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1. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 12y

Hi, I'm a 41 year old (though I don't feel that old) living my life in reverse. I've come to the end of a 2 year divorce,packed in my job here in the UK. I think I've been here long enough after 20 years. I'm going back to Dublin till end april then I'm jumping on a plane to New York, buy everything I need there see the place and head down and into South America and so on. That's mny only plan. Everyone I know thinks I'm either brave or very stupid. I like to think adventeurous as it should be one hell of an adventure.

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y

Go for it, David! Why not, right?

I'm too young to patronise you by telling you that its probably just what you need after your divorce but IT'S PROBABLY JUST WHAT YOU NEED AFTER YOUR DIVORCE. Close a few doors, open some new ones....;)

I'm heading to South America myself and I cant wait.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

Hi David,

Don't think of it as "leaving reality". Think of it more like "Welcome to reality!". It sounds like a wonderful and well-earned adventure, indeed.

Maybe the 9-to-5-ers (of which I am one...for now!) have got it backwards. Going forward and doing what you feel is good and right, despite the odds and the people around you and the uncertainty, is a brave and tremendously life-changing thing to do!


4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

Quoting tway

Don't think of it as "leaving reality". Think of it more like "Welcome to reality!". It sounds like a wonderful and well-earned adventure, indeed.

Couldn't have said it better myself

good luck with the rest of your life and live every day like the last. as in with no inhibitions.....

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y


My only word of advice is not to blow all of your money. My mate did that after he split with his wife and now he's broke and regrets it.

Have fun mate, and keep us up to date with your travels!

6. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 12y

Hi David,

Want to wish you well on your travels and I think it's a great thing that you are doing. Hope you have fun on your travels and get back some time that you may have missed.

Safe journey and welcome to Dublin - although it's peeing rain at the moment!


7. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 12y

Thanks all, I'm "back with me mammy "now. God, I'm back in my old bed and you know what it could be that the last 18 years was all a dream. But I know it's not. So now the wait till 1st may, I may just go crazy. Is it me or what, do mothers want to do to much or is it that I am so used to having had my own life. I'm only back a day.

8. Posted by Timmy Tato (Budding Member 19 posts) 12y

David, do it man and make the most of it.

You are beginning to live a fair few people's dreams including my own, although the wife and I have similar plans to yours ... er, not the divorce bit, but jacking in London jobs and travelling. We are currently well on track for doing this next year.

The best of luck to you, you'll a great time and makes loads of new friends along the way.


9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y

Good luck to you David! I am a tad jealous, your doing what I can only dream about right now....Fair sailing!!

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

David, I went back to my parents' place for 4 months and was just this side of going crazy. They're great, wonderful, kind people - but mothers will be mothers. I used to go to work with a lunch made by my Mom the size of a small suitcase. Co-workers would pop their heads into my office to see what I was giving away that day.

Anyhow, all to say: it gets better! Such a great opportunity to look forward to...