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  The Chatter Box : Travel
Beginner by boredcol on 5 October 2004 12:02am
Hi All

Mr Palin has wet my appetite.
Have been thinking of doing a travelling session for some time now, but i have never done anything like it before.
Can anyone recommend a nice and easy trip and i'll see if i can plan it and enjoy it and if so then i will attempt a lot longer trip. I am in the UK.
Re: Beginner by Suetu on 5 October 2004 12:43am
I think you really need to have some idea of where you want to see. I would imagine travelling round europe wouldn't be too bad as a start.
Re: Beginner by spock on 6 October 2004 1:23pm
I travelled around Spain my first time. Highly recommended. A friend was supposed to come with me but backed out at the last moment, went on my own. Never looked back, its addictive, got my sights set on Japan or South America next. Good luck to you!
Re: Beginner by boredcol on 7 October 2004 12:02am
Spock, how long did you travel round spain ? and any problems that you encountered as a first timer that you would do different next time around.
Re: Beginner by zak on 8 October 2004 7:19pm
I think backpacking across Spain would be good.
Re: Beginner by Wild in Africa on 22 November 2004 1:55pm
The world is your oyster but I do recommend a few basics to go in your pack.
First get a lockable bag/pack. Not one that only has ties that can be opened by all and sundry. Then get a bicycle lock for attaching your pack to beds etc, locking cupboard doors etc.
A few other vitals, the inevitable either Swiss Army knife or Leatherman (but don't put it in your hand luggage on flights), a travel clothes line (from Millets), one of those LED torches that are tiny but very bright. Get a little short wave radio to keep in touch with the world.
In fact I recommend always go for the lightest, most easily packable, easily washable and dryable items. Hauling a big heavy pack around full of stuff you don't ever use or need is a nightmare.
Oh, and if your'e a guy get a really short low-maintenance haircut before you go which you won't have to worry about for months.
Otherwise get out there and travel and enjoy!!
Re: Beginner by Godfather on 22 November 2004 11:03pm


Really depends on what you wish to experience i guess. Australia used to be the place most young travellers headed too,a few years back. Now Thailand is probably the most popular. Thailand is absurdly easy to travel in,for an Asian country. It has good sides and bad sides travelling there. One side is it's ease. You can get a taste of a different culture,without really jumping in at the deep end. But,that's why the place is heavily over visited now. As i say. It has pluses and minuses. But it's an easy start if you were thinking of heading to such cultures in Asia. Still quite cheap too.

If you're after more familiar surroundings and situations, you may want to try Europe or Australia/New Zealand. The downside of course,is that you'll spend considerably more in those parts of the world than you would in Asia. Your money will last weeks,when the same amount of money would last months in somewhere like Thailand.


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