Imagine waking up to the sound of rolling waves, knowing that the day was yours to spend as you wish - exploring new territories or just kicking back on the beach. Sound ideal? Now imagine quitting your job, leaving your friends and family and living off your savings. Sound scary?
If you want to travel the world, you will have to make some scary decisions. You will have to give up all your commitments and home luxuries, and get used to money draining out of your bank account and not being replenished.
Yes it's scary, but - contrary to popular belief - it's not difficult. Here are some common misconceptions:
- Quitting your job in the current economic climate is a bad idea - well perhaps, if you have major financial commitments, like a mortgage or a family to support. But if you are young (or young at heart) without such commitments, then why not? By the time you come home, perhaps the job market will have improved.
- Travelling is very expensive - it doesn't have to be. It all depends where and how you travel. If you stay in hostels and cook your own food, you probably won't spend much more money than you would at home. What's more, if you are under 35 you could earn money as you travel by getting a working holiday visa for various countries including Australia, Canada and Japan.
- A career gap would look bad on your CV - travelling, gap years and career breaks are widely accepted in the professional world. You may not gain brownie points for lying on a beach in Thailand, but employers aren't likely to hold it against you either. And if you do some volunteering, learn a language or gain work experience abroad, then your travels can be a real boost to your CV.