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Don’t quit your job, and travel

With all the “Quit Your Job and Travel” posts doing the rounds, and everyone nodding vigorously, I’ve begun to wonder, how many of these people will actually ever quit their jobs to travel, and does it really make sense to do so?

As avid travellers we understand completely the desire to see the world and that fascinating thrill of discovering all that is unfamiliar. But as professionals we also understand the importance of being grounded. So don’t quit your job and travel.

Don’t quit your job

  1. A roof over your head

    This one’s a no brainer. Your career is what’s going to put food on your table. Why say goodbye to that?

  2. Health comes first

    What if something happens to you? Will you have the finances and support you’ll need to get back on your feet or deal with a terminal illness?

    Don't Quit Your Job And Travel

    Healthy and Happy

  3. A means to an end

    Produce, don’t consume. If everyone quit their jobs and travelled, how would airline companies, visa offices and the hotel industry function? You want to look back on a meaningful life, not a selfish one.

  4. Be happy

    Address the real problem. If you hate your job, change companies or get into an industry you’re passionate about. Join the travel industry if you must, but find something that makes you happy. I quit my advertising agency job a year ago and I’ve been enjoying the flexibility and creative ownership that a freelance job gives me. Charles, on the other hand absolutely loves the exciting pace of his work in an advertising agency and wouldn’t give it up for anything.Don't quit your job and travel

  5. It’s nice having nice things

    Think of it this way, the more you earn, the more you can afford. So you needn’t be foraging for the nearest McDonald’s or whipping up some crap in your hostel when you travel. It also means we can stay in nicer places and shop for something exotic to bring home.

  6. There’s no turning back

    When you do want to come home, you’ll realise you’re a different person, people have moved on and relationships drifted apart. Getting back into your career seems impossible, and home just isn’t home anymore.

Don't Quit Your Job and Travel

The world will move on

And travel

  1. Plan around Public Holidays & Long Weekends

    For example, in 2014 alone we have managed to travel to Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, the Barossa Valley, Cebu in the Philippines and we still have Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore before the year is up. That’s a total of 43 non-work related travel days. This is after wasting several long weekends unwell, working or redesigning the blog. We’ve rushed straight to the airport from meetings or jumped right back into work while still jet lagged, but it’s completely worth it every single time. (Would you rather be lying in bed stressing about rejoining work tomorrow, or enjoying a few extra hours in your new favourite city/ museum/ lying on the beach?)Don't quit your job and travel

  2. Time off between jobs

    This is the best time to take off without a care in the world. And you’ll come back recharged and full of interesting stories.

  3. Save more to travel more

    Naturally everyone needs to figure out their priorities and between champagne and airline tickets, you need to take your pick, so you can actually enjoy one of the two. Think of your non-travel time as your saving period. For eg. We know eating out at the fanciest joints in Mumbai is not worth the money at all, we’d rather eat at the best restaurants while travelling and then recreate the stuff in our kitchen once we’re home.Don't Quit Your Job and Travel

  4. Choose destinations wisely

    There’s another way to get more mileage out of your money and time. Pick destinations that are off season or a cheaper alternative. The Philippines as we just discovered is a great alternative to Bali.

  5. Travel v/s vacation

    Ask yourself why you’re travelling. If you’re looking for a vacation every single time, you may need to wait for when you can really afford to cut off, but remaining connected to the office remotely, mixing a bit of pleasure on a work trip, getting workshop and conference opportunities really lets you travel more.

    Don't Quit Your Job and Travel

    Working at a hostel cafe in Bangkok

  6. Working abroad/ E business

    Of course if your line of work is one that can be handled remotely (like an E-business) you’re free to live a nomadic life, and then there’s always the option of working abroad for a while (preferably in the same industry, because no software company’s going to hire someone with experience as an English teacher in Africa on their CV).

  7. No more excuses

    Stop procrastinating and get out there!

     

 

 

Travellers Who Work Full Time

And if that doesn’t get you going, hear it from some of our travel blogger friends and find out how they do it:

Lale

 

 Lale of Lale’s Wanderlust is currently a full-time student, doing a master’s in Deaf Education in NYC and     travels between semesters. She also babysits to earn money for between semesters trips. Read more…

Bruno

 

 

Bruno of Geeky Explorer is a marketing consultant and part- time traveller from Barcelona. He makes the most of  every 24 hours and uses long weekends and company leave smartly. Read more…

Chaitanya

 

Chaitanya from Mumbai blogs at Traveling Curiously, has a full time job in advertising and just opened his own  startup as well. He also intends on studying his Masters. Read more…

Tracie

 

Tracie from Tracie Travels and Jen and Tracie Go is a wedding and portrait photographer from Seattle who  juggles 2 travel blogs, which is a tough balancing job, but with some planning in advance, she does manage it. Read more…

Anne

 

Anne of Anne Kleins Solo Travels and Adventure is a full time nurse and part time traveller, who presently loves  her job and has no plans of calling it quits. She maintains the boundaries between the two pretty well. Read  more…

Heather

 

Heather of The Conversant Traveller  works full time at an outdoor education centre in the UK, is very honest about how the two do overlap sometimes, and while she loves having a place to call home, she manages to switch off and take a break. Read more…

Mindi

 

Mindi and Daryl from 2 Food Trippers both work full time in Philadelphia, maximise their day, often working  late into the night, early in the mornings and on weekends. Read more…

Bianca

 

Bianca of It’s All Bee is a trés stylish full time IT consultant and part time traveller from London who enjoys her little indulgences and so spends her time working towards fulfilling her dream of travelling the globe a little at a time. Read more…

Kirstie

 

Kirstie of Vengale Vamos works in Digital Marketing in Sydney and confesses that while her travel may suffer  because of the hours, she loves her job and has no immediate plans of giving it up. Read more…

Christine

 

Christine from NYC Jetsetter also makes the most of holidays and leaves through the year, and when it all gets a bit overwhelming, reminds herself that this is what she’s passionate about. Someday she hopes to be her own boss! Read more…

Jules

 

Jules and Christine of Don’t Forget to Move balance full time work and a part time Masters course in Melbourne  as well. They find creating a schedule and exploring their hometown while they’re grounded is a great way to keep  the wanderlust at bay. Read more…

 

So take it from us, Don’t Quit Your Job and Travel. Do you have any rants that you think can’t be solved? Or any experiences or tips of your own to share?

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“Don’t quit your job, and travel”
  • You make a lot of good points for the benefits as to why you shouldn’t quit your job and travel, though sometimes you just want to! I quit my very secure teaching job in a great district in Vermont because of my urge to travel. Granted, I could have used my summers and breaks to travel (a perk of being a teacher) but I just wasn’t happy anymore. So I quit! Best decision I made. Because of it, I met my boyfriend, traveled parts of the world and am now living and working in another country. So in my case, it worked out!

  • Im so happy you started this initiative and that I can take part on it. Its true that quitting our jobs to travel doesn’t sound that appealing when the job that you have is actually one that you love. It’s good that people can learn how other people manage their lives and are able to include traveling. Love it!

  • I could not agree more with this and it was a welcome addition to the world of blog posts. The desire to quit everything and see where the wind (or road) takes you is a romantic notion that can come true but rarely. The fact of the matter is that a job allows you to continue to travel the world, see and experience the things you are passionate about, and then write about them. Coming home after years of travel is a tough pill to swallow.

  • I’d love to quit my job to travel, but you’re right – there are many positive aspects to having a job too. I like owning a house and being able to stay in nice hotels every once in a while. I think the unpredictability of illness or other tragedy is one of the big reasons to have a source of income and probably why so many who quit their jobs to travel are young – they’re not as focused on the possible perils of illness as older people who’ve seen what it can do. Anyways, great post. I love being able to balance a full time job and still travel the world.

  • Good advice! I agree if you are making good money, don’t ever think of quitting! But, in my case, I was never really earning “well”, so quitting and doing my own thing made more sense. Today, I have more creative freedom, peace and optimism to do better at what I really like doing. Quitting is not for everybody.

  • Great points! I quit my job to move abroad due to my wife’s work and have built up my own business in the process. I definitely would not have done this without adequate financial savings/breathing room and that had made life much easier. I’m looking forward to reading through everyone’s posts and learning about how they make it all work.

  • I agreed instantly when you said how many of them actually quit their jobs and traveled? there is no denial that in India very few measures are available for unemployed and retired thus a job is a great security to make a living. I liked the points made in the post and do feel very few % of people would dare to do that in India (if they have a job that is). Nice post.

  • I have a job that is personally rewarding and pays well so it would take a lot for me to budge from that. I love traveling but one of the best parts is how good your own bed feels when you get back from your adventures.

  • So true! It is good to know that your bank balance is going to increase every month when you are traveling. I shifted industry from insurance to travel in order to stay closer to what I like.
    Currently, I am employed full time in travel industry and club flexible work days with weekends to travel. These travels later get captured in my blog (www.travelmax.in) as memories. I also let my friends write guest articles on my blog 🙂

  • It’s nice to see something practical and sensible written so succintly. I have to confess that I took none of this advice but fortunately it has been a good run so far 😉

  • I can’t tell you how many times this though crosses my mind ! Quit and jst travel.. but as you said it clearly isn’t something wise to do.. I just have to put in more effort to find a decent job that I love…!!

  • Hi Revati and Charles,
    It was such a pleasure to read your post. There are so few articles/blogposts on why one doesn’t have to quite to travel. Even newspapers, who constantly shove work-life balance down their readers’ throats, only focus on those who have quit their jobs to travel.

    What most people (readers) fail to realise is that those who quit their jobs to travel, make travel their job. The hard work that goes into making travel pay for their living is never shared or discussed. Its only the glamourous part that is shared and reiterated gain. And then again. Its scary to see 20 somethings, who have never really worked in a proper job, get influenced by this and declare how much they hate their jobs and how they want to travel full time.

    Perhaps, that was one of the reasons, I wrote my own “Why I haven’t Quit My Job to Travel” about 2 months back. My reasons to continue working are very simple; I actually like my job (which many people find it surprising), and travel is not my only interest.

    Wonderful to have discovered you guys. 🙂

    PS: And may our tribe grow.

  • Fantastic post ! I do dream a lot about simply traveling and not having to work, but the practical soul in me knows that its my work that enables me to travel so much !
    I have used my work trips to throw in a bit of local sightseeing and I have learnt to save money while I am working to use it during my travels !

  • This is a superb post with nice pointers. After all those posts ‘How/ Why I quit my job to travel’ taking the internet by storm this feels like a breath of fresh air! In my case I never ever took up a job because corporate life somehow terrorised me what with all those interview rounds and so on, so I started my blog way back in 2009 after completing my studies and have never looked back. I love the flexibility I enjoy as a blogger and a freelancer and thank God that I am my own boss 🙂

  • Thanks for this write up . How I wish I get featured in your list some day . With a toddler and a medium size business to run I know thats a tall ask , however its never too late what say ?

    It was interesting to read what Sudhagee had to say .

    Keep writing

  • I think a lot of the people who want to ditch their jobs to travel a 20 somethings like myself. Don’t get me wrong, I would love travelling to be my job but it just isn’t realistic. Instead I’m working full time in a well paid marketing position, and I’ve been making use of something you guys missed out; unpaid holiday. It doesn’t work for every one, but if you earn enough you can get that little extra time off to add a few more travel days to your itinerary. I’ve found I get as much time to thoroughly enjoy my travelling now as I did when working abroad, but I have a lot more resources to throw at it and can go to more expensive destinations.

  • Well said! Quitting your job completely to go travel is definitely not for everyone. There are so many factors involved you really have to be sure it fits with your lifestyle and future. Health is definitely a big one as its hard to get good healthcare while you travel. Thanks for sharing our link 🙂

  • Very nice post. Another point worth mentioning is that, if one chooses his (or her) career wisely, at the end of the road he will have become an expert in his craft, and contributed more to the well being of the world than if he had spent the time traveling. Choosing wisely is key.

  • I love, love, LOVE this article. My favourite bit is ‘You want to look back on a meaningful life, not a selfish one’.

    The world needs people to do jobs for everything to work. By giving up everything to travel you’re dedicating your life to instant and constant gratification.

  • While you may have a point here, it’s also good to move away at least once in your life time.

    Traveling, and living abroad for a while is one of the best ways to open your eyes and mind to different things, other ways of life.

  • I don’t agree, while I do feel like it’s not for everyone I do think some people should quit their job to travel. I have hated every job I have had for the last 14 years. The only thing that I enjoy doing (with passion) is traveling. Now I could be wrong, but I really need to take that step to know if i’m wrong. I don’t need a consistent roof over my head. The thing I hate most about my 9-5 is the routine, the never changing repetitive nature of everything, I don’t feel that when I’m traveling. I also don’t like things, I think they just clutter up our lives and make us have meaningless competition to have better stuff. I started up photography and writing to do freelance work. I do think you raise great points that people should consider before quitting, mostly it’s probably a deeper issue. For me the issue is I need to be traveling, full time. That’s where I feel I belong.

    btw, your social network login is not working. 🙂

  • Hi Guys,

    We happened to be connected today on twitter through Amrita. I was very keen on knowing you guys as your profile pic looked interesting. I must say Lovely blog and Im one of them who quit my job got influenced and start travelling and not blogging enough but developing concept for tourism board like Kerala Blog express,etc . I did enjoy seasonal jobs till last year and now I regret leaving my full time job. Yes finances does become and issues and when I stumbled upon your blog I was really happy to read and get back.

    Btw Some how I have understood one thing, all this will there were top travel bloggers running in the market, I have never head of you guys.But Im amazed to see the comments you guys get ? How do you market your blog ?

    Loved the photography

  • Very interesting and logical points for people craving to travel to explore destinations. However, in my wee bit of travel experiences, I have met tons of people who are genuinely happy to travel for the sake of nomadic life and love the experiences they gain from it. That would include singles, couples, groups, communities and even families. Not everybody’s priorities include staying at nice places or shopping for exotic things. They prefer solitude or the solace teaching children in African countries brings.
    Would they agree to your points?..I doubt and they travel too. Many for years and happily in a financially secure way. There are ways to have a career and earn/pile up money, to tide over for the rainy days while also being on the move. Planning ahead, making optimal use of your material possessions, investing wisely, buying good medical, travel insurance etc includes some of them. E business and volunteering options are also there.
    Again, great points for those believing in the sensible home bound logic behind them. Yet people like us, who also exist and are travelers, would beg to differ. Safe Travels.

  • Major props to those who can quit their jobs to travel full time, but I’m not there yet! I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that position where I can afford to travel full time. That’s something that I’ve always wished I could do, but because of everything you listed in this post, I haven’t. I do enjoy the stability that I have with my job, but I’d like a little bit more flexibility too so that I can travel more when I want to, while still working! I want to find a balance between stability and travel.

    Thanks for writing this post! Sometimes I get so jealous reading about the adventures of those who are lucky enough to travel full time!

  • In principle, I very much agree with you; full-time travel is a pretty extreme step, and you have to be very sure you’re doing it for the right reasons before committing.

    That said, the reason I’m considering it – or a similarly drastic step such as moving somewhere completely different – is that living in London, I simply don’t earn enough to put any money aside at all. Rents and living costs are so high that saving is all but impossible at the early stages of your career, and moving to the fringes means commuting sucks the money out of your pocket. I find myself starving myself of nice things to do here to save up for trips, which just makes the time you do spend here more unpleasant.

  • Well said. I consider myself lucky to have found a way to hang on to my safety net and be able to travel knowing that I can press the reset button and return to my old life if I want to. I managed to get a career break (long-term unpaid leave) approved from my company in Australia and moved to Germany to work (in the same industry) and travel, and would definitely recommend this method of travel to anyone. I know many people who love the backpacking, couch-surfing lifestyle and all the randomness and surprises that come with it. But it’s not for everyone and for those of you who are like me and find it more stress than fun to live literally from day to day, not knowing if you will have a decent roof over your head in the next few weeks or which stranger’s kindness you will need to rely on, this is another way to go. I still consider myself a long-term traveller but I would even say that one gains another level of insight into another country and its culture by working in a new place rather than just travelling.

  • Been reading a lot of blogs where some says to quit job and travel and some says don’t. My mind always said don’t due to all the above points you mentioned. But heart always said do it.

    After reading this – I’m sure I don’t have to do that. Great post. Cheers. My Blog – http://pixelsorcery.blogspot.com/

  • I think almost each day of my life starts with this thought… Should i quit my job and start traveling full time?
    But as sense prevails, I realize, why can’t do both. With job in hand I can explore what ever places on earth I want. Without this job, I do not have much finances to visit places i dream of. I travel on a shoe string budget. stay in cheapest hotel/hostel.
    I agree to your viewpoint, quitting job to travel is not the wisest decision, untill you do not have an alternate source of income.

    You have a new follower guys. Lovely work. Keep it up!

  • Loved this series! I always wondered should I work a regular job or should I follow my passion of travelling but recently I thought why not both? So now I work as well as travel!
    And this series just reinforced my decision!
    And you might find this a bit unusual I am a Mechanical Engineer working in a Thermal Power Plant who loves travelling!

  • I agree 100%. I feel like one of the MOST exciting parts of traveling is trip-planning! Dreaming of entering that beautiful library you always wanted to visit or envisioning an afternoon sipping coffee in a century old cafe is part of the process that makes traveling so addictive and everyday (work) life interesting 🙂 While I would love to keep traveling and work on weaving stories into my blog, I crave the quiet moments on my couch in my living room, hugs and conversations with friends, and a “life” that I have at home too! After all, the novelty of mundane, routine activities after 2 weeks of traveling is pretty great too, right? 🙂

  • I came across your blog by accident. Lovely presentation and layout. As advertising people, you definitely know how the capture peoples’ attention. Keep up the good work. I will definitely bookmark this site for future reference/inspiration!

    Cheers!

  • Great Post! I am planning to start my travel blog and this gives me hope that I can totally do it with my full-time job as a market research consultant 🙂

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