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11. Posted by Yeah (Budding Member 67 posts) 8y

Last year i found some super cheap tickets too spain, basically free, so i couldnt miss the chance. Called up a mate of me and convinced him to come with me. The plane left the day after. We checked the internet to look for accomodation, but it seemed everything was full. But we were just hoping to find something and left.
Well. We didnt. Gave up the search at around 10 of clock,a dn came up with genius plan. Stay up all night partying and find some place in the morning. So we went clubbing with our backpacks and all. But when the club closed at 4 o clock or something we realised there were still 6 hours or so before we could check in somewhere. So we found a nice lawn in front of a five star hotel and decided to spend the night there. A guard woke us up a few hours later and the hotel guests was looking weird at us. The guard was cool though. Just a few years older than us. We told him our story and he said he had done similar things.

The clock was still not check in time, so we bought a bread and some cheese and ate breakfast on the beach. After that we started looking for a place to sleep again, but with no luck. We could only find a few places and they were all full. After some hours of searching we gave up and went to the beach. Great luck. Chatted up three girls and told them our story. They thought it was cool to just travel on impulse and offered us to sleep on the couch in their place. Stayed there for the next two days having a great time before going home. They showed us around and we still have contact with them.

It was a great experience.

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

Has anyone ever ended up living overseas after this? I'm Irish, don't have qualifications so would not be able to work in 'Western' english-speaking countries. Any ideas?

13. Posted by tmc7427 (Inactive 42 posts) 8y

Last year I booked 2 trips on the same day...Egypt and Tokyo. It was spur of the moment...I always wanted to see the Great Pyramids, and I also wanted to visit a friend in Tokyo. So, I logged on to the Tokyo Marathon website and entered via a travel agent / sponsor of the marathon. After that, I booked Cairo Egypt for a week's stay in El Giza. It was the best thing I ever did, because I felt freer than ever, knowing I can do that! Whatta rush! I love the feeling of saying, "I don't care, I'm going,". Now I have plans to go to Rome next March, and I've already booked the flight, hotel, and another Marathon to run (March 22nd, 2009)

My friend Anne is a good / bad influence on me...we both are to each other actually . I tell her I'm going somewhere, she comes too. She and her husband came to Tokyo to see the marathon. She tells me she want's to do this or that, I'm booking a flight and going out to wherever adventure takes us. We are meeting in Lone Pine to do Whitney Mountain again this June. Last year she got me hooked on the trip, but we got snowed in, couldn't summit. She's my best travel bud! Its always good to have one of those...;)

14. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 8y

Quoting tmc7427

My friend Anne is a good / bad influence on me...we both are to each other actually . I tell her I'm going somewhere, she comes too. She and her husband came to Tokyo to see the marathon. She tells me she want's to do this or that, I'm booking a flight and going out to wherever adventure takes us. We are meeting in Lone Pine to do Whitney Mountain again this June. Last year she got me hooked on the trip, but we got snowed in, couldn't summit. She's my best travel bud! Its always good to have one of those...;)

Yes, we are both bad influences on one another. The moment one mentions one adventure trip, the other has to join! We had a great time backpacking through SE Asia in 2005, best trip ever for me!

15. Posted by Aussi Di (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

I've enjoyed reading about the impromptu travel. I wish I had done the same - but marriage, children, etc made that impossible for me. But I am retirement age now, and I have travelled a little over the years, but early this year on a whim of sorts, I accepted a post a a college in China to teach English. I went alone - leaving husband and family (children grown up, married and with children of their own) to have my own life, and travel.

I have been here in China for three months, with a contract that is due o expire in 6 weeks, I am negotiating to stay on for another semester - and then I will look for other opportunities to teach perhaps in Vietnam.

Teaching English is most interesting - generally shorter hours than working in Australia, and a lower cost of living and where I am there are many foreign teachers including from Canada, UK, and Australia.

We manage to travel to visit places around China - and when I return for next semester I will see more of this fascinating country.

Now I feel more free to have adventures.

16. Posted by vlowry (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hey sammarie, you aren't alone. I've been working since I graduated high school and i'm in the same boat, I'm close to finishing my apprenticeship with my current company and once I'm done, hopefully spring 2009, I'm booking a flight somewhere and going to hit the travelers’ road. It’s either travel this Earth and gain some real life experience, or live how everyone else does, get a career, a degree, a house and so on, you know fall into the mold, I just feel there's more to it than that. Don't get me wrong, I have sporadic ideas go through my head everyday about career changes and school and marriage, but I know deep down, I need to travel. As for traveling and working abroad I agree with a few other posters here, taking that English TEFL course would be handy, just to do for some extra cash for a semester, I do know some places take in english speaking voluteers, places like Thailand and Cambodia, no experience needed. I think I'd have to get over the stage fright before i get into something like that. Anyway, never stop asking why and if you have the urge to travel, DO IT!

17. Posted by Bettinamc (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

I had my career and was very settled in life, but bored. I loved travelling, but only ever did it for a month at a time because I had a career and responsibilities. This year I went 'what the heck' and I did my TESOL (Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages). It was the best thing I ever did. I had my teaching license applied for jobs online. Had 14 offers literally overnight. I chose a job in China. The work is easy and not stressful. You have heaps of travelling opportunities. When my contract is up I plan to go to Vietnam.
Do yourself a favor , get a teaching license. This is a great ticket to travel!

18. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I have been on the road now for about 4 years. I never liked the place I grew up in, so rather than say impulsive travel, I would way pre-planned escape travel?

Basically I worked my ass off since my teen's to leave. The travel came in for real about 8 years ago. I am 33 now. I became a social hermit at one stage in my bid to save money. Not so nice but then when I have been traveling I see many people doing the same thing in developing countries.

They work 2-3 jobs, and save everything to get out. It's only recently I realized I was doing the same thing

Now I am still searching for a new place to call home. I'm writing a book about the journey thus far to help meet ends meet. Built a new website, and have worked while traveling. I don't have a degree, but it's possible depending on your own capabilities.

You can find a link to my website in my profile.

19. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Impulsive is an understatement for me.
I donated my clothes as if I was never coming back... and yet I had no idea how will I survive.

13 months later, I'm still impulsive. I just decided not to go home...

20. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

I have been on the road now for about 4 years. I never liked the place I grew up in, so rather than say impulsive travel, I would way pre-planned escape travel?

You can find a link to my website in my profile.

4 years, cool!