In a world where we are bombarded with blogs telling you to quit your job, sell your house and all your belongings to see the world, let me tell you otherwise.
This time, five years ago, I had the opportunity to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams to visit what has been named as the greatest city on earth: New York. That trip ignited my desire to see more of the world.At that time, I had just turned 18 and was two years shy of finishing my University degree. I, then, made it my goal to finish school and hop on a plane and see places I’ve only dreamt of seeing. I made a promise to myself that if I could, I would just spend the rest of my life travelling the world.
Graduation came and I was given an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe by my Dad; it was the trip of a lifetime and was absolutely life-changing.
This left me wanting to see more as soon as I got home.
It made me settle into a state of being frustrated that I had to face the reality of going into the real world: I had to find a job to jumpstart my career.
Fast forward to a few months into being (f)unemployed, I landed my first job in the country’s biggest Real Estate Company. Within my first year of working in the corporate world, I managed to go on a couple of out-of-the-country trips, yet still had that intense desire to spend the rest of my life travelling full-time.
Last year, I found myself suddenly deciding to make a shift in my career, realizing that I wanted more out of the corporate world. Today, I can say I have found my place and love what I do, despite the challenges and the stress. I realized that though I love to travel and want to see so much more of the world, I love having an 8 to 5 job.
And no, I don’t just work for the money; I work for the fulfillment to make a difference in the Organization I work for, to make things far better than they are now, to one day, become a leader of a team that will bolster the brands we carry to achieve better profitability and a bigger market share.
There is just so much I want to do in the corporate world that even if I know that I can pack my bags and go out to see the world, I’d feel like I’d be leaving a part of myself, a part of my dreams.
That’s just the thing these days, people keep telling you to just go and quit your job so you can travel, though I have nothing against that, some people are built to achieve great things in the corporate world or in any workplace, like I believe I am. After working for more than two and a half years, I can say that I have finally found myself, beyond the traveller that I am. I have found my identity as part of the workforce, and realized the goals I have don’t just involve seeing the world.
So let me tell you that it’s okay. It’s okay if you can’t or choose not to leave your job. It’s okay, because even if you’re building your career back home, you can still see the world.
You don’t have to quit your job to live a life of travel.
Let me tell you that it is possible, because that is what I have continued to do for the past few years. In the last five years, since that fateful trip to New York, I’ve managed to visit 30 countries, I’ve met the most amazing people, tried the best cuisines, I’ve seen the most incredible places; and at the same time, got a promotion within a year of working in my first job, and found my place in the corporate world as I do my best to climb up the ladder.
It’s true, that travelling is the best education, but based on my experience, working and interacting with people at work is right up there with it, no matter what profession you’re in: may it be Marketing, Sales, Finance, or if you’re a lawyer, a teacher, a doctor, and so on.
So this is why I’ve decided, after more than two years of having this blog, to put it out there for the world to see. Hopefully, this will inspire people that even if you’re busy with your jobs back home, you can still travel and see what our incredible world has in store for you.