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Is 30 too old to start a gap year?

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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

You will find few on this site that will tell you to stay home and continue with your career as it is at this time. Go! Travel! And, since you have a working vis for OZ, who knows - you may just find a 'new' career that suits you better than your current one. A resume is all in how you write it - nothing more. (I know, I design resumes for people as a side job.)

I honestly can't name one member on TP who has truly regretted choosing travel over staying home. Most have come back with the 'travel blues' (miss the freedom travel provides) but have also been able to enter the 'home' working world again or have earned enough to continue their travel adventures.

And yes, 30 is just a number. If you have the funds - do it. You'll have more regrets down the road if you don't. I'm 58 and I have regrets because I didn't take advantage of certain travel opportunities when they were right in front of my face. I chose career over adventure for almost the same reasons you are now questioning. Just do it! If nothing else, it will be something to 'wow' the grandchildren with 50 years from now.

12. Posted by WB99 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I believe life experiences are more important than the corporate ladder in the long run.

13. Posted by TracyVsTheWorld (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I'm 31 and am in Oz for a year. You'd be surprised how many backpackers I've met who are 27-30ish. You're not getting any younger (but are still young!) so if not now, when?? I quit my job of 7 years, left my flat, friends, family etc, and yes the thought of going back home to no job, no money and living with my parents doesn't fill me with joy, but it's worth it.
You can't avoid the 'come down' of returning home. Take a leap of faith, you won't regret it.

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15. Posted by mcphersonsammy (Budding Member 40 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

No, it's not. 30 is just enough to start a gap year. No need to worry about it.

16. Posted by cat290 (Inactive 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Lyd1a1

Just wanted to ask peoples opinions and advice about thinking about going travelling and being 30! I agree- to a point- that age is just a number, but I feel that I'm doing well in my career and that taking this year out will set me back! I'm hoping to go to Australia and have been granted a work/ travel visa but if I go I dont want to have to continuously think and worry about what I should be doing and what i'm going to do when I return... what do people think- can I go and 'be free' for a year- work casual jobs, see the world without coming back to reality with a bang and having regrets?!?!

Hey, 30 is definitely not too old! People go on gap years right up until their 60s and beyond these days. It's a great idea to do it while your life situation allows you to as you may not get the chance again. There are lots of companies that do work abroad programmes so I'd recommend going with one like -snip-as they help you find jobs and get settled; as long as you actually work while you're away it will look good on your CV as you'll have varied experience and employers will know you didn't just spend all year on the beach!

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17. Posted by bradderss (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

hi all am 31 in 3 weeks, land in sydney 17th november and winging it all the way, no regrets!

PM me if your around at that time :-)

18. Posted by MikeyRTW (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Too old you say? Yikes! We are 50 and just started a year around the world two months ago. The best time to do this is always NOW! We looked into this at your age and waited, and waited and waited. Just go already! Log off your computer and go.
You can read more about our journey at - snip-

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20. Posted by B'packingSpirit (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

You are never to old to follow your dreams... Don't leave home and go 'travelling' to come out to Australia, work and worry about your resume, what your going to do when you get home and whether employees will 'agree' with your year aborad. if you are going to take the plunge then do it with no regrets, no worries and concentrate and going and having the time of your life... because thats exactly what you will then have!

Bon Voyage!


Edited on 21-Oct-2011, at 06:05 by B'packingSpirit

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