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What would you do?

Posted by noexcuses on 18/9/2013 at 12:37

Hi, Long time reader of this site, first time poster.

I am currently in a kind of a dilemma and would like to ask the question, what would you do?

I am a 39yr old male, single with no kids that has his own home and has a full time job. Recently the option to take a redundancy from work (been their 14yrs) has come up with a payout that would enable me too travel for a year or two, all the things i have ever dreamed of doing, as such as the trans mongolian train, traveling through se asia a lot more and just seeing where it would all take me. I of course would not use all the money on traveling and keep a chunk of it behind for when i get back, if ever i do, who knows? I would also be able to rent my house out so there would be a bit more money coming in.

On one hand i am thinking, you only live once and this is a chance in a lifetime and more than likely never get the chance to do this again. On the other i am afraid i wouldn't be able to find a job when i get back, also the job i have now is not too bad and more than likely something i can see myself doing for the rest of my working life. Also, here in Australia there is a lot of doom and gloom talk about unemployment figure's getting higher.

So, What would you do?

Thanks for any replies i will get and i would love to hear from older members responses.

Cheers.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 18/9/2013 at 20:04

Hard to answer. Depends how much you really want to travel and how happy you are working now. If you've never travelled much before you might find 12 mths on the road difficult. Maybe do 6 mths and that gives you more money to come back too which takes the pressure off getting another job.

Buddhists believe you live many times.

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Posted by neosho on 20/9/2013 at 22:48

What else would you be doing for a year or two? Other than staying on the job, I mean.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 22/9/2013 at 21:34

He must have gone back to work LOL

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Posted by noexcuses on 23/9/2013 at 18:51

No, sorry, i did reply yesterday but must have pressed the wrong button.

Right, what else would i do? I am not sure i understand that question.

The way i see it i have two options. I can stay and keep taking holidays to SE Asia a couple of times a year and hopefully have the job security and that there is enough work to make a decent bit of coin. Pros - employment, Cons - same old existence and feel like just another cog in the chain working towards god knows what.

The second option would be take the money, sell or store my gear, rent the house out and catch a one way ticket too asia and see where that takes me, hopefully not to the bottom of a bottle in some bar. Pros - excitement of not knowing what tomorrow will bring and getting to do things and go to places i have always dreamed about. Cons - eventually having to come back and find a job, and worrying it will not be as good as the one i am in know.

At the moment i am starting to lean towards the second option purely for the fact that you only live once and if you never go you never know. I have travelled a little bit, did the two year working thing in england (i'm aussie btw.) been too india and for the last 4 years or so have been going to SE Asia a couple of times a year, so i like to think i would be able to handle all the rigours of travelling and i know it is no picnic in the park a lot of the time and can get very tiring at some times, but hey, that's the beauty of it and you learn a hell of a lot about yourself.

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Posted by noexcuses on 23/9/2013 at 22:56

And you only regret the things you never done in life not the things you have.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/9/2013 at 09:52

U answered your own questions.

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Posted by noexcuses on 26/9/2013 at 22:48

Maybe so, but i still don't know what to do.

+, i'm also asking 'what would you do?'

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 27/9/2013 at 12:14

I already told u. But it's your life.

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Posted by neosho on 30/9/2013 at 22:52

Go traveling. The next job you have may be better. You're still young enough to do that , find decent work I mean.

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Posted by GilbertMcDonald on 5/10/2013 at 11:15

Opportunity knocks, what's holding you back? How long
would it take you to save this buyout money by working everyday?
Take the money and go, have fun and relax.
You can work anywhere if you need to.

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Posted by foodtravellife on 22/9/2014 at 13:52

wow, i know this is an old thread, but i wonder if the OP took the plunge in the end?

FWIW, I would have went for it, money can always be made back, time cannot

Hope he's relaxing on a remote beach in Thailand reading this :-)

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