I am currently travelling the world for a year. November last year I handed my notice in, sold my house and car, packed my gear and hit the road. Since then I have driven across Australia from Perth to Cairns, travelled through South America, Western and Eastern Europe and now heading up to Bulgaria to continue East to China... Everyone at work thought I was crazy, I had 3 managers try and talk me out of it, offering me all types of alternatives from going just for 3 months to defering my trip for a year. But I left and haven't regretted it for one moment. I am actually looking at the end of my trip, finish up in January, and I don't want to go back... I love living... it has all come down to that... I figure I can always rejoin that rat race if I want, but why rush.
Lovin' this post - some very inspiring comments!
I'm 27 now and was very recently made redundant from a job I never really liked and had somehow stayed in for 6 years! I'd been thinking of going rtw travelling for a couple of years since I broke my back in a motorcycle accident and was almost killed. I think this accident woke me up and said to me "there's a whole world out there you haven't seen yet!"....so travelling around the world has been on my mind ever since and I will be going on my trip early 2007.
So that's my plan and while I am nervous about it reading the posts on here has made me even more certain I'm doing the right thing for me. I've always disliked the idea of mortgages, settling down asap and following what everyone else does...I just think it's in human nature to explore and have adventures and modern life can suppress this somewhat.
I was chatting with a friend of mine (my barber actually!) the other week about backpacking rtw....he said to me "why waste your money on backpacking when you can spend the money on buying a flat? All you'll get from backpacking is memories and experiences" !!!!
I guess that shows you how differently some people see things!
I can't remember who said it but one of my favourite quotes is "the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page"
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Travelling is the best feeling in the world, the freedom of it all and just because you feel your getting older and should have all the things that society say you should at a certain age why listen? You should feel the freedom, break out and do something that will change your life in a most brillent way and even if you do have property you can rent it out for a year and go travelling. I bought an apartment 2 yrs ago and it did't stop me from packing my backpack and hitting the road. You only live once and you have your whole life to get property and be a grown up
I had to talk my boyfriend into travelling as he had never done the backpacking thing and he was nervous about leaving his job and career behind, but handing in his notice was the happiest day ever for him, he was still nervous right up until we arrived in our first destination and now a year later he loves the backpacking scene. My advice "don't be afraid to step away from familiarity:
Obviously so many people who are telling you to bite the bullet and travel can't be wrong I'd been saving for years so i couldn't describe the feeling i had when i quit my job and bought my RTW ticks. I have been travelling for 6 months already with another 6 to go. So far been around Africa from south upto east coast, london, egypt, turkey, and now in romania. Its been great - i wont lie and say its not hard - sometimes you get sick of "just travelling" and u miss home at times especially in some dingy hostel room!! But i threw in some volunteer work which fit in nicely. But either way i would definately recommend to anyone to step out of that box, quit ur job, and spend a few months of life living only for yourself. There will always be a mortgage and a job waiting for you back home .
All the best,
Most people don't get the opportunity to have that really big trip. And for those who do, its usually only a once in a lifetime. So if you have that chance now, you've really got to take it.
When, and if, the time is right for you to settle down and do the whole career/marriage/house/kids thing, you'll know it. Until then make the most of your freedom.
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Go and travel!!!
Believe me it will be the best thing that you will ever do! You have a great opportunity and I know that if you miss it, you will always regret it and think "what if?"
I cut the ties of the rat race and went travelling rtw for a year. I had so many great experiences and met hundreds of interesting people.
You will never feel guilty being away from it, you will find that once you slip into the travelling mindset you will hardly ever think about home and work. Your main focus will be on deciding what to do or where to go next.
Travelling is great fun and you really have nothing to fear, everybody you meet will be in the same boat and they all have helpful info to share.
Go For It!! Have Fun.
If you have a Daily Grind then you want to stop Grinding, I think....
I understand how it feels to distance yourself from your work commitments, the pressure, the initial fear of falling behind in your climb on the career ladder.
I have always tried to put in most of my savings into travelling at least briefly every year, but I realised how much travelling meant to me after I went on a week's travel to Rajasthan last month after three years of intensive work, including an unexpected six-month medical leave after a road accident.
It brought back to me why I loved to travel and that we could easily close up as a person when we are confined to one area of the world. To continue living, one indeed needs to travel...
As soon as i finished uni aged 21, i moved back in with the parents and saved solidly for 14 months and it was worth every minute. I am still on the road after 18 months and will be away for at least another two and a half years as im gonna work in NZ for 2 years. I havent regretted it one bit, i have had the time of my life.
All of my friends from uni went on to do graduate management courses with various companies, but i wont be able to do that now since i have been out of uni for three years. I couldnt care less!
You are in a better position to sack it all off and go travelling than most people you age who are stuck in the "rat race" as you have no mortgage, wife, kids, etc. So if i were you i would pack it all in tomorrow and hit the road.
You only live once, and you will have the time of your life if you do it.
p.s. if you dont do it, you will end up regretting it for the rest of your years!