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1. Posted by TeddyB (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello Everyone,

I am posting today because currently I am stuck in the middle of making a decision. Currently I am looking at two opportunities, one of which will lead to traveling and the other to a guaranteed career. Over the past few years I have focused myself on finding a way to travel and see the world. Though. Along with wanting to take a chance an pursue my photography/writing.

While on this drive to figure out how to travel, I found my way into my current field of employment (IT). Then by chance another better opportunity has presented itself. The downside to it is that I would have to out my goal of traveling off even further and keep going in a field I like, but am not passionate about.

The other opportunity is to step out of my current field and take the other job I have been offered to work on a boat for 6 months locally. With the lodging included, I would have the opportunity to save and then leave to travel. I would then pursue opportunities with photography/multimedia as well as teaching, work exchange, what ever else I can figure out.

Both of these opportunities have happened unexpectedly and I am caught in a slight whirlwind. I truly do want to travel and take the risks that go a long with it. That has been my goal for so long. At the same time the prospect of furthering success in my current field is nice. I have to say I am heavily leaning toward traveling. Of course I have been thinking over this and laying all the options down. Though the more I out advice I can get the better. It is almost as if I am facing a fork in the road...

Have people found success during/post travel? Are opportunities out there? Play it safe or take a risk? Any and all forms of advice are welcome. Have people had to face similar decision or take a leap/chance when looking to travel?

Thank you for reading my ramblings,

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 823 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


First off, with the benefit of an older perspective here, it may not matter too much. Choices will still come along again, and nobody dies. So don't stress too much.

Travel is fun, but making money opens doors to do more things. Piling up the cash for a few years is no bad thing, you can always say Enough! and head off travelling after a while. So long as you don't get stuck in a rut doing a job you hate. I'd say chasing wealth over the prospect of being happier is actually okay - sometimes that other thing doesn't end up making you any happier. Just make sure what you're doing isn't making you UNhappy.

Only you can know the relative draw of both options.

Personally I'd do the career thing for a couple of years.

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You can begin to travel at any time; and it helps if you have the money for it. But you're only young once; and the travel experiences you're likely to have in your 20s can be different than when you're older. Plus, you could have other responsibilities as the years go by, such as raising a family.

Myself, I started a career out of college; worked hard and got recognition for it. During that time, I saved money for travel. The catalyst was a newspaper ad for the now-defunct Italian Line offering a special fare for those 25-and-under from New York to Naples or Genoa for $150. It was an opportunity that I didn't want to miss. So months later I quit my high-profile job to travel, circling the globe for 18 months. After I returned I was able to get a job quickly in my profession.

Over the years, I've taken every opportunity to travel. But that initial trip expanded my horizons and changed my outlook on life. Now retired, I spend six months on the road, crisscrossing the globe in one amazing adventure after another. When not traveling, I volunteer at a hospital.

In sum, bide your time. Then go for it!

4. Posted by -.Martin- (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey Teddy, it be nice if you explained a little bit more about your work option, is it only for 6 months and thats it, or are they offering you a full time job after it? where are you exactly? are you in your home town or in another place?

If it were me, Id take the job, 6 months doesnt seem a lot. ITs a nice rest stop from travelling to save money. Specially if you have lodging.
Its seems like your not in your hometown, if you have no ties back there, and nobody is waiting, I would definitively take work, gain some exp. You can always quit and continue the journey

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2574 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It's a question only you can answer.

Look within.


6. Posted by Tabithag (Budding Member 93 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It really does depend on what matters most to you, and what you want for your mid to long term future. My husband and I are in our mid forties now. We took a month to interrial and backpack western Europe in 1989 (immediately after education), and then again in 2002 in eastern Europe.

Aside from that we focussed on careers with the aim of retiring early. We had an opportunity for redundancy in 2011, which meant that we could invest that money and our other savings, and use that, together with downsizing and then permanently renting out our London flat, we have been able to 'retire' and now travel long term.

For us this was perfect, as we have been able to set ourselves up for the future (official retirement time) with a reasonable pension and owning our own place, but we have a good number of years of long-term (low budget) travel ahead of us before we settle down, and while we are still healthy.

7. Posted by rosydovey (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I read your post, I like what you express but you have passions and have trouble knowing which one to choose. When you have multiply option then select one which your heart
wants. Do those things which you really wants in the life and from above view i think you have to choose first option that travel to whole world.

Rosy Dovey

8. Posted by Budgie Escapee (Budding Member 27 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi TeddyB,

Here are a few things you have said in your post:

"Over the past few years I have focused on finding a way to travel...along with taking a chance to pursue my photography/writing".
"The downside to it [pursuing your career] is that I would have to put my goal of traveling off even further and keep going in a field I like, but am not passionate about".
"I truly do want to travel and take the risks that go a long with it. That has been my goal for so long."
"At the same time the prospect of furthering success in my current field is nice."

You know what you want to do. You want to travel. You have wanted it for so long. Your real passion is photography/writing and travel will more easily allow you to pursue this. Well, my friend, (if you really can save enough to go travelling in that 6-month job), the perfect opportunity to achieve your dreams is staring you in the face. Yes, the idea of furthering success in your current field is "nice", but you won't be passionate about what you are doing. And think about the fact that 'nice' is the word that came to you to describe that opportunity - not 'exciting' or 'fulfilling' or 'perfect' - just nice. In contrast, I am sure exciting, fulfilling and perfect are words you might happily use to describe your travelling opportunity.

What you might be waiting for is permission from the world for you to take off and go travelling. The society you live in seems to think that the 'safer, 'more practical' thing to do is secure a career, earn money, settle down etc. For this reason, you are waiting for society to say, 'You know what TeddyB, you can forget about all that...go do something that makes you happy...go choose the travelling have my permission'. You are never going to get that permission from society. It has to come from within. You have to give yourself the permission to take a step away from what is expected of you...and towards something you really want to do.

Seriously, compare the two things - (1) give yourself a chance to achieve something you are passionate about and follow your dreams, or (2) do something you don't truly care about just because the opportunity is there and it seems "nice". Life is about discovering your true potential. You have a perfect chance to discover your true potential right now, by choosing to chase your travelling dreams. Jump on it and enjoy the adventure of where it takes you. Don't be worried about the unknown. Embrace it. Only by taking steps into the unknown can we ever discover what is truly possible. You will forever regret it if you don't do it. And when you do it, go hard. Chase your dreams and make shit happen.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Mar-2016, at 17:05 by Budgie Escapee ]

9. Posted by Budgie Escapee (Budding Member 27 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

...and as far as a career goes sounds like you would rather a career in Photography/Writing than IT. Wouldn't travelling (especially with all the stories and experiences you would gather) be a positive step in the direction of the career that you would be happier doing?

10. Posted by Angelina01 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I would definitely advice you to travel, travel far and wide if you can :):)
I think people find comfort in having a definite career, on the other hand, travelling is not only exciting, but we get to learn so much, challenge ourselves and learn from many different cultures. I really hope you go for the travelling option :)

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]