This one seems to have attracted a lot of attention! Not suprisingly i totally agree with everyone. i am 27 years old and i just quit my job (which i had for 8 years) and have sold my house to go travelling to asia, Oz,NZ and south america. Seriously - what is the point of existing on this planet but never experiencing any of the amazing things it has to offer? I came to the conclusion i'd rather die after a year of travelling than live forever in the same place.
I'm 23, I've been working since a year and a half only, but I don't like working. Not that I'm lazy and all but why work and get bored when there's so much to see/do. I went to Australia for 3 weeka last october and I met some great people there. First time I came in contact with the 'backpacker world' and I loved it. Right now I'm broke, so my plan is to save some money for a year or longer and travel around the world for a couple of months.
Don't know what I'll do afterwards, back to work until I have enough money to start travelling again I guess...
I'm in exactly the same position as you. 30 unattached, unmarried and have stayed away from the mortgage. I will be travelling early 2008.
My older brother is more pragmmatical, he thinks I'm nuts to throw away capital time, and opportunities to move up. Not to mention spend all that money in travelling. I think he's nuts for buying so much into this "get ahead in the world" BS, he may have more money, but his experiences and paradigms is greally limited by abiding by this.
There really is only one question you need to answer. Do you call your working life living (at least right now)? Are you alive as you grind away through the 9-5? Something must be churning inside you to feel this way. Is material security worth the zombie life? (please don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with working 9-5, though I'm not sure human beings were made to work 9-5 through their entire life, your bound to get bored and antsy, unless your lucky enough to love your job).
My answer to this question was both yes and no. I'm only at this job to survive, but its just a job. There is nothing like travelling, meeting new people and exploring new places that makes you feel alive. There seems to be a glass ceiling at 30, where you almost think (is this it?, am I supposed to work 9-5 for the rest of my life?, have I experienced, everything to experience?). So live... and follow your heart, (pay no heed to that head with all its socially conditioned pragmmatical rules).
The daily grind will always be there. Allow yourself to live for now and only now.
First off, there really is no corporate ladder to climb. The bosses would have you think that so they can keep their staffs' eyes gleaming at the prospect of that six figure income if they only tow the line, follow the straight and narrow, and stick to company guidelines -- and get all that awful grunt work done for THEM. Don't think that there is any reward at the end of that climb, because you'll only see the ladder go higher and higher. And one day, after you've slipped through several reorgs, you get the sack. Not for poor efforts, but because the bottom line can't carry your bottom any more.
Nothing wrong with socking away money as a cushion - just take some of it and go travel. Or relocate and pick up the grind across the world.
Quit. Travel. Work. Quit. Travel. Work....
I'm on my second round now looking for work so I can quit and travel.
I know how you feel. I was in the same situation 15 years ago. Since then, I travelled through probably over 100 countries. I lived and worked as a relief worker in Angola, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Congo, Uganda, Kosovo, Pakistan, Dubai,...
And I participated in several expeditions to the Pacific and the Antarctic. Just came back from a trans-Atlantic sail.
And at the same time, I was able to build up a family life too. (even though my wife often says it is easier to be a nutcase than to live with one :-) )
What lead me to the decision to break with the 'routine' of life as it was, you can read in:
Just now, I started to write down the stories of people and situations I came across.
Go for it! Life is too short to be bored!
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Well after reading the posts I thought I put my thoughts down.
I am a 35yr old graduate. Spent the last 6yrs trying to find that job. No such luck. I tried the 'normal' life. Civil Service marriage house car etc. Then one day I had a moment of clarity. I left the wife house etc- that was tough but it was something i 'had' to do! Then whilst planning dreaming of travel my 34yr old friend had a coughing fit and died on his patio. OK so he had asthma but that really put things into perspective!
So has of now my life has turned around completly! I now work in seasonal work in the UK waiting on tables etc. In the four months a year I am not working I travel. So far I have travelled Europe working on volunteer schemes etc. After getting my English Teaching cert I will be looking further afield with a view to leaving the UK permanently.
My message to you is trust your instincts. Be prepared for anything and follow what ever comes up and try try anything
I think the question you have to ask yourself is what do you want to be able to look back on and feel glad about when your 80. Do you want to say "Well I sure did work hard, climbed the ladder, had a good house and car, provided for my family, etc."
Or do you want to be able to say "Well, I worked hard, travelled the world, have a lot of friends, can speak more than one language, celebrated my birthday in foreign lands..."
Neither are bad things. Some ppl look down on those who keep their heads down and build their careers. Other people look down on people who just cut the ties, take off, abandon responsibility and live a frivolous, even selfish lifestyle. But it doesnt matter what anyone thinks, I think that's one of the key things in making your decision. Do what makes you happy, and forget about other ppls petty judgements.
I dont see why by choosing one you necessarily have to sacrifice the other. There's so much pressure now on young ppl to get ahead, we live in such a materialistic world that it's hard not to want the money to buy the things we think we need.
My own opinion, having left what was shaping up to be very good job, is that it doesnt matter! The fact that I have taken this time to get away from everything and let myself grow in other ways, is only going to benefit in other areas of my life in the future, including a career.
I still fully intend to get back and make something reasonably respectable of my working life. (I'm 28 this April by the way )
Its simply a question of asknig yourself what you really want out of life. What will ultimately fulfill you? If you think thats a good solid career then stick with it. I personally want to live a life that's filled with lots of different experiences and that's hopefully got a good balance between work and play.
Good luck with your choice.
Do it Do it Do it
When i left the rat race my life became more simple and more fun i was born again .
forget the politics and tv , and freinds with one way guided lives
all this stuff
think outside the box go travelling and live on the edge .
you never know
life in the ratrace consists of clutter in your mind of all the things you own and must buy to keep up , once you rid of all these materials and thoughts and fly of with a few items in your backpack , only then will you be free.
There will always be a reason not to travel so my advice would be to not put it off any longer! go and travel life's too short!!
you keep on thinking about it but you dont seem to act on it. what does that tell you? that you dont want to travel.
you have no obligations, you wont miss the grind at all, at the very worst when you come back to it its going to be VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU to get back into the swing of things, depending on what you do if your out of a job for x amount of months or years, then companys have the right not to really employ you and lower your asking sallary....depending on what you do of course.
so it depends on how long you want to travel for.
mortgage? what the hell is that? since you got so much money just by a cheap place anywhere on the contitnent for 100-200k in euro, at least you will have something.
screw ireland, screw the uk for buying....! it should be like other countrys were there isnt a demand for buying like germany!