Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
GG I was pretty lost at your stage. If I had to do it all over I would have worked harder at a "normal" job while I was in college. I did the whole travel thing and I don't regret it a bit, but I could have done more.
I agree with getting an education for tech job like in nursing or dental, those jobs will always be available. And while they do require skill they won't tap you out like something requiring a talent or being an entrepreneur. I am a self employed Freelance artist, farmer, etc and I have to work so much that I rarely get to enjoy life. There are many days that I'd love for someone else to be worrying about making payments, meeting deadlines, fixing equipment, etc...
I have several family members that are either nurses or school techs. Some of them only work 4 days a week and make twice as much as I do working 24/7.
I support your idea on purchasing rather than renting. BUT only if you can really afford it, buy something cheap like a foreclosure and plan on fixing it up yourself. I have a friend that worked as a cashier at WM, she paid for her education, and purchased her first home at 20. It wasn't anything spectacular but even in our depressed market she made good money to put towards her future farm when she sold it. DO NOT BUY a mobile home. They are a waste of money unless you plan on living in it for the rest of your life. DH and I have flipped a few homes and if you do the work yourself and chose wisely you can still make money at it.
I travled the world at your age and it did give me the most incredible memories and an extreme sense of self dependence, awareness of how fortunate we are living in the Americas, and how truly blessed we are. That being said, if you don't have the money, don't rack up debt doing it. Those countries are always going to be there. If you have money later you'll be much more comfortable visiting and sleeping in nice hotels VS park benches and train stations, LOL!!
Have you thought about joining the military? Great way to work towards a down payment if you save your money, free education, and some benefits...
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?