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11. Posted by Lisa2011 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

definitely travel - you'll have a blast and you're not too old at all !

12. Posted by NYCvsTheWorld (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I'm in the exactly same boat. I'm 29 and turning 30 in May '12. I have traveled quite a bit in my 20s, but I have felt very stagnant my job and life in general.

I woke up a few days ago and was like "I'm going to travel around the world!" My heart is in it and I'm going for it! I'm heading out next July and going to try to spend a year to July '13 hopping around the globe. Maybe we will meet up along my journey!

Best wishes to you and it makes me smile to see so many people in my situation, ready to make the plunge, head first.


13. Posted by katekendall (Respected Member 34 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I've been in a similar situation and without a doubt, I say 100% travel!

14. Posted by Flounda23 (Budding Member 27 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey! I'm sorry to hear about your break up, but as the old saying goes, as one door closes another one opens! :)
I'm recently just back from a travel taster and took a month out to travel Thailand and Vietnam and, i can honestly say it's the best thing i have ever done! I am now saving hard to take a year out and travel around the world!
With regards to career, I can empathise with you there as i've been working hard at my career for the last 7 years and I'm now in a relatively good position, but for me life is more about the experience. Having a career is great but you can also have it at any age and any time and for me learning new things, having new experiences, meeting new people and embracing new cultures is much more enriching than climbing the career ladder.
As for your age, I met one of the most inspirational solo travellers whilst in Vietnam this year and he was 89 years old!!! Which proves the point that you're never too old!

Follow your heart on this one, it won't let you down and remember your only as young as you feel! :)

Hope that helps and all the best :)

15. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 339 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

As most other people on here say – DO IT!

It was almost exactly two years ago I left the UK to go travelling for the first ever time. I was 29 years old and left behind a good job, quite well paid, close to home, not too stressful. I had a lot of doubts as to whether I was doing the right thing. After two weeks of being away I realised it was the best decision I ever made. For me nothing can ever come close to the feeling of freedom, excitement and happiness that travelling gives you.

I’ve been back nearly six months, and already I am looking ahead to my next trip, how much I need to save a month to go away again for a decent amount of time.

In future I would have no hesitation dropping my work, no matter what my situation was, to go travelling. For me work, career and such like isn’t even worth worrying about anymore.

16. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

There is no right answer to this question. Will taking time off to travel impact your career? Yes. But what you can't know is if that impact will be positive or negative, and frankly what I might consider a bad move and poor trade off others will think perfectly acceptable. What I do know is this, that there is no clear path to success. I have a BSc, and have people with MSC and MBAs that are beneath me. Similarily, I have friends with no degree and all who are more powerful and make more money than I do. There are too many variables on one's life progression to make guesses or bets on any one decision. All you can do is this - ask yourself "is this important to me?" And "will I grow as a person from taking this choice?". I know in my own life that has meant sometimes choosing career, and sometimes choosing travel, and sometimes choosing something completely different.

Whatever choice you make, enjoy it, learn from it, get the most out of it.


17. Posted by TimeaTimea (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

100% agree Greg

18. Posted by dariusz (Full Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

There is no debate about it you should go for it. I am basing this advice on what you said in your own message. You said that you are worried you may be too old to travel. Well you're never going to be any younger than you are right now!!

I've know many people who have regretted not travelling before they got married/had kids, but I have NEVER met a person who regretted travelling because it derailed their career.

I am personally newly married (33 as is my wife) and me and my wife are taking 8 months off starting in December to travel the world before we have kids. We both have very good careers, but she is quitting her job, and I am not renewing my lucrative contract. There will always be time for career building, you can still do that at 40 and 50, but climbing the himalayas may no longer be possible. Trust me, after 30, you no longer take your health for granted.

If you don't do this now you will only find it harder to do it later!!


19. Posted by Thuligal (Full Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Lets see:
You are young and single, moving back home with your parents & you do not have a job... WOW!!!!

This is the perfect time for you to travel & see the world. I am in my early thirthies, I had a chance 5 yrs ago when I had saved up enough to travel the world & not work for a year. I decided to dedicate the time in my career & I used my savings to put down a deposit on a house. Don't get me wrong I love my job & my house has been what I call home when I am going around the world. I don't regret any decisions I make but I wish I had travelled the world 5 years ago. Currently I need to work to pay my mortgage, I need to get time off work to travel believe you in me there is little you can do with 27days annual leave days a year BUT due to fanancial commitments I have to work. Atleast I am lucky because I can still afford to travel & work but I would like to have enough time to do everything I want when I want to....

So travel, see the world , meet strangers , take bus journeys in worlds unknown, climb mountains, hike , sleep under the stars .. tick off the wonders of the the world & see those places you have to see before you die .. when you are old & not well those memories will be soothing, who knows what tommorow holds

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