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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Should I Just Drop Everything and Travel?





Call it a movement or perhaps a leap of faith. There's a growing number of people who have done it.  I even did it myself.

In the real world, people are overworked and underpaid with few vacation leaves every single year. There is a limited possibility to design one's life, and that gives a bigger room for brooding frustration.  Human beings don't want to be prisoners in their own lives.
As much as the average person wants to subscribe to this lifestyle, the idea of leaving work would be tantamount to reckless abandon. You ask yourself: What about my serious responsibilities? I have bills to pay and mortgages. Or, What if I don't have any money to do this? 

I tell you now, it's not for everyone, this so called drop-everything-and-travel life. You need the resources, motivation, and commitment to do it. I know one thing is certain though, this is not impossible and somehow you'd know if it's for you.

A few years ago, I dropped my medical internship in order to pursue my love for travel. Being a doctor was fulfilling but something seemed amiss. My life reached a plateau and predictability, prompting me  to take the necessary albeit risky action. I did not want to be one of those people who would look back and say: I should have done this or that. The next thing I knew, I was packing my bags, ready to travel again with an open mind and heart. And the best thing that came to be because of that period in my life: Well, you are reading it. 

If you say yes to most of these things, one of the greatest adventures in your life is about to come. These are the usual suspects:

1) You love to travel. I know everyone loves to travel but some passion has be to present.  In short, you live and breathe to travel. You constantly daydream about the places you've always wanted to visit but you never find time to do it. Fiji, Peru, Sardinia, Maldives, Paris, Venice, Galapagos Islands, Palawan beaches. The list goes on. In my case, I relentlessly found an excuse to wander and leave work, even if i did not actually need a break.

One important thing to note: You want to do this for yourself and not because you want to impress your Facebook friends or Twitter followers. This might be the greatest factor that will determine if you are going to do this or not.

2) You dislike, hate (or bored with) your work. Everyday is a complete struggle. You drag yourself to work, forcing every single bone and muscle of your body to get you out of bed. You've always thought about a career change but you are just too afraid to leave the job you have gotten so used to.

3) You feel like you aren't growing anymore. Being stagnant has given your life one straight path and you haven't explored other options. I have always believed that if you feel like you need a break, you probably do. Don't just sit there. Find a way to do it. I don't have to impress upon you further how traveling can broaden the mind, etc. Traveling teaches us the ways of the world. The best thing that can happen is you finding yourself and you'd finally realize what you want in life.

Now that I have covered the Should, Let's go to another essential question: How do I do it?

1) Be the the master of you own destiny. Ultimately, no single person can tell you what to do. Surprisingly, Some people will discourage you. There will be a lot who may bring you down, maybe out of spite or jealousy. This sometimes happens because people want to do it themselves but they can't find the courage.  Let them be. Never let your decisions depend on what other people think. At the end of the day, you are in control.

2) SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! The financial aspect is what would probably stop people from even considering this. I personally believe that if you put your mind to it (You should read the book the Secret), you'll find a way to earn more money.

To prepare for this, you should have a realistic goal and plan. You need months of saving and preparation, depending on what kind of travel you want. Backpack? Luxury Travel? Mid-Range? If it's impossible for your current job to fully fund your trip, you can find sponsors (i.e your family, friends, even companies), have garage sales, sell things you don't need, use your credit cards (if you really have to), get a loan etc. Let your creative juices flow. Live in the moment and worry about things later.

3) Commit. Nothing is worse than a person who does not stick to his/her decisions. As soon as you've decided, make sure you won't back out. NEVER feel guilty for wanting to do this. Face your fears and move forward with conviction. Your boss won't probably be too happy if you say "I'm sorry. I changed my mind. Can I have my job again? A bold decision requires you to follow through.

4) Be open to changes. You don't expect everything to go smoothly all the time. Have the right mindset when things do not go as planned. Focus.

5) It's all about timing. You may not be able to do it now but it does not mean there's no other time for it. It might be an advantage since mapping out your future plans can become much easier.

6) Look for inspiration. There are hundreds to thousands of people who have shown you that this is possible.  Find your inspiration from these adventurers.  There are so many travel bloggers/travelers out there who have led or living this kind of life. You are not alone. 

Doing this does not mean you'll be doing it your entire life. It could be a few months to a year (But if you can afford to do it your entire life, good for you). It is not simple but it isn't also that complicated. You only need to find a balance so you can have peace of mind. Assure yourself that this is what you've always wanted to do.

Luzern (Lucerne), Swtizerland
I am not advocating a life without a care in the world. We human beings like our freedom and this kind of philosophy might be the key ingredient to a happier life. Having the chance to design your life is the greatest thing you can ever give yourself. There are many more reasons why you should do this but it all boils down to one simple question:

Are you ready? It's never too late.

No Regrets. Just do it.


Please share your experiences here with me.


50 comments:

retrochic said...

Well said, kuya!

deobaraanmd said...

gracias!

Joan m. said...

Not sure if I can do this yet so save first. Sana lang!

Renz Bulseco said...

Hi Amadeus! Well, I decided not to study medicine a year ago because kahit anong gawin ko, I really believe it's not meant for me. Kaya ayun. I thought I did the wrong choice, but I didn't... fortunately. Ha!

God bless sa lahat ng mga trips mo! :D Nakarelate talaga ako rito sa post mo.

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Renz! Well, your heart tells you what it wants to do. It's hard sometimes but you really just have to follow it. In the end, you'll be happier.Im glad youve made the right decision.

God bless you too! Cheers to more travels!

Anonymous said...

You know i cant do this, my love! :) -B

deobaraanmd said...

@joan - you can do it! remember, if there's a will, there's a way. :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hey B! I know..that's why it's not for everyone. But I can do it, so you're in luck.

Love you!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

I was able to save up while working in the Middle East :) After I quit my job (aka 'unfinished contract' lol), I backpacked with ze bf (now my hubby) around Southeast Asia. No regrets whatsoever. We had a blast, but it's true that it's not for everyone.

Tip # 6, you must be insane.

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deobaraanmd said...

Yes, definitely no regrets! It take a whole new level of commitment to actually do it.

I love tip # 6! Thanks for that! haha. Cheers!

Marie said...

I've been dreaming to do this for over a year now (inspired by some ptb members), but since i'm tied up with some commmitments.... Ill just save for now and do more research :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Marie! yes Im sure you'll find the right time for this. No need to rush. You just need to plan it well.

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said...

very well said... how i wish i can just drop everything... but so far, the balancing act is working out for me... i hope i can keep this up :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi gladys! There's always the right time for it. If there's a will, there's a way!

marxtermind said...

Well said. I like what you said about "Live in the moment and worry about things later."

deobaraanmd said...

Thanks marxtermind! Right. People sometimes are too worried about the future.

Kiara said...

For some reason, this entry spoke to me in ways I never thought it would! Having just concluded my first year in law school, a few days back, I was asking myself if this is the path that I want for myself. True enough, I know nothing has changed: I know I still want to pursue a career in law, and in fact, I can't (and I don't want to!) picture myself doing anything else.

Still, I feel like I need something to "spice" things up a little. Grad school, as they say, could get quite a bit too monotonous, after all. And the prospects of me "starting" my life in my late twenties is scary and nakakahinayang; everybody keeps saying that this is the time for anybody to enjoy their young adulthood.

Your travels are inspiring, and while I'm usually the kind of person who doesn't want to be too far away from home for far too long, I'm now itching to try traveling for myself. My goal: visit a new destination here in the Philippines at least once a year. Baby steps! :)

More power to your blog, Deo! :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Kiara! Thanks so much for sharing.
I suggest you take small breaks once in a while..Most people in grad school are usually frustrated because they spend so much time studying.

And I totally agree. Baby steps would be the best way to go about it..and when you are done with law school, you can take that grand break that you have always wanted.

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Love it!!! You should just drop everything and travel. Ha ha! But before that, invest with the company first. :-) LOL!

deobaraanmd said...

this isn't for me brother but for other people. I have to start residency already. lol

Pao said...

great read! i love traveling and made a commitment this year to visit 6 new cities.. 2 down, 4 to go! just enough time. :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Pao! Yes, it all starts with commitment! Good luck with that! Cheers to more travel!

Ryan Mach I Pinoy Wandering Boy said...

This is such an inspiring read. Made me reflect on my current situation. Thanks for giving me the light.

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Ryan! You're welcome! Im glad this has spoken to you. Cheers!

Kira said...

Hi Deo, very well said. I applaud you for this article as it gives me more hope that I am making the right decision for quitting my job. haha! The job that also help me travel Southeast & North Asia. Now I'm moving to Middle East and hopefully I can explore that side of the world including Europe if I will be lucky -- fingers crossed... :)

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Kira! I haven't heard from you in a long time. I am sure your job will take you to more places! Believe! and it will happen. :)

kira said...

Hi Deo, yeah its good to be reading your blogs again. i'm trying to catch up. haha! I'm really hoping that my move will bring more experiences coz I think that's one of the most important aspect in life. Thanks!

deobaraanmd said...

Haha! I haven't been posting too much lately. I get lazy sometimes. I'll definitely have some more interesting things to share in the future.

Im sure your move will bring newer perspectives and interesting life experiences. You might even have your own blog next time. btw, please do share this post.

kira said...

Nah. I'm satisfied reading yours and other people's blogs already. :)

sure I'll share this with my friends...

deobaraanmd said...

Thanks Kira for being a loyal reader! I appreciate it! :)

WANDER SHUGAH said...

love this blog!!! Just what i wanted to read!!! <3 Kudos po!

deobaraanmd said...

Thanks wander shugah! feel free to follow me on FB or twitter.

Jane said...

Yay! I was inspired to travel more.Though money is always a hindrance I will not loose hope. Sabi nga nila habang may buhay may pag-asa.hehehehe

deobaraanmd said...

@Jane -that's so right! :) Never too late.

Faye said...

Hi Deo,

Just read the post and first three "suspects" - love to travel, dislike work, being stagnant, it really struck me hard. Super! ;)

thank you for putting to words what I have been feeling. I envy you and so many travel bloggers that you took that leap of faith. drop everything. I so wish to take that but i still can't right now. Sooner, I'll also take that leap of faith; that I have promise myself. ;)

congratulations and more powers to you and to your blog! ^_^

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Faye!

Thank you for your kind words. I do hope you do find the time to take that leap one day. You just need to set a goal and a timeframe.

Cheers and Goodluck! :P

soloflightEd said...

I quit my job of almost 6 years to pursue the lifestyle I'm currently living. My story here: http://soloflighted.com/delusions-of-grandeur-step-to-location-independence/

the biggest challenge i had before was to make sure that I'm still able to contribute to the bills at home. When I found a way for it not to be compromised, I started saving money. I was in Bangkok and Cambodia for about 2 months and by June I'll be back on the road.

Thanks for writing this beautiful post, Deo!

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Ed! you did a brave thing too! I guess we are all part of that club. haha.

It was good that actually thought of your family before your embarked on this journey. Such a great feeling to be on the road. limitless possibilies. Well, goodluck on all your future travels!

Hope to see you all again soon!

Marky Ramone Go said...

I'm also looking forward to doing it though i don't wanna look at it as "dropping everything" rather just letting go of the life I'm grasping currently in order to pick up greater things on the road. Either way good luck to all of us planning to do the same.

deobaraanmd said...

Right..I just used that term to make a stronger statement..haha. but yes, it's just letting us breathe a little so we can see bigger and greater things in the world! Good luck, Marky! :)

Bethaney - Flashpacker Family said...

Some people are just more equipped for change than others. Me, I love it. I can't stay in one place for more than a year or two. I like experiencing the new, the different, the out-of-the-ordinary. To be stuck in the same job, in the same town year after year after year would drive me insane.

I do believe this is a growing movement. More and more people are realising there is more to life than having "stuff" and a reprioritising their life, time and finances towards travel.

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Bethaney! You right...I think for people like us we'd go crazy if we don't travel regularly.haha. It is a growing movement and people are seeing how rewarding it truly is!

Cheers Bethaney! More travels for you and your family!

Khew said...

Energy is king. You can have the best laid plans but without energy, they will ultimately fail. So generally speaking, travel when one is still bright eyed and bushy tailed, ie, young & vibrant. The pleasure and memories will be priceless in retrospection for years...especially in old age when long term memory supercedes the short term.

Unfortunately, most of us do it the other way round due to financial and other constraints as well as concern about "the future".

People and experiences make places. Geography and infrastucture are close seconds. It's important to bear this in mind for those who travel misguidedly for the cache of having "been there and done that". One mustn't confuse transport with traveling.

Having said all this, if one is clear minded, financially prepared, energised & brimming with joie de vivre, then go for it. Make the people of http://www.livingif.com/ your inspiration.

deobaraanmd said...

Loved your input! Thanks Khew!

Anonymous said...

Hi Deo, what a nice article. you are right, travel gives a different perspective how you view life, and learning you will never learn in school. I miss traveling since i just gave birth and have to give up my job for a while.but once im set again, i will continue traveling again.
And for you, whether you drop everything to travel or not? Only your soul can answer that.DDD
Regards,
Ayi

deobaraanmd said...

thanks ayi! Im busy now but travelong will always be a part of my life!

Marlo said...

Your living an amazing life! May God Bless in your journey. You make me feel stronger and inspire me so much.

Your my inspiration. Keep on sharing.

Regine Garcia said...

Wow this is an inspiring post. Thank you so much! I can relate. I dropped my potential "dollar-making abroad" career as a nurse and decided to pursue my passion in design and as well as embrace the greater things in life.

Traveling can teach us so many things. Every experience is relative and if it fits you and your lifestyle perfectly, by all means live it.

Everyone can travel. The only factor there is the drive, the commitment, and of course, everything in between.

Continue to inspire! :) Thank you so much for this post!

Anonymous said...

i truly believe that in one way or another, we face difficult crossroads in life. I have a similar dilemma way back before entering medicine and more especially prior to residency training. Being a doctor especially here in the Philippines requires insurmountable, indescribable amount of sacrifice. But the road less taken is a commitment every physician has took an oath to.
I did not regret the path i chose and currrently,
I am happy being a doctor. the joy of seeing patients well again is priceless. Of course, there are a lot of moments when you wish your in a different continent, drinking champagne or just basking under the glowing sun in a far away island but the commitment i took an oath to always reminded me that patients should come first.
well... i was only able to fulfil my hunger for travelling and exploring new places during my one-week annual leave. Also, prior to residency i allotted one whole year backpacking asia with friends and it was an amazing experience