How do I travel?

The whole reason for the selfsufficientish website was to offer a place where anyone can ask, HOW DO I...? So who knows why it has taken us so long to have a HOW DO I? section, but here it is. So if you want to know how to do anything selfsufficientish then here is the place to ask.
Pumpkin&Piglet
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 315
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:56 pm
latitude: 56 degrees North
longitude: 2 degrees West
Location: Near Stroud, Gloucestershire

How do I travel?

Post: # 266736Post Pumpkin&Piglet
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:35 pm

I am desperate to travel. I want to trek across Nepal - that sort of thing.

Please can anyone with any useful information share it with me! :iconbiggrin:

Can I do it with two small children (4 and 1 at the moment)? Will it cost me a lot. Can me and/or my husband work as we go? How?

I want to travel somewhere but I don't think I can in my current situation (i.e. that of a young family) without it costing an absolute fortune - can anyone tell me any different? With details!

User avatar
boboff
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1809
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:29 am
Location: Gunnislake,Cornwall

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266737Post boboff
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:43 pm

You can do anything, but you have to decide whether you should?

Having a young family is going to make it harder, and more expensive, as you need to safegaurd those kids.

Your Dad would say No, you can't, your Sister Possibly, your school friends yes.

Look at simple things like Woofing, Kibutz type things, other community groups where you can get new life experiences but where there are beds and health care.

Best of luck.
Millymollymandy wrote:Bloody smilies, always being used. I hate them and they should be banned.
No I won't use a smiley because I've decided to turn into Boboff, as he's turned all nice all of a sudden. Grumble grumble.
http://boboffs.blogspot.co.uk/

Mustardseedmama
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 270
Joined: Fri May 11, 2012 11:40 am
Location: Central United States

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266738Post Mustardseedmama
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:37 pm

I surely don't want to be discouraging, but if I were in your situation I would wait. (I know---much easier said than done!!) For me, it would be so much more enjoyable to travel now via books and the internet, save money for traveling later, and envision all the places I'd like to go later when my children were old enough to remember/enjoy the trip too. (I'm sure I'm old enough to be your mother, and probably far too practical--read fuddy-duddy).

Whatever you decide, I wish you the very best!
What if you're wrong? What if there's more? What if there's hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
Nichole Nordeman----Brave

oldjerry
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 2101
Joined: Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:57 am

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266749Post oldjerry
Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:45 am

When I was young ,single etc. etc . I travelled all over the place.I suppose it was a youthfull need for adventure,trying to prove something to my old man ,the usual stuff.I'm not sure it ''broadened my mind'' as people claim,mostly I find people are the same all over..just doing their best to get by.I think most of all you need to differentiate between travel with a purpose and tourism,which is largely destructive and frankly, pretty moronic.
Perhaps if you HAVE to check out what it's like on the other side of the hill,you could do something like VSO ,or QP and S (if it still exists) but travelling with family etc. well that's something else.
Anyway ,all very negative from an old git who really should know better,best wishes wherever you decide to go..

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8684
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266756Post Green Aura
Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:37 pm

The only way I could see how you'd do it is New Age style with some sort of motorhome. Then you can travel at will carrying your home with you and pick up jobs as necessary - although with kids in tow you'll need a fairly hefty emergency fund. The trouble is your eldest is now coming up to school age, so unless you're planning home schooling, traveling needs to be done before he/she is due to start - which put it more in the category of a holiday really. But it would get you round Europe at least.

I don't know what sort of visas or similar that you need to travel further afield these days, or what they'd cost - I'm not much of a traveller myself. South of Inverness and I'm homesick! TBH it would all be too much for me. :roll: :lol:
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

User avatar
boboff
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1809
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:29 am
Location: Gunnislake,Cornwall

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266771Post boboff
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:49 am

I think she's gone!
Millymollymandy wrote:Bloody smilies, always being used. I hate them and they should be banned.
No I won't use a smiley because I've decided to turn into Boboff, as he's turned all nice all of a sudden. Grumble grumble.
http://boboffs.blogspot.co.uk/

Pumpkin&Piglet
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 315
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:56 pm
latitude: 56 degrees North
longitude: 2 degrees West
Location: Near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266778Post Pumpkin&Piglet
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:48 am

Hahahahahahaha

I felt pretty similar to most of the responses but hoped there was something I was missing and secretly travelling was really was and cheap to do with little ones!

Not realistic? Never mind, I will have to be happy planning the trip then - for the next 10 years! :roll:

I think it might be worth looking at what is causing the 'need to travel' feeling and why I am not enjoying the wonderful life I currently have.

Thanks for the recommendation of Woofing, that looks fab!

User avatar
boboff
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1809
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:29 am
Location: Gunnislake,Cornwall

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266782Post boboff
Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:49 pm

Dick Strawbridge down in Cornwall used to do it in the summer, they are a nice family and a very interesting set up.
Millymollymandy wrote:Bloody smilies, always being used. I hate them and they should be banned.
No I won't use a smiley because I've decided to turn into Boboff, as he's turned all nice all of a sudden. Grumble grumble.
http://boboffs.blogspot.co.uk/

Mustardseedmama
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 270
Joined: Fri May 11, 2012 11:40 am
Location: Central United States

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266803Post Mustardseedmama
Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:05 am

I had to google it, but this woofing sounds very interesting!
What if you're wrong? What if there's more? What if there's hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
Nichole Nordeman----Brave

User avatar
southeast-isher
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1206
Joined: Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:41 pm
Location: Great Britain

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266850Post southeast-isher
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:18 pm

I was in Nepal for four months... i would say it's kid friendly. Do it! I want to go back there.

If you need any specific advice and you think i can help send me a PM.

User avatar
the.fee.fairy
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4635
Joined: Fri May 05, 2006 5:38 pm
Location: Jiangsu, China
Contact:

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266968Post the.fee.fairy
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:18 pm

Can you teach? Do you have a degree?

TEFL teaching is a great way to travel places. You can sign contracts anywhere from 3 months to a year.

I know that here in China, the school that employs you has to house you too, so you don't have to worry about getting somewhere to live.

There's a filipino lady teaching here who has a 6 year old son, and she says it's been the best experience for him. They've been here 2 years and he's fluent in Tagalog, English and Mandarin!

Pumpkin&Piglet
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 315
Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:56 pm
latitude: 56 degrees North
longitude: 2 degrees West
Location: Near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266981Post Pumpkin&Piglet
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:05 pm

That sounds awesome. I've looked TEFL courses before. I havent got a degree but I have taught before.

Perhaps I'll look into it some more. Thanks :icon_smile:

User avatar
the.fee.fairy
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 4635
Joined: Fri May 05, 2006 5:38 pm
Location: Jiangsu, China
Contact:

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 266988Post the.fee.fairy
Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:44 am

I know that for China, a degree is pretty much all you need (unless you're a non-native speaker).

India's virtually impossible to get a paid position in (their official second language is English), but fairly easy to get a voluntary position in.

I sorted out coming here and left within a month...it was pretty good! It's terrifying at first, but after a few weeks it's ok.

With the kids, it might be a bit different - you have company you know from the off!

Always look at local ways of travelling...then check them again to see if they're safe. If you're going to go alone (rather than with a company) ask in hostels and hotels what is the best way of travelling. For example, here the locals use sleeper buses to get from place to place, but I've been told that they're dangerous and there are more accidents with sleeper buses than any other, so I go by sleeper train instead. It's a little more expensive, but it is a lot safer.

Be careful where you trek. There are still some bandit countries littered about!

See, half of me says JUST GO! But...the other half says plan well and then take off at the right time... :iconbiggrin:

Wherever/whenever you go remember the Golden Rule: Always make yourself comfortable wherever you are. I can't remember who it was that the Golden Rule came from. It was on Michael Palin TV programme someone said it. It is important. It doesn't matter what 'being comfortable' means - you could bring a pillow from home, or really comfy PJs, whatever it is.

oldjerry
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 2101
Joined: Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:57 am

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 267011Post oldjerry
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:39 pm

Pumpkin&Piglet wrote:That sounds awesome. I've looked TEFL courses before. I havent got a degree but I have taught before.

Perhaps I'll look into it some more. Thanks :icon_smile:

You don't need a degree to do a TEFL course.The most important thin is that you do a decent course(not one of the 7 day jobs) The most universally recognised one is aCELTA .As luck would have it,you can (or at least could a couple of years ago,and I doubt things have changed) do said course P\T at the University of Gloucester at Cheltenham, check it out.BWs.

Crickleymal
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 260
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:16 pm
Location: Gloucester

Re: How do I travel?

Post: # 267015Post Crickleymal
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:14 pm

Just a thought but might it not be better to take the children when they are a little older and able to appreciate what they are seeing? I doubt if I'd remember anything if my parents had taken me somewhere when I was 1. 4 or 5 maybe, but not 1.
Malc

High in the sky, what do you see ?
Come down to Earth, a cup of tea
Flying saucer, flying teacup
From outer space, Flying Teapot

Post Reply