Quitting our jobs to travel the world. Where did it all go wrong?
Quitting Our Jobs to Travel the World. Where did it all go wrong?
As most of you will know (those of you who read the blog of course) that I wrote a blog post a few months back titled “How to quit your job and travel the world”. Well that was a little premature, I must admit. But that was the plan and by writing it down and presenting it to the world I was holding myself accountable. I read about this strategy in a book and decided if I wrote it down and held myself accountable, how could it not be a success! At least that’s how it was supposed to go.
But if you haven’t already figured out by the title of this post, it didn’t quite work out that way.
So where did it all go wrong?
If you read part one of “how to quit your job and travel the world” you will see the inspiration for quitting our jobs as well as all our plans for our new “location Independent Lifestyle”.
Well…..it went a little something like this….
In a world wind of excitement as self proclaimed “digital nomads” we set about making all our plans and goals a reality. We planned to become instant successful travel bloggers (because all the others made it look so easy), make a ton of money online doing whatever we could… teaching online, setting up affiliate marketing links, setting up an Ecommerce store, making money on advertisements on the blog etc etc. But what we didn’t plan very well was how it was all going to pan out.
And lets face it we were already setting ourselves up for failure.
“You can do Anything, but not Everything”. – David Allen
We were planning to be successful in everything without knowing anything about either. We dabbled in a few things but it would take a lot of time and effort to learn how to do each one and do it well before any sort of money would come streaming in.
We failed to set down some ground rules. We failed to systematically plan out our finances for the year of being “freelancers”, making money here and there; And we failed to realise how much work it would take to build this dream.
Credit goes to all those digital nomads and bloggers already living the dream. To us “normal folk” it looks easy, but in reality we fail to see how many hours of hard work and effort they put in behind closed doors to actually make it successful.
We arrived in Thailand eager to get started but naturally as travellers all we wanted to do was travel, sightsee and revel in the country’s cuisine. And that we did!
One month in Thailand whizzed by and before we knew it we were boarding our next flight for Bali. Another popular digital nomad hub and a country we’d never visited before meant another destination for exploration. By this stage I was making progress with the blog.
I had some content on there, designed a logo and was working on the appearance of the web pages. Meanwhile Jan was steadily working her way through an online Ecommerce course that was teaching her the basics of setting up a store. We were slowly following our fragile plan, setting things in motion.
Fast forward three weeks. After contracting Dengue Fever and Typhoid we found ourselves home in Ireland staying with our parents… We were living the dream! Not exactly!
Nevertheless we were glad to be home. A frightful few weeks suffering from our illness meant we were unproductive and in need of some home comforts. But we recovered quickly to pick up our travel plans where we left off. Next stop, Portugal!
Considering we had a wedding to plan, and the date was fast approaching, we put our career plans on hold at this point. We had neither the motivation nor the energy to juggle planning a wedding by ourselves while trying to build two online businesses.
As I sit here in our new apartment Seoul, South Korea and look back on this experience there are a few things I would do differently. But one can only learn from the experience. This dream remains our goal. We just veered off course a little and found a new way of making this dream our reality.
We are still figuring out what works best for us while we continually work towards becoming digital nomads. When we make enough passive income to travel freely, then we will quit our jobs (again) and follow our dreams.
The lesson learned……
I was quick to tell people how to quite their jobs to travel the world by making a plan and having faith that their plan would succeed. I truly believed that we could make it work in such a short time because I wanted it so badly.
I have read success stories of people who have quit their jobs and made it happen. And that’s great! One day that will be us, because we are progressively working towards our worthy ideal.
With hindsight I can see that everyone has their own plan and their own way of doing things. It’s not that this plan isn’t achievable, as i’ve mentioned, some have proven it’s success. But rather that everyone’s circumstances are different. Regardless of whether you read a book and hear someone’s success story or you read my blog and hear our successes or failures; none of this really matters.
What matters is that you approach things in a way that works for you. That you figure out what it is that you want and make a plan to work towards your dream. Maybe you don’t need to be as drastic as we naively were by quitting your job, but rather take smaller steps to make your dream a reality.
We haven’t given up on our original plan. Everyday we take small steps in the right direction.
My 30 Day Challenge…..
For the next 30 days I have set myself the challenge of writing one blog post per day.
I want to revisit the countries we’ve seen and the adventures we’ve experienced along the way. For the next 30 days I hope to share with you our travel stories, travel guides, highs and lows from as many travel destinations as I can cover. We have soo many stories untold from India, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Korea.
I hope you will follow my journey for the next 30 days to keep me motivated and know that someone, somewhere is reading and enjoying our stories.
As always we love to get feedback from you ~ Tell us what you think or if you have a story to share. We’d love to hear it.
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