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1. Posted by lanchutt (Inactive 58 posts) 11y

Hello peeps,

I am planning on doing a RTW tour and then the BUNAC work Canada scheme. It's something I have always wanted to do, however by the time I get back to the UK I will be 26. I have been working for two years in a career that I don't want to pursue and am looking to do something else when I get back from travelling. The problem is that I feel like I will be starting from scratch at 26 and will have no savings or anything. I have no ties at the moment and am sure I will be doing the right thing but I just wondered if anybody else felt like this before they went travelling? It's silly because I think my family want me to have progressed in my current job and expect me to be earning big money and have a mortgage (yawn) sorted by then and aren't being very supportive.

It would good to hear some opinions!

Claire

2. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

Hey Claire,

Yea i think i'm in the same boat as you! Doing work i'm not really wanting to do, not really any ties, family saying "waste of money, you need a house and 2.4 children". I sunderstand what they are saying but its our lives and we gotta live it like we want to! My mum isn't being very suportive at all so i'm kinda like out here on my own and we have had many arguments about me wanting to go away. I'm a bit worried about coming back and not konwing what, where i am going to do but that's in the future and i'm sure in teh year you are away your mind will change a lot and when you come back you will know what you want to do.

I know if i don't do this i will never be settled and live in regret! Just a shame i don't have any support at the moment from my mum and dad. Not everyone wants to live their life with a routine and there is a whole world out there for us to discover!

Andrea x

What i have said doesn't really make sense but hey i think you know what i mean!

3. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Do it!! Im in the same boat as you. I left Uni with a good degree, got a good job and for the past two years have hated every minute of it!! It pays well but boy I cant do this for the next 45 years!! 45 years!!! Thats what inspires me to go travelling. I have 45 years before I retire so plenty of time to do stuff I want to do. I dont have a house, I dont have a mortgage, I dont have kids. The only thing that ties me down is my girlfriend but she undertands and is happy for me to go around the place.

On Tuesday I am handing my notice in to work and then Im off round Eastern Europe, America and then a quick count of the money left over to see if there is any where else I can go!! I dont have much money or a job lined up when I finish but then if the worst comes to the worst I will move back in with my mum and do temping jobs whilst I look for something else. Lucky my work have said I can come back if need be so its nice to know there is a safety net.
My parents, thank goodness are very supportive. They want me to travel although my mum has said she is worried sick about me not getting a job when I come back.

You have to do stuff when you can though. There is no use worrying about the unknown and not doing anything because others thought you shouldn't. You will only regret not doing it for the rest of your life and in todays climate when it is so cheap/easy to get around its so worth it!!

Go and do it and dont look back.

4. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

Hello you 3!!

I am totally with you, although in a different position in my life. If you want to travel, this is the good moment of your life, with money, time, and nothing to tie you. With a family (I mean your own), a house and ... blah, blah, blah....you wont have the opportunity to see the world as much!!

Your parents, supportive or not, are not owning you!! And although they probably want the best for you, their best is not necessarily yours!! They have their lives, you have yours... and if they think you are making a mistake, why not allow you to make them!? One learns a lot through god and bad experiences!!

And yes, travel does allow you to discover more about yourself: I might be *only* 24, but I am much more mature than a lot of *older* people around me... and part of it is thanks to travelling solo!! ;)

Cheers and happy travels!

5. Posted by jordana (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Hey everyone

I'm sort of in the same situation, my only problem is i'm sooooooo scared to break the news to my bosses. Let me fill you in.... I'm leaving for my around the world trip with my boyfriend in Sept, we have been planning it for over a year now. Any way during university i had a placement year and got a great job with a real good company for a year. After graduation they asked me back for the summer, and i did and got real good experience but before i new it i was at a different company (where i am now) doing the same thing only better pay and probably good prospects but that doesn't worry me, there will be a thousand more jobs!!!!!! There is no way i'm not sure about going cause i am and counting the days, and my parents encourage me. Its just i'm terrified of telling them here at work. i'm planning to leave at the end of August which means i'll only of been here 10 months, is that bad?????????

I'm such a whimp when it comes to things like this!!!
Any advice would be great!!

I thing everyone should travel, i can't wait.

Help
Jo

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8. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

Quoting jordana

Hey everyone

I'm sort of in the same situation, my only problem is i'm sooooooo scared to break the news to my bosses. Let me fill you in.... I'm leaving for my around the world trip with my boyfriend in Sept, we have been planning it for over a year now. Any way during university i had a placement year and got a great job with a real good company for a year. After graduation they asked me back for the summer, and i did and got real good experience but before i new it i was at a different company (where i am now) doing the same thing only better pay and probably good prospects but that doesn't worry me, there will be a thousand more jobs!!!!!! There is no way i'm not sure about going cause i am and counting the days, and my parents encourage me. Its just i'm terrified of telling them here at work. i'm planning to leave at the end of August which means i'll only of been here 10 months, is that bad?????????

I'm such a whimp when it comes to things like this!!!
Any advice would be great!!

I thing everyone should travel, i can't wait.

Help
Jo

Hey, hell no it isn't bad! It's your life! You never know they may even keep the place open for you when you come back. They will understand. Have fun travelling and don't be scared to tell your boss. Keep us informed of your progress!

Andrea x

9. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

Quoting lanchutt

It would good to hear some opinions!

follow your heart...

i did little travel when i was 21-23 and just recently felt like i havent done anything at all or just simply not enough

26 is NOT too late to start something from scratch. i started a.k.a felt like i have direction in life in terms of $$$ just when i turned 27 lol

one lil thing that makes it hard to leave (in my opinion) is family or someone close to your heart...but then again

do what you feel you wanted to do, it'll probably give ya some sense of satisfation/accomplishment or whatever you called it in the long run

you won't regret it

10. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

Quoting hedkandi

Quoting lanchutt

It would good to hear some opinions!

when i was 21-23

22-26 (miscounted there)