Traveling around the world is probably everybody’s dream but responsibilities get in the way most of the time. We all have this constant fear of not having enough-- not having enough time, not having enough company, and most of all, not having enough money.
I had these fears too before I decided to quit my job in the Middle East. It was good paying, I must say and I’m holding a good position. But one thing that bothered me is no matter how much I get, or how fast I climbed up ‘the ladder’, I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t contented.
That time, I had to ask myself repeatedly ‘What makes you happy?’ and the answer is traveling. But then again I was very afraid to leave my comfort zone. Nevertheless, I did it and I think I succeeded! I have travelled across 102 countries already and now living on a sailboat with my husband. If I let that fear control my life and my decision, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I would probably be stuck somewhere struggling to be ‘the best’ in the corporate world where society expects me (everyone actually) to be with my B.S. Economics Degree.
For this post, I’ll be sharing with you the steps I took to land on the decision to quit my job, to travel the world, and how to sustain this kind of lifestyle.
1) VISUALIZE THAT DREAM
‘If you see it in your mind, you’re going to see it in your hands’. I firmly believe in the Law of Attraction. Ask the Universe for it, visualize and believe in it, work for it and you will certainly have it!!
Leave all the negativity behind, there’s a lot of negative things in the world right now and the world doesn’t need another one. Besides, what you think will reflect on what you do-- You hate your boss and you hate your job? Then you’ll end up getting lazy. You want to travel the world and you’re grateful that you have a job to pay for your finances? Then that will make you more motivated! Looking at things from a different perspective will make things easier :)
2) SAVE UP!
Traveling could be cheap in some Asian Countries like Vietnam and Cambodia but it could be very expensive as well when you’re traveling around the US or Europe. Either way, you have to spend, and you need to have money for it. I’m not saying you should have hundreds of thousands but at least have enough for your daily expenses, flights, hotels, and most especially, emergency funds.
Ask yourself if that cup of Starbucks is really worth 1 hour of the time you worked for or if that cab ride is necessary. Here are 6 ways to save for your travels to get more Tipid Tips.
3) HAVE A PLAN
Lay out a plan based on how much your savings are and how long you want to travel. For example, you have 2,000 USD and you want to travel for one month. This is feasible for Asian Countries but certainly not for European Countries.
From there, make a research and check where your savings could take you, the hostels you can stay in, the mode of transportation you can take (Is renting a motorcycle a good idea?), and/or the side jobs you can have while you’re on it. Having a concrete plan makes everything much easier and it will really bring you to the momentum that you’re finally doing it! :)
4) QUIT YOUR JOB
Just hand in that resignation letter and do what makes you happy!! If you’re still unsure about it or if you’re afraid to go home and have nothing, then maybe you can ask your employer for an indefinite leave. Some employers are kind enough to give this.
If they won’t give it, so what?? There are plenty of jobs you can take. Stop worrying and just do it!
5) GET A TRAVEL INSURANCE
This is very important. Accidents can happen anywhere even in the comforts of your own home. You’ll never know what can happen to you so it’s important that you have something to keep you covered in case something comes up. World Nomads is highly recommended! The Standard Policy cover travel delay, loss of baggage and personal effects, overseas medical & dental coverage, personal liability and more.
7) GO FOR IT!!!!
This it the most exciting part!! Enjoy yourself, be one with nature, meet new people, listen to their stories, learn about new culture, and you’ll feel humbled by it all. While you’re at it, you’ll realize that the world is indeed big and life is short to be stuck in one place. Feel the moment!! Forget about what society dictates you to be and for once, just be yourself :)
8) ASK YOURSELF IF YOU WANT TO DO IT LONGER
There will come to a point that you’ll just get tired of it, you’ll feel like you’re done, or living a nomadic lifestyle without a daily routine isn’t for you. You could also feel like somehow, you’ve fulfilled what you wanted and it’s time to go back to the ‘real world’, climb up the ladder, and take on bigger responsibilities to fuel your every day. No matter what path you choose to take, that’s totally fine! Go grab that opportunity and I’m pretty sure you’ll be very happy and satisfied when the time comes that you can finally sleep in your own roof :)
9) IF YOU WANT IT, THEN GO TRAVEL LONGER! FIND A SIDE JOB THAT YOU CAN DO WHILE TRAVELING!
Sustaining this kind of lifestyle is the hardest thing to do. Cash is very liquid and sometimes you wouldn’t even notice that you spent half of it in a month. Money flies especially when you’re having fun so getting a side job is very important.
REMEMBER: Traveling isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. There will come to a point that you’ll meet rude people, you’ll get robbed, you’ll get scammed, you’ll lose your passport, you’ll be fed up with the visa applications and all but I’m telling you, it’s very much worth the risk.
To help you with this journey, I’m leaving you with more articles to read which hopefully could inspire you more:
If you need more help to plan things out, feel free to contact me and avail of my Coaching Services. Wishing you all the best on this journey! ♡