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If you’re anything like Ashley and me, you spend hours reading blogs and articles. I’m a believer that to become better in your craft you must study that craft. I think most people would agree with that statement. For a travel blogger that is of course, reading other blogs. While reading theses endless travel articles you may have run across an article about the traveler who quits their job and starts circumventing the globe. During their travels they start writing a blog and become a successful travel blogger with a loyal and growing fan base. We read about and follow these travelers and admire them because they are very inspirational, especially if you are a passionate traveler like Ash and I. A couple of questions I start asking when I read these articles are, “how the hell are they able to do this? What have they figured out that we have not?” and “What are we doing wrong?”
Ashley and I have now been working on our travel blog for over two years with what seems to be little success. Our readership comes and goes in waves (For those of you that come back time and time again thank you!!) as we continue to plug away trying to find our voice. We want to show people the wonders of this world and we want to show it through our eyes. Travel has changed our lives dramatically and we want to share that, we want to share how important travel is for this world. Yet, we constantly sit back and ask each other how do these other bloggers get people to read their stuff and then come back?
Our dream over the last couple of years has been to pack up our bags, travel the world, and make some kind of living out of it. Well, as many of you know, Ash and I are in the process of trying to make this dream come true. At this moment we are 32 days out from our trip and it’s all becoming very real. Yet, I still feel like I’ve no idea how we’re going to do it. Ash and I are both walking into this kind of blind. There is no real guide on how to quit your job to travel, although there are a LOT of blog posts on it like Matt from Nomadic Matt and Liz from Young Adventuress, and to be honest it is pretty nerve wracking.
We’ve been able to put some money away, but will it be enough? Will we be able to find odd jobs along the way? Will we be able to turn our blog into a business that we can be proud of? Does anybody actually care about what we write or why we write? Can we get a loyal following who also believe that we, as travelers, can change the world? Will our dream to become citizens of this world and live as nomads sputter out and die just as quickly as it started? These questions and many more keep running through my head. This idea of going out into the world and not looking back is a very scary thing.
Both Ashley and I have moved to different countries before, but we were moving into a new home and creating for ourselves a central base for our travels. This time we won’t have that home station and the only thing we can do is keep moving forward. This is all very new for Ashley and I and it’s all happening very fast. I’m truly not even sure if we’re ready for it or if we can even do it. How do you make the world your home?
I guess that is part of the journey and the adventure of this trip. The only thing I can do is just step forward and keep rambling on and deal with the obstacles when they present themselves. That first step always seems to be scariest one. All we can do is look over the edge and jump and confront the unknown head on together. Ashley has already told her work that she is leaving and it has gotten very real for her and I will be letting my work know today and I will probably have quit by the time you have read this. Right now though I still have that weight sitting on my shoulders; I’m still standing on that ledge. Being on that ledge makes the trip seem so far away, like a dream that is never going to arrive.
So as we’re just over a month away I’m still asking myself how did those other bloggers do it? One thing I do not have to guess is that they put in a lot of work and effort to be where they are. I’m sure none of them had it handed to them. They were driven with a goal in their mind and stopped at nothing to complete it. I have nothing but respect for them and look up to them as I start my journey. I guess all Ash and I can do is keep writing and moving forward, one step at a time.
So, how do you quit your job and travel around the world? I have absolutely no idea. I guess I will find out in 33 more days. We will keep you all in the loop because if I find the answer I’ll let you know. I hope you follow us along our journey and maybe even meet up with us to swap stories. My only advice I have is to keep on traveling and change the world.
Are you one of those who have quit their jobs to travel the world? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments! We can all learn from each other 🙂