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!
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!
I am looking to leave and go to europe too (just turned 30 also)..how 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
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).