Learning how to quit your day job to travel abroad is a huge and scary step (we would know). There’s a lot to research and it can feel overwhelming to leave the security of a 9-5 job. But knowing some of the best travel tips from those who have done it can help you get well on your way to quitting and traveling full (or part) time.
And even if you don’t want to quit your job (or at least not yet), some of these tips can prove very helpful for travel. Going overseas is no joke, so getting the best information you can is a big help. So whether you want some good travel tips or you want to know how to travel full time, I created a list of awesome travel tips from the pros. They’ve all done it and have some invaluable information.
I also included a link to their original post (from where I found the travel tips from), so if you want to read more on their story or see more hacks, then feel free to click through and check them out!
8 Steps to Freedom: How I Quit My Job and Traveled Around the World
In these 8 steps to freedom, Sabrina gives some inspiring and great advice for quitting your mundane job and traveling. But what I think is the best travel tip is to cut unnecessary life expenses and start now. Start saving because in a year, you’ll wish you’d started where you are now.
Now this may seem like the most obvious advice, but this was advice I had to keep on telling myself to reach my goal so I wouldn’t give up, and I followed through.
Read more on her awesome travel tips and how to quit your job here
How I Prepared to Quit My 9-5 to Do What I Love and Travel the World
Now if you’re a bit nervous to just up and quit your job, have a backup plan. It will ease your fears of any income stream you have drying up. Whether that’s coming back to work at a day job or something different, having a backup plan will make your transition overseas a bit easier on your mind.
Check out more travel tips and how to quit your job here.
Quit Your Job and Travel the World
Take into account your debt and what you owe. The writer of this post had $36,000 in student loan debt. And before traveling she set aside enough money to make payments for a whole year (she also shows her whole financial plan she had set up before leaving… if you need an example), it’s so important to take into account what payments (like a car payment) you need to get rid of and how you’ll pay for others. Then you’ll be more financially aware and secure as you travel.
Read more of her travel advice here!
The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You Have No Money
Now for those of you who are tight on cash, this is a great post to read. In one of his tips, he gives a list of jobs you can work while traveling abroad. He also reminds readers that this isn’t a career, just a way to make money so you can stay overseas. Jobs like being a hostel worker (which I’ve considered since it’s actually a really fun job), cruise ship worker, waitress/waiter, or even a tour guide. I would also suggest looking into English teaching since many countries will pay you well and cover travel costs for you to come and teach. So if this is the route you want to take, then do some research and read more on his travel tips!
20 Travel Careers to Keep Your Job and Travel
Now she also gives some great advice on how to take a job that will allow you to travel. And I really like her suggestion to start a travel blog (or a lifestyle, food, money/budget, fashion, etc. blog). My husband and I did this and within a couple of months, we were ready to go. You can read here on how we made a blog into an independent income source.
Read more on her travel tips and job opportunities here!
29 Apps That Will Make Traveling So Much Easier
Now that you have some inspiration and income ideas, here are some apps to make your travel a bit more easy (and less costly).
Hopper is a great app because it finds the best time for you to fly and then the best time for you to buy your ticket so you end up saving a lot of money. Definitely great if you’re on the go and need some quick help!
Check out more travel tips and apps from Buzzfeed here!
32 Magical Destinations to Visit in This Lifetime
And now for some awesome ideas of where to travel once you quit you job.
Prague, Czech Republic: If you want to travel to Europe but are intimidated by its prices, then head on over to Prague. Steeped in history and beauty, this Czech city is insanely affordable. With lots to see, you can save a lot more money than if you had taken a trip to France (maybe that’s an understatement..).
Read more on amazing places to visit here!
When to Buy Airline Tickets
And of course, we can’t go wrong with more flight tips! I really like this infographic because it shows the best times to buy a ticket and well.. basically everything you need to know about landing a cheap flight
Now you may be toying with the idea of traveling full (or part) time, but let me tell you that it is so worth it. All of these people whom I’ve used as resources are great inspirations (and have great travel tips), to get you started. And even if you start now and don’t have a lot of money, at least you’re starting now and not two years down the road. This really is something you can do, you just have to begin.
Now if you have any travel tips or tips on quitting your job to travel, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear about them!
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