From your experience, should one wait dive into worldwide travel/vagabonding until one has some sort of a degree, be it bachelors or trade?
From stories and blogs I have read it seems to be a pretty split.
I'm a current student and I have already traveled before and I got bit HARD by the travel bug so now I'm just itching to leave.
If you haven't had some sort of formal training, how did you fund travel?
I first traveled as an undergraduate student. What was a month-long trip to Malaysia ended up with me returning three months later for a year to do research, and then working and traveling in Malaysia for another year. I've lived in South and Southeast Asia now for half of the last decade. I would say that if you plan on working abroad, then you should have a degree. Otherwise, I am not sure it matters unless you are looking for some perspective loaned by your studies.
And if you are not traveling to work or study, then savings is the name of the game. Work out a budget, set savings goals, and realize that it is going to be worth it. Where you thinking about going, ZachAttack? almost 9 years ago
Another consideration would be that your attitude to travel may change over time. Before/during university I was much happier to rough it, stay anywhere, and try anything which led to far more unique adventures. After working for a few years it became a little more important to be able to occasionally find a decent meal or a comfortable bed at the end of the day, but the extra finances opened up many destinations which I couldn't fund before. Your responsibilities, perspectives and travel style may constantly evolve, so start travelling early in life and make the most of all the different stages.
Regarding travelling on limited funds, consider volunteering. You'll spend the weeks working alongside like-minded people and have the (long) weekends free to visit your surroundings. For me Costa Rica was a great place to volunteer as it was possible to visit a wide variety of regions and even surrounding countries. I did unpaid construction work through Habitat for Humanity, but there are also fully paid TEFL teaching positions, which can be quite lucrative in Singapore, Korea or China. almost 9 years ago
Hell no! I've travelled from about the age of 16 onwards ... except the trips got a bit longer and went a bit further each time ... until I eventually never came back! (I'm still here on the other side of the world a quarter of a century and one family later! But I still travel!)
I'd have to say from that experience that an approach where you learn a little more each time you go and where you gradually accumulate experience is essentially a good one, although even then, I look back now and wonder how I survived some of my adventures!
How did I fund such trips? On an absolute shoestring plus most/many hostels have day work here and there to help supplement your savings, anything from picking tomatoes in a greenhouse in Greece to collecting glasses all night in a transvestite bar in Sydney to moving rocks in 45 degrees in Western Australia ... you get the idea!
Builds character as they say!
Go. over 8 years ago
I travelled for 4 years.. I earnt good money (not like if I went over with my current work experience), but earned enough to live, travel and have fun. I worked hard, and travelled when I could. most people I know worked hard and alot, then travelled, and back to work again.
ideally if u have a degree you will earn more in London or elsewhere and have more money to travel on.
either finish uni and travel... perhaps take some smaller trips until then...
or leave now.. and come back when u are ready and finish uni.
I did half a degree and travelled for 4 years, and came back and changed degrees and now am in my final year, and work. but make sure i take holidays... and plan my next trips... over 8 years ago
There's definitely some funding opportunities you can take advantage of as a student / recent grad that graduates or people further on in their careers can't. When researching language study in France, I found that I could easily get a student visa if I applied for (a rather affordable) semester at a local university -- possibly you could transfer the credits? -- and still work 20 hours a week legally. I've heard of a lot of people doing informal ESL tutoring while living for long stints abroad.
Have you considered traveling to earn the rest of your degree or finishing up abroad? It gives you a huge advantage when looking for jobs later on. Knowing more than one language really helps as well. over 8 years ago