Packing in your job and travelling, why not!!!

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1. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I thought it would be good to see how many people out there are in a similar situation to myself, I'm at present saving like crazy to pack in work and head off and travel.
I live in a city in the north east of the UK and feel like I have done everything that the place has to offer, which isn't a great deal. I'm doing a job that I'm not geting paid correctly for and isn't going to progress. So before I reach 30 in a couple of years I thought right lets packin and head off.
I'm heading to Oz and then New Zealand and on to where ever. I'm going to do the WHV in both. I'm trying not to have fixed plans although there is things I want to see and do, but I like the idea of seeing where life will take me.
I'm also looking to use the opportunity to write about the whole process which I've not done before.
It would be good to hear about other people who are doing or thinking of doing the same, and what experiences, difficulties and joys that happen along the way.
I can't wait for that feeling on my last day at work!!

2. Posted by SabrinaG (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Iain

Well we are on the same wave length, heading on my "discovery trip" on the 17th of August, get emotional everytime I think about it Im so excited. I live in Ireland and have a "good" job but Im jacking it all in cos Ive always had this gut feeling that there’s more to life than the 9-5.

Im travelling with 2 other girls and we are doing Malaysia/Thailand for 5 weeks then on to Oz and Newzeland for at least a year but who knows what could happen or were this could take me. Like you I don’t want to be too tied down with itineraries and time scales.

It is a bit scary leaving everything, selling up my car and handing in my notice, all your securities are gone, your taking a huge leap into the unknown, suppose thats the reason I actually never followed my plans through before (been talking about doing this for about 7 years!) but now that Ive actually paid up for my ticket, I already feel liberated and incredibly excited.

Good luck with the saving, have to start sitting in myself, finding it a bit tough though.

When are you planning to head?


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3. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your post Sabrina.

At first I was looking at heading off next sept as I was going to do a teaching course first but the course is a two year course and I can't wait that long. So it looks like being before the summer next year or earlier if I get sick.
Irelands a beautifull place I worked at an outdoor centre there a couple of years back near westport. And I had a couple of weeks hitchhiking there too.
I too have been saying I'm going to go for a few years now but keep side tracking myself, but I have no ties at all now and no excuse.
Im also totally sure there is more to life than being stuck in a job at home and not alot else.
Do you think you would have pushed yourself to go if you were heading away on your own?
if u want to swap emails thats cool
I hope your trip is amazing! Take care Iain

4. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


For the last few years i considered packing everything in and going travelling.There was nothing left for me in the uk and i was really fed up with work and where i lived.
So at 31 ive sold my house and packed in work and in the next week (i hope) im about to embark on a 3 year adventure.
Good luck with your plans and go for it.

5. Posted by SabrinaG (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Iain

Yeah I know of a couple of Outdoor pursuit centres down that direction, I’m from Donegal and there’s a centre called Garten not far from me, don’t know if you’ve heard of it?

So back to your question of whether Id be doing the trip If I was on my own, well along with other things, that’s another of the reasons why I haven’t gone travelling before this, my friends are pretty flakey and I was always to nervous to do it on my own. This trip was actually planned with my ex but we finished about 2 months ago, took me about a week of deliberating with myself but I finally got my act together and decided that I could still head.... I love having a laugh and don’t really think Id have to much bother meeting people. When I started telling people I was heading, 2 girls from home (more drinking buddies than anything) decided they wanted to go so we all booked our tickets last week. Don’t know how long we will be travelling together for but they are pretty laid back so hopefully everything will go smoothly.

If you'd like to send an oul email my address is -snip-

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6. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The final decision has been made for me, Im starting to get things sorted Im planning on taking the last few trips were I need my car then it's up for sale. I'm gonna start my diarys now i think, I want to try and get the whole process down right from the start.
I want to try and keep the buzz going as i think it's gonna be a long 6 months but it will be worth it.

7. Posted by Jayney D (Budding Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

HI Iain,

I'm in a similar position too. I'm fed up of having a mundane existence and I'm looking for some real adventure.

I have actually handed in my resignation....being a teacher I had to do this by end of May at the latest so that really gave me the push to decide what to do!

I was hoping to get some supply teaching work over in Oz and then move onto New Zealand but I've shot myself in the foot with that. You see I went to Oz a few years back and got a WHV but since I was staying with family that time I really didn't use it to my full advantage! Now, I can't get another one so it looks as though it's NZ for me. Obviously this isn't such a bad thing but I was planning to go to Oz with my friend who is going out there in September but now it looks as though I'll be travelling on my own....I'm now very scared but feel I have to do it now I've quit my life here!

Just out of interest,where in the North East are you from? I'm originally from up there and agree there isn't a lot of scope for progression there!


8. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jayne

It's a shame about the oz situation but it least you still have options. And the teaching puts you in good stead for any where really.
I'm from Sunderland by the way
Try and turn the fear side of things into excitement youve done the hardest thing of quitting work. And for going on your own I know from when I've been doing my research that everyone is saying that you meet people all the time as we are all in the same situation, I meen take just this posting Within a space of a few days 3 different people have posted and all love talking about there big trip it's great so I don't think you will be on your own a great deal
I'll message people if they want my email if you want to keep in touch

9. Posted by Seanac (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi All. I am doing the same! I am from Ireland and have landed an amazing job! But Im jacking it in to go for 1 year to Australia to try and discover what I really want to do and to have an amazing time! I will have no ties. I am travelling with 2 boys and 2 girls, we are landing in Sydney with no accomodation or jobs and to be honest (no sense)!
I booked on Saturday, to be honest I am now shitting myself! My excitement has turned to fear! So any stories about what you hope to do in Australia to boost the excitement again please share!!!!:)

10. Posted by IainOB1 (Budding Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Nice one Sean you know it makes sense.
We getting quite a list of people now it's great.

I deffo want to do a ranch stay when I'm out in Oz, I used to ride a few years ago, a did a bit when I was in Vegas and Hawaii a couple of years ago and it's given me the bug to do the ranch thing.