DJBens77 saidGrowing up I did not do much international travel and now as an adult I find myself yearning to explore my world and broaden my experiences. I know many people on this site have traveled a lot. I fear the combination of short vacations, lack of money and living in America (not as easy to jump around as Europe) are all obstacles for me.
I wonder, how do you find the time and money to travel?
How did you get started exploring the world?
Where have you enjoyed traveling the most?
You just have to make the time to travel. I don't know what you do...but, do you get paid vacation days? If not, then you just have to take the time and adjust your budget accordingly to account for the amt of $$$ you spend while on vaction in addition to the amt of $$$ you would be losing by not being at work.
I work in research now for a major university (here in Philly) and I get paid vacation days. They add up pretty quickly. In terms of finding the $$$ to travel: I just set a goal to save a reasonable amount of $$$ per month. I keep all in a separate account and withdraw when I am ready to take a trip. Also you'd be surprised what kind of deals are out there. My friend just recently left for a month long trip in Spain. He is...get this...taking a "walking tour" of Spain from the eastern end to the western end of the country. the entire cost of his trip (including airfare) was approximately $800. Considering that he is getting ready to drop some serious cash for med school in the fall (i.e. $50,000 easily) he wanted to find something adventurous, cheap, and safe.
I started traveling for real for real in college when I studied abroad for 4 months. Since then the travel bug has just been there.
I have only been to England, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and Western Canada. But before I start med school in 09' I am hoping to travel either to the South Pacific or through other parts of Europe and Eurasia.
DJ....also keep in mind that there are some awesome places to visit right here in this country. I found this awesome website that lists all the major food festivals across the nation.
Best of luck to ya