Folium: How We Quit Our Jobs to Travel via BBCTravel
Living in the United States of America those who work may not realize the countless days of work, countless cups of coffee, and even more countless number of days they spend their daily lives not realizing the rat race they are living in. Every day is a new day to do the same mundane thing that they have been taught to do in order to succeed in this society. I don’t know many people who wake up and say “what is something new I’m going to do today?” but simply put on their suits (theoretically and literally) and head off to a job they may not even enjoy.
“I don’t believe we were placed in this world to simply live in it, but to enjoy it!” – Julie Martin
There are few times when we really question what we are doing and where we are going. One of those times is when we suddenly become ill, and start to wonder what will be of the rest of our lives. I think it will become obvious to us at that point in time that we are unhappy with the position we are in, and if we were only given a certain amount of time longer to live, we would make the conscious decision to stop what we’re doing and do the things that will truly bring us joy, to travel.
“There were no fears whatsoever,” Julie said. “We decided to just do it. We didn’t feel we deserved a break; it’s just that Steven’s health wasn’t good and there were so many things we wanted to do. If we didn’t do them now, we might never get the chance.” – BBCTravel
This very situation occurred with a man from Wales named Steven. He got sick and was forced to go on haemodialysis until he received a kidney transplant the following year. This was a time of serious reflexion between him and his wife, they started thinking about their lives outside of the typical nine-to-five. The couple decided unanimously that they were going to quit their jobs to travel the world and do the things they love. His wife Julie said, “Steven’s health wasn’t good and there were so many things we wanted to do. If we didn’t do them now, we might never get the chance.” They decided to not to leave for their travels right away, and waited about eighteen years for their youngest to grow up and leave the house, while also saving their money in order to retire early. After years of planning they retired, they sold all of their possessions and bought a houseboat.
For this couple, it took them a tragedy of health in order for them to realize that their day to day lives weren’t going to satisfy them in the long run. Like I said, there are many who don’t realize that what they are currently doing is competing in a rat race they didn’t even know they were in. It is healthy for us to come to the realization that we can break the barriers of our cubicle down in order to see that there is a need for travel, and that hopefully you can see that before illness strikes.
“I have my own bucket list of things I want to do,” Julie said. “If I was still at work, I wouldn’t be able to tick everything off.” – BBCTravel
There is much to see in this world, and if we don’t take the time to think what better we could be doing with our lives, we will miss out on the plentiful opportunities this world has to offer outside of the office. Don’t wait to evaluate your life to take a trip outside of your comfort zone. Maybe quitting your job and selling all of your belongings is calling your name.
LEAF Editor & Contributor
(ed. Video is not from the BBC article, but related nonetheless…)