Would you quit your job and take the risk of jeopardizing your career just to see the world?

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    Aug 28, 2013 1:36 AM GMT

    I've always wanted to do that, but don't have the guts.
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    Aug 28, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    If I was in an industry where I knew I could easily get a job on my return. Years ago, I knew a guy that would just drop out for a few months per year and just travel. He was a nurse and apparently he would always have a job when he came back fron his trips.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    do not do that if you're an engineer.

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    Aug 28, 2013 2:06 AM GMT
    Do it.

    The World is FAR more interesting than a corner office and a pension.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:06 AM GMT
    In a second if I had the cash
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    No

    That's what vacation time can be used for.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Ive always wanted to see the world, but you can always do that later. I wouldn't quit a job to do that.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Scruff saidIn a second if I had the cash


    Wait...wut??
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    In a heartbeat, when should I start packing..?
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    Just travel after you retire ... rather do that than work until death.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    RacerX saidIn a heartbeat, when should I start packing..?


    today!
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    S34n05 saidJust travel after you retire ... rather do that than work until death.



    Yeah...

    good plan...

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  • COyogabum

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    Aug 28, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Cash said
    S34n05 saidJust travel after you retire ... rather do that than work until death.



    Yeah...

    good plan...

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    Exactly.
  • COyogabum

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    Aug 28, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    I have several times. It's given me more clarity about what I want out of life and what I want to do with the time I have.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    that's EXACTLY what im doing in 4 days
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 28, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    Travel is not easy and is much more fun when you're YOUNG. If you have an interest in travel and a good opportunity to do it, then DO-IT.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    Cash saidDo it.
    The World is FAR more interesting than a corner office and a pension.

    ^^^THIS!!!
    BTW, carry a travel guide with you, at times it is very useful.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    I did just that a few years ago. Quit my cushy job, was tending to mom in her last years, was shopping a boat (pretty much decided on Cheoy Lee 43) had gone to see it and then as I'm watching my mom die, my bud died on me, leaving me without a job, without my partner, not into single handling, you know, basically fucked.

    Then mom died. I tried traveling by land a little but didn't like it alone. Now I'm in my 50s and I need a new career. Careers last longer than people. Maybe I'll try that again in my 70s or 80s if I don't have dementia by then. But even then I'm thinking instead of doing it with support, maybe as an elder volunteer with the Peace Corp or something like that. And I'm thinking now of going into a helping field so I have experience to offer them later.

    I can be adventurous with someone I love but not so much on my own. And the two guys I've loved died so I just can't count on love anymore. It's the workadayworld for me. I'm gonna work till I drop. Most everyone in my family does that. The only one who didn't is my father and he's not a very happy guy. He's done basically nothing for the last 25 years. Fuck that. I'd kill myself.

    As to jeopardizing a career? I don't know about that because I've changed twice already, each time starting again at the bottom. I don't give a shit about that. I think work is real important to keep the mind going. But 20 or 30 years of doing anything can get old. So what's it matter if you change it up some. One person who I admired the most was a dear friend who had about five careers in his life. He was a practicing psychiatrist when he died in his 80s. Never stopped working. Very happy, smart guy.

    My problem now though is I'm scared to death of age discrimination. So I've got to get my bod in the best shape I can before hitting the streets so they have one less thing to reject me on.

    Another idea for you to consider is taking jobs in your career in other parts of the world. That strikes me as ideal if possible because the changing up would keep the one career more interesting than doing the same thing in the same place year after year.

    Another idea would be doing volunteer work around the world in your career and then simply add all that to your resume when you want to settle down again.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    You just need to find a career that allows you to see the world. In skydiving it's ridiculously easy to find work all over the world. Jump in beautiful places and experience different cultures, all while falling deeper in love with the sky and the smiles that it produces icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    Depending on the career, it is possible to get a job in another country through an international company, NGO like Habitat for Humanity, charitable organizations, etc. It's worth a look to see if you can have the best of both worlds.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    I have always wanted to work for myself but kept second guessing myself about doing it. Then after walking away from 20 years of Corporate America in 2008 because it was draining my soul and still having a vision clouded with fear and uncertainty, I would MOST certainly do it. And do it again.

    Things have worked out wonderfully after realizing that I did the right thing.

    Your gut instinct is calling out and you'd do well to listen to it.

    Plan and then execute or if you can't take it any longer-take the plunge. The path will appear.
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    Aug 28, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Colbert_Nation saidDepending on the career, it is possible to get a job in another country through an international company, NGO like Habitat for Humanity, charitable organizations, etc. It's worth a look to see if you can have the best of both worlds.



    Most definitely look in to such options. I took off mid-career to work in the Middle East for a few years and just plain took off a couple other times for years at a time to travel and enjoy life while young. Still managed to position myself to comfortably retire at 55 so it CAN be done icon_exclaim.gificon_biggrin.gificon_exclaim.gif
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    Aug 28, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    Cash saidDo it.

    The World is FAR more interesting than a corner office and a pension.


    Yes, if you have the means, but how many do?
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    Aug 28, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    Cash said
    S34n05 saidJust travel after you retire ... rather do that than work until death.



    Yeah...

    good plan...

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    I don't plan on looking like that at 60!
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    Aug 28, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    Cash said
    Scruff saidIn a second if I had the cash


    Wait...wut??


    Lmao you heard me