Why I dropped out of uni to travel

I got my IB Diploma in 2016, after 12 years of school. Everyone then was talking about where they were going to start studying in the fall, and to be honest, it just sounded really exciting. So I applied to uni as well. I got in and started studying Psychology & Sociology in Scotland in the fall of 2016.

At first, I was pretty excited – a new country, new people, a new experience altogether. But there was always something missing. Before applying to uni, I always wanted to travel to New Zealand and Australia after getting my diploma, but then, when the time came, I just chickened out. I have to admit that I was too afraid to actually go through with it, and so I didn’t.
But the entire year I spent in Scotland, I didn’t feel like I was where I was supposed to be. I didn’t like my course, the city, or even the country. I missed my old friends, but most of all I was angry with myself that I wasn’t “brave” enough to travel the world.

And so, in May 2017, I chose to drop out of uni and I moved back home. For a while then, I was still thinking about finally starting to travel, but – I was still too scared. So then, at the beginning of September, I just booked my flight for November without thinking about it twice. Now I am two weeks away from traveling Australasia for 6 months, and truth be told – I couldn’t be more scared. But then again, I also couldn’t be more excited, and I do think that that’s a good mix.

Most of all though, I am proud of myself that I finally managed to get out of my comfort zone and do what I have always dreamed of.

15 thoughts on “Why I dropped out of uni to travel

  1. This is like reading a post about my alternate self haha. I finished the IB in 2016 too and was going to study Sociology at uni but at the last minute decided to follow my dreams of travelling Australia and New Zealand for 6 months instead. I don’t regret it at all, had some of the best times of my life on that trip! I hope you have a wonderful time travelling, well done for having the bravery to follow what you really want to do!

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  2. Woah, thats a bald move! i really do love to travel too, i usually travel with my family every vacations. I wish i was brave enough to the same tho. It would be cool to meet new people, new places, new FOOD😂😂😍 like every… single…day.

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  3. I was 25 when I took off to travel for a few years. I had already finished my degree though. It can be scary at times and you need to develop your routine of checks and balances, but it gets easier every time you go. I travel solo 90% of the time even though I often meet up with friends or relatives for part of the trips. If you go on your own, the trip is truly yours – you do what you want, go where you want when you want and don’t have to worry about anybody else. Sometimes trips with others have turned out to be total disasters. It’s all about freedom and not having people control your every move. Meeting new people and learning about new cultures is always fascinating.

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  4. Congratulations! It’s important to follow your dreams. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal and you don’t want to end up regretting things you haven’t done.

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