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1. Posted by Marcus2k6 (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Finding these forums has inspired me to travel the world as I am fed up of my office job, the big rat race and feel it's time to explore the world. These are just a couple of reasons as to why I wish to travel, another is that i've lost my entire family to illness and have realised that life is too short to just work, sleep and pay a mortgage.
I've realised that material possesions are not what I live for, although I find myself buying things like nice tv's etc to make me happy momentarily then to realise that it will end up down the dump within 10 years and I feel that I am doing that with my life too.
The situation i'm in is that I have a shared ownership property that I inherited from my late mother and if all goes well if I sell it I should have at least £30k after paying the mortgage to start a new life. I wanna take a few years out to find who I am, and to explore the world because the only places i've been up to now is malta (twice), scotland and france (i'm 25 by the way).
Now many people think i'm silly for wanting to sell the house but I feel in my heart that I need to break free from the same old routine thats getting me down so I can explore beautiful places and meet new, interesting people.
Enough of me rambling, can anyone tell me where to start as I have so much time and enough money to have a great time..

Many thanks in advance...

2. Posted by Stratego (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Okay, right now you are thinking the same way many backpackers do about their lives. The most important thing I can tell you are to go out and travel before you lose the desire, change your mind, and realize one day that's it's too late because of commitments etc...

Where you should go is up to you, and that is the beauty of this world. Try to think to yourself where is somewhere I've always wanted to go or something I always wanted to see. Then throw out the places plagued by war, and possibly eliminate the ones that are too expensive.

If you would really like to go everywhere or anywhere, possibly an around the world trip is in order. There are heaps of companies out there that specialize in connecting flights so they can create you a trip around the globe that meets your requirements. I'm trying to think of the name of one out of San Francisco that my friend just used but the name doesn't come to mind.

Keep reading forums! If this has motivated you this far then it will take you all the way. You'll learn a lot from them too. There are plenty of good reads out there such as travel magazines, books like European Pilgrimage that you can find at their self titled web site or on Lulu and Cafe Press dot com and if you do searches on backpacking Europe. These searches will bring up a lot of information as well.

Read read read! I've also found that watching the travel shows on travel and outdoor networks gets me itching to travel again too. There are some great travel shows with great ideas and locations.

Another thing, you might want to ask yourself if you want to go somewhere that everyone speaks English or no one speaks English. It is easier to communicate with people who can speak the same language as you, but it is also part of the adventure trying to make friends with people who at first only understand how to raise their glass with you in a toast (as you already know).

Anyway, more later if you ask.


3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well done and stick with the plans... i did exactly the same as you (minus having a house to sell!!) and i'm now in Oz, where i hope to be for a couple of years!

It's sad that to make people realise life shouldn't/doesn't just consist of working, eating and sleeping, a tragedy of somesort has to occur!

But anywho...i chose OZ as its the furthest away from home, now, after ive travelled Oz i would like to think that i would do Asia. I also chose OZ as its an english speaking country, tourism is a huge part so i thought there'd be help everywhere. I just wanted something easy going to get into, didnt want to be stuck somewhere and panic and then not want to travel!

Coming on here's a good start!

Enjoy the planning!

4. Posted by Marcus2k6 (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Wow thanks guys you lot are very friendly and helpful which I love, in this day and age it's hard to get any advice without someone wanting something in return usually money and it's that lifestyle I wish to escape.
I've always sat and thought 'I don't belong here, it's not me' probably like most travellers it's almost as if I have 'broken free' of the rat race and it feels great I feel like i'm alive instead of a number!

Oz sounds great, heard so many positive comments about it.
English speaking is what I will start out with definatly, I agree there for obvious reasons.

Thailand appeals to me, mainly because of the beaches and friendly people do they speak english there? Also, where else would you guys reccomend? I like the idea of touring the USA...

Thanks again, you are very helpful :)

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You got to go for it, when you go, it makes you realise that this is what living is all about. Material possesions become irelevant when you live out a backpack for a few months & you will realise things like your big TV, DVD's and designer clothes etc. are things you buy to make up for something missing in your life. (you said the the same thing, in so many words)

There are a lot of English speakers in Thailand in tourist/backpacker areas, I never had that many problems communicating. It does help if you learn a few basic words though.

I recently went traveling to SE Asia for 3 months & had the best time ever! I was given unpaid leave at work, which is kind of cool, but the problem is now that I'm back, I want to go again. Once you get the travel bug, I think for most, they'll never be able to shake it off.

Best of luck.

6. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Markus,

with all the time and money I think you should just travel the world and make the rest of us jealous!

I was pretty much stuck in a rut for a large part of my life (and I'm only 22!) and only recently started shedding emotional baggage. Not quite there yet but at least I've started. It's time to start living!

I think travel has played quite a big part in this for me, so I would encourage you to do the same. It's also opened my eyes to many opportunities available out there and I've met people who're just so different and positive from those at home.

Don't worry about what people think. It's your life!

7. Posted by Marcus2k6 (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks again guys, you are really helpful.

All people seem to tell me when I mention it is 'you will never get back on the property ladder' like they are all cloned to think the same thing it's scary, I like the idea of meeting open minded postive people because that is exactly what I am - too many pesemists in this country (england) and the weather really doesnt suit me either I much prefer the sun.
It's a difficult situation because I got to first offer the property back to the housing association (who ownes half) and they will probably give me a low offer but i'm hoping it's enough to at least pay the mortgage off and give me enough to travel AND keep some back for 'emergancies' so i'm keeping my fingers crossed have writtena leeter to them am awaiting to see if they make a decent offer...

I really cant wait to travel, i'd rather it be sooner rather than later as I said I have found out that life is too short the hard way and all I can think about is breaking free from this place and being myself....

8. Posted by Stratego (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I can see that you will enjoy your travels a lot, as I said before you already have the right mind-frame.

The important thing to bring out of it all is what? Once one returns to a "normal" life and re-joins the "rest-of-the-world" the most important thing that they bring with them is the ability to remain "being themselves" on a regular basis. Traveling will help you to become this person permanently without the need to act differently back home. This is the quality that separates us from the rest; we are usually able to just be ourselves without the worry of what others might think or how they perceive us.

When you get to this point in life, and some never do, you will know that it was all worth it. Great travel advice found in the book European Pilgrimage sold on lulu and Cafe Press. Search Backpacking Europe and look for sponsored link on right. I also subscribe to travel magazines.

Enjoy the journey.


9. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

good on u sell the house and buy a tent or better a bus

10. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Stratego

The most important thing I can tell you are to go out and travel before you lose the desire, change your mind, and realize one day that's it's too late because of commitments

A little off topic from the OPs issue, but this comment prompted me to say that I often see an impression from younger travellers that they "have" to travel now because it won't be possible later in life. That, my friends, is rubish. I have met many older travellers on the road that have found a way to do despite commitments. Don't despair, because if you really want to, it's possible to find a way - even with houses or girlfriends or wives or children.