Over the next few weeks, I’ll be touring India and then traveling elsewhere in the world. While I’m away, we’ll be publishing a new series of Questions and Attempted Answers (Q&AA) from readers. I’ll share my answer, and you’re invited to share an answer of your own as well.
Today’s question comes from Carrie, who writes in from London.
Next summer I’ll have the chance to travel for several weeks, but I don’t know where to go. Aside from school trips to France and Belgium, I’ve never been out of the U.K. before. Where should I go?
Great question. Here’s my attempted answer →
It’s good that you’re traveling, and it doesn’t really matter where you go first.
If you’re looking for an affordable, easy stop for your first big excursion, Latin America or Southeast Asia are always good choices. Both these regions have multiple countries where you can spend less money per day than you would at home, and traveling overland between a few countries there is also feasible.
For Western travelers (U.K., Europe, North America, Australia & New Zealand, etc.), visas are also easy to come by in these regions. In most cases you won’t need a visa at all, and in others you’ll just need to pay for one upon arrival at the border.
The more important point is that destination is somewhat irrelevant for your first big trip—I believe it’s better to just pick somewhere. Go to the bookstore and browse through the travel section. Ask your friends. Spin a globe and see where it stops. Whatever you do, make an active decision and proceed with the trip.
Then, after your first big trip is complete, you’ll be able to evaluate further on what you enjoyed and how you were changed through the process. And then, of course, you’ll be ready to plan the next trip.
Oh, and if you’re wondering how to pay for these adventures, chances are that most people who read this blog will be able to travel at least once in a while. If you can save as little as $2/day, you can go anywhere you’d like within a few months’ time.
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*Congrats to Mike Rohde on the launch of The Sketchnote Handbook. Mike previously illustrated The $100 Startup (among many other projects) and this new handbook provides a comprehensive guide to visual note-taking.