I gave up what was turning into a really good well paid job for travel. It was tough because if I had stayed I'd be well up a ladder at this stage.
But it didnt mean anything to me at the end of the day. I dont feel I missed out at all by choosing the path I did.
Certainly, from a career point of view, I'm not very far along for a 28 year old, but I'm not worried.....yet
Jus to sort of underline what Raven is saying there, I went for an interview just after I came home and the one thing that seemed to really impress the two interviewers was the fact that I had travelled solo in South America and worked in New Zealand. Most companies now operate on an international, or even global scale, and I think they look for employees who have the potential to uproot and work in their offices abroad. You'd be surprised how many people wouldn't ever dream of doing that, so I think travel can really add to your CV instead of detracting from it.
From my own point of view, I think I have found a way to weave my passion for travel into my work, so I'm heading happily down that route!