I'm in love with the idea of a RTW trip, though I need some motivation to turn my back on a decent job for a bit and to dig myself a bit an unwelcome financial hole.
If you've already gone on a RTW trip, can you please pump me up with stories about how the experience was worth all of the money, about how the regular world didn't miss you, or how your trip proved a life changing experience?
It's so much more comfortable to vacation in one week chunks (or smilar short bites of one country) yet, I implicitly know that bigger, tastier morsels are available only to those with time to invest in a visit.
One final question: what's the minimum trip length (in duration) that you'd recommend?
I can't be bothered to "pump you with stories" to get you motivated. But if you're going to chuck in a good job, then go for at least 6 months. Ask for time off without pay.
I lol at your post. There will be time for pumping you up with RTW stories (I have been around at least 3 times). But I can share with you a word from the wise :
"He who puts play before work, will never play nor work!"
I disagree with James. I think you should ask for time off WITH pay...
Timmy, my 2 cents: I personally think go for as long as you need (sounds stupid, i know). I know it's rarely practical to go indefinitely, but if you possibly can, i recomend it. If you have a specific timeframe planned out, to a point you are always worrying about it and forcing yourself to move onwards because you think you have to. I think you should move on when you feel like it (or are chased out of town by an angry mob, but that's a different story) not because of some itinerary. In someplaces you'll that will be minutes or hours, others it might be weeks or months.
That doesn't mean that i'm saying you will never return or anything, just that it goes at your own pace. It might take only 6 weekws or 2/3 months. So be it. Or It might be 6months or a year. Or much longer. But you have much more flexibility and can go at your own pace.
If you don't like the idea of indefinite, arrange to meet friends/family every so often in set en route - it will give you a goal to work towards without that goal essentially being to get home again.
The financial hole can to a point be filled by doing odd jobs en route, or shorter term contracts if you so desire. You often have as much fun and find out so much more about places/cultures/people if you have to live and work their for 3 months, than just staying in hostels etc and doing touristy type things.
And personally, i don't think it's particularly comfortable to vacation in one week blocks. I think it's really frustrating!
I’m with Timmy, I am sick of the daily grind of waking up at 5:30am going into the office by 7am, getting home at 4:30pm, running, eating, and relaxing for a couple hours before bed just to wake up and do it all over again. For what so I can live “comfortably”.
There has to be more to life that that. I would love to just travel around and live in places until I felt it was time to leave like gilli said. I am going to Europe this summer and I know once we get there we are never going to want to come back.
My question is how hard would it be for an American to find a job overseas, I am guessing it obviously depends on your experience or whatnot, but I am talking more along the lines of being a waiter or cashier that type of thing. I know being a waiter in the US and being one overseas is 2 completely different ball games. Don’t you need some sort of working papers or something like that? Please excuse my ignorance on this topic. I am very curious though about living in Europe. I definitely do not have the money to just not work. I’m just wondering if anyone has had experience doing this.
Look, get off your bum and do it while you still have the opportunity to do so. One day you may be married, have kids, not have the money or the freedom that you obviously have today.
So if you don't go, be prepared to spend the rest of your life regreting it.
Tim - with the way the world is going these days (and quickly so), NOW is the time to quit the job, pack lightly, buy a ticket and get out there! You will NEVER find another time to go and if you wait any longer, the world just might not even be here for the experience!
An offer - if you DO "just do it" and get to Israel, be sure to let me know you are on the way, and I'll do all I can to help you with hostel suggestions and such. AND I'll even offer a half-day walking tour of a neighborhood or area of Jerusalem gratis just to encourage you in your quest!
A couple of suggestions as you go: be prepared - smile & meet people but be careful (no, I'm not your mother, just experienced), be willing to do those lousy day labor jobs when you need more travel money, keep a detailed journal (it could become a book later on...) and, most important of all, HAVE FUN!