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Delaying the Real World

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Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Running Press Book Publishers (first published January 2nd 2005)
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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 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Overall I really liked this. I think ill end up buying it because there's a lot of useful tips and information in this book. I only had 2 problems with this it: First of all, I did not like the author for some reason. I just found her tone kind of annoying, not her fault since im sure she's a nice lady. Second, this really is a book about delaying the real world. You get the feeling that the people referenced in the book all-- every one of them-- graduated from college and will most likely end u ...more
Jul 13, 2014 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
Jul 12, 2013 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.
Jun 21, 2011 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!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read a book like this in my twenties! It really opens your mind to possibilities outside of getting roped into an office job right out of college, and encourages young people to go after their passions before having responsibilities and settling down into adulthood.
Angelo Gamez
Sep 18, 2014 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
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2012 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
The Katie
May 29, 2007 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
Mary J
Mar 07, 2014 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
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
My relationship with this book is love/hate. The idea is perfect, the thoughts behind each segment are beautiful, and I enjoyed being reminded of the options I have before me. That being said, the author gets too familiar with the reader and in doing so pushed me away from the narrative and stories.
This book is also fairly dated, and many of the resources, stories, and suggestions provided are no longer relevant or existing.
Andy Wright
Oct 30, 2007 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 Craven
Nov 06, 2014 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.
May 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a little more from life
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.
Lauren H
Sep 25, 2007 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 01, 2008 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
Apr 26, 2007 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.
Nov 21, 2008 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 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.
Nov 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly influential for me, helping me realize how many opportunities are out there, and that all I have to do is grab on. Things that seem obvious, and that in my head I already knew, where made more vivid for some reason.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
gets your mind turning over the unconventional possibilities of life post-college.
Kelly Tobin
Mar 31, 2008 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!!
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Amazing resource....
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel
Oh dudes, I am SO going back to London.
Jan 23, 2008 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.
Nov 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
wow, makes you want to get up and go!
Jan 23, 2008 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!
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
pretty much the bomb.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Fun for ideas but really geared toward Twentysomethings that are straight out of college (not late twentysomethings!)
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