Consider This Before You Quit Your Job to Travel

You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and Instagram account and see fun photos of full-time travelers, while you’re stuck at your desk job. It’s easy to get jealous, it’s easy to want to say ‘screw it’, and walk out of the door. But before you start wondering whether this lifestyle is for you or not, you need to consider some things.

I think travel bloggers should stop encouraging all people to quit your job to travel, simply because that’s not reality. While you can make money blogging, think about it, if it was so easy then why isn’t everyone doing it?

WHY SHOULD everyone suddenly quit their job, leave their boyfriend/girlfriend, sell everything, and travel…?

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Maybe you can simply adjust your regular holidays?

The biggest mistake many people make in corporate America is to cash out holiday time. People are stuck in a mindset that no one ever takes vacations, and if I take too much then I might be fired. Some even come in when sick. Just don’t do it! You deserve your time off and you should ask your employer for an annual leave.

If your regular annual leave doesn’t seem to be enough, ask for a possibility of an unpaid time off or an opportunity to work from home. You’d be surprised how many bosses agree to this. I actually used to work from home quite often.

If you’re still a student, or about to decide whether to go to college or not, you can consider various travel opportunities available by universities. READ MORE.

As a long-term traveler myself, I don’t think that quitting your job to travel is wrong per se. However, you should answer a few questions honestly, before making the final call. But if you think quitting your job to travel the world is all good, this post might have you thinking twice.

    • Is long-term solo travel for me?
    • Do I have enough money?
    • Can my loved one go with me?
    • Do I need to find a job on the way?
    • In case things don’t work out, do I have a backup plan?2013-10-25 15.01.27

Long-term solo travel isn’t for everyone

First, let’s face the truth: traveling, especially solo, isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain personality to really hop around the world and if someone doesn’t do it, it doesn’t make him any less courageous. Sorry, but if you quit your job to travel full-time, it won’t be the same as your 10 day holiday to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, or a Caribbean cruise. It will often be tough.

These short-term holidays are luxury vacations and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, but that’s not how long-term travels look in reality. No one can afford these things all the time, and also you need to spend long hours researching where to go next, and even more time traveling between places.

Solo travel doesn’t mean that you’re totally on your own. You can be traveling solo with your partner or a friend. Solo means planning your activities on your own, figuring out how to get from one place to the other, without depending on a fixed schedule. It means depending on yourself only, not on your travel agency or guide.

Again, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with traveling with an organized tour group. Especially if you’re a less experienced traveler, pre-arranged tours are great. BUT, they also cost like 3-4 times more than if you went on your own.

You need at least twice as much money as you think you need

Do you have enough money saved to travel the world? Even if you think you do, it might simply not be enough. Did you count all the visa costs, airport fees, spare attractions, and emergencies? While it’s definitely possible to travel on $1000-2000 a month, don’t think that it will be the same as if you go on a short holiday.

You’ll often have to balance your budget. You might have to decide whether you want to see a certain attraction or eat a great meal. You can’t just splurge on everything in one week, as your limited budget might need to go a long way.

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You’ll often be stressed on the road

Another issue with traveling solo is the problem of actually enjoying it. I was recently talking to my friend who left his job to travel the world with his wife. They had the money, they were excited about their adventures. However, after 6 months he admitted to me that the stress of traveling through new airports, hotels in different countries, eating new food, getting sick on the road, or dealing with visa issues every few days, not only made them both frustrated but also put their marriage to a test. And guess what? They’re back in NYC, happily working in finance and taking regular holidays. It wasn’t for them.

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I even slept in a coffin once…

Traveling isn’t always as glamorous as your Instagram feed

My previous example leads to another thing: traveling isn’t always glamorous. It can be difficult, exhilarating and ugly. Did you know I had to sleep on airports’ floors many times due to delayed flights? Did you know I had some issues with hotel bookings and spent some nights in a shack with an entire family of spiders and roof falling on my bed at night, instead of my luxury bedroom? Or that time when an ATM ate my card and I ended up wasting a ton of money and time to rearrange all my plans? Those things can and will happen to many travelers.

I think many people don’t think about as many influencers don’t want to post negative things on social media. I think it’s mostly due to the fact that not everyone wants to read that far into the story. They just want to see a quick Instagram capture and go traveling.

Not everyone will be happy for you

I’m not going to lie, even I thought that my friends and family will be happy for me when I started traveling. At first, everyone is excited for you, following your journey on social media and ask you questions about your life abroad. However, weeks and months pass and your friends’ lives go on. Therefore they’re slowly becoming less interested in your exciting adventures.

They won’t always ask you where are you off to next, or how did you like some places. Your travels are so far outside the realm of some peoples’ realities, they can’t comprehend what you’re telling them, let alone quiz you on the specifics. I mean, do you question your friends’ baby updates unless you have your own? I bet not.

Many people get frustrated over it, as it’s a hard thing to accept.

Experiences over possessions

Another slogan encouraging people to quit their job and travel is that experiences are more important than possessions. While I wholeheartedly agree with this theory and prefer to embark on another adventure than buying new clothes, you need a balance. Any travelers make it seem like they’ve been living out of a backpack.

Well, another spoiler alert: a lot of them don’t. And while they do for the first year or two, later on, one backpack changes into 3 suitcases full of equipment and other necessary things. They want to buy more.

At some point, you’ll also miss having some basic things. I mean, seriously speaking I’ve never seen anyone so excited about having a washing machine at the house like my boyfriend when we finally got an apartment after 5 years of his travels.Washing machine - new gadget for men!

Traveling full-time can only last a certain amount of time

You’re probably scrolling through your Facebook feed to see what full-time traveler bloggers have been up to today? Their Snapchat stories are also exciting. But here’s my question: how long have these people been on the road? A year or two, maybe three at least. Some may last longer, but they stop here and there to stay in one place for a couple of months in order to work.

I always cringe a bit when I see another travel blogger announcing they’re going to travel full-time, followed by young followers screaming how great they are. They make it seem like they’re on top of the world. For social media purposes it’s obviously more exciting to be in a different place every day, but way too often a few months in I see them quitting. Why? Some ran out of money, others feel homesick, others only stick to press trips. Again, there’s nothing wrong with changing your plans but as a reader, you probably don’t notice it. You may think that the great life of travels continues forever and happily ever after…

After a long time you won’t be hopping from one country to the other on a weekly basis, but instead get a base somewhere to travel from. Traveling all the time is as exciting as exhausting.

One of my old bases in the Netherlands
One of my old bases in the Netherlands. Yes, it was messy!

You’ll miss your friends

You will meet a lot of people when you travel, particularly if you travel solo. But at some point, the small talks like ‘where are you from?’, ‘what do you do?’ or ‘where are you off to next?’ are going to get old and you’ll miss your friends. While you’ll make friends on the road, sometimes you won’t want to explain some basic facts about your life to strangers. You’ll want to talk someone who knows you. There also will be days that you just want to stay in bed watching new episodes of your favorite TV shows. And that’s totally cool.

I’m not here to destroy your dreams of traveling full-time, but make you see that grass isn’t always greener. I think long-term travel is great, but it isn’t for everyone and it shouldn’t be promoted like anyone can do it. There are many things to consider before (or if) quitting your job. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Many pro ‘quit your job’ type of articles will tell you that you’ll meet amazing people on the road, learn, and therefore find yourself. Logically, can this be done anywhere? There are many people who have found fulfilling jobs that take them everywhere they want to go – why should they quit it, or feel bad for not doing so? There are people who network with hundreds of new people every day, even living in the same city. There are also others out there who can speak 10 languages, yet do not quit their jobs to travel.

Here are some resources for finding a passion in life (which might, or might not be travel):

If someone is a boring person living in monotony, even quitting and traveling won’t be a rescue. Intelligent people can find new activities and interests wherever they are. They can travel, but they also don’t have to. It’s your choice whether to quit your job to travel or not, but the dynamics come from ourselves, not places we visit.Liked the article? PIN IT!

47 thoughts on “Consider This Before You Quit Your Job to Travel”

  1. Nice honest post! It true you don’t need to quit your job! Most of the time I ask the same question whenever I read these articles is to why quit your job and travel! Quitting is not a solution but transforming your work in a way that you can do more travel and earn money at the same time. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. My job means I can work from anywhere and sometimes that means months working from home or more my local cafes. But I also enjoy the times I can to another country and spend 3 weeks – 3 months living and working there. I am certainly not the type to pack up and move to a new destination every week! Besides, I have never and will never use a backpack lol

    I really think you can taylor your life to fit your personal needs and desires. For me, that’s having one foot at home and the other one itchy 😉

  3. I’ve really been enjoying your frank and thoughtful posts lately. Thanks for sharing a real insider’s perspective with us!

  4. I know you guys have a current based in Mexico, which is epic, and from there you are obviously travelling around. Here are a few of my questions 🙂
    Background – we are thinking of ditching our UK home (we are renting anyway so no hard feelings) and relocating somewhere sunny.
    I am a little worried as I always travelled (a lot) from the UK. I’m used to my life here, I’m used to my stuff (the washing machine!!! haha) my car, my clothes, my amazon prime deliveries. My husband strongly believes that unless we try, we will never know if this so-called nomadic lifestyle is for us. However, we aren’t planning on living one week here, one week there, but more like 3 months here, 6 months there, 3 months here and so on.
    I tend to believe that this is still full-time travelling (in a way).
    What’s your opinion about moving around essentially until you find the place you want to settle? Any challenges to be aware of?
    And more importantly, where are you guys going to next?
    What was your favorite destination thus far and why are you leaving Mexico? I know, I know….lots of questions, sorry!

    • Hey! Yes, we’ve been living in Mexico for more than a year now (it’s actually my second time in Mexico, since I used to live in Mexico City for 2 years before). We’re actually still trying to figure out what our next base will be, as we’re going to move in May next year. One problem with Mexico is that every time we need to order something online or get some gear delivered it’s a pain. We’re actually flying to the US to pick stuff up as it’s cheaper and easier and things actually do show up that way LOL!. As opened and free as the world seems to be, it’s not when we have different passports. Eg. I can only be in South Africa for 30 days each time (which was prob one of my fav places to live, but now that’s a no-go for me. Mexico was actually easy for us since we can both stay in the country for 6 months each time without any special permits or troubles. I think moving around is good, it showed me where I want to be and where I don’t want to be 😀

    • Hey, my husband and I have been travelling for almost 10 years. We have lived in 8 different countries and in each for roughly 6-8 months. I love playing video games so I really enjoy that time :). What I will say is that the UK and Europe in general is a fantastic base for travel and is much much cheaper (flights specifically) than any other region I have lived in- aside maybe asia. I think it’s important thing to consider before you decide. This post very accurately outline travel lifestyle. The type of people who do it and enjoy it put travel as their number 1 priority in life. Everything else can be sacrificed. I think everyone should ask themselves “is travel more important to me than everything else in my life?” It comes with soo many sacrifices. Selling all your stuff, saying goodbye to old and new friends and family, lack of career progression in some ways, boring weeks/money at your base saving money – nobody ever talk about this time- it’s super tough. Unless you’ve been on the road for awhile and need those creature comforts!! Haha

  5. Great points! Also, some of the more popular long-term traveller bloggers that I follow are settling down in fixed bases. Travelling gets tiring and stressful and is probably not for anyone. I can’t even imagine myself constantly on the road. Very challenging!

    • Yep, they do. Nobody is really a full-time traveler forever. I think it’s an online phenomenon that new travelers keep announcing ‘I quit, I’m leaving’ or ‘I’m going to Asia for a year’ etc etc. but then a few months later they change their minds as things don’t work out financially, mentally, etc. But posts ‘I’m going there and I’m doing that’ do the best on social media 😛

  6. As a full time traveller who quit her job etc… I totally agree! My husband and I would never make this choice again and after a year were so excited to settle back down again. Constant travel is exhausting and kind of takes some of the fun out of travel. We miss sporadic trips that we can prepare for properly and look forward to!

  7. “While you’ll make friends on the road, sometimes you won’t want to explain some basic facts about your life to strangers. You’ll want to talk someone who knows you.” Yes! This is one of the hardest things about traveling long-term. I get so tired of having the same basic conversation over and over again…. then again, I can’t blame them because I’m not exactly brimming with interesting conversation starters myself 😛 Right now I’m enjoying long-term travel with some breaks, but I can already tell in a year or two I’ll want to slow down and establish a base somewhere overseas. It seems to be the best of both worlds — I just have so many places I want to visit in the next year it feels like there’s no way I can slow down.

    • I wonder what would happen if you tried transforming those repetitive getting-to-know-each-other conversations into something more enriching for both. Whether on the road or at home in daily existence, all that really ever counts is the moment. So maybe try saying something like “I could give you the usual answers so you might think you know a lot about me and my travels, or we could first just connect by telling each other – as humans sharing this time and place – what is moving inside us right now, at this moment. Maybe how we feel about something that happened a few minutes ago, or something we’re looking forward to, or our favorite color or whatever. Anything outside of the usual box.” I’ve also had very deep and interesting conversations with total strangers on the road by asking them, after almost zero small-talk, what they would do if they knew they had only 24 hours left to live, and superhuman powers to beam themelves quickly to any place or any person in the world. What would they do? What is important to them? Feelings always come up, and real human connection is more refreshing than ticking off the boxes about where one has come from, where one is going, etc. That can be saved for later, if the connection goes on and it seems right to share all that stuff. In my experience, people ask typical, more-or-less superficial questions because that’s the “safe” way to proceed when you don’t know somebody. But most people will appreciate a more non-conventional exchange a lot more. 🙂

  8. Hi Anna,
    I am not a full time traveller, but I live temporary in Chile and been working from October and until Marts 2017. In the off season I am gonna travel with my husband until September and we´ll come back to take 1 season more. I could never be a full time traveller and I could never be this person who backpacks the world for 1-2 years. Imagine to tell the same story overtime you meet new people? “Hi I am Nana, I am from Denmark, I have been travelling for 1 year, recently I have been in Colombia and I am gonna stay here 3 days. Nice to meet you”. I love to travel, but I actually like being the same place for longer time and have a life there. But I also miss my friends and family. They think I am soon busy having an awesome life down here, but my gosh I miss my life back in Denmark! I miss talking Danish, Danish culture, humor.. but as you mention, lives go on for them and they get used to that you no longer are physical part of their life.

    Loved you post,

  9. I completely agree with these points and have came to these same conclusions myself lately after blogging for a year while working but secretly wishing I wasn’t working. LOL. I’ve decided that part time work while blogging is the way to go for me. Everyone definitely needs to be realistic about this! It’s not as easy as the internet makes it look! Great post!

  10. This is THE one article I had been searching the web forever! Finally, some one speaks about the harsh reality of quitting your job and traveling full time. I had been questioning myself ever since I started into the world of travel blogging if I could actually sustain it with a full-time job. Although I have the gut feeling that I can do it but I really wanted to hear it from someone with a first-hand experience. I am giving myself a 2-year window in which I will be working and blogging simultaneously. If I achieve my goals sooner than I would definitely plan at least a year off for full-time travel (thankfully my company allows this under personal development). Those are long term but this article really gave me a lot of confidence, energy, and belief in the fact that what I am doing maybe entirely not wrong.

  11. Hey Anna,
    My name is Zoey and i’m 18 years old. I’m just about to graduate from high school and everyone around me is pressuring me to go to college and get married and start my office job. That has never been something I saw myself doing, I don’t want to live the typical life that 90% of people do. I’ve always seen myself traveling the world and discovering new cultures and meeting new people. Getting close to graduation, I know its something I want far more than college. I’ve never seen myself going to college. School is something that I don’t do well with and I don’t feel happy here. I am prepared for the hard work and effort you have to put in the travel a lot but I know its what i’ve always wanted to do since I was a little girl. To help me out a little bit I wanted to video my adventures and start a blog/vlog. I was just wondering if you had any advice for me. I have no idea what I’m doing and i’m nervous to start my adventures.

    • Not the OP, but I thought I could help:

      1) Go to university. It will help with your future earning potential, and your ability to travel the world. Plus, you WILL meet interesting people.
      2) There are SO MANY exchange programs and other opportunities to travel while at university! Look at ways to do internships abroad over the summer, or semesters abroad, by talking to the university’s career centre.
      3) A better time to travel the world is AFTER university. Having a college degree will help you more than you can imagine, even if you don’t like going to class (you’re not alone, many people don’t).

      The best time of my life was on my ‘semesters’ and ‘internships’ abroad via both undergrad and grad school. Take advantage of it, you won’t regret it!

      • JB, I disagree with you completely. Zoey is not ready to go to college and needs a breather and some excitement and adventure in life now. That’s the perfect time to travel some, and though it will be immensely rewarding, it will also be very hard work. ….When that hard work begins to exhaust Zoey, that’s the time to come back and do some mundane work at the university.

        • A gap year is certainly not a bad idea–go for it! What I am trying to convey, is that 1) university is important, and a gap year shouldn’t turn into a full on dropping out of the education system; and 2) there are opportunities to travel AND go to university at the same time. This latter option helps with your education, your future career, and your travel bug! Just some food for thought.

    • Hello Zoey, please forgive my English, but I will try to.give you my point ov view.
      I did what it was expected of me ( at least for a while) finish school, and I went straight into university, have a long time girlfriend and plans to marry, after 5 years of studying, and because many situations I was single and very frustrated with how everything was going, so I decided to go to new Zealand with a visa called work and holiday, and I stayed there for 1 year.
      I was working in all sort of jobs, from farms with animals, to fruit picking and restaurants ( and all of this I learned in the places I had no previous experience, then I went to Australia, and did the same, since there I have travel for almost 4 years now, I have been in Japan, Russia, Thailand, and 20 more countries
      What this blog writes is kind of true, this is not for everyone, but I fear they only talk about bloggers, and kids that have family money.
      The other option and a great one is go, work 3 or 4 months, and travel, and repeat, it is hard some times as they say here, but anything you do in life will have good and bad moments, easy and hard ones, the difference, is I have travel the whole world, work in so many different things that I can remember them like, meet amazing people and others not so good, but I regret nothing.
      Now I’m living in Germany with my girlfriend that i meet in Austrlia and we Andre planing to go to Canada to do the same in about 1 year.
      So is a different life, I would not change it for anything, I’m traveling now while I’m still young, instead of doing it when I’m old and with not so.much energy, also it is important to study something, but is not urgent, that is what people.will make you think all the time, but trust me, if you study, you will finish and then you will start working immediately, so you will have that normal life that everybody does,let.
      Go ,travel, work, learn, have good and bad experiences, get sick with food and annlso try the best dishes you have ever in your life, it is worth it, and then, go back, study, and work, and maybe you will repeat the adventure again one day.

  12. Very good article. I have been traveling for last 5 years and it’s not that easy as some would have you believe. Not just the traveling the fact that hardly anyone understands what your doing.
    My family and most my friends tel me to settle down and constantly harassing me to settle down like others.
    And the sleeping in strange places is normal and sometimes feels at home.
    Love the honesty of your arrival and Everyone should read it.

  13. Hello Anna

    I Would like just to offer a diferencia the point of view, not because I think you are wrong, just because you left out a other kind of ” full time” travelers.
    I fear that you only described the bloggers, and the people that have family money pretty much, also you compare the standards of “normal life” with backpackers life.
    In the first point the people I surround now are more similar to what I’m doing, we are “work and holiday” travelers, is a special visa that aloud you to stay in a other country for 1 or 2 years and work or study or travel, so with that in mind, what we do is exactly that, usually go to a new city, search for any kind of work, you do it for a few months and then travel again, or with helpX, that aloud you to work and get accommodation and fold for free, it is a hard life some times, but is worth it for people live us, because with that I have been traveling for 4 years now, and not really planning to stop.
    About the second point you say that doing this is no like staYing in a all inclusive resort or a cruise, or that you need 1000, or 2000 dollars per month, we’ll yes, if you want to keep the same life you had before, and I think when you do this the idea is not to have the same life, IN the begining I was wrong to resort and all inclusive, now I will never do it again, is not what I want any more and what I have learned, is no adventure, no risk, and also nothing to be gained or learned, all my friends that now are lawyers, go to Cancun, Miami, etc, stay in all inclusive, drink there life’s away, go to clubs, get expensive cars etc , and then wait to the next year to repeat, I could not do that any more.
    This way of life changes you, but as you say, is not for everyone, but when it is for you, is the best thing you can do.

      • Travel to other places can be extremely difficult even with money in the bank. Most assuredly that is the case if the language of the area is different from your own, and if you have no intentions of learning it due to the difficulty of the language itself or due to the fact that you are an older traveller no longer willing to take on such hard work. At least when one does not jump around too much and too hard while abroad, one can begin to develop some sort of personal psychological zone of safety, that cannot ever really be done with a different hotel room each night in a different city each day.

  14. Thank you so much for your useful article! I have already quit my day job, I do my yoga teacher training and I am seriously thinking of renting also my home and to leave for one.. two.. three months or more! I can really appreciate and understand everything you write and in one point of view I could agree, but from my bottom of my soul I believe that Everyone in this earth if he/she would like to quit and try he/she should go for it. Imagine the day that we are not be able to do things.. and we are going to say … IF .. 🙂
    I would appreciate if you could share with me a few of your best bloggers that you follow, or a few articles as I have just started my search for long term travel …
    I could never think how life would be “on the road” .. but to be honest, the best moments in my life were when I “was lost” 🙂

  15. Great story. I have managed to fit in motorcycle adventure trips and still work. Each of these are very action packed, very well planned and I have an agenda related to my profession. The idea of quitting a job and travelling around the world, though romantic and very exciting, is not realistic for most normal humans. Being very young, I could see it working, but raising families would prevent this, and being too old is no fun. I think your writing is brilliant and your comments wise. My next trip I hope to spend a couple of weeks in India, but am still learning about the limitations. The driving conditions are mayhem to be sure, and the practical machine is the vernacular “Royal Engfield” a bike I would not recommend on any day, however this can be fixed anywhere there, parts, knowledge, etc. so we shall see what unfolds. I have explored a part of Thailand, Turkey, much of mainland Greece, a ring around Sicily, parts of Italy and certainly though well planned, the amount of travel time to get to the destination is work, and takes a bite out of the romance. But when you saddle up and head out, it is very breathtaking and rewarding. Solo is the best for me, (though I could manage a passenger) as you integrate naturally and it is much safer when you are trying to cover real territory, where it is all one can do to make out where you are going. If you had to check on your buddy every few minutes it would be much more distracting and dangerous. At least that is my belief. Not just an excuse that I tell some of my friends when they learn where I have been. You are a new twitter follower, (and of course I will follow you back), is there a chapter on India in your blogs, tweets etc. I will dig a bit deeper. Happy trails Anna

  16. Hi Anna,

    I’ve recently started following your blog and I really appreciate your honoust posts!
    Concerning this one … I guess we always want what we don’t have, right? Sometimes you wish for an office job, but it could easily bore you after a few months. I seem to get bored every 2 years and I keep changing jobs. In between we try to travel as much as possible. We would like to (try at least) to go on a longer trip, say a year or so, but rather take the time exploring less countries than rushing every place. I’ve recently started my own blog about our travel experiences and I’m starting to realise how much effort goes into blogging! (But I do love creating more stories). Am looking forward to be reading more from you!

  17. Wow! You hit on so many excellent points in this post and it is well written. Your right, not everyone will be happy for you and there are many hardships of delayed connections, etc, that give one that ‘glory moment’ for the instagram photo. I tell people that my husband and I have been traveling for 10+ years, but it’s in a mix of ways. Sometimes we work for a while in a new state (we’re from the USA) and explore all around that area. Sometimes we work abroad. Recently we have found a great niche working seasonally, we work, we get the cash, we have seasonal friends by default and we see our families each side of that transition. It’s really been a win-win. I hope for all travelers to find their best happy medium (at the time – because I do think our preferences evolve over time) and go with what energizes each individual. Great post! 🙂

  18. Work for an airline even part time you can trade days away or work seasonal 3months then fly free all over the wonderful world. One can also transfer to any station within the company worldwide. Work when you want fly when you want. At a hub you can have over a thousand people to trade away your shift or pick up. First class on international flights sleeper seats for free. Only pay departure tax for country you visit. Best of both worlds.

  19. This is an absolutely brilliant post! I could not agree more! I have traveled solo a number of times usually ranging between 3 to 6 months (and usually between school or jobs). You are one of the first to articulate the sentiment of solo travel for long periods, and I greatly appreciate your candid honesty and genuine encouragement for others to find the right travel fit for them. Thank you for this post! Absolutely loved it; it speaks to the heart. Hope all is well wherever you are.

  20. I loved this post. It spoke directly to my heart. I’ve always wanted that travelling lifestyle, but I know I don’t want to give up my 9-5 job either.

  21. Thank you for such an honest post.

    I have just started a new job. My plan was to quit in a few months to go travelling, but I didn’t expect to love this new job as much as I do, which causes me two problems. I’m worried that: 1) If I leave, I’ll lose the opportunity to work for the best company I’ve ever worked for and 2) If I don’t leave, I’ll be happy for a while, but I’ll end up resenting the fact that I’ve settled and given up on my dreams to travel.

    I know that it won’t hurt to postpone my travel plans. The rest of the world isn’t going anywhere. But there are so many what ifs. I also have a habit of settling in jobs that are comfortable only to regret it one or two years down the line when I find myself bitter and dissatisfied. I don’t know if this one will be any different.

    The idea of staying in this job and not following through with my travelling plans terrifies me. I’m only 26, I’ve just come out of a series of long-term relationships, and I don’t know if I’m ready to settle. I feel like I still have so many things to figure out and to experience, including that big question – what do I want to do with my life?

    I’ve always flitted between jobs and travelling and I haven’t ever made the effort to build a life or set up a home where I live, and this has been a huge source of unhappiness for me. I have no real connection to where I live – no close friends, no career network, no home of my own. This new job feels like a chance for me to finally plant some roots.

    In a perfect world, I would continue with my plan – work, live at home, save, go travelling – and then return to the same job in the future. But I don’t know that the job will still be waiting for me when I get back and I don’t know if that’s a risk I am willing to take.

    I’m so overwhelmed with fear of making the wrong decision. There are so many pros and cons to consider. What if I can’t hack the travelling thing after all? What if I get homesick? What if I come home and I’m even more miserable than before I left?

  22. Thank you so much for this honest and thought provoking post. I was always in that “come into work sick” and “cancel vacations for client meetings” camp and when i changed firms i received a check for vacation days i did not take. I thought, “wow, this is literally the price of having no life!” haha. I allow myself more time off now and just work on travelling more efficiently.
    Love your blog!

  23. Hello Anna! Thanks for this amazing and interesting write up! This is really helpful especially to me who loves to travel and at the same time who has a job that is currently the only thing that is making me and my family can eat meal. I am so thankful that I found your post before I could totally decide on quitting my job. Thanks a lot and great blog by the way!

  24. As someone brought up, its not about just quitting your job to travel but rather changing your work to allow you to travel. If anyone was interested in a position like that I have just the thing.


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