Originally Posted by JaSkynyrd
If you follow through with this you are.....
Seriously, that is awesome. There are very few people that could give you REALLy good advice because how many people have done what you are about to do? Having said that, I can think of some unqualified advice to give you.
I would stick with places that either speak English as their primary language or countries that have alot of ESL speakers.
Secondly, are you going to have a ticket back available or would that make it to easy to bail on your adventure if things get tough? I personally would have a quick way to get back to the States but I can understand if you don't want that option.
It depends on how easy you think travel will be once you get to your starting destination; If you think it may be tough I wouldn't go to Australia to start. Getting around Europe/Asia--and heck even Africa would be alot easier as they are all accessible by land from each other. Australia (though awesome) would be harder to get out of if things go bad and you run out of money. Maybe get your traveling legs under you for awhile in Europe, you know, get a feel for what it takes to live that lifestyle, and then head down to Australia/New Zealand and then jump up to Asia if your trip lasts that long and you haven't found your place to settle down by then.
The fact that your even entertaining the idea of a trip like this makes me think you won't need this next advice but I will give it anyway: Don't be a tourist. Connect with the culture of wherever you go. Don't be an American in whatever countries you go to; immerse yourself in your host countries lifestyle. That would be one of the most exciting thing about living in a foreign country to me, especially if I sold everything I had in the US of A and was looking to start a new life.
Enjoy yourself dude, I daydream of trips like yours, only at the end of mine I come back home.
I've thought about a lot of this. Still deciding where I want to start out. I do plan to stick to countries that speak mainly English or Spanish. A lot of the traveling I want to do by foot, bike, bus, etc. Not only to save on costs but also because I'm scared to death of flying
As far as getting back. I plan to leave my parents enough money to book me a ticket back from wherever I am at the time. And you're absolutely right about your last bit of advice. I don't just want to see other parts of the world. I want to be those parts of the world. I want to fully take on the cultures of other countries and learn their lifestyles.
I'm going to work on getting the backstory of this trip posted up tonight while I'm on graveyard shift.