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Impulsive travel - have you packed it all in and gone?

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1. Posted by sammarie (Budding Member, 15 posts) 29 Apr '08 06:20

I just wondered how many of you just thought one day "I've had enough, I'm going travelling" and done it...

Very little planning, just an idea of where you might like to go. Some would say it's irresponsible but that's the excitement of it - no ties, no commitments, just 'go with the flow' and see where you end up!

I would love to hear your stories of impulsive travel which worked out well, or things which just went wrong! :)

I have a flight to Berlin booked in July (the only plan I have - don't ask!) and from there I haven't decided what next... I've only got as far as thinking of a couple of countries I'd like to visit! Last year I travelled around Europe and planned as I went along but it was easy as we were in a motorhome. We didn't stick to the ideas we had before we left and as a result had a much better time.

2. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member, 129 posts) 29 Apr '08 13:01

Is this just a year thing? What about career, do you care?

3. Posted by sammarie (Budding Member, 15 posts) 30 Apr '08 01:22

I'm not sure how long it will be as I plan to work overseas too...

I do have a good career but I'm not sure it's really where I want my future to go. I'm 24 and guess I've hit a crossroads. I have always wanted to take time out to travel and do some casual work, away from the pressure of 'careers' and 'corporates' and that being surrounded by business-minded professionals, who I don't have much in common with anymore.

There are things I enjoy and hopefully one day I can build on them as a career, but what's the rush? I have worked hard for 6 years and want to have some fun now!

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 807 posts) 30 Apr '08 02:10

I feel like I tell this story an aweful lot on here, but ah well, I'll tell it again.

So 6 years ago when I was 23 I was at my summer waitering job and I was wondering what I should do with my life. It was early September, the restaurant would close the next week, and I didn't really feel like going back to school to finish the degree I was working on. I remembered hearing about the Working Holiday Visas that you could get for New Zealand and I thought that sounded like a fun idea. So I got home from work that night, got the application on line, and had it in the mail the next morning. 4 days later I got my visa back in the mail, and the next day I took off. I arrived in NZ having no clue what I planned to do. I bought a guide book in the airport and got from that a couple things that seemed interesting. I spent the next 6 months hitchhiking around the country, picking up odd fruit picking jobs, and never planning further ahead than the next day. Actually half the time I didn't even plan that far ahead and I often just went to whatever town my driver was heading. It was a great time for sure.
That trip actually lasted 3 1/2 years. While some bits of it were a little more planned than others (mainly when I ran out of money and had to settle down for a few months), the vast majority of it was planned a few days in advance and we (eventually my girlfriend joined me) just went where we felt like it.

5. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 30 Apr '08 02:20

In December I made the decision to sell up and go travel the world. I wanted to do a triathlon in New Zealand, so that framed my leaving time for the end of March. It was a bit stressful getting everything ready in time and other than buying the ticket I was pretty much in denial of the whole thing. It was only on the day of actually leaving that I realized what I was about to do. How it turns out? I let you know in a year or two. I will say that traveling opens your eyes to many opportunities. I dont want to go back to doing what I did before to earn a living, and the more I see, the more opportunities I see to do other things.

6. Posted by sammarie (Budding Member, 15 posts) 30 Apr '08 03:56

Degolasse and Dodger - your attitude is great and I admire what you done. It's good to hear people have similar ideas... a few friends/family that I have spoken to think I'm being unrealistic, that you can't just 'drop' life and go off on an adventure - why the hell not!!! I have had some support though which is encouraging, but people do ask a lot of question about the practicalities!

7. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 30 Apr '08 20:47

Quoting sammarie

Degolasse and Dodger - your attitude is great and I admire what you done. It's good to hear people have similar ideas... a few friends/family that I have spoken to think I'm being unrealistic, that you can't just 'drop' life and go off on an adventure - why the hell not!!! I have had some support though which is encouraging, but people do ask a lot of question about the practicalities!

Seems like most of the people that will try to disswade you from leaving are projecting their own fears, fear of living, fear of dying, fear of the unknown. Its valid to a certain point. But Id rather being living everyday seeing and doing something new, than living the same ole same ole and have all my years slip by and have not seen anything, which was my fear!

8. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member, 128 posts) 1 May '08 01:18

Impulsive is good but take time to ponder when you reach Berlin and find yourself thinking you'd like some pizza... "mit peperoni" is not quite what it seems...

That's my advice...with that in mind you'll be fine

Go Forth Young Vagabond

9. Posted by Suziallen (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 2 May '08 01:34

When I had finished my degree (in Wales, UK) I did a TEFL course (teaching English as a foreign language) - it only took 4 weeks and it was the best thing I ever did - I have been travelling the world for 15 years now - I started by getting a job in Spain and then I lived in the south west FRance, then I went to live in mexico for a year, then I lived in BRazil for 6 months, then I went to live in the alps for 3 years, then I left for Australia for a year, then I lived and taught englishonline in Bali for 3 yeras and now I just bought a house in France - a year ago I flew to Panama and then sailed across the south pacific, teaching along the way - I had a gerat trip and now I'm back home in FRance.
Having a teaching qualification is the key to travelling - you can work anywhere - native english speakers are very sought after - you will always find work and meet different people.....bon voyage.

10. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 807 posts) 3 May '08 18:25

Suziallen - wow, that's a great life. I do love my current English teaching job and it's so tempting do just continue on in different countries for the next several years. Now I just have to convince my girlfriend.....