Quit Your Job, See the World

Time to leave the office?

Time to leave the office?

It’s Labor Day in America, a time to celebrate the working man by…not working for a day. Unless you work in retail or fast food, in which case it’s like any other day. But what if you’d like to make every day (not)Labor Day? How about traveling around the world for six months or a year instead? Or three years like I did? Sure, it takes some effort and sacrifices to get there, but the pat statements like, “Oh you’re so lucky” or “I wish I could do that” have been proven time and again to be false. Here are some inspiring stories and a bit of advice from just a few people who made it happen.

The Art of Backpacking blog has a detailed story on escaping the cubicle world. Michael saved $15,000 then quit his job and hit the road in May of 2009. He’s still out there…

Steph at Twenty-something Travel is taking off this month. She’s been detailing how she saved $20,000 to go see the world.

The British couple running the NeverEndingVoyage blog saved 75 percent of their income and are now traveling through South America on a healthy budget of 1,200 pounds a month (plus extra for Spanish lessons and big adventure excursions).

The Uncornered Market blog reminds us though that you first have to face one big question: Are you a stuff junkie or an experience junkie?

If it’s the latter, you may be able to stay on the road for a decade, like HoboTraveler. It helps if you stick around for a month (or more) in each place and get a room in a hotel with a nice swimming pool for $249 a month.

On the Briefcase to Backpack site, Sherry Ott gives tips on Overcoming the 7 Obstacles to Traveling the World. (Get Foxnomad’s more detailed e-book of the same name here.)

An oldie but goodie on the Art of Non-Conformity site explains Why you should quit your job and travel the world.

Need some real, physical, in-your-face motivation? Then plan on attending one of the Meet, Plan, Go seminars being held in 12 U.S. locations plus Toronto on September 14.

Then for inspiration and solid planning advice, here are the long-term travel books you should be checking into. (After you pick up The World’s Cheapest Destinations, of course.)

If you just can’t stand cubicle life for even another month, check out this e-book: 30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel the World.

And hey, if you want to know where your money will stretch for putting down roots, here are some ideas on the cheapest places to live in the world.

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  1. Mario

    I hope you future posted this so you weren’t working hard on Labor Day! Inspiring stuff.

  2. Michael

    Thanks for the mention! I loved the book Vagabonding. Hope you had a wonderful labor day!

  3. Daniel Noll

    Thanks for the mention, Tim. As Audrey and I can attest, it’s more than possible to live reasonably within one’s means, save money and earn money while traveling around the world for almost four years.

  4. Linda M

    Yes, that’s what everyone kept saying to me when I came back from traveling. Wow-I wish I could do that! Well duh, they earned way more money than me. THey just spent it on other things instead.

  5. Melanie

    It is nice to take a break sometimes from work and explore the world. Travel means away from pressure and stresses from work and the like. It’s just you and your travel destination. All you have to do is enjoy and relax.

  6. Rossane

    We all deserve a break from work. I’m very grateful for every holiday. I have this problem with my boss, and I feel like quieting because he just doesn’t allow us much on leave. So, I only get short travels.

  7. Dave and Deb

    Great choice in sites to highlight. We follow most of them and now will definitely check out Never Ending Voyage.

  8. w. Zebco

    I backpacked through Asia for ten years. I find it silly that after a year people think they can write a book.

  9. Daniel Genser

    I find it silly that you find it silly that someone wrote a book about their experiences. At what point is it “allowed” to write a book?

  10. Sofia

    Inspiring posts from great bloggers, thanks for the round up.

  11. Jeri

    30 Ways in 30 Days is free now. Sweet!

  12. Pete

    Stumbled upon this. Great roundup, we follow the majority.

  13. Will - DontFlyGo.com

    Some great stories. A lot of these travellers I already knew about, a few I didn’t. Will definitely be checking them out. Thanks!

  14. Anthony

    The 4 hour work week is my bible -absolutely revolutionary!

  15. Meenakshi

    If this is what my job costs… I’m ready to quit :P

  16. Our journey to the sea

    This is great. Thank you for compiling a whole heap of great travel blogs into the one place. Hopefully this will get people motivated to follow their dreams. There are so many blogs around that show a whole range of people from different backgrounds and in different circumstances making their dream happen. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

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