Why I quit my job to travel, and so can you.

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“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs

It was a cold Monday morning at work, you know the usual, drag your still hung-over ass out of bed, scrape your hair into a messy bun, and head out into the big, bad world. 15 clothing layers, 4 traffic jams and an espresso coffee later you are back to the familiar world of work. I looked out of the bleak window, and again at my computer screen and something clicked. I had to get out of there.

Why the hell did I quit?

I am an adventurous person, wild at heart. I have done some really mental and fun (mostly stupid) things in my twenty- something- years. But when it comes to my education and career I am about as straight laced as it comes. Straight A grade student with a scholarship at a red brick university I played by the book, literally, and if I wasn’t drunk in a bar or a suspicious looking house party I was in the library or working on my dream to work in advertising and marketing. Long story short, it paid off, I got a very highly paid job straight out of university for a multi-awarding winning international company (woooo hoooooo life is made! Right? Wrong). Something in me longed to go back to those wild days. My friends were all travelling and what once seemed less important when I was striving to become part of the rat race, became the most important thing to me, wanderlust.

What happened next?

 So basically I quit. I didn’t have much money saved and no back up plan as I, like most girls, spend the majority of money on absolute shit we don’t need but hope will make us look like JLO. Alas, I had enough money saved for a month or so of travelling. So right there, on that bleak Monday morning, I booked a flight to Hong Kong and then Thailand. And my life changed forever. I handed that notice in I had been dying to do for over 6 months but never had the guts to, and I walked out with my head held high. I travelled around the most beautiful islands, places I couldn’t believe were real – that a life where golden sands and happiness is a daily occurrence – this really can be your life. It doesn’t have to be you just getting by day to day, pay cheque to pay cheque, this is your life and you’ve really got to grab any chance you can to achieve your dreams.

“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”
Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State

How it changed my life

Quitting my job that I felt imprisoned to stay in, and following my dreams completely changed my life. Not just the amazing experience I had, but the fact that I could do it, the sense of freedom that came from taking charge of my own life and happiness. I didn’t have to be unhappy anymore.

Although people thought I was crazy quitting my job that I had worked so hard for, I wasn’t happy with my situation and I knew I had to get out of it. So many people live each day unhappy, yearning for more, hating their 9 – 5 job, the relationship they settled for and a general lack of love for life. But if you really, I mean really look around you, life is beautiful, people are beautiful, everything around you is. I honestly, truly believe that if you want something in life, you have to go above and beyond to achieve it. This may not be travelling for you, it may be wanting to be an artist when your parents forced you into law school, you may want to own your own café shop, or try your hand at acting school. Never give up on that dream whatever it is, or working towards it.

If like me, you have a feeling that something is missing, don’t ignore that nagging feeling in your heart, for it leads you to a happier life, no matter how scary it may seem at first. I will talk about my travels and how it changed my life in another post, but I just wanted to write this post as so many people questioned me and my sanity when I decided to quit my job and travel. So many people tell me everyday, ah I wish I could do that, I’m here to tell you that you can. You just have to believe that you, like me, are worthy of living a life you enjoy and deserve.

“You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve Jobs

 

16 Comments

  1. April 23, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Great post! I did the exact same thing 6 months ago. I quit my job and went travelling for 5 months. I just got back to Germany and am currently going for interviews in office based jobs but deep down I know it isn’t for me. I’ve got one last interview for a job on a cruise ship next week and if I get that I’ll be travelling again! How long have you been travelling for now and do you work whilst you travel?

    Dina xx

    • Budget Girl Xo
      April 24, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you glad you enjoyed reading! Ah I feel exactly the same, I am back working now (office based too) I got back over a month ago, but my wanderlust is still there! Good luck in your job interview, that’s a perfect job for someone who loves to travel! I haven’t worked whilst travelling, although I lived in Cyprus for two summers and worked then, I would recommend working whilst travelling though even if its just part time to stop money stresses and to pay for fun things!! xx

  2. May 4, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I love this post so much! You’ve left me feeling inspired 🙂

    I’m having a long dilemma with myself about how long I’m going to go for / is it the right thing to do / am I going mad? Like you though, I’m very very career driven and I’m eager to eventually move to london to pursue my dream career in the beauty /marketing industry.

    I worry though about going away and leaving my job… I’m not in my ideal job at the moment but I worry about getting a job after travelling when you’ve not been working for a couple of months. How easy was it for you to go back to work? Did you find a new job ?

    xxx

    • Budget Girl Xo
      May 5, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Ha! I feel like we are twin souls! My dream is to work in beauty marketing too, I have lived in London, but i’m back home currently saving for my next adventure! A lot of people ask me about the job situation, every interview I went to actually saw my travelling as a positive and asked me loads of questions about it, including how they wish they had gone themselves! I honestly think going was the best decision I have ever made! I work in marketing currently with is a competitive market, but I started a new job within 6 weeks of returning, but I had a little savings for when I got back to keep me going (I would definitely recommend doing that!) and I applied for lots of jobs! Good luck and follow your heart ! xo

      • May 9, 2016 / 2:37 pm

        Haha twin souls, love it! Ooo exciting! Where is your next adventure to?!

        I moved home after uni nearly 2 years ago and have been working and save save saving so that I have enough money to do both travelling and then hopefully move to London after it. Thanks so much chick, you’ve made me feel less worried about going for interviews after it. I’m hoping I can keep blogging whilst I’m away. Have you found that having a blog helps with interviews? xxx

        • Budget Girl Xo
          May 12, 2016 / 12:58 pm

          I have only been blogging around a month so I haven’t actually had an interview where I could show my blog off! I don’t think I will use mine in interviews as some of what I write about is very personal, I do think for someone like yourself blogging about beauty etc and showing solid writing skills and imagery if you don’t have any experience in that industry is perfect! Like a bit of a portfolio!

          Xo

  3. Sasha
    May 7, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Hi! Such a wonderful post! I did the same last year and this year I’m dying to get away again. I know you’ve said you’ll do another post on your travels but just wondering how long you went away for and if you had to work abroad to continue funding yourself? I’d like to go away for a longer amount of time but don’t have much saved at the moment..so just wondering a way to get around this haha

    Sasha
    http://www.sashacharmainexo.com

    • Budget Girl Xo
      May 9, 2016 / 10:45 am

      Hiii, ah thank you! Well I have done spouts of travelling, a few months in Europe, then America then Asia etc and I am now saving for Bali, New Zealand and Australia the end of the year so I am in the same position trying to save! I might write a blog on how to save for travelling! I lived in Cyprus where I had to work most days, but my other travels I saved for all year to go and not work – but these have only been short amounts of time. I think working while your travelling though is quite fun and a great way to meet new friends! I don’t think i’d like to work in an office abroad though!! Where are you planning on travelling too?Xo

  4. June 23, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Sounds like my dream!! I think I’d have to have a bit more money in my bank before I could do something like this though – although working while travelling is a great idea. Very inspiring! x

    Amy | http://www.perksofbeingamy.co.uk

  5. January 9, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    It is amazing that you had the courage to quit your job and follow a path that will make you happier. I feel so disillusioned with my day job but financially I can’t afford to leave just yet, I want to blog full time and I know I can make it but it might take time. I want to try and be spontaneous like you I have always wanted to travel
    http://fadedspring.co.uk/health/skinny-call-me-slim/

    • Year of You
      January 10, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Thanks so much! It took me a while to have the courage, but definitely was the best decision! Good luck with your blog, its amazing! Xo

  6. January 12, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I totally feel like this! I want to travel asap but my parents want me to work, save and work some more and I have itchy feet to explore the world as all of my friends are doing it right now! Serious wanderlust and I’m so tempted to just do it like you!

  7. January 14, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!!
    I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff you post…

  8. January 18, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Love this post. A true inspiration! I would love to do this someday.

    Shawn Bethea
    Blogger | IBD Advocate
    Web: MoreSpoons.com
    Twitter | Instagram: @ShawnBethea_

  9. February 12, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    This is such an inspiring blog post! I would love to go travelling but I have so many commitments that hold me back. Hopefully one day I will be able to make a rash decision and not have to worry about the consequences!

  10. September 18, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Brilliant! Good for you! So many people want to do it but it’s hard to take the chance on yourself sometimes x

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