It’s a new year, and a new decade come to think of it – a great time to make some changes and start your next chapter. Many of us wish we could travel more, but unfortunately work is the one thing holding us back from simply packing a bag and heading off to see the world.
But how long are you going to put off your other plans for? Taking the plunge and deciding to travel is a bold decision, but one you certainly won’t regret. Why not make this year the year you leave your job behind to travel?
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What are your options?
There are a few options you could consider when it comes to leaving your job behind to travel. Some companies will allow you to take a certain amount of time as unpaid leave, or you could apply for a career break. This is ideal as at least you would know that you have a job to come back to after travelling. Sometimes it’s easier to simply quit your job, especially if you don’t know how long you’re going to be away for.
It’s likely you’ll need some time to save ready for your travels, so do your best to work hard and put every spare penny you can towards your travel savings. It might even be worth taking on a second job or a side hustle to help boost your savings further so that you can get on that plane quicker!
Making a clean break with work
Leaving your job behind can be difficult, but making a nice clean break could make things easier. There’ll be nothing to hold you back and you’ll be free to enjoy yourself for however long you want to travel. When you quit your job, remember to make sure that all of your holidays and other pay has been paid to you. If you’re struggling to recover the money, then the right law firm for you would be one specialising in recovering unpaid wages. It shouldn’t come to that, but make sure you know where to get help if needed. You should also check with HMRC that you haven’t paid too much tax, especially if you’re not going to be working for the rest of the financial year.
Working while travelling
Giving up work to travel can be scary, as you’ll be used to having a regular income coming in. Something more and more people are exploring is working while travelling. You could become a ‘digital nomad’ and enjoy working remotely around the globe. There are a lot of different roles suitable for becoming a digital nomad that can let you work anywhere. Being able to travel while still earning money is great, and takes the worry out of having to save for a long period of time to travel.
Making the decision to travel can be an exciting one. While many people wish they could give up work and see the world, few people actually make it happen! Start exploring some travel inspiration and finally put in motion your plans to travel this year.