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Traveling in Your 20’s, What You Need to Know

In this interview I talk with Steph over at twenty-somethingtravel.com, we talk all about traveling around the world and specifically traveling in your 20’s.  She has an amazing blog where she talks all about her travels, places to go and things to eat.  If you are in your 20’s and you love to travel this is a must listen episode.

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Show Notes:

  • Steph has been traveling on and off her entire 20’s and studied abroad in college.
  • At 26 she quit her full time job and started traveling
  • She is currently in Seattle, and loves having a home base
  • She worked abroad in London for a year
  • Why is it important for someone to travel
    • In your 20s you have more time, energy and the least amount of responsibilities
  • What have you learned?
    • Travel has forced her to push her self out of her comfort zone.
  • How do you meet new people while traveling?
    • Couchsurfing, events or just meeting up for coffee.
    • Staying in hostels.
    • She uses twitter a lot to find people to meet up with people.
  • Where should someone go on their first travel experience?
    • Europe is kind of like the paddling pool of travel.
    • There is great infrastructure for traveling and you can get by just speaking English.
    • Travel makes geography start to make sense.
  • Should people make money as they travel or save up a big chunk first?
    • She saved up $20,000 before starting her travels.
    • She bought a one way ticket from Washington DC to Tokyo.
    • Her plan got completely messed up, but it was a good thing.
    • I am a big fan of having some kind of plan.
    • The best answer maybe to do a hybrid of the two
    • Make sure you get your visas ahead of time
  • How do you get freelance writing jobs?
    • Most of it comes from people she has meet through her travels or connections she has made.
    • She went  to a lot of travel blogger conferences
  • What other places would you recommend to travel?
    • South East Asia
    • It has a very established travel community  and path
    • There is not a lot of Americans, which is a good reason to travel
  • She loves Vietnam, and recommends everyone goes and checks it out
    • Both because the food is awesome and Because it has been touched by US history
    • They call the Vietnam war the American war in Vietnam
    • The people love americans, especially in the South
    • Cambodia and Laos is also interesting
    • Laos is the most bombed country in the world
  • You find out the US is both as awesome as you think and not as awesome as you think
    • New york is like going to the future
    • However you learn the volatility of governments.
    • Japan is a great first stop
    • China is really fun as well, go there while your long
    • Beijing is cool but there is a ton of good ones
    • Africa is someone where she hasn’t been yet
    • Australia is not worth the amount of money it cost to be there
  • Not a big fan of the big party hubs with tons of backpackers
  • Best food
    • Vietnam and China, the street food is awesome
    • Italy is always awesome and has great food

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