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Anyone ever Travelled longer than planned?

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1. Posted by RichyF (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

i am going on a 3 month trip to indonesia next month but dont have anything stopping me carrying on travelling other than money.

Im keeping my options open on my travels.

Just wondering if anyone else has ever gone out planning on the length of their trip and overstayed it by a longer time. Have you left anything behind at home to do so and was it worth it?

cheers :)

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

A few years ago I moved down to New Zealand for a ski season, with perhaps an inkling of an idea that I might continue travelling thereafter; but no real plans (or like you adequate finances). After living down in NZ, I thought, yeah, this is for me, booked some more plane tickets and spent another six months traveling in Australia and South America.

Now, I came home about $10,000 in debt on the old credit card (in fairness, I was already in $3,000 when I left) but don't regret it for a minute. Would I advise credit card debt; absolutely not. But for me, I just kept saying, well, when am I going to have the chance to climb a volcano in Chile, or learn to surf in Australia, etc. Here I am several years later, out of debt, and I just keep on traveling. I guess if you find it's for you, just keep on cruising man.

Not to mention, being from the UK, I think you guys can get work visas down in Oz and NZ fairly easily - why not try working a bit to subsidize some more traveling.

Bear in mind, a wiser man may tell you to stuff it, get home and go back to work you lazy bastard! I am no certified counselor.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

I'm with John! Go for it!

I planned to stay in South America from about Jan-March this year and ended up tearing myself away from the place in August out of pure necessity! Am in NZ now working to save more money to travel again.

Dont let money issues stop you! Get enough to go! If you really need money there are plenty of jobs you could do on the road. Lots of people work in hostels for a few hrs a day and get their accommodation free which I think saves a big chunk of money!

We have our middle-age to pay off our debts!!

4. Posted by cocoland (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I left for 6 month to thailand to get some experienc in working as a divemaster,and travel asia.. i was lucky to be at the right time on the right place, soon after starting my work as DM, i got the oppertunity to take over the dive a base leader i loved it so much, 3 years later i had to make a decision weather to stay or to go back home... at that moment i desided for switzerland and went home, but 3 years have changed a lot in my life. my at that time boyfriend (who has been waiting for me the whole time)realised that i was not happy so we said good bye again but this time together. off we went back to thailand, but this was my ho,e and not his. he did not fellt as happy as i was and soon we split up... crazy but one month later i met my husband! it is now 6 years later and we have our own Diveschool in the maldives!!!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

I went on a two week trip to the Netherlands in, i think, 1992, and i've more or less been travelling ever since

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Came to Australia in January 1977 on a 1 year work visa and didn't return to Scotland from Oz till August 1994, and that was only for 3 days on the way to the Greek islands.

7. Posted by TravelMc (Respected Member 93 posts) 10y

I came to the uk on a WHM visa in 2002 with no immenent plans for return to NZ. I originally thought I would go home after 2 years via the US and take my time about it but I've had such a good time I've stayed in the UK and now have a work permit. I've had to settle to a much more ordinary routine (thats the regular day job for you) and as my family and friends are progressing with their lives I have had to swap a lot of shorter trips in Europe for 2 week returns home to meet new aditions etc. I am however still getting to see so much more of this wonderful country and Europe is a short flight away and for now its ticking all the right boxes. I'm pretty certain my gypsy blood will keep me roving no matter what. I get itchy feet too easily and desire adventure and experience too much not too!

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 14, 2006 7:40 AM by TravelMc ]

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

I had a students working visa, to work in Canada, one summer while i was a university student in Ireland.
I failed a few of my university examinations, not for the first time. I decided to drop out of university, and extend my working visa in Canada, to a year.

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Not recommended, but - a friend of mine went to Oz on a working holiday planning to go for 6 months, and overstayed her visa by 3 years.

10. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

i was planning on being in australia for about four months back in 2004. the four months went by and i did not want to go home at all. i went to the immigration office in melbourne every day for about a week to try and figur out how to extend my visa without having to leave the country. i finaly got my visa extended for another 8 months and was able to live and do a little bit of cash work in melbourne. after about five of six months i left for asia to travel their for a while. i got home about a year more than i planned to be away. then i moved to colorado for the ski season and earned some money and headed down to south america where i am now.

so four months turned in to almost 2 years. its hard to stop