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Delaying the Real World

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  238 ratings  ·  39 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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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
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
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!
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
Mary J
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Great resources of websites/organizations, though definitely geared toward people who have just graduated college.
Andy Wright
Oct 30, 2007 Andy Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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 3 of 5 stars
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.
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.
This book is full with great resources to delay that 9-5 job and explore, travel and get involved. Its the travelers bible.
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!
So much information on alternative-type volunteering, living-abroad, and travel options that you won't even know where to start!
Fun for ideas but really geared toward Twentysomethings that are straight out of college (not late twentysomethings!)
Some great ideas companies, adventures, and organizations to be a part of. Fun to get some ideas.
Let me sum up this book for you: Think about the peace corps, man. Okay, now stop. Here's your suit.
Great book to help me clear my head. I still need to get my life in check..but this helps. :)
Kelly Tobin
This is written by my former co-worker's sister. And I have a quote in it! :-) Awesome book!!
Smart, excellent resource for those who don't want the "cube lifestyle" post college.
gets your mind turning over the unconventional possibilities of life post-college.
Great to read in your college years. Something I learned too late.
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