Guide to Travelling

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WHY START…

Travelling is a great way to see the world — in fact, it’s the only way to see the world if you don’t count watching it on a screen or imagining it. Travel broadens the horizons and reminds you, or makes you realise for the first time, how amazingly diverse and brilliant our planet actually is. Of course, you don’t have to go overseas to travel. There is an abundance of travel opportunities right on your doorstep in the UK. From Land’s End to John O’Groats and everything in between, there’s a whole nation to explore. See Top Tips below.

SUMMARY

Travelling, in the sense we’re using it here, is much more than simply moving from A to B. You don’t ‘travel’ to Lidl twice a week, for example. You don’t even ‘travel’ to Marbella for that packaged fortnight in August. What we talk about when we talk about travelling is really going somewhere new and taking full responsibility for where you go, what you do and how you survive. It’s you, out there in the world, exploring.

Travelling can be meticulously planned or wholly spontaneous. Or it can be a delightful combination of the two. It can be on a shoestring or if you can afford it, quite a luxurious affair. It can be damn hard work, maybe backpacking into the Himalayas, or a constant breeze, maybe shuffling through antiques markets in the Dordogne. The important thing is, you’re out there in the world, exploring.

Why Start?

The question should really be: why haven’t you started yet?! But if you haven’t done much travelling you should definitely start now while you still can. It’s one of the things people tend to regret on their death-beds. “Why didn’t I see more of the world?” they moan. Don’t be that person. See it while you can!

Who is it for?

Travelling is for anyone who has a genuine interest in life. If life fascinates you and you’d like to see more of it, then what you need to do is travel.

Are there any prerequisites?

The only prerequisite is that you have a fascination with the rest of the world, the cash to fund it and the time to enjoy it. The one downside to travelling is that it’s rarely cheap.

What are the benefits?

side from the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet, travelling keeps you fit and active whilst opening up the mind to new experiences. More generally, the challenges of travel, and how you respond to them, will amaze you.

How much will it cost?

This depends greatly on where you end up going. Travel can be expensive. However there are ways of doing it cheaply including volunteering, house-swapping, hitchhiking and so on. It’s up to you. How adventurous do you feel?

Can I take it to another level?

You can indeed. No matter when you start, travel can become quite addictive. It can even become a way of life. Lots of older people who travel for the first time, maybe after retiring, get the bug and find they just can’t stop.

What Equipment do I need?

Depends how you want to travel. At the very least, you’ll need some luggage. After that it’s the type of trip your are on will dictate what you need….sunglasses and a snorkel; hiking boots and a map or thermals and gloves…the sky’s the limit!

Where can I take part?

Anywhere but at home. Aside from that there are no limitations. Travelling is about getting away from home and staying there for a while

Top Tips

There are some great tips for people new to travelling here: http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/new-traveler-advice/

Interested in travelling on the cheap? Start here: http://www.vergemagazine.com/travel-intelligence/budget-travel/76-15-ways-to-travel-for-free-or-at-least-cheap.html

And just about everything else you could possibly want to know about starting your life as a traveller is here: http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/50-essential-tips-for-first-time-travellers/

Facts & Stats

Studies have shown that travel makes you live longer (and just because the studies were commissioned by travel organisations, that doesn’t mean they’re rigged): http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/17/news/la-trb-travel-best-medicine-study-20131217
Couples who travel together are friskier (it’s the US Travel Assn. again, but come on, it makes sense): https://www.ustravel.org/research/travel-strengthens-relationships-and-ignites-romance
While France is the most visited country in the world (81.4 million visitors annually), Bangkok is the most visited city. http://www.ibtimes.com/10-most-visited-countries-world-1253315D

Did you know…

You almost certainly did know that the older you are, the more expensive it is to insure you. Here are some tips for bringing your premium down: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/Travel-insurance-for-older-holidaymakers/

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