I'm thinking of starting out with a volunteer placement to give me structure but would like to travel too, having missed out on the gap year after leaving school I'm coming to it as a single traveller in my 30's. Any advice or suggestions would be really gratefully received, I'm looking to particularly make contact with other people in a similar situation or who have already got started.
My decision making on where to go and what to do is a bit more conservative these days, but back in my day...... I would throw a dart at a map of the world and that was were I went. I figured you couldn't really go wrong (except if the dart landed smack bang in the middle of a war zone).
I then worked for a company where travelling was a large part of my job, and also got to experience some pretty magical places. Now - with family in tow, and knowledge of "what can happen" I still like to go to adventurous places, but I plan it a bit better.
If you want to start out in a volunteer role, why not look at a few websites to get a feel of whats on offer.
Red Cross International
I volunteered in Cambodia last year with the Tabitha Foundation - the experience changed the life I view life.
Review your skills and what you can bring to the table as a volunteer (its not as easy as it sounds) and then do a search on various organisations that could use you.
Medical? Hospital of Hope/East Timor (any hospital in Africa)
Logistics? Hands Across the water / Thailand
Teaching? Numerous orphanages across South East asia and Africa
Labour? Tabitha Foundation / Cambodia
Hope this gives you something to start with. almost 6 years ago