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1. Posted by CraigR (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

hey, rite im 18, and im from the UK. i want to travel as its a passion of mine, i love travelling round the uk, tho nothing huge lol. but to the point, i wanna travel europe, heading towards asia along the north of europe, and on the return towards the south. but i need help as i dnt have a clue where to start for one thing (plannig wise)! im currently a student at college, but to be fair i dnt care about it, id rather pack it in and get a full time job to save up to travel. i do have a part time job working in a night club so i do have a small source of income. main question, is it worth dumping college to go travelling? in my own mind i kno itd be worth it but i dnt think family wud agree (i gave up my first 2 years so i kno itd be a huge disapointment for them) and wud it be easy to get bak into that after travelling?. 2nd question, how much approx shud i save up? i wud like to get away for about a year, is it relatively easy to get a job abroad, ie bar job, to earn a lil extra cash. and lastly, i wud be travelling on my own motorbike, is that a good idea or is it best to go via plane/coach? wat wud i need to be able to drive abroad, etc. theres laods of questions i need answers to lol, but them 3 are the main 1s in my mind at the mo. any help wud be greatly appreciated.

from a very confused craig lol :)

2. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

I'd say goto college and learn to write and type. Finish, then you have a skill and can hit the road.

Good Luck

3. Posted by CraigR (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

lol, well i can type and write perfectly well. But thanks for your input anyhow :) Only trouble with that is, i hate college because it just doesn't interest me at all. Not when i know i could be learning, in my opinion, better skills elsewhere. I know i could always go back to college after travelling, once ive got it out of my system, but is that recommended? Do universities/employers look on that as a bad thing? Lots of things shooting around my mind at the mo lol :)

Thanks for your help :)

4. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

well, I suppose that is the great thing about Uni. It is really possible to study anything that interests you.

I had a biology teacher once that took like 10 years to do his masters since he would study a year and ramble a year. On and off. If youre in no particular rush to get your degree then maybe take this type of approach. I still do beleive that anyone that has the opportunity to goto University most certainly should.

5. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hey craig,

perhaps you could study part time and then just take smaller trips- that way you can have the best of both worlds; get your degree and see some of the world. then once you have finished you can go on a longer extended trip.

good luck with whatever you decide and i'm sure everything will sort out itself,

cheers,

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

My first thought is to "buck up" and stay in school. And, though there has been some recent debate (in another forum) about the true need for a degree when it comes to employment opportunities - a degree is rarely been a hinderance to someone being marketable. But, there is also the "gap year" philosophy. (Something we American haven't heard about...) If you are so set on traveling that it is interfering with your studies in a very negative way - then a break may not be a bad isea. Just realize that most students who say they will go back after time off - rarely do. Possibly consider applying to unis in other countries to broaden your horizons and education. It will satisfy two things at one time.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do with your future.

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

Hey Craig,

I would tend to agree with what Isadora just said. Why don't you apply for some type of exchange program in your college? There must be some. Otherwise, that is, if you know what branch of studies you'd be interested in, apply to a university abroad. It is always a great experience.
But if you don't know what to do with your life, and would like to learn more about yourself and the world, and the only thing that give you some motivation right now is to go traveling... Go for it!

There is no real recipes for "how to live your own life". It's up to you, really. Where, How, and When do you want to invest your time and money, and with whom.

Cheers. :)

8. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

Craig,
I am in a similar situation and have been for a while now. I have been at uni for 5 years and am now juggling full-time uni and work (attempting to save for a house) and every day/dollar saved makes me more tempted to go travelling indefinately. I tend to ascribe to the school of thought that you are better off finishing your studies and going on smaller trips until then. It seems to be working for me and I live in Australia which is so isolated from most of the world. Being in the UK it is relatively easy and cheap for you to get out and about europe so why not travel when you can now and travel more later... best of both worlds.

Anyway good luck which ever way you go... it is definately a tough decision...

9. Posted by CraigR (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

hey, id just like to say thanks to every1 that replyed. i am taking every1s ideas into consideration and its been a gr8 help, unfortunatly wif it being a sunday not much i can do at mo.. i am going to find out about studying abroad and possible student exchanges as soon as im in college next, and to just stik this year out and do mini get aways whenever i can. off the main topic, wheres a good country to travel to, to get some good photos for my portfolio. and again, thanks for all your help :) it is highly appreciated

thanks, craig

10. Posted by OzeHiker (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

stuff school life is 2 short for that crap
Just travel and see this small world before u die