Get a passport, They are cheap and you will never regret it. Seriously...just get a damn passport.
You can get tickets from anywheresville to say Heathrow, England and take a ferry over to france for under 1k (or a lot less if you are a good deal
spotter). Get the visa's to explore for a bit and voila. go backpacking and take the hostels and bed/breakfast route tour. Spend 6 months or so.
Your entire perspective will change once you leave the safety and security bubble of your homeland and truely explore different areas. Its not some
far fetched dream..it truely is a simple choice. The people telling you its some dream are probably your local lazy friends and family saying it is.
1k isn't much..you probably spend more per year on soda or chips, or other silly things.
So, ya..make a 2 year plan for 3-6 months, target an area, and voila...save a bit of cash depending on the quality of service you want (once your
there, you may find the odd day labor to get up some cash also if your strapped).
In my early 20s, I thought it was a insane dream to explore the world...then I got bored of that and simply went..spent 5 years overseas (with a
passport, not a gun). married, worked, seen both the grottos of spain, the 5 star resorts in egypt, etc).
Life altering and you feel more awake and alive once you do that.