Kladeos wrote:This will probably never happen.
Kladeos wrote:Recently I've felt like just walking away from school to spend a few months hopping trains in Europe. This will probably never happen. I'm in university, and I'll be working all my summers. After I graduate I'll probably work right away or go into grad school (after which I'll work right away). The type of work I want to do pays very little and involves living in remote parts of the world with little time off. I'm also too scared to do this alone, but currently have no one I want to do it with. I'm visibly queer and of a minority race. I'm female. I'm small and the only European language I speak is English. I'm North American and could be mistaken for an American (no offence, guys). I'm also to attached to my laptop, in addition to being lazy.
But I've been on-and-off interested in urban backpacking for a couple of years now. It's such a romantic idea, living with just a backpack and going wherever the hell you feel like. I used to want to live in England for a year after I graduate, just to experience something different. The fact that I might never will makes me depressed. I love my city, and I'll probably retire there, but I don't want to have lived my entire life in one place. I know that technically I haven't - I've lived on two continents, two countries, three cities. But sometimes I feel like I know so little and have experienced so little. I've never been truly free.
I hope that you finish, though. You can hop trains in Europe afterwards. That is what I did. After grad school, I got a job that allows me to travel, and frequently, I do ride trains about Europe. I have been to about three dozen European countries so far. I am about to wander about again.
Kirsa wrote: I've only been to 20 countries in North America myself And 5 countries in Australia
Luna Lovegood wrote:Kirsa wrote: I've only been to 20 countries in North America myself And 5 countries in Australia
Perhaps you mean states?
http://www.internationalgiftitems.com/e ... ntries.htm
lists 48 European countries. However, what they list as Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro) is now 3 countries: Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo.
I have about ten more to go and than I will have been to all of them. I have also been to quite a number of countries in places other than Europe.
I head to Bosnia & Hercegovina tomorrow, and then later to Luxemburg and Andorra, and if I still have time before coming back to the US late next month, to Latvia and Lithuania.
I am serious about the possibility of Kladeos to have it all--grad school and hopping trains in Europe, because I did it. I just completed a job assignment in Germany and will start another in Switzerland after visiting Bosnia.
Anyway, it is cool that you travel a lot, too. Travel is my addiction.
Kladeos wrote:Money and time are pretty big restrictions. I've never had a job - when I start working in May, it'll be my first paid experience. I've considered biking around my province this summer with my friend once I get a real bike, so that'll be fun. I'm starting to seriously consider hopping trains around Canada after I get my first paycheck, assuming I actually get a job and not just an unpaid internship. Trainfare isn't bad, and it's not like I don't go back and forth by bus from this city to my home city often enough. I am starting to hate buses and travelling by them, but trains should be easier. The one time in recent memory than I took a train (to New York, approx. 13 hours) the air-con was haywire and too cold, and the engine broke down, leading to a two hour delay. But still.
I also get the feeling that it's easier for musicians, writers and artists to do this kind of thing. Sometimes I wish I was any of those. I'm a photographer in my spare time, but it'd not as serious now as it used to be.
Klephty wrote:When I lost my home in early January, I took off to Boston and have been traveling the US ever since. I left Portland with about $160, blew it all on a bus ticket when I got homesick in Des Moines. Squatted in Portland for a couple months, then went to Oakland for the riot in January but eventually got sick of the city life so I took off again and explored the Midwest (Davenport, Iowa City, Camp Trans, Detroit, Chicago, and Fort Wayne) for a month or so. Planning on finding a ship to Europe in the next few days.
It's probably a good idea to have $30 or so the first time you leave home at least, but honestly it's completely sustainable to live without money in this kind of lifestyle. My only problem is hormones... :/ which I'm kind of crossing my fingers will be easier to find in Europe.
I mostly travel by hitchhiking. Visibly queer and never had any problems from it.
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