Author Topic: Quitting job to travel and figure things out, bad idea?  (Read 11625 times)

jd

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Re: Quitting job to travel and figure things out, bad idea?
« Reply #50 on: November 10, 2015, 02:56:46 AM »
If travel is what you really want, I agree that you should take the time off work, whether by quitting or negotiating a sabbatical.  As others have said, it will be a life changing experience, and this is a great time in your life to do it.  Sure it may push time to FIRE back a bit, but it could move it closer if you get a higher-paying job upon returning with new experiences (and/or realize that expenses could be cut further).

SimpleGuy

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Re: Quitting job to travel and figure things out, bad idea?
« Reply #51 on: November 10, 2015, 09:37:15 AM »
I think a lot depends on your career field and what you are willing to take, in terms of job and location, when you finish your travels.  If you are in a high demand field and getting a job won't be a problem or are willing to take any job in any location, then I'd say go for it.  But if those don't apply, I'd be cautious.  I quit a job without another one lined up, not to travel but to move closer to family, and wasn't able to find a comparable job in the area and ended up moving farther away then when I started.  Granted it was during the Great Recession, but the job market still isn't very strong.  Just something to keep in mind. 

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Re: Quitting job to travel and figure things out, bad idea?
« Reply #52 on: November 10, 2015, 10:37:06 AM »
This is my daily tug-of-war.  Good job, good field, but traveling while young also highly recommended. 


I can relate and am 1 year older than the OP. Also the fact that I like work and also am a gym rat and don't like going too long without the gym. However, I do feel a strange sense of guilt about not slow-traveling, as if I am missing out on life. When I was in southeast Asia in February, at the end of my 2 week trip I felt as if I was just getting started and did not want to go home.

In OPs case, it seems like she has a lot less to lose, in the fact that she doesn't even like her job. I would absolutely go for the trip

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Re: Quitting job to travel and figure things out, bad idea?
« Reply #53 on: November 10, 2015, 05:01:47 PM »
You mentioned getting offers of part-time work as a result of your blog posts - why not wait until March, quit this job, and take an attractive part-time job when you next get offered one? Then you'd be starting your "official" career in your preferred field, while having more time for your freelance writing and your blog, plus exploring other opportunities you're interested in.