There really is no better time to travel than now!
If you are scared to leave now, chances are you will still be scared in 6 months and a year. So if you have the ability to go now, JUST GO FOR IT! Waiting won’t make it easier.
Trust me, I know how frightening travelling overseas by yourself can be. I applied for my first working visa on my 18th birthday, leaving 4 weeks later, solo. I was terrified, but I did it, and it was the best thing I have ever done.
Don’t be afraid to travel alone
Once you begin your adventure, you will meet people every day who are travelling by themselves, most likely doing a very similar path to you, and looking for company. You will never be alone when backpacking, especially if you are staying in hostels.
If you are taking a working holiday, you will make friends with the people you work and live with instantly. I have met some of my best friends overseas.
Travelling by yourself is, in fact, one of the best ways to get to know yourself. When you are alone you get to choose where you want to go, what you want to do, what time you want to wake up, where and when you want to eat, and who you want to hang out with. You can be anyone you want to be. This is my advice to first-time solo travellers.
You have fewer responsibilities
As you get older, you are more likely to have more responsibilities – a lease or mortgage, furniture, boyfriend, animal or career.
When you finish high school, you won’t have any of these responsibilities, well maybe a boyfriend, but nothing holding you down to your hometown. If you can save during school, you will be able to travel as soon as you turn 18, without having to worry about when your lease runs out, or where to store the furniture.
So do it, go while your young and free!
VISA’s are easier to get when you are younger
Getting working holiday VISAs is challenging once you turn 30, so don’t finish university, get a career and buy a house before travelling, because if you fall in love with travel, you might only have a few years of VISA’s left.