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Why do we travel? What happens to you after you travel?

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11. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting oslaue

IT hey! and your from Canada...before i move to australia in april,
i was considering in moving to canada myself for a year on a working visa. i got a impressive cv but i was discouraged to here that the IT market is tad bit saturated...dont know how true that is...i now expect you to say that there is a shortage of skill IT professionals in canada!

I guess it depends what area you are in. Lots of straight IT jobs like programming have disappeared overseas to Asia. The technology industry as a whole is down. But there are industries that are doing well (in fact the jobless rate is at a 30 year low), and so if were working in one of the those, there could be jobs. I haven't been looking lately, so I can't comment specifically, though.

As for Canada's visa scam, I have no idea if that's true or not. I do know that the Federal government has a big surplus of cash. Perhaps it is all from visa payments

12. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just want to get away and see and do stuff.

13. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting tway

I guess I'm one of those "old" people who's setled down-ish - although it hasn't stopped me from travelling! I have a full-time job with OK vacation time, a home and a boyfriend who lives overseas. I guess that's part of my motivation for travelling- although we met while travelling so it's a kind of chicken-and-egg thing.

I travel because I love the way it feels - going somewhere no one knows you, getting back to the basics of navigating a train ride or a city, discovering new food and people and places, seeing things you've only ever read about. The feeling of being at the aiport here and knowing I'm about to leave is indescribable - I'd never want to be so rich that I would take that feeling for granted.

Our thinking definitely changes as we get older, but I wouldn't go backwards for the world. And someone once told me that scar tissue heals back stronger than before - our scars represent hard times, but they've made us who we are.

Tina, I agreee with you so much, and I love the way you describe the feeling of travelling.

I went to Uni as a v immature 18 year old child, found a serious boyfriend, graduated, got a boring job, and after a few years realised I was bored out of my mind. It was only after the relationship finished that I seriously decided to go travelling, previously I had toyed with the idea but the boyfriend wouldn't have. At 25, I quit the crap job and went away for a year. I travelled for all the reasons Oslau mentioned. As well as wanting to see places and learn about different cultures, I wanted freedom, adventure, the challenge of doing it alone, and the sunshine, fun and partying and meeting new people. Travelling alone was important to me, it is so empowering and character building, etc. I don't really care that I'm a skint student nurse, because I know that apart from enabling me to travel, money won't make me happy.

It may sound OTT, but I feel like my life started two years ago today, on 5th Jan 05 when I got on that plane to Bangkok. Does that make today my birthday???

As for when you get back- for most people, a huge year-out trip of that kind is, at best, a once iin a lifetime thing. But you never "finish" travelling. It is definatly a bug you get. As soon as I could- this summer, I went travellling again, albeit just in Europe. While I still want to travel, I am also determined to find a satisfying career, hence the 3 year nursing course I have just committed to! I'll be 30 when I start my nursing career. And its not well paid. To be honest, I am also getting to an age where I'd like to find "Mr Right", and eventually settle a bit. But there are so many more places I want to go, South America, Africa....China, India again. Although I am only 27, the difficulty is, as a woman, you do have time limits if you want kids as well as a career and financial security and all that travelling. So much to do- so little time!

What do you do?

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 5, 2007, at 12:04 PM by Clarabell ]

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

my understanding is that you as a lady can have kids at the very latest 37? if my calculations are correct that means you still have another 10 years on the biological clock left Clarabell!

wait...i expect someone to come onto this forum to tell me they had kids at 45...etc etc...but you know what i mean.

theres always adoption too!

i dont know know how finding mr. right will impale you from travelling.

from a very young age my parents took me everywhere. my parents are big european travellers! my father is german, i got very good cousins in hungary, germany and austria that i try and visit each at least once a year, and one of my brothers is married to a french girl who lives here in ireland but we go to france from time to time. got a holiday home in germany on the border of holland and belgium only 15 min away and contacts in a few married or not married for me the travels will never end. even if i had a family, ok fair enough when kids are at a very young age then it is difficult but at a certain age you can take them almost anywhere! i think long haul flights would kill them off! and be more tiring on ones self than anything. but for those 1-2 hours flights its great.

yeah you can forget about those 1 year trips with a family.

for me its not so bad...i can work for 6 months and take another 6 months off...i need to for my proffesion because if i am out long enough then it can at times be more difficult to get a job, another i wont make as much money, and i dont want to become a beach bum! physically one needs to be active but also mentally!

Clarabell my advise to you is to marry someone rich! PROBLEM SOLVE!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 5, 2007, at 12:27 PM by oslaue ]

15. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I havn't travelled independantly before and I am in the process of planning a big trip.

I am going travelling because I have a good degree from a good university, and work in a call centre. I'm not knocking call centres but it was just far from what I imagined I would be doing. I just need to get away, I have no idea what I want to do with my life, but I know that this is not it.

I've always been interested in other places, and in some ways 'looking for a better life', I've been very lucky in that my parents have took me to lots of different places which has given me the desire to go really.

Is everything just going to be worse when I get back though??!!

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

i have a lot of friends that have degrees in engineer, computer science and some in law!
to this day they are flipping burgers kin burger king! after the course they realised it wasnt for them!
so you could be worse of than flipping burgers;)

in relation to your question...i think that tis debatable. i think the biggest hurdle is trying not to miss
your best of friends and family too much. i have a very good bond with my family and friends.
theres a lot of people out there that dont really care about there own family at all.

im on a search mission, if i find a country and its better from my own...then i will move there without hesitation!
but theres a lot that i look for! and sometimes i just ask for too much!

17. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Olaf,
great thread you started and it was so interestin reading all the people's responses.

Why did I travel?
As far as I can remember I was a very energetic girl all my life, doing small trips when I was still a kid and always dreamed of going overseas as an Au Pair after school (my best friend's sister did it and it sounded so cool already 16 yrs ago).
Then I went to Ireland (age 17) and I guess I caught the tavelling bug back then. The moment I came home I started working out where I wanted to go after my graduation.

Being different was always my 'goal'. At school I was 'the odd one out' anyway, so why do what everyone else was doing (graduate-study-work-move in with ur boyfriend-settle-have kids)??

I went to NZ (everyone went to the US or AUS, I wanted to b different again )because...

1.) to get away and experience something else
2.) having enough of my life in AUT
3.) meet new people, learn about other cultures, lifestyles, do things I can't do at home (hop in the car and go for a run on the - beach, go skydiving, have Starbucks- oh man I miss my Chai latte- speak the language I love so much (English) etc. )
4.) to go somewhere, where no one knows me, where I can start all over again and work on my problems...

I guess deep inside I always knew the other (personal) reason why I wanted to travel. Not relationship problems, but also something where I just had to think about my life and how much I wanted (and was trying) it to change. I guess I thought 'running away' would help. When you are in a different country, you are occupied with the new environment you are in for quite a while, so you seem to forget, what's actually bothering you. And of course one day it catches up with you again and that's when the real 'process' starts all over and you realise you tried to escape and change your life and hoped for your inside to change as well... how wrong I was...

So what happens after I travelled?
I had a husband in my suitcase ;)(at the age of 22)who loves to travel a lot too. The experiences we/I had made me grow and mature lots and all the things we had to go through taught me a lot of things, especially not to take forgranted, that you have your beloved ones by your side everyday.

At the moment I'm trying to settle (at least for the next 6 years) and trying to work out what I want from life. Sometimes I curse the 'travelling bug'. Old classmates of mine don't seem to have the problem of 'knowing what they want and being able to do that' (on the other hand they have the boring life I never wanted). I want a nice house, so that when I come back from travelling, I can finally settle and have kids (I know some people travel with their kids, but being a teacher and having so much knowledge and 'practical' experience, I don't wanna do RTW trips with little ones on my side). I wanna have a job, where I can just leave for 2-6 months, travel without having to save half of my life and come back and still have the job (I don't like the thought of starting all over again at the moment- finding a job, a place to live etc., but I mean I just arrived 5 months ago).
I want to b at home and just be understood a little bit. Forget about working year after year (like everyone suggests) so that I can have a nice pension when I'm old (I'm turning 23 for ... sake)
I wanna b home and find it easy to 'reconnect' with people again (which seems to b impossible at the moment and I sometimes wonder whether it's me being a bit of a 'weirdo')

To come to an end: travelling opened my eyes and like others said before, I would never wanna miss it or 'make it undone'. Life could have been 'easier' without it (Olaf, you will know what I mean), but then I wouldn't be the person, I am today.
I've come so far and the nice thing to know is, that there are so many more oportunities out there and that one day I'll know where to go and what to do. I just have to be patient with myself and not stress. In the meantime I read all the nice posts on TP, dream of future trips and just...

... go with the flow...

18. Posted by Alex-H (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Trust an Irish person to worry about buying a house when they're travelling! The same thing has been on my mind for the past 2 months while I have been travelling in Brazil, because originally (before I left Galway in November) this was exactly what I was going to do when I got back to Ireland from Brazil.

Not anymore.

I'm 31, so a couple of years older than your good self, but if travelling through Brazil has tought me one thing it is this: live life for today and do NOT worry about what's around the corner. When I get back to Ireland I am NOT going to buy a house. I will happily rent for the rest of my life. This way I will only have to enjoy today, and not worry about tomorrow and whatever the European Central Bank is going to do next!

19. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Travelling becomes a way of living your life and a damn fine way if I do say so.

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

ha i was in galway for new years eve, myself and some friends drove there. ended up in the kings head.
we have a friend living in the frack! 'letterfrack'!...i worked in galway myself for 6 months.

one issue i have with ireland is that, 90% of the population owns and the rest rents, if you know what i mean
everyone has this big fab of owning a house. with renting one pays extornate rates!

in germany its the other way around, much more people rent than buy, this means that buying property is actually much cheaper! and renting is peanuts!

my problem is that i cant stand been in the same location for more than 1 year or something...then i want to just get out and get away and do somehthing different. sometimes i hate the routine life! its just too damn predictable - thats the suckers life!

yup kathi its interesting reading the other posts, so far i think everyone in this thread understands why one travels.