Decide where you want to go first. Once you've done that, the next step is to decide for how long. Then, start thinking about financing the trip. Create a budgeting sheet and decide how much you can save each month and how long it will take you to save enough. Read the Lonely Planet books on your destination(s). There's a wealth of information in those books for the budget-minded traveller. Research the price of your plane ticket. The earlier you buy it, the cheaper it will be. If you are a student, DEFINITELY get an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) - this will save you money on anything from lodging to airfare at statravel.com.
If you are going to be backpacking - hostels are the best way to go. You meet a ton of great people from all over the world and they can be a really great resource for things to see and do in the area - plus, they're the cheapest form of lodging possible. You just have to get used to sharing a room with strangers :-)
Many people work in the country they're visiting to finance their travels. Work Exchange programs like BUNAC or Council Exchange are great for this and provide you with valuable resources on employment, long-term lodging, and any legal matters you may have to consider, such as getting a passport, visas, and immunizations.
If you will be visiting multiple countries, consider getting an around-the-world ticket. This allows multiple stops in one direction over the course of a year.
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I traveled Australia at age 19.
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