also they speak good english. but you can have a go at their language with the assistance of a few well learned phrase books. Godfather is right though in that im making a few presumptions cos i dont know what your agenda is. You might want to go off to the far east backpacking which is out of my league. Amsterdam is cheap and highly interesting and very cosmopolitan. Got to go speak to you later.
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by kid juxta on 31 December 2003 9:21pm
 
Hi. I'm the same boat as Dominic, so to speak. I'm 23 and have only been abroad once, to Nepal. Michael's travels have inspired me to get further afield, but with so many great places to go, i don't know where to start. Ideally i'd like to work my way around, as my main concern about travelling on my own is running out of money almost straight away! I'm considering going to the US next Summer '04 and getting round the states via The Greyhound bus service. Has anyone tried this before and is it a good, cheap way to see the States? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks, Steve Rudd.
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by Godfather on 1 January 2004 4:42pm
 
Cannot say about the U.S, as i've not yet visited it (but i'd love to hike for weeks in their gigantic national parks). But South America is an option. You cant really work your way around there (unless as a freelance english teacher). But it's cheap (about the same costs as Nepal) and extremely interesting and varied. Tropical beaches, Andean mountains, Ancient civilizations, Deserts, live volcanoes, jungle treks. Salsa dancing, beautiful women and nightclubs in Colombia. Glacial peaks and indigenous cultures in Bolivia. The list of things to see and do is endless.
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by cherylontherun on 1 January 2004 6:15pm
 
For a first time travel you could always opt for an organised trip. Many charities these days do sponsored events in far flung countries. I myself have recently been trekking in Vietnam with SCOPE. It was a fantastic experience and one I have been encouraging everyone to try. Hope this helps, regards Calum
 
Re: Where to start for a first time traveller? by Izot on 27 January 2004 8:22am
 
Start in your own backyard. It can be quite the experience when the lawn's mowed.







......... sorry, wrong forum. Carry on! =D
 
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