When you come home
Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 3, 2013 2:41 PM Last Post By: derrick229
Apr 3, 2013 6:22 AM
When you come homeHiya, I'm a student right now, but once I've done my studies I want to go and travel the world, for as long and as far as I can. I haven't gone into a lot of depth looking yet, but Europe, Asia and Australia are at the top of my list. But the one thing thats bothering me, is there is lots of info on where to do,, what to do when you are out there etc but nobody talks about what haapens when you get back.
If like me, you live with your parents, when you come back
where do you live?
How do you get back into work?
What happens if you come back and just cannot find a job? What do you do to avoid ending up homeless with nothing?
Its things like that which are holding me back. I can't wait to go, its the coming back that scares me
Apr 3, 2013 9:22 AM
Apr 3, 2013 9:33 AM
2Where do you live and how do you get a job after you graduate anyway? How do you avoid ending up homeless in your home country? Sounds like life at home can be just as scary as life when you get back from a trip. Put some money aside for when you get back, say 2-3 months work, and that should be fine.
Apr 3, 2013 10:11 AM
3what happens when you get back and cant find a job?............the same thing that happens when you finish college and cant find a job.........you look hard. as for not having any money.....your best bet is to put aside some funds to help set yourself up when you land home. do you plan to go travelling straight away after your college? why not consider finding work related to your studies, gain some experience in that field of work, save hard for a year or maybe two then head off.....you sound like you will still be young, you will have more money saved for your travels and you may be more employable when you return.
Apr 3, 2013 9:15 PM
4Life is a big unpredictable adventure, and nothing can be relied upon nor seen as permanent. You will most likely be very different after traveling, probably less fearful of life's "risks" and perhaps even with a completely different set of priorities. In general, I think the happiest people are those who completely accept the situation they find themselves in, whatever that situation may be.
As others have suggested, get some peace of mind in the here and now by putting aside a little money to tide you over when you get home (or indeed, IF you get home, speaking as someone who went away for a gap year and is still living overseas 7 years later).
Apr 5, 2013 9:17 PM
5Mate to be honest there is no point worrying about that now, take it from people who have been there and done that. Worse case scenario you end up in the exact same position you are in now, except happier and with a few great experiences under your belt!
What you have to realise is that backpacking WILL change you, it will change your perspective. What seems important to you now won't be in a years time when you get back. Odds are you'll have been bitten and will be planning your next trip the second you step off that plane!
As for the job? Well it's easy to get a job I don't care what anyone says. Are you a professional? Qualified in anything? Have a degree? Travelling can be a huge boon to your CV to IF you spin it right. Do you have your TEFL qual? Hey presto you were an English teacher in China/Thaiuland/Japan etc for a year (even if you spent most of that year bumming round on a beach in S. Thailand!) Did you do menial work in a hostel for a few nights free kip? Hey presto you were a front of house staff or 'leisure service facilitator' in the 'hospitality industry' in Singapore/Chile/Mexico. This helps more if you get something that is relevant to what you want to do when you get back. I'm not suggesting outright lying of course, but you get my drift.
Hell, what you think you might want now may be very, very different when you get back anyway! Go, enjoy your trip grasshopper! We'll all be here to give you more specific advice when you get back.
Apr 7, 2013 11:49 AM
6Thanks guys :D definately made me feel more confident about the whole thing. As has been mentioned I probably will have to get into work for a couple of years to save up more. If I go straight after college the most Ii would have is about 5-6 grand in total. Nonetheless, thanks :D Wooo adventure :D
Apr 7, 2013 5:20 PM
7Working for a year or so after graduation is a wise choice (for both finances and work experience), but remember there's endless possibilities.
I couldn't wait to leave the UK so, with a little experience under my belt, I travelled for a bit then worked in Australia, travelled some more, and now working in Montreal. I've managed to build a career this way and travel at the same time. Now I'm working on moving into freelancing so I don't put my career on hold during the rtw trip I'm planning next year. And being location-independent when it comes to work means you can travel as you please and settle in whichever country takes your fancy with more ease.
Basically what I'm saying is. At uni, they teach you to believe there's one path: study, graduate, gap year, come home and work or fall behind on a career. When in fact, this really isn't the only option. It's really not a choice between travel or career.
Apr 8, 2013 2:00 PM
May 3, 2013 2:41 PM
9You will go and have a great time, you will come back and try and tell others about your time away, you will try and show off all your photos, then you will see their eyes glaze over, then they will tell you everything you missed on the telly
They will think you are weird for just up and going, but sharing it with anyone forget it, unless you have some close mates who share your intrests in tavel
I know I was in the Forces for 16 years, and people dont really care about where you have been, what you have done, they are all wrapped up in their own lives
Just get out there and do it, come back and worry later, the future hasnt been written yet, and you can say well 'What If ? and go nowhere
Just go and post a blog
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