4 Lessons I Learned After Quitting My Job To Travel The World
I graduated from college this past January with a business degree. A couple months after school, I dove headfirst into the corporate world. Not surprisingly, there was nothing exciting about sitting at a desk for forty-five hours every week. I sat there every day dreaming of OTHER places, and realized that I was literally watching some of the best days of my life fly by as I sat on my butt in a chair. I quit my job, having no idea what I would do next. I did have one goal though. To travel.
Thankfully, I was decently paid and I had saved enough money to fulfill this goal. So in a moment of crazy spontaneity and desire to see a place I had dreamed of for years, I booked a one-way ticket from Idaho to Iceland in early October.
I was in Iceland for three weeks. I volunteered on a farm and at a hostel, hitchhiked, changed my plans multiple times and sometimes didn’t even have a plan. Those three weeks taught me some things about life that will always affect the way I travel in the future. These are 4 lessons I learned after quitting my job to travel the World…
1. Just do it.
I hear it over and over: “I want to travel! I want to go to Iceland like you!” And yet no one that I know has actually just done it! Take a week off work. Forget the fact that you think you don’t have enough money. If you can buy a one-way flight, then you have enough money to travel. Research opportunities like Workaway or HelpX or WOOFing, where you can live in a country for basically no cost.
2. Don’t overpack.
I brought a 70 liter backpack with a handbag. And I stuffed both to the max with things I didn’t end up using. Imagine how miserable I was when I wanted to explore places and I had to lug all 75 pounds of these bags with me. Just bring necessities for the climate. If necessary, you can always purchase things while you’re gone.
3. Be spontaneous and expect to change your plans.
My initial plan was to volunteer for a month on a farm, but that didn’t work out. I had nowhere to go, until I met someone in Reykjavik who was headed to a small town called Vík to volunteer at a hostel. I ended up traveling with her and her sister, completely spur of the moment. We hitchhiked multiple times, met some very interesting people and embraced every second of it.
4. Meet as many people as possible.
You really have nothing to lose, so talk to people. Find out why they’re traveling, what their life is like and see if there’s any way you can help them. Often, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge on the best places to see and things to do. Or maybe, like me, you’ll change all your plans and end up deciding to travel with them. Travel is always life-changing. It will give you new perspective on yourself and how you fit in this world that many people lack. Don’t be afraid – book that flight right now!
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