Quit Your Job and Travel the World – I have come across this statement on numerous travel blogs. Every alternate day I will read someone explaining how awesome it is to leave cubicle life and set off on travel. How they hated their job and now they are on a roll. I am sure it must be a great experience. However not every one would like to take this path. First of all long-term travel is not for everyone and secondly most of the people can’t avail that option even if they want to. Lastly on a lighter note, if everyone quits their job to travel then who will work 🙂 🙂
In the era of social media and travel blogs, continuous encounter with such statement may lead to a bit of frustration if you are a regular traveler or have desire to travel a lot. It may get portrayed that to do a substantial amount of traveling your job is an obstacle. Although I have much limited travel experience as compared to a seasoned travelers, still I can say with confidence that quitting is not the only option. You can continue with your job happily and do a fair amount of traveling. In the past few years I was able to manage to travel more than I could have imagined. Moreover, If I had got some travel advises much earlier, my travel experience would have been much more. So I would like to share my experiences specially for those who are in 20-30 age group.
If you haven’t started working and studying in college, utilize this time. I made the mistake of not doing that and when I look back now I regret that. This is the phase where you would have a lot of time but less money. So you will tend to think that once you start earning you will travel. The thought is logical but the problem is as you start earning the available time gets reduced. So if your circumstances allow you, then try to travel during your semester breaks. You do not need to go on an expensive trip but can simply visit home town of your friend or visit nearby tourist places which are not heavy on your pocket. This doesn’t mean borrowing a huge amount of money from your parents but cutting down some other entertainment expense and spending on travel.
Once you have started working you will have to work on two things – saving money and leaves. Many occupation these days have 5 days working week so you have weekends where you can visit near by places. For taking a leave of one week or longer, plan much in advance and tell your boss so that he/she can know your availability. A one week leave gives you 9 days which are a good amount of days to travel farther. Advance planning will save you tons of money as well.
If your job profile allows you to travel for work then its an added benefit. But if it doesn’t then you shouldn’t get disheartened and not just wait for the chance to come. When you plan your trip on your own then you take interest in each and every small aspects and learn a lot. It appears cool to travel on company expenses but it is more cool to plan yourself. You can avoid expensive places like Europe for initial years but there are tons of amazing places in India and South East Asia which can be affordable.
You can easily visit 4-5 new regions every year if you are able to plan in advance. The more you travel the better you will become at planning out things. Sitting at your desk and being jealous of a full-time traveler is much easier task. The challenge is to mange your job and still travel to places which you enjoy on postcards. I am a participant in this challenge. Do you plan to join ?