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Senior totally not interested in college- wants to travel- any tips?

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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Now, I'm fine with her decision to skip college for a while- she'd fail if she was forced to go. 


Anyone here have a kid who has traveled after high school?  We're looking at those gap year groups, or how she can work abroad.  We're hoping to find people who have done this and can offer advice.



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atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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Travel with what money????? I would not pay for it.
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Momsalawyer
by Member on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Haven't had one do this but wanted you to know I'm right there with  you on "no forced college".  DD graduated a year ago, DS #1 a freshman now, DS #2 a senior in high school and likely to spend next year working as a roady for my nephew who has three successful bands and trying to break into the music business.  I strongly encouraged him to do so while he could; explained that once he had a wife and kids not only would education be harder but the entry level starving music biz would probably be impossible.  And yes, husband and I each have doctoral degrees so we are big into education.

coloradocakegal
by on Feb. 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM
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Her own money.  She's had a job since she was 14, and she saves 80% of each paycheck.  She is incredibly independent and responsible.   She works 30 hours a week on top of going to school.  But why does that matter?  What does money have to do with this?


 She wants to take at least a year off before going to college.  See the world.  Take a break.  I think it's fantastic, and wish I had done something like this.   I can only imagine what a great experience this will be for her.  

atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 1, 2014 at 8:41 PM
Traveling isn't cheap?? Does she have a ton saved?? What does she want to accomplish traveling???
Many never go to school after a gap year. That being said, my oldest quit massage school for 9 months and went to a different school. She will graduate in May at 23.
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cybcm
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

It's pretty normal here, my niece did it, as did about half of my 19yr old's friends, and no, it doesn't cost an awful lot of money, you have the intial flights then all worked in whatever country they found themselves in whenever they needed extra money and just flittered around the world for a year. The gap year travel usually isn't a stay in hotels have a nice holiday kind of travel.

Maverick1957
by Member on Feb. 1, 2014 at 10:10 PM

DH's son is going into military IF he gets off probation and IF he grads H.S..  He'll get to travel PLENTY in the military.  He's so immature at even 18, no WAY he'd make it in college anytime soon.  

Jinx-Troublex3
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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Job cops/peace corps.
lucky3x
by Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 6:52 AM

If she has the money then I say "Go for it!" You learn so much from traveling and if she doesn't do it now then it becomes so much harder once she has a job and other responsibilities.

ItsaJOB
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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Our son was 'forced' to go to college right after high school.  He was not ready or prepared.  He made it through ONE semester, came home, too time off to work, then traveled to Thailand and live there for 6 months.  Best experience of his life.  He worked to pay for his trip.  He worked WHILE in Thailand (computer website...they hire easily Americans).  He came back home, went back to college and is now finishing up his final semester.

we-r-up-to-4
by on Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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Dh did. sadly he chose not to to back to college and is now a dealer at a local casino. I wish he'd go back to college but also don't want to shell put the money for something he doesn't want to do and won't take seriously. He does say that was one of the best experiences of his life (except he blew enough money to buy a house which he regrets)
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