Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How NOT to quit your job and travel the world

TRAVEL THE WORLD AND KEEP YOUR JOB

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Well, I know this is unusual because a lot of travel bloggers quit their jobs to travel or they experienced a major heart break and wants to travel the world. You can only find a few travel bloggers who travel and keep their day job. 

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I read a lot of travel blogs about how they quit their jobs and became full time travelers. It was fascinating, the exotic food they take, breathtaking sites, wonderful people, accommodation that are out of this world and they seems to be enjoying every moment. My only question was, HOW THE HELL THEY CAN AFFORD THAT WITHOUT A JOB??? Are they just sugar coating everything? haha. I know that you can earn thru blogging but I don't think that it would be enough to cover all your expenses especially if you are from third world country or maybe you have to be so famous and companies will hire you to advertise them(but is this still a job?). I know I'm being skeptic here. 




My earnings for 2 weeks of blogging! HAHA. That is like 0.33 US$!


Anyway, I am not against with anyone. I am just stating my personal opinion. For me, it is essential to keep your day job and still travel the world. (too impossible? nah!)




I am currently working as a Medical Social Worker (MSW) at The Medical City, a tertiary hospital in the Philippines. As a MSW, I have to go to work 8 hours a day for 5 days per week and only have weekends to travel or in my case I file it as a leave. HAHA. I only have 32 days leave and have to maximize it for the whole year and good thing Philippines has a lot of Holidays! Read my other post about the holidays this 2014.

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Traveling is my passion, I know it for sure because it really excites me and I don't mind traveling from one place to another as long as I learn something new with it. I consider my every travel as an opportunity to learn and share it with people (plus the bragging rights. HAHA!).Though I am fully aware that traveling alone will not provide me my basic needs like what +Abraham Maslow said in his Hierarchy of Needs. One thing is for sure, traveling helps me to achieve my "peak experience". For me, it is much fulfilling that you splurge on something because you worked hard for it. Right? You can say to your self that "I DESERVE THIS!"


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I cannot quit my job because of the following reasons:
  1. It became my niche for 2 years.
  2. It is my main source of income as of now, since I haven't found a new job. 
  3. It is related to the course that I took in College and even got a license to practice it. 
  4. It allows me to pursue my Graduate Studies. 
  5. I still have to pay my saving/insurance until 2016 that I will use for my South East Asia Trip!!! 


We have to face the reality that we have to work in order to earn, not unless you parents are multi-billionaire/corrupt or you are sh*tting gold, but if you are like me who was born on the middle class family, you really have to work hard in order to make it. As a Filipino, we have a common value which is the close family ties. We value the connection that we have with our family, we don't just abandon our family members when they get old and in need. Unlike with the westerners, Filipinos are more dependent with their family. 

I want to travel the world (who wouldn't want that?) but I also want to give my family a comfortable life. So as long as I can juggle between my work, studies and travel I will just make the most of it. I also want to make it big in my profession and touch other people's lives. That is my ultimate dream to make it big in my profession and travel the world! (Is it too much to ask?)  

You travel because you love it but you have to save something for you to achieve it. Ok. That rhymed! Haha. Agree?

So how NOT to quit your job and still travel the world? 

 

  1. Love your work or at least learn to love it because if you love what you are doing no matter how monstrous your boss are or how intoxicating your customers are, the rest will follow. 

  2. Utilize your leave. File a leave! It's your right!

  3. Learn to save your income. Have a bank account which you cannot easily access. e.g. ATM! Never get an ATM! You'll be attempted to withdraw every time you see a machine!

  4. Influence your colleagues to travel with you. Remember the theory of Gilbreth "Cheaper by a Dozen" and the old saying that "the more the merrier!" You'll surely enjoy the discount your group can get!

  5. If you have money while traveling, you can book a decent hotel, eat at a fancy resto, go shopping and enjoy a little luxury. Isn't awesome? (just beware of overspending!haha)


Do you share the same vision with me? Feel free to comment your side! I would love to hear them and let's discuss it! 


TARA GUMALA!


CIAO.
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GABRIELA
 

20 comments:

  1. I'm totally with you on this! =) Life should be work and play too much of one would be too monotonous. You should try the oreo cheese cloud at https://www.facebook.com/trueblendsstrip It will spice up your day =D

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    1. THank you so much, it will be more fun if you have balance on everything right? :) I've tried their Strawberry cheesecake, don't have a sweet tooth but I enjoyed it and it is near in my workplace.

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  2. well. if travelling is your passion, people travel even without a cent and then they sleep under a bridge and things like that. or do the whole travel with a bicicle hahaha. crazy right? but yeah. then they have wonderful stories to tell! :-)

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    1. Not that crazy but yea bicycle is way more cheaper but I think I prefer a little of luxury and comfortable travel.

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  3. Try to do the 52-week money challenge of "Kuripot Pinay"..this is a great way to save! from here, you can build up your travelling allowance at the end of the challenge.read about it here->http://www.kuripotpinay.com/2014/01/52-week-money-challenge-kuripot-pinay.html#

    and also, start to learn how to invest in the stock market & other investment vehicles to make your money grow para may pang travel around the world kana.. :) Start your investing journey at "Dizkarteng Noypi" ->http://jhojovillas.blogspot.com/

    Goodluck & Godbless! Happy Travelling! :D

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    1. I am interested with that but I cannot afford it especially when the Ber months falls. looking for another cheaper way that suits my budget. hehe.

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  4. Me too love to travel, Here in Korea, my work eat most of the time, but if you will check out my blog, I have a lot of blogposts regarding my travel all around Korea. If there's a will, there's always a way. SO even I work hard and I work most of the time, I can still find time to travel, not around the world though, but within Korea.

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    1. great for you! Yea. I read your posts and it makes me want to go to Korea soon! HAHA. will definitely explore that maybe few years from now! :) Thanks.

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  5. I guess you only get to travel a lot and keep your job if you are working for NatGeo or Discovery Channel featuring different places, people and culture. Hehe! But I guess we should also plan to go to a new place at least once a year, to relax and learn new things. :)

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    1. I totally agree with you Ces! Yea. That is my dream job to have a travel show worldwide. hahaha! :)

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  6. I am not close to bit of a travel and if given the chance (and money) I would love to do so. All I know is that my job is beyond 8 hours a day and 7 days a week. I'm a teacher btw.

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    1. I know a travel blogger who is also a teacher don't know how he can manage it. haha.

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  7. I'm totally with you! I actually quit my desk job last year and started freelancing. I hope I can get away to Boracay this summer=) Tara, gumala!

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    1. Me too. They say the Labor Day Party is the best party in Boracay. Hope to see you there. :)

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  8. There is no requirement indicating a Travel Blogger has to quit his or her job. A Travel Blogger is simply someone who shares his/her traveling experience, with or without a job!

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  9. The bloggers behind my favorite blog quit their jobs years ago, sold some of their precious items and became backpackers for six months on SE Asia. Those months of backpacking really changed their lifestyles and they did everything to save their pocket money just to continue their trip. One of them still travels without a corporate job and she manages to make ends meet.

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    1. Yea, which I think, not everyone can do that. I mean, most Filipinos would still prefer something that is permanent and not everyone can be a travel blogger. I know that traveling can change one's lifestyle, you became more thrifty than usual. Just observe, most of blogger who quit their jobs are not married or not a breadwinner. Sometimes, it is all about priorities and following your passion. :)

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  10. I attended this year's iBlog summit at UP and met some bloggers who actually quit their day job to do full time blogging (but I never met a travel blogger there who quit his/her day job). I'm sure this niche (travel) is somehow costly unlike other blog niche - and it really take lots of patience and effort to earn on blogging (took me 2 years to finally have my adsense and nuffnang payment)
    Currently, aside from my crazy day job I also do travel blogging as hobby - but also dreaming of becoming full time travel blogger someday, who knows he he.
    Awesome post!

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    1. I want to attend gatherings of travel bloggers, do you know one? Well, mostly because traveling is very time consuming and having a day job sometimes constrains you to do so. Yea maybe for a time, about 6 months or 1 year, I want to be a full time travel blogger but I have to save up a lot of money. haha. Tara Gumala @yodi. :)

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