Quitting Engineering job to travel for few months

Caterpillar ptownbrown
Nov 23, 2018 16 Comments

I been working as an Engineer for little more than 3 years now. I am happy with what I do but compensation is not too competitive.. It's okay. I been thinking about this for a while. I want to quit work and go travel for maybe 3 months (becuase no company will give me 3 months off). I will be traveling with my newlywed wife (you can call it a long honeymoon). I have decent amount of money saved for this and will have some left after. I am planning to apply and going back to work after I get back from traveling (software or EE engineering position).

Any advice? Should I do this now or wait? How hard will it be for me to find a job after?


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TOP 16 Comments
  • Facebook / Eng


    travel is overrated... just use some vacation days and... your life isn't a fantasy, its time to set realistic expectations and kick things off on the right foot (solid real ground). prepare for kids.
    Nov 23, 20183
    • Intel UGeJ58
      This is exactly why he should do this now. A break to kick-off a transition is the best time. Especially when his wife is busy in the bedroom instead of chasing kids.
      Nov 23, 2018
    • eBay YAgV34
      Classic reply from somebody who has not travelled. I did and it’s never a waste of time, will make you more aware and memories will last for long times unlike for those long hours in the office. Do it if you can!
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Amazon / Engnutboy39
      Travel is cool but honestly people like to circlejerk about it too much.
      Nov 23, 2018
  • Cisco Infensus
    Nov 23, 20183
    • Google / Engcerulean
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Deloitte diracdelta
      What does this mean??
      Nov 23, 2018
    • Amazon PAxv45
      caterpillar, the compony he works for.
      Nov 23, 2018
  • SAP XuGi68
    This will be one of the best decisions you make. You can always make money later, but you will never get this time back. When in your 30s and 40s, you’ll appreciate the time you spent traveling with your wife 1000x more than the extra 30k you saved.
    I am speaking from experience since I’ve taken 6-month off twice in the last 15 years. Don’t regret it one bit.
    Nov 23, 20180
  • eBay / EngAMVm27
    I was in your shoe before, but don’t go for a 3 months vacation.

    Vacation time max should be 15 days, after 15 days you need a vacation from your vacation.

    Instead of taking one big 3 months off try to take 10 days off every 3 months.

    Make sure you do something fun everyday so you don’t get burnt out.

    You will definitely get bored if you get a 3 months vacation.
    Nov 23, 20180
  • Google pkey
    This person clearly isn’t on H1b
    Dec 9, 20180
  • OneMarket cryptoczar
    You are young only once. Do it now before life's craziness hits you hard.
    Nov 23, 20180
  • Airbnb Pomax
    I did this and left for over a year, then came back to double the TC.

    People that are saying that travel is a waste of time are not familiar with long term travel. You will travel very differently and do very different things while gone on a longer trip.

    If you do this, I suggest taking longer than 3 months. Expect to spend a month leetcoding (great to do during the end of your trip!) and at least a month after that until you receive your first paycheck. It’s not really worthwhile if it’s just 3 months.

    I recommend going to very low cost areas and traveling cheaply (SE Asia is great) and spending longer. Really do all the things you want to do while young and before having a kid.

    Also beware that long term travel with a spouse makes things more complicated. I would never take a girlfriend or wife with me long term unless she’s the super laid back type and likes to travel like me.
    Nov 23, 20180
  • Groupon nobody1234
    Please don’t listen to these people. Do it! I never got bored while traveling. Do you have specific destinations in mind?
    Nov 23, 20180
  • Microsoft EMoC46
    At Microsoft you can take 12 weeks unpaid time off. I know a few people take "sabbaticals", especially over the summer to be with their kids.
    Nov 23, 20180
  • Amazon thealpha
    Are you a swe now?
    Nov 23, 20180

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