We’ve seen a lot of different articles telling you to quit your job and travel because you’re not happy with it, or because your boss is disgusting and you’re not enjoying the company of your colleagues, etc. But we say NO! Don’t quit your job to run away from something or someone. You should quit because you’re ready to build a SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL LIFESTYLE!
You can also read this article Kach wrote for Rappler- before quitting your job, please DEAL with ALL of your COMMITMENTS at home.
1. Got the Money!
You’ve been saving for a while now, and you have enough stashed away to support yourself for at least three months without working. You won’t need a huge amount of money as hostels are cheap, as are food and beers, plus there are plenty of opportunities to make your budget stretch further. Check out this list of ways you can work on the road.
2. You’ve fantasizing about an adventurous man/woman
If you’re looking for an adventure man, then you need be that adventure woman (and vice versa)! You’re not going to find them sitting in your office cubicle, or in the mall. You’ll find them drinking bia hoi in Vietnam, chilling on Koh Phi Phi Island, scuba diving in exotic locations or on a yoga retreat in India. If that’s the kind of person you’re looking for, then it probably means that’s the kind of person you dream of being. You can re-create yourself when you travel, so go ahead, who do you want to be?!
3. You’ve been buying those cheap flight tickets but couldn’t go because of your workload!
If you’re beginning to lose count of the amount of cheap and ‘Peso Deals’ you’ve bought and subsequently wasted due to sudden work commitments, or your boss wouldn’t give you the time off, then maybe it’s time…
4. Your Instagram is full of other people’s travel pictures.
You like every photo of a waterfall, beach, mountain, market or temple that you see. You’ve read so many different travel blogs that you could plan a travel itinerary to any country in the world without even opening a guidebook!
5. You like to volunteer
You’ve spent so much time working for money, yet you don’t feel like it’s getting you anywhere. No matter how much you work and how much you earn, there are always more bills to pay, more new must-have gadgets to buy; it’s an endless cycle. You find yourself wondering, ‘What would it be like to work because I want to, not for money, but for the enjoyment and satisfaction of knowing I’m contributing to something worthwhile?’
6. You’ve heard about Couchsurfing, and it sounds awesome!
You can’t think of anything more amazing than landing in a new country or city and sleeping on the sofa of someone you’ve never met before. You can now also join a community of mostly Filipino travellers on facebook if you want to be inspired by different travel stories or maybe just to look for a travel buddy!
7. You’re a risk-taker and ready to travel on your own.
You’re tired of easy. You’re bored of the same day over and over again. You want to feel out of your depth in a situation that challenges you, maybe even scares you a little. Solo travel gives you exactly that. Although, in reality, you’ll never really be on your own when you’re travelling as you meet people wherever you go; in hostels; on buses; even just walking around. Being alone is something you learn to be comfortable with and a choice you make.
8. You crave new and exotic food
You’ve eaten at practically every restaurant in town. There’s not a single Indian, Chinese, Thai or Vietnamese eatery where you haven’t demolished the menu. You know there’s only one way to find more food – travel!
9. You’re eager to learn new skills
Medical research has found that continuous learning throughout our lives is incredibly beneficial to our mental wellbeing, helping us to feel good about ourselves and the world around us and boosting our self-esteem. All of this helps us to maintain a positive attitude towards life. If you feel like you haven’t learned anything new in a long time, or even if you haven’t learned anything new in the past week, then maybe it’s time.
10. Your life feels empty and boring you want a new adventure!
Ok, so you’ve just got a great promotion, you’ve got perks, you love your colleagues and have a very supportive boss. You should be happy, you have everything you want, don’t you? If you do, then that’s great, I’m happy for you. On the other hand, if you have all those things and you still go home at the end of the day feeling empty, then maybe it’s time.
If you feel like at least one of these is you, then maybe it’s time to quit your job to travel! So remember, if you decide to leave your job to travel, make sure it’s for the right reasons, or at the very least, for positive reasons!
Happy life. Happy travels. Happy You!
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