My wife, Julie, and I have sold our house in London, quit our jobs and are spending the next 12 months travelling the world! Our parents think we're crazy, especially as this is the second time in the last ten years that we have done it, but we figure we only have one life so its important to make the most of it.
I was an IT Manager whilst Julie is an accountant. We are both non-smokers, drink very little and prefer dinner and good conversation to clubbing these days. We would describe our type of travelling as backpacker+: we do have backpacks, but also enough money to stay out of hostels and hire a car around the US! We much prefer to stay in private rooms or bed and breakfast than an anonymous hotel so that we have a better chance of meeting people.