3 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Travel

Rent money well spent in Glacier National Park, Summer 2014
Rent money well spent in Glacier National Park, Summer 2014

We sometimes propose this question to those on the fence debating whether or not to drop everything and do what they love – “When you are on the return trip from a vacation, are you happy to be going back to your life or do you wish you could stay on your vacation forever?” Most people admit they don’t want to come home. Now, answer me this, why would you go home to a life you’re dreading to return to when there is a solution? You don’t need to be stuck in a life you don’t want to be in. Be free! Go do what you love! Life is all but too short, make the most of your time.

  1. You are guaranteed nothing but the present. Time is this tricky thing that just slips through our fingers faster than we would like to admit. Before you know it, a few years have flown by in the blink of an eye. You’re not guaranteed time to do what you love if/when you retire, you’re not guaranteed more vacation time or more money next year, you’re not guaranteed a better position to make it happen, you’re not even guaranteed tomorrow. Each day you let pass doing things you’re not in love with is time you may regret when you look back on your life. We all know you can do it, so just do it!
  2. Living your life as a traveling roamer is a lot cheaper than you may think. Many hostels cost $10-$15/night (that’s $300-$450/month) which is cheaper or the equivalent to rent in many cases! You can take it a step further and opt to tent, which is free. Alex and I have never paid for a campsite during our travels together. Let’s stop right here. You could be traveling in an amazing, unbelievable country doing whatever strokes your fancy for less than the amount you’re paying on rent. As long as you buy your food smart and keep public transit costs under control, you can travel for the same amount (if not cheaper) of your cost of living right now! We have tested and proven this theory. When we do settle down to work for about 3 months at a time we prioritize our expenses, refrain from spending our money on material things or frivolous commodities, sacrifice comfort for travel and work our butts off. We don’t have a home save our tent and the car. Yes, our lives and needs may be different than yours but it is very possible to sustain life on the road.
  3. Don’t waste your youth and prime shriveling away in a cubicle. For Alex and I, we love to actually use these amazing bodies and good health we are fortunate enough to have. Right now, we’re young and healthy without any medical expenses. This may not be true when we’re 65 or even 35. We applaud those folks who are traveling in their older years and doing what they love but no one is guaranteed a retirement or even a healthy tomorrow. All we have is today. I took a finanacial investments course in college. During one lecture, the class was determining how much money was needed for retirement given we take 2 vacations/year, have a shiny BMW, a 3000 sq ft house and enjoyed going out to eat and spending money on other entertainment (concerts, shows, admission to various venues, the like). The entire mindset of the class was focused on material things to enjoy after spending over 40 years working for The Man! None of our possessions mean anything after we die. We won’t enjoy an elaborate home if we view it as a jail cell from our bed of sickness trapped in a dying body wishing we had more time. We understand that life takes money, of course everyone has to earn it, but don’t let it rule your life!

Now, we are not being hypocrites when we write this. Rest assured, we practice what we preach. After working our butts for the past 11 weeks we have arrived at a huge point….FRREEEEDOOOOM!! Today both of us finished up our jobs and hung up the “work life” until next year. We have saved almost every penny possible since we started our work stint and now we are ready to travel for the next 7+ months. The extra money we did spend was on gear to keep us going and alive – ropes, ice axes, fresh hiking boots etc. When we say travel, we don’t mean trendy hotels, all inclusive resorts and pina coladas (which are totally cool if your into that). We travel as cheaply as possible, which allows us to spend more time on the road doing what we love. We understand that most of you won’t quit your job right now and thats okay. It takes time to build up to this sort of lifestyle, plus a lot of planning. However, if this type of life interests you and you have the option, don’t let it pass you by! New horizons await you friends, go have an adventure!

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“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” – Thoreau

135 thoughts on “3 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Travel

  1. I quit my job to do what I love… actually I retired early to do more of what I love. Don’t write off the older folks, we aren’t all feeble minded nor feeble bodied! I’ve loved the outdoors since childhood, and I just keep on ‘keep’in on.’ Now I’m trying to teach the grand-kids the ways of the trail, while also blogging (a new hobby) about the journey. See ya on the trail! Btw…Nice blog! Great pics and tales too! 😉

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  2. This sounds very appealing to me, but I have lots and lots of questions. The biggest one of course is what job do you get to earn enough to travel for 8 months that you can just quit? What do you do for medical insurance etc?

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    1. We work jobs that pay well like construction, ebay, snow removal – stuff like that. We save life fiends while we work and travel on a budget. After a few years on and off the road you get a pretty good system down ya know? As far as medical insurance goes..this is our last year on our rents before we turn 26 and have to get our own so we have yet to figure that out. May just have to work an extra month to pay for the duration of our travel time insu

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  3. Life’s too short to go home every day feeling unfulfilled. Life’s too short to work for a terrible boss. Life’s too short to go home every day feeling taken for granted, feeling taken less than seriously, or feeling taken advantage of. Say your grown daughter called and said, “I hate my job. I’m bored, frustrated, and feel like I’m going nowhere.” Wouldn’t you tell her to look for another job?

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    1. Every word you said is 100% true, Jack. Of course I would tell your daughter to get another job. No salary or benefit package is worth what she is going through. Jobs are a dime a dozen, her happiness and well-being is not.

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  4. Love this!!! I spent 12 months travelling the world before coming home and then all of a sudden 3 years had passed by without me even realising it, so then I quit my job and spent 6 months on the road, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s so true, now is the time to do what you love. Why wait?

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