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Should I say or should I go ????!
Posted May 12th, 2013 - 6:34 pm from Montevideo, Uruguay
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Posted May 12th, 2013 - 8:07 pm by from Binghamton, United States (Permalink)
You never know untill you do it. Sometimes gods wishes are for you to have another meaning rather then just working for a pay check.

Posted May 13th, 2013 - 6:43 am by from Brisbane, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Maria!

You are really brave to be considering it, not many people are brave enough to take a gap year!

...would it be possible also to talk to your employer and see if they'll allow you to come back to your job after you've finished travelling? I know a few people who were given a leave of absence for a year. I did this the first time I travelled overseas for three months. The second time I went for two years (just recently got back) and my old boss said he'd help me get my job back if i wanted, although he's no longer the boss so it's a bit trickier! And i'm not sure I want that job back anyway.. Oh and don't worry i'm 30 as well, early 30s is still young ;) and all my family and friends think i'm crazy too ;)

Go! Do it if you want to :) You'll find a way to make it work and if you're getting that 'i'm going to regret this if I don't do it' feeling then i think that's important. we only get one life, right?

Wishing you all the best,

Posted May 13th, 2013 - 9:06 am by from Bacau, Romania (Permalink)
Maria, felicitaciones por tu decision! It takes a lot of courage to do it.

I can't tell you how to get your job back or what impact this gap year will have on your career. No one can.

What I can tell you for sure is that the chances of you wanting to go back to your old life and to your old career (at least in the form you have it now) are so *slim* that you might as well not worry about it.

Take the problems one at a time, as they come. Don't worry if you can't follow this advice now, you will learn... by traveling. Worry about the things you like and how to do them, instead of the things you don't like and how to (not) do them. It sounds easy, but don't take it lightly. Doing what you want with your life it's much more harder and you will feel much more responsibility on your shoulders when compared to just follow the system (born, grow, good school, good job, good family, die). There is no responsibility in the latter.

But whatever you do, don't make the mistake of thinking that the YOU from now will be the same YOU from one year from now. You can't, you won't and you shouldn't. If you find yourself in the same place, all the planets must have aligned or you still didn't quit your job :)

But don't take any of these things as absolute truths. This is my own experience. Choose yours.

Que te vaya super bien,

Posted May 13th, 2013 - 2:57 pm from Montevideo, Uruguay
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Posted May 17th, 2013 - 2:14 pm by from Frederick, United States (Permalink)
Hi Maria,

I'm 46 years old and starting over. I had a bead shop that I closed last year. Now I'm learning about social media marketing. My friend suggested that I checked out this company called Empower Network. It's a blogging platform and an internet marketing training. The guy who started the company is a hippie and his vision is to help other people to find their true purpose. You can write blogs about anything you want and earn money doing it. I just started recently and made $250 already.

My dream is to be able to travel and help orphanages around the world :-) Here is a link to the project that I started:


Now I can blog about it and make money while I'm traveling. Here is the link to my latest blog: http://bit.ly/traveling-and-helping-children

Let me know if you would like t find out more about it!



Posted May 13th, 2013 - 4:34 pm by from Nassau, The Bahamas (Permalink)
happiness is within , enjoy your life and let nothing hold you back. alot of people came to my island (bahamas) after going thru wat you are right now and have not regretted it. you only live once

good luck!!

Posted May 13th, 2013 - 5:38 pm by from Willemstad, Curacao (Permalink)
Hi Maria

Just wanted to say that there are quite a few of us out there over 30 that decided to jump. If you choose to keep your intentions straight traveling will be more of an inner journey where you have the time to reflect on your life and find out what really makes you happy. That's one of the biggest differences I see if I compare it to the majority of young travelers that are partying.
It's the same drive you see in people that decide to go back to University for a career change.
You meet people that you would've normally never met that will open your eyes how sometimes we tend to over complicate our lives. You loosen up and others expectations of you (that you can often adopt as your own will loosen its grip).
One year may seem like a lot but if you put things into perspective one year is nothing compared to the years you still have to work until retirement ( especially when you are doing something you don't like). If your dream is traveling just go , that is one decision you will never regret.

My ex and me always had the longing for traveling but as most people the fear of giving up security held us back. For him it took losing his job and our break up to travel for a year, to feel alive again and he's now living in Italy, started his own company, following his passion and inspiring people including me.

. As it was quite difficult to find a job at the moment and I had a job at a great company it was hard to let that go. Besides almost no one I knew was really passionate about their job. So for me it took an operation , a long recovery to finally take the step to travel. Traveling was the best decision I ever made in my life and I wish I had done it sooner as this has been such a magical journey. I was resisting quitting my job so much out of fear that in the end life had to 'violently' push me into that direction but it doesn't have to be like that.

If there is a voice inside of you that whispers that you are not happy in your current situation it will stay there and will only become louder. That's your heart talking to you. You can learn to ignore it but your life will feel numb and you will resent it.

I had enough to travel for 2 months but I've been traveling for almost two years starting my own company that revolves around my passion for traveling and my new found creativity.
I really think that if you follow your heart you will be supported and things will work out.
Hope this is of any help x


Posted May 14th, 2013 - 7:14 am from Brisbane, Australia
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Posted May 17th, 2013 - 4:33 pm by from Medellin, Colombia (Permalink)
Hi Maria!!! Im in the same position as you right in this moment: working in Colombia in a very well paid job, with a career and postgrade title, working in one of the biggest companies in the country. But, what I really want is quit and leave... Going experimenting the world!!! Ive already made my mind, and I will quit in two months time. How did I get the motivation to take the decision and quit a good job and a good standard of living? Well, it all comes to think that the world is huge, and there are so many opportunities out there you can seize which can give you the life style you want, including traveling a lot.
Some people have answered you with ideas: creating a blog, starting an online company, coworking with people from all around the world. I presume in Uruguay happens something similar that in Colombia: we havent explore all the opportunities the new media, internet, collaboration, the creative economy is handling to us!!! If you are passionate about something and you can find people passionate about it too, you can create a job for yourself that can allow you to travel the world. A lot of people have done it, and Im planning tocdo it myself!!!

I wish this can help you, as it worked for me. Im searching the internet, looking for what other people have done to create the project of my life... Just doing that is a journey itself!!!


Juan Pablo

Posted May 17th, 2013 - 6:59 pm by from Seattle, United States (Permalink)
Maria, I am in the same position as you! And apparently a lot of other people on here! It is really frightening to just quit a good job and take off into the unknown, but I think it's even more frightening for me to think about not doing it. It is so comforting to hear about how other people have done this and made it work.

I wish you the best, Maria!

Posted June 18th, 2013 - 2:24 am by from Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Permalink)
Hi Maria,

Same here, I totally understand what you scared from the stable life jump to another step of life.

People always care society view,for example, how them look at me once i haven't job or how them talk about me with that situation? and then family or friends they cares you, its only safe to convince you not to quit the job and leave the comfort room.

But there's always have a moment for me,its kind of i feel sorry to myself. or always feel sth important for me but i am missing it.

Its hard to find job every countries now,even in Taiwan.
I am 31, and same as your situation.

for now i have been tried to travel overseas once to twice a year, and finding the chance and right time to quit my job and travel for half year.

i think we do it in 30s,there's perfect age, we have work experience and a little money, also enough energy to walk long and able to cope with any situations happened from travel.

The best!

Posted June 18th, 2013 - 2:35 am by from Zhuhai, China (Permalink)
Great point, agree with you, Alice.

Posted June 19th, 2013 - 6:31 am by from Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Permalink)

Posted June 24th, 2013 - 12:22 am by from Saint Paul, United States (Permalink)
There is another path, think outside the box, depending upon your employer, I have had two mini retirements and this is how I did with continuous employment after the trip.

Trip1) I saved a $ a lot, then it was the day that a co-worker quite, I asked for 2 months off for unpaid work, letting them know this is my dream, and there were people in the world that I wanted to see, and I did it in our off season. They talked to upper management, and said ok, but only once (I asked again the next year, then said no, then I went to another company, and had a month gap to go tra, vel again)

Trip2) I was moving from one large city back to my home city, and networked myself back to the same large corporation, and asked that I started 4 months later, they first didn't know if they would have an opening, but by the end of the month they put in writing (I asked for this), that I could start come April (3.5 months of time off).

Trip 3) The future, currently investing in real estate (sot hat I can take off on mini-retirement 3) (3rd times in 6 years)

Recommendations, be honest, save $, be creative, think outside the box for income and making things happen.

Posted June 24th, 2013 - 7:21 pm by from La Paz, Bolivia (Permalink)
Hola María!
creo que siempre van a haber excusas y razones para quedarse, pero para mi haberme ido de viaje fue un camino de ida....me cambió mi forma de ver mi vida en muchisimos aspectos.
hacé la experiencia, no te quedes con la duda, desligate, date tu tiempo, acercate a la naturaleza y solo se va a ir a dando todo lo demas...

se que el trabajo y el ingreso es una preocupacion muy grande para vos ahora..pero confiá en tu instinto de supervivencia y en tu instinto, hacé lo que sientas..

alina viajando, ahora en jujuy, arg!

Posted June 27th, 2013 - 9:09 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
Hey Maria! I just read your post and although I don't know if you've already reached a decision by now, I thought I would add my own experience... I'm 41 years old, in January this year I quit my great job in the music industry in London, which I did for 15 years, and now I'm in Australia taking each day as it comes and learning as I go. Yes, it was a massive and scary decision and no, my trip hasn't worked out remotely in the way I envisaged it, but every so often (quite often in fact) I suddenly realise that I am FREE and can go wherever I want and do whatever I want when I get there (until my money runs out but I'll worry about that when/if it happens!) It's such a great feeling which makes all the uncertainty and scariness pale into insignificance...

I think making this kind of move a bit later in life leads to a very different experience than younger travellers tend to have. I've spent a lot of time on my own, reflecting about where I've got to in life, but I've also met some great people and finally have the time and space to rediscover many aspects of myself, skills, interests, qualities etc etc which I just didn't have the time or energy to focus on before. I have absolutely no idea where I'm going to end up, although I have a very clear idea about what I want from the future - but who knows how I'm going to get there or what life will throw in my direction in the meantime?!

I think that if you have faith in yourself and trust that whatever happens, you'll be ok, then you will survive and learn from whatever obstacles you meet. I spent years of my life not doing things because I was worried about the consequences, and now I'm learning to trust that I can cope with whatever I'm faced with, even when I have no idea how. At the end of the day, nobody knows what's going to happen to them, whether they make changes to their life or carry on as usual, so you might as well aim for what you really want!

I really wish you lots of strength and good luck with everything