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41. Posted by RTW2008 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I have a great job by any standard, money is good, vacations plentiful, benefits, retirement. All is perfect other than that voice in my head and the feeling in my abdomen telling me it is wrong. Do you have that feeling? If you are reading this post, it's probable that you do.

We pass most of our lives looking at the world from one perspective while there is an infinite number of them out there. How can I let myself see this amazing life from only one point of view for the sake of security. Not everything is safe and financially "wise". Being "wise" limits the things you experience.

I want to experience owning nothing in the world other than my backpack. Scary? Yes. Amazing at the same time. What can I do, what is my potential. Do I live in fear for the rest of my time here or do I go for the unknown and destroy every one of those fears until I am fearless. When you are fearless, you can do anything you want!! Sounds crazy? I admit, maybe. Try it out, listen to your heart, be honest with yourself. It's the best trick. The more you listen, miraculously, the better things turn out.

I have a masters degree in financial engineering as well as a newly discovered complete lack of interest in anything financial. Summing it up; masters degree in financial engineering-- lack of interest in anything financial. Does it mean masters of nothing? Sounds a lot like it. Not that money is not important, it's the fear of not having enough that guarantees you will not have enough.

Is it all a big game we play to see how far we can let go of the need for security? How much do we let our fears domiate us? When is every day more likely to be miraculously amazing (good or bad)? When you do the same thing every day?

Would you like to retire (if you make it there-no fear) with a large pension and a large house? Or do you want to retire with the assurance that you can face any difficulty and learn from it, become th ebest person you can be and truly be able to give your grand kids advice that liberates them rather than makes them fear?

Travel is not the answer to all the questions in life. Many tried to find the answer. What is right for you? Only you can answer yourself. People will let their fears and hopes speak to you through their way of seeing the world. You need to choose how you want to see the world considering all that life is showing you (it's showing you unhappiness at work, this site, the false need for securuty, the .

I can do more than I am doing now.

Replace Do in the above statement by; see, feel, touch, live, experience, learn.

Now ask yourself, where are you more likely to do all those new things?

Do you want to do those things when you are retired and 60 (mind you it is very possible even then)?

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

42. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

Well I am not really sure what a proper response is to that last post. It sums up a lot in life but makes you question yourself. The idea of only owning a backpack is in deed a liberating experience. In life the more objects you own (houses, cars, jewlery, ect.) the more you worry about losing them. The more you worry the less likely you are to leave them or let them go. You become obssesed with possesions that provide little enjoyment in life.

When talking to friends of mine, their life goal is to own a house and work their way up the corporate ladder. When life is set for them, then they will travel. Unfortunately, this seems like it would backfire. Once you work so hard in life to achieve your house and your high paying job, it is very likely that you will not leave it. Work and your possesions take over, and you will find yourself saying, "Why didn't I travel more when I had the time and no real responsibilities?" Before you know it the only trips your taking are on the way to the bathroom 10 or 15 times a day, your arthritis is killing your knees, and your hip needs to be replaced.

"You can't live in the past, you don't know what the future holds, so live only for the present." Brent

43. Posted by m1chelle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

OMG Im almost in tears reading some of these posts, about life and how time passes you by, people come and go, prents die etc and its all so amazingly true!!
Myself and my boyfriend Matt are due to start our RTW trip on the 6th May, and Im right up there with you lot!!
Cr@p job, no mortgage, no kids, no ties how lucky doe sthat make us!!
We are currently living in Hertfordshire, my boyfriend from Worcester and me from Hull, when we get back we are thinking of reloacting further up North as we've had enough of this daily grind, working long hours, M25, School traffic etc etc.
We are throwing our jobs (70k+) and going for it, whats the worse that can happen?!?!?!
There are 1000's of jobs out there, were both intelligent, sensible reliable people.
The thing we all do is get blinkered by what is going on in our day to day life, you sstart to doubt yourself as a person and your capabilities (even more reason to get your @ss out there)
I CANNOT contain my excitement much longer and am counting every day until our departure.
And Im a home bird too, I love my parents to bits and see them whenever I can but they want me to go and tell us to go why we still can and have health and age on our side.
Don't analyse it, the moment you start thinking about travelling you should book your ticket and then fill in the gaps!!

44. Posted by Wanderer33 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi. I had to join this community just to post to a reply to this thread.

I'm slightly worried that there's not a balanced view in this debate, despite the odd comment that seems to even things up a bit, I still think there's a lot more to be said about not going, or at least waiting for the right time to go, rather than this constant "just do it, you won't regret it" message, I keep reading.

I'm debating too whether to go travelling around the world for 12 months with my wife or not (actually, that's a lie, we will go, but we're just making sure that financially the time is right).

We have no kids, but do have a mortgage and so for us, this really feels like the last chance to do the trip of a lifetime before we have kids and get tied into a lengthier run in the rat race.

I would strongly disagree with the sentiment being touted about travelling always looks good on your CV. Some employers, in fact most of them I've worked for (decent, down-to-earth people, in normal business circles), actually cast suspiscion on people who seem to regularly take time out to go travelling, perhaps deeming them, whether fairly or not, hippy-ish and thus perhaps shouldn't be considered for the job lest they decide to get up and leave to go travelling soon after they are hired. So, point number one, if you feel that travelling is something you just want to get out of your system and know already deep in your heart that as tough as it is to face up to it, you will need to get back in the rat race sooner or later and need to think how your decision will look to prospective employers.

Perhaps age really does come into it on this point, I'm 28 and have been married for 3 years and a lot of you seem to be young and full of hopes for the future, but in England at least, if you haven't got a mortgage and a good job by the age of 30, then you're really going to struggle to get a foot on the property ladder should you decide to end your travels at any point in the future. If you leave work after 40-ish then unless you are rich or experienced in a niche area, then getting back into the world of work will also be tough too (age-discrimination is real, however many government policies may be devised to counteract it).

Obviously, this whole debate comes down to what your philosophy on life is - mine is prepare for the worse; hope for the best, and realistically know that reality lies somewhere in the middle.

And another unfortunate thing to really consider is that despite that rather "life's too short", "what the heck, you could get run over by a bus tomorrow, what am I waiting for?!" attitude, that even I get swept away in on and off several times a day in(!), I have to add that to face reality, you really need to consider that you may also get knocked over by a bus on your way to the airport to start your journey, which is harsh to consider too, but evens up that line of argument somewhat.

I really don't want to put a dampener on anyone's plans or aspirations, just want to add some unpleasant truths, we all know that not everything is plain sailing and that to really live, you have to face fear and discomfort now and again, but throwing away a mortgage or a good easy job also has its pitfalls too and that really ought to be bought into perspective when deciding about when to go. I may be financially worse of by £20k in the long-term should I go now, whereas if I wait another year, I'll be a lot more financially secure when we get back and do have kids. You have to do a lot of calculations and think about them and their future too sometimes.

45. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

I have just read through all these posts and do see the point of view of the one above but would just like to add that I am 28 I do have a mortgage so I guess I am lucky in that respect as we will jsut rent out the house and have the comfort of knowing we will have something to come back to... or not as the case may be!

My boyfriend and I are currently planning to take a year out from June next year. We both have good jobs that would see us through a comfortable life for many years to come but I agree with what has been said that you can always get another job.. from my point of view as long as you have a job that means you can enjoy life then that's all there is.

We plan to go now beucase we want children before we am 35 and feel if we don't go now we never will. I would always say just do it.. jobs are easy to come by even if it isn't what you always wanted to do but as soon as you settle down options become a lot more limited.