What? That you don’t have to quit your job to travel ?
In the past few years it seems like traveling is a biological imperative for all millenials. Don’t get me wrong, there are very few things in this world that I enjoy more than being with my backpack in a remote and unknown location. I know that I would enjoy a life on the road. I do not need a lot to live. And, of course, writing about travel, it’s been a while since the first time that I was asked why I didn’t quit my job to travel full time.
Appreciate the small things
Travel is one of my greatest passions, but I’m not sure I’ll appreciate it the same way if I were doing it full-time. I have a crazy job. Like really crazy. I can have 30h weeks and others of 80h. In occasions, I work for a couple of months without a single break day. And some times, I show up there very little. With all its ups and downs, it’s a demanding job, but I love it. Yes, some times I need to escape and disconnect, and I often do it. And do you know why I can do it? Exactly because I have this job.
On one of my last trips, I went to Thailand. I spent a month wandering around through the country and enjoying like a child. Also, I was cooked in Bangkok and I bathed in the amazing beaches of the south. Besides that, I spent a week between trucks and lost trails to reach the biggest set of waterfalls in all South-East Asia. And I slept in a floating cabin on a lake and in a tree house in the middle of the forest. Everything, or almost everything, was an unforgettable experience. Then, why don’t I think about quitting my job to travel? Simple, without a stable job I couldn’t have afforded to pay for many of these adventures.
Money isn’t it all
So yes, it’s true. Money doesn’t buy happiness. But it buys plane tickets without never ending stopovers. It allows you to spend the night in picturesque hotels that most likely you wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. And to have lunch in that great restaurant. Or book that amazing daytrip…
I’m well aware that there are many different ways to travel. I personally don’t spend a lot of money on trivial things (unless it’s food), but tbh, travel is not the cheapest of the hobbies. You can travel on a shoestring (thanks LP) and spend 15 euros a day, but unless you have some income, after a month you would have spent an important amount of money.
To this point, the answer of many people would be, why don’t you try to get some money while on the road? It’s true that you can you can get some temp jobs here and there to survive a little longer. On the same line, a few months ago I read this article about a couple of lawyers who left their 9-17 job behind to live the nomad life. All through that article they would describe what was real life behind those amazing pictures. Behind those great posts. They have left behind a day job in court to scrub toilets clean and to clear rice fields for barely no money. Even though these jobs are equally honorable and worthy of respect, for them, after having invested so many years of their lives to become lawyers, scrubbing bathrooms was not their dream job.
Those big instagram and blog stars
Yep. It’s true. What about these amazing instagrammers or bloggers that are paid for traveling? I am talking about this small group of people with thousands of hundreds or even millions of followers that receive more or less money for traveling. They take these amazing shots of impressive places and get everybody green with envy. They are so good at it that inspire people to actually follow them IRL to the places and promoting that place/product/whatever that they are sharing. Now let’s be honest for a second. There are millions of bloggers out there trying to get some money out of their sponsors. While some people may even get a bit of income from them, most people (and I’m talking about the vast majority here) will not get paid enough as to follow the life of these guys.
You don’t need to quit your job to travel
Leaving aside the neverending debate between tourist and traveler, it is possible to see the world and combine it with a stable job. It’s true that some times we don’t have enough holidays… You can always ask for unpaid days. You don’t have enough money… well, most likely quitting you job won’t improve that. While keeping a job while seeing the world has some limitations, it also implicates (most of the time) being able to have more relaxed trips. Besides, leaving for a week, or a couple of months won’t turn your adventure into routine and you may even enjoy it more. To finish, if you really want to quit your job, do it because you want to do it, not because you want to escape your monotony.
What are your thoughts about it? Please, let me know in the comment section!