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1. Posted by alifad (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hi Everyone, i've just turned 32, lived in a few different places throughout my life but never did any serious travelling before, working at a job that pays relatively well but my hearts not really in it, so i've decided to pack up and take 6 months to a year to travel to South America to travel, volunteer, learn Spanish, teach English, write and generally have myself a good old adventure. The thing is, most of my friends and family think i've gone nuts, giving up a steady job for a " sensless adventure " and that i should have done that in my early twentys and they think working in a job where you're just going through the motions is better than an uncertain future ( while it might be i'm willing to take that risk ). My question is, is it ever too late to make such a decision and take a risk, bearing in mind i'm not married, don't have a mortgage and no real commitments.
Thanks for your input.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Speaking as a fellow 32 year old - it's never too late! Quite the contrary, 32 seems to me the perfect age to be making such decisions. You've done the job thing, and now are ready for something else for awhile. Try asking yourself the opposite: what will your future be like if you DON'T go? Will you regret not having done it? Can you live with the thought of telling your grandkids "Well, I was going to go to South America for a year, but Granddad told me I'd better keep the day job"?

Lots of people like to pass their fears on to those who have the guts and the sense of adventure (or just the crazy idea!) to pack up and go. You have only your own heart to answer to! Don't think about proving them wrong, but rather proving yourself right. Have fun! I'm excited for you!

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Ali - it's NEVER too late to start an adventure!!! I'm going to be 52 shortly, and especially at my age, if my situation was equal to yours - I would be waving good bye to the nay-sayers as I boarded the plane to places unknown. No turning back, no what-ifs, no "I'm too old" stuff. Tway has a very good point - put yourself on the other side of the equation. You could say, "I wish I would have done that..." or "I better get that next postcard in the mail before they send out a search party for me!" The choice is yours and yours alone. What do YOU want to do with your life? Though, they may not be happy with your decision, your friends and family would much rather have you happy in the end, than being a terminally angry person because you let yourself down.

I have a great idea - you come here (to the US) and babysit our house while we go on your adventure! We'll send post cards with pretty pictures on the front and telling you what a wonderful time we are having written on the back - in Spanish. I"M KIDDING - GO!!!!!!!!!!! And, have a marvelous time!! ;)

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4. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Do you know when you are gonna be too old to do it?
When you start to think the same way your family do.

Are you crazy? ...Join the Club.

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Hey Ali

Think, plan, and go. That's all there is to it. You're only as young as you think you are. No is too short for regrets.

Go, meet people, have fun. You never might not be single after a bit of travel........

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

Do it NOW, before you do get married and have morgage, kids, and other committements and obligations in life!

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

One of my favorite quotes...which seems perfect..
"I would rather look back on life, regretting a few of the things I've done...then to regret never having tried."
(I can't remember who said it though! )

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

I think one finds negative people at any age. At 17 people always asked my "why go to indonesia? Too many brown people". Mind you I come from central Alberta (equal to Texas if you don't know the place) most people are weary of things not white and conservative.

At 20 people could not for the life of them understand why going to Russia would be a good idea. I learned from before though, so this time I didn't tell anyone until I had my ticket.

So really at 22 or 32 or 82, don't let anyone try to discourage you from an experience of a lifetime.

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Not too late at all. I did my first "big" trip at 32 to South America. Prior to that, I had only been outside of North America twice - once to Mexico and once to Cuba, and both those times were to all-inclusive resorts.

It was tough, booking my first big trip to South America. I almost backed out a few times, but I went through with it. At times, I felt stupid, the 32 year old backpacker. Isn't backpacking for college kids? I certainly was actually stupid a few times, but it was also one of the most fun and most liberating experiences of my life. And as to backpacking being a college kid thing, most of the people I met on the road were my age or older.

However, I am SOOOO glad I did it.

10. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attrative and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOOHOO what a ride..

Go for it, you will never regret it & 32 is not too old, but perfect, you have already established your career & will be able to return to it after your trip... but only to save for the next one