This will be my first trip abroad... So far I have secured my passport and have done a fair amount of research online, but I feel like I have been getting more confused with the more information ive been coming across. First off, I am not too sure how long I would like to stay out.. I was going to start with buying a one way ticket and just winging it (I am aware that one way tickets arent recommended but I was excited by the idea of getting away with it and having my trip open ended.) I was looking at round trip tickets today which would save me some money, but I am not sure when i would like to return, which is why I was looking into a one-way in the first place.
Lets say I find a cheap ticket through momondo or skyscanner or whatever.... What if i need to change the return date? Or the return destination? How do I get travel protection through a "cheap flight finder" type of a website? Does this even garauntee that I will be able to alter my flights in any way or am I looking at a huge waste of money and additional costs?
I am unsure of Visas, a lot of forums say that you can get a visa as you enter the country, other people say the opposite... I wasnt planning on spending my entire trip in Thailand, im looking to explore cambodia, vietnam, laos, maybe even go an visit an old friend in Korea... in which case I dont really need a visa because I wont be over staying my welcome in each country for too long... Im aware that if you were to return Thailand you are limited to only 15 days of stay before you need to leave again so if i have a return flight I would need to re-enter Thailand and immediately leave again.
Honestly I am just over whelmed with possibilities and contradicting advice from all over the internet and thought I would just start MY OWN thread in order to consolidate advice from experienced travelers.
Im a n00b, in need of serious guidance.
but do not be fooled! I am also an experienced adventurer and I am not afraid to get down and dirty, to get lost, and to do things the hard way in order to make this trip as colorful as possible.