Are you sick of going to work every day and want to explore the world? Do you feel like you are trapped in a life that doesn’t suit you?
Then maybe it’s time to quit your job to travel.
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This was my case a few years back. I did it and that was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.
At that point, I was 23. I was working in digital marketing for over 3 years. I had a flat, a nice job, friends…
Quite frankly, I had it all!
Except that I wanted something different.
I had that thirst for adventure. I wanted to see the world. I wanted to see landscapes that would take my breath away. I wanted to learn a foreign language.
I didn’t want that cosy and nice life.
I was too young for that.
I wanted something that would push me out of my comfort zone.
And I wanted that for a long time.
I literally spent years debating what to do in regards to that thirst for adventure.
And instead of just going for it, I made the safest choice you can possibly make.
Got myself a nice job, a nice flat… everything that people want.
And one day, everything changed. It took me one discussion with a friend to decide that I wanted my way out.
I wanted to go to Australia.
THIS was my dream.
After that, I panicked a bit. I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing to be honest. Everything about it was scary.
I’ve started talking about it to people around me and I got a bit of everything. Some people were really excited but most were worried and would say it was a bad idea.
Eventually, I made up my mind. This is what I would do. This was what would make me whole.
More importantly, I knew I would regret more not doing it than doing it.
So you know what I did?
I applied for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia, booked a flight ticket to Australia and quit my job.
Two months later, I was on a plane from Paris, France to Melbourne, Australia.
This was happening!
So what happened next?
The first times in Australia were both amazing and challenging. I went to Australia with a friend and it took us a while to figure out what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it.
And you know what? We ended up doing everything we didn’t think we would do.
We got to Melbourne thinking we would stay in Melbourne for 6 months and then travel for 6 months.
However, quite quickly we understood that this would never happen. Because every single dollar we would earn in Melbourne would be spent in Melbourne.
Melbourne is such an amazing city, there are so much temptations. So basically there were three options there. Either we would work hard in a cafe and live a life of struggle just to end up being able to travel for a month at the end of the year. Either we would spend the whole year in Melbourne and never travel. OR last option, we give up our first idea, drop everything we were doing in Melbourne (we stayed in Melbourne for 2 months all together) and find a job in a farm.
Initially, we were not interested in working in farms or getting our second year visa, which is why we discarded this idea at the beginning.
After a few weeks, we completely changed our mind!
So that’s what we did. We found a job in a farm, stayed for a few months. Worked hard. Long hours. Didn’t do much meanwhile. Lived in a shack in a farm on Kangaroo Island.
And saved LOADS of money!
It was amazing! We had such a great experience in that farm. We met plenty of people. Locals and other backpackers. I improved my English considerably. And more importantly, once we left we were able to afford 6 months of travels across Australia and Asia.
Was quitting my job to travel worth it?
Quitting my job and going to Australia was the best decision I ever made.
It taught me so much on so many levels. Here are the things that this experience brought:
- I met incredible people: Some of my best friends were met during that adventure. This kind of experience makes you meet a lot of people and build strong relationships.
- I discovered my true self: Travelling and backpacking make you push your limits on so many levels. I discovered that I was way more of a problem solver than I ever thought I would be. I discovered so much about my personality and more importantly what I was good at, not good at and what was making me happy.
- I learned a foreign language. My native language is French. When I got to Australia back in 2015, I didn’t speak English at all. And here I am, working in the UK and running a travel blog in English
- I saw the most amazing places. I saw places that stole my heart and took my breath away and this is priceless.
- I did the most amazing things and pushed my limits. I got the chance to push my limits and do things I never thought I would do such as skydiving above the great barrier reef or hiking an active volcano in Bali.
- The passion for living abroad. As a matter of fact, once my visa expired, I moved back to Europe but not to my home country. I moved to the UK and have been living there ever since.
Everything about this experience changed my life. Every single aspect of my life. This was the best decision I ever made in my life.
It’s not for everyone so I wouldn’t recommend it to everybody but if you’ve read that far that means that it’s probably the right thing for you. Each person has a very different experience, yours will be different than mine. But I understand that sometimes we need to hear it from someone that has done it.
Just do it guys and enjoy!
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