I’d be lying if I said that to quit my job to travel the world was an easy decision to make.
I remember in January 2016, I was sitting at my desk editing photos while my eyes and heart were welling up. I just knew I had to leave.
I’m one of those people who tries to do a lot of things. From sailing, ballet, surfing and woodwork, to public speaking, strategizing, writing, and cookery school – I have to be kept busy or I get itchy feet. Over the years I’ve taken on tonnes of projects but writing, travelling and learning new things, have always been constant.
So when I decided to officially pack it in, I understood that some may have seen it as an impulsive move.
Why the heck would I leave a job that I was good at and was full-time? What exactly did I hope to achieve?
To say I did a lot of reading and writing before I quit is an understatement – I read absolutely everything to do with travel and how to make a living from it. I poured over blogs, and read their stories, and quickly began to realise that with hard work and a lot of dedication, quitting was a real option.
I think I might get further into this at a later date but, these are the travel bloggers who fuelled my hunger and kickstarted my adventure with my Mam.
I related to Lauren’s “About” page on so many levels and as I read her blog, I found that not only is she just as travel obsessed as I am, but she also lives with same anxiety like I do. It was truly uplifting to find someone like me!
“I was always that person who was forever daydreaming of foreign lands and unfamiliar cultures; coming up with travel itineraries that would challenge my perceptions and help me to gain a deeper understanding of how the world works,” she says. She’s so refreshingly honest, and the biggest thing that stood out to me is that she didn’t give up.
I don’t know how many times I read Janet’s piece on “How I Quit My Job to Travel the World”. I found myself saying “me too!” to every second sentence and I loved how she was so straight with everything she did to achieve her dream.
I started binge-watching her Snapchat and gawking at all of her posts on social media and the inspiration continued to grow.
Obviously one of the biggest things that I had to figure out (and am still figuring out), was how to make money from travel blogging.
With an eager pen and a lot of paper, I wrote down everything I could find including tips from Matthew’s excellent piece on getting paid to travel. What inspired me about him above other bloggers was that he’s so clear and concise with a lot of his posts. Minimal fluff!
I have been following Edna’s blog for a very long time. I actually came across her in 2011 or 2012 when I was working for an Irish diaspora site and we were looking at GAA teams abroad – Edna was on a team in Paris! I fell in love with her ramblings around the city and lived through her travels online. She’s so real and down to earth and I’m really hoping that our paths cross one day.
(Bonus reading: Her piece on “Why is it still ok to be racist towards Asians?” is a must read)
If you’re a travel blogger then chances are that you’ve heard of Nomadic Matt. With an easily accessible website, I found myself reading everything in sight and trawling through all of his articles. Each article fuelled more and more wanderlust.
“The day I left the office was the day I quit a life I never really liked. I was living to work, not working to live” he writes. “Sometimes decisions we make ripple forward in our lives like giant tsunamis. I thought the day I quit I was just quitting a job. It turned out I was quitting a lifestyle. I quit the American Dream and, in doing so, I found my own and have never looked back”.
A blogger with a wealth of knowledge, I soaked up all of Derek’s pieces like a sponge (Earl is his middle name!) His piece on how to earn money while travelling added fuel to my fire, and made me realise that yes, there are so many ways you can make money while travelling!
For ages, I’ve loved how Carlo and Flo operate (especially on Snapchat), and their content is just consistently so good. Their frankness about their travels is a style that I can relate to, and I just wanted to travel everywhere with them! They also ditched their jobs to travel.
“We’ve been a couple for 10 years and although travelling and working together can sometimes drive us a little damn crazy, the pluses of travelling as a couple far outweigh the minuses”
These blogs inspired me to go chase that dream. Though it mightn’t be my final destination and maybe I’ll eventually have to revert back to a 9 to 5, I’m glad that I won’t ever live in regret and wonder about what could have been.
Extra: When I’m feeling down I watch this TED talk from Emilie Wapnick on how not everyone has one true calling and how it’s ok.