In 2014, I quit my job to travel. I explored four countries in five months. I felt alive and didn’t really care about what would happen next because I was happy and living my dream.
When I came home, I worked in a backpacker’s hostel. It was perfect because I was doing something in line with my travel goals. A few travel articles I wrote also got published, which made life sweeter.
However, it didn’t take long for things to change. The dream that I was in no longer supported me well financially. Though I was still happy doing what I loved, my bank account was no longer smiling.
My situation brought to mind a question:
Should we really give up our day job to follow our happiness?
I gave up security and a good salary for the sake of pursuing my dream. Honestly, it was great at first but in the long run, the direction I took wasn’t able to sustain my finances. Of course I had an option – to turn my blog into a business. But I decided not to because I only knew myself as a traveler and storyteller.
Despite the fact that my personal journey is not as perfect as I had hoped, my answer to the question above is still a resounding YES.
A journey may not be perfect or Instagram-worthy, but it is never over. Things may be quiet for now, but you’ll never know what will happen if you don’t take the red pill and see “how deep the rabbit hole goes”. No matter what happens in the end though, one thing is for sure: you will learn something and this learning will definitely take you places.
So don’t be afraid to follow your happiness but do remember these points:
1. Stay away from negativity
You will hear a lot of shit from people. Whether it’s discouragement or jealousy, shut it off. You don’t need it. Follow your happiness.
2. Don’t be discouraged by those who have made it out successfully
Yes, there are travelers or travel bloggers who have taken the leap and continue to be successful. Use them to fuel your passion but don’t let them pressure you into making your journey similar to theirs. Remember, your journey is unique. Follow your heart, not their top 10 suggestions on how to run your life.
3. It’s okay to worry and experience problems along the way
Journeys are never perfect and the only reason why you are led to believe otherwise is the fact that there are those who are just paid to write about the positive side of things. So if you stumble along the way, take it as a lesson and get up anyway.
4. Don’t rush it
It’s never too late to travel or do the things you love. Some create a bucket list before they get married or turn 50 and that’s fine but this doesn’t apply to everyone. A journey should be sacred. So follow whatever suits you.
5. And if this doesn’t really float your boat, you are still awesome!
Just because you can’t quit your job to travel doesn’t mean you are worthless. If you want to go on vacation for just 3 days and 2 nights, go ahead. If you only want to stay home, go do it. If you can’t travel because of financial constraints and family responsibilities, then it’s okay! You will not miss anything. Your life, your rules. After all, not all good things come from travel. Happiness is everywhere – you just have to live in the moment.