"I finished university in 2009. It's now 2016. I've basically spent seven years attempting to make a decision,” said Dan Baird of Anxious Travelers, who initially started traveling to escape a miserable dead-end job in England. "I'm 30, I don't have a pension, don't have any savings, don't have a career. In a lot of ways, I am way behind other people of my age."
In other cases, some time off might be exactly what you need; but it helps to already be established and continue working towards a career goal even during your absence. "For me there was no ground lost during my sabbatical; in fact, it helped me," said Abby Tegnelia of Daydream Away, who took a year off to live in Costa Rica, where she started her own company travel blogging and doing social media work. "It ended up helping me in the future -- I basically still live off of those skills. At the same time, I never worked past 2pm!"
But you still need to work to support yourself
Oh, so you're going to go travel? Just like that? You're just going to go travel, like, whatevs, no worries, I'm traveling? Cool story, bro. How are you going to afford it? And yes, while there are countless blog posts from professional travel bloggers with tips on how to live on the road for $500 a year or whatever... you really need to think about what it entails. How much of your savings are you willing to spend? How much time are you willing to work along the way?