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Haha, yeah, Loren is a little lazy haha, it sometimes takes him a long time to even write back to me, haha. But to begin with, I think your heart is in the right place, so you don't have to worry about anything else. It will all come together, all you have to do is make the first step out traveling. Then you will just figure everything else out. So just go, I say, live the world.
Answers to your questions:
1. There is no harm in preparing for a little while. You are still young, there is a whole world out there for you. I just think that your only worry may be is that if you start traveling, you will not stop! haha
2.The benefits of Italian citizenship is everything. This means that you have an European passport, right? If you don't, get one soon. I have a friend from Chile who also had Italian citizenship, and she is able to live and travel in Europe (and the rest of the world) like a European. If you have the EU passport, you can cross almost any border in the world without a problem. Leave the Argentinean one at home.
3. Maybe you may want to take a hitch-hiking journey down to Tierra del Fuego or go up to Brazil to test yourself a little before you begin traveling really far away. But, I don't think this matters too much. Traveling is traveling everywhere. Don't worry, you have to start somewhere.
4. I began traveling when I was 18. I took my first few journeys around the USA, and when I was 19 I went to South America for the first time. So I was young like you.
5. If you want to travel cheaply, I think that learning local languages is one of the most important things that you can do. You obviously have very good skills at learning language, so keep studying. I use to study language for an hour before going to bed every night no matter where I was. . .. but lately I have gotten a little lazy with this haha. You can travel the world pretty smoothly with a knowledge of English, Spanish, and French. If you learn a little Chinese Mandarin, you can talk to people anywhere. Good going on studying languages on your own, man. It is impressive.
Thank you for all the kind words, I really appreciate them. Just get traveling, man, and don't think about letting anything stand in your way. Humans seem to have a natural way of being able to take care of themselves, so if the going gets hard, you will just naturally know what to do. So don't worry about anything. Just get traveling!
Thanks for writing,
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