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What should I do?

Travel Forums General Talk What should I do?

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

I took a gap year last year and went to SE Asia for a few months. Now I've just started uni 1 week ago and hate it!

People keep saying to give it more time, but I have a gut feeling that it's not going to improve.

All I want to do is go travelling! That's it. It's always on my mind. I think about it from when I wake up to when I go to sleep at night.

If I quit uni now, I'd have enough money to go on a nice 6 month trip- if I quit uni at the end of the first term, I won't have any money...

What would you do??


2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

Personally Rob, I'd say if you just started 1 week ago you should give it more time.

Trust me- the world will still be there to explore. After completing my education and working for a few years I've become a "born again backpacker" having gone on one trip last year, and already in the planning stage for a 3-4 month trip some time next year. But you don't want to throw away your educational opportunities as well- in the long run, having gone to university and getting that piece of paper will be in your best interest, plus will better fund your future travels...

Now is it possible you aren't taking the right courses? Make sure you are studying things that interest you! Just don't make a hasty decision....

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

Hi Canada Guy, thanks.

I joined a few societies today, which should make my time here more fun. I also started doing some of my course work today, and it's not that bad once you get into it....And I've just worked out that come summer, I should have enough money to go on a fantastic trip for a few months.... so ill stick with it until christmas to see how i feel then.

thanks again.

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

Good plan-- and having something to look forward to like your next trip is always a good carrot to leave in front of you, for encouragement.

5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Balance education and travel - I know how tricky it is I in the same boat!! But working hard at your studies make those trips you get to take at the end of a semester/year all the more rewarding, and like CanadaGuy says, they're great motivation to see you through all that course-work Keep at it, education is not something you'll regret. Depending on your chosen course, maybe you'll even have the option to study abroad at some stage??

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

Face it, coming back from a year in SE Asia isnt ever going to be a walk in the park. Getting back to reality IS hard, it is depressing and it's worse when it's winter! But unfortunately, it's very difficult to spend your whole life travelling as you need money, or you need to work abroad and it helps if you have uni education. One week is not very long at all. It takes time to get used to a situation and a lifestyle. Just be very careful with your decision if you are going to quit, it maybe something you greatly regret in the long term. Give it your best shot, if it still doesn't work out in a few months, you'll know you gave it a good chance but was just not for you.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Philo:)

I was in a similiar position as u are, when I was 20.
I went to university after a gap year. To make it worse I had to leave my boyfriend who lived on the other side of the world to go to university. I seriously wondered if I really wanted to be there. I thought maybe I should have choosen to live in another country and maybe I should have stayed with my boyfriend.

Anyway, u are very young so likely do not yet realise how important it is to have balance in life.
Anything u do too much of will become less exciting, even travelling.
To keep everything exciting and fun create a balance of travelling, family, friends, education, work......, in your life.
In other words stay at university, but make travelling plans for next Summer.