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1. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 9y

Here's my story...

I've been travelling since I was 13 year's old..first with my family,then with friend's and now by I'm almost 23 years old and I'm sort of like stuck in a country I never thought that I would live in..

My plan for years was to travel as much as I can but then suddenly something happend.When I got home from my first RTW trip in July 2004 I started working and saving money for upcoming travels but I ended up going for these boring package holidays cos I didn't have enough time to go for longer trips.

In the beginning of this year I came to London to do my training,travelled to Scotland while I was here,graduated,went back to home for summer and now..I'm back in London..working full time...seems like my plans to travel flew away...I hope I don't get stuck here forever..there are still so many places to see...South Africa,Asia,South America,India and many more...

How do I get back on track (meaning to travelling) and has this happend to some one here?Any fellowmates around?


2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Providing the dream is still there, you aren't stuck. Working full time isn't the end of things, you are just taking a gap year from travel (to earn money for the next trip).

Some people work seriously for sevral years, some get mortages/wives/kids/Whatever and then a few yearsa later head off again. Some like me find stupendously lucky jobs which means i get to travel loads anyway whilst working to save up money to travel (which, ironically, tends to involve much less travelling than when i work). I'm amazed to still be based in Sweden after 4years, aeven though i've probably only been here a total of maybe 8months. Some times your ideas/Dreams/needs just change. Slowly, so you don't realise, but to the point where long trips aren't the dream/desire they once were, or comfort or family or "home" take priority in your mind.

Don't give up on travelling until you are ready to, but also don't keep that travelling idea as your number 1 goal when deep down it isn't any more, or for the time being.

(started travelling abroad aged 13, and still going strong 14years later!)

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Sound words from Rich.

I think the key is patience too. Its difficult not to want to escape the daily grind and splurge your money on crappy package holidays> It's not easy to NOT go on holidays for a couple of years while you save hard for a bigger trip.

If you think the impulse is still there, start saving and planning your next trip. And if you find during taht time that your feelings change and you really just dont want to leave your job, well then you'll have a nice nest egg of cash saved up that you can blow on something else.

And you wont get stuck anywhere unless you really want to. Life is just about choices.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

It's patience and commitment, and of not losing sight of your goals as the months slowly pass.

It's very easy to get side-tracked, have a change of priorities, etc. so stay focussed and you will get there.