Let’s face it, every person who has a passion for traveling dreams to roam around the world. And I bet you wanted to quit your job to do that too.
Browsing thru your Facebook feed, you can see those media sites sharing stories of travelers quitting their jobs to explore the world, couples traveling together, blah blah and it gets a ton of likes.
And I bet you have followed the tales of some of these travelers…and the only thing that you can do is envy them.
So, what now?
I hear you people. I am also a travel junkie who just couldn’t afford to lose a corporate job. Or just a job per se.
We need money right? And we all need it in order to survive. I am about to hit the big 3-0 and while planning my travels, I realized that the job quitting scenario is not going to work for me or for other working individuals…not for now, at least. Here’s why:
1. You’re just finally having the taste of your hard earned money.
Ahhh, the 17 years worth of assignments, pop-up quizzes and the dreaded recitations. These all have to pay off right? And you are rewarding yourself by spending your salary on the things that your allowance cannot cover.
This is mostly applicable to fresh grads who might be ‘enjoying’ their work now and trying to find their niche in the working industry. You might be thinking: “I can’t quit now, this is something I’ve pictured when I was in college and I am currently living the dream.”
Right. Of course, you won’t just throw it away. Enjoy the corporate scenario while you can pal. Best of luck.
2. Your younger sibling(s) are still in school.
With the utang na loob kind of Filipino thinking, we always have that responsibility to give back to those who helped us reach where we are right now. I am not sure about the other cultures but we, Filipinos, try to help our family members especially when it comes to education.
You might have already graduated but there are others that needs your aid too, like for example, your undergrad siblings.
I, myself, provided assistance to my younger sister and brother when they were still in school. And let’s be honest, I mean to help them with the full (or maybe half) of my financial capacity.
The reward? The sublime feeling that a part of you contributed to their success when they did graduate. Indeed, priceless.
3. You like ‘nice’ things.
As a yuppie, I used to be a techie i.e. have the latest model of mobile phone at my disposal. I like to shop and wear fashionable clothes and I am not ready to give it all up just yet. Who’s with me?
Well, who doesn’t? I am guilty of this and I am not alone for sure. Unless you poop money or a part of the Zobel de Ayala clan to afford all of expensive stuff, you are classified crow.
Say what?! Being a crow, you like shiny things i.e. latest gadgets, branded bags, clothing, shoes and even high-end makeup. Question is, how do you pay for these?!
Most people use their salaries to do so. At this point, you can’t say goodbye to that boring job of yours just yet. (All together now, one big sigh).
4. You have someone special to leave behind.
You and him/her, traveling the world. Wonderful idea right? How hard could it be? Hmmm, maybe not as easy as you think it is.
Frequent travelers are dominated by solo travelers considering it can make the journey much less of a hassle as they only need to think about their own welfare.
But if you are in a long-term relationship and your partner does not approve of doing a lengthy backpacking trip, that’s a problem in your hands right there.
Let’s be honest, you and the beau might agree to travel occasionally but do you both see yourselves doing such for the rest of your life? YES, if you are to ask me. But then, here comes the other half.
Believe me, I would love to see the world! However, I don’t want to do this alone. Not because I am afraid but for the mere fact that I want to share these memories with my partner (and I also don’t believe in long distance crap).
Plus, ask yourselves this question: are you really ready to give up the job that sustains your travel lifestyle? If not, then settle down people. Contemplate and let’s plan our next move to do so.
5. You are already pushing on in your late 20s.
And we all know what that means — you are on your marrying age with a car/house loan, credit card bills, etc. Oh, so many debts so less money! Hard truth.
In short, you have countless financial commitments by this age. You just can’t pack your bags and leave?!
Well, you can but rest assured you’ll have a bounty on your head. So yeah, that’s is not an option, again, for now.
Yes, there are countless traveler stories out there. I even read a couple who are scrubbing toilets in order sustain their travel lifestyle. But them quitting their jobs was their choice. We, on the other hand, chose to stay whatever the reason may be.