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UNEMPLOYMENT / JUL. 22, 2015
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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Quit Your Job to Travel the World

The idea of traveling around the world without having to think about work is an appealing thought for many. Indeed, people such as Nomadic MattChris Guillebeau and Kate McCulley actually quit their jobs to travel. However, this does not mean that you should also hand in your resignation letter and jump on the next plane to Timbuktu.

Here are some of the reasons why quitting you job to travel is not a very good idea:

See Also: 10 Ways to Travel the World on a Budget

1. You need to support your family

When you have a husband/wife and children who are depending on you, it would not be advisable to quit your job. Raising a family involves paying school fees, buying food and clothing, paying for insurance, and repaying your mortgage. In addition, you need to have savings for emergencies. Keeping your job will enable to meet most of your family obligations. Apart from meeting the physical needs of your family, you will also be able to satisfy their emotional needs.

2. You will jeopardize your career growth

As you gain new experience and skills in your job, you are likely to be rewarded with promotions, pay increases and bonuses. In many firms, the increase of your salary is also pegged on your years of service. When you quit your job to travel, you are likely to lose some of the benefits which come with career growth. If you decide to return to the job market after some time, you might only find a job at the same level of salary you were earning previously. During the interview, you will have to explain to the interviewer why you quit your former job. This could end up costing you the opportunity for a new one.

3. Traveling is expensive

While it is true that there are some cheap destinations, travel is generally a very costly affair. Besides paying for transport, you are likely to incur other costs such as accommodation and shopping. You might also need to pay for travel insurance. Without an income, you might see your savings dwindling up within a very short time. In addition, you might find yourself unable to meet your obligations back at home. Therefore, instead of quitting your job to travel, plan ahead for short vacations. This way, once the vacation is over, you’ll still have a job to return to.

4. You'll have plenty of time to travel later

Since the world is not going anywhere, there is no reason why you should quit your job to travel. Travel is not a competition which requires you to travel to a specific number of destinations within a particular period. Therefore, keep your job and take vacations whenever you have the chance to. You could make a ‘dream list’ of the places you would want to visit in your lifetime. Schedule your vacation days, save up and travel at your own leisure. By taking one vacation at a time, you will still be able to travel the world in the years ahead of you.

See Also: 5 Reasons Traveling Will Make You More Successful

Quitting your job to travel is a major decision to make. Before you make your move, be sure to weigh the pros and cons and take the wisest course of action. Have you quit your job to travel the world? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!

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