Career or travel?

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1. Posted by Frances1981 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am looking for a bit of advice/feedback, or just some general opinions.

I am 29 (soon to be 30) and I am debating taking some time out to travel for maybe 3 or 6 months, basically, after spending 10 years or so in the financial services industry and being made redundant due to the recession I decided to go to university and pursue a degree in marketing. I have now got my degree but before getting back on the career ladder, I am thinking of doing some travelling.

Another reason is that my BF of 6 years ended our relationship a couple of weeks ago and I am now finding myself in a position where I am going to have to move back with family until I get a job (I am currently doing an internship that ends soon) and get back on my feet.

Part of me thinks that this would be a perfect opportunity to go away and find myself, and I feel that I can't properly apply myself to job hunting whilst I am dealing with a break-up, plus the job market is not very good, but I feel too old to travel and that due to my age I probably should not delay getting onto the career ladder any further?

2. Posted by crombies (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm kind of in the same boat. I have been in relationships for the past 7 years, and for the first time I am single and deciding what I should do with my life.

Personally, I think you should do some travelling!! Even if it's for a month to start with & if you like it, keep going. You can have a career any time, but do it now whilst you don't have any ties. This is the advice I am giving myself...and for the next year, I will be saving so that I can go away to see some of the world.

You're not too old to travel, in my opinion - you're never too old as long as you are open to new experiences and actually want to do it.

So......DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!

Charlotte :)

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

No-one ever wished that they spent more time working!

In fact, you'll find many cases where a break and some international travel experience have actually helped a persons career, and not hindered it.

4. Posted by paulmacpaul (Full Member 107 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you're sure or certain that after travelling you can easily find another job, then go on and travel. But if the career you're leaving behind is already good, then maybe it's not worth the risk.

5. Posted by nzhamsta (Respected Member 810 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There is never an age that is too old to travel. My parents are both well into their 70s and although Dad's dodgy knee sometimes slows him down, they are travelling all the time.

With regard to career, I have just come back from a five month trip that spanned Asia, the Middle East and Europe. I am back in New Zealand now trying to find work. It has taken a bit longer than I would have liked, but I am confident that things will sort themselves out shortly. My career has had an upward path punctuated by long trips overseas, and having to job hunt each time I came back.

In my opinion, get out there and see a bit of the world whilst you can. The following quote attributed to Mark Twain has been my inspiration:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."


6. Posted by AlexH1987 (Budding Member 21 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I really think you should go for it. You dont want to look back in 10 years time when you are married with kids and wish you had the chance again. You are no way too old, I know many people in their late 20's and early 30's who have gone for it.

I know giving up your career may be a slight risk, but we only live once and I want to see as much of the world as I can. I am currently 24 and am going on my first trip in Feb 2012. Im going to NZ, Oz and South East Asia for 9 months and then if I enjoy i will save again and then go on another trip.

Each to their own, but I really think you would not regret a single moment if you went travelling. It will change your life, go for it!

Alex :)

7. Posted by TimeaTimea (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm another one in the same boat lol. I'm 31, single after 7 years, left my job this Friday and planning to work and travel for the rest of this year. I thought just travelling would be to passive for me so I will be working as an Accountant in Cambodia (see: and then travelling for a month in Asia.

Good luck and remember that 90% of the time people regret things they don't do not the those they do...


8. Posted by chang2n (Full Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Just wanted to share that I'm 32, planning my first RTW trip and will be leaving my job of 10 years this Friday!

It's never easy taking that first step out of your comfort zone but that's what makes life interesting and great. Take a deep breath & jump head in!

Best of luck,


9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 5413 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've given up my job so many times to go travelling, and have never regretted it. There has only actually been once in my life where i have left a job to go to another job - all the other times it has been to go travelling! Although I'm sure I would be further on in my career had I not done all the travelling, I have never regretted it for a minute. I'm now 35 and still have big travel plans.

I would say do it - you won't regret it! You are also still young enough to consider getting working holiday visas for New Zealand and Australia which is something I would also recommend.

10. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Frances,

Sounds like perfect timing for you to go travelling! I think you see how things have panned out as an opportunity to go and do something wonderful. I am 32 and have spent far too many years waiting for the right time to and its only now I am getting round to it. I regret not going sooner but at least I have the opportunity to go now. Where would you be thinking of going?