taking a year off
I've been saving up so that I can take a year off to travel.
I'd give yourself about 3 months to find a job.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Just curious: where will you be travelling? how much did you budget for this year-long trip?
Plan a trip to India...... you'll have better chances of getting hired there... after your sabattical is over.
Assume that you won't get your job back.
for just curious, I've been working with a travel agency on buying a round the world fare that starts in LA and goes west. Trying to hit middle east, southeast asia, china, japan, australia, ending up in europe. The tickets are around $8000. I have just over $80,000 in cash for the trip, and $30,000 in another account for when I return. I haven't worked out a formal trip budget but will be mostly staying in guest houses, homes of friends, hostels, and budget hotels. I'm trying to keep expenses under $100 per day.
Wow, $80K for a round the world trip you'll be living in luxury. Even at $100 / day.
I should point out I don't plan on spending the whole $80K, but have that much earmarked so I don't have to pass on any events because I can't afford it.
I'm wondering what's gone wrong in my life that I don't have $110K in the bank :)
Sounds great. As someone who did something similar (2 months around the US), I know this is going to be an amazing experience.
"I'm wondering what's gone wrong in my life that I don't have $110K in the bank"
For $110K you could retire in luxury and live in a seaside bungalow in any number of emerging economies (Thailand, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica...). AND have broadband.
... until that economy starts to catch up and inflation takes hold.
I'm so glad to see someone do this. I have a similar plan to take off for about a year near the end of '05. I won't have anywhere near 110k, though.
Yeah, actually that you're talking to a travel agent kind of scares me. I realize organizing flights is difficult on the fly*, but I did my travels without a formal plan and it worked out great, I wouldn't have done it any other way, and to this day, my vacations are always "by the seat of my pants."
I've done a lot of travel in the past but the maximum was 6 weeks, not a year. I would try to do it my self, but travel agents are actually pretty helpful with organizing round the world air fares. I'm using www.airtreks.com, which I found after reading the book "practical nomad" (the author helped start airtreks.com, I think.)
My advice would be don't plan too much. You are going to do new things, discover things you have never heard of and meet new great friends. You'll also find yourself bored in places you thought would be the absolute hight of entertainment.
Just me (Sir to you)
I was thinking... maybe you could bring along a laptop and a digital camera. Say, take pictures of cool stuff at an antique shop in Prague, put the items up on E-Bay for a day at a 4X reserve. If you get takers, buy it, ship it, Pay-Pal it and continue the journey. Become sort of a modern day virtual trader. You may be able to extend your trip indefinitely. Might not have to come back at all... ;-)
woah, marco polo. that's a good idea. :)
Too bad I don't own an antique shop in Prague, I could flood the market.
Marco, *Brilliant* idea.
Wow, a sterling endorsement from Bella.
$80,000??? You can get by quite comfortably for $12,000/yr (for everything) if you avoid Europe & the States. As far as airfare try airtreks in San Fran. I suggest buying a one way ticket somewhere central (ie Singapore) and see where your travels lead. You don't want to be stuck with a specific itinerary.
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