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1. Posted by fabbman (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Is it me or is travelling the best & worst thing i could have done with my life.... I have been on two round the world trips with my partner and now all i seem to do all day is dream about the next one!
The trouble i have is that i am getting too old (33 now) and my partner is wanting the family thing...
Without going into the whole 'you only live once' blah, does anyone else have these problems?:(

2. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member 43 posts) 7y

I am not fed up with the UK.

I visited it several times, but I was not allowed to settle there -- even though my mother's grandfather was British and lived and died there -- as I am Canadian, and not an EU citizen.

So I didn't have the time to get tired of it...

[ Edit: Edited on May 29, 2007, at 4:10 PM by Dominatrix ]

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 7y

I can relate to what your saying - now not having done RTW but we did spend a month away in Australia & NZ in Dec/Jan and if anything l have never felt more unsettled since l returned home - nothing has the same significance. Uusally l love my career, and am quite content planning "holidays" to here there and everywhere.

Im almost 33 now too - and whilst l own my house - l know that there is enough equity in it to sell up and have maybe £120k to take me off around the world in a VERY comfortable fashion! Not that l would ever do this as l dont want to come off the property ladder, but it does niggle there in the back of my mind! My friends are practically all married, having babies or setting up their own businesses - me lm still single (although with a boyf but we dont live together), and hankering after other things that aint to do with marriage and kids - so my friends and family think lm daft as l dont want what they want or conform to their idea of normality - yet again none of them bar my cousin have ever travelled -and my cousin is as bad as me!

What l would like though is to get rid of this unsettled feeling thats plagued me for the last practically 6 months - lm currently planning a 20 day trip to Thailand (cos l love Thailand and it was the first country l visited where the culture was so different to my own!) and lm hoping that will give me something to look forward too so l can get back into the normal swing of things!

Anyway good luck with your situation and as you know life has a funny way of changing things to a direction you werent headed in when you least expect it!

4. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 7y

Fabbman...you sound like me - everything you said.

me and my partner have travelled a lot together all around the world and everytime i come back to the UK i cant settle. All i think about is going away again and im fed up of doing stupid jobs which i dont wanna be doing - i wanna get back out there. i definatly dont want a career yet - im only 21.

And my partner has got into the police force and now has the career n wants to settle down so i think we're in the same boat!

we have been together three years now and love eachother dearly but i cant help thinking that because im only 21....i dont wanna be held back.

Im actually looking into working abroad at the moment as a tour leader, its got to that point i just dont wanna be stuck in the uk anymore...

[ Edit: Edited on May 30, 2007, at 7:35 AM by Nicip ]

5. Posted by steve-les (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

My hubby and I are both in our late 40's and have both jacked in our jobs to go travelling for 7 months. It is our 25th wedding anniversary in 5 weeks time and we start our travels in 4 weeks time. We are very much looking forward to our travels and I think we will find it very strange when we come back to UK. We're almost empty nesters and are leaving our adult children behind to wreck/look after the house!! LOL

6. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 7y

i cant relate to anyone here, as i'm 21, don't have a boyfriend or husband to be attached to, have a good job (in my industry's field) for starters...and that's it.

but! 33 isn't old. eveyone says they are..all the time...you're only old when you're dead. until then...marriage and kids and solid careers don't have to be lockdowns. it's just a lot of work.. i know my opinion wouldn't count for much here, as i have still very few worries to think about compared to the rest of you, but i know for a fact if you have something on mind, you can and should do it. otherwise, it's regret and a waste of thinking about it - and in this case, travel is also healthy for all generations, especially kids...

i guess what i'm trying to say is don't think of it like a closed book already..there are always possibilities for everything. and this isn't just me talking, it's my dad - and he works 12 hours a week, every day...and has a lot on his back. i got it from him - stay positive and look to your goal.

i'm sorry if i sound ridiculous.

7. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I'm sorry, I can't believe the person from Canada wants to move to the UK. I hate it here, and i mean HATE it. If i could move to Canada tomorrow i would not hesitate at all!

I have been working in a london office job for the past year saving up to travel SE Asia for 1-2 yrs, and my god how sick i am of this place. I get paid crap, live in the suburbs of london and can't afford to move out on my own because of such high tax and accom costs. The thing i notice more than anything between travelling and living in the UK are the people - yes there are some really great people here, but at the end of the day the majority of people here are rude and unfriendly. I have lived in London the south east of england etc all my life so i do have experience with what the people are like. I have met the kindest people on my travels and have had less communication with people ive worked with for a year than people i have met for only few days travelling.

I barely see sunlight as my retinars are bleeding from staring at computer screens all day, and when i do go outside its always raining. I will miss my friends and my family in England more than i can explain, but im going travelling because being out of the UK makes me happy. I would give anything to live in Canada - it is seriously my dream to move there. I know people think moving to the uk will give them more money and better quality of life but i haven't seen that. My brother with a top degree and a highly qualified MA from uni cant get a decent job, and i with a good degree can't get a decent job - i actually worked out the other day that if i move to Taiwan and teach english, with my degree i would make/save a bout the same money (and enjoy myself) than living in the UK paying rent to my folks.

Oh and by the way, i believe that you are only as young as you feel. 33 to me is not old..... i made a friend in thailand last year who was in her late 50s and she quit her job to go travel the world. That is the kind of person i want to be at that age.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 7y

Quoting fabbman

Is it me or is travelling the best & worst thing i could have done with my life.... I have been on two round the world trips with my partner and now all i seem to do all day is dream about the next one!
The trouble i have is that i am getting too old (33 now) and my partner is wanting the family thing...
Without going into the whole 'you only live once' blah, does anyone else have these problems?:(

Hello Fabbman:)

I am 38. I have a boyfriend and daughter, whom I live with. I have a third level education and several years experience with working for companies. I own an a appartment. I travel often. Several times per year, in fact. etc etc I do all of it simultaneously.

Balance your life. There does not have to be an end and a beginning, to all aspects of life. U can juggle.

Mel

9. Posted by katyvose1 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

I agree with Walkaways, I am so sick of the U.K! I have 7 weeks until I finish my job and then I'm off on my 1st rtw trip a week later and already I cannot stand to come into this boring office job where I find the the minute hand of the clock tends to get stuck or even move backwards sometimes!! It takes me an hour to drive here and an hour home because of all the cars that are on the road, most of which are ferrying school kids 10 feet and blocking up the roads plus £50 in petrol every week. Prices for everything are so expensive and all you see out the window is grey rainy skies which depresses you even further. We get taxed too much and no matter how much money you earn here is never enough as the government continue to increase the taxes on everything from beer to countil tax to petrol.

I have not been to any of the destinations I am going to and sometimes get myself worked up about how I am going to get through countries like China with no knowledge of the language etc. but anything is better than stuck in the 9-5pm lifestyle!!

Bring on the 9th September when I can leave this overpriced, rat race lifestyle country behind and enjoy life! Ok winge over!!

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2634 posts) 7y

Quoting Walkaways

I'm sorry, I can't believe the person from Canada wants to move to the UK. I hate it here, and i mean HATE it. If i could move to Canada tomorrow i would not hesitate at all!

Hate to tell you this, mate, but the life that you described in London is pretty much the life that the majority of the folks here in Canada have - living in overpriced cities, spending days at work, just scraping by, dealing with rude people in traffic, on the subway, on the buses. I don't think your problem is the UK, I think it's work.