Why I left the corporate world to travel

It's a strange system we live in now. Everyone strives for success in a form that someone else has decided for us; climbing the career ladder and buying a fancy piece of property to fill with objects and materials that others deem necessary. What happened to the simple life? 

When I'm elderly and unable to adventure like I can now I certainly won't be reflecting on the hours spent in the office and the happiness I felt over those extra zeros in the bank account. It will be trekking a mountain in Nepal, partying on a boat in the Philippines, watching sunrise at the Taj Mahal and playing with elephants in Thailand that will bring a smile to my face in my later years. 

So I left. After studying business management for 4 years and working for a large media company where I achieved my dream role of Events Manager at age 21 I decided it wasn't the life I'd been dreaming of. Was that it? The big success? Reality is what you make it and creating a life of travel never once left my mind whilst I spent endless hours in front of a computer screen making money for somebody else. 

I would flick from my normal work to my own website and write about the short adventures I embarked on with my annual leave. A week in Egypt, 21 days in South Thailand, 4 weeks taking buses through Europe, but those trips never satisfied the constant and persistent itch that us travellers know so well. 

Whilst working the 9-5, I was following another social norm and trying to purchase a property on the ever soul-crushing housing market. This money has just funded me 12 months of backpacking around Asia to 12 beautifully different countries and endless memories. 

I could have stayed in my well paid job and climbed higher until I was sitting in my own office with my name on the door but after seeing this world, witnessing the poverty in India and making friends with the locals in Indonesia, I gained so much perspective on what I idealize as success. It's this; The dream I'm living everyday, waking up for the last 340 days with no plans, just some palm trees swaying outside and meeting individuals from all over the world with the same dream.

 

I had to ask myself why I was working my desk job and the reason always bought me back to funding future adventures. The best decision I’ve ever made for myself and my personal development was leaving my job, which brings me to believe that travel has always been the best education I could have wished for. Not only have I learnt about a dark history of the world that I was never taught at school, from the Vietnam War to the more recent Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, but I've learnt an endless amount about myself. I've discovered my wonderful passion for yoga and my desire to teach it as a way to make money on the road. I've attended meditation classes, volunteered at hygiene organisations to help locals have access to soap and I've grown into a person that I love and respect. 

 

A major flaw in our 'system' to spend our lives working for an often ugly society is that it causes a huge amount of unhappiness and stress in our everyday lives, it becomes difficult to separate our work-life from our personal lives and the corporate world invades it viciously. You have the choice to change your reality and choose one that doesn't start with alarm clocks or end with a busy commute home, unless of course that alarm is to wake you for your next adventure and your commute is a tuk-tuk ride for cocktails on the beach. 

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