Should You Or Should You Not Quit Your Job To Travel The World, That Is The Question

Quit Your Job To Travel

You’ve probably asked yourself that question once. Maybe you’ve sort of semi-seriously entertained the possibility for a while. Hell, you could be reading this in a hammock in Thaïland for all I know.

I’ve noticed a certain glorification of travellers in the news recently, thanks to the countless headlines about miserable cubicle dwellers waving adios to their boring job and moving to *insert exotic country here* to see what ~ real ~ life is about. As if they had a sudden epiphany. This raises many questions: How can they afford it? Don’t they get bored of not doing anything remotely cognitive? Why are these people always in a bathing suit? What about their retirement?

But most importantly… is this what life should be like?

Are we all missing out?

The long-term travel lifestyle, just like any other type of lifestyle for that matter, has upsides and downsides that are infinitely debatable. Nothing, not even travel, is perfect, regardless of how people choose to portray it on social media. It’s important to understand that you are not less of a person, or that your life isn’t as great simply because have a job. It’s all about choice. Choosing which side to show. Choosing to leave. Choosing to stay.

It’s no different for me. Being a travel blogger means that on some level, I travel more than the average person. But compared to other travel bloggers, I’m a homebody. I can’t win! They say that comparison is the thief of joy, and whoever “they” are, they are absolutely right.

It took me some time to accept the fact that I am not a digital nomad at heart – it was a harsh reality to face since it’s not the norm in my field. But I finally feel comfortable in the lifestyle I’ve chosen for myself. Perhaps that has to do with the natural ageing process, too; fewer and fewer fucks are given as I get closer to my thirties. I found a balance that suits me, in which I travel roughly once a month – sometimes to exotic locations, sometimes to familiar European cities – and spend the rest of my time at home blogging about my trips and working for various clients as a freelance writer.

That’s my balance. I *could* sell everything I own and move to a trendy developing country here like so many travel bloggers – but I don’t want to.

So… should you quit your job to travel the world?

Quit Your Job To Travel

The truth of the matter is this: in the end, there is no simple answer to that question. As with everything in life, there is no one-size-fits-all. Maybe the digital nomad lifestyle is for you, maybe it’s not. AND THAT’S OKAY.

A life of perpetual travel isn’t cut out for everyone. It’s not realistic to think that anyone can sell their belongings, start a blog, live a dream life and be an overnight success by snapping their fingers. Like fellow blogger Earl said, “You can try, and you’ll probably get pretty darn good at snapping, but it just ain’t true.”

The important thing in life is to be happy. For some people, that means working small jobs in every country of South-East Asia. For others, it’s going on one lengthy European getaway every summer. And I know a few people who can’t be bothered by the idea of leaving their couch for longer than a few hours. And that’s okay too (although slightly less glamorous, I’ll say that!).

So, should you quit your job to travel the world? That is for you, and only you, to find out. Whatever the answer, if it’s one you’re ready to stick to, then it’s the best answer – because it’s yours.

P.S.: There are plenty of ways you can have a job *and* travel the world. Buzzfeed lists a bunch of them here.

9 Comments on Should You Or Should You Not Quit Your Job To Travel The World, That Is The Question

  1. Laurie
    September 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great article. I did read Wandering Earl’s post as well and it hit a cord with alot of people. I have aspirations to do some travel blogging but I know it will be alot of hard work. So I’m blogging about what I know about the most, my city of San Francisco and go from there. I have alot to learn about writing and blogging. A few nuggets I enjoyed…’comparison is the thief of joy’ and ‘fewer and fewer fucks are given’. Thanks for this and can’t wait to read more.

    • Marie-Eve
      September 6, 2015 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Laurie! Travel blogging is hard work, but you know what they say… do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life! Good luck!

  2. Annie
    September 3, 2015 at 11:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Great article Marie. I might add that, in the end, even more than being happy is being in peace with your own choices, whatever they were/are/will be. Life isn’t one steady road. What was appealing yesterday might not be what you want tomorrow and that’s ok. Let others do their thing: Living your life the way you really want it is all you should care about.

    • Marie-Eve
      September 6, 2015 at 11:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Annie! Glad you agree. I couldn’t have said it better than you did – it’s all about living our lives the way WE want.

  3. Claire
    July 27, 2016 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for writing such an honest and reflective article. I’m currently pondering on the choices I have to hopefully (fingers crossed) put me on a path where I can travel blog and this has made me realise just how many of those choices I’m fortunate enough to have. Keep on doing your thing and inspiring us :)

    • Marie-Eve
      July 28, 2016 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

      Good luck on your journey Claire! I hope things become clearer for you soon :-)

  4. Brady and Shelly
    May 16, 2017 at 11:26 pm (10 months ago)

    I think you should. I guess if you are 5 years from retiring, don’t do it. However, you can always come back and get a job. You can’t always travel the world. There will come a time when you won’t want to, or be able to due to health reasons or family constraints.

    If you can travel do it. It’s the best thing I have ever done and don’t regret selling everything and traveling the world. I still work from time to time, and my profession as a nurse lets me do it, but, for the most part, I travel and have no ties (ie house, kids etc)

  5. Syafia
    November 18, 2017 at 5:21 am (4 months ago)

    Just be a flight attendant!

    • Marie-Eve
      February 19, 2018 at 11:02 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Believe it or not I’m scared of flying!


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