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Letting little things get in your way of travelling!?!

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1. Posted by kellyb78 (Budding Member 58 posts) 10y

Hi Folks,
I have been planning to take a year out to travel for many years. I have finally realised that I have been kidding myself and letting 'little' things get in my way. And I have finally decided that I AM going to go later on in the year. The problem I have is that I have a well paid job as a civil servant, so rather than to hand in my notice I am going to apply for a 'career break'. A career break is quite hard to get (unless its for a 'crisis', such as family or childcare needs). Can anyone think of anything I could do/say to my employer which could help me 'sell' my travel plans. Or has anyone else been in this situation and managed to get their employers blessing and keep their job. Or is there anything I definately should NOT say?
Any help or advice would be much appreciated!!

2. Posted by JulesRS (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Maybe you should go with the whole "This is something I really need to do before I settle down and continue my career with you". Travelling is something that everyone should do in their life and then you can seriously concentrate on your career when you return. Just a thought, hope this helps.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I certainly understand your preferance to keep your job safe and stable when you're gone, but perhaps your only solution is to get up and go? Maybe your job is another "little thing that gets in the way", in the grand scheme of things...?

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Hey!!!I reakon there are probably ways of getting around arranging a sabbatical but how I dont know Im afraid!!!Im with Tway on this one...maybe your job is just one of those little things in the way...ultimatley travelling is a life changing experience and I dont think anything should compromise this....If you take a year to go travelling when you get back after seeing all those amazing things you wont be the same person and reverting back to your old job will probably not be something you want to do...Personally with me, I adore travelling so much I dont let anything get in my way, whether is be a job, commitments, my rent!!!!!I see no obstacles when it comes to doing what I want to do!
The way I see shouldnt have to beg for a chance to do something admirable...any job that doesnt credit and respect you for wanting to do something incredible just isnt worth it. A job is just a job and at the end of the day if your employer values you so much then theyll be happy for you to leave, go and do what you want to do and then offer you the option of returning if you decided thats what you want to do when you get back.I just think things shouldnt be black and white.
I say you follow your heart........

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Perhaps one way to ask, is to emphasise how important the year out would be to your personal development.

Perhaps if you feed them a load of stuff about what you'll gain from it, independence, decision making skills, improved social skills, communication. What they'll be getting back is a stronger and more skilled employee with more to offer.

If it doesn't work however, I'd agree with everyone else. You've got to weigh things up, and I daresay you'd probably regret not going travelling a lot more than you'd regret leaving your job.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

With the civil service i can't help, i'm afraid. I'm one of the lucky people who's boss had no problems at all holding my job indefinitely whilst i dissappeared round the world.

Apart from that, i'm with Tway and Twinkle on this.

7. Posted by Juliet06 (Inactive 33 posts) 10y

I found that when I told my bosses I was going to leave to travel soon they were very supportive. A few of them have kids who have recently done similar things, and their reaction was pretty much: 'Go, have a great time, keep in touch and let us know when you're getting back do we can see if there's an opening that would suit you'. It's so difficult for employers to find hard-working, reliable staff-members, and so important that co-workers gel well together, that they'll probably snap you up again when you get back. Recruitment takes so long and is so costly that they'll no doubt want someone they know can do the job and do it well, rather than going out on a limb and taking a risk by recruiting someone new instead.

I find the 'little thing' that has put me off doing it sooner has always been money, money, money. It's difficult to make the decision that you WILL have enough to survive on, and be confident that you have factored everything in, and there are no hidden expenses round the corner that you've forgotten about. But also the difference that having booked tickets and being on a countdown has made to my saving is phenomenal. I'm thinking about every penny I spend and severely limiting my social outings but it doesn't matter, because I have so much more to look forward to! I say book your tickets, make it real and it'll all come together!

89 days to go!

(God, that sounds like a long time!)

8. Posted by kellyb78 (Budding Member 58 posts) 10y

Thanks for all of the help and advice! Un-fortunately, my boss is not so approachable, I have worked at the same place for over 4 years and I have only set eyes on him 7 times as he was passing by, you are generally in big trouble if you actually have a meeting with him! I need to think of something brilliant to put in a letter to him, which will make him unable to say no!!
Either that or throw all caution into the wind, leave the job and re-apply for it when/if I come back (only problem is I will have to start on the bottom pay scale again and drop £5000 a year in wages!!)

Cheers again for all of the advice so far!! Keep it coming!!!

9. Posted by dbo (Full Member 34 posts) 10y

Hi Kelly

I know exactly where you're coming from. I too have been saying for years that I am going to go travelling, but things like my job, buying a house, family and friends have all got in the way of actually doing it. Then, New Years day 2005, with a hangover from hell, my girlfriend and I were browsing through some friends photo albums who'd been travelling and we made a pact to go for it.

We've obviously not rushed into things. We had a bit of debt to pay off before we could even start saving, but we basically set a date to go (Sept - 5 months to go!) and we are now well and truly on the way to going. The flights are booked, the savings are growing, and the families have all been informed to give them plenty of time to get their heads around it.

Now, we've just got to get the house rented and, as with you, leave our jobs. My girlfriend is temping so not a problem for her, but I've been in a fairly well paid job (as a graphic designer) for the last 6 years, for a company who I know for a fact do not grant Sebaticals! Of course it's worrying, but I'm confident that there will be something out there for me when I return (possibly something better?) and if there's not, what's the worse that can happen? I'm sure the same will apply to you. It's tough not to think about it, but once we're all out there seeing the world I'm sure the thought of getting a job will be the last thing on our minds. Go for it! - we only get one life, and I personally can't bear the thought of looking back in 20-30 years and regretting throwing this moment away. Jobs come and go, but for most of us this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

10. Posted by kellyb78 (Budding Member 58 posts) 10y

I think Sept will be the month for me too! Its so true that you only live once, going to get my college course out of the way (ends in June) Then Put my notice in at work! Sod it, theres more to life than work!!
Cheers everyone!