Today’s blog comes from Liz who flew off on her first great adventure 10 years ago…
The 31st Jan 2005 was the day I got on the plane for my post-uni big trip. I’d booked to go to a conservation project in Belize and, when I was sent my STA ticket a few days before jetting off, I found I’d been seated next to some random guy. For 10 hours. I distinctly remember speaking to my mum about it and thinking “why on earth is this Christopher Peacock on my ticket?! I hope he’s nice, I’ve got to sit next to him”…
Today’s blog comes from Michael Huxley, founder of Bemused Backpacker and a qualified charge nurse with a specific interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine. He’s been backpacking around the world on numerous gap and snap years for well over a decade.
Taking a big trip is one of the single most awesome, life changing experiences that you can ever give yourself. But for many people this dream adventure can also be a little daunting. Tales of malaria infested jungles and tropical diseases that leave you glued to the toilet for days are commonplace. Misinformation is rife and worrying can even put people off travel altogether.
Don’t let it.
A little preparation and the right knowledge before you leave can save you a lot of trouble later on and help make sure that you stay fit and healthy on the road and, if you are unfortunate enough to get sick, it can help get you back on your feet.
It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.
It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.
So in the spirit of our 2015 resolutions (go small), we thought it was time to pick out our favourite adventures from the weird, wonderful and downright awesome trips out there all for under £800*. Where will 2015 take you?
Saxon Yuen gave up a job he loved to follow his dream. With one year and a lot of experience under his belt he’s back to let us know if we should all consider throwing our keyboards out of the window too…
About a year ago I quit, not only a promising career, but a job I loved. I waved goodbye to my friends and left my apartment, my city, my favourite Chinese takeaway – my whole life as I knew it – in order to travel and chase down a dream.
I wrote about it here and apparently it’s been a bit of a hit (thanks guys) so the masters of the blog have asked me for a little follow up. Am I still going? Is life still good? Did getting typhoid fever take the shine off the dream? Well if the title hasn’t already given it away completely read on and I’ll let you know…
Summer Camp Directors are crossing the pond to join BUNAC for their London and Manchester Summer Camp Recruitment Fairs and want to hire YOU! Join them on Sun 25th Jan in London and Tues 27th Jan in Manchester to learn more about summer camp from alumni and staff who live and breath summer camp and get your summer plans sorted!
Katie got hired as a horse riding instructor at a summer camp in Connecticut by joining BUNAC at one of their Summer Camp Recruitment fairs. Find out more about how she got on, on the day…