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1. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

This thing has hit me a few times. When I was in school and college, I really wanted to travel so much - I had much time, but no money. So my friend suggested that when we graduated, we got job, save money, and go travel together. But now that we can save money, we don't have time!

I see that the rat race is getting crazier... It seems that if you want to be successful you'll have to dedicate all your life for your job.

I myself don't agree with that. I work to live, not live to work. But what if your work demands almost 100% of your time and energy? What would you do? Quit and find a new job where you might not have a good career but but more time for you, or stay as long as you earn a lot?

2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I would quite

As long as I have money to survive in the society I am currently living in is enough for me. I don't look for success in work to define success in life.

3. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

This is interesting zags. Two months ago I felt like I was tied down to a business and had all the responsibilities that went along with it. I have had the thoughts of travelling on my mind for a very long time and all of a sudden I dropped everything, sold out of the business, and I am leaving for an indefinate trip on May 27th. The urge to travel was too much for me to bear. I didn't want to be tied down with kids and a house and wish that I'd gone travelling when I was younger, fitter, and physically able.

I know you need money to travel, and there are always arguments for and against going. But what is in your heart? Is there any way for you to borrow the money to go if you don't already have it? Is there anything of value that you can sell? The world today will not be the same tomorrow. Anything can happen that can make it change overnight. Is there anything you want to see right now that you know won't be the same after it has been published in a Lonely Planet guide?

If you are successful now who says you can't stop what you are doing, travel until you're sick of it (if that is possible) and then become successful again upon your return? :)

Also, in the end, what is more important to you - your memories and experiences of different lands and cultures or your memories of making all that money?

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

As mentioned in your other thread, zags. Usually when you have the time, you don't have the money. Conversely, when you have the money ... you don't have the time. The answer possibly lies in the question, "What do we live for?". There are no right or wrong answers. Entirely up to you to decide whan and what makes you happy

5. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Well, I think that I'd have to agree with Wocca and his cheeky green smile. It really all depends on your priorities in life. Money cannot buy everything but it does buy a lot... I love travelling, but my career is important to me too. I love what I do and treasure what I have accomplished, even though it's not a career path that would ever make me filthy rich. Unfortunately, my career is also not the kind that can be combine with travelling for extended periods of time. So, I have learnt to reconcile my passions -- I take short trips (1 to 3 weeks) 3 to 4 times per year. Would I like to travel more? Of course! Would I like to make more money? You bet! Would I like to be more successful (success deoes not equal $$ in my book)? Hell yeah! But I can't have it all. So I try to have a good chunk of each! ;) Yes, I admit it, I'm greedy.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

You seem to have your priorities very well balanced

7. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Oh Wocca, you're making me blush! But wait, are you being sarcastic?

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Do you have a persecution complex ?

9. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Do you have a green face complex?

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Just joking ... not being sarcastic