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1. Posted by fraidycat (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

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Hi,
I turned 26 last month and was offered permanent full-time job with nice company so against all common sense, I decided that I have to go and fulfil my my ambition of travelling/working in New Zealand before i am a) too old b) too settled. But I am just wondering how old everyone else is? Am I going to be the oldest traveller among a group of college graduates? Is the average age 18-21?? Also has anyone any information on sub-editing or temporary teaching work in NZ?
Thanks,
Sarah

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 10y

26 is definitely not too old. I don't think any age is "too" old, but the age range of people travelling independently is huge. Yes, on the kiwi experience you'll mostly find people who're 18-21 (though even there there's a percentage of people who're up into their 30s), but your average hostel has maybe 40% of people aged 18-21, 40% 22-30, and 20% 30+.
Just go, you'll have an awesome time. :) (I definitely had, being 24 when I set out and 26 when I returned.)

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Fraidycat, do it - you pussy

4. Posted by dannyboy7 (Full Member 167 posts) 10y

MAN IF YOUR FEELING OLD THINK ABOUT US 34 YEAR OLDS....I'M OFF TO OZ FOR 3 MONTHS IN SEPTEMBER,LIVING IN BACKPACKERS HOSTELS ON THE EAST COAST AND I KNOW ITS GONNA BE FULL OF 20 YEAR OLDS.....LETS JUST SEE HOW MANY CAN PARTY LIKE US OLD DUDES....HA HA......GET IT DONE.

5. Posted by fraidycat (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thanx for messages, have to decide b4 Monday so going to spend weekend thinking about it

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

Oooh, that hurts. If my fingers weren't full of the arthritis and my eyes too tired from the cataracts, I'd give you a good ear full.

In all seriousness, I moved down to New Zealand for a bit, at 27 if you can believe it, and got by just fine. Granted, a lot of my friends turned out to be 19 (keeps you young), but there are loads of backpackers of all ages. I wouldn't worry a bit.

7. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 10y

fraidy cat - My advice is that you do it or you may some day regret it. You will have a brilliant job and settle when you get back. Have fun and do what you feel is best for you. :)

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

I hope 26 isnt too old!!! I'm 28 and in the same position as you, giving up a good job and travelling later this year! My advice is go for it, I am.

I hope having and older grannies advice will give you some inspiration!!!

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

That was supposed to say 'having an older grannies advice!!!

10. Posted by sans_souci (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

no, definately not old...

i am 25. Many of my friends are busying of getting married or even having babies... my parents worried and complained A LOT...

so i fled and came to france, teaching chinese and learning french. it is not a great job, but i am enjoying it... i believe that i made the RIGHT decision... just go for it, otherwise, you will regret, i bet...

Bonne chance!