Quitting my job!
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2013 8:48 AM Last Post By: Mouak05
Oct 17, 2013 7:52 AM
Quitting my job!Hi all,
Just wanted some advice really and maybe some encouragement. I am 32 years old and live in the UK. I have a well paid job but have been used to having lots or creature comforts. Anyhow I have always loved travelling and have been away loads as I am a teacher however I am now ready to quit my job and maybe travel for 9-12 months. I have a budget of around £18,000 and wanted to go to South America, Australia, Japan, Philippines, China, Australia, NZ, India and USA/Canada.
I also broke up with my long term boyfriend recently although I have always wanted to travel this has really pushed my mind to travel for a longer term.
This sounds like heaps but I like sight seeing and not really into jumping off cliffs. It will be sensible for me to not go on any more holidays between now and next year, this will give me the chance to save more money and I will make lots of cut backs. I have only ever traveled on my own once but my real questions are:
Is this enough money?
Should I stick out my job for another 9 months till summer 2014?
Is this enough time?
Am I to old to be staying in Hostels with students?
I am very scared about just quitting my job but I have no commitments here and was wondering what people think - has anyone been in the same boat?
Oct 17, 2013 9:54 AM
I am a 26yr old female from the UK. I have a similar amount saved and looking to take a year off from late Feb/early March next year. Would like to see similar places to yourself.
I don't think you're ever too old I've stayed in hostels before and seen a whole mix of ages.
I'm really scared about doing all this but life is too short.
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Oct 17, 2013 10:12 AM
Thanks for the boost, I have been fighting this urge for soooo long now but I can't fight it anymore:) I have a strong urge to travel for a long time. I've stayed in hostels but never dorms:( But I guess it's the best way to meet other people.
You right life is about chances - if you don't take it you will never know:) It's a scary thought to think your giving up stability but I guess it's more scarier to wake up one morning and not ever being able to do it again...
Wow your going in March...fancy waiting till August...lol? Where you heading of to first?
I've got you e-mail - it would be good to know how your getting on? Are you from London?
Oct 17, 2013 10:24 AM
Oct 17, 2013 11:02 AM
4Go for it! If you want to stay in your job for another 9 months to earn some more cash (you can never have too much!) then that's your call. It would give you some more to plan though.
£18K for 9 months seems like enough. That's £66/day. Loads for some places (e.g. Thailand), not much for others (e.g. Japan/Oz). Don't forget flight prices etc, as that can take a lot out of your budget.
The oldest people I ever saw in a dorm room were an English couple in their sixites (at least) in Beijing...they were enjoying themselves! At first you may feel a bit old (especially with the gap year crowd of teenagers), but there will almost definately be plenty of more mature twenty and thirthy (and more) somethings as well. I'm sure you'll get into it after a week or so.
Oct 17, 2013 8:55 PM
5Do it! I'm thinking of doing the same (single 27 year old in the US) and taking time off from a job in marketing to travel for 3-5 months to see SE Asia, South America and revisit Europe. We only get 2 weeks of vacation a year so it's tough to do any real traveling. I'm planning to backpack and stay in hostels. If you can't do it now, when can you? :)
Oct 17, 2013 11:22 PM
6Japan is expensive.
The USA costs roughly the same as Europe expect that
1. cheap hostels are harder to find, (they exist, they are just harder to find) and
2. things are so far apart that transportation costs are more of an issue.
I'm going to hazard a guess that Canada and Australia are the same way.
Yes, £18K for 9 months seems like enough, but it depends on your travel style. If you fly from NYC to Chicago and stay in a downtown hotel in each city you can spend quite a bit of money.
I think you are on the right track, and no 32 years old is NOT too old to be staying in hostels. You might be older than the other folks, but you will be welcome.
Oh, if you go to Korea, Japan or Taiwan, checkout the opportunities for teaching (English as a second language) there. I've done it on Taiwan and there was quite a bit of profitability there.
Oct 18, 2013 12:00 AM
7Agree on the hostels...I still stay in them frequently,and I'm considerably older than you ;-)
No one has mentioned the itinerary so far,so I will.That is FAR too much ground to try and cover in that timespan.It will cost you a fortune in flights,nd you will be moving so fast that you will have little or no time to learn anything about the places you are going through.
I'd agree also on the 'go for it'..but decide where you REALLY want to go.You don't have to see the world world on one trip.
Oct 18, 2013 2:04 AM
Oct 19, 2013 3:28 AM
Thanks for all the responses. I will save on my flights by going from London - RIO - Canada and then back to London for 2 weeks to see my friends and family. Hoping to spend from Aug - Jan in South America and Canada then return to UK THEN FLY to Hong Kong to travel that side of the world - might work out cheaper on flights. Only problem is weather - ?
I might even come home for xmas and NY then be of again in Jan...
What do you think...I totally hear you about covering so much...maybe I was being to ambitious:(
Oct 19, 2013 1:58 PM
Reading your post it could be me that had written it! I am also a teacher in the uk and am leaving my job at the end of the summer term. I also have a similar amount of money saved- I hope that it will be enough for a year. The only difference is I am slightly older (37) but am also worried about staying in hostels as have never done so before.
I look forward to reading more about your planning
Oct 19, 2013 2:29 PM
At 37 you won't look like everyone else, but people will still welcome you, invite you to dine or drink or travel together and generally be nice to you. You have no worries.
In my first hostel most of us were in our young 20's, there were 2 people in their early 40's and we treated them just like everyone else. In my second hostel, there was one person in his late 30's, we invited him out for pizza and beer just like everyone else.
In fact in one hostel, a 30-plus "stole" my young-20's girlfriend.
Really, there is nothing to worry about. You might look different, but people won't care (in fact they might even think it is cool that you are past your early-20's and still traveling.) You will be as welcomed and as accepted as anyone else, both by the staff and by your fellow travelers. No worries.
Edited by: LongIslandBob
Oct 19, 2013 11:17 PM
Oct 22, 2013 3:17 PM
13Hii, I'm 32 too, I'm also a teacher from the UK!! Weirdd..
I've travelled a lot and have recently just got back from another trip in Australia, staying in hostels is fine and so much fun, I just had my birthday out there even!
I've decided to go back to uni next sept and have this year to do some more travelling, I unfortunately don't have the budget that you do.. I really want to go to South America, Central America and Europe.
Where do you want to go in SA exactly??
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