Dream of quitting your job and travelling the world? My advice, as someone who’s been there and done it, is to follow your heart.

Find a way to make it work. Scrape together enough money to get a flight. Find someone to rent your flat. Ask your parents or a good friend to dog-sit for a couple of months. Whatever is holding you back, find a way to overcome it.

Travelling is something that will enrich your life, give you perspective and teach you some valuable lessons. Still not sure? Read on! 😉

My story

The first time I quit my job to go travelling was back in 2011. I set aside my fears (and creeping doubts that I’d never work again!) and bought a one-way ticket to Mexico.

Family and friends worried it wasn’t safe for me to travel alone, and some thought I was crazy giving up a good job as a content editor for Time Inc UK.

I shared the same concerns! But there was something inside me that wasn’t content with my life in London. I needed to escape, experience something different. So, despite my fears – and everyone elses’ – I got on that plane.

Travelling alone gave me the confidence I’d lacked in London. I learned to surf in Nicaragua, did the Inca Trail in Peru, drank tequila in Mexico, and swam with pink dolphins in the Amazon. I even achieved my life-long dream: cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa.

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But do you know what I loved most about travelling? Meeting like-minded people from all over the world: Mexicans, Canadians, Americans, Germans, Aussies, Ecuadorians, South Africans, Europeans… And they all shared a similar passion: travel.

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My last stop was Australia and, after exploring the east coast, I found a job working for a publishing house in Melbourne. I rekindled a holiday romance with a lovely Aussie man and ended up becoming a permanent resident.

It all turned out better than I could have ever expected.

So, if you daydream about quitting your job, JUST DO IT. Things always have a habit of working out.

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