Travelling on the whole really impresses people in interviews. Its imporatnt that you turn it to your advantage and tell employers what you have gained from it,
for example, travelling especially alone improves self-confidence, communication skills, independence, ability to adapt to new and different challenges, abiltiy to think for yourself, decision making skills. They're all skills that employers love.
Although, they keep asking me- "So have you got the travelling out of your system then?" To which I lie and say yes!
ClaraLiz, yeah had'nt considered it from that aspect, nice one!
Like everyone has said you learn so much when you begin travelling. If you want to work in Australia and have some fun in the process there are some great volunteer programs. http://www.wwoof.com.au/
My cousin did this in the daintree and loved it, just do this in our winter period up there New Zealand the south island is also a great place to visit. You don't get too many Aussies saying this but i personally think it's an amazing place !!!
I left OZ July 2004 not knowing what to expect in Europe. I had only travelled to Singapore, Bali, New Zealand and some of my own country before leaving 1 1/2 years ago. When i arrived i saw some of england and wales and jumped on a plane to italy and just made my plans as i went along.I ended up hitch hiking with another aussie in the Chec Republic (met some great people along the way). Finally decided to come back to england and found a job to support my travelling expenses.I have travelled the last 1 1/2 years, experiences and beautiful places are priceless !!!
Good luck and have fun travelling i'll be back in OZ in November myself travelling and working my way round OZ for about 6 months before heading back to the UK for the summer here
Dear Tina Bean,
"I've just turned 25 and have always wanted to go travelling but found excuses of why it wasn't the right time. The only thing stopping me...the fear of doing it alone."
These sound so familier to myself.. exactly the same though i have on my own..
But i have to say this now..
I've quit my job. getting off to Bangkok by train on my own this 24th Feb!! I once got a little bit of fear.. fear of gotta do it all by my own instead of the innitial plan of going with my loved. Was worried that the lonely journey will make my even sentimental thinking of the shame that couldn't share this with him.
Now, i feel great. Totally excited that finally making my dream come true. I'm very sure this 2-3month of dream chasing will be a powerful wake up call to more to come.
Just do it!! You'r not getting any younger after tomorrow. Think!
Go for it, I'm 29 and have spent the last decade thinking shall I, shall I? Well I've handed in my notice and my boyfriend and I are off in a month for 9 months around the world and we can't bloody wait! I have absolutely no regrets, as soon as the tickets were paid for I just felt so proud of myself. There will always be a job when you get back, you will be so much more confident for a start, you will hopefully know what you want out of life a bit more and I'm sure your friends/parents will let you stay on the sofa for a bit if you need a bed. No one will ever be able to take away those memories and experiences you had. Just book your ticket and have an amazing time, you will be fine xxSof
Go for it....reading all these threads totally made my mind up so i'm off to oz on the 1st sept on my own..just gonna backpack around.....time to use those life savings.....booked 3 months off work...just gonna get my mam to feed the cat...you guys are a total inspiration to me....at 34 i wish i'd have done this sooner...
can't come soon enough now.
Hihi, what u can do today, don't wait 'till tomorrow! When I was your age (25?), I have been around the world more than twice. Now, I go around the world every other year, some time every year. Only thing which keep me from traveling is time and money. If you have both of those, all you need is planning. First you need your RTW tickets. A few Airline alliance have special ticket for that purpose. For instance OneWorld Alliance which include: American Airlines (largest in the world), British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Japan Airlines (will join next year), and numerous other smaller airlines, have RTW ticket which let you use any of those airlines, and you can choose almost any destination within a year. Only requirement is that you have to go foward and not allow to back track. If you need to know more about OneWorld RTW ticket, call one of those airlines. If you have any specific questions you can send me private message, or post here and I am sure many of us will give you needed advice.
Hi - some people have a preconception that travelling round the world is something you do when you are younger. I set off last October aged 35 and with a bit of money behind me (after working and saving for a few years), sure I was scared, but I will admit the hardest bit was actually setting off....worried of the unknown, I guess.
But once you get to each country/place you think, all that worry for nothing. So long as you are sensible and walk around looking confident you will be fine.
I decided to go for 8 months, leaving as it was getting cold and getting back in the height of spring/summer, when it was light and warm for longer, when there would be parties and BBQ's and everyone enjoying the outdoor times in the UK....my attempt to push away post travelling blues I hear so much about.
I also planned that my most desired place of travel would be last in my agenda, so I now know that I only have two months left, but Im sooo damn happy cos it will be exploring New Zealand.
This trip is possibly the best thing I could have ever done for myself. My confidence is high and Im feeling at ease with myself, I have discovered more of me that I didnt know was left to be found!
Definitely feelin what you are all saying. I'm 25 and have been putting it off due to uni and then some family issues but now it's time. Fuck my career, I don't know what I want to do yet and in some way I kind of hope that travelling points me to something (though I'm not foolish enough to rely on this obviously!). There's plenty of time to sort a career, family, home, etc. Plus when you're a little older (like everyone on this topic seems to be) you're likely to be more street-wise, savvy and grown up to be able to deal with the perils of travelling. Furthermore, you're probably a wee bit more mature to be able to appreciate some more as well.
Best to do some travelling, learn about yourself and educate yourself. I'm a firm believer in the notion that everybody has something to offer you - even if you despise them you will still learn something. Thus, the more people you meet from different cultures/countries/creeds/backgrounds/religions, the more educated you are.
Just my tuppence worth.
Just a wee question about funding/finance - we're planning on going for a year's travelling the world departing from N Ireland - OZ, New Zealand, Thailand, America - the lot!! I've priced the tickets at around 1000, we plan to work in Oz and perhaps New Zealand, has anyone got experience in how much money you need to bring with you? I've heard people bringing £1000 and others bringing £3000 - What is the least and most to bring? and is there some kind of rule about having to have £2000 in your account in order to be let into Australia to work?