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17 at college but all i want to do is travel - Go to uni?

Travel Forums General Talk 17 at college but all i want to do is travel - Go to uni?

1. Posted by RiffRaff (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

hello everybody,
My dad wants me to go to uni because of the great experience etc. but what i really want is a job that's flexible so that i can save up and travel when i like, which is the kind of job i don't think a degree would get me. I also feel 15,000 pounds worth of debt would tie me down abit.
Thinking about training as an electrician and learning a trade or something. Does anyone know of any flexible careers?

2. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 9y

hey! well being an 18 year old myself, i know your situation... i have been accepted into various universities, but have defered them for a year in order to go traveling... i think that you are only young once, and if you wait too long to go traveling, either:

- you change your mind and decide not to go...
- you run out of money because you spent it on college
- you are going to be in debt for years, and there will be NO way to save on top of that...
- you will be older and may have different priorities

so i think if you have the passion to travel, do it NOW while you still can... even if it's just for a few months or even a few weeks...

i can promise you (as i have had experience in traveling prior to this gap year trip), traveling will grant you more of an education even in a few weeks than college will in a few years... think about it. Plus, if you want to secure yourself a job, of COURSE you are going to go back and go to college... also, traveling will give you time to reflect on WHAT you actually want to do with your life and give you thinking time...

(this is just what i think...) but i wish you the best and hope that you can come up with something!!
laur ;)

3. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

Learning... working ... and Travelling:
Go like a Volunteer !!!
I´m sorry I did at 26 years old, I still thinking 17-18 is the best time to do it.

4. Posted by sirwhale (Full Member 84 posts) 9y

i would recomend go to uni, it is! such an experience and changes you into a more well rounded person. also, if like me, you could budget your money as soon as you get to uni and save a chunk of your student loans so that you can travel after uni. im moving to spain for a year the day after i graduate this july :) take out an ISA and dump all your money in them and only take out bits at a time from your bank. also student overdrafts are interest free, so make sure you take one of those out too and put all the money into the same ISA. also when you you graduate, you can take out graduate loans which have very low interest. if you are able to get your self on a decent enough job after uni. then take a another loan out as you'll be able to pay it off later. if i get into the army then im going to take out a graduate loan and travel south america for six months after spending a year in spain. hope this helps :)

5. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

I'm in a very same position. Im in the last half of my gap year now. A few months ago I went around IndoChina, and it was amazing. I was only 18, and I didn't meet ANYONE the same age as me. Most people were 21-26. But all they kept telling me was how much respect they had for me, to have to guts to go out there on my own at that age.

Looking back, it was fantastic, but I do feel I could have got that little bit more out of it if I were a bit older. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change it for the world! but it's just the way I feel.

I have a place at uni, and have now applied for all my loans, and am having some second thought about going, but I will be going, even if it's just for the first year to try it out, because, basically, my mate is at uni now, and he has managed to save a lot of his loan. In summer he will have over £1200 to spend on travelling, and will have the same amount every year he is at uni!

That's one of the reasons I don't mind going too much. I can ration my money, so I will be able to save up while getting an education, and in the many months students get off I will be off somewhere in the world experiencing a different culture, while everyone else has to work to pay for the next terms binge drinking session!

Just follow your heart and go with the flow. If you take a year out, don't spend the whole year working to save up for uni! it's such a waste. Use that year to do something you will remember for the rest of your life!

6. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

Tricky one....if you don't go to uni now, it's difficult to go when you are older and it won't be the same experience and, I think the more life experience you have before you travel makes travelling more rewarding - you can travel whenever. I did a degree - I wouldn't change my uni experience for anything, I loved it, made some fantastic friends, had so much fun and grew up! There is no need to get into so much debt if you work over the summer in a full time job and don't blow all your money. If your dad is so keen for you to go, I'm sure he will help you out financially aswell . Whatever you do, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. If you go to uni, go for the right reasons. There is no easy way though I am afraid. It's hard in any job to earn enough money to travel regularly. It's something that you can't plan. It either happens or it doesn't...

7. Posted by lightning (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Why not do both? Personnaly my last few years College/University, I travelled during the summer . That way, you won`t finish uni later than usual and you still have a chance to travel.

Take 1-2-3 months during the summer to travel...why not?

8. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

I'm finishing up my first year at uni right now, and while it was a great experience, I do wish I had taken a year off to travel. I am traveling this summer for about 3 months in Israel and Western Europe/Scandinavia, and it should be a great experience. Next summer I am not sure about any travel plans as big, but I plan to take the next year (my third year) to study abroad, possibly going to Copenhagen and then South America the next semester.

My big trip, I decided, will be right after I graduate. I want to take a RTW trip for 2 or 3 years, depending on how long it will take. That trip will be the one where I have very few things and depend on as little as I need to. I won't worry too much about valuables, for the only ones I plan on having then will be my camera and myself. I want to go on long bike trails, climb mountains, sleep in a tent when I need to, meet people from all different cultures, and really experience several different regions of the world that I would otherwise not get to see and--most importantly--feel and understand. It's tough right now knowing that I could have gotten a head start on traveling had I not gone to uni this year and simply waited one year, but I'm here for now and I'm going to ride it out until that new life finally comes.

Good luck!