“Travelling the world really sucks. I wish I had stayed at home in my 9-5 job and never had this experience.”
Said no one ever.
In all my travels around the world I’ve never meet anyone who has regretted taking the leap and following their dreams to see the world. Unfortunately, I’ve met a lot of people who didn’t take the chance to travel and wished they had.
Of course, there are many obstacles to overcome before you go travelling – including saving money, planning the trip and having the guts to live the life you want rather than the life that is expected of you by society or by others. But for most people these obstacles are surmountable and the reward at the end – the thrill of seeing fascinating foreign corners of the world – is absolutely worth it.
How to Quit Your Job and Travel the Globe
If your goal is to take off and travel as far as possible and for as long as possible, here are some things to keep in mind:
You’ll need a safety net of savings before you go. Start hustling at a side job or selling the things you don’t need so that you can build up your emergency fund. If it all goes wrong you want to have at least enough for a flight home so that you don’t end up stranded in a foreign land.
Choose your destination. What region of the world do you want to explore? Do research into where you are going to find out about how much it costs, what the local customs are, what type of accommodations you can expect and anything else you might need to know.
Get the right gear. A good quality backpack is essential, one that can withstand being strapped to the top of a bus heading down bumpy dirt roads in Guatemala and thrown into the back of a wooden boat in Thailand. Reduce your belongings to the bare essentials so that you can travel as lightly as possible.
Think about how you will fund your travels. If you are only going for a few months you can subsist on savings, but if you want to travel for several months or years you will need an income to sustain you on the road. You could freelance, take odd jobs wherever you go, teach English, work for accommodation… there are plenty of options if you are creative and willing to work hard.
Get rid of your stuff. Own only what you can carry in a backpack. You can keep your stuff in storage – or if you can sell it to pay for your travels. You can always buy more stuff when you come back (if you do come back, that is).
How will you document your adventures? You will want to record the amazing experiences you have so that you can better remember them later, so consider keeping a journal or starting a travel blog.
Last but not least… leave all preconceived notions and expectations at home. If you assume things are going to be just like they are in your hometown, you will be confused and frustrated. If you are open minded and embrace the moment, you’ll learn a lot about other cultures and about yourself.
Becoming a Vagabond isn’t easy but if you want to live that HellaLife, your gonna have to make your move!
So if you could leave tomorrow, where would you go?