Can I be very honest with you? My answer is NO. NO, and NO. Don't leave your job right now. I have my own company, and the economy is very bad. You have a job and your lucky.. very lucky.... So many people wish they had a job and even money to travel. I am not trying to be negative just practical. You could get sick anything.. Just wait...
You know there was so many reasons in my head that i shouldn't go when i was first deciding and to be honest there is still some small doubts but with a large side dish of excitement. If i kept sayin i will just wait until this or until that i would never leave. Yes the economy is bad at moment but i don't want to wait as i know the longer i leave it to go the more chance there is of me not going.
It's all booked and paid for and i'm looking forward to it (although a bit apprehensive about the poisonous spiders and snakes in Oz but thats a different dilema!) and if i have to get a job in a supermarket or something for a while when i get back then fine.
I'm realising more and more that things will work out in life no matter how bad they seem at the time!!
Thank you all for your contributions and i'm glad it's helped some of you in a similar position.
Don't worry after about your fifth bite from a redback spider you should be used to the pain, but snakes are a bit more serious, and don't get me started on crocs, do not go swimming in any creeks...
although a bit apprehensive about the poisonous spiders and snakes in Oz but thats a different dilema!
You can effectively forget worrying about this, too. I spent well over a year in Australia during two visits, and never saw anything more poisonous or dangerous than a platypus. (Yes, those are poisonous, too. *g*)
Obviously there are poisonous animals in Australia, an so you should take care when heading out into the bush - but most of your time will probably be spent in cities and villages, where they're effectively a non-issue.
I must go along with Krisnecco. We have just entered uncharted economic waters and my gut feeling is that things are going to get much worse before they get better. OK when, eventually, Bush, Paulson etc. get their own way the share market will stabilize. However the collateral damage to the economy in general is yet to emerge. There is going to be a severe downturn which will last for at least another year - and that is being very optimistic. Jobs are going to dry up and the UK economy is going to suffer probably more than most.
Sanders advice is similar to that which I would have given myself during most of the last decade. I find it well reasoned and argued. Alas it fails to take into account the current economic crisis and its ongoing effects. If you have other means of support when you return from travel, enough to get you through a couple of years of possible unemployment, then go along with Sanders. If not then think very hard before giving up your job.
My advice is to think about the 2 month option first of all - perhaps have a go at Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. During your first major travel experience you will learn the " tricks of the trade". Believe me you will make a few mistakes and get into, and hopefully out of, a few minor messes. That will give you the basis for a much longer period of safe travel a few years down the line when the economy improves. The world will still be there!
Everyone i have spoken to about travelling, wishes they had done it!!!! especially while they were young!
Why not get a working holiday visa for either Oz of Nz. Then you can stay out there for 12 months! Its life changing!
You are gonna work for the rest of your life but are you gonna get another oppertunity like this to travel?
I think you need to think about whether you love this job and you see it as something you would want to keep and do for a long time. Me and my boyfriend leave to go round the world on the 01/11 for a year and have both resigned from our current job which both paid really well and had all the benefits yours did.
I have worked for this company for 10 year and my boyfirend 20 and we both though did we want to do this for the rest of our lives? we definately didnt so had no quams at all about leaving at all.
Maybe go for the 2 months if your not sure, when you come back if you cant bear to stay in the job and have the travel bug you could leave then.
I was in a similar situation a few years ago. I managed to stretch my time off work to 4 months, but as the time was getting closer to coming back I was dreading that date coming. I came back to work and from that day on I was dreading the fact I had come back home. I wanted nothing more than to be away on holiday again having an enjoyable life instead of a sucky one which is what the best home life is in comparison to the life you can experience overseas.
I worked two jobs, long hours, gave up having any sort of life just to save up quite a bit in a short amount of time. 12 months almost to the day from when I came back from my 4 month RTW trip, I quit my secure job and travelled for another 7 months.
When I got back it was a bit difficult to get work, but the only thing I would have changed would be to stay away even longer. The day that you are set to come back to reality with a big hit is a day you will probably dread for years to come. Not a day goes by where I do not wish I could turn back time to be away backpacking the globe again experiencing the amazing highs that life has to offer, instead of being bored senseless most of my life counting down the days until my next trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Oct 3, 2008, at 3:36 AM by aharrold45 ]
"It's better to regret the things you've done instead of the things you haven't"
Not sure who said it originally but its a constant quote circulating the backpacker community. And its true. I spent three years studying at uni and then when finished realised I wasn't ready to become a full-fledged product of society.
It's been 3.5 years.
Will I ever be ready?
But now I have two months before I finally head back to Aotearoa (NZ) and in my mind I'm only heading back to visit. Because the notion of returning to this so called 'reality' (which in my opinion is more fake than any backpacking lifestyle, e.g consumerism as a disease : routine : mass brainwashing & television : drowning in debt ... okay I could go on and tangent quite nicely) is scarier than any thing I have ever encountered on the road.
I'm happy you decided to just do it! You'll love it.
Oh and you WON'T regret a thing. xxx