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Old 05-23-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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It's a bit like asking the same question but substituting USA for Europe.

As for the comment about Europe being 'unsafe, I'd best keep my thoughts to myself on that one.
So basically a bit cold, and rainy?
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:17 PM
 
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First, if your boss really likes you, they might hold the job for you by hiring someone - maybe a grad student, or, really, any temp - for those weeks. But you'd have to phrase it very nicely: That you're sorry to inconvenience them, but it was the chance of a lifetime, etc.

Second, sounds like it's time for you to launch into a better job, anyway. Maybe that's more important - finding a better position, rather than just finding something right away.

Third, maybe you can sublet your apartment for the duration. If you're lucky, you'll generate a small profit with that.
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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Go, have a great time! As others have said, talk to your boss but enjoy the trip no matter what happens job-wise.

Your 'impulse buy' shows you do not want to lead a dull life so this may be just the beginning of a great adventurous, interesting and fun life for you! Happy travels!
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: SW France
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So basically a bit cold, and rainy?
Um, no.

It depends on which part you go to- it's variable.
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Old 05-23-2015, 03:56 PM
 
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You were here talking about planning this trip two months ago, so it's not all that impulsive, no? I can't help but feel like it's a little bit of a humble-brag to pose this as "oh dear, how stupid and impulsive am I??" when you've clearly thought it through for some time. You already know it's not going to ruin your life, evident in your subsequent posts. You don't really need two dozen strangers saying "Oh honey, don't doubt yourself, you should go for it!" to validate this choice, right? Just own it.

And enjoy, and have fun!
^^This.
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I think this is a great idea! And you should do it and have a ball. If all you have is a crappy job it's really no big loss. But you have time and who knows you may be able to negotiate a leave. It doesn't hurt to try. You can also start job hunting several months before you leave and give them an availability date after you return.

I have no regrets about traveling when I was young. I'm glad I did. Too many people put off all their adventures for after they retire and are finished raising kids. And way too many of these folks then find themselves too sick to travel or they are stuck raising grandkids! One never knows what the future will bring. My H dropped dead at 61 and that made me even happier we had done a world's worth of travel decades earlier.
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Considering that plane ticket prices to Europe seem to be going up vs. down, I don't think it's such a bad idea to buy them in advance.
IIRC from my time in Europe, there may be some seasons when certain attractions may be closed, so make sure you check into that for all the Must Sees on your list.
Hostels are great choices for places to stay. My mom is currently staying in one right now, and she's in her late 60s. She says she never felt so safe and welcome. She was actually quite concerned because her trip is taking her from the UK through Europe and on an archaeological tour of Malta. That island is having a very rough time right now and can be a dangerous place for an American to be, but she's savvy and knows enough to be cautious without letting it slip into unenjoyable paranoia. I would also suggest Airbnb for an alternative when looking for a place to stay. My father was quite fond of it and had very good luck using it to find a "Bed and Breakfast" type situation.

Like others have mentioned, you sound very responsible to be able to save that much money. I would love to be able to save money for a trip back to Europe or Asia. Alas, car payments and the dream of a house come first. The age comments are also relevant. My mom went to Mexico to check out the step pyramids there, but found she could barely navigate the steps. It would have been much easier for her when she was younger.

Lucky you!
Enjoy your trip. Plan it. Own it. Be safe.

-T.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:24 PM
 
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How stupid is this? Has anyone done anything similar? I just figure now is the time to see Europe, when I don't have any longterm commitments or a real career.

Thanks!!
oh, i think its a great idea, I wish i could of done that.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Garbage, NC
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Spend this year saving as much money as possible.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Proxima Centauri
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Go for it.

London is ok.
Paris is incredible.
Rome was ok.
Florence was incredible.
Amalfi was beautiful
My father's home town in the Apenines was dullsville.
I would have liked to see the birthplace of music Vienna.
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