I'm 21 years old and have been dreaming about travelling since I was about 6, my father travelled around Europe and Asia in his early twenties, and his stories have filled my head for years. I'm currently a trainee chef living in a small seaside town in South England, growing up by the sea, woods and cliffs has most definitely made me a child of nature.
I did my first short independent travelling stint this year (March 2013) to Kraków, Prague, Arnhem and Amsterdam for only 2 weeks, as the end of my work holiday allowance.
I'm currently saving, and plan to, in approximately 1.5/2 years time set off travelling. I plan to travel 6-8 months through Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia - Bali, Borneo and Java).
For me personally, I don't plan on drinking alcohol at all, relaxing on beaches occasionally would be lovely, but I'm mostly interested in immersing myself in culture and history - experiencing new things (also a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so paragliding, bungee jumping etc. are on the agenda), trying new foods, visiting monuments, temples, museums, and particularly seeing wildlife and exploring nature, hiking is something I'd love to do.
I'm prepared (or I think I am) for the culture shock, to a degree, happy to stay in basic accommodation - hostels/dorms etc. so long as I can sleep somewhere safe and at least hygienic, hot water would be a bonus as would wi-fi. I don't plan on spending a lot of time in my accommodation apart from sleeping and washing, so I don't need anything luxury, I'd rather spend money on new experiences, and on living (food etc.).
I am also interested in volunteering, particularly for humanitarian organisations/causes, and working as I travel. Seeing/experiencing/doing is what I'd like, tribes and festivals, learning about the world, about people, and myself. (Language is also something I'm interested in).
Any advice welcome, and questions too :)
Favourite places I've been - Turkey, Dublin county and Kraków.
Dream places to visit - South Asia (India and Sri Lanka in particular), and Latin America, with everywhere else close behind.