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Leave everything and go... to Europe!

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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

I'm getting those early-30s itchy feet - you know, have job, want to travel, and I figure now (without house/kids/debts/etc.) would be about the best time to do it.

Have any of you done it - quit your job, sublet the apartment, and just left everything and went? For weeks? Months? I want to see as much of Europe as I can (I've done some France (met boyfriend there), Spain, Ireland (where boyfriend lives), and England). I love it, I want to "reclaim my life!" for awhile (or, really, I just want to live every day for awhile doing just what I want to do...).

But I don't know how to start planning, how to budget, how to get the best deals, how to stay as long as possible without having to eat stale bread, and - truth be told - how to spend all that time not worrying about not having a job when I get back (well, maybe you can't help me out with that one...).

Anyway, I was wondering if you could share your experiences, your advice, your memories, your tips, names of good hotels, a good travel book to tsart with, and the like. I'm thinking about going September/October 2005... time enough to get my stuff together...

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y

Yep, I did it, at 30 too!

Rented out the apartment, got married, resigned from our jobs and went to the UK for 3 years.

Arrived in mid-Winter, didn't know a soul, and had nothing more planned that a few nights in this dodgy B&B.

Within a month had our own place, great jobs, earning really good money, and had settled in nicely.

Depends what you want - we didn't want to spend 6 months backpacking at 30, as I wanted to get some overseas work experience. Plus, I wanted to earn money!

We only came home after 3 years as my wife had to finish her masters degree.

Now we have a baby so we ain't goin' nowhere!

3. Posted by kafkadata (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

I am looking to leave and go to europe too (just turned 30 also) are you planning on statying there? i thought that we (US citizens) could only stay in europe for like 6 motnhs or something...are you planning on basing yourself out of a particular city

David Way

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

While I didn't go to Europe, I did take off for an extended period when I was 30-ish.

Firstly, you'd be surprised how little it costs. Travelling sounds like an expensive thing, but it isn't really. In fact, I think I spend more per day at home than I do when I am on the road. Probably because at home I am accustomed to a certain style of living, whereas on the road I am will to rough it.

To start planning, places like this board are certainly good. As well you can check out travel guides. I liked my Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring. I see there is a Europe one. Reading that will help you figure out where to go, plus give you some ideas on what to expect to pay.

As for the job, I didn't actual quit mine. My company offers leaves. Many companies do. If you are really worried about having a job to come back to, you should see if your company would be willing to give you a leave for 6 months (or a year, however long you think you will be away for).