Everyone daydreams of quitting their job and traveling the world. You’ll spend your days on a beautiful beach somewhere tropical. Every day will be spent sipping margaritas while taking the best Instagram photos ever, right? Not quite.
In April, I was finally able to quit my day job. I immediately left for the beaches of Hawaii for a few weeks. Since then, I’ve also been scuba diving in the Dominican Republic. I’ve had cocktails on a rooftop lounge in New York City. I walked along the historic district to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. In just a few weeks, I’ll be off to Europe to exploring Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Iceland. The freedom of being able to travel whenever I want is pretty nice.
Not being confined to certain hours in a physical office has its benefits for sure, but let’s face it – it’s not easy. Here’s the real truth about quitting your day job to travel the world.
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees (Even Tropical Ones)
There are those who have spent years saving up money to travel the world, carefully budgeting while they travel, and don’t need to find another source of income while on the road. I have great respect for people who can plan and be patient for years while the money slowly builds up in their savings account. Not everyone wants to wait for this, though, in which case you probably will need to find some work you can do online.
I slowly built up a variety of online work during the last six months of my day job. There are so many different ways to make money remotely, and I’ve added many new skills to my resume. I’m a virtual assistant for a handful of bloggers, manage several different companies’ social media and marketing, copy write, and write freelance articles for different online publications.
Coffee, headphones, and your laptop – the three essentials to get work done.
I was working 40 hours a week in the office while working every single night on projects with the clients I had started to build. I was probably putting in 70 hours a week, which was beyond tiring. However, it did allow me to have more than enough emergency money to put aside as well as extra travel money.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have money saved for more than traveling. As careful of a traveler as you think you are, accidents happen, whether it’s getting injured, losing your passport or wallet, or just not having your structured plan work out perfectly. Always have enough money for emergencies that you put away in your savings and don’t touch until you need to.
Not Everyone Is Supportive
When word first got out that I was quitting my day job to work online, I got mixed reactions. Some people were stoked for me and happy that I was following what I wanted to do. My family had nothing but positive comments to say, and my closest friends said how proud they were of me.
However, I got a large amount of negative reactions from both strangers and friends. Some people just wouldn’t broach the subject at all, like it made them uncomfortable, and still smile and say absolutely nothing if I ever bring up a trip. Then there are the reactions that make me cringe. “So now you’re just going to work on your little blog and make money?” or “I wish I could stop working and just travel too.” While I know these people meant well, it gets frustrating to feel like you have to defend your choice or explain how much you actually ARE working. Which brings me to my next point…
You Never Really Stop Working
There’s no PTO when you work remotely, and your clients couldn’t care less if you’re sick or not. You have deadlines to meet, and they’re not going to care if you’re in Thailand during Full Moon parties or hiking the mountains of Nepal. When travel becomes your lifestyle, you have to stop looking at it as a vacation and figure out how to make it work without losing your sanity or clients.
This picture on a beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic only happened because I was too seasick after scuba diving to walk back to my room – and I still had work due that night!
If your accommodation doesn’t have wi-fi, it’s not your client’s problem. Anyone who works remotely will tell you that finding wi-fi somewhere so you can upload your work while in a foreign country takes up the most time besides actually working. I can’t tell you how many unnecessary coffees I’ve bought just to use a cafe’s wi-fi.
You Learn to Be Responsible Quickly
My typical schedule when traveling is as follows: I get up around 6 AM to work for a few hours, no matter what time zone I’m in. I then explore the town during the morning, and go somewhere that has wi-fi for lunch so I can answer any emails that are urgent for work. I explore again during the afternoon, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. It’s back to the hotel after that to work for the rest of the evening until 11 PM or so.
Trying the local beer is always a must for me – just not too many of them!
I’d love to say I stay out all night dancing or having exotic cocktails at fancy bars when I travel, but that’s not usually an option anymore. I actually drink less when I’m traveling, as any free time I have needs to be focused on work. I can’t afford to be hung over in the morning or not get a good night’s sleep because I stayed out too late. I know this sounds boring, but it’s the lifestyle I have to follow in order to keep my income flowing while traveling to amazing places. It makes for a full day, but the payoff is worth it to me.
But I Wouldn’t Trade It for Anything
I know full well I won’t be able to live like this forever, so I’m soaking up this lifestyle for as long as I can right now. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way just this year, and can’t wait to keep exploring new countries. Traveling this much has given me a completely new view on life and has changed the way I think in many ways.
If I have to work on vacation, at least this isn’t the worst view from the office!
What Helped Me Start This Journey
When I wanted to start my travel blog, I was so excited until I realized I had no idea of where to start. I didn’t know anything about what should go in a blog or how to even set it up on Word Press. When I started researching online, I found a course called Travel Blog Success.
If anyone’s considering starting a travel blog and wanting to make a career out of it someday, you need to sign up for this course now. I learned in detail the parts of blogging I heard about but had no idea what it meant, like becoming self-hosted. I also learned many things I didn’t know I needed, like setting up my posts to have a good SEO score.
What You’ll Get Out of It
In my opinion, almost every topic you need to know about when starting a blog is covered. You’ll learn about how each social media channel benefits you, from Pinterest to Facebook. SEO is covered to explain what it is and how to improve yours to increase your traffic. A thorough walk-through of setting up Google Analytics is also included, which was so helpful for me. These are just a few topics among many others in the course.
You’ll have access to a secret Facebook group, which many say is worth the cost of the course alone. Some of the top travel bloggers are in there, which I was so excited by when I joined. After all, who better to give you advice than the original bloggers who have been doing this for years and years? I love when they post questions and comments on their own too so I can see what goes on behind the scenes with some of the biggest travel blogs.
There’s also an opportunity board you’ll have access to, which posts everything from jobs to press trips. I’ve gotten several jobs I’ve applied to on the opportunity board, one of which I still make an income from. There have also been great opportunities to go on press trips that bloggers who aren’t able to make post online in case someone else can take their place. If you’re looking for help starting a blog, this course will put you on the right path!
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