7 months ago and before I started this blog I came across different travel articles while doing some kind of market research, all those articles had a common message which basically was: “If you want to travel the world, you probably should quit your job and do it while you’re still in your 20s!”, okay I can guess your first thought: “she did a research before starting the blog?”, well yeah when you do market research for a living even buying an outfit can make you do couple of qual in-depth interviews!
Anyway, going back to my point, so the more articles I read the more depressed I became. Not that I didn’t love them, but what those travelers were saying made complete sense to me at first. When you’re on the road, there’s no boss, no deadlines, no commitments, no agenda that you have to stick to if you don’t feel like it. You can explore, take risks, make a complete fool out of yourself and not even care. You will never feel so free in your entire life. What depressed me though was the fact that I knew that it wouldn’t be possible for me, or for the hundreds of thousands of people out there who are travel addicts but for some reason have to stick to an office during the day working a 9-5 job (well, more like 8-7 at least, but who’s counting right?) and have to spend their nights dreaming about their next adventure. Don’t get me wrong, I really love my job and when I’m lucky enough I get to do it and travel at the same time, but sometimes you just need to get away without even thinking and that’s when you can’t just do it without thinking about the consequences.
Luckily, during the last 3 years since I started travelling, I learned that you don’t have to quit your job to travel the world! Over the last year only, I’ve been to 6 different countries and spent a total of 2 months away from Morocco, some of them were short 3 to 4 days getaways while others were 2 weeks adventures, but all of them added up to 8 weeks of travel! And I still have my 8-7 job (at least for the time being 🙂 ).
Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you guys a list of tips on “How to travel without quitting your job” , because: 1/ I’m still figuring out my own tips and 2/ someone told me once that I really love making lists, so I’m taking a break from making them (Okay may be right after the one I just made!). That said, I’m just going to share some thoughts on why it’s more about doing what you love than quitting your job.
If there is one thing I learned over the last couple of years, it is that if you truly LOVE to travel, it has to be your number one priority! For me, travel always comes first. It comes before new clothes or new things, before buying a car (assuming that I have a driving license which I don’t) or a house and it comes before expensive nights out with friends 5 times a week. Also, there are two very important questions I think everyone should ask himself first:
- What is the importance of material stuff in your life, because if for you when bonus time comes, the money goes toward a new Chanel purse, a new car, or that flat screen TV you’ve had your eye on, maybe you should figure out your priorities. Unless you can afford both the Chanel purse and the Bali trip, in that case adopt me, and you can take the purse if you want 😉
- What Experiences do you really want to live? It’s important to define exactly why you’re that drawn to the idea of traveling, because keeping these reasons in mind will help you get through the non-comfy hostel bunks, the questionable food and the hours of uncomfortable transportation. If you’re eager to experience these things more, travelling is perfect for you.
They say, once you catch the travel bug, it never really goes away. And it’s true. However, sometimes we tend to make excuses to keep ourselves in our cozy little comfort zones: full time jobs, not enough vacation time, not enough money, nowhere to go… But if we put our minds into it and make travel our priority because we breathe it and not because we are miserable in our jobs, nothing can stop anyone of us of living more exciting adventures than the travelers we read about!
Cheers to the places we yet have to go to!