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I've decided to go traveling for a year!

  1. Richieb799 profile image66
    Richieb799posted 5 years ago

    I was going to rent my own flat after sharing for 8 months this year but now I decided that if I put my day job on hold to go traveling for a year I will have more time to spend on earning money online.
    I figured out by April I will only have enough money to spend 6 months with unshared accommodation and food but if I break that down into 1 month, each hostel and pop back to my parents for a couple of weeks each time I can manage it!
    I'll have to go shorter distances like France, Scotland, Ireland as well lol
    Sound like a crazy idea!?

    1. figment profile image72
      figmentposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      That's awesome Richie!! I'm craving to do the same thing.  Just want someone to join me.  I think I'm going to take off in January or February.  NOT CRAZY... MOST SANE THING I"VE HEARD IN AWHILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. shazwellyn profile image84
      shazwellynposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      No... life is for living and you need to put in strategies in place as a safety net.  I think it is a great idea to rent your flat - this should help you bring in an income.

      If I was in your situation, I would do exactly the same.  I really do wish you well - get out there and LIVE, have adventure and learn about what life is really about x

    3. Stevennix2001 profile image81
      Stevennix2001posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It sounds crazy, but it also sounds ideal.  I kind of envy you because I'd give anything to travel the world someday, as it's been kind of a life long dream of mine.  However, I wish you well during your travels, and hopefully you'll gain a lot of great experiences from it as well.

    4. J Sunhawk profile image82
      J Sunhawkposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Do it. You won't regret it. We traveled around the US and Canada for three years. Sleeping out in the desert with the coyotes yelping outside the tent is interesting. Visiting Sioux Lookout in Ontario, Canada was great. What you'll remember most is all the great people you'll meet.

  2. camlo profile image83
    camloposted 5 years ago

    It's a great idea, Richie. Do it while you can.
    I left the UK years ago with the intention of travelling for a while, the idea being to work myself around the world, and I got stuck in Germany ... and I'm STILL there smile

    1. Richieb799 profile image66
      Richieb799posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      What sort of jobs did you do Camlo?

      1. camlo profile image83
        camloposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Back then, when I didn't speak German, I had to wash dishes in hotels, I also had a job in a French restaurant at the dispense bar, and I cleaned stair ways in apartment buildings. When I began to pick up the language, I was able to wait on tables. I'd never done anything like that before (only boring office jobs), so it was fun.

        There's a great book called 'Work Your Way Around the World'. It helped me a lot.

  3. KCC Big Country profile image82
    KCC Big Countryposted 5 years ago

    I think it's a great idea!  If you haven't read it (or listed to the audio book), "The 4-hr Work Week" by Tim Ferriss is a great book that talks about people who've done what you're proposing to do.  He talks about how to do it.

  4. Richieb799 profile image66
    Richieb799posted 5 years ago

    Thanks KCC, looks interesting! I know many hostels have free WiFi, I'm hoping to knuckle down, of course you will hear all about it on my page, roll on April!

  5. Bill Manning profile image69
    Bill Manningposted 5 years ago

    Good for you, go for it! I've been thinking the same thing myself. I'm single AND I work online, so with my laptop I can go anyplace I want and still be working.

    The trouble is unexpected stuff always comes up, always. But, if your sure of yourself then go for it. smile

  6. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    Yes, insane idea.

    And you should do it anyway smile

  7. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    I agree it's completely insane! But why not - you are only young with no ties. Go for it! (but hey - spread your wings a bit wider than France, Scotland and Ireland!)

  8. travelespresso profile image83
    travelespressoposted 5 years ago

    Its a truly great idea Richie.  Just do it!

    I gave up the security of a solid income, rented my home and left to travel without any real idea of what I was going to do or whether I'd like it.  I didn't work for about 8 months and traveled throughout Asia.  It was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done!

    You get to meet some very interesting people on the road, especially if you stay in "flashpacker" type accommodation.

    Do allow some money for contingencies and travel insurance.

    Since then I've worked in Australia, Malaysia and now Vietnam.  Its a great life.

  9. Time4Travel profile image80
    Time4Travelposted 5 years ago

    Love the idea, Richie! I agree. Take a leap into the unknown:) Travel is great for the soul-- even if it isn't always that way for the wallet. Anyways, it sounds like you have a plan-- which is important!

  10. Mikeydoes profile image79
    Mikeydoesposted 5 years ago

    That's awesome, you should do it.

  11. Edweirdo profile image96
    Edweirdoposted 5 years ago

    About five years ago I quit my life and spent 9 months traveling the world - it was the best thing I've ever done, and I would recommend it to anyone who has the craving.

    If you really want to do it and don't, you'll probably regret it - if you have the means and opportunity, then go for it!

    Good luck big_smile