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1. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 12y

I`m dying for taking trips and experiencing the world with my own feet, but I`m facing a very realistic problem: I`m not a student any longer, and I need to sit still in my office to make money. I always wonder how other people make it when they have jobs. Holidays are never long enough for a real trip. At least it is so here. The only way for me is to quit my job, but the social competition is too fierce now. I don`t dare to quit it easily. The repetitive office life is killing me. How I miss the free days! When I told my friends about these troubles, they just laughed and asked me to stop dreaming. Sigh! It`s really depressing...

2. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 12y

Ask your employers if they would let you take a career break. Mine have just agreed to it, as they'll be getting back a more confident and cultured employee (that's what i told them anyway), and by the time they've advertised, interviewed and appointed new staff you could be back by then.

It's worth a shot.

3. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 12y

Thats sounds like sound advice:)

The other option would be to quit your job if its nothing special.

Up to you.

Safe travels

4. Posted by JamesDB (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y

Quit your job. I just gave notice on Friday. My sister and I are going to travel for 3 and 1/2 months. To boot, I've got a mortgage to pay while I travel. Needless to say, I hope to find a job quick upon my return. I passed a chance to do six months of travel after college and have regretted it ever since. I think memories are worth more than their weight in gold.

Catch my drift?

5. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

Quit,Quit,Quit. Unless you have major responsibilities and a job you love there is absolutley no need for you to stick around. I try to pick a different theme for every year such as financial, career, travel, party etc. It's been going well for the last few years and I'm heading off for 18 months in March. Over the past two years I have gained good experience in the field I am interested in and saved my ass off of course when I look at my travel fund sometimes it resembles a deposit on a house but we have the rest of our lives for such things. Anyone has travelled will tell you the only way to escape the humdrum is to actually escape. Think about this. Your sitting on a beach somewhere and find a purse. Being a decent shit you hand the purse in at a nearby hostel where by pure luck the purseless damsel in distress is sobbing with dismay. In her delight she insists in buying you a drink in thanks. You get on like the proverbial burning house and as the conversation ensues you learn that her father is the head of a large multinational company and would be glad to help you find employment upon your return. You have amazing sex or meet her boyfriend who becomes a life long friend and return home with a new found ziest for life. This may not happen but it definitly wont happen in your office.
I don't know who I'm trying to convince but there you are

6. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 12y

Ken, a legendry response to Zhou's question.

Basically everyone agrees, bin the job, hit the road, get some life long memories!

Just binned my job about a month ago, heading on a trip in Feb 05 for 9 months. Could have bought a house etc, but loads of time for all that gubbins! Bring on India, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Oz, NZ.....

Think I made the right choice. Job was OK and paid well, but work to live, not live to work...

7. Posted by gordonC (Full Member 17 posts) 12y

True -

the job seems a lot more important while you still have it. Since everyone seems to be leaning one way, however, I will try and be the voice of moderation, though I've been living and working abroad for 10 of the last 12 years...

One option is to search for a job abroad and wait it out - find an english teaching program in a region that you are interested in exploring. Sort it all out first - have the contract, take care of things at home, then go. You can leap into things moderately - work abroad for a few months, save a little money perhaps and then explore your new home. It's very likely as well that you will have made enough contacts by then to help you decide where to go, how to get there and who to go with.

It's definately possible, and no where near as 'amazing' or as 'difficult as most people think. You just have to really want to do it - then do it. But do it smart.

8. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Has anyone ever heard of anyone on their death bed lamenting: "Oh I wish i'd spent more time in the office?"

9. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

Ricky Gervais may when he eats his way through all his cash

10. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

Dear Zhou,
I have finished my studies in 2000 and I have worked my butt off to save up, and finally I have saved up enough and just became unemployed two days ago and I start THE TRIP on the 6th of Dec. It has been hard as I had to sacrifice a lot of social events over the last few years and have to live being tight with my money. But I have absolute sure that it has been worth it, and looking back the time has pasted so quickly that it still hasn't sunk in for me that I will be off in less than three weeks. HOORAY!!!!!
Do it. As the Chinese say "Reading ten thousand books is nothing compare to walking ten thousand miles".
Good luck.
Love
Cat