When I was 22, I moved to Rome on my own. I had fallen in love with the city while on holiday, and had been inspired by meeting a young woman in a hostel. After her marriage ended she'd decided to start a new life in Rome, and she was staying in the hostel until she found a flat, while looking for work as an English teacher. Why shouldn't I do the same?
Embarking on a long-term trip is both exciting and daunting. It takes a lot of planning ahead, calculating things like budgets and the money you have in various currencies, and pushing the boundaries of your suitcase (and own willpower), in order to have everything sorted for a year-long journey around the world.