It has fast become the standard thing to do after taking A’Levels or to do during a career break. Taking a year off and travelling around the world is one of the most exciting things you can do.
Picking up a back-pack and heading to the airport with just the next flight booked, will install the hedonistic mix of excitement and trepidation which gives all travelers the buzz which they long for.
Landing in a foreign country with literally just the shirt of your shoulders, the bag on your back and the whit in your head. Not speaking the native language is just one more boost to the adrenaline rush you would feel.
There are guides which will let you safely explore cities and countries along the lesser taken roads, but even these are constantly tracked out by travellers with the same guide book. Why would you want to go where everyone else has been? The key to finding a deserted beach or being the only gringo in town is to avoid the travel guides and all the printed text. Word of mouth from the locals will invariably drive you away from the constant stream of backpackers and bring you into the experience you were seeking.
Youth hostels are constantly full with people travelling around both the local area and the world. They will be able to tell you about this secluded walk up the side of a mountain or the guy to hire motorbikes from in the next town. He is good because he wont rip you off and he gives you back your passport.
Travelling around is all about finding new experiences and finding new adventures in places that you might not even have heard of. Why would you want to spend yet another night down the Dog and Duck at the end of the road, when you could be sipping your drink out of a freshly coconut on the beach side bar.