...just quit your job to travel or do volunteer work for 6 months to a year? I've been thinking about this for several years, back to when I was in college too (it would most likely be volunteer work). I guess working full time til I retire seems...really boring, even though I basically like my job and it pays well (I'm an electrical engineer). The only thing I worry about is finding a job when I "return" from whatever I was doing. Anyone have experience with this?