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Balance of Work and Travel

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1. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

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Hi to all...

This is such a good plc to all of us to help each other and collect information for the sake of backpacking and traveling through out the globe. I saw many kind of ppl here and different types of taste and interest, yet have a very good experience and knowledge in traveling.

I was amazed that, ppl as young as 16th-17th are ready to hook up their shoe and start marching cross countries.
Even I was dejected where some even sell their house, car, quiting their job just to get travel for months or years to round the globe.

I was not that lucky, where most of the time occupied in a daily office work. I could see some ppl work while it requires them to travel around the globe. Fully paid business class flight to places in Europe, America, South America, Asia, Oceania and etc. Though it requires you to work and brainstorming, some said business means business and there's no such thing to have a break to travel and enjoy.
Agree/Disagree nevermind. Afterall you still get to travel.

Here, I see fella college student, get to travel for months. True/Not true they do have long holidays during school or after school, or being paid by parents to get the kicking started. For those who working, I do still respect whenever for those who get to off up till a month or two for a backpack trip.
I really wonder how things will work for the rest who stuck still in the office...and probably the greatest time to put on a sneakers and sandals is probably a mere 2 weeks or 3.
Else or is it travel mean only for retiree?

I'm sitting here in a boring room, waiting for the day to past by. There's always a "no pain, no gain" thingy in reality.
You work hard to get a life in term of income to survive.
Money will never get enough, this goes as well as backpacking and seeing the world out there. But my eagerness to get travel running is stil hot burning in my nerve.

Lastly, good work to all and appreciate to all of your helping hands and commitment in to travel.
May all us backpackers conquer the globe one day in peace.
Kudos to all again, Kudos!

Serious backpacker

2. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 70 posts) 12y

Hey Kody,

Sounds pretty depressing when you have to do a 9 to 5 desk job when you have that travel bug in you. It's true how the Malaysia system doesn't allow/encourage us to take even a month leave for a holiday ... besides that, the peanuts we earn here do not get us very far either.

But still, I believe it all boils down to how desperate you are to travel. Do you rather work hard for the next 20 years or so to achieve wealth so that you can travel like what you have always wanted to do? This will take lots of patience AND luck too because HOPEFULLY, you manage to live long enough to enjoy yourself. On the other hand, you can bid your boss goodbye and go off to ie:UK (we're commonwealth country so it's easy to get working holiday permit) to work and travel at the same time for 1 or 2 years. The only drawback is that when you come back to M'sia, you'll be stuck with the 9 to 5 jobs again. But at least, life has been great for the past 2 years and now you're happier/settled down to work. This will takes only courage.

Always live life like there's no tomorrow. ;)

Be happy!

Audrey

3. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

Hi Audrey,

Thanks for the reply and support.
Regarding the "Holiday Working Maker"
I've thought about it before. But bare in mind, you still need to build up a strong base financially or mentally before hoping over there. Provided you have full supporters such as your relatives or parents to back you up.

Sometimes thing looks pretty simple but it ain't easy to overcome. Once you have a stable career you'll be in dilemma whether is it worth giving up and put a side just to chase our very own backpack dream. Today's world is very realistic. You can see it clearly in Malaysia. You don't work, you'll hardly get to survive! That's it. Simple isn't it?

Well, I'm happy on what I have today after bringing my self up to this stage. Backpack will never leaves me, vice versa it goes. I know time will come, and my chin is always up.
As my motto always flow as:
"Believe what you believe, Work hard to achieve,
Focus yoursel, and you'll receive!"

Cheers

4. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Kody,

I think more or less the same way as you do. It's amazing how ppl can easily save money during a short time and go travelling. A few weeks ago I just met a couple of them in person - 2 of them were students: One worked for 1 year for his RTW trip, the other worked for 6 months to travel to Aus from Germany. Another traveller I met told me that he had just quit his job so he could travel round the world - he said it's not difficult to get a job, and that many people in Europe do quit job, go travelling, and then get a new job.

I would consider myself pretty lucky here because I have a job and it pays me enough to be able to save some money for travelling. But I have to save money while working for a long time to be enough to travel far away.

But I want to make it true. I must travel, I can't just stay here, otherwise I cannot rest . Yes, if I still want to keep my job and earn money, I cannot get months of vacation. The longest vacation we usually are able to have here is one week (5 work days). Although we have 20 work days of vacation, it's not possible to take all 20 days in a go (?). I still have no idea how I will get a few weeks or a month off work for my big plan next year :(

5. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Kody,

I think more or less the same way as you do. It's amazing how ppl can easily save money during a short time and go travelling. A few weeks ago I just met a couple of them in person - 2 of them were students: One worked for 1 year for his RTW trip, the other worked for 6 months to travel to Aus from Germany. Another traveller I met told me that he had just quit his job so he could travel round the world - he said it's not difficult to get a job, and that many people in Europe do quit job, go travelling, and then get a new job.

I would consider myself pretty lucky here because I have a job and it pays me enough to be able to save some money for travelling. But I have to save money while working for a long time to be enough to travel far away.

But I want to make it true. I must travel, I can't just stay here, otherwise I cannot rest . Yes, if I still want to keep my job and earn money, I cannot get months of vacation. The longest vacation we usually are able to have here is one week (5 work days). Although we have 20 work days of vacation, it's not possible to take all 20 days in a go (?). I still have no idea how I will get a few weeks or a month off work for my big plan next year :(