Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the experience similar to being in love forever. Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever and eternally happy.
We live busy & stressful lives. Photography helps me stop & smell the roses on this busy journey. I am not a pro or a full-time photographer, but I do consider photography to be my passion.
This very passion of capturing the world gave me an idea about the topic we are discussing today. Without wasting any time, below are the 5 tips on how to quit your job and travel the world.
1. Create a list of Risks vs Rewards
I understand that your are not uberly passionate about what you do for a living. By “PASSION” I mean, will you be doing what you are doing without getting paid? If your answer is NO then you are not passionate.
We usually confuse Skill & Expertise with being Passionate about the job or work we do, just because you are good at something doesn’t mean you will do it without any pay for next 20 years of your life.
Now back to our point – Be honest to yourself about what you will be losing, missing out, or what impact quitting your job will have on your long term goals. Its scary but you need to know your priorities.
Quitting a job and traveling the world sounds more fun than it actually is. You do need to consider things like living in less hygienic conditions, what will you do when you get back home, and the impact on your personal life.
If you are still reading this that means you are determined and ready to take on this adventure. Now its time to write down the rewards of travelling.
2. Financial Reality
On the same list now add second point to be Financial Reality and ask yourself every question possible about finances. eg.
- What are my financial obligations? Family? Mortgage? Loans?
- What are my savings?
- What other options do I have to acquire more income now?
- What am I willing to give/ trade in order to save more? and so on…
3. Design your future
If you have done the top 2 steps and are willing to take the bold step towards travelling the world, now the fun part begins.
- Define and Identify – What will your preferred lifestyle look like?
- What part of the world will you be travelling to first?
- How long do you plan to travel? 1 month? 6 months? 2 years? etc.
- What will constitute an accomplishment for you? and Why?
4. Time to be creative
This is my favourite part of this process because now you will actually will be taking an action, so that you are one step closer to your DREAM.
- Hacking the dream – Get Airmiles/ points/ rewards credit cards at least 3 (please don’t apply for all cards in the same month, because it will look really bad on your credit). Look into Star Alliance, SPG Amex and other frequent flyer programs.
- Create a creative online business that generates income without you having to spends 4- 8 hours a day. (We will discuss this in detail in the next post). Tim Ferris’s book the 4 hour work week is highly recommended.
- Flight Search – Looking for alternate connecting flights to your destination vs direct or flights that stop at major airports (fees are higher on major airports). Compare Expedia vs Google Flights vs others. Also check the local airline site (www.aircanada.ca) vs international site (www.aircanada.com) to make sure you get the lowest rates.
- Accommodation – In most developing countries your can stay as low as $5 per night by either staying in small towns or local motels or couch surfing.
- Photography and Videography – Try to learn these prior to your trip from Youtube (free) or local classes (its costs). You want this to be a memorable trip and you never know if others will want to pay for your skills eg. 500 pixels.
- WWOOFing (http://wwoofinternational.org/) – One of the most popular ways people get free accommodation is to work for it. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a global organization that connects travelers, foodies, agriculturalists, or anyone really that wants to work on organic farms that need laborers. In exchange for working on the farm a few hours a day, you get your meals provided and a place to stay. Sometimes you might even get paid.
5. Live in the moment
No matter what situation you are in, you can always make it better, but do not dwell on the part you can make better. Just focus on the good, appreciate now, and plan for tomorrow.
Now go and reward yourself with a brief 10 minute walk with your head up, deep breath and a huge smile on your face. You are one step closer to your DREAM.
In the END we all live for EXPERIENCES, keep that in mind and explore the world.