Many young people catch the travelling bug once they’ve finished their apprenticeship or studies. Whether you go alone, with a friend or in a group, a voyage of discovery is a worthwhile and enriching experience.
Whether you’re planning a short trip to a neighbouring country or a long journey to the other side of the world, forward planning is essential to prevent any nasty surprises.
If you’re a homebody, staying with a host family is probably the best option for you. There are an ever-increasing number of portals advertising accommodation with locals. For example:
Would you prefer to get to know other young people from around the world? Then we’d recommend student halls or a youth hostel:
Youngsters up to the age of 27 can enjoy low-cost and flexible travel throughout Europe by investing in an Interrail pass from the SBB.
Can’t make your mind up where you want to go?
Even if you don’t know where you’re going to end up, plan at least the first few legs of your journey and book your accommodation in advance.
Find out the currency of your chosen country. Always carry a little money in cash, e.g. for a taxi.
Mingle with the locals! Talk to the locals and eat out in local restaurants. Visit famous places which are characteristic of the host country – this will give you a better understanding of the country and its people. These experiences are priceless and are sure to remain life-long memories for you to cherish.