How I Quit My Job and Booked a One-way Ticket to Colombia
I’ve quit my job and decided to take a gap year to travel in South America. And… I don’t have any return tickets ?
For the past year, I realized that I wasn’t learning anything at my job. I was just doing repetitive tasks for a business that I didn’t care about, in a city that I didn’t enjoy that much. My friends noticed that a lot of my sentences started like this: « I wish I were… ». They told me that I didn’t look happy… and they were right!
A week after this realization, I walked in my boss’ office and gave him my notice. When I got back to my desk, I booked a one-way ticket to Colombia.
I was so relieved when I gave my notice. I was really at the end of a cycle at this company and I was getting sick of my hometown. Besides that, I really wanted to go on a big trip for a long time. My bucket list was getting full of exotic destinations and I wasn’t acting on it. Now I’m actively working on that ?
That said, I know I’m gonna need to work / volunteer in South America if I want to travel for a year because I haven’t made that much money to afford such an ambitious trip. I’m scared about that part because my Spanish and Portuguese are really limited. But I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to be useful to a hostel or a charity.
I learned to listen to my guts and to my friends. When your friends tell you that you don’t look happy, it’s probably because you need to do something to change that.
If like me, you’re a planner, you might be terrified by making the jump without organizing anything. But, trust me, when you make the decision and officially break it to your friends, your brain automatically switches on « SURVIVAL MODE ». It’s all about your mentality, not skills.
Solo hiker and camper, preparing to summit the Everest in 2019!