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What's the Longest time you've ever spent travelling?

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1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 8y

How long have you ever just stayed on the road or been away from home? If you're in your mid-20s, do you not feel like a waster?

2. Posted by kiloperico (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

oh yeah!!!! buddy i am 19 years old and i ahve only seen the mountains and vancouver island when i was young..... i am trying so hard to start traveeling!!!

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 8y

I was away for 21 months but for around 14 of those I was working in New Zealand. I don't think anyone should feel like a waster at any age - if travelling is what you want to do then that's fine, and mid 20s is certainly not old to be doing it. I was 28 when I set off.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Not more than 7 months on one trip, me. And no, didn't feel like a waster one bit, was 24-25 at that point. :)

5. Posted by kiwiklou (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

I think I'm still travelling... I started May 2005... so almost 3 years. Which seems like a long time but every part of it has been fantastic. I just pick up work when I need the money (short-docos, writing for travel magazines, busking, etc), work for free accomodation and from the amount of brilliant people I meet as I go I've found networks all over the world... for jobs/places to stay/food... its just damn addictive!

In terms of 'whats next?' ... well I like to much what I'm doing at the moment.

6. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

The longest I was away from home in one go was 3 years and 3 months (Oct 2001 - Dec 2004). But some of that was spent working in various places in the world as well as across Canada. So it wasn't strictly all travel, but since I didn't stay in any one place for more than a few months and didn't go home, I guess it counts. Since then I've taken a number of excursion for travel or work for a few months at a time.
So I pretty much spent my whole 20's roaming, and no, it hasn't been a waste. I'm 29 and I feel that I've lived more life than most people will in 80 years.

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting kiwiklou

I think I'm still travelling... I started May 2005... so almost 3 years. Which seems like a long time but every part of it has been fantastic. I just pick up work when I need the money (short-docos, writing for travel magazines, busking, etc), work for free accomodation and from the amount of brilliant people I meet as I go I've found networks all over the world... for jobs/places to stay/food... its just damn addictive!

In terms of 'whats next?' ... well I like to much what I'm doing at the moment.

Thats amazing. Hoping to do that after i get my degree... I started travelling just a year ago, at just 17, and i thought that that was what i wanted to do with my life. Work, get enough money, travel, and maybe work again when i need cash.

As for me i've been sort of "travelling" for 7 years, studying overseas...

8. Posted by kiwiklou (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

Degolasse: So I pretty much spent my whole 20's roaming, and no, it hasn't been a waste. I'm 29 and I feel that I've lived more life than most people will in 80 years.

I totally agree, I hate societies perception of what we should be doing with our lives... I mean I personally would feel like 'a waster' if I stayed in the same job/suburb during my 20's... and I've met alot of locals in the places I've been that either: don't understand why or are jealous of the freedom this represents. But then again everyone is different which is what makes the world such a fasinating place.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 8y

I travelled to Australia in 1997 for 3 months. 10+ years later and I'm still here Now, I consider it travelling to go back to the Netherlands. I can't really say which trip was longest, because the long ones just kind of blended into living somewhere. A 4 month trip a few years back though was probably the longest I spent just moving from one place to the next, mostly for leisure.

10. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Quoting kiwiklou

I mean I personally would feel like 'a waster' if I stayed in the same job/suburb during my 20's

Yes this is totally my view about it! We live in a globalised world where individuals have the freedom to travel to many places across the globe quite rapidly - something that wasn't as easily done by our parents and grandparents. Also many people in more isolated or developing countries don't have this privilege.

I'm about to set off for about 8/9 months and feel that if I don't do it now (while I have little commitments ie. inbetween uni/job and single with no kids) it would be something I'll regret for the rest of my life!

Erik