I remember when I left for the first ever grand solo adventure of my life, after quitting my job, I was feeling a bout of the jitters. Fear, excitement and curiosity – they all were playing their part. I had no idea what to expect. Which guidebook to follow. No one among my friends had ever done it before. In three words: I WAS CONFUSED.
I grabbed myself from pondering over this inexperienced moment of past, yesterday, when I received a 700-word long email from one of my readers, mentioning that he has been holding on to a marketing job for the past 10 years, but now he wants to leave his career behind and travel. He wrote to me in search of some kind of assurance. But more than that, as I felt, he needed inspiration. Inspiration to let go, to break free, and experience the world like a free bird.
To Travel Is To Find New Opportunities
For me, long term independent travel, is like a holy grail. People who haven’t done it before, have absolutely no idea what they are missing out. They have no frame of reference for what it is like. After traveling solo for a long time, one thing that I’ve realized is that the places you see, the people you connect with, the pace of life and the many experiences you slowly sail through – while travelling – helps you discover yourself, from far within.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go” Dr. Seuss
Travel can change you in the most positive way possible. It can greatly improve you live your non-travel life. You become less afraid, less stressed out, less hung up, more open to possibilities, better at meeting people, more interested in cultural differences, socially more graceful… well, I can go on. And if this doesn’t seem the right fit – you can always go back to what you’re doing – and rest assured, you won’t go empty handed.
You May Not Find What You’re Looking For, But You Might Just Find Yourself
Many people who leave their jobs to travel, do so seeking clarity. They feel as if they are missing a purpose in life. People are not happy despite their well-paying jobs and happening social lives.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” Andre Gide
By the time I quit my job, I had grown tired of my lifestyle and of long driving hours to do a job that I never enjoyed. Though I had no clue what to do with my life, one thing I was sure about was that I did not want to keep living my life this way. But now when I’ve started traveling, I’m always excited about the next morning. And speaking of the clarity in life, I’m still seeking it.
Don’t Ask Everyone
One of the greatest miseries of human condition is that it always need assurance. When I was struggling with the idea of quitting my job and travel I asked a few considerable intellectuals about my decision, and they discouraged me to a new level.
Making a leap like this is so far outside the realms of some people’s realities, they can’t understand you. So don’t even bother asking. Focus your energy on yourself. Realize what you want. If you want to see the world a little and understand what is best for you, then there’s no harm taking some time off for it.
There’s an old saying in Dutch which says “He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him”. Life on the road is a lot easier. It’s only the decision, and all those small preparations you do in the process, that is the hardest part. So stop worrying about the potholes in the road, and go enjoy the journey!
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