Travel should be viewed as part of your education and part of your careers, not as an adjunct or interruption to it. When I look at CVs I go straight to the travel section: where they've been and why and what they learned from it. All that crap about "where do you see yourself in 5-years?" And those tests that supposedly reveal character features and flaws; what a load of tripe. Travelling builds character.
I am delighted to have stumbled upon this thread. It has really reassured me that I can do this alone.
I have just graduated and am in a dead end job with no relevance to what I have graduated in, and live in a city with no prospects for my career. I need out, but none of my mates wanna go so its looking like am going round the world alone. I am very nervous bout the whole idea of going alone, but I have absolutely nothing holding me back now. Its great to KNOW that theres loadsa peopple in my poistion too.
I hope to get sponsorship in Oz and never come home
good luck everyone
- must go and book this ticket!!*
Im glad ive found this discussion as im 22yr old, who has been working in London for the past 5yrs and am deciding to give it up, and go travel the world (asia, oz, nz, pac isl and US) over 9months (ish) from November this year ... im going by myself so this thread has given me the reassurance that others are/am doing it.
You should just go for it - these kind of nerves are really normal because you will be leaping into the unknown. But that is were the excitement and adventure comes in to it. Although i`m a different age (22), i decided to travel by myself as was in a similar sitch as you and thought "aaaah may as well". I`m travelling throughout Switzerland at the moment, and i agree with the other comments that you learn so much about yourself by jumping into the deep end.
Wouldn`t worry about the making friends thing either - being an Aussie i can say that we are a rly friendly bunch (although i like Michael`s suggestion about the box of wine - that`d go down a treat!). Since when was 27 "too old"? Just be open to new adventures and don`t be shy; you`re bound to find people to chat with. Go for it and good luck!
I was 29 when I quit my job and left for Australia and New Zealand for a month. I met so many cool people and it was one of the greatest experiences in my life, one that I will never forget!! I still keep in touch with those I met, and actually i met all people my age doing the same thing, so you are never too old!!!! I look back now and think if I didn't do that, I would still be stuck at the same dead end job, and not running my own company now! Have fun!
Wow when I originally posted this thread I had no idea it would still be going months later - just shows it is a universal feeling, wanting to go and experience something great but also worrying that you are doing the wrong thing.
So, just in case anyone is interested, here is an update on what I decided to do...
Since posting it, I have got together with someone who is also interested in going away but can't go until near christmas. I am still going to go in the summer and he will join me later, and now I am actually glad that I will be able to experience travelling on my own for a while before he gets out there. He feels the same, that it will be a great experience for me. And I really can't wait!! The wheels are all set in motion, I have moved home to my parents place to save up the cash, and should be outta here in july time. I can't wait to see the look on my bosses face when I hand in my notice!! And as I have got more confident about the whole thing, I am soooo glad I decided to go. Now I can not believe I was even worried about a career - I will have such a great experience, and I can always sort out a career when I get back if I am so inclined.
So thanks to everyone for their comments, and to anyone else who is doubting I would say go for it - I'm not even there yet and I know I am going to love it!!!!
Love Mags xxx
I am also considering travelling by myself through Australia in May (if I can get myself organized). I am definitely encouraged by all the positive feedback out there. But I think that I will have to book a lot of tours (which is disappointing) because I am not planning to rent a car on my own. Did anyone else find the same problem when they travelled by themselves? Or did you just meet people at hostels and rented cars together?
finally i have found someone who feels the same as i do.i am in a ok job, but everything else around me is dull and boring. However i have a wonderful fiannce,but he is not ready to travel. I will be 28 on Friday (7th April),and am keen to get going to Oz about the same time as you,and although I have travelled (having come all the way from South Africa),this time it would be good to hook up with someone. if youre looking for someone to initially travel with please let me know and I would be happy to share ideas.
Don't worry! You'll meet people of all ages backpacking around Oz. Australia is one of the easiest countries to travel in and hostels are set up well there to make meeting people really easy. Sure, tehre are some crap places, but most will have a social common area and/or bar. If that doesn't work then there are loads of day trips to go on that you're sure to meet people on to spend the evening with. -snip-
Have a great time!
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
I am 26 this year and am finishing up my degree and Im heading off by myself for 6 months in June. I have been worried about being lonely etc but forums like this and talking to ther people who have travelled has really put my mind at ease, and now Im not worried at all! I think as long as we are sociable there wont be a problem, and I wouldnt worry about the job etc just yet, 27 is not old and you should definately do what makes you happy.