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11. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Hello Everyone,
I am in a similar boat. I am 20, no family, no kids,I have the funds and I have been planning on leaving when i finish school in 06'. BUT..... I do have a girlfriend whom I've been with for over 3 years. I love her soooo much. She has BIG family and could never be away from them for any length of time (so her comming with me for a year+ is out of the question) and I would not feel right just saying "Ok Babe, see ya in a year, don't worry I'll try to call once a week". But i figure I have about a year left before I finish school so that will give me plenty of time to think everything over.... As for right now I will continue to research and plan my trip, and we'll see what happens.....

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

Quoting evakan

BUT..... I do have a girlfriend whom I've been with for over 3 years. I love her soooo much

a friend told me

to see if it's true/real love (or whatever we call it) let it fly...see if it comes back to you..if it does then he/she's your true love

you're 20 still young..lot to see/experience etc

i knew a guy who was in long term relationship for 2 years but made a decision to finally leave where he was to work/travel/experience things out there, was on the rebound quite long but last time i checked..he mentioned it was one of the best decision he's made in his life...its very self satisfyin..sounds bit selfish i suppose but..oh well...whatever you decision is, you gonna be allright

but like you said you have a year to think things over..so do it, do suggest for her to go with you...would be more fun, bring you guys much closer etc etc

13. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 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

Dont worry about it. I went and told my boss the other week that I was "thinking" of leaving. I was so nervous I was shaking and my bottom lip kept quivering - even thought I had just been to the pub with my boss and beat him at pool, I still felt so bad telling them my plans. He was great and said he wished he had done it when he was my age. They may ask you back and if you leave in a friendly way its always good to know they are still there is you ever need them! I mean whats the worst they do - they say "How rude of you,your fired." but your leaving anyway!

Do it!! Go on!! You know you want to! You might like it!

14. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I was getting all ready to hand my notice in this summer, when they went and made me redundant and put a good amount of money in my hand. I went quietly

Absolute result really as I now have more money than I thought and get to leave earlier (June 1st...not long now!)

I'll be 24 when I get back and I'm actually really considering retraining when i do get back as I've had enough of IT, I'd like to learn a trade or maybe go to University (I got a job straight after A Levels so I've worked for a few years)

I also have no ties to the UK aside from my parents and immediate family, but I'm an only child anyway. I wouldn't rule out emigrating one day if I find somewhere "right" :)

15. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Quoting MartinH

Absolute result really as I now have more money than I thought and get to leave earlier (June 1st...not long now!)

I'll be 24 when I get back and I'm actually really considering retraining when i do get back as I've had enough of IT, I'd like to learn a trade or maybe go to University (I got a job straight after A Levels so I've worked for a few years)

I wouldn't rule out emigrating one day if I find somewhere "right" :)

Nice one Martin! Id definitely recommend doing a trade if you wanna retrain when you come back (ive grown up on a building site - my dad's a building contractor and i havent the slightest interest in it) so im into IT but sometimes i feel fed up as well!

My wee bro who's a stonemason is making more in a week than i'll ever make at I.T. Do a trade - it'll also stand you in good stead for emigrating especially Oz where im seriously thinking about when i finish my degree next june!

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

Thanks very much for your advice everyone. I know I am doing the right thing really, I think its the thought of having no money or anything at 26 that scares me but at least I will have made friends from all over the world (hopefully!). Plus, I suppose it would allow me to see where I want to live, although I can't imagine settling down after being away for so long!

Has anybody been away for a couple of years and found settling back into the routine life difficult?
:)

17. Posted by davmol (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

Hey there, I took the same 'risk' you did.Me and a friend had planned a RWT and he chickened out at the last minute because of the same apprehensions you have>he had a long term girlfriend of 4 years and a job he wasnt interested in but he decided to stay even though the plusses far outweighed the minuses.
We both went to college and got degrees and were all set for the normal 'boring ' path of working for the rest of our lives and having 2 weeks holiday a year.I went travelling for a year ,got sponsored for another year and a half in a job totally unrelated to what I studied and loved it.
I returned to find my friend had split up with this girlfriend ,hated his life and his job and had wasted 3 years of his life in utter boredom.I met a beatiful girl who moved back with me and have a job I never would have thought about as it was outside what I had studied.Since I have returned I am more content than ever,i have seen most of the world and have so many friends all over that Im always heading off for wkends and weeks to visit them....I dont want to sound like im living the hollywood dream(no such thing),of course everything isnt perfect and not everyone enjoys it as much as i did but trust me -lifes too short to stick with routine...head off and see the world...i promise you wont regret it and you'll be a much better person for it...

18. Posted by jess23 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

i can relate to everyone here. im plannin to quit my job next yr to travel n have so many things to worry abt. i have my parents to support, insurance premiums to pay. i really have to scrimp n save to set aside enuf money for the above be4 i quit to fulfil my dream. but thats not wats worrying me most. ive a committed relationship at the moment n hes entirely not supportive of the idea of me going around alone. i dunnoe how to convince him n its the biggest obstacle. the only thing i can think of is to take short trips (abt 1 mth at most 2 mths) n coming back for 2-3 mths be4 setting off again. but im sure theres gonna be a big fight if i cant find a gal to travel with me by that time. :(
sigh, im so bored with my work! been at it for 4 yrs n the reason i stay on is becos of the gd leave n pay.thinkin of travel every moment at work. sorry pple, i feel so much better after lettin all out!well lets us all work towards our dreams!

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

Quoting lanchutt

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

You are sure to have forgotten all these concerns by the time you return from your trip

20. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Jess,

i can relate to everyone here. im plannin to quit my job next yr to travel n have so many things to worry abt. i have my parents to support, insurance premiums to pay. i really have to scrimp n save to set aside enuf money for the above

Pm me personnlly. I have some cool info for you. really. No bluff.

Lee