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11. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 5y

Hi Allysa,

I am 32 and have had a career break from work granted but i am still waiting on a date which I can leave its probably going to be end of October. Im going to South East Asia/Oz/Nz/South America, hopefuly picking up some work aong the way.

I often wonder if I have made the right decision but then I think about the alternative.....staying here! That actually fills me with horror. You are aswell taking a chance and seeing what happens as it could be the best decision you have ever made but its extremely unlikely to be the worst!

Martin.

12. Posted by bradderss (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

hey guys glad to see alot of people my age on this thread, i got my visa just after i turned 30 (last chance saloon lol) and i land in sydney 5 days into being 31 on november the 17th, let me know if anyones about then and we can have a club 30 beer :-)

13. Posted by jamie2402 (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

Hey guys, was just reading this post, was in Oz on holiday in April for a month, the place was awsome, soon as i got home I handed in my notice for my flat and bought my ticket and got my visa as will be 31 in Feb, all i would say is go for it! Had the time of my life and im giving up a lot to leave to go back but hey we only live once and not letting a job or nerves hold me back.

Anyone know what the deal is with NZ visa as leaving for Oz on 9th Feb so planning on applying for my visa then before i turn 31 so will be valid for a year so after Oz I can go there for the year?

14. Posted by Cazzyhugs (Budding Member 50 posts) 5y

Well....I've got to say I'm delighted to see all the peeps @ 30 going travelling! It's great!

And no your not too old - I feel your pain! I turned 31 in January and it's my first time doing such a trip - Asia for 2 months and then Oz for a year (with NZ thrown in for @ a month) so by the time I have finished I'll be approaching 33! EEK!

I'm leaving a job i'm not returning to and I share a flat so it'll be like being 20 again when I return - starting all over but I'll do it! Life is just too short to be wondering what if and most importantly it feels right. I'm 'relatively ha ha' young, healthy and single so I've got nothing to lose. I think its better to regret the things you did rather than not did!

I think the only way to get round your feeling of worry etc would be to keep reading through these forums as that's exactly what I did. I had no idea where to start or who to go with or on what date and looking through here and popping posts up turned into me leaving 8 weeks from today with 2 other randoms I've met on here. I've not even met them yet - we'll all meet for the first time at Gatwick and do out Asian leg together - we were on the same wavelength in terms of wanting to do Asia but not on our own so have faith! it's scary but also very exciting.

And it's flipping cold in Scotland today so that's one bloody good reason for me! Bring on that Aussie sun!!

15. Posted by J0sephine (Budding Member 70 posts) 5y

Hey allysa

We sound so similar, I wish we were going at the same time! I am 31 and applied for my WHV in feb so have to leave for Oz before the end of feb.

I have never been travelling at all and altho I have lived alone for many years I am very homely and to be honest pretty scared about going it alone and to another country I havent arranged anything yet as I keep waking up in a cold sweat wondering if I can do it!

I was going to go travelling 6 yrs ago and didn't and I feel I would regret it if I didn't at least try!

I am looking for a travel partner tho!

Josie x

16. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Hi ya Josie,

Aw I'm really pleased you're going to do it, Ive been to places like France, turkey, Spain and Greece (still lovely) but only startedwhat I've always wanted to do last year, going to USA. Next year it's Australia but for up to a year! Hoping to visit new Zealand too :)

It's so easy to put it off but like someone said to me what's the worst that can happen? You don't like it after a few months then go home but at least you tried :) I'm kind of looking forward to starting over even if it's just for a little while, who knows?

I wish we were going tge same time too as I'd like a travel buddy too :) I'd love to hear how you get on though.... Might be comforting to me.

I'm applying for working visa in November time and at the moment planning on going Australia the end of August, hopefully doing a 25 day contiki tour, from Darwin to Sydney then going to Melbourne possible Adelaide after then flying to Perth. I'll stay in a bed and breakfast whilst looking for a house share and job which I'm told as long as I have an up to date cv is not hard, fingers crossed. Hoping to save a little bit before then as well to live on for 3 months just In case I don't find a job straight away although hopefully I will. That's my plan so far, I'm so excited but so scared too, strange feeling.

The fear of not doing it is greeting than doing it so I'm going. I have some people in Perth that I was friendly with on tour that live in Perth so that'll be a comfort.

Can I ask what's made you suddenly decide to go? I really hope you go, I feel the same but we'll be fine as long as we are safe, make some good friends, we'll be fine

Allysa x

17. Posted by Crane (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

31 is the new 21!

I reckon it's the best time of your life to go travelling, all that extra life experience and confidence to deal with the Aussie banter.

I left my job last December (career break was refused) and went to Australia with a couple of mates for the Ashes, then stayed on for an extra month on my own doing a bit of travelling.

I absolutely loved my time in Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide), and am heading back in November with a working visa this time to see plenty more of the country.

The month I was there on my own I met plenty of great people in the hostels I stayed at, there really are plenty of people out there in exactly the same boat, so while there may be moments where you feel a bit overawed or far from home, these are few and far between.

As for the decision whether to go or not, what is the worst case if you go? If you don't like it then you can come home, at least you will always know you gave it a shot...

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19. Posted by Yara1617 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Im not 30.. I just turned 24 a couple of days ago, but I some what feel the same way you do.. I finished University at 21 and ive been working in my field for the past year, basically started my career.. but I feel like Id be missing out on so much if I dont leave everything now and go experience new things abroad. Im so nervous and excited at the same time.
I actually just posted a thread looking for advice as im leaving mid january for melbourne and reading your posts is rly encouraging !

20. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 4y

Thankyou GWalker99 :) Goodluck when you go back to Australia! Yes 31 is the new 21! I was asked for id the other week which was really encouraging! he he I'm hoping my career break isn't refused, hopefully it wont be. How long are you planning to stay in Australia this time?

Can i ask what was your favourite city or area in Australia? (I'm planning on having Perth as my base after doing a Contiki 18-35 tour form Darwin to Sydney) One i'm in Sydney my plan is to stay there for a week maybe then fly to Melbourne and stay for upto a week then onto Adelaide for a week then fly to Perth to look for a house share and job (hoping either a couple people that i met on my recent american holiday will let me stay with them for a couple weeks to sort that out)

Yara1617, I hope it all works out for you, you are braver than i was when i was 24! Go for it :) I'm glad you've found the posts encouraging, i have too, what are your plans for Australia?