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11. Posted by Adventure Betty (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Yes, travel, 26 or 36 or 46- you will still have the same doubts and fears. Freedom is frightening. It will not get any easier tomorrow than it is today. Traveling always seems like such a whimsical thing that THOSE other footloose folks do, but, it is usually not a simple decision for anyone. That's what makes the journey so completely thrilling!

12. Posted by sooloo (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I only regret not being enough absurd in the youth.

13. Posted by paulmacpaul (Full Member 107 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Quoting travellerstan12

hi everyone, i am looking for a bit of advice as to whether i should quit my job and go travelling or not.
i am 25 year old male and have a good job as an engineer in telecoms. i am worried that i am too old to give this up and just go off round east asia, australia, and south america for a year or two. i went travelling for 5 months round australia when i was 18 and have had the bug ever since and said i would definitely do some more travelling for a longer period of time when i was a bit more mature. however after getting a job and a girlfriend etc. it kind of got knocked on the head. i have saved a lot of money and was going to put a deposit on a house and just thought arrgghh i'm not ready for this. i am now single, no children no commitments and just think if there’s any time to do it now would be it! i think if i didn't i may end up regretting it the rest of my life. i am just paranoid about coming back age 27 and not being able to find a job. i've read a lot on the forums about people going off travelling in their mid-twenties but they are all uni graduates with degrees to fall back on when they return. i don’t have a degree just 5 years engineering experience. it’s not exactly the broadest field like electrician say and jobs are hard to come by but i think i've invested enough time into it that i should try and stick to that field. my dad has a great job and has been very successful through hard work and determination and i respect him loads. he would support me always except to him the idea of quitting a good job to do no job is totally incomprehensible and i feel i would be letting him down. i think his generation though have pensions etc. and save to do these things when they retire whereas all that’s changing now. i reckon my generation will be working until they die ha. anyway thanks in advance to anyone who has took the time to read this post and can offer any thoughts on the matter.


I think it would be advisable. You need to travel without anything in mind or anything. Anyway, you have a lot of your career ahead of you anyway. You have the experience and you sound a pretty much smart person. Anywhere you'd hopefully go, you'll probably land a job if you get tired of traveling already.

14. Posted by Mega28 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

the best way to defy confusion?? close your eyes and stop thinking ... Go!;)

15. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey Stan,

Seems like you have been going through a smiliar dilemma as I had a short while ago. Im 31 and this travel thing is not leaving my head at all so I came to the decision just to go for it. I am waiting on my work getting back to me about a career break but to be honest even if it gets declined, im still gonna go.

Think about all the experiences you'll have, friends you'll make, and all the extremely happy times you'll have if you go. On the contrary whats going to happen if you stay here, same old same old every day, wishing you had gone, and waiting for yet another brutal Brittish Winter!


16. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


i gave up my very well paying job and went travelling for 2.5 years non-stop. i thought when i'd get back crisis would be over and be easy to find a good job again with so much experience.

i've sent out over 500 applications in six months. i used to be approached by headhunters. interest dropped significantly. so, i am doing shit job to survive now.

but i never-ever thought i had made the wrong decision. when i look back - i say i would do it again. actually, i can't wait to do it again... :)

just prepare yourself for a long-struggle and make sure that you will have enough money for at least a good half a year at home. there is always somebody who will just ask in short: ok why did you travel, and where? - before you get to your professional life.

but there will be one thing - even more shocking: nobody, almost nobody will be interested in your stories! - that's why you see travellers giving advice on this forum... :)

17. Posted by LLQ (Budding Member 37 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

hey Stan,

I'm 25 this year and I am going away next year to work and travel in Taiwan. I can't go RTW but I don't any savings for that matter.

Anyhow, I love Taiwan and can't wait to go back there again in Dec and then mid next year, for good.

I have not much of commitments, e.g. car & insurance.

Oh well, there is nothing else you can do once you have caught the bug. Just follow your heart. Do it now while you can.

Good luck buddy!

The idea of going away absolutely thrills me

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20. Posted by Conylaw (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I'm 25 years old. We only live once, so don't hesitate. Follow your soul and go for it.:)