Tuesday, 4 December 2018

I Have Quit My Job To Go Travelling



I have an announcement…I have quit my job and I am going to travel around the world.

Well, South East Asia for the foreseeable future, but the rest of the world is hopefully in the pipeline.

Since I was in high school I have wanted to go travelling. The lure of the great unknown has always captivated me. And the sunny weather.

Over the years I have built myself up to packing it all in and jetting off somewhere exotic, especially during one of those rough, never ending weeks at work. Also most mornings when my alarm goes off or when I’m sat waiting for another delayed train.

But the timing was never right. And by timing, I of course mean money.

Initially I toyed with the idea of doing TEFL - teaching english as a foreign language. I would be able to earn money while I was abroad. Perfect for the rubbish savers amongst us.

I think I would have loved teaching, but I would have to be rooted in one place at a school and ideally I want to see everywhere. 

I love that travel quote - I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my list.

That played on my mind so much that I never actually finished the TEFL course I purchased from Groupon. 

Eventually I landed on freelancing. 

I had thought about it before, a few years ago, but I didn’t have the experience or contacts that I currently have. I am now in a position where it is a viable option.

I also had to think about who I would go with.

Do I go with my boyfriend? A friend? Alas, no one else was looking to go where I wanted to at this particular point in time.

I am nearing 30 and I kept worrying that if I don’t travel before I’m 30 then I would never get around to doing it. I know this is not necessarily the case, there are tonnes of people above 30 who are travelling the world, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head.

If I waited for someone to be at the point in their life they can go travelling at the same time as me, then I may never go. 

What if in a few years they decide they no longer want to travel? What if my circumstances meant I could no longer travel? What if Brexit fucks the world up so bad I will never be able to travel outside the UK post 2019?

I had to decide, should I wait for someone to go with or should I go Jason Derulo style.

I decided to go solo.

After a few weeks of thinking almost non-stop about it, I sat down with the HR manager at my work and handed in my notice.

Shit was getting real.

In my industry notice periods tend to be long, so I had a while to get my affairs in order. Three months to be exact. 

It has flown by, of course, but I am almost ready to go.

The main thing I have to do is get injections, which I am scared to death of, and confirm a couple of freelance opportunities.

I am equal parts nervous and excited.

Nervous because I am going on my own. I don’t know if I’m going to love it or hate it (although I suspect I know which). I have never done anything like this before. I have to leave my boyfriend back home, so hello long distance.

Excited because, well, travel. I will get to explore beautiful countries, experience new culture and, I cannot stress enough how much I am looking forward to this, I will not have to worry about a Monday morning for a long time. Goodbye 6am alarm.


Have you travelled for a long period before? Do you have any tips? Or are you hoping to one day? Let me know in the comment section below :)
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