How to make traveling possible

@maximax8 (28490)
United Kingdom
January 3, 2009 12:46pm CST
I know that many people dream of going traveling but they never get to do that. Perhaps the wait until retirement and then their health is not good enough. Some money worry that they don't have much money to go traveling with. I suggest that a person could go to a neighboring country, like a Chinese lady could visit Vietnam and an American man could visit Canada. Some countries are really expensive like Japan whilst other countries are cheap to travel in like India. When I was younger I stayed in youth hostels. Countries like Australia and New Zealand have backpacker hostels that people of all different ages stay at. A family could camp in tent to save money when traveling. Some countries offer a train pass that can be great value like Japan. Sometimes it is possible to work overseas. I have worked as a children's nanny in Finland where I had a work visa and in Australia when I had a working holiday visa. Wages in the Middle East countries tend to be high. Are you able to go traveling? Why? How did you begin traveling? Where did you go first? Can you think of any suggestions to help a person travel?
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
4 Jan 09
I travelled abroad for the first time in my honeymoon. I never thought much about travelling but I really liked the idea that two years later I travelled on my own for a fortnight in UK. I always disliked the idea and was afraid to travel all by myself. However I did manage to overcome this fear. Two years ago I visited Blackpool with my family and last summer we have visited Ireland. I am pondering on the idea of travelling abroad in summer but all boils down to money. I hope that the credit crunch won't affect me badly. (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
We've travelled to different places each year. We save all of our income from one month of the year and use this to travel. Sometimes we can stay with friends, or people we know can get us deals.
4 Jan 09
When I think about it now I wish I had gone travellling when I was a little younger as even though I am still young I have debts that if I didn't have I would certainly be able to travel more - it makes me sad sometimes but, I know I will be able to travel a lot more in a couple of years time so I look forward to that!
• Singapore
4 Jan 09
Traveling involves money, your ideas are good especially during the present economic downturn. I live in Singapore, I can visit Malaysia anytime.
• China
4 Jan 09
I am the man you mention.No money no time to travel.So up to now I only have one chance to go abroad to Enland.And it is hard for me to go abroad again.I think go travelling in china first is the realistic goal for me at this period.But I think in china there are also thousands of place to go and so beautiful views to be seen.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Yes yes Finland has to be on my list... dated someone from there long long ago. I started travelling because my wife is a traveller and she is from Africa (Morocco) so it only made sense that I would go there and while I was there why not Spain and then we do the Carribean because it is so cheap and so close by. The ones we have not hit (Alaska, China, Australia) are just time and money... if we can get those two obsticles out of the way... we'd be there of course. Thanks Zelo
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
4 Jan 09
hello maxima, i do love travelling to see around the world...like you said its very expensive to travel..when i was younger i tried to work overseas like singapore,hongkong, then i have a chance to visit.,malaysia,indonesia and thailand of course im so glad to visit the philippines..hope i could travel and see U.S.A and europe if i have some extra money.. have a nice day
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
I want to travel only when I have money to spend. It will have to be a lot of fun and very luxurious for me. i don't see the point of traveling and then having to stay at not so good hostels or having to eat not so good food. I am aware though that some countries are cheaper to visit than others, but that's not what determines where I want to go. There's a list on my head and I will make sure to go to those places before I cannot travel anymore due to old age! :P
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
I wish to travel and explore Philippines,it maybe not this soon, not at this point of my life, surely,it takes time for me who knows when I can save much money to go and discover the different islands here....... It will come, am sure...
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jan 09
Unfortunately travelling is too expensive for me, I'm well over pension age and am waiting for it to be approved. In Thailand I'll be able to visit neighbouring countries, but that will be most enjoyable and cheap. Younger people who want to travel could search for employment overseas. If you have no committments at home, this is an excellent way to start.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
3 Jan 09
I've heard it's popular these days to exchange houses with a family from another country - there are websites you can join, where you can link up with a family in the place you're interested in and make arrangements to swap houses (and often cars as well) with them. This saves on accommodation, and from the accounts I've read, people seem really happy with it and come home to sign on to do it again!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
First you have to have money. And you have to marry someone who loves to travel where you want to go. Now before I got married, I went with my friends to Bellingham, Washington, from Vancouver, B.C. and after I got married, we traveled from Vancouver to Saskatoon and went through the States, then we stayed in Saskatoon and then went to Winnipeg and as soon as we were there (we got the children in Saskatoon) travel other then from Winnipeg to Saskatoon stopped. We did go to Edmonton a few years ago, and Vancouver twice, once when my brother got ill, and two years ago when we went on the Alaskan Cruise, and then going to Prince Edward Island and back through the States. And that we had to wait until my husband took early retirement. He was too busy with family, helping them out to go before. I wanted to go to the States and it was me bugging him that got him to drive from P.E.I. through the States, because he does not like America. Now he has a stroke, and has arthritis. So that leaves travel to the States out. He talks about moving to a senior apartment and I told him that I guess you will not be going anywhere once you are in it and he says he can. I find that hard to believe. His brother-in-law told me that you can get the bus tours, but well I guess the only way for me to go is -- the kind one does not want to think about, but I am saving my money just in case.
3 Jan 09
Hi maximax8, Few years ago I have been to many countries on holiays and now I don't not wish to travel anymore to other countries, I much rather visit places in my own country which I have not been, so it won't bother me if I never go abroad again. The only way you can travel is work hard and save your money up and then go traveling but be save. Tamara
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
3 Jan 09
If I don't have a lot of money to spend on travelling, I often choose to work abroad. A job in a foreign country is an experience in itself and a chance to see the country from the inside, and I usually visit different parts of the country in my free time. Some years ago I worked in nursing home in Scotland, my salary was very low, but I was living in a room in the nursing home and I didn't have to pay for my meals, so I was able to spend my salary on travelling. It was the perfect solution for me, I didn't have much money, but I still managed visit a lot of places/sights. I have done something similar in Italy. I worked for an elderly woman, I stayed at her house, so I didn't have to worry about rent or food. She paid me quite well and when I left I spent some of the money on a trip to Rome.
@dianne17k (600)
• Philippines
3 Jan 09
I'm one of those who wish to travel around the world but right now I'm trying to explore as much of my country as I can. There's still a lot I haven't seen in the Philippines so I might as well start here. I'm saving for a few more months before I resign from my current job to start traveling. After I've gone throughout the Philippines, I'll apply for another job and start the saving process again so I could backpack across Asia. I think we should start traveling while we're young. You have less to worry about and to some extent, you're much braver. For those who are planning to travel to non-english speaking countries, I suggest master the basic phrases rather than walking around with those dictionaries. Do some research before you leave to decrease the possibility of any untoward incidents. Always have back-up plans. I wish I could find a job that has travel perks so I wouldn't need to save so much to travel. Good luck to all of you! I hope all our traveling plans come true.