I read a lot of blogs. My favourite are the travel blogs. I recently read a blog that talked about “quitting your job and traveling” and was slightly surprised at the negative comments the blog received. Comments like, you have to be an upper middle class person to be able to do. Or, if I had a relative leave me a big inheritance then I too could do that. So much negative thinking!!
But what really struck me was the one comment that was made about how these blogs glamourize the idea – that the only blogs people are interested in are the ones that talk about the glamour of travel and not working. I hope to prove that wrong.
Traveling is not cheap- but it doesn’t have to be expensive either. I am NOT one of these people who inherited money, or am an upper middle class resident who can afford to be traveling and seeing everything that I am. I am neither of these people. I was (and still am) a very hard working person, who worked long long hours in order to save up enough to move to Europe, take a course to be a TEFL teacher, and set up home in Prague. I was lucky to have found some great roommates along the way that helped with the expenses. But I did it all – with absolutely NO credit cards. I saved in Canada before I left. When I started teaching in Prague, I worked every single day – Sunday to Saturday – for at least the first six to seven months. There were cancellations that enabled me to have a day off here and there –but it was hard work. I finally managed to get a good working schedule going that I was able to take some weekends off.
After being in Europe for over a year, I finally managed to save enough money to actually go somewhere for a long weekend – London England. And again – my entire trip was done with no credit. All cash. I followed that with trips to Berlin, Paris, back to Canada for five weeks, and then moved to China. Was it easy? No! Was it worth it? Absolutely. Every single minute of teaching so many days was worth it because of what I was able to manage to do.
Traveling is not always glamorous. As I sit in my room here in Chile, writing this blog, I think about the hours of teaching I have done since getting here (when WiFi cooperates). I get up most mornings between 5:30 and 6, teach for about 4 hours and am done at 10am. And then I can start my touristy stuff. And I am okay with it. Because I know that if I didn’t have the students that I do, I would NOT be able to be out here traveling through South America.
There are days that I would love to just shut off my phone, get up and just go – not worrying about the students and the work. But I know that I need to do it because that’s part of my life.
I love my job, I love that I can teach from abroad, and I love traveling. So long as I am able to do this, I will do this. I have gone through a lot and will continue to go through more – life is a learning journey after all. But I KNOW that if I can do this, then anyone can. You simply need to have the drive.
So for those people with the negative comments about not being able to do this without an inheritance or a lot of savings – you are right – you won’t ever be able to do it. Because that is what YOU have told yourself.