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1. Posted by staffjam (Budding Member, 3 posts) 9 Aug '06 03:56

Hi Everyone,

I've been reading your posts on here for a few months now and felt the desire to go travelling growing. But the working world keeps holding me back. I'm 30, have no mortgage or obligations, and have a fair bit of cash behind me. But there's the fear factor of falling behind (what i don't know.)
How did you guys manage to cut the rope of getting stuck in the rat race?
And did you feel guilty when you were away from it? (stupid question)
I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has also felt the same career/age ties.

Thanks

2. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru, 182 posts) 9 Aug '06 04:34

Hi Staffjam,

well... you sound exactly like I was.

I'd had enough of it all at 30 and decided to travel. I handed in my notice, grabbed my backpack and headed off to NZ on my own.
Met the missus there on a tour bus. Headed to Oz with her and Drove round Oz in a campervan for a year. Then Lived and worked in Sydney for a year. Came back home to Europe for a while... worked again... decided I preferred travelling than working... saving money now to go away to South America with the missus in November! Not sure if we'll come back...

There is light at the end of the rainbow!

remember these few things and you'll be fine:

You can always come back
You'll never, ever regret it
What's the point of having money in the bank if you get hit by a bus?
What's the point of a job/career if you're not happy?
You can always come back
If you're single... there's loads of interesting people travelling and they're most likely going to be much more like you than anyone in the office!
Age hath no boundaries
and finally.... as Che Guevara put it in Motorcycle diaries when asked why he was travelling by an indegenous South American

I travel to travel

So hand in your notice tomorrow :)... you can always come back ;)

Taffski

3. Posted by claireh (Respected Member, 316 posts) 9 Aug '06 06:27

This is a list of quotes I put together when trying to decide the same thing:

"The world really is your oyster: you can go pretty much anywhere you like"
"Let's face it how often in your life are you going to have the chance, time or money to do this?"
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
"Its something that you will never regret"
"The most rewarding experience of my life"
"We only live once, and we just have to do what we want when we can!"
"There is no reason why you should not give it a go"
"I have never found anyone who went travelling and hated it!"
"Travelling on the whole really impresses people in interviews"
"Travelling especially alone improves self-confidence, communication skills, independence, ability to adapt to new and different challenges, abiltiy to think for yourself, decision making skills."
"You learn so much when you begin travelling"
"Once you get to each country/place you think, all that worry for nothing"
"Best to do some travelling, learn about yourself and educate yourself."
"I have absolutely nothing keeping me in the UK, its the perfect time!"
"No more excuses and lose the fear is the key!"
"PURE, UNTAINTED FREEDOM"

Gues what I decided ;)

4. Posted by Trey (Budding Member, 5 posts) 10 Aug '06 15:20

I say - do it or you will regret it...

I have just turned 30 myself and luckily I too, do not have a mortgage, kids or ties as such - just my lovely friends and family.
I have been stuck in an awful job for 7 years now, but recently I have been given the choice of redundency next year for which I am gonna take and run. Some may say 'running away' and they are probably right (to an extent!) but I do feel that, for a change, I want to do something for me. after all, we live once and we should all grab oppurtunities when they come along. I am going on my RTW venture late next year and hope to have the best time imaginable. If you want it - start turning your negative thoughts into positve and go with what the whole world has to offer you.
Good luck
:)

5. Posted by staffjam (Budding Member, 3 posts) 15 Aug '06 03:45

Thanks for your posts guys. As you say it's about biting the bullett and doing it. I was pretty much decided to go and do it, but i just needed the confirmation from a few like minded people. As you say we only live once, and goddammit it's about time i had some fun.

6. Posted by lei (Budding Member, 18 posts) 21 Sep '06 05:58

ahhhhh I LOVE this post! I was feeling the same way! I asked for 3 weeks off to climb Kilimanjaro (asking..was crazy, I know) and of course the answer was "NO, ARE YOU NUTS???" I said "maybe?" My boss said "I accept your resignation!" I was like....."huh??? alllllrighty than!" Guess I quit.

Well...I bought my RTW ticket Africa (I'm climbing that mountain!), OZ, NZ, Greece, Rome, Spain. Going for 5-6 months. SCARED sh#$LESS NO DOUBT!!!!!

So, 36 years old, no morgage, no kids, no car pymt, and I BIT the BULLET HARD! weeeeeeee........I hope I have some $$$$ leftover when I get back!

CLAIRE...I love,love,love those quotes! I leave next month and I was begining to have buyers remorse (I haven't even left yet and I'm already over the money thing, oh freaking well...I'll make more when I get back), and fear of the unknown. I'm printing that out and tapeing it to my forehead

Staff,
GO FOR IT DUDE. My dad died when he was 62, I'm 36....you never know when your time is up, I DO NOT WANT TO BE kicking myself in the A$$ later...ohhh I shoulda coulda but didn't. Do it while you are young, healthy, able to recoupe financially later, have no kids or bills yet. Be like me...ask for some "time off" maybe your boss will think you are NUTS too and fire you...oopppps...I resigned...excuse me....I forgot;) BLESSING IN DISGUISE

7. Posted by baluba (Respected Member, 407 posts) 21 Sep '06 12:41

I'm with you there Lei!
Now I am 47! No husband, kids, mortgage and as of next week, no job!
My position was, find a cheap flat somewhere, spend most of my salary on home improvements and bills, stick with the job that I hate so much cos the pay is ok, or... throw caution to the wind and do what I love doing most, travelling. So stuff the grind! I head off next month crossing Africa, Madagascar, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and hopefully Central Asia, not coming back till I have run out of money!
Yes, at my age I really had to bite the bullet, but lucky for me I have a very supporting family and will always have a roof over my head when I come home and I am sure I will get a job doing something or other, as Claire said, travelling always looks good on the CV.
Or maybe I will end up living the rest of my days with my sister on a state pension, but boy, will I have some stories to tell her grandkids!!!!!
My neighour told me recently that her grandson just died at the age of 23 from a virus, kinda brings it home doesn't it.
If I didnt do this, I could never forgive myself. I have absolutely nothing to lose.
Have a fabulous trip, hope to hear all about it on TP!

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 25 Sep '06 14:15

Just on a practical level there staffjam, before you quit your job why not ask if they will give you a leave of absence? My company did it for me, allowing me to travel around for a bit and still come back to something (if I wanted to) when I returned. If you are going to quit anyway, might as well ask if you really want to come back to your job.

did you feel guilty when you were away from it?

Not for a single, solitary moment.

9. Posted by Irish eyes (Budding Member, 14 posts) 28 Sep '06 13:45

Quoting claireh

This is a list of quotes I put together when trying to decide the same thing:

"The world really is your oyster: you can go pretty much anywhere you like"
"Let's face it how often in your life are you going to have the chance, time or money to do this?"
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
"Its something that you will never regret"
"The most rewarding experience of my life"
"We only live once, and we just have to do what we want when we can!"
"There is no reason why you should not give it a go"
"I have never found anyone who went travelling and hated it!"
"Travelling on the whole really impresses people in interviews"
"Travelling especially alone improves self-confidence, communication skills, independence, ability to adapt to new and different challenges, abiltiy to think for yourself, decision making skills."
"You learn so much when you begin travelling"
"Once you get to each country/place you think, all that worry for nothing"
"Best to do some travelling, learn about yourself and educate yourself."
"I have absolutely nothing keeping me in the UK, its the perfect time!"
"No more excuses and lose the fear is the key!"
"PURE, UNTAINTED FREEDOM"

Gues what I decided ;)

I was debating whether to start saving for a house and getting a 'good' job....after those quotes....not a chance!! I have printed them off and stuck them up so everyday i see them and cant wait till i save enough to head off travelling down under!

10. Posted by LuisDafos (Full Member, 15 posts) 29 Sep '06 11:31

I´m 34, and to be honest I start to wonder if I´m not really an irresponsible... Think in sentences like "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."...and think, what about if the thing I´ll regret I didn´t do is to start to be a bit more responsible while I wasn´t too old yet...Finally as I said, I´m 34, and I´ve decided that I´ll get my 35 in Samarkand!!! I´ll stop wondering to keep wandering...I´m leaving in a few weeks, untill? Don´t know yet, till the money lasts, being it in Uzbekistan, China, Cambodia or Pakistan...and not this year, that´s for sure...Then,...I guess that I´ll start wondering again...
Think if you really want to go, if you really,really do...JUST GO!!!
Very Important Note: Whatever you decide to do, Do Something!!! If you decide to stay,fine, but only to do something good, not too keep wondering...

Good Luck
Luis