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Is 30 too old to start a gap year?

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21. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I went to China when I was thirty for an adventure- a kind of gap year- and that was 11 years ago. Guess where I am still? Sometimes these gap years get stretched out a bit. But it's been great: I have a Chinese wife, and a kid, and a career here. Maybe you will find the same in Australia.

Anyways, have fun!

22. Posted by LookNetwork (Budding Member 14 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?!?!

I think you should weigh what will make you happier -going or not?! The age and afterwards worries shouldn't bother your mind (carpe diem).

Here's a tip:

"When you have to make a hard decision flip a coin. Why?
Because when that coin is in the air...
You know what you're hoping for'

Good luck!

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

too old ????? i was working in switzerland and at 42 i did not ask for another seasons work permit.... i went travelling!!!!!!!! i left June 1st 2010 ans am still on the road.. nearly 17 months... am of course now 43 ..... 5 weeks away from England..... and due to the super strong swiss franc i have not secured a job for the coming winter season....... my money is almost out.....

but the trip was the best thing i ever did!!!!! some thing will happen.....

go on DO IT !!!!!!!!!

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Oct-2011, at 03:04 by ]

24. Posted by Josh92 (Inactive 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I agree with ebull2506,
I'm off to Australia next week!
Just go for it dude! (:


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26. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I have been thinking this and seriously 30 Shmirty! I am going to be away next year and doing an open uni course! you can do it and you should do it! iv been in travel blues mode since 2010 i went to thailand for 6 weeks this year as thats all my schedule would allow. I am now planning New zealand next year for WHV. with a view to eventually live there or Australia. I have no partner or kids so surely now is the time!

go for it"!

27. Posted by ElleDeeEsse (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I would say that 30 is the perfect age for traveling. You have money saved, you have skills and life experience and your maturity will guide you in certain situations that you may encounter. I would even go so far as to say that many people should wait until they are a little older before they travel. I left Australia at age 28 and traveled/worked for five years. Ended up based in London in a well paid job because of the experience I had gained over the previous 10 years. Absolutely the best thing I have ever done in my life.

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

Well S**T! If 30 is too old then I am in trouble! LMAO!

I am planning to do a gap year so to speak in 2012! I leave for America in January for a 12 month working holiday (if I can get a working visa!) and I turn 40 at the end of January! SO I am doing a gap year at

No one cares what's on your just put relevant stuff. I will be putting everything I do down because as a film/photography person it helps me. I'll be v/logging my stay. If you can afford to go on a 12 month holiday because you have been working for years then you are a reliable worker.