Why I Quit My Job To Travel

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Photo of Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India by Footloose Dev
Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Footloose Dev

It has been almost two years now, since I quit my job to travel, yet I never shared here why and how it all happened. It would be nice to say that I wanted to understand myself, and find my inner consciousness, but frankly speaking, it’s not true. The only part which is true is that I’ve had enough ogling into the same old, boring computer screen, 9 to 5 every day. I wanted to see more than that. I wanted to see the world. Meet new people. Learn better ideas. Find out what’s wrong with this system of corporate culture, that it never made anyone happy – no matter what they achieve in their life. Simply put, I wanted to educate myself in a way that no school, no job ever did before.

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Photo of Goa, India by Footloose Dev
Photo of Kannur, Kerala, India by Footloose Dev
Photo of Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Footloose Dev

Traveling is no less than a pursuit of happiness for me. Yet, throughout this time, I’ve often stumbled upon questions like “Why I quit my job to travel” or “How did I manage to make such a decision” or “What’s next” – with all this, what they actually wanted to ask me was why did I not go for a two-week calculated holiday (or a couple of month’s sabbatical, if I am being pretentiously brazen about it) to quench my thirst of travel, as an averagely sane person would otherwise do.

The truth is, there is no fun in that. I have taken enough of these recreational holidays – as people often term them – in my life. When I was working I found myself claiming the boundaries of my city almost every weekend, with a couple of friends, drinking a bunch of beers and coming back, but that was no solution. The minute you enter the premises of your office, the next day, it feels as if that sweet, sally trip, that in fact, went past in the blink of an eye, actually never happened. I wanted something more than that. Something bigger. Something permanent.

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Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Footloose Dev
Photo of Dodital, Barahat Range, Uttarakhand, India by Footloose Dev
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Footloose Dev

I took my first solo trip back in 2014 to trek in the colossal mountains of Himalayas. It was a life changing experience. Though there was nothing extraordinarily great about the journey, the freedom in travelling solo was, in fact, quite addictive. And that was it. I spent the entire next year, saving as much money as I can from the job I was doing, having a very clear focus in my mind – to leave this lifestyle behind and travel the world.

As they say that life experiences aren’t something to be denied, but to be celebrated. I think I just happened to celebrate my first solo trip so strenuously that it eventually became a way of life.

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