“Being realistic is most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” ~ Will Smith

When I quit my full-time job to travel the world last May, I had no savings, no plan, and no real “security” to know that everything would work out, and I’d be living a beautiful life traveling throughout Brasil almost a year later. I knew I wanted to pursue a remote income lifestyle, generating money from freelance writing and other remote consulting projects, but I really didn’t have any signed contracts that ensured that I would make enough money to survive while traveling and not end up homeless. I am not a trust fund baby (just in case you were wondering), and beyond a few emergency situations, my family has not interceded or funded my trip. But I have friends that have quit their jobs, and traveled the world on their own without any family support, emergencies included. And guess what? Everything has worked out just fine for them. Hence why I am recommending you take the leap of faith and just do what you want to do.

Travel the world and leave your horrible job behind.

If you are tired of sitting at your desk, listening to your boss whine, and doing work you could give two poops about, you should consider what trekking the globe has to offer you. I’m not suggesting you be as adventurous as me (unless you really want to), and quit your job with no savings or plan. But I am saying that no one is going to make your life worth living more than you are. No one is going to make your career and lifestyle more exciting than you can. Stop being so preoccupied with being “realistic” and “practical.” Start living and feeling what it means to be fulfilled every single day, not just in your “spare time” or on the weekends.

If you love your job and are content taking two weeks of vacation per a year, this article is not for you (in case you didn’t figure that out by now). But for the rest of you ladies (and lurking gents), below are some tips for you, the employee who is ready to hand their boss resignation papers before the end of the year, board a plane, and explore what life has to offer beyond U.S. borders.

1. Pick a place and research where you want to go. Looking up information about where to live and where to vacation are two different things. When you go to a country to live, you’ll need to know what the local cost is for housing, food, and transportation, along with what social activities you can look forward to experiencing. It is very different and often times much cheaper than taking a vacation. My best advice is to stalk various travel blogs that cater to your country of choice, and network with other foreigners who have or are living in your chosen place (i.e. join The Nomadness Travel Tribe).

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  • Tulio

    I’ve gone through some steps and it’s all too beautiful an idea, but I wonder if it would work for someone who’s not from a fully developed country (i.e. USA and EU). Although I’ll probably go this route next year, I really wonder how it would go for a BRICer on what concerns bureaucracy. Most commentors I read here come from so-called 1st-world.

    Most decent countries have strict Visa regulations and it’s unlikely that a traveling third-worlder who’s been unemployed for three months would get a work permit for either Australia, Canada, or most of Europe. It’s more relegant than racism (which I found to be null), as it’s institutionalized, legal issues. While I’m probably doing it anyway, I really would like to read comments on this issue, specially from who’s gone this path.

    In any case, thank you for the encouraging words, also thank the commenters about Nomadness, and thanks in advance for any input on this.

  • Hi :-)
    Very interesting and well-written article.
    I just wanted chip in with my two cents in that it is still very much possible to teach English as a Foreign Language in various countries around the world. You do in most cases need to have a TEFL qualification and we are 1 such school which provides this training. Anyone is more than welcome to give us a knock if they would like further info.
    Thank you for your time.
    Neville :-)
    ITTP Prague

  • I appreciate this article. Although I don’t have any plans of leaving the country nor have I ever, the thought of this is refreshing. It seems that while gaining an appreciation for the world you gain a different outlook on life and learn to live simpler. It seems like a great way to get to know yourself as well. My hats off to you who’ve done it and for those thinking about it, do it for people like me! :)