What is the latest fad among the youth of India? by Kalyani Ranade
Answer by Kalyani Ranade:
Whenever I log into my Facebook account I always find a couple of shared posts by my friends which somewhat go like these:
Quit your job and travel.
Just leave your job, pack your bag and travel!
This is the worst piece of advice given EVER!!! And I have seen more number of INDIANS share these kind of posts thinking it sounds sooo coool. They make it sound so easy. (And we all tend to relate to it, because what the hell?!!? Who does not want to travel??!!!)
It’s a quote said by many travelers who’ve been on the road a while — by some expats, travel bloggers, and others in between. You’ve seen it as their status updates, maybe they’ve told you face-to-face.
That’s not the way life works. That’s not reality.
First and foremost, let’s get this out there: traveling isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain person to really travel. Sorry, but that all-inclusive resort trip to Jamaica for 8 days isn’t really considered traveling. That’s a luxury vacation.
Don’t just quit your job so you can travel. There’s this thing called money, and you’re going to need it to travel. How about saving first? That seems sensible, doesn’t it? Are you wanting to travel for a while? Awesome! You’re going to need to save more. In fact, try getting a second or third job so you can make that saving process go quicker.
How about all your stuff? If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, that stuff is going to need to go into the depths of an attic or get sold for cash.
There’s no sense in wasting money on rent if you’re going to be gone for months on end.
So what if you’re leaving to travel for only a few weeks?
1) You’re probably not quitting your job.
2) You don’t need to do anything with your stuff.
3) This doesn’t really apply to you because you’re essentially just going on vacation.
But for the rest of you who are getting mystified by bloggers and long-term travelers who advertise “just quit your job and travel,” let me apologize on their behalf, because they are leading you to a false reality.
You can’t just quit your job and travel. It’s not that easy. If it was, everyone would be quitting their jobs and buying a plane ticket.
So what does it take to really travel?
In a nutshell, it takes hard work and dedication, to working A LOT to save and THEN quitting your job to travel with the intention of finding work overseas.
That’s the reality.
Furthermore, you’ll need a job at some point during your travels depending how much you’ve saved and how long you plan on wandering the world. This is the truth.
I believe it’s essential for people to understand “just traveling” actually takes lots of hard work.
So unless you have a sugar daddy, inherited millions, or are just planning on a one week getaway, you’re going to need a lot saved and will have to obtain a job before you’ve drained every dime of your savings.
Stop believing the false fairy tale that others portray; travelling takes work. PERIOD.