Five Tips to Enjoying Life While Young, Unattached, and Unemployed

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

You got the pink slip and the first thing that you are thinking about was how you were going to survive. Look on the bright side, you’re young, you’re not beholden to anyone, you don’t have dependents, let’s face it you have more options than most. Realize that there’s still a lot of life to enjoy and now is the time to do the things that you were too busy to do before.

1. Travel the world. If you are one of the lucky few who got a severance package from your employer, this options is viable for you and it will never be as easy as now. If you’re still living with your family, pack up, look for the cheapest fare that you can find to your favored destination and go. If you rent, sublet or talk to your landlord about releasing you from your lease. There are so many places where the dollar can buy so much. If you stick to the same hemisphere Latin America is extremely affordable. Our neighbor, Mexico, welcomes Americans and your dollars. Three-star hotels are cheap, good food Is affordable, and there are many places to explore, whether it be the beaches of Cancun, Acapulco, and Huatulco or the colonial cities of Merida, San Miguel d Allende, or Dolores Hidalgo. The same situation can be found in Buenos Aires, San Jose, Panama City and so forth.

Learn how to tango in Buenos Aires and join the spontaneous mass dances that occur!  Photo attribution: Creative Commons
Learn how to tango in Buenos Aires and join the spontaneous mass dances that occur! Photo attribution: Creative Commons
Enjoy life while you're unemployed. Be a beach bum for awhile and enjoy the sands of Hawaii or enjoy beaches from other parts of the world. http://flickr.com/photos/kurtizanka/ / CC BY 2.0
Enjoy life while you're unemployed. Be a beach bum for awhile and enjoy the sands of Hawaii or enjoy beaches from other parts of the world. http://flickr.com/photos/kurtizanka/ / CC BY 2.0
Bartending is a moneymaking skill. http://flickr.com/photos/photohop/ / CC BY-SA 2.0
Bartending is a moneymaking skill. http://flickr.com/photos/photohop/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

2. Travel the USA. Take your car and go. Everyone’s been affected by this recession and you can talk to people about giving you the best rate for a night at their hotel, where the good cheap eats are and to explore the wonders of your country right here in the Good Ol’ USA. If you have initiative, you might be able to trade in your hotel stay for some odd jobs.

3. Volunteer overseas with an organization. Get some information from the Peace Corps, Worldteach, VIA/Volunteers in Asia, or Crosscultural Solutions or other organization. Determine which organization works best for you.

4. Find a cheap bartender course. You can parlay this skill into a lucrative part-time job (psssst, the money’s in the tips) and you will always be the popular guy or gal in the party.

5. Find out what you really want in life and make it happen. There are very few times when you will have the luxury to realize what you want to do with your life. Most people have things happen to them. Use this time when you’re unexpectedly unemployed to purposely live your life the way you want.

If you do it right, unemployment was probably the best thing that ever happened to you.

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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

What a great way to turn a negative situation into a positive experience! Thanks for sharing!


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Flightkeeper 7 years ago from The East Coast Author

Thanks for your comment bayareagreatthing, sometimes people don't realize the opportunity that lies underneath.


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Urbane Chaos 5 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma

Great article! I used to work for an internet marketing firm in Florida when I was younger. When everything went downhill, I found myself without a job and with virtually nowhere to go. But, like you say here, you have to make the most out of life. I spent two years traveling across the US and supported myself by doing odd jobs here and there. It was a blast, and I'll never forget the time I had.

Life's too short not to live out loud.. Thanks for the read, great article!


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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

So true Urbane! Your welcome.


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dstevenson0204 5 years ago

great post!!

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