India is amazing, you must go sometime...but I can totally understand your concerns about your plans. Is it impossible to consider changing your schedule and going there as part of this trip, before Christmas?
Do you think it would be impossible to go after you have finished studying?
I know where you are coming from on this. I am a similar age to you and have committed to training as a nurse until 2009. Knowing I am not going to be able to travel far until then (and being skint) is a pity, but its not that bad.
The main thing that keeps me going is I love my course. Although I am not travelling I am having loads of new experiences, learning loads, meeting new people, and in some ways, this is what I love about travelling. Meanwhile I am taking the opportunity to see more of my own country.
You don't have to look at it as "knuckling down and going home" maybe more starting a new phase of your life, and you can still travel later.
If I go home and do what I'm planning I won't be in a position to travel to India until 2010 at the earliest!
Plans exist for the sole purpose of having something to delay/change/forget/ignore. That is your plan NOW. After a couple of months back this way, you'll be ready to delay the big London/study plan and travel again, believe me....
After all, you've got Loads of time for that rubbish later in life!
On the positive side though, I'll probably get to live in London for a year, which might be pretty cool.
Are you honestly weighing up something which even you admit only MIGHT be cool, against your travel bug and Indian desire?
A choice of Might v Desire, sounds like a no-brainer to me, I must admit.
I'm a little on the fence on what the best advice would be. I know that when I took one year off, I came home (broke) thinking "whoa, wait a minute, I'm just getting started here". Subsequently, I've been home for about 3 years and have luckily been able to check out for small amounts of time to get to some of the places I feel I missed the first go around. But there isn't a day that passes where I don't think about sacking it all again to teach English in Japan or Korea, volunteer in Africa, or just go backpacking again.
You'll never get the whole travelling bug out of you, but 2010 seems like an awful long time to wait to get somewhere you really want to go, especially if you have the means to do so now.
I'm not a very rational person, so I would say go to India. There, I've said it and you said it yourself: I don't want to go back home yet. I'm not ready.
What I am a bit unclear on, however, is does going to India entirely ruin your plan to be able to go back to school, or just delay it a bit?
I guess what I'm saying is that I'd rather be a bit older as a person going back to school, than a bit older and visiting India on a package tour or something like that. You're living the dream of your youth, keep it going.
Just one opinion, ultimately, you'll need to decide what is in your best interest. Good luck!
Oh, me, yep i get it. This was exactly the position i was in a year and a half ago. In the end i decided to come home...which was not such a hard choice as i had run out of money but still. I came home and started my uni degree.
Its very hard, if you still love travelling, and you stop when you could happily keep going. and the main thing you have to figure out is why you want to study and why you want to travel. The only thing that keeps me from getting on a plane every other week is that i WANT this degree and i know why i want it. Even though i crave travel every day i also love what i'm learning. There will be much much more travel for me in the future, but it will be enhanced by what i'm learning now, so it is worth it for me to grit my teeth and stay here to get it done.
dont forget, you may not have to be at home for your whole course. I'm starting to look at student exchanges and internships overseas - sure it'll be pricey, but if that's what it takes to keep me studying when the travel bug bites then its worth it.
if you keep travelling, then just remember the other goals you want to acheive for later, and if you go home, remember how much your further study will add to your future travels.
clearly there are lots of people out here feeling the same thing!! I am due to go back to the UK in Juky after only a year travelling....and feel i still havent nearly seen enough and have sooo many more trips planned in my head its untrue. the pull for me is getting home to get a job, the perfect grad scheme awaits i hope!! but i think i may be succombing to what i feel is the norm...ie. all of my mates have got good jobs/great wages...and im seemingly the only one floating around out here wanting to live a predominantly responsibility free life while i can...its a tough choice. one that i am sure i will question upon my return. to stay or save for the himalayas? However, i do feel that a balance is the key, maybe getting a good job/studying will enable better things in the future.....but if u give things a good shot and they dont work out then travelling is always going to be there. i have discovered that by travelling the bug doesnt get smaller, it only gets bigger and bigger the more i see!!! who knows...maybe there are good jobs out there that can combine travel and work? answers on a postcard please......
So.............did you go? To India? I am at the exact same crossroads.............apart from mine is not India (done it, if you didnt do it, then DO IT!!) mine is staying in NZ and not going home after a yr...........!!!!!!!