Looking for some advice and opinions really on going away again or not on a long trip...!
My partner and I went on an amazing 5 month rtw trip in 2010 (which TB really helped us with!), we returned in Jan 2011 and ever since have both been talking about going again one day for longer. We would have gone for longer then, but he got a sabbatical from his work (finance/banking industry) which was too good to turn down, and since i was giving up my job, it seemed like a safe option (we have a mortgage), so we could return and at least one of us would have a job so bills etc could be paid.
I then got a new job in April 2011 (in retail PR/Marketing, been doing this for 8 yrs) which I have been in for over a year now (he is still at his company (9 yrs)), and in the last year we have had some great 2 week holidays, including Bali, India and recently Thailand, where we have dusted off our backpacks and travelled around for 2 weeks each time, to try and cure our appetite for long term travel and be happy with good jobs, steady incomes, a home and nice holidays. But it isn't enough!
We just keep talking about going away again for longer this time, maybe from Sept/Oct this year, predominantly SE Asia (although we loved what we saw in South America and would like to see more there too), maybe travelling and/or doing a TEFL course and teaching/settling somewhere for a while...we have to come back in June 2013 for 6 weeks for 2 weddings (my best friend and his brother), but then we could always travel again if we felt that 8/9 months still wasn't enough...money isn't too much of a concern, we both have savings, but we just can't come to a decision on whether to go again or not..
Part of us thinks 'you only live once', we have a flat which we could rent out, and we love to travel and we are both still under 30, so why not, but then the sensible side thinks 'you have already been once, think of your futures and giving up your jobs in this economy, getting married' etc.
So ultimately, I would love to hear peoples thoughts and honest opinions on what you would do! Be happy with what we have got, maybe buy a house next year and stick with nice 2 week holidays, or bite the bullet, quit our jobs and have an awesome time travelling again for longer?
Thanks in advance and sorry this turned into an essay!