Unemployed, looking for an adventure
May 18, 2012 12:05 PM Subscribe
I'm 26 year old guy recently returned from teaching in Japan, out of a job, and looking for a new adventure.
Hey all! This is my first question on AskMe. (TL;dr version down below)
I am a 26 year old American guy who recently finished a 2-year stint teaching English in Japan. I have had an interest in Japan for as long as I can remember, and majored in the language in college (with an English minor).
I got a lot out of the experience - I learned how to speak Japanese fluently, discovered a lot about myself, and made some good friends. I also have about $10,000 saved up with all of my student loans paid off.
During my time in Japan, I did some traveling and realized how much exploring and learning more about different languages/cultures appeals to me.
So, I am back at home now (in Ohio), and realize that the wanderlust hasn't left me just yet. I just can't see myself settling down in a regular job at this point in time, even though doing so seems like the logical thing. I want to experience more the world has to offer.
The friends whose lives I admire and aspire to most are those that have taken an off-the-beaten path approach to life, not those with nice houses and high-paying jobs. (One's volunteering in Africa, one's teaching in Korea, one's hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, one's randomly picking blueberries on a farm, etc).
So I'd love some input from you guys:
I'd like to go on an adventure - see more of the world, and have an experience that I will be able to look back on and tell my grandkids about. Do one of those things you only read about in books.
Also, it feels corny and cliche, but I feel as if I am not my own person yet, and am still trying to "find myself." I had social anxiety and was a bit of a shut-in when I was younger, often preferring to read and play games at home over socializing. I really came out of my shell while I was in college/over in Japan. The more amazing experiences I have and new skills I learn, the more confident I seem to become as an individual. I would like to have another of these journeys.
Preferably this adventure would be in another country, but I'd be open to something interesting in America as well. I'm open to doing something outdoors. Also, preferably something longer-term (at least a few months) is desired. Learning another language or skill along the way would be a plus.
It doesn't have to be a job, but it would be better to have an income - or at least not eat too much into my savings. Then again, I realize that I might not have a chance to do something with absolutely no commitments (job, relationship, otherwise) again, so I am keeping that in mind.
Some ideas I've had so far:
Joining the Peace Corps - with my teaching experience, I think I've got a decent shot of getting in. Plus, I would be getting a stipend and won't have to spend too much money. BUT, applications have already passed for this year, and I don't have the requisite volunteer experience. South America, Africa and Asia all interest me, so I would be fine with pretty much anywhere they could send me.
Sailing - I was reading in another AskMe thread about someone sailing the Pacific. I have always had an interest in the ocean, and sounds like an amazing experience.
Studying abroad - Sounds like a good idea to have time to explore another country, but it would cost some serious moolah.
Backpacking - Possible! But would use up a lot of money. Would love to from people on here regarding their experiences.
As you can see, I am very much up in the air. Any suggestions are open to consideration. The more exotic the suggestion the better.
TL;dr: Suggest to me some once-in-a-lifetime adventures for a guy with no current commitments.
Looking forward to hearing any ideas you guys might have!
PS: I will be back in Japan teaching English part-time from June to the beginning of August, so I have time to plan for whatever I do next.