At this time and age where we are updated with everyone else’s milestones, it’s difficult to stay focused on our life agenda. Everyone’s either successful at their careers or having the time of their lives traveling around the globe or both.
While you’re lying on your bed in your pajamas on a weekend, watching your favorite shows on Netflix. You are exhausted from a whole week of working. You do not think you have enough energy to do something productive. You’re scrolling through your phone and you see all these travel photos. Something inside you stirs. Suddenly, you are motivated to go outside and discover the world. Your wanderlust itches. You remember how much you love traveling. You realize how your office job sucks the passion out of you. You are posed with the ultimate question:
Should I quit my job to travel the world?
I think this is a very important topic to discuss because most people nowadays get easily carried away with what they see online. We tend to think that we need to do the things that we see online; the things that we want. As a traveler and an avid social media user myself, I want to inspire as many people as I can to go out of their comfort zones and see the wonders that the world has to offer. But at the same time, I want to get a message across that this is possible without quitting your job.
Of course, this totally depends on your vision and situation. Know that there are a lot of things that you should consider before arriving at a decision that might change your life forever. If you feel that you are no longer happy with your current job and your true passion lies in creating or producing content that is related to travel, then I think that you should pursue it. But do not quit your job just because your main objective is to splurge and spend all your money traveling without a backup plan. This will only leave you feeling miserable and helpless in the end. Always think ahead and come up with a plan. Remind yourself that there are other ways to explore places without leaving your job. And if you end up quitting your current work in order to chase your dream job, be prepared for the upcoming possibilities of success and failure. Will it be worth it? Yes, but expect that it can be very hard and terrifying, too.
Just because you are working five times a week in an office, that does not mean that you should not engage with your passions.
Once in a while, try your best to step out of your comfort zone and see new places. You do not have to drop everything in order to see the world around you. Go on weekend trips or day tours within nearby provinces. You may also plan ahead and use your vacation leaves wisely. Start from there. You will be surprised at how much you can discover.
In an ideal world, we would be trotting around the globe, flying from one country to another, without emptying our bank accounts. However, we live in a world where the reality is we have to work in order to have enough money to provide for our loved ones and do the things that we want to do. Yes, I want to encourage you to live your life to the fullest and see as many places as you can. But I do not want to be the one to tell you that you should drop everything just so you can travel around. Because you have greater options and countless ways to do this without being breaking the bank. What I will tell you is to never stop exerting effort into your passions—may it be art or traveling. Do not lose your sense of wonder and creativity. Do not let your day job hinder you from being yourself. Most importantly, do not let social media pressure you into doing risky things that you might regret in order to gain online validation. Believe me when I say that the real you is so much better than your online persona. Do what you have to do at your own pace, at your own time. You are doing great and you will be on your way to see the world in no time.
With that, I wish you the best of luck with your career and see you around!