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Delaying the Real World

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  265 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Congratulations - you've finished school. But if you're not sure you're ready to settle down into an office environment, Delaying the Real World is chock-full of creative ideas and practical information that will help you craft your own life-changing adventure: Teach English in Thailand; Take a road trip; Build houses in a Mexican village; Counsel at a children's art camp; ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Running Press (first published January 2nd 2005)
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Feb 27, 2015 kylajaclyn rated it liked it
Colleen Kinder, author of this book, wants you to carpe diem. And carpe the heck out of each diem, you should. But I felt that for all the excellent website and fellowship listings (some of which I had never heard of), it's just a little off-putting to hear another book extoll the atrocities of working in a cubicle. Kinder herself says that there are so many different job possibilities out there. And that's the truth. So why does everyone assume that 22-year-olds graduate from college and instan ...more
Alright, it's been three years since this puppy showed up in my life : what results?

--Done the Ironman
--Bought the map to bike across the USA, and the bike and the bike trailer, didnt yet do the bike
--Joined Peace Corps 2x

Still left to do:
--WWOOFing in Italy/Switzerland/Germany (working on a farm for 2-4 weeks)
--USA Road Trip
--Round the World plane ticket
--being a token white person on a movie set in Egypt/India/Nigeria (though I could try to do it in Ourzazate! I know people that have done this
Aug 29, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Looking for a book with the most trustworthy/reliable sources for travel/living abroad? 5 stars for its recommendations and tidbits of advice.

Looking for a motivational book for traveling/living abroad? 2 stars. The peppy voice saying "you should totally go travel" was pretty annoying to me.

I figure the 2 & 5 star ratings average out to a rating of 3.5.
Angelo Gamez
Sep 18, 2014 Angelo Gamez rated it really liked it
If you are not to sure of what life after college will be like but you're sure that you do not want to live an average life and work a nine to five job then this is the book for you! It expands your horizons and knowledge of the oppurtunites available to us. From it being studying abroad or working on a cruise ship through the Bahamas this book is the perfect guide to help you plan your cost. It gives great examples on how you can fund your trip and the ways you can get the most out of it! It is ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Efabs151 rated it it was amazing
This book is written by my best friend and she quotes me a few times. I'm pretty jealous she's still delaying the real world by traveling all over the place!
Mar 06, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2016
4.5 stars.

I would have given this book 5 stars if only it was more resent. Still it is a fantastic book about living your best and most adventurous life after college graduation. It gives practical advice and direction to all the unconventional ideas you have swimming around your hear. Maybe you want to live abroad or commit to a year long service project across the country. It has stories, websites, and all sorts of resources to kick start you adventures.

What I love most about this book is it
Mary J
Aug 23, 2014 Mary J rated it it was amazing
The best parts about this book?
1. It definitely gives you the kick in the butt you need to pursue something beyond the desk job life.
2. It reminds you how many opportunities there are out there. We young people tend to think that there are wayyy less opportunities for us than there actually are!
3. The coolest part to me: it doesn't only inspire you, but gives you actual links and resources to look into. I wrote down all the links and may even look into some when I finish my year of school!
I ho
The Katie
Jun 01, 2007 The Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ideas for fun things to do besides regular work
I really enjoyed this book and gives lots of examples of ways to take the path less traveled on. Which is a good thing. There are a number of different chapters geared towards all sorts of interests. Some I just skimmed because it wasn't my thing.

Pros: it does offer a number of web sites and organizations to help research what choices and options may be available to you.

Cons: This book is 90% geared towards someone just graduating college. I would have liked some more stories or options for peo
Mar 27, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
I was extremely inspired by this book and came away with seemingly endless ideas of how to make my desire for a less conventional life a reality. That was the greatest asset this book offered: encouraging out of the box thinking and showing some of the opportunities that you may never have considered before. The biggest drawback was that it is 100% geared towards Americans, and so many of the organizations and opportunities listed were not available to foreigners. Still, it's a great jumping off ...more
May 18, 2007 ryan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a little more from life
Shelves: read_nonfic
they definitely begin to beat a much dead, proverbial horse by the end of this book, but the point is great nonetheless. definitely encouraging and inspiring to not live life in a well formulated and path taken sort of way. it's chock full of many diverse and realistic ideas for a "gap year" or even a series of productive adventures. anyone wanting "a little more from life" should at least give this one a once over.
Sep 13, 2014 Alexandria rated it really liked it
Great resources of websites/organizations, though definitely geared toward people who have just graduated college.
Andy Wright
Oct 30, 2007 Andy Wright rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: travelers
I learned that the world is very small. You can find a job anyplace you want in this amazing world. Just have to have the get up and go. Leave everything behind and follow your dreams. Right now, being single, young and childless, I CAN leave and work in China, work in Egypt, visit friends in far off lands. This book helps young 20 somethings find opportunities to pay for it and or ideas to make it happen.
Emma Jolie
Feb 13, 2015 Emma Jolie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, italy, travel
This book had loads of information (though mostly outdated) that I could have used when I was in college. My advice to anyone still in college and not wanting a 9-5 cubicle desk job right after graduation, GET THIS BOOK. It made me realize that I made a mistake in settling down into monotony right after college but it also gave me the courage to right my wrongs and plan a future I can be happy with.
Carla Jean
Feb 01, 2008 Carla Jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: readin2005
Way to put ideas in my head, Colleen! This caught my eye at the library, and I thought to myself, "I'm delaying the real world--involuntarily--anyway. I might as well get some ideas for how to make this time productive." Talk about ideas... this little guide offers tips on traveling the world, finding unusual internships, using your creative abilities... and how to fund it all. --notes from 2005
Lauren H
Sep 25, 2007 Lauren H rated it it was ok
i suppose if i could get away with telling people to go work on farms in new zealand after graduation, and sell my "wisdom" at $13 a pop, i'd be able to delay the real world, too.

i was hoping this would be my freedom, my guiding beacon of hope to save me from the monotony of a cubicle. sadly, i think i'm just helping out colleen kinder and her life of luxurious non-responsibility.
Feb 16, 2009 Courtney rated it liked it
My problem with this book is that some of the suggestions aren't very specific. The positions described are sometimes not applicable to everyone, are specific to work experience, or they are just vague mentions. Interesting look at what can be done with a little ingenuity and some work.
Jul 10, 2007 Lucia marked it as to-read
The woman who ran the NGO I volunteered for in Cambodia (The PEPY Ride []), writes a blog for the website of this book, and that's how I found out about it...

Always good to get some more ideas about what else is out there, and learn from other peoples' adventures.
Apr 26, 2007 Jacob rated it liked it
Recommends it for: one trying to figure out the next step
encouraging reading. helpful resources for brainstorming alternatives for employment, volunteer, study, at home and abroad. don't be fooled by the title. this is the real world. there is nowhere outside it.
Jan 23, 2008 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Glad this book came into my life before I graduated from college. This book has tons of resources on adventuring around the world from living situations, work, voulunteer, and outdoor stuff.
Jan 08, 2009 Crystal marked it as to-read
This would just be a wish list for me, since I'm well past college. but it sounds like a great idea for someone who doesn't want to immediately plunge into the soulless corporate world after college.
Aug 14, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This book is full with great resources to delay that 9-5 job and explore, travel and get involved. Its the travelers bible.
Aug 12, 2011 Absurdnerd rated it it was amazing
This was great. I am not, nor will I ever be, ready to join the ranks of corporate slavery. Life is short, so carpe diem!
Jan 23, 2008 Carlyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
So much information on alternative-type volunteering, living-abroad, and travel options that you won't even know where to start!
Feb 03, 2012 Christie rated it liked it
Fun for ideas but really geared toward Twentysomethings that are straight out of college (not late twentysomethings!)
Jun 30, 2009 Kirsten rated it it was ok
Some great ideas companies, adventures, and organizations to be a part of. Fun to get some ideas.
Sep 11, 2007 lola rated it did not like it
Let me sum up this book for you: Think about the peace corps, man. Okay, now stop. Here's your suit.
Sep 02, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Great book to help me clear my head. I still need to get my life in check..but this helps. :)
Kelly Tobin
Mar 31, 2008 Kelly Tobin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: previously-read
This is written by my former co-worker's sister. And I have a quote in it! :-) Awesome book!!
Sep 13, 2008 Bethany rated it really liked it
Smart, excellent resource for those who don't want the "cube lifestyle" post college.
Sep 23, 2008 Price rated it it was amazing
gets your mind turning over the unconventional possibilities of life post-college.
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