So it seems like every other day another person quits their job, sells their stuff and sets off to explore the world. It’s the norm, right? What today’s generation aspires to? It’s as if it is the only way to see the world? Well, not for me. And it doesn’t have to be for you either.
Growing up I followed the ‘traditional’ academic path: school, college, university but I decided to go in search of something more. I found a 6 month full time contract role in at Walt Disney World in Florida and following that I went to work as a Hotel Manager in the European Alps. I used my job to live and work in 3 different countries across 5 different winter and summer seasons – traveling for up to 6 weeks between hotel roles.
Time for a change and I moved to Australia and since settling in Melbourne I have explored Australia, New Zealand, Bali, been back to the UK and even gotten as far as Morocco. But this year will see my biggest trip to date: 11 week and 7 country extravaganza including a 6 week overland safari in Africa. I’ll be going to Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius and the UK later this year – all whilst still having a full-time job (and a mortgage)!
So you see – you don’t have to quit your job to travel – and whether you try the seasonal full-time work, or find that perfect permanent full-time job you never want to leave – please know that you don’t have to. You do NOT need to quit your job – or sell all of your stuff – to travel the world! Happy travels!
More info: maketimetoseetheworld.com
In 2008 I left to UK and went to work for Walt Disney World (FL) for 6 months
At the end had 31 days to travel, so after a quick stop to take in a deserted Venice Beach…
…I did. Joining a Trek America I traveled across 14 States in 21 days
CA, NV, UT, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, TN, KY, VA, MD, PA & NY!
Who doesn’t love a seflie over a cliff?! Thank you Horseshoe Bend!
Then I moved to the mountains
And learned to rock a beanie & ski goggles! (Or I like to think so anyway!)
In the off season I went around the world. First up – Brazil & Chile
Then onto New Zealand & Fiji
Before arriving in Australia where I explored Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Airlie Beach & the Whitsundays…
…and on the way back to the UK I went to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
Then I heard the mountains calling again and I went back to the European Alps, spending 6 months In France
Where I used my tips from the season to ski off a cliff!
My next adventure was a 5 week tour of Europe visiting Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Krawkow…
…Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Piza, Rome, Bari & Dubrovnik!
I then took on back-to-back seasons, spending summer is Switzerland
And winter in Austria
Before heading to Dubai to start a 9 week trip trough SE Asia to my new Melbourne home
I hit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam over 8 weeks
Where I kayaked Halong Bay
And explored the temples of Angkor
I (again) managed to find a secluded beach
Since living in Australia my travel tastes have gone up! A visit to the infinity pool at the Four Seasons in Bali
A helicopter ride to land on a glacier in Queenstown
Explored the amazing Great Ocean Road
And discovered tropical Far North Queensland (& another secluded beach!)
I have flown from Queenstown to Treble Cone Ski Resort in a private microlight (I felt like a rockstar!)
And this year it’s only going to get better! I’m going to see Victoria Falls
Will spend 6 weeks on safari…
…before taking a hot air balloon ride over the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg…
And am heading to Boulders Beach to see the penguins
To cap off my trip I will spend a week in Mauritius in one of the most luxurious resorts I have ever seen – financed by my full time job back home!
So don’t quit your job or sell all of your stuff – live the dream with me and lets show the world the EVERYONE can travel with a full time job!
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