Taking Risk

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1. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Anyone out there thought of getting a minimum 6 mths break after a few years work. Anyone thought of taking a risk to quit your current job just to start visiting other countries?

I'm really tired of working and would willing to take a risk to offer my self a chance of a lifetime to backpack around the globe, and try hitting as many places as possible with a reasonable budget. For the time being, I've no commitment either for a hse or a car(This is the best time to start saving) I'm in a dilemma now, where I still need some courage or atleast a friend that have this similar dream. I'm thinking of working and saving hard for another 1 or 2 yrs and try asking for a long break such as 3 mths frm the company even if it's an unpay leave. But I bet most of the company overhere will be hard to negotiate at such deal, thus I'll resigned and risk for the near coming future. By that time, it'll be like a new beginning, and the moment of applying and scouting for jobs will repeat its own history again.
I bet it'll be very hard to get a job this time. Esp ppl like me in IT field.

Leaving my loves one at home will be hard, but I can't really see my self in another 5 yrs time what would I be. I'm only 23 yr of age, I'm afraid if I don't take this opportunity to go for my dream by the age of 25, I will be likely to tight down on things like, starting to get a hse and car, ready to commit and settle down with my lovely gf one day. Which normally it might happens at the age around 30 for a person, I guess.

I can't see my self, doing a 6 mths or more backpack at that age once I commited, where probably the burden on my shoulder will be double-up of the current weight.
Anyone have this kind of similar dream that would risk his/her future. Need some advise and companion.

Backpack Sickness...

2. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

In 1971, I was 28 years old, and had the opportunity to take a two week vacation in Europe. I had a great time. In 1973, I went back for another two weeks. Then I got married, bought a house, all that crap.
Two years from now I will be retireing, and I'm starting already to plan a trip to Australia.
The moral to this story is, "Do it now, and maybe you can do it again later. Put it off till later and maybe you'll never do it."

3. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Yes, sure! Do it now! If you are only 23 you still have time enough to settle down, buy a house. If you don't do it now you will certainly regret it later!
I'm also stuck in an IT job for the moment, I started working 5 months ago, and I'm already bored as hell. This is definately not something I want to do for the rest of my life. In a few months, when I saved some money, I'll quit this job and go travelling for a while to decide what I want to do later....

4. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey there yingo,

I'm really sick of my current job. I've no idea how long I can stand it over here. But it seems so hard to make the first step. Really need a strong COURAGE to do that.
Will be scratching my head on the budget and who'll be my backpack partner then, and now still wondering when is the best time to start this. But life is still as dull as now at this moment. Work work work and work. TGIF today!
Atleast I'll get a merely 2 days rest at the weekend.

btw, when ru going to quit and start backpacking, maybe we can plan on something, what do you think


5. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm also bored as hell at my current job!! I started working as a consultant in Januari this year for a big company (my first job)... My first project was for the Belgian Post group, three months writing documents behind my portable... After this first project, I thought I should give myself another chance in the next project. My next project started two weeks ago, I'm working for a bank now, and it seems nothing changed...I'm still bored as hell! Every day I'm asking myself what I'm doing here, why I have been studying so long (6 years!) to finally get a job that I even don't like to do! I don't understand how the other people working here are happy with this life. I'll try to continue doing my current job until end of august (I can probably go 2 weeks to USA in august, that's what keeps me going for the moment). After that I don't know, maybe I'll be travelling for a while and then maybe start another degree at university. Working in a company is not something I want to do for the rest of my life, it doesn't give me a feeling of satisfaction. But what else can you do with a degree in IT? I would like to do some humanitary work as a doctor or something :)
For the backpacking...I would like to go to somewhere in Asia on my next trip (probably in september after quiting my current job), or Egypt seems also interesting!
If you don't have a backpack partner, don't worry, you will meet many people if you decide to leave alone!

6. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hello Nicholas and fellow people Yep I do suffer the boredom in my job a few times too so the sympathy is there I reckon Nicholas that you should go out there for definite and save up as soon as you can. I have been in 'the comfort zone' if you like now for far too long. I am in a very decent and well paid job - they respect me and everything but my heart isn't in it so I am off to escape for a while I am actually hoping to get a job in a foreign country after I've bummed around for a while - who knows. Yes I am taking a big risk I think - leaving the comforts of home and my family and friends to go to far out destinations but I feel it is what I need to do. I like to be challenged and I constantly seek adventure - it's part of my crazy nature. I have a deposit down for my RTW flight as so I don't back out or anything Anyway just to let you know you are not the only one thinking of taking risks;) I believe I will benefit from all of this and I definitely don't want to be 5 years down the line doing the same old thing day in - day out There is a whole world out there and I am dying to explore it all

7. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nicholas,

It's always good to know that someone out there is having the same problem (ok, not really same, but similar) as mine, and you're from Malaysia too!

I've developed an urge to travel ever since I bumped into this site in February this year. I was actually visiting PicturesOfPlaces.com, one link leads to another, I'm already here, on a daily basis! Before I came to know this site, I have never really thought of travelling because like you said, we earn peanuts in Malaysia. So travelling (out of Malaysia) was normally out of question. But now after reading all these great posts, and as time passes by, I got more and more interested in travelling.

I really like your idea, and I agree that it needs a lot of courage to leave your job. My current condition is same as yours, no commitment for a house or a car (guys, cars in Malaysia are so expensive that we need to get a bank loan to buy one. Sad, but true :(). I'm also in the IT field. But I've not gone to your state, yet. And hopefully I will not.

I note that you're from KL too. Where in KL do you live? I'm from Setapak. Perhaps we could come out for a drink one day to talk about it. ;)


8. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Having spent a decent bit of time in Malaysia I was actually shocked to see that cars in Malaysia are more expensive than cars in the USA. Everything in Malaysia was very inexpensive by US standards except for cars, that really surprised me especially since Malaysians make their own brand of car locally (as I understand it). The Proton, while there I toured much of Malaysia in a Proton Waja, it was a good car, but I couldn't believe how much my friend said he paid for it... Something like 16,000 USD or so for a four barrel sedan..

Anyways, I know this post isn't about cars in Malaysia, but reading Hien's post made me remember about that.


I really do feel for your situation, I know the Ringitt doesn't go very far outside of SE Asia. If I was in your shoes (which is easy for me to say) and I had a modest amount of money saved up, I'd go for it and take the trip. I say this for a few reasons, but partly because Malaysia's economy has been growing a lot lately, especially in IT and Tech industries, making me think that you would likely be able to find something upon returning home. Either way I wish you the best of luck with your decision.


9. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi there to all again,

Glad to hear frm you guys. To Hien, I'm residing in Bukit Raja in Klang, and I'm working in PJ. Yeah I know where's Setapak.
Probably u can look for me via icq, msn, or aim. Most of the time, I'll hook up to the internet during working hour.

Btw, just to share a lil bit about Malaysia to you guys. I love to be a malaysian, at least it's a peaceful and developing country and the ppl here are really friendly. There're different type of races here, and I'm one of the chinese race. There're lots opportunity here frm a small size to MNC. All I can say, it's much depends on luck of a person to get a good job and well paid job.

But not all of us here live in a wealthy and easy life. Without a job, you'll probably start sobing and forget about the cars and houses yeah and backpack as well. Fyi Ian, we do have our own made Proton car. There are multiple reasons why the Government are trying to control this car price. One of the most obvious reason is to compete with those imports car.
We might not be able to compete through quality like Toyota, BMW, Honda, or Benz, that's why price play a very important role to attract most of the moderate ppl(Though it's expensive, but a moderate guy like me will never can afford new cars like Toyota or BMW, and will only hardly get to drive a local made proton car, which is consider the cheapest car in their class compare to the rest imported cars. But bank laon is still needed for most of the buyers down here.

Afterall, I do admit we are only frm a small lil country and hardly can compete with those developed country like United States, Great Britain, European Countries and etc. It's obvious when it comes to technology, wealth and currency. To me to travel in UK it'll really press me hard on a rate of 7-1 pound...fuhh I bet you know how it feels. I do have a plan of taking up the "Working Holiday Maker" together with my gf to try our luck in England. The British High Commision overhere is giving this type of plan to those single and who age 30 and below. The main doubts are, I have no idea how England's economy doing there currently and I have no idea a guy like me armed only with a mere Degree which is sooo common nowadays throught out the world going to help me to secure a job there. Furthermore, I know being an Asian is hard sometimes in a western country and the rental there are soooo high! It's not an easy task at all. There're soooo many things to think and plan for it. Sometimes, I know it's hard to compare on countries wise, we ain't the best country neither with the rest out there, but one thing in common we are same human being with feelings and dreams.
No one get to help me at the moment, only me myself will judge what to do on the next step, whether to take the risk or not and ofcourse with advises frm you guys will gimme more options to do some extra thinking. Thanks and appreciate it!