I want to travel!

United States
June 6, 2011 10:43am CST
I LOVE to travel. The only problem is that I usually don't have the time or money to go to the places I want to see. I often wish I could be one of those people who drops everything and goes. Quit my job, sell my car, sell my house, forget about bills and debt, etc. It's a very scary and exciting thing to consider all at once. With the economy the way it is, I don't think it would be so easy to do this, but I want to know what you would do.
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• Hong Kong
6 Jun 11
Maybe you can try out working holidays! It seems to be quite popular these days to have working holidays in the foreign countries. What you need to do is to find jobs in the country you want to travel in and earn enough money to go travel there for a year. Usually people try to find some jobs which provide them with meals and place of living so that they don't need to worry much. And some countries also encourage people to have working holidays there by making it official, providing consultations and supports. According to my knowledge, these countries include New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan etc. But please be noticed that there are some rules or guidelines set by these government. For example, for one of the country (I forgot which), you have to have a sum of money of around $ 2600 US dollars with you (so that you can still maintain your living even if you can't find a job); and you have to buy travel insurance in advance to protect your own interests (touch wood, you know the medical cost can be very high if you have accidents in foreign countries, and usually they charge higher on foreigner as there is no subsidy) In my area Hong Kong, many fresh graduates go for working holidays before they really find jobs; and people who have been working for years have quited their jobs as they feel so tired. Most of them recommend this kind of working holidays because it brings them a totally new life experience. Maybe you can consider it.
• United States
6 Jun 11
Thanks! That is not something I have thought about before. I will have to look into it more. One big problem with that though is that I don't speak any other languages. Wouldn't it be hard to find a job without speaking the language?
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
6 Jun 11
I used to teach English in Taiwan for a few years and I loved it. I got to travel to a few places in Asia. All you need is a college degree in any subject and be a native English speaker. I went through this site to get my job. http://www.footprintsrecruiting.com/ They have placements all over the world. I tried to learn a little Mandarin before I left but it's not necessary that you know the language although it is helpful. Teaching ESL in a foreign country is definitely something that will let you have an adventure.
• United States
6 Jun 11
Wow! That's great! China is one of the places I have been dying to go. I will definitely check out the link you sent to find out more. Thank you :)
@itsack (83)
• Philippines
7 Jun 11
The best thing to do is find a job that is related to traveling which do not limit only by being an airline crew. There are many jobs which traveling is a major task. You can be a field representative, a surveyor, a researcher, a seminar/guest speaker, business dealings, a caterer for sea vessels, etc. Since you still don't have the money, you need to find a job where your pleasure is. It is always my philosophy that work without fun is a curse. A better view of adventure should also be set on your mind. Since you're more into traveling, there are needs to consider salary rates, work-related restrictions, and time management. If you can consolidate these factors on a travel job offering, then you're on into fulfilling your dream of traveling. Of course, don't expect too much in the first time, although there's nothing wrong in doing so. Don't sell your car, because it is one of your major resources to fulfill traveling, however, in nearby cities or states, at least, that's still traveling. Lastly, consider that it's difficult but it's not impossible. You may find difficulties in adjusting yourself to stepping into your adventure but it doesn't mean that it's not doable. It's very possible! It's difficult but it's possible. Do it while you're still young, fit and able. Do it with full joy because it's not a matter of where you've been into, but how you get there and the number of good friends and memories you will collect and cherish for life. Avoir un Voyage en toute sécurité! (Have a safe and happy travel!)
• United States
7 Jun 11
You are so right! I have been looking for a job like that for awhile. However with the price of gas what it is now, I cannot do much travelling to nearby cities or states anyway.
@itsack (83)
• Philippines
8 Jun 11
Then perhaps commuting will do. Just come to think the opportunity of meeting new friends for every stations and buses you'll make.
@watergirl (569)
• Philippines
7 Jun 11
I love to travel and see places I've only dreamed of before. But with a job and family, travel is not instantaneous. It's more of a scheduled trip. Every member has to agree to take a vacation leave for the specified time. It also has to fall on a school break since I have 2 kids in school. Budget has to be set too. For me, planning a trip is not easy but worth having with all the stress and hard work.
• United States
7 Jun 11
When I was growing up my parents somehow managed to take us on a trip at least once a year. Usually it was in the summer when there was no school and it was always a car trip. One summer they even rented a RV and we drove through the mountains and stayed at campgrounds. It was a blast and I will never forget it. Maybe that is where my love for travel comes from. Anyway, I know it's difficult to manage and afford a vacation, but if you can do it, your children will not forget it :)
• Philippines
10 Jun 11
Yup. I make it a point to have at least 2 local trips (around 2-3 days) and 1 trip abroad (at least 10 days) every year. My kids like traveling too. They get excited just seeing the airport! Right now, we only travel on Christmas and Summer.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
6 Jun 11
I love to travel. I am fortunate that for almost three years now I have a job where I travel for a living. I'm a flight attendant however when I travel for work I go to different places but don't always have time to sightsee and I work a lot and don't have a lot of time off between trips. I actually traveled more before I became a flight attendant than since I've been one. If it's something you want to do you have to find a way to make it happen. I started a travel fund so I can save money and go to the places I want. I can fly free or very discounted and I get discounts on hotels, cruises and vacations but I still have to pay something. Don't spend time wishing, take steps to make it happen. Maybe you can find a part time job in the travel industry to find a way to travel cheaper. Sometimes you have to find different ways of getting what you want from life.
• United States
6 Jun 11
My roommate is also a flight attendant. I have been trying to get in for a few years, but I have had no luck. What airline do you work for?
@maximax8 (28284)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun 11
I was 18 years old and wanted so much to travel around Europe. I managed to afford that by working as a children's nanny in Finland. I bought a one way air ticket to Helsinki and an Inter Rail Pass. I had a travel guide book about budget minded travel in European countries. When I got back I worked for two years at a ship brokers as a container marketing controller. I had bought a little cottage when I was 19 years old. Sadly there was a recession and I got made redundant. I looked hard to find another job but it proved way too challenging. I decided to let out my cottage and get a working holiday visa for Australia. I traveled around the world. I worked in Australia as a children's nanny, a factory packer and a charity collector. Now I work as a primary school teacher and I can travel to where I like in the world for a few weeks a year. It was getting made redundant and not being able to find a job let me go off to explore the world.
• United States
7 Jun 11
That is a great story. I don't know if being a nanny is for me, but I am definitely interested in working abroad as a teacher, but need to get a bachelor's degree first.
• China
7 Jun 11
If you are working or studying. It will not have sufficient time to travel any places you like at will. My opinion is that you can travel on holiday. You may be pressed for time. But this is no way. Actually, to travel after you retire is more reasonable. You can have enough time and needn't care about the work. That's a enjoyment.
• United States
7 Jun 11
I am 27 years old. I hope I do not have to wait until retirement to travel to the places I want to see.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
7 Jun 11
Hi there, I would love to travel too however my medical condition plus lack of time does not permit me to do. I am a 4th year Tourism Management student from San Beda and we are required to join at least two trips (one local and one international). However, due to my medical condition, i can't. it is my problem right now. how would i be able to graduate if i won't be joining any of the trips? I would really love to see the beautiful tourist spots here and abroad... Palawan is my dream local destination while Paris is my dream international destination. I hope God would grant me the healing I have been praying for so long so I could do the things that I love.
• United States
7 Jun 11
I'm sorry to hear that your health is preventing your ability to travel, especially when you have such a wonderful opportunity to do it because of your studies. I will also pray for your healing because I think everyone should be able to do the things they want to do in order to fully enjoy their life.
@chinamma (24)
• India
7 Jun 11
I love to travel to but due to financial problems or due to my studies i couldn't so that.I always had a dream of me traveling the eight wonders of the world.I will make this dream come true when i will doing job.It will be very exciting to look over the world and going to places that we have just heard of.I even want to go to rome and find my soul-mate there as people of rome are most romantic.
• United States
7 Jun 11
Seeing the 8 wonders of the world is a great goal! I hope you make it to Rome and find your soulmate so they can see the eight wonders with you. Good luck with everything!
@manubla (474)
• Philippines
9 Jun 11
Hi amanog83, I also want to travel. But like you've said, I don't have the time and money to go places. However, I still manage to go to some place new at least once a year even if it's in my own country. And for me to do this, I wait for cheap airfare promos (which I would say are a lot these days). I also try to convince friends to travel with me so that we can split on common expenses like hotel/hostel, tours or even food. Also, I can't afford to just quit my job and forget everything except for travelling because my funds for travelling is coming from my job. No job for me means no money to finance even my basic needs so that's not an option at the moment. My wish now is to have a job that sends me to places. Have a nice day.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
7 Jun 11
For me yes it is nice to be with that life but don't do that if you are not rich to it.
@iwrite (5042)
• Singapore
7 Jun 11
Most of us are in the similar situation as you, however do not stop dream, and your mind would keep thinking of ways to come up with thing you can do to help you to travel.