With our crazy travel schedule, a travel website that pulls in almost 100,000 visitors a month and the internet awash with tales of full-time travel it’s a question we get asked almost daily: when are you going to quit your jobs and travel full-time? Well guess what? We’re not! It might come as a surprise but not everyone wants to quit their jobs and travel full-time. We certainly don’t. Let us explain why!
1 | Money, money, money!
Let’s start with the obvious. Whether we like to admit it or not money helps to make the world go around. And travel costs money for even the most super budget conscious travellers. Flights, transport, accommodation, food, drinks, cameras….until someone discovers a way to travel and have an amazing life with lots of fun all while paying with fresh air you’ll find us at the office.
2 | Careers are fun, challenging and important to us
Despite how it’s portrayed in popular media these days, a corporate career is not an enemy that we’re all desperately trying to escape from. Drum roll please… we like going to work. Now we’re not saying every Monday morning is a dream but overall we enjoy our jobs very much.
As an added bonus, our careers have provided us with the opportunities of our dreams. It was our careers that allowed us to live in New York City for two incredible years, an experience which we can only describe as some of the best days of our lives so far. They’ve sent us to countries far and wide and introduced us to countless inspirational and amazing people, many of whom we count as close friends scattered across the globe. We’ve learned a million things about both our areas of expertise and have been taught an abundance of life lessons. Best of all, our jobs continuously challenge us, inspire us and teach us. We feel privileged to have them. It might not be a fashionable opinion but we’re sticking to it.
3 | We like having a permanent base
Our apartment is awesome. It’s filled with all of our favourite things, the walls are lined with pics of our best memories and our bed is super comfy. There’s absolutely nothing we love more than turning the key in the lock and spending quality time in our own space at the end of a trip. Being at home grounds us and reminds us that travel is not the only important thing in our life. We love having an endless stream of family and friends dropping by, having our favourite people stay over, having a little dog almost hyperventilating with excitement every time we walk through the door and having somewhere to call home. If travelling full-time means giving up our own space you’ll still find us in the office!
4 | Travel is special
If you do something every day it quickly becomes routine. Unless it’s the gym. I still struggle to make the gym a routine part of the day!! We want travel to remain a treat and something that we anticipate with excitement to the point where we almost get butterflies thinking about our next adventure. After months on the road it’s easy to become at least one of the following: templed out, churched out, beached out… you get the picture. We never, ever want to get complacent about travelling or get tired of seeing the world and for us that means travelling part-time!
5 | Luxury travel rocks
What’s life without a little luxury? Unless we win the lottery any full-time travels will not involve at least one of the following: fancy hotels, business class flights, Michelin star meals and rooftop cocktails. We love our incredible travel adventures and splurges and we’re prepared to work incredibly hard for these luxuries. Travelling on a budget does not suit everyone: our days of shared hostel dorms and counting every cent are long gone. Until someone finds a way to travel in style without any money you will still find us in the office.
6 | Does anyone really ‘travel’ full-time?
We think of travel as constantly moving around the world, seeing new places and meeting new people. We’re yet to meet anyone who truly does this on a full-time basis outside of the ever popular year out/gap year/career break. Sure, there are lots of people who travel loads but most full-time travellers spend a good part of the year in a destination with a low-cost of living and work, in some form, features along the way. Chang Mai, Eastern Europe or our home towns: what’s the difference? Work is work and we’re happy to do ours in the office.
7 | There’s plenty of time to see lots of the world
‘I can’t travel enough with a full-time job. Quitting my job is my only option to see the world’. We have to respectfully disagree on this one. We’ve written about how to travel while working full-time already. We’re not digital nomads, we don’t work remotely when we travel and we turn up to the office every day. We still made it to 18 countries last year and spent over 2 months on the road. If you want to travel while you work full-time you most certainly can. There are 104 weekend days in the year. There are public holidays. There are vacation days. Not having time to travel is a myth. If you want to you can make it happen.
8 | The travel dream is blurred
We often hear people say they ‘want to travel full-time’ when what they really mean is that they want to be location independent and work from anywhere in the world. Or they got sick of the corporate world and want to quit their jobs and be their own boss. There’s a huge difference between digital nomad and full-time traveller and you’ll do well to remember this when you read the million articles about full-time travel.
9 | Full time travel is not the answer to all of life’s problems
If you’re not happy in everyday life there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t be happy as a full-time traveller. Travel does not solve every problem and it can even exaggerate many of them. A rubbish relationship will still be rubbish 20,000 miles away. Travel will not suddenly expose your inner peace and happiness. It took us some time to realise that travel will not fix our problems or suddenly make us love ourselves or each other a million times more than we already do. Instead, we seek ways to ensure our every day lives make us happy.
10 | A travel blog is not the magic ticket
For anyone who thinks that starting a travel blog is the answer to a life of full-time travel let us fill you in on the realities. The competition is fierce, so fierce we wouldn’t be surprised if ‘starting a travel blog’ makes it to the top 10 most googled terms in 2016.
Don’t get us wrong, travel blogging is awesome and our inbox is constantly pinging with travel offers. This is all well and good but not all these opportunities would allow us to travel the way we want to or maintain our website the way we want: filled only with stories of OUR experiences. Structured trips and group tours are the stuff of our nightmares and we’re not prepared to sacrifice our travel style. A travel blog is incredibly hard work requiring many, many hours of commitment and a successful, money-making one is even harder work.
We’re fans of taking off on epic road trips, moving location every few days, sneaking an extra country into a weekend adventure… this is only possible because we do what we want when we want. If that means travelling part-time it has our vote!
But…isn’t full-time travel the dream life?
After an epic trip and in the midst of a severe case of the travel blues we totally understand the temptation to jack it all in and set out to travel the world. We have huge respect for anyone who wants to and does make it work on the road. But full-time travel is not everyone’s dream. It really irks us when we read another
irresponsible inspirational article jumping on the ever popular ‘quit your job and travel full time’ bandwagon.
Take our advice: 100% quit your job and travel full time it if it is the right thing for you but be sure to consider the flip side, the realities and the 10 reasons above when making your decision. Just remember, it’s not all cocktails and sightseeing!
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