i have just decided to quit my teaching job($45K/year, 10 months) in june to start my year of world travels and i have so many emotions running through me. I am a conservative person by nature and this (quitting a good job) seems so unlike me. I feel like i cant tell anyone b/c of the thought that they will discourage me. I have been reading these forums like a mad man and i see that there is so much info and so much planning involved that it seems so overwhelming. I would appreciate some words of advice from veterans of travel and those that have similar experiences, i would appreciate it.
You want to start in June?
You had better started getting your vaccinations yesterday. And having your flights reserved. Your train tickets taken care off. All visas arranged. Travel and travel health insurance bought.
For some forum members planning a RTW would simply be packing their bag with a change of undies and they would be all set, but the majority needs a few months to a year or so to arrange everything. Just breaking in hiking boots at home takes time, as mailing your passport to all embassies. If you want to go to 5 countries for which visa processing time is 4 weeks each, going on a rtw on such a short notice is not a good idea.
Definitely agree with t-maia re: vaccinations. We've started getting ours already and we don't leave until Sept. Some come in a course of three jabs, so get yourself to the doctors asap to find out what you'll need. They'll want to know where you're going though so try to have something planned by the time you go. Do you have a route in mind yet? Deciding where in the wide world you want to see in the time you have available is probably half the battle. Once that's sorted you can go from there with the more tricky details such as visas, flights, accommodation, passes, clothing and luggage etc etc.
Admittely, we made the decision to leave New Years Day 05, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to organise things, but there's nothing wrong with your time-schedule as long as you think you'll be suitably prepared by the time you go. There's loads of information out there which will help you - packing lists and tips, health information, destination advice etc, and of course this site. I've found reading way back into the forums really helpful to figure out where to go, what to do and how to do it.
As for the job, not much I can say there as I'm doing exactly the same thing in September.
My company don't grant sabbaticals, so I'm basically starting afresh when I eventually return. We've also got a house to rent out while we're away, but I wasn't going to let anything stand in the way of something I've wanted to do for so long. There will be probably never be a perfect time to do it, so you just have to get as close as you can. If that's now, worry about the rest when you get back - from what I gather, the experience of travelling puts you in good stead with future employers, and gives you a more 'worldy' outlook so I very much doubt that you'll have any problems getting re-employed.
i am quitting teaching in june and hope to get underway in october. I have to finish some college classes and make a little more money before i leave. This is great thugh. The first thing i need to do is get an itenerary. I am roughly thinking se asia, oz, nz, south america, europe inia and maybe a stop in morroc and egypt. I know its a lot but its a work in progress. I wonder if my health insurance will cover my vaccinations? anyway, i know this will be great experience and i will worry about the return when i do return if i do?
Does anyone out there start off in just traveling and end up staying where they go ? you know, lets say i love a certain place and i can live and work there? any info would be greatly appreciated.
lets say i love a certain place and i can live and work there?
Danny, are you mental? Sorry, but have you never heard about illegal immigration? And that you can go to jail in a lot of countries for coming to live and work there without a proper permit?
That is another reason why it takes so long for people to arrange for their trip - if they want to work along the way, most try to get a Working Holiday Visa (short: WHV) or some other visa allowing them to work in a certain country before they go. Look: http://www.anyworkanywhere.com/
I also hope that this isn't a spur of the moment thing, that you have enough saved to get by on the road. Travelling in Europe will cost you around 60 USD per day, so if you want 3 months there, you need at least 5400 USD not including plane tickets just for Europe. In some countries you can get by on 20 to 30 USD a day and the cheapest will be around 15.
I'm sure you can fo the math what 360 days on 30 dollars a day plus 3000 USD RTW plane tickets and another 1000 USD in insurance and other side expenses (vacc shots, travel gear like bagpack, shoes, jacket, visa fees) will cost you.
Danny if your job pay you that much it´s because you deserve it. So you will get another one when you come back.
When i decide to go on my first travel it took me nearly a year to decide all the places where I wanted to go and then considering the places I could afford. With the jabs story, visas, reading the books it took me another year. I know am a slow one, but I wanted my first travel to be excellent. I wont consider a rwt without at least a year of organization. Am planning a transmogolian trip for the end of the year and Have been working on it since last summer. That will give you an idea.
Good luck danny.