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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 9y

i dont understand how some people can travel say for 3 months and be completely satisfied and not have a drive to go for more or even again. my first trip was 4 months in australia, it extened to ten months and throughout asia aswell. then on to south america central and the US and canada. maybe some people are immune to the travel bug, i am centrally glad i'm not.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Comes in many ways, but certainly if you only travel for a few times and then never again, I don't understand either.
People like that often say: this will be the trip of our dreams before we....fill in appropriatly (marriage, child, house etc.). I don't get that.

On the other hand, what you mention, extending a trip, is another thing. There are people you know that have other things next to (and not instead of) travelling and therefore there is a life at home for people as well.
So not everyone is able to travel for months, go back home, travel for months etc. Or some people don't want that, and like to travel now and then for a month or so or even less.
I guess everyone has its own way of travelling.

3. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

I knew before I set off travelling that I would get the bug - I'm a bit addictive like that! We had a 4 month trip planned and extended it to 4.5 - that was all we could afford. I'm biting at the bit to get going again, but my other half has a good job (he's training at the moment for 2 years to qualify into it) and i think that if he gets offered the permanent position in 2 years he'll want to take it. We're now looking into moving abroad when he qualifies, but it would still mean living in one place.

Everyone keeps saying we went on a once in a lifetime trip and we must be pleased to be back and it drives me mad! If I had my way I'd just travel the world working as I went to get myself from one place to the next. What more could anyone ask for?

4. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 9y

yeah that phrase "once in a lifetime" just makes me angry. i can't settle for once in a lifetime. travelling is to amazing to do it just once.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Why do you have to stop? You might simply change the way you have travelled.

Ive never done a RTW - shouldve done it when l finished uni and had no committments but l didnt. So now l have a responsible job, lm studying part time and l have a mortgage. I dont think l would want to give all that up - there is a security net there!

BUT

Im lucky enough to work for a firm that lets me take extended holidays - instead of 2 weeks off l can take a month off. It means l get to visit further afield and get a better feel for a country. Its better than nothing. Also l suppose becuase l am working and earning a decent (could be better!) salary l can afford to travel a little more luxuriously and stay in hotels/guest houses are a bit more upscale.

I totally get that once the travel bug bites its a life times disease, but people have different life circumstances that simply mean what they did in their early 20s is not an option in their late 20s or 30s. And there are different ways to satisfy the addiction of travel - you just gotta find the right "fix" for you!!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 13, 2007, at 12:50 AM by Purdy ]

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

True, true. I enjoyed a few extended trips in my early 20s, but with family stuff and security stuff (decent salary etc) comes a restriction that you can't normally take 6 months off at a time to go skydiving in kazakhstan. Not that I don't think that sounds exciting - but I'm guessing most people won't want to just travel all their lives, will they?

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

Hello TylerJames:)

There came a time in my life when I wanted more balance.
Other things besides travel started to have a lot of meaning for me.
Now I juggle all that is important to me including travel.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 14, 2007, at 1:07 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

There came a time in my life when I wanted more balance.
Other things besides travel started to have a lot of meaning for me.
Now I juggle all that is important to me including travel.

Mel

I very much agree with you Mel :)

If anything else I think travelling solely for work, especially on a hectic schedule, turns people off. I had such a hectic year last year juggling my organisational work and licence training that I now just want to be settled down a little (though still not succeeding yet). My life was put on hold for a year, everything was just a rush and work and more work. I had no social life, my relatives were gossiping behind my back, I severely lacked rest and sleep. It was to the point where I thought I would go mad at any time.

My friends, family and health are just as important so I'm trying to take things easier. Career-wise...still in the works but I feel more at peace now. I should also try to take more trips where I'm nothing but a tourist - haven't done that since 2003!!

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I think there's something to having a balance between travel and work. I don't think I'd enjoy travelling half as much if I hadn't worked for it first - so as much as I hate tehe first few days of coming back home, I love looking forward to the next trip. The anticipation of it is almost as wonderful as the trip.

Mind, if someone offered me a 6-month trip and my job when I got back, I don't think I'd say no, either.

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Mind, if someone offered me a 6-month trip and my job when I got back, I don't think I'd say no, either.

Now this l could handle!! Think that same someone would pay the mortgage and throw in some spending money for the 6 months too T???!!