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Your choice: satisfying career or money to travel?

Travel Forums General Talk Your choice: satisfying career or money to travel?


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1. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Here's a thought....Which would you choose?

A career that you find very interesting, fulfilling and satisfying, which makes a valuable contribution to society and helps people, but doesn't pay well enough to afford to travel overseas much....

A job that pays really well and gives you enough leave to travel, but is unsatisfying and does nothing for the greater good?


[ Edit: Edited on May 9, 2007, at 12:57 PM by Clarabell ]

2. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 9y

very interesting scenario!!

many different factors effect my decision, what age i was is probably the biggest factor, along with commitments, like family, mortgage etc. im a strong believer of the phrase ''do it while your young'' ... what with the situation im in now (@ the age of 22) ...i have no commitments, and still living @ home with my parents, scenario B i have chosen, tho im not unhappy with my job, its felixible, and nothing is concrete...

[ Edit: Edited on May 9, 2007, at 5:48 PM by makka ]

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Depends on what exactly you mean by 'unsatisfying'. If it is unsatisfying in that you help people and/or society, well that's no problem for me.
If it is unsatisfying though in the way that you hate your work and don't want to go to work at all, that would be a problem.
In that case I would choose the first, otherwise the second.
But every job means you have money so you can travel. Just live cheap. I guess you don't mean volunteer work, I would never do that as a fulltime job.

4. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

Now this is a predicament.

I would think a bit like Utrecht here. If I get in an unsatisfying job which does give me loads of money, I'll still end up leaving it eventually. The decision will only be made when the time comes, I think.

But I would weigh my options thus :
60% - 1st option
40% - 2nd option

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

It appears that I have already chosen the 2nd option...


6. Posted by ppereira (Full Member 25 posts) 9y

That is exactly my dilema!
An I chose option B: I work in a metallurgical laboratory... really technical stuff but I have 7 days on and 7 days off so it gives me lots of free time with a good salary... that is why I am still here!

when I get married and have children, probably my priorities will change.. so travel while you can!!!

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

2nd option maybe.....but i want to have a job which is satisfying and enough for me to travel! thats it!!;)

8. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

2nd option first, and then switch careers later when i have enough saved to allow me to 1. give back to society and 2. travel when i have time off from work

9. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

To be happy with my life, I would almost have to choose A, I know too many people in the B group who are only happy when they are not working, which is a sad state since that is where they spend most of their time. I have the good fortune to have both a satisfying job tha pays a decent wage and allows me to travel all around the world and change locations every few years if I choose. I would not trade my job or life with anyone else. Choose your career carefuly and you can have the best of both worlds.

10. Posted by AlexKorn (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

My first impulse was to say that I’d prefer to earn more money and travel more and sacrifice an interesting job to my interesting trips because I have only one life and should enjoy it to the maximum – bla-bla-bla… BUT: one life I’ve got – it’s the truth. The most part of my life I work. Consequently, I don’t want this “most part of my life” to be uninteresting, to be just a source of earning money. Moreover, my own experience proves that I prefer to have an interesting job than lots of money! However, it doesn’t mean I’m not going to travel. We should always try to strike a happy medium