Giving up a well paid job!!

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1. Posted by skillybilly78 (Full Member 29 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
I'm stuck in a dilema here, I have no doubt in my mind that I want to travel, the problem is I will have to give up a well paid job to do it! Can anyone advise me if it is worth it! has anyone esle been in this situation? Thanks!

2. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Is there no way you can ask for a few months unpaid leave if you really do want to keep your job?
If you are qualified in something then I would give up the job as you could probably find another in the same profession, when you decide to come back home.
My bloke didn't want to lose his job & asked his boss, & they gave him 8 months unpaid leave. Some people say to ask for paid leave but I'm not sure how many employers would agree to this :(
I'm giving up my job & will just search for something else when I get home. There's more to life than money

3. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you've been with your company for a while, some companies allow sabbaticals... but I think you'd have to be there for quite a while so I'd go for the unpaid "vacation" like kelster said. However, don't be afraid of giving up your job. Chances are, once you've returned from your travels, you will be able to find another job easily. After all, you did find this one, and that always gives you experience in your particular field. Jobs will always be there. You can also look into doing some volunteer work that looks really good on your c.v. There are volunteer travel opportunities all over the world. I always say that travel is a plus on all counts, because it makes people more worldly. I consider that a really good quality to have.

Good luck!

4. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


yep I am away in November and haven't handed the notice in yet I did however ask at one point to have some time off and was allowed 6 weeks but I wanted 6 months and so as I want 6 months I don't have alot of choice but to hand the notice in a month before I go. It was a drunken works night out and I told them I was going to go for a few months anyway probably not the wisest thing to say but I could get away with it and say I was kidding round if anything was said now I reckon ask 'em when they are at their weakest point i.e. when they have had wine or alcohol of some sort ;) However if you are still a bit afraid to ask or work for a massive company and it would be a bit awkward then maybe you couldn't do it that way but there still will be opportunities to ask for time off - larger companies usually allow for it too if you've worked there for a fair bit of time.

Anyway either way if you have such a big desire to travel then I doubt you should let 'one' job get in the way - there'll be plenty of opportunities to work upon return and plenty of years to work too I'd just say to take the plunge and go for it

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

Do it! work to live not live to work and all that.

I left my job, went away, came back and now Im broke. Be like me....EVERYTHING IS GREAT.

6. Posted by skillybilly78 (Full Member 29 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thankyou all for your help and advice! .
I figure there is only one option and that is to throw caution into the wind and just go!! Hey, if it doesn't work out I can always pick myself up, dust myself off and try again!!!!

7. Posted by xxxxxxx (Inactive 36 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I plan on doing the same in October, and your words have all helped! I was torn on what to do- but I'm young, and I can always find another job. It's not like I'm all that fond of this one, anyway! In October, I will be taking off... hopefully to Spain. If that doesn't work out, then I will travel around the US visiting friends, to whom my visit would be long overdue. One day I'm going to wake up and have a family and children to have to answer to... and it will be necessary to have a stable job and income. And believe me, I look forward to that time of my life. For now, however, it's all me! No one to answer to, so I HAVE to listen to the voice in my head and in my heart screaming to make my life more than my work desk and computer.

8. Posted by Demo101010 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I spent 6 summers traveling, had the time of my life, went all over. I've been working as a lawyer in the states for 2.5 years now, and the wanderlust has kicked in again. Very Hard. Problem is, i'm 28, and got a decent thing going here. Many places left to see, but I'm getting pretty comfy with the routine. someone email me and tell me I'm a fool and to get the backpack back out, otherwise I may be lost.....

9. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Good on ya Billybliss!! You will never know until you try.
You'll have a great time - let us know where you are going & when

10. Posted by bink (Budding Member 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I did it, and I don't regret it for a minute! When I get back from my travels in October, I'll find another job, and if it's not the right one I'll look while I'm earning. You never know, whilst travelling I might find the job of my's not all about money. That work:life balance has to be right. I spent 8 years with the same company, and now I've quit I feel really liberated. I say go for it. It might just be the smartest thing I ever did? If I'm wrong, I'll have had fun finding out!

Good Luck!