The job is very often the reason why people can’t travel long term. It’s usually presented to us like a fact that nothing can be done about. These people see themselves as more or less trapped by their job and their need for it, and therefore are unable to travel long term. Or maybe they just use their job as an excuse for maintaining a dream without the need to do anything about it? Anyway hearing something like this I do feel a lot of compassion. I just wish that those who put this limitation on themselves could raise their head and realize that the only thing really stopping them is their own mind. It is not their job. It is the choice they are making.
Writing this I am reminded of something I used to tell myself way back. I always have a choice! And yes, I must admit I used to try and convince others about this as well, but not always successfully though. I realize now that this little idea about always having a choice has probably had a major influence on my life. Every time I tell myself, or run into someone who starts of by saying “You have to…” my mind goes “WHY? ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS? ISN’T THERE ANOTHER WAY?” And to me the answer always is: YES. I might not like it but there is for sure another choice I could make…
This little idea gives me control over my life and freedom to choose whatever I like.
Did I get off track here? Maybe, but the thing is, even if you hold a steady job, it’s still possible to go away and travel long term. You just have to open up your mind to the possibility that there is a solution and then keep looking for it until you find it.
One solution to the job situation I came across is in this article about a man who continued to work full time as he travel long term. More precisely he went on a six month road trip with his wife throughout the US. It might not be your ideal way of doing it but it sure shows that it is possible.
The Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, that we wrote about a little while back was so overworked that he just demanded a 6 month leave. Getting back to the office after the 6 month he just realized that working there was not what he wanted. Brook Silva-Braga that we also wrote about did the same thing. Took time off to travel and then never returned to his old life in the office.
Maybe the job that is stopping you from going on an extended journey is something you’ll not be too eager to hang on to anyway when the day of your return comes.
And if you are worried about your career, consider our friend who took 6 month off to travel with his family. The company he worked for wouldn’t let him go in the first place but when he threaten to quite completely they agreed. He just wouldn’t take no for an answer. Funny enough, upon his return he was offered a promotion. It turned out that the 6 month off that he couldn’t get at first turned out to be a good career move.
You can also of course check out our Job and Career page for more ideas about your job and how to travel long term. Or this article that Maria wrote: “Wouldn’t It be Nice to Quit a Job and Travel?”