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Old 05-21-2015, 04:01 PM
 
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I'm a 25 year old female. This morning, i impulsively bought a ticket to Europe from March 1 2016-mid April 2016.. I'll be backpacking around for a month and a half. In order to do that I'd need to quit my job - I'm a receptionist and its dead end so quitting isn't the worst thing in the world. But they can't just go that long without a receptionist so quitting is my only option. I'll have at least $10,000 saved up, but obviously about half of that will go to travel.

So basically I'll come back to an apartment (roughly $1000 per month including utilities) and no job, with only $5000 in savings.

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. I did buy travel insurance, so I'm able to cancel the ticket and get a refund if need be. I think I need to have a good reason for canceling but I'll just lie if I have to.

Does anyone know anything about applying for jobs months in advance? In a perfect world id have a job lined up for when I get back.

Thanks!!

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Old 05-21-2015, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Establish a good relationship with temp agency, or several temp agencies. Depending where you are, you can stem the bleeding to some degree while waiting for a full time slot to open up by short term contracts. There's always going to be someone in an office that's out sick/on maternity leave/the company doesn't know if they've got the budget to fill a spot permanently/it's tax season and they need extra hands on deck.

The ability to handle giant multi-line phone systems and handle anything necessary in Microsoft Office while being pleasant and reliable can get a lot of people steady, if sometimes low-paying, temp office work. Alternately- do you have the temperament to be competent waitstaff? Sometimes the money can be quite good for a shorter, if often hard, work week.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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You are young. Do it now, because later you won't be able to, have fun! Explore, be an adventurer!
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I do this all the time, although I still live at home. You'll figure it out. Keep with the plan. Also, I don't think you need to spend anywhere near $5000 on this trip necessarily. You could probably easily keep it down to 3K, even with the flights.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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BTW collecting on that travel insurance isn't going to be THAT easy - unless you're sleeping with a bonafide physician who will fabricate medical reasons you can't travel AND document it. Or a funeral director who will provide fraudulent a death certificate for a member of your immediate family.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I'll be backpacking around for a month and a half. In order to do that I'd need to quit my job - I'm a receptionist and its dead end so quitting isn't the worst thing in the world. But they can't just go that long without a receptionist so quitting is my only option.
Are you sure of that? You might be able to get unpaid leave, with the office hiring a temp to cover until you come back from your trip. Don't just assume quitting is your only option.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Congrats!! Where do you live? You may not want to come back!! haha
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:06 AM
 
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I did something similar at that age level and I did not regret it. Enjoy!
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There are ways to salvage this, instead of spending a year worrying about it.

For a couple of hundred rebooking fee (depending on the airline) you can reschedule your trip for right now. Just go. Sort things out when you get home. The weather will be a lot nicer than Europe in March.

Call it a learning experience, and think of having accelerated it by almost a year. Instead of spending the whole year fretting about it.

In fact, rebook and go to Southeast Asia instead. The plane fares are actually cheaper, the cost of travel there is a lot cheaper, the weather is much nicer.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:12 AM
 
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I did buy travel insurance, so I'm able to cancel the ticket and get a refund if need be. I think I need to have a good reason for canceling but I'll just lie if I have to.
Did you actually read the insurance policy? I can pretty much guarantee that you won't be able to "just lie" to file a claim. Filing a claim usually involves extensive forms and documentation.
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