I just wanto start out by saying merry christams to everyone on the site and that this is a hugely helpful place for advice , tips and info on traveling.
I am 19 years old and on the younger end of the scale when it comes to traveling. This june i will be finnished school and i have no intention of going to colege for at leats 2 years, or at all depending . During this time i intend on traveling a lot . firstly i will be leaving from ireland where i live and i intend on going to canada and working in a skii resort (whistler) for the season . After that is not planned at all. All i no is i will be doing a lot of surfing so aus and indo are on the list too .
Generally i would like your views on this vague travel sketch . i have a feeling that i will get a lot of questioning about my age and knowledge about what i am embarking on . although i am 19 i have been luky enough to travel many places around the wold my last trip took me to pamplona in spain where i took part in the annual bull run which was an amaizing experience . Funding for the trip is going well and after i sell my car i will have enough to last a while but i leave with the full intention of working as i travel.
You may wonder why i dont wit until after colege , my reasons for thsi varey . I am a good student and do well in school however i never wanted to lead a routein life of school, college, travel for two years , career family etc . I am leaving Ireland at 19 with the prospect of potentialy never living back hear again . these may seem to be the un-educated words of a minor but ive always lived with the knowledge that " you only live once" in the back of my head and i no that many people will also claim this but few will feel as strong .
For those who have read this all the way through i would like to say thanks , and please leave a comment to let me no how you feel about my stiuation (if you would like) .
I also started my independant travels when I was 19 (I'm now 23) And, like you plan, I still haven't finished a college degree, although I have done a bit of studying here and there between my travels. You will learn so much about yourself and your passions when you travel, I personally can think of no better, more beneficial classroom than a foreign country and an open mind. You will definitely not regret travelling while your friends are stuck back at home in the cycle that society deems to be the "acceptable life" lol. And at least you're looking at it from a responsible point of view - working to fund your travels, as opposed to boozing your way through Europe or Australia, which is how so many young travellers seem to do it!! All I can say is "GO FOR IT!!" You've got the right attitude to ensure it'll be an exciting, rewarding experience
Good luck nick!
I don't see anything wrong with putting getting a degree on hold. I think at 19 not many people actually know what they really want to be able to choose the right course. I think every trip changes a person in some way, and travel helps one to find him/herself.
If I had the choice I would have chosen to take some time off between high school and university, one year off between my 2nd and 3rd year of university (or 3rd and 4th), and between graduation and my licence training. Unfortunately local circumstances did not allow it. You're at an disadvantage if you do not apply for university immediately after high school as there's a huge competition for places and at that time admission criteria varied from year to year so you never knew what was going to happen next. And my father did not allow me to study overseas just because I'm a girl. I got really really sick of studying after my 2nd year as every semester was the same - mad rush through 4 months and then a very stressful climax in the form of exams which mainly required you to memorise stuff and puke everything back on paper. It was sort of lucky that I had my (short) trip to East Canada were I mainly backpacked alone and met people which helped to change my perspective on some things. Then I started to get involved in international pharmacy (and travelling! and have met a number of good friends this way) and didn't care how my grades went cos there are things that mattered more (but goodness knows how I still got to end up on the dean's list). After graduation I was feeling burnt out as I knew training would be tough after 4 damn years of university, but I wanted to get it over and done with too as I would be facing greater competition for training positions with the bigger graduating classes below my year.
So if your situation allows, I'll say GO AHEAD!!!
As for me, I hope to be able to land a job somewhere out of Singapore and Asia, perhaps something where I can put my interest, experience and network to. There may be something on the horizon...but I'll be hush for now.
I went to Australia in 2004 when I was 19 for 8 months. Worked and travelled my way round the whole country by bus, I don't think people quite realise how big Australia is!
At 19 I was one of the younger travellers but it was never really a problem. I never knew what wanted to do in life either, but travelling changed my life for the better. I became independent, able to talk to anyone and had done something none of my friends had ever done! I'm just coming up to the end of my Nursing diploma and can't wait to finish and get my travelling shoes on again. I'm hoping to go to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia and then head out to Fiji and NZ. The worst bit for me is realising that I have to pay my debts off and then save lots of cash, and I just can't wait....!
Good luck with your travels and you'll hae an amazing time for sure!
good luck with your travels. but this is a big decision, really think about it.
I took two years off after high school but I worked full-time in a warehouse so I could save money. with money saved I thought...I can either travel or I can go to go to college without having to worry about working a full-time job while going to school. I chose school, because after two years in a warehouse I realized I didn't want to work a "real" job the rest of my life...and I don't regret it at all. College was easily the greatest 4 years of my life, but I lucked out, I just happened to come up with a group of really talented cool people. The people I met there will be friends forever.
now I've been working as a graphic designer for the past few years (having a blast, it's amazing that I get paid to mess around in photoshop all day.) I saved money again and I am at the same position I was at before only this time I have a degree and a decent portfolio that I can travel with. Now I'm going to OZ/NZ for 16 months...maybe longer if I find a cool job along the way.
I say if you know what you want to go to school for than do that first, that way you will be in college with other people your age (an experience just as life changing as traveling) and you can get started in your career sooner and get more experience and travel with that experience.
If you are still on the fence about what you want to do then travel first and experience different things.
Whatever you do...DON'T do nothing. and go to college at some point. and travel at some point. they are both important.