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1. Posted by leadersway (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

On a point of interest,

Could people tell me what is so great about traveling? Why Should I leave a well-paid job that has excellent promotion prospects for a menial task in a foreign country? Why should I leave my own family, friends and fellow country people to be lonely? Why should I leave a comfortable house to stay in accommodation that is sometimes unclean and uncomfortable? People travel for a whole host of different reasons but when we weigh up the pros and cons is traveling worth it. As far as I can see many people travel because they are fed up with their lot and want change. Does running away solve this? How will travel help you? I would like to travel but want a vision, aims, and objectives.
Would it be more rewarding to travel to Sudan and work with famine stricken people for a year rather than travel around Australia like a gypsy going from hostel to hostel with no plan.

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

travelling isn't for everyone, it depends what you want out of life, why do you think having a career (which can be very stressful) would be better then a menial task job in another country where you live every day as it comes, experience new cultures, meet interesting people, its not always running away, also not everyone is materialistic and needs a high paying job, or the trappings that go with it - the house, car, furniture etc.....

it really depends on what you want out of life, but just because its not for you , don't presume people are running away,

as for wanting visions and aims, that'll depend on your interests

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Raven has some good points. I have been in a well paid job a few years, have my own house etc, but am in the processing of giving it all up to travel, with the intention of not returning to the uk. I want a lifestyle change. I don't see myself as running away, i just don't want the monday to friday 9-5 wife and 2 kids lifestyle that all my friends have at the mo. The great thing about travel is if you get fed up of it you can come home and do the career and house thing. If you never travel though i personally think you are missing out on some experiences you will remember forever.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Or if you get fed up with one country, you can maove to another

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting leadersway

On a point of interest,

Could people tell me what is so great about traveling? Why Should I leave a well-paid job that has excellent promotion prospects for a menial task in a foreign country? Why should I leave my own family, friends and fellow country people to be lonely? Why should I leave a comfortable house to stay in accommodation that is sometimes unclean and uncomfortable? People travel for a whole host of different reasons but when we weigh up the pros and cons is traveling worth it. As far as I can see many people travel because they are fed up with their lot and want change. Does running away solve this? How will travel help you? I would like to travel but want a vision, aims, and objectives.
Would it be more rewarding to travel to Sudan and work with famine stricken people for a year rather than travel around Australia like a gypsy going from hostel to hostel with no plan.

Hey S.

I think that your answer lies within your question(s). Maybe you are not ready to travel..yet.
Your seem to have quite a low opinion of travelling at the moment. If you did sacrifice all the good things that you have to go travelling right now, you might regret it. It might be wiser to wait until the scales have tipped more significantly.

Is travelling the world not a vision/aim/objective in itself, and as noble as building a good career or anything else that we do in life?

Only you can ultimately answer the questions that you have anyway. I notice from your profile that you're Irish like myself. I wonder how you feel about Ireland? I'm leaving a good job with excellent prospects in October to go travelling because at this point in my life I cannot see what Ireland has to offer me right now apart from a well-paid job (not that there is anything wrong with that). I love Ireland but I need to experience the rest of the world so that I can appreciate/understand where I come from a little better.

I dont think that choosing one path now ultimately means sacrificing another.
What do you want from life? How much do you want it? What do you not want from life?

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the road less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

;) E

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting leadersway

On a point of interest,
Could people tell me what is so great about traveling? Why Should I leave a well-paid job that has excellent promotion prospects for a menial task in a foreign country? Why should I leave my own family, friends and fellow country people to be lonely? Why should I leave a comfortable house to stay in accommodation that is sometimes unclean and uncomfortable? People travel for a whole host of different reasons but when we weigh up the pros and cons is traveling worth it. As far as I can see many people travel because they are fed up with their lot and want change. Does running away solve this? How will travel help you? I would like to travel but want a vision, aims, and objectives.
Would it be more rewarding to travel to Sudan and work with famine stricken people for a year rather than travel around Australia like a gypsy going from hostel to hostel with no plan.

Perhaps I should reassess my present lifestyle, vision, aims, and objectives. I didn't realise that I was running away, and may be only doing a menial task in a foreign country with accommodation that is sometimes unclean and uncomfortable.
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The other 8 foreigners (3 Australians, 2 Irish, 1 American, 1 New Zealand, & 1 English) here teaching at the same university are probably all hopelessly misguided & lost as well. What do they long for? What do they seek? I wonder how the new man with the PhD will feel after just coming back for another stint?
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Working in Sudan with famine-stricken people sounds noble, but you can probably still do that sort of thing at home. Unless your own country doesn't have any form of poverty or suffering.
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Travelling around Australia (or anywhere else for that matter) like a gypsy with no plan, sounds like a pretty free & easy existence to me. Too bad this sort of holiday can't last forever?

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Much like sushi, travel isn't for everyone. Both my parents are pretty content to stay home, with the occasional all-inclusive jaunt to Cuba for a week. But my sister and I take after our gandparents and feel this perpetual restlessness that's only quelled by going out to see the world.

As my landlord told me when I renewed my lease this year: "You're not very materialistic, are you?" He had a good job (now retired), 3 triplexes (lots of rent coming in), and is saving up for a BMW. He doesn't spend a penny. It makes him happy. He doesn't want to travel.

I could care less about a house, and I prefer my flexible time off to a bigger paycheque right now.

It's what makes us humans so different. You may never catch the treavel bug, and I may never live in Westmount. And sometimes the vision you need is just the peace-of-mind you feel when you get on a plane without knowing the next step.

BTW, great post! Made me really think about why I still choose travel over a condo.

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

When you travel alone, especially, you must find out about yourself-the one main reason that made me want to travel was so i could find myself-i don't feel like i know myself and also i want to get out there and see what the world has to offer-see how other people live-it's the world that we live in.

I believe that it will give me much more confidence going about stuff in the world and also within myself-all sounds pretty cheesy but i think everyone goes through a bit of a lil crisis in their life and i am lucky enough to have the funding and not have any major commitments!

You only live once after all! i could have a real 'wow' factor car and have my own place but i want to spend my hard earned cash on travelling and doing something that i feel will really benefit me! I'm not materialistic-yeh i like to have nice things and up-to-date tech stuff etc. but posessions aren't everything!

Material things can be replaced experiences can't!

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting leadersway

Would it be more rewarding to travel to Sudan and work with famine stricken people for a year rather than travel around Australia like a gypsy going from hostel to hostel with no plan.

Not for me it wouldn't. But then again, I am a very selfish individual when I travel. That's probably one of the reasons why I travel. When I am at home, I am very accommodating to other people - working hard for my boss, doing stuff for my friends and family. When I travel it's all about me, and me alone.

And I think that's why I travel - to remove from my shoulders all the responsibility that I have at home. I never really feel like I escape my responsibilities, even when I turn off the phone and take a few days off work. I have to leave the country to really feel that freedom.

10. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 11y

Well i have to say i feel the same as some of you people, i want to travel for a few reasons, 1) So i dont sit at home and do nothing 2) To show a few people, i can live without having everything done for me (dont get me wrong i work for a living, but i pay my rent and the rest is done for me)

As for my trip to Australia, i want to get away from everything and everyone, a new start, meeting new people, taking each day as it comes, and not a 9-5 thing mon-fri. I was going to buy a car this year, but i thought, i can buy a car when i want, no big deal, see the world first and everyone will wait for you.

At the end of the day, whats a year away from Home, in a whole lifetime?

I will be in Australia in October :)