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Why I Quit My Job To Travel

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Last week, I took a wee trip to Rishikesh – the land of sadhus and of many people’s spiritual rebirth. I have a personal affection, some attachment to this place. This is where I once spent two months, practicing meditation and taking spiritual lessons.

But this time, my arrival was accompanied by a sense of unexpected realization. I wondered, as I grabbed myself walking along its frenzied, confused walkways, that how lucky I am to experience places like Rishikesh again and again. And yet, it is never the climax of my trip. It is always the beginning.

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls” Anais Nin

It has been more than two years now, since I quit my job and started travelling, yet I never shared here why and how it all happened. It would be nice to say that I wanted to understand myself, and find my inner consciousness, but frankly speaking, it’s not true. The only part which is true is that I’ve had enough living the same boring 9 to 5 corporate life every day. I wanted to do more than that. I wanted to see the world. Meet new people. Learn better ideas. Find out what’s wrong with this system of corporate culture, that it never made anyone happy – no matter what they achieved in their life. Simply put, I wanted to educate myself in a way that no school, no job ever did before.

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But one thing is saying that I want to do this and the other thing is realizing I am actually doing it.

Traveling is no less than a pursuit of happiness for me. Yet, throughout this time, I’ve often stumbled upon questions like “Why I quit my job to travel” or “How did I manage to make such a decision” or “What’s next” – with all this, what others actually wanted to ask me was why did I not go for a two-week calculated holiday (or a couple of month’s sabbatical, if I am being pretentiously brazen about it) to quench my thirst of travel, as an averagely sane person would otherwise do.

The truth is, there is no fun in that. I have taken enough of these recreational holidays – as people often term them – in my life. When I was working I found myself claiming the boundaries of my city almost every weekend, with a couple of friends, drinking a bunch of beers and coming back, but that was no solution. The minute you enter the premises of your office, the next day, it feels as if that sweet, sally trip, that in fact, went past in the blink of an eye, actually never happened. I wanted something more than that. Something bigger. Something permanent.

Discontentment Is Good

Discontentment is the very first step to a new beginning. My discontentment towards my job brought me into this. I’d always loved India, but I never loved my life in India. I loved my profession (of writing), but I never loved my job. It seemed I was just accepting things as they came, and as everyone says “this is life and you got to learn to deal with it.”

But I think I never managed to master that art. Though I tried to suppress my unsatisfied soul the traditional way, by changing jobs and running after money. But it was just not enough. My audacious, fertile mind – discontented and grumbling – kept pushing me until I shifted focus.

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The Journey That Changed It All

I took my first solo trip back in 2014 (you can read about it all here), while I was still working, to trek for a few days under the colossal Himalayas. It was a life changing experience. Though there was nothing extraordinarily great about the journey, the freedom in travelling solo was, in fact, quite addictive. And that was it. I spent the next few months, saving as much money possible from the job I was doing, having a very clear focus in my mind – to leave this lifestyle behind and travel the world.

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” Mary Anne Radmacher

As they say that life experiences aren’t something to be denied, but to be celebrated. I think I just happened to celebrate my first solo trip so strenuously that it eventually became a way of life. I know it sounds pretty cool and easy how I managed to quit my job and get ahead with my operation Mission-See-The-World. But trust me, it wasn’t.

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Further Reading: How To Deal With The Dilemma Of Leaving Everything Behind & Travel

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Shortly after my first real nine-to-five job, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in my backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to stay in one place. I believe that with a little courage and inspiration, everyone has the power to follow their dreams. Just as I've followed mine!

23 Comments

  1. Dear Dev, there are several reasons to leave your job, great experience. Whether I am not so travel minded, reading your article, I almost become a mad!! I will follow you!!

  2. Congrats Dev!!! its an awesome journey its a dream which many people take but can hardly fulfill. Wish you loads of luck with your blog and travel.
    AllThatsMom

  3. Hi Dev nicely done article. I am also a fellow traveller who quit her corporate job to travel and write and photograph and what not. I m going thru the journey myself and understand that the transition is difficult. Mostly financially. I am not sure how are you managing but I also find that in this scenario, many fellow travellers or bloggers are not forthcoming and do not help. I sincerely wonder why? Anyway I wish u all the luck. Will subscribe to your posts. If u get time visit my blog at http://www.curiousfoots.com

    • Hey thanks. Checked your blog, looks good. Since when are you blogging?
      And what did you mean by “many fellow travellers or bloggers are not forthcoming and do not help?” They don’t share how they make money? Possible, maybe because they’re not making any money at all. So don’t follow them. haha

      Making money is indeed tough. But you learn as you chase the journey. Eg, I’d be much thankful to someone, if someone had told me to explore how Affiliate Marketing, the day I started blogging.

      • Thanks for visiting. True I feel lost in the ocean of Affiliate Marketing and Targeted Ad system and what not. Anyway it’s good to see that people like u n me r taking the plunge and doing something which our heart desires.

        I wish you all the best.

        Ciao.

        Papiya

  4. Quitting a job and that too in India is not easy, but you had done that. Following your passion is always take you a step ahead in your life.

  5. Hey, glad to come across an Indian quitting his job to travel the world, mostly due to the low value of our currency we get restricted to India only then. Where all did you manage to travel in this year?

    • I totally agree. Going out of India and travel is fairly tough. This year turned out to be great. As you said, most of it was spent in India of course, but trust me you need an entire life to travel india and understand it well. Outside of India, and in this year, I travelled to Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal. And there is still one more quarter left! 😉

  6. Good to know about your journey. I would want to do that too, but then funding might become a major issue one day – and I love my job anyway ☺️

  7. Ha ha … So great!!
    When I was read u, oh! sorry ur article. It was wounderful, sometime I feel I am telling this story or this is my story. But I am not good writer like you. Even I don’t know anything about writing… Ha ha…. 🙂
    Keep going n enjoy life it’s beautiful…

    Vivek Panwar
    Little traveler 😉

    • As long as people understand you, you’re a good writer and I understood you pretty well there. Good luck with your adventures.

  8. Nicely done.

    And oh yeah, did I tell ya, I am planning to go on a 30-days road trip to visit the most haunted places in India (as many as I can). Wanna join in?

    • 30 day road trip to visit haunted places? Sounds gripping. Calling you (right away) for more details, haha!

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