You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Travel

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Travel

Have you ever heard of the Travel Blogger Cliche: Quit your job to travel? Im here to prove otherwise. Clearly, quitting jobs to travel is not for everyone. Sure, I can save a certain amount of money that will last me for months on the road but what about my financial responsibilities. There are people who depend on me, I cant just quit my job and leave them hanging because I have to travel for a year. Unfortunately, Im not one of those who doesn’t have financial responsibilities and only has to think of how they can survive on the road. There are others of course who found a way to earn while traveling and I salute them for that. But if I go to that direction, there are many things to consider:

Do I have the skill? There are many ways to earn while traveling as both you and I have read in other blogs. Some are yoga teachers, english teachers, diving instructors, freelance photographers, bloggers, web developers, etc. The question is, do I have the skill and if I do, am I confident enough that I can earn money from my skill?

Can it sustain me and provide for my financial responsibilities? Will it be enough and will this kind of income be reliable? Yes, I may earn but I’m sure it wont be a fixed amount every month like a steady pay check. Some of us, have monthly dues and what if I don’t earn as much this month compared to last month or worse what if I have no income this month because I don’t have any clients? What will happen then? If it’s just me, I’ll probably survive but what about those who depend on me?

This is not to discourage you to take that bold move of quitting your job to travel. I just want you to think and weigh your options carefully before you jump the gun. More importantly, I want to tell you that having responsibilities and having 9-5 job should never stop you from traveling. If you truly love to travel and if you really are passionate about it, you will find a way.

Last year, I had a total of 8 trips in 6 different Asian countries including my local trip. That, despite of my regular job. I wish that I work in a big time company that can send me to all these different countries but I don’t, these are all self-paid personal trips. I’m sure you can travel to your own dream destinations too, here are some helpful points to consider: Quit your job to travel

1. LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS – I’m not gonna lie and I’m not gonna bullshit you. You need money to travel. Yes, there are ways to get flights and accommodations for free, but not everyone can do it. For ordinary people like us, here’s a more realistic solution to your money problem: Live within your means. You gotta be clear with your priorities because at the end of the day, it all comes down to priorities. If you don’t need it, then you probably should not buy it unless you can afford it. When smartphones came out, almost all of my friends had one and I was still using my old ‘call and text’ phone and it never bothered me. I only got my first smartphone 2 years ago when I can already afford it and I’m still using it now. What I’m trying to say is, you don’t have to follow the latest trend especially if you can’t afford it, you don’t need to have the latest gadgets if you still have a working one, you don’t friggin’ need to apply for a car loan just because you’re the boss and you’re embarrassed that you still take the public transportation. You don’t need to be buried in debt just so you can buy things in order to fit in. Get over it.

Quit your job to travel

2. START A TRAVEL FUND – If you’re really serious about traveling, set a certain amount of your savings for a travel fund. This should be a separate account from all your other savings. Don’t just save because you have a trip 6 months from now. Save even when you don’t have travel plans yet, so when you do, you don’t have to starve or deprive yourself of anything out of your daily consumption just so you can achieve your goal before the trip. And I suggest, start an emergency fund as well, so you don’t have to touch your travel fund in cases of emergency. 

Quit your job to travel

3. FEED YOUR WANDERLUST – Inspire yourself, read more about the places that you want to visit. Wanderlust can be a powerful motivation. Allow yourself to imagine and dream about the places that you want to go. Make actual plans even when you don’t have the money yet and do some research. Chances are you will realize that its actually achievable, that there are cheaper ways to get there, you might find some really helpful articles that will make you realize that you don’t actually have to break a bank to go to  your dream destinations. 

Quit your job to travel

4. SAVE YOUR VACATION LEAVES – As a regular employee we just normally have 14-15 days annual leave. If you have more than that, then I envy you. So how can I travel so much when I only have 15 days annual leave? It’s all about strategy. Plot your vacation leaves in between your rest days or holidays to get longer vacation time. Swap schedules with your colleagues if you have to, take unpaid vacation leaves if its allowed in your company, there’s always a way if you really want it. 

Quit your job to travel

5. LEARN HOW TO TRAVEL ALONE – I love traveling with my friends, I really do. It’s just so much fun when you can share the beauty of a certain place with the people you love. But we have different lives and different priorities, we live in different cities. So, as much as I love my travel buddies, I wont sit around and miss out on a trip just because no one is available to go with me. Sometimes, we have to learn how to enjoy our own company and the company of strangers. It is scary and intimidating at first but you will get a better understanding about yourself and the world around you, especially when you have more time to reflect by yourself.

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4 Comments

  1. Albert Fernandez

    Great post. Indeed it all comes down to whatever suits us and what’s practical.

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    • Getz

      Thanks Albert. That’s true and we should always find ways instead of excuses to do the things we love. =)

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  2. Lurhen

    I work and I travel. I love what I do and I do not feel less of a traveller nor an adventurer because I have a job.
    Here’s to future travels! =)

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    • Getz

      Well said Lurhen! I totally agree with you! To future travels! =)

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