The days of working for forty years for the same company that pays less than you are worth, are over. Some people work hard and dedicate half of their life to their job, only to retire with a handful of memories of two week beach vacations.
More of us are wising up! There has been a shift in the way we think. People are realising that we need to live now, while we are fully able, rather than later when we are not fit or resilient enough to enjoy it.
Do not waste away in that office cubicle or on that shop floor and live now. Here are five reasons to quit your job and travel.
1. No such thing as a secure job.
Many do not want to leave a “secure” job. However, since 2008 we have come to the realisation that there is no such thing as a secure job! You could be sacrificing your life for a job that may end up with the words “you’re fired” anyway. It is true that finding a new job may take longer than in the past. So for this reason it is essential to save enough money for when you return from your travels. It’s good to have enough money for six months living expenses whilst you are looking for a new job. Create your own economy and security.
Monday is a poor way to spend 1/7 of your life.
2. If you keep postponing your travels, you may never end up leaving.
It’s all so easy to become addicted to the stability of the comfortable home and the so called “secure” job. Making the decision to travel, and taking the first steps are the hardest. Once you have made the commitment to travel it becomes very easy. You will find the feeling of pure freedom exhilarating.
I think the person who takes a job in order to live; that is for the money, has turned himself into a slave.
3. Lack of job satisfaction.
You arrive at work at 9am to a desk full of messages written on post-it notes. You try and decide whether to attend to those first, or clear that paper jam in the photocopier. You do not have time to do that though, as you have to answer the e-mail messages from your co-workers who are sitting only in the next office. That is the office environment; however, people complain about a lack of job satisfaction in all lines of work. Why waste the most valuable years of your life when you could be living your life.
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still, Chinese Proverb
Many people fear that if they leave their job, that due to the high unemployment rate they may never end up working again, or at least not in the near future. This is only partly true; only if you do not prepare well. I’m not suggesting walking into your boss’s office and just handing in your two week notice.
What you want to do is leave your job on good terms so that you will get a good reference, or maybe even a job offer on return from your travels. Leaving on good terms with your employer means giving an ample notice period, training new staff on your duties and making your departure less stressful on your co-workers and boss. Also, prepare your resume/CV for when you return from your travels. This means that you can start sending out your resume immediately on your return.
I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
5. You do not need to be rich to travel.
Yes it’s true! I have traveled the world for less than $1000 a month. By staying in hostels or cheap guest houses, cooking for yourself or splitting costs with other travelers, you can travel for even less than this.
“Nobody ever laid on their deathbed wishing they had spent more time at work”
I am certainly not saying quit your job without a safety net. I am saying don’t make excuses as it’s possible to live a life of travel. Don’t be owned by your job and create your own life of freedom, adventure and purpose.