It all sounds very dramatic and I suppose that’s because it is; In just under a month’s time I am quitting my job, renting out my flat and heading off on a round the world adventure with only my backpack and best friend in hand.
You must think I hate my job, or there’s something in my life I feel the need to run away from, but in truth, I am actually the happiest I have ever been.
I have a great job in marketing, working with a fun and supportive team of people and on a great salary. I’m actually using what I learned in my degree (shock, horror) and never dread Mondays. Equally, I’m lucky enough to own my flat and am in a happy and loving relationship as well as a bunny mama to my three gorgeous fur babies. I have built a life in Leeds that is rewarding, secure and certainly not boring – so why am I giving it up?
It’s simple really; I want to travel!
Travelling has always been a great love of mine, ever since I first went to Thailand in 2009 and experienced just how magical it is to feel completely carefree, with no chores or responsibilities looming over me like brewing storm clouds and only the glorious sunshine in the sky and sunny disposition it gives you. I never had the chance to take some time out to go travelling after University, mainly due to financial reasons and before I knew it, I was in my job, owned a flat and was building the secure and stable life society expects of us. I don’t mean this to sound ungrateful, because I know I am very lucky – but in my opinion, the cycle of earning and spending cash is not living – it’s getting by. We acquire possessions with as much as ease as we then dispose of them and what do we have to show for it at the end? I realised the things I valued spending my money on most were going on holiday – not to relax and sunbathe, but to explore and discover! I love the excitement of going somewhere new and finding out all about its history and culture – stuff you’d never know about unless you go there and which can leave a lasting impression on you for years to come.
The world is a profound teacher and I am a perpetual student.
I’m 26 next month and very much aware that this is the age i’m supposed to start ‘settling down’, which is precisely the reason i’m taking off. I don’t have children, I’m healthy and I’m finally in the position to save up and pay for it myself – so the question really is, why wouldn’t I quit my job to travel the world!
If you want to go travelling but feel like you can’t, you can. I may not have children, but I certainly have other responsibilities that mean I can’t just up sticks. With a bit of planning and coordination, everything can be resolved. Don’t let the reasons (excuses) you’re telling yourself hold you back from your dreams.
FUE section: Frequently Used Excuses
I own a house and have a mortgage, there’s no way I can go travelling.
I found tenants for my flat after 2 days of putting an ad up on gumtree. I’m letting it out as furnished and so all I have to do is move my bits and bobs out, give it a good old super clean and have all the necessary certifications and insurances set up. My tenants will be living there for at least 6 months so i’ll be living with my parents again when I get back from my travels -relieving the pressure on me to find a job immediately and worrying about my mortgage. I also can’t wait to be fed mummy dinners again. Yum!
What will I do about a job when I get back? I can’t possibly leave.
You’ll find a new one! Talk to recruiters before you go and get your CV polished. You can apply for jobs in the last couple of weeks that you’re away and save a little bit of money before you go away as your ‘getting back’ fund to tide you over. See it as a chance to start fresh and find a new challenge. Anyway, you might end up living in Australia so go take that chance!
I have pets!
My bunnies are staying with my sister at home with their very own super shed. I am very lucky to have such a supportive family who love them as much as me! Make sure you’re not burdening anyone if you do have pets and it’s probably not a good idea to go for a really long time, but you can certainly go away for a few months.
I’m in a relationship.
So? My boyfriend and I are staying together and being in a relationship really is no excuse not to go travelling. I’m only going for 3 months and although it’s going to be strange and hard not to see him every day, we know that in the grand scheme of life and time – 3 months will fly by. He supports me and my dreams, which only makes me love him more.
You could always plan to go together!
I don’t have any money and i’m rubbish at saving.
BOLLOCKS! You can easily save up even if it takes you a year to do so. Read my post on How I Saved £5000 To Go Travelling for my money saving tips.
I don’t have a clue what I’m going to do when I get back and i’m also not worried about it. All I know is that life can pass by really quickly and I don’t want to be 80 and look back on my life and realise that all I did was work and go through the motions. That’s the reason i’m going to discover this planet and enrich my mind, while getting a sweet tan in the process!
I am ready to live in the moment and go on the adventure of a lifetime.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.