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post Apr 11 2005, 08:52 PM
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So I've basically got nothing planned for this summer, which'll be extra long because I am finishing secondary school. Therefore I have the entirety of July, August and September free. Currently only the first week of July has been decided (and even that's not firm) and there's a vague possibility that I might go to Amsterdam for a couple of days. Other than that, I have no idea how to spend this summer. Should I work, should I travel the world? If I can't find anyone who can afford to come with me, should I go it alone, stay at home or find a company that organises group travel or camps abroad?

So suggest things for me to do; I'm at a complete loss. Time and money aren't really constraints (although I won't be able to afford to hire a Carribean island for a month, or spend six weeks in a first-class hotel in downtown New York, unsurprisingly), but I'm hoping to do a fair bit of travelling, visit some new locations and maybe do something resembling work. I don't really care for huge amounts of luxury, so no need to suggest things like cruises (or that six weeks in New York tongue.gif).
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post Apr 11 2005, 09:01 PM
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I'm inclined to say go travelling. I never did that after school and ended up going to work instead so it never ended up happening. My only regret.


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post Apr 11 2005, 09:07 PM
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go to Venice before it sinks, its the most beautiful and unique city


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post Apr 11 2005, 09:12 PM
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If you can travel...hey, do it. Me, I'm a Thoreau-y pitch a tent in the woods during the summer and do spray can battle with the buggies for a month type, but I am so very bereft of funds that sleeping on the ground in a forest with a broken flashlight is very exotic. So my example's not a very good one. Were I you, I'd go wherever you can afford/have time for. Might as well enjoy yourself; you have the rest of your life to work and loll around the house.


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post Apr 11 2005, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE (beleraphon @ Apr 11 2005, 09:07 PM)
go to Venice before it sinks, its the most beautiful and unique city
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Ahem. Venice == very nice. Take lots of spending money. There is too much stuff to buy there. However, if you do, try to go when it's not the summer holidays for most people. I imagine it's much better when it's not full of tourists.

Edit: If you're going to Amsterdam, you might want to continue and just go sightseeing in Europe in general. It's travelling, and since it's close (comparitively) to home, you could just decide where to go on the spot. Impromptu travelling. Voila.


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post Apr 11 2005, 09:36 PM
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QUOTE (Greeneyes @ Apr 11 2005, 09:13 PM)
Edit: If you're going to Amsterdam, you might want to continue and just go sightseeing in Europe in general. It's travelling, and since it's close (comparitively) to home, you could just decide where to go on the spot. Impromptu travelling. Voila.
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Yep, that crossed my mind. I'd like to see Germany again because I haven't been since I was a kid, and France and the Low Countries are always fun. Trouble is, I'm not so keen about doing these things on my own - a lot of the fun of travelling is the people you go with. Otherwise I might end up spending my evenings all alone. Is there a way to solve that problem?
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post Apr 11 2005, 09:43 PM
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If money's not a problem - TAKE ME!!!

I'm really good compnay, mouthy therefore socail and I promise I'll stick next to you.

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post Apr 11 2005, 09:46 PM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Apr 11 2005, 09:36 PM)
a lot of the fun of travelling is the people you go with. Otherwise I might end up spending my evenings all alone. Is there a way to solve that problem?
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Nah, seriously, there must be some sort of "travel club" for people who want to go travelling..have you done a net search?


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post Apr 11 2005, 09:51 PM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Apr 11 2005, 09:36 PM)
Yep, that crossed my mind. I'd like to see Germany again because I haven't been since I was a kid, and France and the Low Countries are always fun. Trouble is, I'm not so keen about doing these things on my own - a lot of the fun of travelling is the people you go with. Otherwise I might end up spending my evenings all alone. Is there a way to solve that problem?
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Clubs 'n' Pubs. If that's your thing.

If you're trying to avoid spending evenings alone, you might want to try and shift your waking hours a bit, that way, you get up nice and early, get to see the dawn all over Europe, plus after you've eaten in the evening, you can just go to bed. Not entirely sure about you, I'm just going on things that would suit me.


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post Apr 11 2005, 10:15 PM
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What ever you do, don't work, you'll spend the next 60 years doing that. Do something that you will never do again before you get an over-developed sense of responsibility. (something I was unfortunately afflicted with at too young an age)
I worked straight from school and before I new it I was shackled(financially) by my own lifestyle. Sure I pubbed, clubbed and generally had a good time, but didn't really do anything worth-while. I can't look back and reminice about swimming with dolphins, or travelling from Sydney to Perth. Or back-packing across India. Or working on a Kibbutz in Israel.
Now I have a job with a pension package to good to give up, a mortgage to pay, a daughter to look after. All good things to have (especially my daughter) but no rare memories, only the same ones as everyone else.

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post Apr 11 2005, 11:03 PM
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Definately travel, and if you can, go and see Italy, esp. Florence. There's so much beauty and so much history to be seen there.

You're quite lucky, as I'll probably not get the chance to travel like that.


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post Apr 12 2005, 12:03 AM
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I say go travelling. If you're alone stay in hostels and you can meet alot of people that way. That's what I'm planning on doing. I'm going to be by myself (which my parents hate) but I've been told that if you stay in hostels you can meet up with other people who're probably the same age as you and want to do the same things as you. As long as you don't mind wearing ear plugs for sleeping and locking up your bags, hostels are a great choice. *nods* Go travelling Polo!


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post Apr 12 2005, 12:05 AM
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As far as I know, people tend to hitch up with friends they make while travelling around, so you find company by staying in youth hostels and chatting to people. Take a paperback with you to pass the time though, there will be a lot of time between places!

I'd suggest hitting America at some point. It's a very interesting country, and the exchange rate is the most in our favour that is has been for... well, pretty much it's the best it's ever been for us. You could do a tour of US Matazone homes (if people will have you)!


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post Apr 12 2005, 12:12 AM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Apr 12 2005, 12:03 AM)
I say go travelling. If you're alone stay in hostels and you can meet alot of people that way.  That's what I'm planning on doing.  I'm going to be by myself (which my parents hate) but I've been told that if you stay in hostels you can meet up with other people who're probably the same age as you and want to do the same things as you.  As long as you don't mind wearing ear plugs for sleeping and locking up your bags, hostels are a great choice.  *nods*  Go travelling Polo!
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My biggest fear has always been that I'd be lonely and bored on my own. That goes some way to allaying that fear. Have you done it before, though, where, and are you a particularly social person? I'm pretty retiring normally if I don't have any alcohol in me.
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post Apr 12 2005, 12:25 AM
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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Apr 12 2005, 10:12 AM)
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I say go travelling. If you're alone stay in hostels and you can meet alot of people that way.  That's what I'm planning on doing.  I'm going to be by myself (which my parents hate) but I've been told that if you stay in hostels you can meet up with other people who're probably the same age as you and want to do the same things as you.  As long as you don't mind wearing ear plugs for sleeping and locking up your bags, hostels are a great choice.  *nods*  Go travelling Polo!
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My biggest fear has always been that I'd be lonely and bored on my own. That goes some way to allaying that fear. Have you done it before, though, where, and are you a particularly social person? I'm pretty retiring normally if I don't have any alcohol in me.
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Nope, haven't done it before and I'm a somewhat retiring person as well. But I don't really mind being on my own. If I can't find someone to hang out with that I like, then I'm perfectly happy being by myself. Hey, we could always go together!


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Buy a motorcycle and drive across the US over the summer.

Ok that's what I want to do but with me money is an issue. laugh.gif


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post Apr 12 2005, 09:17 AM
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It ain't cheap, but pack a tent, and head off to a drop zone somewhere in the country, and spend a few weeks learning to skydive.

It'll simultaneously be the scariest and best thing you've ever done.

And lonliness isn't a problem - skydivers are a lovely welcoming bunch of people.

If money really isn't a problem, go do the same thing in Arizona or Spain, where the weather's much more reliable.


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post Apr 12 2005, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Apr 12 2005, 12:25 AM)
Nope, haven't done it before and I'm a somewhat retiring person as well.  But I don't really mind being on my own.  If I can't find someone to hang out with that I like, then I'm perfectly happy being by myself.  Hey, we could always go together!
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post Apr 12 2005, 11:09 AM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Apr 12 2005, 12:05 AM)
I'd suggest hitting America at some point. It's a very interesting country, and the exchange rate is the most in our favour that is has been for... well, pretty much it's the best it's ever been for us. You could do a tour of US Matazone homes (if people will have you)!
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I'd love to visit America, but I want to wait until I'm a bit older for that - mostly so that I can actually drink when I get there. I'd also really like to bum about with some friends, rather than go it alone, unlike in Europe where I'd feel more confident without back-up.

QUOTE (LoLo @ Apr 12 2005, 03:00 AM)
Buy a motorcycle and drive across the US over the summer.
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Did you see The Motorcycle Diaries? Omg, after that film I had the biggest romantic urge to buy a crappy old motorcycle, grab a friend and drive around Europe for six months. Something like that would be totally amazing, but first I'd need to figure out how to drive a motorcycle, and how to repair it too. I'd also need more time than I have right now, so it'd have to wait until after uni.

QUOTE (Jonman @ Apr 12 2005, 09:17 AM)
It ain't cheap, but pack a tent, and head off to a drop zone somewhere in the country, and spend a few weeks learning to skydive.
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biggrin.gif I'd love to do some skydiving or parachuting, but I hear you can do it at weekends and stuff during uni, so I'll leave something like that till later. Fab suggestion though!
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Regarding not being so hot on the idea of going it alone: I'd say that, in a way, to go and do exactly that for a spell would in itself be a nice little challenge, and could be a wildly enriching experience. You _will_ meet people cos anywhere you could go that sounds nice is going to be riddled with individuals or very small groups in the same situation, and the open road is brilliant for bonding*. You could even fit it in as a quick test-trip. A couple of weeks bumming around western Europe could easily be achieved and even given up on without screwing the rest of your time off. Plus in 2 weeks or so you can do the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, where you could end up on a beach in Sitges selling your body for fun and profit. The fact that the first and last countries both exude soft drugs is only a minor hindrance.

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post Apr 12 2005, 05:58 PM
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Pretty much what everyone else said Tavel. A few of my friends have gone wandering round europe and enjoyed it completely. (I couldn't afford it at the time). If your worryied about meeting people and are staying in hostels take an unusual but easily portable hobby sitting in the common room making chain mail tends to atract attention.


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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Apr 12 2005, 08:59 PM)
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Nope, haven't done it before and I'm a somewhat retiring person as well.  But I don't really mind being on my own.  If I can't find someone to hang out with that I like, then I'm perfectly happy being by myself.  Hey, we could always go together!
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I swear, that smell is just from the bodies and when I'm in Europe you won't be anywhere near my stash! Don't worry Polo! biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (Polocrunch @ Apr 12 2005, 04:09 AM)
I'd love to visit America, but I want to wait until I'm a bit older for that - mostly so that I can actually drink when I get there. I'd also really like to bum about with some friends, rather than go it alone, unlike in Europe where I'd feel more confident without back-up.


Come to Canada. The exchange rate is even better and the drinking age is a bit lower 19 as opposed to 21. I imagine some floor space could be found. smile.gif
The Calgary Stampede is in July sometime and I'd love an excuse to take time off work and go. laugh.gif

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post Apr 14 2005, 05:17 PM
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