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1. Posted by billybliss (Full Member 29 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm planning on taking a year out to visit Australia! The only apsect of my life which is giving me second thoughts is the fact that I would have to give up a well paid job!! Has anyone else been in this situation? Can anyone give me any advice or tips on what to do! I want to travel more than anything, but i'm scared incase it does not work out and i'm left with nothing! Can anyone please help to ease my mind???

2. Posted by (Full Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Definately travelling! Its a once in a lifetime opportunity, I think you'd be mad not to! Plus lots of employers like employees who have travelled, it will look good on your CV. You want to have something exciting to tell the grandkids (not that you worked most of your life!) You only live once, so enjoy it! Do it!

3. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

"No one ever says "I wish I would have spent more time at work" when they're on their deathbed"

My grandmother said that to me several years ago and it has always stuck with me.

4. Posted by NikkiB (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

All of the above is good advice but here's another slant on it you may not have thought of.
I also had a really good job before I came out travelling to Oz. I took redundancy as I was stuck in a bit of a rut after 5years and the only good thing was the salary. But, I do know the opportunity for me to have taken a sabatical (3mth unpaid leave) was available, I could have come back to my job and also have had a wild 3 mths of fun in the meantime. I've met a lot of people out here that have done this so maybe look down that avenue as well?
If you get out here and decide it's for you and you want to cvome over to work for a year then you can go home, quit your job, and get a WHV (working holiday visa) which is only granted once and come back. Best of both worlds - Give it a thought, hope this helps.

5. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

Mark Twain

Need I say more.

6. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Billybliss,

I know exactly what you mean because Im sort of in the same position. I just keep saying to myself its going to enhance my life and be something I can look back on and be very proud of because I know Im going to meet so many new and interesting people, see new places have loads of new experiences.

Your going to learn a lot about yourself and who knows you might not even want the job you have now by the time you come back!

Just do it, and dont look back :)

7. Posted by billybliss (Full Member 29 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,
Thankyou all so much for your advice and encouragement
It has been a great help, money is not important, but life experiance is!!!

8. Posted by mikey_mike (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Simple as that. If you have a good job now, that's fine and maybe you can get leave without pay or if your employer is cool, you can ask them for your job back when you get back.

Think about what you did in your job 3 months ago. Now think about the last decent holiday you had. It's alot easier to remember the holiday right? And better memories?

Come on over. We'd love to have you.


9. Posted by billybliss (Full Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers Mikey,
I think i'm definately swaying towards the travel now!!!! Fingers crossed I have no more dilemmas!!!

10. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Good for you Billy, I have to say that would be my choice too.