Reading through these forums I have gained alot of enthusiasm to go travelling, but like so many people new to it - the thought of doing it alone is daunting to say the least.
I'll try and cut a long story short, when I was just 20 I lost my mother and inherited the house so from the age of 20 I was working full time paying a mortgage and having no money to do the things I wanted. So I got fed up of being in the rat race a few months back and sold the place to make a new start and to get the car I always wanted which to be honest isn't making me happier at all, and am considering selling it to go travelling.
I've had many family losses and difficult relationships over the past few years and I havn't been abroad for over 7 years now, I am currently renting and my 6 months deposit here is over in feb I could of course stay longer and get a job etc but I know I will regret not using my only opportunity ever to go travelling but the sheer thought of no 'security' and no home to go back to is very worrying indeed.
I mean, I can keep a few thousand back as a blanket but just having no home to go back to is a frightening thought to me as you can imagine. I really need to find myself, meet nice people because the only people I seem to meet in this country are selfish, arrogent or just plain rude and it seems like there are no decent people left in the world.
I've been to malta twice and really like it there, I like the relaxed nature of the people and of course the weather and beaches.
My question is, should I sell the car and follow my travelling dream and if so - where to go?
I'm interested in working abroad with the possibility of earning a living and supporting myself - can you guys reccomend web sites that cater for this and what country's are the easiest and best to move to and work at?
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 7, 2006, at 4:38 AM by Marcus2k7 ]
Feel free to have a read of my thread http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=31025, you may find it helpful. My biggest worry about going traveling is 'what happens when i get back'..... but IMO its wrong to be thinking about what happens when you get back before you've even gone. You probably won't be the same person by the time you get back, thats if you do come back, who's knows where you'll end up, you might never want to come home.
It's all fear of the unknown IMO.
Maybe a compromise between the two, say go away for a month then come back for a month then go away for another month then come back and then look for work.. only thing is, i'll be paying rent on somewhere I won't be living in for months on end..
Am confused what to do lol
Since u are unsure, about whether u want to give up your security, or not, why not go travelling, for a month. If u find u like travelling a lot, u can plan to do more travelling, in the future, with or without giving up your security.
I usually travel, for a month here, a couple of weeks there. I havent gone for months on end, since i was 19. I do these shorter travelling spurts, because i had work committments, and now i have family committments. Although, i have worked and lived in other countries, for longer periods. In fact, i have now been living in Germany, for 4 years. I am from Ireland.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 7, 2006, at 7:31 AM by Mel. ]
Great advice Mel, I think that is the best idea - to travel in spurts. Not many jobs will cater for me coming and going often but I am lucky enough to be in a situation where if I sell my car I won't have to worry about work for about 6 months
At my last job, i used to do overtime, in exchange for time off, instead of money. That gave me more time to travel. I used to travel 6 times per year, for 2 to 3 weeks, at a time. It was great, because i could hold down a job, which gave me a cash flow, and i could have friends and a social life, in Dublin, where i lived, as well as meeting new people as i travelled, in various destinations.
I also know a guy, in Germany. He works for 9 months of the year, and travels for 3. His employer does not have enough work, for him to work all year round, so he suggested this solution, to him. He is also very satisified, with the arrangement.