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Is 30 too old to start a gap year?

Travel Forums General Talk Is 30 too old to start a gap year?


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1. Posted by Lyd1a1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

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Just wanted to ask peoples opinions and advice about thinking about going travelling and being 30! I agree- to a point- that age is just a number, but I feel that I'm doing well in my career and that taking this year out will set me back! I'm hoping to go to Australia and have been granted a work/ travel visa but if I go I dont want to have to continuously think and worry about what I should be doing and what i'm going to do when I return... what do people think- can I go and 'be free' for a year- work casual jobs, see the world without coming back to reality with a bang and having regrets?!?!

2. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 5y

Leaving for a year in Latin America in January - I'll be 29 my boyfriend will be 30. I can't bl00dy wait! :D

I last travelled aged 24 and have been working and saving for this trip ever since. I've also got a good job, almost passed my final Accountancy exams and enjoying life living in London. BUT - for me this is a now or never situation. You have the rest of your life to worry about work and money etc. Take this opportunity and go for it!

My only worry is that I'll enjoy it so much I might not come back

3. Posted by Lyd1a1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

thanks! are you planning on working whilst travelling, I'm wondering if it'll look really bad on my C.V though, that I'm just doing casual work not linked to what I do in the UK- as I dont really want to fix myself into having to find anything too strict! I'm such a worrier!

4. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 5y

I personally thinks it looks good on a CV, shows you have a bit of worldly experience and you can say stuff like "I gained invaluable life experience when travelling the world" blah blah... that's what it says on mine anyway :)

Plus if you've already been travelling, workplaces will be keen to take you on as you're unlikely to go off on a big trip anytime soon. I'd be more worried about someone around 30 who hasn't done much in their life yet - everyone reaches crunch time at one time or the other. And it's either babies or travelling... both of which will be a year off for your boss to worry about

Not planning on working, especially as we'll be in Latin America and my Spanish is not that brilliant. I wouldn't be too adverse to doing a bit of bar work or whatever though if I needed some extra cash. But hopefully my savings will last!

5. Posted by reayofsunshine (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

You shouldnt worry about having casual work not linked to your career in the UK, heck you dont even have to put it on your CV but aswell at college we get told that the wider range of skills you have the better :) and id still want to be travelling when im 30 :D

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 5y

Travel.... have fun... but don't be one of those too conscious about building your resume.... Coz those travelers can be so uncool... and they develope dellusions of epic proportions.

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

Is 30 too old? Absolutely not!

I may be biased as a 31 year old, but it is the best time to be going travelling. All that extra life experience and confidence, plus most crucially if you have been working in a decent job for 5/10 years then financially you almost certainly will be far better off than a 21 year old!

As for the CV, I would think it would help, rather than hinder future job opportunities.

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

Hi all,

The more time ive spent on these message boards the more people i meet who are over 30 and doing a gap year. Im 32 and fly to Bangkok on the 25th October. I sort of have a plan for the first month or so then im just winging and see what happens. I think who i meet will determine where I go really. Bring it on!

You should go for it!


9. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

Quoting Lyd1a1

what do people think- can I go and 'be free' for a year- work casual jobs, see the world without coming back to reality with a bang and having regrets?!?!

I gave up a good job when I was 29 to go travelling for 18 months. The only regret you will have when you get back will be that you didn't do it sooner as that was my regret.

Having done it once I am now saving to go away again and can safely say I would drop everything and anything to travel again, the feeling of freedom and friendships you will forge far outweighs anything you could achieve workwise.

10. Posted by ebull2506 (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Your never to old to do anything! Don't regret anything in life!

Well that's what I say anyway! You only live once! Enjoy it :)