The million dollar question.. To travel or to not

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1. Posted by JGib (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey.. k well I guess what my question is if I am holding onto a dream of traveling the world and seeing whats really out there, is the right thing to do or not... I turned 22 this year and my family and some of my friends are saying I need to get back into school and forget about traveling and get working towards a career and all that stuff. Were other family members and friends are saying that my travel ideas are great and to just worry about everything later on.. Both have good points and views.. I want what both have to offer and can understand both sides on what they say as "being" the best for me, so I guess my question is just what do you think, what did you do, just any advice or what you think would be cool really....

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well you're on a travel site so I think I know what the answers gonna be

In terms of career it might help knowing what your experience/interests are and what you want to do for a job.
Many employers consider travel to be a good thing, and personally if you haven't done much travel before it will make you grow and get to know yourself better.

Also remember there's ways to combine both - eg. study abroad/working holiday visa/volunteering (although it's not paid, experience in a related area is good). Personally I think one of these would be a good idea, hopefully it would please both sides!


3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Was in your position at 22, decided to save up and do a big round the world trip. Got back just before my 25th Birthday. I'm now 28 and on my second 'career job' since getting back, and rather than finding an 8-month gap on my CV a hinderance, 8 months of travel seems to at worst have no effect, and at best mark me out as an interesting and rounded human being.

That's the boring stuff though. The best thing is that not a day goes by without thinking about the experiences I've had whilst travelling - even if I had a job scraping gum off the pavement I'd still have that - and it's priceless.

4. Posted by ashschu (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'm in the same position as you, but worse 'cause I am much closer to 24 than 22!! Everyone thinks I should get a career first, but I think traveling will help me grow and decided what it is I really want to do.

Besides that I just look at all the people who are in their late 30's or older and are going back to school, and they're doing just fine. Granted, it is usually for a second degree or something.....but I see nothing wrong with not going to school until your late 20's. If you are happy working in jobs that need no formal schooling to fund your travels I see no problem with that. That's what I plan on doing until I know what it is I really want. No point wasting 3 years and $$$ getting a degree you're not ready for!

Good luck with your decision.

5. Posted by JGib (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

ha ya I guess that is kind of the response that I was expecting Erik.. but you are all right. I can already think of things that I regret that I let pass me by and I know that I will just end up regret not doing this... I guess it does not really matter at what time I go to school because really I know what you mean ashschu, I too have friends that went to school dropped out or got something and want to go back for something else. It will make me grow and look at things in a new light, which would be great because to be honest I am not even a hundred percent sure that what I want to take is really what I want to do... so traveling would probably be the best thing for me.. Its like magykal1 said even if I do have that crap job, I will still have the amazing stories and memories of the people I meet along the way that will get me threw it.. Thanks Erik, Ashschu and Magykal1... Now I just have to start saving again...

6. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You are young! How could you possibly waste you best years sitting in some stupid class room!!!! GO! DO! BE! LIVE! You can not imagine
The things that you are missing! You cannot imagine the experiences that are waiting to be had!! Step off the edge. Take a risk! You will learn far more traveling than you ever could going to school. Believe it or not there is more to life than getting a carrear and working your life a away!!
This choice will determine the rest of your life!!

Pura Vida -costa rica (pure life!)


[ Edit: Edited on May 4, 2008, at 2:55 PM by i c e ]

7. Posted by akiwiroo (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Do It ,do it ,do it !

I am turning 40 this year and I started travelling when I was 18,and have been so fortunate to see alot of the world even holding down a brilliant career.

But whilst your free to enjoy life while you are 22 with no children or partner, do it now.

Go embrase it, smell it , taste it and enjoy it. I feel in love with the experience and never held back on what was passionate for me.

Why ? Is because the people that told me 22 years ago told me the same thing, you have been told. Funny enough none of them have even left Australia, because most were scared to take the plung themselves.

I am making my 3 trip again to Vietnam in 1 year in 3 weeks, and I a taking my children to celebrate my birthday, and to experience the passion I belive so strong in and thats why I say Do it Sweets .

Good luck and happy travels

8. Posted by JGib (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone.. I think I have pretty much made up my mind that once I get the money saved up that I am going to take off for a while and do some traveling, thanks for all your input.. J

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