Why You Don’t Have To Quit Your Job To Travel The World

Why You Don’t Have To Quit Your Job To Travel The World

I read a lot of stories about people who quit their job, sell everything they own and go to travel the world full-time – to maybe never come back. A very dramatic decision that leaves a lot of people (and blogreaders) jealous. I know it sounds very idyllic, to travel fulltime and to never return home again – as you sold everything you had you don’t even have a home anymore.


Today I wanted to write this article because a lot of people read these stories and reflect those on their own life with an ‘why can’t I do that?’ and end up sitting at the couch moping and moping. I don’t want you to feel like this, as it isn’t necessary. The truth is that the few people who live this nomadic lifestyle are really a few people with a lot of luck they can live like this. But also, they probably didn’t had much to leave behind. For a lot of people -including me- this lifestyle isn’t realistic. It doesn’t have to be thought, traveling the world doesn’t mean leaving everything behind. You CAN travel the world without doing this, you just need to put in a little bit more effort, and a little bit more time.


I could never do it myself either; I’m not someone who can life out of a suitcase. I need a home to return to after traveling, I need someone to talk to about everywhere I’ve been and showing the photos I took, I need my own shower and I definitely need my own bed and own food. Traveling the world full-time wouldn’t be something I want to do, it doesn’t even appeal to me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love traveling and I do want to travel the world. But full-time? No thanks. I don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate that too.


So how can you get to travel the world without leaving everything behind?


It’s all about time management. Whether you are a student or whether you have a job I think it is all about time management. Set a date when you want to travel and work everything around that date. It don’t have to be long trips, you can go on weekend trips too. If you fly out on a friday afternoon or evening and return monday morning you basically don’t have to ask for a day off at work and you’re work/school routine barely gets messed up. As long as you plan around it good: when you have a big deadline that week after it you just have got to make sure you finished it before you fly, or you bring your laptop with you.


Traveling overseas needs a lot of time management: but whatever it is that you are doing.. everyone has vacations, days off and you can maybe even work from out your hotel. Just make sure that you get the chance to travel because you got the time for it!

The Tourist Of Life

You can travel for your work or school. Maybe your job has options to travel abroad – asking never hurts anyone. I know schools definitely have a lot of options to travel abroad. You can study abroad (for a semester, two semesters or even your entire 4 years) or you can go on school excursions, follow language courses abroad or intern abroad. A more dramatic choice would be quitting your current job to apply for a new one that offers you to travel.

Be a tourist in your own country. Of course there are moments you can not go away for a long period of time or far away. So why not explore your own country? There probably are a lot of museums, pieces of natures and cities that you haven’t seen yet! Don’t be scared to think ‘I still have a lot to discover in the place where I live’, because chances are that you would be right about that.

The Tourist Of Life

Set your priorities straight. When you have a busy life and you want to travel the world chances are it is hard. Note: it isn’t harder than selling everything you have and travel full-time. But you do have to plan around a lot of things, you have to give up things and you probably have to work a lot harder to be able to travel. So just one tip: set your priorities straight. If you want to travel you can; you just have to know how bad you want it.


Going overseas is a lot more expensive than short trips are. And without prioritizing wanting to travel overseas you probably won’t be able to save the money to do so. But remember that experiences are a lot more precious than items. Give yourself a savings account, make time, maybe get an extra job and push yourself to fulfill your dreams! I wrote an article about saving for traveling, right here.


You don’t have to see everything, right now. When you see other people travel from one place to another you can only think: “God, I wish I could do that!’. Just please remember: you don’t have to see everything right this second, right this year. I mean; dreaming is a lot of fun too: looking forward to trips, planning them and thinking about them is half the fun! What would life be if you already had seen everything you wanted? You need to have something to look forward too!


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  • I absolutely agree with you: I could NEVER EVER travel the world full time like Brooke does! I love my apartment, my friends, my local coffee shop, my daily routine when I am at home. Travelling even for a month, just like I did right now in Indonesia and Japan, and no matter how fascinating it was, I was getting tired and homesick…


    • So funny that you commented, I was thinking about you when writing this post! I was thinking that you were like the perfect example of traveling and returning home without quiting daily things!

  • My brother travelled the world for about 10 years, then he settled down in Japan. Sometimes I do get jealous about all the places he’s been to and seen, but he’s a lot older than me so I know that I still have time to go to new places.
    I love being a tourist in my own country. It’s so fun to find new places to go. There are places in my own city that I still haven’t explored.
    I’m like you, I need a home to come back to.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

  • Alli Smith

    I love to travel, but I don’t know if I could do it full time, either. Of course, blogging can be done from anywhere and I wouldn’t mind spending about 3 months traveling. Now, if my husband’s work was as flexable. 🙂

    • Traveling full time with your husband still at home isn’t the most practical solution I guess;-) 3 months is duable !

  • Good points there. What I prefer is a flexible job that can allow me to travel when I want. My job is sort of like that, compared to other full-time jobs, but i’m limited to a few days to a maximum of 2 weeks. My part-timers are enjoying the full benefits of this set-up. The key of course is, daddy left them with an inheritance allowing them to live on a full-time worker’s salary (and even more!) but on a part-timer’s schedule. So, yes, I’m a bit envious. I’m not gonna lie about. So, what I do is I try not to visit the same place twice –unless I really loved it. I visit Paris through work at least once a year and i do my best to rediscover it everytime I go. So, I guess, if you do end up visiting some places more than once, it’s ideal to look at in a different way the next time 🙂

    Chinwags and Tittle-Tattles

  • I know I don’t have to quit my day job to travel the world, but it would just be so much better that way! haha working is no fun. I’d love to find a flexible work from home job. . . that would make me much happier. Love the post!

    Shae @ Current Habits

    • I guess that flexible work is the best if you want to travel. I could never quit everything to leave.. I need my home:-)

  • Michèle

    wow. these photos leave me speechless


  • You are so right. There are endless possibilites to travel. You just have to make time for it 🙂

  • Shelby Rae

    Great post :] Very good read


  • LOVE this and that you mentioned being a tourist in your own country! I feel like people limit “travel” to overseas adventures… which is great, but eliminates all the gorgeous stuff to be seen even a few hours away from our hometowns!

  • Julia

    I totally agree with this! I jump at the chance with every 3 day weekend I get. I too need someplace and people to come home too. Without a base I would feel completely lost! And there is nothing like your own bed after having returned from an exhausting voyage 🙂


  • I love this post and totally agree with it! There are so many blogs out there that are all “you HAVE to quit your job to travel”, but people need to realise that it’s not a lifestyle that everyone wants – if it was, the world would be a pretty boring place!

    • Not the lifestyle everyone wants AND everyone can have. What if you have children? Or a partner that doesn’t want to travel? Than you have to come home too, and those people need to know that they can travel as well!

  • Thanks, this was a really good post. I agree with you. Giving up everything is pretty hard. I always think it’s good to try and make the most out of my weekends. You can still see bits on Europe in a weekend :).
    Kirsty x

  • emi

    this is so true and well-said. sometimes it’s the escaping our regular life and job for a few days that makes travel even bettter!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  • So true! While I’d love the idea of traveling the world non-stop, it’s just not realistic for me – and for me personally, the idea of it sounds more fun than what it might actually be (for me). To balance my wanderlust with real life, I’m fortunate to have a job where I travel about once a month, usually to fun places, and I try to tack on a day or two for fun, or stay the weekend. Then I try to be strategic about vacations and keep a list of where I really want to go. Love your blog, BTW!

  • This is great! Finally a post that stops the idealisation of travelling full time. I’ve always thought quitting great jobs to travel was a drastic move – not that I’ve ever had to do it! There are a lot of impressionable people out there, and while it might work for some, it might ruin someone else’s experience.


    • I know right? I love how you say that last bit: while it might work for some, it might ruin someone else’s experience. So true!

  • my thoughts exactly, I totally agree!


  • Not to mention that most of those people who quit their 9-5 job, do work online in one way or another…
    This post is my mind exactly! I’ve not exactly traveled the world, but I’ve used my vacation time, study time and every opportunity to travel! My parents did the same: they took 2 weeks off work every summer and we traveled in Europe (having relatives in Luxembourg helped too!!)

    • True! You can visit a lot when you work full time.. it just takes you longer

    • Oh I would love to go to Luxembourg – it is on my bucket list!

  • I coulnd’t agree better! I secretly do hope I have the courage and ability to leave behind everything and travel full-time and make a living out of it, but I guess I have decided that I have a partner to commit to and a family who I’ll have to see often enough to know they’re ok. Well written, btw! 🙂

    http://youtopiantravels.com x

  • Rebecca Morris

    I love the concept of being a tourist in your own town. So many people don’t know what’s around the corner because the rest of the world seems so much more exciting. Keep up the wonderful posts xx


  • More and more I am finding blog posts like this and I couldn’t agree more. For so long there has been this idea that you can only be a ‘traveller’ if you quit your job, pack up and leave for months/years on end. That certainly isn’t the case. I think it’s more important that you are making the effort to get out and see the world – whether it’s an overseas country, your own country or even your own city.


  • Love this post – and I totally agree, if you want it, you can find a way! For me it’s some crafty use of my annual leave which means I’m on track to make 10 trips this year including two big ones outside of Europe. It’s all about finding the right flights and using holidays in smart ways.