Why I Did Not Quit A Job to Travel and Neither should You Unless…!
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So, let me ask you: would you Quit a Job to Travel?
The thing is, someone asked us point blank: did you guys quit your jobs to travel the world? If so, how do you make ends meet or how do you make money travel blogging? And what about your children education?
Being the chief chef behind this blog I can tell you the Simple Truth. I was already a “retired general” from the corporate space due to the 2008 recession. And I had been in the internet marketing and Home Based business , coaching space, by the time we started this blog…So, No I did NOT quit a job to travel!
I know you may have read one too many blogs from an ex-corporate, who always dreamt of travel, saved up a ton, sold everything and became a digital nomad.
They are living the laptop lifestyle dream ala Nomadic Matt or Nate and life is an adventure…! Or is it?
Thing is, my story is way different and I shared a lot of it inside of my latest book “Afro-Brit Travelpreneur Confessions.”
And yes, its true, most seasoned travel bloggers, gave up the corporate goat and took to the road…Yet, this is not the only way to become a travel blogger. In fact, I do not recommend you do that…I did give some detail of what you can do instead in this post!
If truth be told, many young travel bloggers, live out of their backpacks and have no specific place of abode…And some like it that way, or say they do!
I doubt we can do that, as responsible parents!
Plus, we like to have a place of abode, somewhere we call HOME. And where our children can find stability. We like owning a car or two and not worry about whether we can afford to have it secured and paid for while traveling.
What We Did Instead:
What we did Paul and I is, we made a decision to see as much of this world as we can. And as British citizens, we have the ability on paper, to visit various countries without a visa…hopefully Brexit doesn’t affect that much! Economically, that’s a different kettle of fish that I have shared in various blog posts, one of them here!We fit our travels around our work and children’s school lifeClick To Tweet
So, we fit our travels around our work and children’s school life…Which suits us very well indeed. And I am sure this makes every parent breathe a sigh of relief. esp. if you harbor dreams of travel!
You can travel around your current lifestyle and budget. Here is how to save for that next vacation.
I am here to say You don’t have to quit your job to travel. Nor do you have to be Sir Richard Branson’s son either. Travel does not have to be an expensive hobby either. Your career does not have to be put on ice to travel, in fact, it should enhance your lifestyle with travel as a fun part of it.
Your passion for travel can be quenched and you still fulfill your career and professional dreams!
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If you dont Quite a Job to Travel, and you wish to travel, you must ask you: what DO I WANT?
You see, I have not said it is going to be easy to include travel as a major part of your lifestyle. In fact, for some it may just not be the right time!
For example, at one time, Paul’s schedule was quite tight and didn’t allow much for him to have long days off! What did we do?
We looked for a new role that gave him freedom, a much better pay check and freedom to work from pretty much anywhere!
Here is another thing, some people just cannot cope with a young family and travel. We didn’t let that stop us. Our daughter started her travels on our honeymoon at 3 months. And our son started at 4 weeks old…Yup #dontjudge! 😊
On the other side, some of you are like my cousin Flavia who left University with a ton of debt. She loves to travel, it’s her passion, yet she had the challenge of having to pay her huge debt first before fitting in travel!
Once that was done, she negotiated for better terms at work, and proved she could deliver the same value working 3 days a week. One of them days working remotely aka home and 2 in the office. The rest of the week she pretty much does what she wants. Travel is her choice of hobby.
Remember, challenging doesn’t mean impossible, you too can do this!
Many so called “Travel bloggers” cannot hack the demands of being on the road 24/7 with no steady income and end up either depressed or getting back into the life they turned their nose at…the 9-5 life! WHY?
Because the digital nomad life is not a joke guys. Why not ask Ryan Biddulph of the blogging from paradise fame if it is!
Why I didn’t Quit My job to Travel – The Challenges:
1- Shit hotel or hostel Wi-Fi as you rush around trying to find a corner with a signal strong enough for you to meet your paid trip post deadline.
2- How about those Not so integral brands who delay to pay your fee after you publish their branded content aka sponsored post!
Yes, if you don’t make it an upfront payment kind of arrangement, most brands delay to pay bloggers invoices. You should read Afro-Brit Travelpreneur Confessions for some ideas.
My friend, the hustle is real as you chase those agents for money you have rightfully earned…You will go grey my dear lol.
Did we tell you about one of our blogger friends GiGi eats experience with a rogue brand?
Yes, they can even ask you to take down content you have already published, because it doesn’t meet their brand ethos…My bad!
This travel blogging business is not for the feint hearted! So, its not something you take lightly and quit your 9-5 hustle in the hope of the laptop lifestyle income.
3- Are you willing to move from city to city (some don’t qualify to be called “city”) on a chase of a free lance gig or 2? Well I wasn’t willing to do that…
4- Are you happy to stay for days on end in some scammy environs just because there is a breath-taking beach with Insta-worthy views…? While you get bitten by bugs like mosquitoes, until you look like a spotted hyena?
5- How about you are home sick and Sick as a dog in a foreign country with very poor health systems. And it also costs a small fortune…Many countries in Africa and Asia are prone to this! Your Travel Insurance better be on point.
Yet we still wanted to benefit from the travel lifestyle, and have our terra firma legs too…In other words have it all!
The only solution was for us was to find work that allows us to be location independent… Meaning we are not tied down to an office…In fact I found the ideal work-life balance.
I too have been working from home as a Transformational Coach and internet/social entrepreneur aka a Home Business Entrepreneur. For the last 5 years, now! Its so good to be at home for our children, while also giving them a life most just dream about!
And I created a resource sharing how I do it for new online entrepreneurs and coaches. and I am happy to share with you if this resonates!
I DID NOT QUIT A JOB TO TRAVEL – FINAL WORDS:
So, my friend, now you know that I actually did not quit a job to travel. So, instead of quitting your job, be sure you have a steady income that covers your lifestyle and then some…Then you will write amazing, stress-free stories of your adventures.
I am not saying you shouldn’t do it, if you wish to quit your job to travel the world, there’s nothing stopping you! Go for it.
Yet, most people including Pkjulesworld, much as we love travelling, including international vacations, it’s not sustainable. Yes, you can really travel like a local for a time in some amazing destinations. But, we also like having a base to return to. We love being part of a community, spend quality time with family and friends and plant roots somewhere on this planet!
So, my advice is not to quit your job to travel, or sell everything you own to go back packing. Rather, find your sweet spot, a good balance. And you will be just fine…
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