So it seems like every other day another person quits their job, sells their stuff and sets off to explore the world. Its the norm, right? What today's generation aspires to? It's as if it is the only way to see the world?
Well, not for me. And it doesn't have to be for you either.
Growing up I followed the 'traditional' path: after school came college and then university. I started my law degree with every intention of being a barrister. I finished my degree feeling disillusioned with the entire British legal system, and despite getting a job at a law firm, I had this overwhelming sense there was something more.
There was, and there still is.
Almost by accident I found a 6 month full time contract role in Hospitality Management at Walt Disney World in Florida; following that I went to work in as an Assistant Manager in ski hotel in the French Alps and after being promoted to Hotel Manager I used my job to live and work in 3 different countries across 5 different winter and summer seasons - traveling for up to 6 weeks between hotel roles.
After 4 years of this I decided I no longer wanted to live out of a bag (or two!) and so moved to Australia with the intention of buying a house. I arrived with nothing (I spent my savings in Asia on the way over!) but after finding another job, I worked hard and within a year had enough for a deposit. Once I moved in, I couldn't understand why I hadn't done this sooner! I had longed for a base and now had a home to return to at the end of every day and at the end of every adventure. I still have that full time job and travel between 6-10 weeks a year - and love that I don't have to travel on a shoestring budget!
Since settling in Melbourne I have taken trips throughout Australia, visited the South Island of New Zealand, ticked another SE Asian destination off my list in Bali, been back to the UK and even gotten as far as Morocco in the north of Africa. But this year will see my biggest trip to date: and 11 week and 7 country extravaganza including a 6 week overland safari in Africa. I'll be going to Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius and the UK later this year - all whilst still having a full time job (and a mortgage)!
So you see - you don't have to quit your job to travel - and whether you try the seasonal full time work, or find that perfect permanent full time job you never want to leave - please know that you don't have to. You do NOT need to quit your job - or sell all of your stuff - to travel the world! And if anything, the stability and paycheck from your full time job will allow you to pay for travel and experiences that you may struggle to do on a backpacker budget...
...yes there are some amazing people out there who ditch their jobs and travel for years on the equivalent of pennies - but I'm not one of them! And you don't have to be either!
Here's how it went:
In 2008 I left the UK and went to work for Walt Disney World in Florida. My contract lasted 6 months and although the work was full on with little time off - my visa allowed me 31 days at the end of my contract to travel...
...and so after a quick stop in LA to take in a deserted Venice Beach...
...I did. Joining a Trek America I traveled across 14 States in 21 Days:
California - Nevada - Utah - Arizona - New Mexico - Texas - Louisiana - Mississippi - Tennessee - Kentucky - Virginia - Maryland - Pennsylvania & New York.
Who doesn't love a selfie over a cliff?!... Thank you Horseshoe Bend!
The I moved to the mountains...
..and learned to rock a beanie & ski goggles! (Or I like to think so anyway!)
In the off season I went around the world: First Up: Brazil & Chile
-- then onto New Zealand & Fiji --
-- Before arriving in Australia where I explored Melbourne, Sydney, Bryon Bay, Brisbane, Airlie Beach & the Whitsundays..
..& on the way back to the UK I went to Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand.
The I heard the mountains calling again and I went back to the European Alps, spending 6 months in Courcheval (France)..
..where I used my tips from the season to ski off a cliff!! (Read all about that experience HERE!)
My next adventure was a 5 week tour of Europe visiting Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Bari & Dubrovnik!
I then took on back-to-back season, spending summer in Switzerland..
..and winter in Austria..
Before heading to Dubai to start a 9 week trip through SE Asia to my new Melbourne Home.
I started in Chaing Mai, Northern Thailand before crossing into Laos for Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng & Vientiane; then Vietnam starting in Hanoi and Halong Bay, down to Ho Chi Minh via Hue, Hoi An and Nah Trang. I then traveled north to Cambodia for Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap before heading back into Thailand for Bangkok, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Ko Samui and Phuket...
...where I kayaked in Halong Bay...
..and explored the temples of Angkor..
...and where I (again) managed to find a secluded beach.
All my travels to this point were done on a strict budget; but since I have acquired a my own home and a good paying job, my travel tastes have gone up! Since then I have visited my first infinity pool at the amazing Four Seasons Resort in Bali... (check out my guide for how to spend a travel day like the rich and famous for less than $100!)
..took a helicopter ride to land on a glacier in Queenstown (NZ)..
..explored the Amazing Great Ocean Road..
..and discovered Tropical Far North Queensland (and another secluded beach!)
I have flown from Queenstown to Treble Cone ski resort in a private place (I felt like a rockstar!!)
And this year it is only going to get better! I'm going to see Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwe and Zambian side...
..will spend 6 weeks on Safari traveling through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa..
..before taking a hot air balloon ride of the Cradle Of Humankind in Johannesburg...
..and after diving with great white sharks in Cape Town I will hopefully see the penguins at South Afrcia's Boulders Beach..
And to cap off my trip I will be rewarding myself for sleeping in a tent for 5 weeks by booking myself into one of the most luxurious resorts I have ever seen - financed by my full time job back home.
So don't quit your job or sell all your stuff - live the dream with me and lets show the world that everyone can travel with a full time job!
And if you thought you had seen this post before.. you had! This post was originally posted on MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld @ 100+ Cities & 34 Countries in 8 Years: Why You Don't Have To Quit Your Job To Travel The World