Take a break from college and travel for 4-6 months around SEA?
I am a guy who is 24 years old and currently study mechanical engineering. I have less then a year left before I get my bachelors degree and plan on taking a masters afterwards so I have roughly 3 years of schooling left. I recently moved from home and work part time saving maybe 200-300$/month and have 10 000$ in savings, with about 25 000$ student debt as of now. The education is tax-payed where I live so I am not taking huge losses over time. The interests are 0.05% and can pay it back however you want so I am not too concerned about debt but try to be smart about it.
The logical part of me is saying that I should continue to save my money and finish school, but for the last year or two I feel like my life has been really dull. I am single, sit in my apartment most of the time during corona and am constantly busy with school, work and chores. I kind of feel like I need to break the routine for awhile and do something I never done before and then return to school/work afterwards.
I have a real urge to travel around SEA for about 4-6 months as soon as the lockdowns are over and want to get your perspective for those who have experience with traveling.
I could probably rent out my apartment during that time to cover the rent, the only thing I am concerned about is that traveling will drain my savings. My plan is to save up additional money to cover 4-6 months of expenses for food and rent when I return. Other then that I won’t have much left.
What do you guys think? Should I focus on finishing school first or take a break and go and travel? Another concern is that if I go traveling right after I am done with school I will have a harder time finding a job. I know that this question has been asked a million times but roughly how much would a travel like that cost?