Leaving school can be daunting. Having been in education for 13 years the change can be a shock and the prospect of getting a full-time job or going to university straight away can be unappealing.
Don’t despair – travel is an option that is becoming more popular and more accessible every year. It offers a fantastic opportunity to grow in confidence, learn valuable life skills and visit places that you wouldn’t see on an average holiday.
WHERE TO GO
If it is your first solo trip, Interrail round Europe is wonderful, easy and there is a great pack with the ticket for route planning.
South-East Asia is a classic backpacker’s destination. Travelling is easy, the beaches are second to none and you will meet like-minded travellers. Finally, there are Australia and New Zealand for stunning scenery and much to do!
If you are feeling more confident, South America is my personal favourite. Every day is different, from snowy mountains, higher than any point in Europe, to sun bathing in the desert. People are friendly, animals are fascinating and the experiences you can have are beyond unique. I will never forget snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands and looking down to see a ‘shiver’ of hammerhead sharks!
My love of independent travel stems from my eagerness to try new things.
Before graduating I worked and saved to fit in trips during university holidays, and took time out before and after studying. Travel is accessible to everyone and needn’t get in the way of ‘real’ life. I keep my family and friends updated on my journeys by writing my blog. For more travel tips visit my travel blog.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Costs depend on where you go and what you do. As a rough guide, if you are willing to stay in hostels, budget £10 a night for accommodation and, if you cook often, £10 a day for food. £20 a day for activities can include sight-seeing and nights out, but if you are going to be very busy, bear in mind that this figure could rise.
To fund your adventure:
Whilst you are away: