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It’s time to quit & go travelling

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Hey! You deserve more than a “job”. Believe me, it’s time to quit your job and travel.

If today was your last day on earth… Would you want to be where you are right now?

 

It’s hard to believe that some people live a dramatically different lifestyle than our own. Maybe this is because everyone around us is so much like us. Finding an alternative way of living seems impossible.
After travelling for 11 years, I finally decided to embark on a new type of adventure with one aim: “To demonstrate that long-term travel is possible.”
I travelled for one year allowing people to choose every destination, you can find out more here, or you can join here for access to exclusive material.

 

“I hate my job…” Trust me, I’ve been there, too.

 

I know exactly what it feels like to be stuck in an unfulfilling job. I felt stuck too and couldn’t see any way to be happier in life. At least, not until I discovered that other people were living the life I wished I had.
Somehow, they were able to break through the daily 9 to 5 grind and live a life full of adventure and discovery.
Those people weren’t superstars or celebrities – but simply normal people who got fed up. They found the strength to quit their job and just travel.

 

Learn, how to quit your job and travel, from the people you admire

 

I could relate to these travellers on a deep level because they were just like me: we shared similar values, and I considered them normal people living exceptional lives.
Over the years, I’ve been collecting and reading their stories, and now I have decided to share some of the most inspiring tales with you.
Those stories have helped me through the years, and they still keep me motivated to this day. I’m sure that after reading their stories, you will also be able to quit your job and travel.

They quit & so can you

No excuses for not travelling

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When I was working at Sky, which is a decade ago, I was driving the same route every day, arriving at the same desk every day and pretty much working the same hours every day.
It was a duplicate day every day and it just flew by. Before I knew it, days turned into weeks, turned into months, turned into years. I needed to stop because my whole life was going to fly by.
And now, every single day, I am probably in a different country, I am meeting new people, I am having new experiences. It’s a like a rich experience forever stimulating and never monotonous…
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Matthew Karsten

I found myself working as a freelance nightlife & event photographer in Miami. It was fun for a few years, but something was missing… My dream was to live a life full of travel and adventure.
I followed that dream. I began saving money like crazy, sold my car, bought a bicycle, stopped going out to clubs & restaurants, and spent all my free time building a small online business.
In the fall of 2010 I quit my job, left my girlfriend, sold everything I owned, and bought a plane ticket to Guatemala. My family & friends didn’t understand what I was doing…
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Chris Guillebeau

For me, the more I have traveled, the more I learn, and the more I realise how big the world really is.
When I was younger and had spent a fair amount of time abroad, I used to say that I had traveled “all over the world.” More than 60 countries later, I laugh at that idea.
There are still many, many countries I have yet to visit, and even after I achieve my goal of visiting every country in the world, there will still be many places within those countries that I still won’t have experienced…
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Matthew Kepnes

The day I left the office was the day I quit a life I never really liked. I was living to work, not working to live. And, when I hopped on the road at 25, I wasn’t ready for that type of life.
I’d come back to the “real world” when my trip was over.
Though, as time went on, I realized I could never go back. The divide between that world and mine was too great…
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If no one is laughing at your dreams, your dreams are probably not big enough.
When I looked back at my life as a kid, I always thought that I was actually a normal kid. But when I looked a little bit deeper I actually figured out that I was not a normal kid at all. I was actually a square peg in a round hole. I wasn’t fitting anywhere.
I never knew exactly what I wanted to be, or how I was going to get there. So I just did what made me happy…
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It took me nearly four years to cover 160,000 miles in 1,426 days – and I filmed a selfie video every step of the way.
I used buses, taxis, trains and my own two feet to become the first person in the world to carry out the trip.
By December 2012, I crossed the border into the newly-created South Sudan and cracked open the champagne to celebrate completing my mission…
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I think everybody’s a little worried about looking stupid. You want to try cool things, but are scared of people looking at you funny or thinking you’re crazy.
I think it’s good to be a little bit crazy. And once you can get over worrying about how other people will react to what you do and just start doing, cool things start to happen.
If you find that you can be more effective doing something else, then quitting isn’t bad – in fact, it’s actually a good thing!…
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I made my first trip around the globe when I sold my internet consulting company in 1999.
Then I made it my mission to travel the world on a more permanent basis and left the States in March 2007.
I’ve been nomadic ever since and have visited over 70 countries in the last three years, traveling solo…
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Jodi Ettenberg

The beauty of solo travel is the freedom of choice, the ability to explore along a theme of your making, to deep-dive into an esoteric aspect of culture or history, to trace the routes of one particular dish or person that fascinates you.
As you travel generally, you remain more and more open to learning from people you meet and seeing the world through their eyes, too.
You discover new things…
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The best experiences do not have any price tag.
Money is necessary to have a basic standard of living, but many of us, especially in the west, have already more than enough of it to be able to have many incredible experiences, if we only realise it.
At the end of the day, time with good friends is free but can make you feel like the richest person alive…
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If you are anything like we were 7 years ago you are feeling overwhelmed, overworked and just plain exhausted. We know the feeling.
We were caught in the rat race, feeling trapped by our lives and constantly searching for something more. We have been married for 20 years and have always lived a life less ordinary. But it wasn’t until 2008 that we finally found what we had been searching for all along…our passion. That passion turned out to be travel…
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Brendan van Son

In 2008 I headed to South America to take a job that paid me only $50 a week, but allowed me to travel.
I knew within 3 days of arriving in South America that I’d never stop travelling, that I needed to find a way to meld travel into my career, no matter what it took.
Over 5 years later now, I’ve visited around 80 countries on 6 different continents…
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Dan & Audrey

In 2001 we left San Francisco with six suitcases and a one-way ticket to Prague, Czech Republic and no jobs. Everyone asked, “Are you crazy?”
Five years later, we did it again.
In December 2006, we left our secure jobs and comfortable lifestyle in Prague for a creative sabbatical: traveling the world and sharing stories about people from all walks of life…
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The story of my ´nomadic life´ is one in which I have yet to work in Canada as a post-university graduate with the majority of my 20´s having been spent overseas.
I worked in Asia as an expat English teacher, model, photographer, freelance writer and – of course – as a wandering nomadic soul completely infatuated by all the splendor and woe long-term travel has to offer an individual…
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I don’t have a fixed address, but rather settle in a spot for a few months to explore a region of the world.
All of my belongings fit into a single backpack and I can work from anywhere while staying connected to even the flakiest of wireless connections.
Before I began traveling permanently, I was a full-time computer security consultant for 6 years, traveling very often for my job…
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Christine Gilbert

I used to be a corporate manager until I got my dream job in Boston, felt restless, decided I needed a complete life-reboot and jumped at the first idea I had: to become a writer and photographer.
So… I bought a camera! I sold our stuff! My husband cheered me on and helped me carry the luggage!
For a few years we traveled with two dogs, laptops, and enough camera gear to make your average TSA agent break into a sweat…
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When we are at this place where we agonize endlessly, we really know what we want to do, we are just afraid to take the giant leap.
What you need to do is write a list for each choice – the good old pros and cons. Then for either decision, think:
“In 10 years time, what will my life be like if I decide to do this? What will my life be like if I don’t?…
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For seven years, I miraculously managed to not throw a phone, flog away an intruder, or hang myself in the corner of my office with Ethernet cabling.
I knew that there was more to life than waking up at the last minute and jockeying through traffic in a hurry to make a bunch of old men richer.
My date was Jan 1, 2006. What a better way to start a new year than to start a new life altogether?…
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