There are so many people that want to quit their job to travel the world or take a career break and travel for an extended period of time. Traveling opens our eyes and we get the privilege to experience different cultures, different backgrounds, and different walks of life. Traveling during a vacation is very different than traveling full-time or long-term. It’s an experience I firmly believe that everyone should experience at least once in their life. It’s something that a lot of people aspire to have but wait until retirement to start living that life. Instead of waiting for the future or waiting for retirement, here are 15 reasons why you should quit your job to travel the world.
1. Life is short and tomorrow is never promised.
The trouble is, you think you have time, but to be perfectly honest… you don’t. Life is short and that’s the reality of it. Tomorrow is never promised and not guaranteed. One of the many regrets people have towards the end of their life is that they wished they traveled more and they did more things that they loved.
When you start realizing that life is short, you start doing things you normally would put off. So many people want to travel the world but are waiting for the perfect time or for retirement or for the future. There is no such thing as the “perfect time”. There are always going to be reasons that are preventing you from traveling, but it’s important to remember that the future is never guaranteed. You shouldn’t wait to live your life. You should start living your life the way you want to, now. If traveling full-time or long-term has been something you’ve thought about, I encourage you to follow it.
2. You should prioritize life over your career.
Society has trained us to prioritize our careers over our quality of life. We’ve been trained to focus on our careers and chase money, status, and success. We spend the majority of our time working instead of actually living. We put traveling the world on the back burner because our careers are important to us. But your job and career will always be there, but time won’t.
3. Sick of limited vacation time.
The dreaded thought that our employers dictate how much time we have off and if it gets approved is so unfortunate. Whether you’re getting 2 weeks of paid vacation or 4+ weeks of paid vacation, it’s still not enough time to travel the world and enjoy life.
When you’re traveling the world for an extended time, you’re not limited to a short vacation. You can explore as long or as little as you want, and you have full control over it. You don’t have to ask your boss for approval. You don’t have to count how many vacation days you have left to go on a trip. You don’t have to start planning your next vacation while you’re still on your current vacation. You get to live it, fully, every single day.
4. You get to fully experience a place, instead of a short vacation.
Instead of traveling to a destination for a short period of time, you have the ability to actually stay there longer and fully experience a destination. How many times have you gone somewhere and wished you had more time there or you didn’t want the vacation to end?
Traveling full-time allows you to fully experience a place and not be rushed. You can take it slow and leisurely wake-up and explore the city you’re in, versus cramming everything in on a short vacation time.
5. No longer have to live for the weekend.
Are you constantly living for the weekend? Living for the next vacation? Or the next holiday or the next time you have off? Life shouldn’t be “lived for (blank)”.
You should fully be able to experience your life and enjoy your life. You shouldn’t have to do mundane things just so you can enjoy your time during your next happy hour, drinks with friends, or for the weekend. I want you to be able to not have to live for the weekend or live for your next vacation. When you take a career break and travel full-time, you’re allowing yourself to fully live every day. Every day feels like the weekend. Every day feels like the vacation you’ve been waiting to go on. How amazing does that sound?!
6. You grow so much and become a better person.
Traveling comes with so many life lessons, skills, education, self-love, and growth. Traveling comes with challenges and through those challenges, you grow and gain valuable skill sets that help you throughout life.
Before I quit my job to travel, I never associated travel with self-love. I never realized how powerful traveling can be. Traveling full-time and long-term is very different than going on a vacation, which is what I was used to doing my whole life.
Traveling helps you discover yourself, learn about yourself, and love yourself. You learn so much about who you are, your strengths, your weaknesses, your ability to rely on yourself and travel the world. It’s such a beautiful thing. Traveling allows you to bring many parts of yourself to the surface and you get to spend a lot of quality time with yourself.
There’s no doubt that traveling teaches invaluable things. Not only are you experiencing and exploring new places around the world, but you’re gaining and growing so much as an individual. I firmly believe that traveling expedites your growth.
7. Learn that you can conquer and overcome any fears.
Quitting your job to travel the world, unfortunately, comes with so many fears. But once you tackle and overcome every fear that pops up, you realize that you’re invincible. You can conquer any fear that comes your way now.
Quitting your job to travel the world is a very notable thing and something to be proud of. You might not be there yet, but when you do, you’ll soon realize that those fears were there to keep you small and away from achieving your dreams. When you overcome this barrier, you realize that you can overcome any barrier.
8. You value everything in life more.
When you get to travel to places that are different than what you’re used to, you appreciate everything in life more. You appreciate and value your time, your bed, your friends, your family, your comforts of life, and so on. You start to value things that you took for granted. You’re constantly reminded of your privilege and how fortunate you are, which then creates more gratitude. More gratitude creates more happiness.
9. You have a passion for travel.
Are you that friend that is always traveling where people ask, “do you ever work?” Or maybe you aren’t there yet and you’re wanting to start traveling the world more. If there’s a passion or a deep desire to travel the world, that should be a sign and a reason in itself to follow it.
10. You get to meet amazing people from all around the world.
When you’re on vacation, you don’t get to spend as much time with other travelers or people you meet along your trip. When you’re traveling for an extended period of time, you get to meet amazing people from all over the world. You get to spend a lot of time with them and you become friends with them. You have way more time to meet people and spend quality time with them. It’s amazing having friends from all over the world, where you can visit them in their home country and learn more about different cultures and different backgrounds. You start to become a well-rounded person because of this.
11. You become a citizen of the world.
When you’re traveling to so many countries, you get to learn so much about different cultures, different backgrounds, different religions, and different walks of life that you become a better person because of it. You become a citizen of the world. You have a broader perspective about life and about different countries.
12. You’re happiest when traveling.
Do you feel like some of your best and happiest moments are when you’re traveling? That’s a big enough reason and a sign that you should incorporate more of that happiness into your life. You shouldn’t limit yourself to feeling those happy moments just on vacation. Every day you get to be happy. Every day you get to fulfill your passions and desires of traveling the world.
13. Travel teaches you to become independent.
If you’re solo traveling or even traveling with a partner or friend, traveling teaches you to become more independent. You learn so much about yourself and learn how to depend on yourself. You no longer are depending and following societal norms or family pressures. You’re independent and can forge your own path.
14. You start actually living.
The beauty of traveling is that you start actually living. How beautiful is that? People are often distracted by so many things back at home. When you’re traveling full-time, you get to fully be present and just enjoy life. Your quality of life starts becoming better. You start realizing that a lot of things you were doing at home were on auto-pilot and didn’t have much passion and much heart into it. Like I said in the first point, life is short. Every day you should be living your life to the fullest.
15. Your bucket list keeps getting longer.
Do you feel like every time you see a photo on Instagram or see a new place that you want to travel to that your bucket list keeps getting longer and longer? There are so many places in the world you want to see and you keep thinking how am I going to see all of these places in your lifetime?
That bucket list is just going to keep getting longer and longer. You should start crossing off those countries and destinations while you can and get to fully experience the destinations instead of seeing pictures of them.
If you resonated with one reason or more, I highly recommend you join my waitlist to learn how you can quit your job to travel the world. It is completely free to join the waitlist. You will learn everything you need to know in order to make your dreams of traveling the world a reality. I want you to have this lifestyle – waking up in different countries, exploring on your own time different cultures and new cities, and being able to travel the world with ease. I can’t wait to help you make this a reality.