Didn't know where to post this but anyways...
I recently returned from a year abroad, and I am in my last semester of university, in a great city, with great friends, at one of the best universities in the country and all I can think about is getting out of here. Since coming back from abroad its like I took a leap backwards, odd neh? I am sitting here writing a paper, committed to going to graduate school next year, and all I want to do is gather up my backpack and fly back to Europe or even Asia. I know perhaps this is typical but I hardly see the point anymore with my studies right now. Has anyone else run into it? This post is mainly to blow off steam, but feel free to respond.
I totally understand!! After I graduated I started working on cruise ships, just to have the experience, and while it was wonderful, it's SO HARD for me to stay home now!! I told myself I would do one 6-month contract, but ended up doing 3 years worth. I'm trying so hard to get settled here at home, but since most of my friends now are cruise ship crew, I hear from them and their travels all the time, and I find my mind wandering.
But really, i find what helps me is to set a new goal and new dreams. For instance, I want to travel to Indonesia, but a cruise ship will only stay there for a day. So my focus right now is to work towards flying there and spending time on my own free will.
You are only one year away from graduating? Stick it out and just think that afterwards, you have all the time on your hands to travel with no worries about going back!!
Im in the same situation......
I defered my final year of University last year so I could pursue some work experience overseas as well as travel... the idea was I had this huge travel bug eating away at inside of me and I knew if I didnt aknowledge it, it would constantly play on my mind and distract me! So it was a big decision and off I went...had a fantastic time first working in New York within the fashion Industry for a few months and then onto Califoria before heading to Japan and eventually onto south east asia.....I had the most amazing time and it was the best decision I ever made, I came back fully inspired and really motivated for my final year.... However at the same time, I constantly have this really frustrating feeling of just wanting to go away again and sometimes is so bad as its really distracting and I cant stop thinking about it!So what I did was go and book a trip at the end of this all, after 4 years of so much hard work i feel i deserve it!!!!So Ive booked up for India and Nepal and I feel a lot better knowing that this is my final year at uni so i feel driven to work so hard and its nice to know I have this big trip after its all finished in July!!!!!!Still, I keep delving into my lonely planet and getting that feeling that I physically cant wait!its such a bizarre feeling!
I got back at Christmas and am now attending interviews for admin jobs I am overqualified for and not interested in, meanwhile trying to stay sane and not get to depressed about being an unemployment statistic (its soul destroying)! But one semester is nothing it will go so quick, before you know it you'll be fast approaching deadlines.
By the way- don't waste it like I did. If I had worked harder at Uni I could probably afford to be somewhere else now!
Another day, another bloody paper 10 pages due bright and early tomorrow morning. Instead of nose to the grindstone, I am on here daydreaming. Thanks for your stories, its somewhat comforting to know that other people out there feel the same way. The more I think about it, the more I can't imagine myself in a typical 9-5 corporate/government/NGO career, like is too short. Has anyone looked into jobs where travel is a key component? Travel writer, tour coordinator, study abroad resident advisor, etc.?
Also cruisegirl what was the cruise ship job like in terms of compensation, personal time to explore/travel the different locales, etc.?
I had to work my way up into a position that paid well enough, but that is just like in any job. I first started at $750 US a month, which is enough to do stuff and have fun, but not to save. As I worked my way up into the Manager position, I was earing about $1800 US a month plus bonuses. But not all companies pay the same to start, and bonus structures are ususally varied as well.
Being in the gift shop onboard is a HUGE advantage for time off. Seeing as how the shops are duty-free, we are closed in port. Somedays we worked through our port time, stocking, loading, etc., but that was rare and usually necessary when we did!!!
Other jobs on the ships don't have the benefit of all the time off, but might pay a better starting salary.
I loved my time at sea, and I am sad to give it up, but I'm starting to really think about my future, and wanting something permanent eventually. I was away for 3 years and saw some really incredible places. All over the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Turkey, Greece, the Med, Greenland, Iceland....it was fantastic.
I would encourage anyone to do it, it's not a lifelong career, but it's a lot of fun!!!