Why we have chosen to travel instead of working

Why we have chosen to quite the 9-5 so we can travel full-time

Of course there are many reasons as to why millennials, in particular Aussies, tend to choose extended travel over a traditional lifestyle. Before I delve into why I have decided to leave behind our comfortable life, I feel as though I need to address all the “why’s” that have been running through my mind, telling me to stay.

Firstly, it’s a bloody scary thought! I’ve worked so hard for a very long time now to get where I am today. I sacrificed many social events in order to study and get into the career I want, I’ve lived off cans of chickpeas and tuna in order to save for my house deposit, I’ve done hours of overtime to prove I’m a dedicated worker and now here I am! I’ve graduated from university, undertaking a diploma, have just moved into an amazing new position at work and I have a tonne of development opportunities knocking on my door. Why on earth would I leave all that behind? Well, I don’t have a definitive answer for that…yet!

All I know is that ever since I was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, I had the urge to travel after meeting some amazing people at my gap-year job in Dunsborough. I’ve done a few months here and there, but I really want to go out and experience what the world has to offer. I want to immerse myself in different cultures, learn new customs and languages and most importantly, volunteer and help people in need as much as I can.

Ever since Trent and I started dating back in 2013, we have always been on the same page about our future adventures. We both wanted to travel and volunteer for an extended period of time, so we are very lucky to have each other’s support! This trip has been number one on our bucket list for the last 5 years, it’s been our motivation to keep pushing through the VERY poor times at uni and throughout Trent’s apprenticeship.

Is it going to be worth giving up my career and comfortable lifestyle?

Again, I don’t have the answer for that yet! The way I see it is, I’m not going to regret the adventure I’m about to embark on, so why not take advantage of this opportunity! Regardless, whatever I experience on my adventure will be a wealth of knowledge and experiences. I know bringing that into my future career is going to be invaluable.


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