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backpack around the world and do IM or start a career/family?

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  1. dotsrus

    dotsrus Newbie

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    Currently I am seventeen and hopefully have many youthful years ahead of me. I should be done with college in 3 years time, and at that point I am faced with a dilemma. To travel the world and gain a lifetime of experience or to start a career, join the 9-5 ratrace and work till my dying days trying to fund a superfluous lifestyle- the only benefit of that is having a family. While my future life plans haven't solidified yet, the only guaranteed will be attending college debt free to acquire an education. From there I am free to do as I want.

    If I plan to travel the world I can travel light, essentially backpacking across multitudes of countries. Visiting new places, partying with locals, learning new things, lifetime experiences and stories to tell, eating exotic foods, and enjoying life. All I need to fund this pursuit is 20-30 usd. Currently I am in the position of generating 100-200 dollars a day via internet marketing for 2-3 hours of work daily. The rest of the money would go directly into savings. Thus, I am guaranteed a steady stream of income whenever there is internet. The vagrant lifestyle seems so appealing. The time to see the world is now, but I don't know if backpacking for the foreseeable future is the right decision.

    Should I sacrifice responsibility of a career and a family to enjoy my life as a single man? The benefits and experiences to be had traveling seem to outweigh the "American Dream" that most college grads will end up busting their *** trying to fund. I can shed the burden of it and enjoy my life since I have only one.

    What would you do?
     
  2. transam7410

    transam7410 Power Member

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    Definately go backpacking! Im 28, you know how many friends of mine get divorces. You will meet more girls overseas and have alot more fun. Who knows maybe youll meet your wife in some foreign land. Trust me go overseas.
     
  3. lumien

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    I would say go backpacking. Your life will change significantly between the age of 17 and 30. If you go for getting married and starting a family and a career, time becomes scarce. Not that its a bad thing, because you are spending time on people you love - but it makes it very hard to do your own thing.

    If you have any dreams, pursue them now - because life has a way of locking you down.

    just my 2 cents,

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  4. hitman247

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    First off....make college last as long as possible...those are some of the GREATEST years of your life. Study aboard a few semesters, learn another language and then travel.

    You can always get married and have kids...
     
  5. Bugalugs

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    Totally agree with hitman. Do your college then travel. I did that and didn't get married until I was 30. Theres plenty of time for families and you do get tied down and can do nothing totally unless you are absolutely rolling in cash.
    When going out with girls at college let them know from the beginning that you intend to travel and that you will not be getting married and having a family for quite a while. Make it plain for them to understand that you MEAN what you say.
    You could always get married and do it together if you are particularly attached to the girl.

    Had a friend who was tossing up whether to put a deposit on a house or go travelling with his wife. He was in his early twenties. I told him just do it. They did and I am so glad he did as just 5 years later he had a brain tumor and died. he had a great time and his wife had a great memory. Life can be short so you have to live it....and enjoy it.

    But have to say don't know anywhere in the world where you can get by on the amount you stipulated. You must always have travel health insurance etc in case of emergencies and cash for unforseen events. Spent a few nights sleeping in bus stations in the US and once on the wharf in Naples in Italy. Got picked up by the border police in both Detroit and San Diego. OMG to think of it now.

    To say travel broadens the mind and your horizons is truly an understatement. It changes you totally.

    Bugs
     
  6. ~777~

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    travel then settle down. I did it the other way, went backpacking after I got divorced. I should warn you, for a lot of people (myself included) once you've got the travel bug it's very hard to settle down anywhere.
     
  7. jammie

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    Save up whilst you're in college and go travelling after.

    I'm currently in Japan (from the UK originally) and it can say it is well worth going travelling. This is only temporary but its a very easy lifestyle to enjoy!

    Get 5k saved up, get a few automated methods inplace and you can travel for a suprisingly long time!
     
  8. smasha

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    Def travel there is always time to settle down. Smartest and happiest people I think are the ones that never join the rat race.
     
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  9. serptech

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    Definitely travel after college. I for one would love to have that opportunity if I were in your shoes. No reason for you to not be able to do that with the income you're making. You can stay in some pretty good places for cheap, just depends where you want to go.
     
  10. SpeakToTman

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    No brainer...definitely go to college first, after that go travel and see the world. While on your adventures, you will sooner or later get that "itch" to settle down...only THEN get the right girl and start a family.

    trust me, this is the way to go. Else if you start the family life now, you'll never truly get that "party animal" out of you and you will for the rest of your life wonder what you have missed...when you 45 its too late to go live it up and be care free. You can always start the family a little later in life.

    Robert kiyosaki says a person has until 30 to f*ck around...after that you need to seriously work on your retirement.
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  11. BENNY8877

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    Backpack it, traveling is the ultimate life experience and you may not be able to do it any other time. Also don't get married too young, some have successfully done it but the majority of people nowadays end up divorced or worse in a shitty marriage.
     
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    I have been "backpacking" for over a year now - or rather, I change country every few months and live in rented apartments.

    Currently in Hungary. Why? Because I shut my eyes and put my finger on a map, and it happened to land there. The freedom coming from IM is quite extraordinary.
     
  13. supamanjon

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    isn't it hard to manage taxes if u travel a lot
     
  14. reinie

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    I am in the same situation...except I thought it would be better to travel with someone (a significant other) so i am not sure what to do either.
     
  15. lewi

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    I can tell as you were writing your post which one you think is the better option!

    Plus your this vs this is flawed completely!

    You make 2 to 300 a day already and are thinking of turning that into even less and work for someone for even more hours.

    So first off having a wife and kids does not mean you cannot do IM!

    Secondly you have 3 more years... pay off that debt... boost your savings and go and make that 200 to 300 for a few hours of work into a stable income without you having to work those 2 to 3 hours a day!

    Then your set to do whatever you choose in 3 years time.

    Lewi
     
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    Go and travel! Why, it broadens your view of life and maybe helps to understand more than people who never has been in situations what you face. Also Try to learn languages :p since then you understand different cultures more.

    Men usually have plenty of time left to marry and have family, its due the bodily differences, even after 50s.
     
  17. thesaintv12

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    Do it while you have the chance! I wish I had.

    I love everything I am doing now, but looking back it wouldn't have hurt in the slightest.