Quitting Engineering job to travel for few months
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?
- Facebook / Engjohnwicmoretravel 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.
- SAP XuGi68This 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.
- eBay / EngAMVm27I 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.
- Airbnb PomaxI 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.