As you all probably know by now, I just quit my job and will soon take off to travel for a while, before I figure out what I want to do next. Read more on my decision here. Pretty much everybody I know has been very excited and supportive about my decision and almost everybody told me that they wish to do the same, but would probably never have to balls to really go for it. Well, I came up with 11 reasons why you might want to quit your job after all and hit the road as well.
1. You can do 9-5 when you are old
Most people I know (aka every marketer’s dream of urban, well-educated, over-achieving, twenty-something high-potentials) dread the idea of being stuck in a lame routine of – as the French describe it so accurately – “Metro, boulot, dodo”. This translates to: Metro, work, sleep. Add some sports, after-work drinks and the occasional Tinder date here and there and you get an idea of what the average life of pretty much everybody I know looks like. Even if you try your best to get out of the city as much as possible or book a fancy vacation once a year: with just 25 days (or even less, depending on the country you live in!) of paid leave a year, not much time is left for fun.
2. Get excited again
In all honesty: When was the last time you got really excited about something that was happening in your life? And no, eating “the best new burger” in town does not count. Neither does getting a great deal on a piece of fabric at the Claudie Pierlot sale. But knowing you will be getting into surfing and Yoga in Sri Lanka is. See the difference?
3. If not now: when?
Of course, in a few years from now, you can still grab your kids and your husband/wife and sail the world. But you probably won’t. Why, you might ask? How many people do you know who actually do that? This decision is a pretty selfish one, and I guess it won’t get any easier once you have a mortgage or need to take care of some tiny human beings aka your future children.
4. Change can feel so good
I have been thinking about quitting my job and leaving Paris for several months before I finally found the guts to actually go for it. But when I hit the “Send” button in Gmail, writing to my boss and asking her for a meeting (in which I was going to tell her I was leaving, even though she did not know that yet), I just felt SO relieved! While I was weighing the pros and cons for such a long time, at this very moment, I knew I made the right choice. I put on some music and starting dancing around my flat all by myself immediately afterwards. This huge pressure just fell off my shoulders from one second to the next and I have hardly ever felt so good in my life.
5. You probably deserve a break
I have been extremely hard-working ever since I was legally able to get a job. During my last semester at Uni in Vienna, I even worked two jobs (one for the money, the other for my CV), while trying to get good grades on my final exams and papers. In Paris, I was pretty much working full time and completing my Master’s degree at the same time. And even though, thanks to a super duper working class upbringing, I do value hard work, there also has to be a time for fun. And no, your job should never be considered fun, even if you like what you do (which is my case).
6. Forget about your CV
So even if travelling leaves a hole in your CV: So what? I do not work in HR, but from what I understand, travelling is quite appreciated among HR people (at least in my field). I already figured out when I was an Au Pair that one year on the road can teach you so much more than one year at University or on a job. So unless you spend your gap year watching telly and eating pizza every day, you will probably have some impressive stories to tell the HR people upon your next job interview.
7. You are not a tree…
…your body is the only place you have to live in! If you don’t like it somewhere: move. I have always been one to quickly pack my bags and move from one city to the next (hence the name of my blog) and assume not everybody is like that. But even in a non-geographical way: We are all able to move on, to get out of routines we don’t like anymore, to be someone else, to change old habits and do to new things. Because even if it’s scary: change is a good thing!
8. Security is for boring people
I can not repeat enough what I felt when I first came across this quote. Finally someone put into words what I have been feeling for too long. Because yes, having an apartment, a secure job and your friends around is pretty nice, but is that enough to satisfy you on the long run? And even if your job and your apartment might not be there anymore when you get back: Your friends will!!
9. Be your own best friend
It’s oh so easy to depend onto someone – whether it’s emotionally or financially – and in return, to have people depend on you. One of the main ideas behind my trip to Asia is to focus on myself again for the first time in years, to find out what I really want to do and not live up to other people’s/society’s expectations.
10. You only live once
It may sound like a big cliché, but, yes, we do only have one life. Unless of course you believe in recreation – which you probably don’t. So why not make the best out of it? Enough said.
11. Never regret the things you did…
…only those you didn’t do. This has been my motto for ages! Don’t be afraid to take risks! Even if you screw up, you are almost always able to go back to the start. There are endless lists of what people regret when they are old, and most of them tell you – among a lot of other things – to “work less, travel more”! So if you miss out on living your dream right now, you might regret it until the end of your days.
Of course, I have just quit my job and haven’t even started travelling, so who am I to tell really? But as I described above, the mere idea of leaving my job in order to travel is giving me more of an energy boost than any weekend getaway between two weeks of work ever could. I am so looking forward to my big adverture and who knows, maybe I will be back in a few months with even more good reasons to quit or job. There is still a small chance I will come back telling you that this trip was the biggest mistake in my life. But at least as of now, it certainly doesn’t feel like it!