Everyone’s experienced this feeling once or twice in their lifetime: you’re sitting in front of your computer screen at the office and suddenly, it hits you. You suddenly get the urge to leave, pack your bags and go to some foreign exotic destination. Sounds pretty enticing eh?
Before you take the plunge into a relatively life-changing experience, there are some things to think about before quitting your day job to travel.
Plain and simple, traveling is an incredibly, personally fulfilling experience, you’d be crazy to not go for it! It’s an all-round perspective giver and really pushes you to burst your personal bubble. I have yet to meet a fellow traveler that hasn’t been transformed by their journeys.
Unlike in the movies however, traveling isn’t as easy as it seems. A plane ticket doesn’t usually appear magically in front of you. There is an element of cost and planning (as unromantic as it sounds).
For those who are wanting to take an extended “travel sabbatical,” you’ll have to determine a budget for your journeys. While it’s a wise practice to determine expenses and budget your adventures, the tricky thing about this, especially when going on an extended voyage, is that you’re merely eyeballing how much you’re EXPECTED to spend.
Unforeseen circumstances happen. There might be a give or take with regards to what you’re willing to sacrifice if funds get tight.
Luckily there are ways to make the dollar stretch. The explosion of community websites, such as erideshare.com or couchsurfing.org, make it easy for corporate-turned-nomads to travel by land, and find accommodations for cheap.
There are a plethora of ways to save while traveling. All it takes is a little ingenuity and a dash of research.
There's also the reason for why you’re traveling. Of course, seeing the world is reason enough to go for it. Expanding your cultural horizons is incredibly healthy. However, if a legitimate getaway is what you’re aiming at (a getaway from life, work, and relationships) it’s best that that these issues are dealt with prior to departure.
Escapism might provide a short-term solution for life’s little problems, but ultimately it does come back upon your return. After all, traveling is about gaining perspective, and not as a means to run from problems!
The world holds infinite life changing experiences. While the backdrop remains concrete and still, you’re not getting any younger! Weigh out the options and take the plunge!