You stumbled upon this post because you’re curious about traveling the world. Traveling full-time isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. But if you’re curious or interested in it, it’s something worth pursuing on whether or not you should do it. Traveling the world is an incredible experience. An experience of a lifetime, really. I firmly believe everyone should travel full-time at least once in their life, if not more.
That’s a bold statement to say, but I wholeheartedly believe in it. If you talk to anyone who’s done it, a lot of them wish they did it longer, had a trip of a lifetime, or doesn’t regret doing it at all. I think that says a lot about the experience and how valuable this type of trip is. I don’t want you to miss out on something so special and valuable.
So the burning questions – should you travel the world full-time or not? How do you know if you should travel full-time?
I put together a list of questions you can ask yourself to really get a feel if you should travel the world full-time or not. I also included a special opportunity to help you make this dream a reality.
Are you sick of having limited vacation time?
Do you only get 2 weeks of vacation? Or maybe you get 3-4+ weeks of vacation, but you still want more? If you’re sick of having limited vacation time and wanting to travel the world more, then full-time travel might be the perfect option for you.
Does it frustrate you when you’re finally about to get settled into your trip, it’s already time to go home?
Yay! It’s vacation time. You’re on your trip, finally disconnecting from work and responsibilities at home, you’re getting in the groove of being abroad, and then womp-womp-womp… it’s already time to go home. Where did the time go?
Vacation always flies by and right when you finally settle in, it’s already time to go home.
Does it always feels like your vacation time isn’t enough time to see everything?
How can you possibly see everything within a few days or weeks?! Honestly, you can’t. You’re going to have to cut things out of your itinerary and trip. You can definitely see a lot while on vacation, but you’ll be cramming everything in a short period of time, paying premium prices booking everything in advance, and rushing through everything.
Maybe you have the desire to travel slow, fully experience everything, and take your time while in each destination.
Do you find yourself always looking where to travel to next?
You get back from a vacation, and you’re already researching where to travel to next. Or you’re constantly looking for places to travel to. I feel you! I can totally relate to that.
Maybe you end up on a travel account, scrolling through pictures and you’re constantly saying to yourself, “ooo, I want to go there”. Or you somehow end up looking up flights somewhere.
Do you have the travel bug and the itch to travel?
The travel bug is a dangerous thing (a dangerously good thing, in my opinion). The travel bug is a strong desire to travel the world. Once you get the wanderlust and travel bug, it’s hard to get rid of it. You’ll always be “infected” with this beautiful desire to travel and see the world.
Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote. And I know I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.Michael palin
Is your bucket list never ending and you’re starting to question how you’re going to see it all?
There are many amazing places to see all around the world! You want to see popular sights around the world like Machu Picchu, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, and so much more. There are countries you want to visit like Greece, Croatia, The Philippines, Colombia, and more. You realize there are so many places on your bucket list and you question how you’re ever going to see it all.
Are you tired of being a “tourist”?
You’re tired of being a tourist, and want to finally be a “backpacker” or “traveler”. A traveler is completely different than being a tourist. A tourist quickly views a place, goes through a city or country fast, and doesn’t really immerse themselves in the culture. A traveler gets to know the culture and locals, travels deeply, and takes their time. It’s a big difference and not everyone is a traveler.
Do you have a feeling deep down inside of you wanting to travel the world more?
You have that feeling deep down inside you wanting to travel the world more. It’s burning inside you. The sensations and feelings are strong and repeatedly pop up. Maybe you’re considering all of the reasons why you should quit your job to travel the world, but you’re not sure if you can do it.
There are signs pointing you to travel more. There are feelings that are indescribable that you feel. You don’t know what it is, but you just know you want to travel more.
Are you over your job?
Unfortunately, not everyone loves their job and not everyone is passionate about their job either. We typically spend a good chunk of our lives at our jobs. We should at least somewhat enjoy it.
Whether it’s because you’re not passionate in your job, burnt out, stressed, or wanting a career change, taking an intentional break from your job to travel full-time is a great thing to do for your mind, body, and soul.
Do you feel like there’s more to life than working?
A job is important. It provides us money, a sense of purpose, it allows us to eat, and have shelter over our heads. But do you ever feel like there’s just more to life than working? You know there’s more out there, you know there’s more to life. It’s important to you to prioritize living and you recognize that work isn’t everything.
Do you want to live your life to the fullest now, instead of waiting until retirement?
Life is unpredictable and tomorrow is never promised. Yet so many people wait till the future or until retirement to follow their passions or do things they love.
You don’t want to wait until retirement to start traveling the world. You want to travel the world now. There is no promise of tomorrow and you recognize the importance of living life to the fullest.
Are you wanting more out of life?
You’re wanting more out of life – more purpose, more meaning, more living. Maybe you’re not feeling fulfilled or purpose in your current life. You want something different. You seek change, adventure, and fulfillment.
You’re not sure what exactly you want and you don’t have all the answers. But you do know you want more out of life than what you’re currently living.
Do you find yourself always counting how much vacation days you have left?
“Okay, I took 8 days off already. I only have 7 vacation days left. Where can I travel for a week?” Sound familiar? You’re always counting how many PTO/vacation days are left and trying to strategize where you can travel to, how many days you can go, and if you’re able to go on that trip or not.
Do you frequently get the Sunday Scaries?
I know the feeling of constantly looking forward to the weekend, and then when the weekend comes, having the Sunday Scaries when Sunday hits. Monday is always hard and each day during the week, you’re looking forward to the weekend. And then you repeat this cycle over and over again.
Are you single and don’t have any kids?
This was a huge reason why I knew I wanted to travel full-time now instead of waiting for the future. There wasn’t really anything holding my back.
However, I want to point out something really important. If you are in a relationship or have kids, it’s still totally possible to travel full-time. I’ve met several people who were traveling with their significant other. I also met a few people who were traveling full-time for several months while their partner was back home. During my travels, I’ve also met lots of families traveling together. It’s still totally possible, so please do not let being in a relationship or having kids make you think you can’t do it. Because you can!
Are you tired of living a routine life, doing the same thing over and over again?
Sometimes routine is good, but sometimes routine can be bad. Doing the same things over and over again where it starts to become robotic can be problematic. Maybe you feel like you’re living your life on autopilot and you’re finally waking up and realizing life shouldn’t be so mundane.
Does any of this sound like you?
If you said yes to any of these questions, it means you have a huge desire to travel the world. If you said yes multiple times, I think it’s a clear sign that you should travel the world full-time. There’s a reason why you’re here. There’s a reason why you have this desire and why you were called to read this post.
Sometimes we already know the answer to our own questions, but we seek advice, try to find signs, or proof that you should do it. I encourage you to follow your heart and make your dreams a reality. The best things come after we listen to our intuition and the small nudges pointing us to what we really want.
And if none of this sounds like you, then that’s great too! At least you now know that you don’t want to travel the world full-time and this isn’t something for you.
So should you travel the world full-time or not?
Well, if this resonated with you, you said yes to the questions, and you’re looking for an answer, then the answer is yes!
Now I want to mention something important here. Traveling full-time is completely different than going on a vacation. There’s a lot that goes into it – packing properly for a longer trip, traveling in a way that’s perfect for *you*, traveling strategically so you can travel with little money, see everything you want to see, and have a trip of a lifetime.
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