You don’t have to run away from the corporate life to become a world traveler

Sometimes I’m envious of those Twitter profiles that say, “Quit my job, sold my life and currently traveling the world”. I must admit, even before university ended, I got suckered into the corporate world, but in all honesty, it’s not that bad.

For those of you who are confused about what you’d like to do after university, I suggest for you to try out the corporate life first. This advice sounds weird, doesn’t it? It’s the opposite of what you’ve heard. Even my mother wanted me to backpack around Europe first. But truth be told, I’m not much of a backpacker – does that make me any less of a traveler?

I started working a month after classes ended and just days after I came back from San Francisco. And while I miss not being able to tan on the beach on any given weekday, my weekends feel that much more valuable. Working full time also gave me good benefits, full health and travel insurance coverage. I started saving quite up and with my 3 weeks vacation, I took 2 weeks off for my trip to Hong Kong and Thailand. Not only that, a few months later I was off to Cuba for a week and closed off the year in San Diego and LA. Of course, I had a few road trips in between.

This is what I consider my work-life balance. Depending on the type of traveler you are, you might not be able to afford to travel around the world all at once. I do enjoy my private ensuite hotel rooms and occasional fancy rental car. I’m not so good with self-guided tours which make me a pretty terrible backpacker. Maybe I’m a luxury-on-a-budget kinda gal?

The way I see it, joining the workforce first can enable you to save money for your dream vacation as well as get some good experience on your résumé. And while I’ve began my house hunting journey, I’ve come to realize that until the day I have a mortgage to pay off, I can just quit and travel where I want with a few pretty pennies in my pocket. That’s my sense of security.

Don’t get me wrong, those who can pick up and go are brave and inspirational and I bet they accumulate amazing stories to tell. But while its a nice thought, I know it’s not my thing. For me, I believe you don’t need to leave your corporate career to be a world traveler. I think I’ll be off to Europe soon but I’m in no rush. I have plenty of time and vacation days! You’ll never know, maybe one day I can combine my career in marketing with my love for travel.

Expedia, are you reading my blog? ;)

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