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1. Posted by anglosurma (Full Member 106 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am 24 years old , out of pure curiousity for travelling i packed a good job in 2005 to travel round oz for 7 months , missing home i made a big mistake coming back home to smethwick birmingham , i now find it hard to live here , the tentions of the world are so close and its really miserable , its cold, its dirty , , and i just dont know what to do with myself ive been saving for 9 months for a rwt , and just dont know whether to say goodbye to england for good ,although i love my family i do not wish to raise a family of my own here , should i take the rtw and settle in nz or oz , , do you feel the same ouit there like you could never settle in your home ,

feelings of
same place
same people
same things to say
same things to do , get married have a morgage etc{ sick}
everones doing the same damn thing
exict or live
buy a new car
what wallapaper
what next ?

does anyone feel people are so shallow and live lioke sheep, i have good freinds but they would never understand my feelings there minds are mapped only inside of the box they were born in


2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well anglosurma I would not consider yourself crazy. I am in my mid-20's as well and I have the same thoughts and ideas. I have many friends that have careers and are getting married. They are trying to settle down and buy a house. I can't even imagine doing it myself. I mention ideas of taking off 6 months are so to travel the world and I get responses such as, That is so irresponsible, what about a career, what about a house, what about your future? The problem with listening to these family and friends is that they do not share this desire to travel that I have. They feel that you should live your life by the book. Go to college, graduate, get a job, buy a house, and get married. Well it seems that there are many people who share our problems that rigid lifestyle. As far as moving away permantely that is a descion that you have to make. Again you can travel and live in OZ or NZ for a few years that move back to somewhere in England not necassarily your home town. No matter what you do, if it is different than what the rest of the sheep do, you are going to hear crap from them. Hope this helps a little.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It might help not to be overly melodramatic about it. One always has a rather easy choice; to give in to what is expected of you, or not to. If you don't, for some people it's easier moving away, esp. if direct friends and/or family aren't very understanding. However, most people that I know who moved away, only did so to go do what was expected of them elsewhere, i.e. marrying, having kids and starting a career abroad.


[ Edit: Edited on Dec 18, 2006, at 8:36 AM by bentivogli ]

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

nope not crazy!........just normal…….when the tough gets going and the going gets though lets all just bury our heads into the sand…

in times like these, I would just travel and get away if there is nothing stopping you,
but running away from your problems don’t make you any bit happier.

Going away and working abroad can do you no harm!

Forget about the great job! I have quit great jobs too but to only get better jobs! You can do the same!

Don’t let your eggs hatch too quickly, you may go to Australia or new Zealand, love it and then hate it in a years time!
Then you come home and realise how much you missed home.

Family? You can always fly home from OZ 2-4 times a year to see them…In many years time we will have telepods!
Just like in the Second Life!!!

Same shit same shit! Yes I work like a robot, pay heavy taxes but its life!!! And it wont be anywhere different in any country.
Go to Australia and you got the sun! Go to New Zealand and I hear you got great the outdoors. BUT I have heard new Zealand
Is one of the most depressing places to be in this world, I think the young sucide rate speaks for itself! Its meant to be boring there
With no night life!.......see the grass isn’t always a rosey as it appears to be.

My advice is simple. Get out and about and get involved in things that you like doing….jump on that plane and catch that butterfly!
If you regret it, then you can always walk back into that same old boring life!

That will be 500 Euro please

5. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting oslaue

Don’t let your eggs hatch too quickly, you may go to Australia or new Zealand, love it and then hate it in a years time! Then you come home and realise how much you missed home.

When your feeling like this & Birmingham is home, I really don't think it would be possible to 'hate' Oz or NZ and certainly a year wouldn't be enough to turn you off!

Go with your gut instinct & pack those bags, home will always be home & will still be there if you want to return. Its not crazy its just wanting to experience more out of life than the norm

6. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This is interesting. I left Oz 4 1/2 years ago to go travelling and am now living in Birmingham (in fact, used to live in Bearwood before moving to Rubery). I'm in the process of planning my trip back home next year and I'm becoming as nervous as hell about the idea. I love Australia and think it is the best place on earth but I don't know how I'm going to settle going back. If you read the forum I started on Going Home you will see why.

I know what you say about living in Birmingham, it isn't the best place to live but I have become accustomed to everything being so close and accessible, once back in Sydney New Zealand will be the only option. And I love travelling on the Pound Stirling as opposed to the Aussie Dollar.

So, I don't think your crazy, you have just got the travelling bug like the rest of us.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Anglosurma

I think u might people such as u describe, in all parts of the world. Maybe while u were in NZ and OZ u were lucky enough to meet the more adventurous and open minded people, of those countries. I think there are also people like this, in England.

But live where u want. Go for a while or stay gone. Whichever u want. It would not be irreversable, should u change your mind.


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9. Posted by Adrock (Budding Member 55 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well yes you are crazy, but that's what happens when you travel. You see life a way of life that you could never even think of. You come home and no one will understand where you have been or what you went through. But being married and paying morgage and working full time doesn't mean a happy life. Well your young keep it up and don't stop traveling, it only makes you a better person in the end. Ciao.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am now 37
I have been travelling on and off, and living in various countries, since i was 19.
I also studied computer programming and worked in 2 different computer companies, for 4 years altogether.
I now have a boyfriend and 5 year old child. We all live together in Germany, which is a foreign country for both me and my boyfriend.
I still travel, quite a lot. Sometimes alone, sometimes with my daughter, and sometimes with both my daughter and boyfriend.
I also have a mortgage on an appartment in Dublin.
And i have other hobbies, besides travelling.
What i am trying to say, is dont tie yourself, to one way of life. Keep balanced. Even travelling can get boring, eventually, if u do too much of it. Do some of everything. Different things will stimulate u, in different ways. Variety makes life interesting and exciting.
U are only 24, so travel while u are completely free, but develop all parts of your life, as u get older and when u get opportunities.

Also, go to places, in your hometown, that are a little unusual. That is where u are likely to meet more interesting people.