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Are We Mad????

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Quit jobs, sell home....travel??
25 months ago, June 14th 2012 No: 21 Msg: #157624  
Just like to add our experiences too. We are in England on a Grown Up Gap Year having my husband's teaching job to go back to in Australia. We have also stored all our 'stuff' in the attic and rented out our house. I think we could have got rid of a lot more but there you go, packrats to the end.

It is a great thing to do at any age and look forward to hearing all your exciting adventures! Reply to this

25 months ago, June 14th 2012 No: 22 Msg: #157632  
Shevz - you are definately not mad! We are in a similar position - again - questioning giving everything up to travel - but in my opinion if you really want to travel its too hard to push those feelings aside and get on with every day life. Once you have the travel bug thats it! So thats why we have decided to give up our jobs and go again!

In Sept 2010 I left my job and my boyfriend got a 4 month sabatical from work, and we rented out the flat, so we went on a rtw trip which was amazing. We came home to the UK in Jan 2011, my bf went back to work, I got a new job in the April, and all was ok for a few months (we had a couple of holidays which kept us busy) even though we always talked of possibly travelling again for longer one day.

Then earlier this year we had a 2 week holiday to Thailand...and a few weeks after coming home realised our passion is to travel again! So my bf handed in his notice at work last month, i'm handing mine in next month, we are renting out the flat and setting off again in September for at least 8 months and dont regret our decision at all! Even though some friends probably think we are 'mad' to do this in this economy..

We will probably put most of our personal stuff in storage from the flat but rent it out with the main furniture (sofas, bed etc) included. As it has been said, selling everything can take time and effort, plus it may be nice to come back to your familiar possessions, so storage could be a good option for you.

Also, if you travel for a while first, you can decide if you want to/have to work, then travel again with the money you earn from working!

Good luck with whatever you decide!



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25 months ago, June 15th 2012 No: 23 Msg: #157638  
Bravo Jetsetters!!

Please keep blogging so we can read all of your adventures.
We would love for you to blog about your local area as you are the experts.

Happy travels. Reply to this

25 months ago, June 20th 2012 No: 24 Msg: #157862  
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You would be mad if you didnt

We get one life, its not a dress rehearsal and there are no refunds so live the life YOU want to not what society thinks you should be doing.

What is the worst that can happen financially? you sell everything and have to start over again when/if you go back home....how do you know you have found home? it may be out there on the road waiting for you. The worst thing that could happen, in my opinion, is turning 80 and looking at eachother and saying.....we should have gone.

Happy Travels and welcome! Reply to this

25 months ago, June 20th 2012 No: 25 Msg: #157864  
We get one life, its not a dress rehearsal and there are no refunds so live the life YOU want...


Yeah Cindy...loving it!!!!

Packers are coming next Wednesday morning...flight Wednesday evening...

I'm finally going to travel....lol! Reply to this

25 months ago, June 20th 2012 No: 26 Msg: #157866  
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Cindy those were some great words!!! Thanks so much!

Pierre thats so exciting for you!!!!

Guys, I've decided I'm going to start blogging! Check for my first entry this Friday! :-) xx Reply to this

25 months ago, June 20th 2012 No: 27 Msg: #157880  
Fantastic news - look forward to reading it!

Just to reaffirm your decision, you are entering a wonderful world of exploration and discovery and memories that will last a lifetime....

....on the weekend, I was doing some cleaning and came across memorabilia I collected from 20 years ago. I found many programmes from concerts, theatrical productions and sporting events, and my recollection of some of these were hazy.

However, I also found items from my travels at a similar time - including simple things such the business card of a Bed and Breakfast I stayed at in the UK in 1991, a Camping Ground Pass for a place in Switzerland from 1992, and even some international train tickets in that same year. Each and every piece reminds of an experience that still retains strongly in my memory. I gently smiled whilst flicking through each of these items.

Travel experiences never leave you, they remain strong and vibrant even decades later. You are about to embark on a wonderful journey.... Reply to this

25 months ago, June 21st 2012 No: 28 Msg: #157884  
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This has been one of my favourite quotes since I saw it on the wall of an outdoor goods store nearly 20 years ago (yikes!), and one relevant to this thread...

"The only trips I regret are the ones I never took"
- Paddy Pallin Reply to this

25 months ago, June 21st 2012 No: 29 Msg: #157895  
Dictionary. com describes madness as senseless folly. Gosh I like that!

When one ponders the state of being mad, insanity comes to mind.

We get one life, its not a dress rehearsal and there are no refunds so live the life YOU want to not what society thinks you should be doing.


Cindy, not only are you a diver, sax player but now we see you are a philiosopher! Love that quote. Hope you don't mind me using it...I'll be sure to give you due credit. Great line.

Shavonne, can't wait to read your blogs!



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25 months ago, June 21st 2012 No: 30 Msg: #157905  

We get one life, its not a dress rehearsal and there are no refunds so live the life YOU want to not what society thinks you should be doing



So true, if you don't live the life YOU want to live you will regret it. We are coming up to 6 years away in September and we don't regret it one little bit.

Our house is rented with a bit of furniture, but the majority of our stuff is in our old garage, just waiting there if we ever want or need it again.

It make us happy to travel and as others have said on here already, once you have the travel bug it will never leave you!

The planning of your first trip is very exciting, so the blogging as you are planning and preparing will be good. Some of our very early blogs with bits about our packing etc have very high hits, so there is definitely a readership out there who want to read preparation blogs.

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25 months ago, June 22nd 2012 No: 31 Msg: #157937  
Bit late to the discussion but wanted to comment.

All the above advice and comments are excellent and it looks like you've made your decision to GO, which is awesome as it something you'll never regret and you can now fill your days dreaming and planning, one of the best parts of travelling IMO.

I can put a different perspective on things though as we've only just returned back from 14 months away travelling as a young family. We have a house here in the UK that we rented out while we were away and we stored some stuff in a rented Garage next to my parents house too. Just some personal bits and bobs and a couple of bits of furniture we didn't want to part with. The main reason for getting the garage was to store a car, a classic Mini, that we'd never want to part with.

So... now we're back and when I read your original post I thought "don't sell the house". I understand your reasons, you need to do that to raise the capital to travel, at the moment it's all locked up in the house. Clearly I have no clue as to your financial circumstances but have you considered remortgaging, releasing all the capital you think you'll need and then renting it out to cover the mortgage? It doesnt have to be a buy to let mortgage, a lot of lenders will provide a 'permission to let' (for a fee of course) on residential mortgages.

I just know I wouldn't be happy now if we'd sold, whereas I wouldn't of cared at the start. We're now waiting for the tenency to run out on our house before we can move back in and I love the fact that I'm moving back into my home, a home I loved. If we had sold I can't imagine now having to go through all the hassle of getting back on the property ladder and looking at the rental market, it's staggering how much that's gone up (bonus for us of course, as we were renting ours out).

As for storage, I actually wish we'd kept more stuff. We now have to buy all our big furniture and white goods again, which we'll undoubtedly get second hand (so we can spend money on other things like more travel) but will still cost a sizeable sum.

Practically, storing a car is obviously quite hard, but my Dad ensured it was MOT'd before we returned so the day after we got back I insured and taxed it and we were mobile, within a day of returning. It's the small things that make the difference but after the first time we travelled we didn't have a car for weeks when we got back and it felt like we'd had our wings clipped, unable to roam and explore which was part of everyday life while away. clearly this doesnt apply if you live in a large metropolitan area but we live somewhere quite rural where public transport is terrible so we NEED a car.

Anyway, this post is getting quite long... I'll follow your blog and look forward to seeing where your journey takes you.

Safe travels,

Mike Reply to this

25 months ago, June 22nd 2012 No: 32 Msg: #157942  

25 months ago, July 2nd 2012 No: 33 Msg: #158272  
I would have to agree with those who said not to sell your house. we went for a year and rented our house and put our furniture in storage but you could rent it furnished. This money then helped to pay for our travel and we still had a house to come back to. We had a tight budget but found we could make it work by spending more time in cheap countries and less in the expensive ones. Places like Turkey are cheap, Australia is expensive (I'm from there) but if you can get work visas you can pick up work as you go!

Happy traveling - don't take too much. You'll find you won't need half of it.
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25 months ago, July 3rd 2012 No: 34 Msg: #158316  
Loving the blogs so far, by the way. Reply to this

24 months ago, August 1st 2012 No: 35 Msg: #159427  
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Hi Shavonne, great reading about your plans. This is my first comment on a blog and I am loving the responses from other people to your questions. The general concensus is 'go for it' and I agree. We have done a fair bit of travel ourselves, and one learns so much by travelling and living in other countries. It is always good to have a safety net or back up plan, but apart from that, go for it, if that is your dream! Good luck. Reply to this

24 months ago, August 1st 2012 No: 36 Msg: #159429  
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Hi Alma,

Welcome to the TravelBlog community! Reply to this

24 months ago, August 2nd 2012 No: 37 Msg: #159438  

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Hello Alma,

Welcome to travel blog! This is a friendly and helpful community. Reply to this

23 months ago, August 15th 2012 No: 38 Msg: #159978  
When you asked if you're mad, I suddenly heard my mother's voice asking me why I want to continue traveling for a long time and not just return to my career:

"Why are you not doing normal things?"

My retort:

"Who sets the norms?"


Anyway, most people will not understand why we do what we do. But do we always have to make them understand? I don't think so. Reply to this

23 months ago, August 15th 2012 No: 39 Msg: #160000  
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It does sound slightly conceited when we travellers do say that we don't need to make other people understand our travels - but the reality is that non-travellers do not understand what motivates us to travel, regardless of how much we try to explain!

I've long abandoned trying to explain to non-travellers what drives me to travel, except for saying that I wish that they could see what I see when I'm on that road - then perhaps that will understand a part of it. Consequently, I don't attempt to justify my travels to places in Asia, Middle East or Africa to anyone - apart from stating how amazing it all is!

I mostly now discuss my travels with other travellers. By travellers I mean people who explore rather than those whose only holiday experience is to sit on a beach closeted in a five star resort and read a book for a week. Sure, this is fun to do occasionally but not exclusively. Thus, Travelblog is my main outlet for my yearning to explore the world. Reply to this

21 months ago, October 11th 2012 No: 40 Msg: #161909  
This was/is a great thread to read down through... very inciteful. After a few years of travelling within the confines of the holidays from our day jobs, we've been seriously considering this approach to travel as well... not that I haven't loved all the chances we've had so far, but I never want to come home, and that means something too

I can't believe I've not gone through the forums in here before... eep!! Reply to this

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