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Traveling, as an 18 year old, alone and without a car. Possible? Plausible? Safe? Help me do this responsibly and mindfully.
posted by makethemost to travel & transportation (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I was deeply inspired by a presentation my biology teacher gave. He showed our class a slideshow of pictures from a sailing voyage - he traveled north through the Caribbean islands, hitting all of them but one of them. He infiltrated Club Meds and ate with the indigenous people. He was 22.
Anyway, let's assume money is only somewhat of a factor. I am lucky enough to have enough money to travel comfortably.
I'm going to college in the fall, and I want to travel beforehand. I live in Southern California, but I have no car or even a drivers license. That said, many of my friends who do have a car do not have the time or the resources to travel. I've always loved Kerouac, but I am not really willing to hitchhike.
I haven't really formulated a list of places I'd like to visit simply because I am only now realizing it's possible to travel as a young adult. I want to go to the Mile High Festival in Denver, CO. But let's also postulate that I want to go to France. Or Iceland. Or Toronto. Or Bruges.
Would I couch surf? Stay in a hotel? How would I get around? Would I be safe?
I would love to hear answers to these sorts of questions as well as any anecdotes, stories, and advice you may have for me. I want to have fun, be safe, and learn.