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1. Posted by fabbman (Budding Member, 16 posts) 8 Apr '08 00:46

Hi peeps!

I am sure there are plenty of people out there that have done the tavel thing and returned home to try and start over again, only to find the wanderlust is still there lurking behind every corner?? I can't seem to accept my life in mundane repetative jobs and find myself wanting to run away time and time again........Is it me or are there plenty of you around?

2. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 8 Apr '08 03:59

Hi Paul!

You're not the first, nor the last, to feel the post-travel blues. You may find these threads interesting reads:

Post Travel Blues
Have you ever felt like moving for good?
returning home!!!!!!!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 8 Apr '08 05:42

Just plan your next trip--even if it's just a day trip. That always seems to help.

I only stated travelling at 28. Trust me, there's a whole bunch of over-30 travellers--let alone over 40, 50, 60.... Age is all in the head. Plus 30s the new 20, don't you know.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 8, 2008, at 5:43 AM by tway ]

4. Posted by laurim (Respected Member, 259 posts) 8 Apr '08 14:16

That's how I started planning my next trip. Last summer, I took a short cruise that was so boring I swore I would do something big the next year. Planning my month-long trip to Italy and Greece this summer has been a great way to get through the boring days leading up to it.

5. Posted by datsea (Budding Member, 7 posts) 9 Apr '08 14:21

fabbman,

I've been through this a few times. I think I want to go home but find there's something missing in life and run off on a whim again. I came back again about a year ago and this time it is different. I started a mundane job and thought I can't do this but my heart wasn't into the travel anymore either. I felt if I left again I would be running from something not to something exciting. But then I started thinking about what my ideal life would be here at home and realized that there was so much that I want to do and could do rather than spend the next 30 years in a mundane job. I recently started drawing lessons, glass torching lessons, glass fusing lessons, and potery lessons. I am investing all of my earnings from my mundane job into my future lifestyle here at home. I hope to be able to quite the mundane job in the next year or two and make my living as an artisan. I am thrilled about it. I know that I will travel again but I won't be running from anything and while I'm travelling I will know that I have a great little life waiting for me back at home.

Get a notbook out and start making lists of what you would to if you could do anything. One of them will click and it will be like the excitement of planning a new trip.

6. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member, 297 posts) 22 Apr '08 09:53

travel is travel, it's not age-based. i know lots of people (all ages, ranging 20 to about 80 (or just under, i think)) that go travel. have fuN!

7. Posted by kidd27 (Budding Member, 34 posts) 3 May '08 01:49

Well, who wouldn't want to spend their time travelling round the globe given the abundant financial resources without have to worry on anything including the future in particular when one gets old and need to be cared by others. Unless, you're born rich, inherited millions or billions of assets, be it cash, properties or investments, then you wouldn't need to work and certainly you can embark on travelling your whole life. But having said that, if you don't think of ways to secure those assets, while spending them throughout your life, which you can't avoid even if you don't go travelling, those resources will be depleted in a matter of years if you don't plan on how you spent your expenses/needs. Not many of us would have been so lucky to have inherited with such a good portion of wealth, so, most of us would have no choice but to work, which is how money can fill up the bank accounts to afford us a living. This is life and definitely, there are many out there just like you who would like to take a break from work and go for a long holiday before returning and look for a new job, start over again and after settling down for sometime, the urge to get away from the stressful work life comes to mind again. It all falls back on what you would want to achieve in life actually. For someone who thinks that climbing the corporate ladder will be the prority in life in order to achieve a good living, well, perhaps, such a life, where one is to disengage from work and go on a 1 to 2 years break, that wouldn't be helping much in career advancement. Different individuals would have different skills and I'm not completely denying the fact that for some, though they may have done this (taking a break from work on and off throughout their life), they still can afford to manage well their career and be very successful in their job. Travelling is a way for one to gain experiences, inspirations and ideas. So, if one is able to exploit the advantages of travels, then it could have very much help in terms of their career and also their way of life. Some may also be luckier than others and therefore, combination of skills, exploitation of travel experience and luck play a good role in ensuring whether one would gain from the off and on work/travel way of life.

8. Posted by wishira (Budding Member, 7 posts) 5 May '08 05:25

Hi, It's an interesting place. :)

I'm from China. Welcome to Hangzhou, China.

9. Posted by wishira (Budding Member, 7 posts) 5 May '08 05:48

Well, I also dream to travel around the world. Since I am a teacher and have winter and summer vacations. Time is no problem. My problem is .....MONEY!!!
So, anyone who can help to arrange me a cheap yet safe and comfortable trip in Europe? As a return, I can arrange one for you in Hangzhou, a city well-known for Chinese silk.

10. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 5 May '08 09:47

Travel is the major reason I'm so poor now that I'm in my mid-60's. Just got back from Vietnam last month, and already planning my return to SE Asia (they treat me like a king there!!!)