10 Really Good Reasons Why NOT to Quit Your Job to Travel the World
Don’t Quit Your Job to Travel the World Until You Read This
So you want to quit your job to travel the world? Or more like you wish you could quit your job to travel the world, like all those travel bloggers you follow with envy. The idea of traveling non-stop for a year or more and experiencing what life has to offer beyond work and life is appealing to so many of us – especially when we are stressed out at work and overwhelmed by life.
Travel Bloggers Who Said I Quit
Are you likely to make the same life, family, and career decision?
The very fact that you found this blog post means you already know deep down it is not in your best interests to “jump ship” and worry about the consequences later.
Why Quitting before Retirement is a Bad Idea
The urge to leave your regular life behind and head to the airport for spontaneous adventure is both normal and healthy. Who wants to be stuck in a career path that doesn’t end until you hit age 65 (if you’re lucky!)? Life must have more to offer than year after year of work with a depressingly small amount of time off for family, travel, and enrichment.
If leaving your job responsibilities behind to travel full-time was such a good idea, more people would be doing it, right?
Yes, I wish wholeheartedly that our economic system would allow people to break free from this fixed pattern of school->work->retirement. Who wants to wait until they are much older to travel with no reservations? Perhaps one day society will allow people to work part-time and still earn a living or take a few years off without harming their career prospects and financial security. In the meantime, you have to learn how to travel as often as possible while working full-time.
So for the responsible person in all of us, I present 10 really good reasons against handing in your resignation right now to be on permanent vacation.
1. You’ll jeopardize your earning potential
Your current salary has only one way to go – up! As you succeed at your job and gain new skills and experience, you’ll be rewarded with pay increases. Hopefully those will include inflation or cost of living increases, performance based pay increases, profit-sharing bonuses, and promotions that raise your base salary. In certain lines of work, salary increases are in line with your job level and the number of years of service at your company.
If you decide to quit your job to travel for a year or more you’ll lose not only actual earnings, but also compensation momentum at work. When you do return to the job market, will you be able to find a new job at the same level of salary as you would have been earning if you hadn’t taken an extended break?
You’ll have to explain to the recruiter or hiring manager why you left your job to travel the world when applying for a new position. You’ll also have to negotiate for a compensation and time-off benefits package that doesn’t put you back a level or two had you not temporarily given up on your career. Is it worth it?
2. You have a family to support
When you have a spouse and kids to think about, quitting your job to travel the world is probably impossible for many important reasons. Raising a family costs big money. Not to mention that your children can’t “quit” school the same way you can quit your own job. Homeschooling is always a possibility, but beyond that there are financial reasons to put family before travel.
We’re talking about home mortgages, car costs, school fees, extra-curricular activities, life and disability insurance, and the basics of clothing and feeding your entire family. You also need to save up for short-term emergencies including medical, natural disaster, or if you get laid off unexpectedly. Unless you have already saved up millions, family finance has to come before extreme travel.
By staying employed you can save up for your family’s needs now and at least until the kids have completed college. Traveling should be an important part of raising a family. However, giving up everything to travel full-time with them is not going to be realistic for the overwhelming majority of us.
That doesn’t mean you won’t be taking vacations with your family and traveling on the weekends, official school and work holidays, and during summer break to places both near and far. Travel is an essential part of every child’s education, so don’t skimp when it comes to vacations. There are so many lessons to be learned by exploring our own country and going abroad. Plus travel becomes a family bonding experience whose rewards people without children can only imagine.
Now what if you are single, have no family, and never plan to have a family? Well if you fall into that lifestyle this reason doesn’t apply to you. You are your own family so have don’t have to think about home, schooling, and supporting a family. For families, embracing the rewards of children likely means that you won’t feel secure quitting your job; at least until the kids are all grown up.
3. You won’t be able to retire on-time (or early)
Saving for retirement is a necessity for us all. We can’t rely on social security to pay for more than basic living expenses, so don’t expect it to fund your travel passion after retiring from work. Putting away as much money as you can afford into a retirement account is essential. The important fact you must take seriously is the power of compounding.
Your retirement investment account will be incredibly larger if you invest more in your 20’s and 30’s and not wait until your 40’s and 50’s. You’ve probably seen a similar eye-opening chart from a benefits presentation done by your HR department. It isn’t magic. Your account balance at retirement can be hundreds of thousands of dollars greater if you start early and keep investing.
401K Start Early, Retire Early Example
This example compares 2 employees who first start contributing to a 401K plan. The first is 28 and earning $40,000 per year while the second is age 35 and making a salary of $50,000 . Each contributes 10% of their salary (plus a partial employee match) and gets a raise of 3% per year. Assuming a 7% rate of return, at age 65 the 28-year-old could have $372K more in their 401K account simply by starting earlier. Wow, that’s a huge sum!
Try out the calculator yourself and see the massive difference it can make in your ability to afford to travel after retiring.
Source: BankRate.com 401(k) Savings Calculator
[Disclaimer: This example or calculator is not intended to provide investment advice and is for illustrative purposes only. ]
Also remember that there are tax incentives for contributing to a retirement fund while working. By contributing the maximum amount to your retirement fund in a year as regulated by the IRS, you’ll earn more in each paycheck. Finally a majority of companies that offer a 401K plan will match your contributions up to a specific limit. Unless you are taking full advantage of your 401(K) plan match, you are jeopardizing your ability to save enough for a retirement full of boundless travel.
4. You’ll lose vacation day benefits momentum
Quick! Take a look at the section of your HR benefits handbook that specifies paid time off. How many years do you need to work before you will automatically earn additional annual vacation days? Most companies start you off at a set number of vacation days per year like 10 days (2 weeks) or 15 days (3 weeks). In order to earn an extra vacation day or week of paid vacation, you usually have to be working at the same company for a number of years.
When you quit your job you may have to start over on the path to more weeks of vacation time off from work. Is it worth it? Reaching 3, 4, or even 5 weeks of vacation days at your place of employment is a wonderful milestone. If you have a fulfilling and rewarding job, quitting it to travel the world could mean that when you return you’ll be able to take fewer vacations than before.
In the long run is it worth it? Do the vacation math using your own situation and benefits to help you decide.
5. The world isn’t going anywhere
Travel is not a competitive sport, so what’s the rush? It has never been easier to fly to almost any country in the world and there is no reason to believe this will change anytime soon. Yes, some destinations are at high risk from the effects of mass tourism, unrest, or environmental destruction. That is why you need to create a travel bucket list to prioritize your picks accordingly.
Venice for example experiences regular flooding and the problem may get worse (or will their massive seawall project improve things?). Islands in the South Pacific that are near sea level may not be as lucky in the coming years. So, if you are an island person, make plans to go island hopping before it is too late. As for mass tourism, there are strategies to avoid the increasing crowds at the Trevi Fountain in Rome or Time Square in New York City as prime examples. Simply time your visit to an off-peak period of the year to enjoy these iconic world destinations without elbowing your way in and out.
As for the rest of the world, you probably have decades of travel ahead of you. You don’t need to visit more countries than the next person to “win” at travel. Make a list of all the places you want to visit and take notes as you envision each ideal itinerary. You may choose to travel slowly to get to know a country inside and out or maximize every vacation day by combining multiple destinations in quick succession.
Whatever your travel style, there is plenty of time to plan, book, and travel the world one vacation-at-a-time for the rest of your life.
6. You honestly cannot afford to
Can you truly afford to quit your job to travel the world? Probably not despite what many travel bloggers tell you about the low cost of living in an exotic third-world country. Yes you can save up, quit your job, and earn a few bucks doing odd jobs while hopping from country to country. However that’s not all I’m talking about in this point. You may be able to afford to pay for your travels, but that is not the only cost to giving up your full-time job to become a globetrotter.
Think of all the financial responsibilities you have at home every month. Which can you give up and what are the risks? If you own a home you probably need to keep making mortgage payments, not to mention real estate taxes, insurance, and maintenance. Renting out your home may cover some of these costs if you’re lucky. Also think about the cost of keeping a health insurance plan (coverage lapses are not a good thing), life insurance, and the lost tax-free contributions to your retirement plan (see #3 above). What will you do with your car, memberships, and how about receiving mail and paying your bills while far away from home?
Remember that you won’t earn a salary as long as you don’t have a job. Upon your return home how long will it take to find a new job and make up that loss? So while you can probably afford to travel the world if you save up, the true cost to your long-term wealth is much much higher.
7. Travel is more enjoyable when you plan ahead
The idea of being on permanent vacation moving from country to country is thrilling. If it wasn’t you wouldn’t be having these fantasies. The reality is that you may not enjoy the hardships of non-stop travel. We aren’t talking about a packaged tour where a bus or cruise ship takes you from place to place and all you have to do is show up. Traveling around the world without a plan is a mentally and physically challenging endeavor that shouldn’t be taken on lightly.
I’m a planner in life and a planner when it comes to taking vacations with my amazing wife. While I research, optimize, book, and build the perfect trip itinerary, she photographs and documents our vacations over at SidewalkSafari.com. It is a perfect complement of talents. We know that we wouldn’t be as happy if we were traveling the world with no plan and without a home or job to return to.
Vacations are much more enjoyable when you know more about where you are going before you arrive. Not to mention that we all want to be smart with our vacation budget while traveling safely. Learning at least a few words of a foreign language and insights into local customs is also an essential element of planning ahead. Planning a trip includes booking the perfect hotel, getting tickets for a special event, knowing what not to miss, and at the same time getting the most value for your money. All this preparation makes each and every trip we take that much more enjoyable, rewarding, and amazing.
When we have achieved all that we planned and hoped for on vacation, we can return to the comfort of our own home and reflect upon the experience. After spending so much time and money on travel, we want to ensure that every trip is memorable by blogging and sharing the stories with family and friends. While I think I’d want to be on the no-collar team like on the TV show Survivor, in reality I prefer the white-collar or blue-collar approach to work, life, and travel.
8. You can’t legally live anywhere you choose
With a U.S. passport you can visit a whopping 174 countries and territories around the world without a visa or by getting an automatic visa upon arrival. That’s incredible and it makes travel easier than ever. It’s not just U.S. citizens but also holders of passports from most European countries including the UK, Germany, Sweden, and Finland that rank at the top of the Visa Restrictions Index. However just because you can visit a place on vacation doesn’t mean you can live or work there legally.
There is an immigration issue to contend with if you plan on traveling around the world without doing your legal homework. The total number of days that you can remain in each country varies greatly. Visa-free travel is only for leisure and holiday purposes and it is against the law to overstay your visa or to engage in paid work without a visa. So your notion of renting a beach bungalow or city apartment and spending several months becoming a temporary local may not be permissible. Neither is getting a job at an expat bar or selling your web skills to local businesses.
You’ll have to review the immigration laws in advance and seek out the necessary visa or approval, not to mention dealing with the requisite bureaucracy that’s ever present. With normal vacation travel, you’ll rarely have to worry about visas and the risk of being denied permission to remain in any one country for a reasonable period.
9. Personal and family health care
For health reasons it may not be prudent to be traveling non-stop. You may have your own medical condition that requires doctors’ visits and regular follow-on care. Perhaps you have an ailing family member who you want to help and keep an eye on. It is much easier to come back early from a 2-week trip for health reasons than when you leave it all behind to travel the world.
If you do decide to quit your job despite health concerns, make sure to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy. The coverage can be for you and your family and pay for doctor visits and hospitalization when in a foreign country. Depending upon the length of your trip, a travel insurance policy could reimburse you to cut a trip short when a family member becomes ill or passes away. It can be very costly to seek treatment abroad or fly home to seek treatment for yourself or a family member, so global health insurance is essential if you ever quit your job to travel the world.
10. You already have more time off to travel than you think
VacationCounts readers will already know about #10. We all have more time off from work than we realize when we learn how to optimize our work-life-vacation balance. You’ll just have to adjust your mindset and travel the world country by country and vacation by vacation. Make a travel bucket list, save up to take more vacations each year, research destinations you wish to visit, and go!
Our blog is full of advice posts that help you to maximize your limited time off from work and life so you can travel more. You really can learn how to travel the world now and forever without quitting your day job. I think you’ll find this approach to travel to be a better fit for your work, life, and travel happiness goals.
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Will I Regret Quitting My Job to Travel?
I ended my 20s with a bang. I quit my job. Without another job waiting for me. I rented out the home I’d purchased just two years earlier. Sold my car and the majority of my belongings. I didn’t know what lied ahead. The only thing I knew is that I wanted to travel. And as I packed up a rental car to move back home before embarking on my initial goal of a year of travel, I wondered, “ will I regret quitting my job to travel?” Before we go on, I have affiliate links in this post (World Nomads). This means that I use and love these products and think you could benefit from them as well. If you decide to make a purchase, I will earn a small bit of commission, at no additional cost to you.
Deciding to Quit My Dream Job
But before I tell you the answer, let me give you a little background on how I arrived at the decision to quit my job. My former job wasn’t just a job, it was a career that I decided to pursue as a 16 year old in high school. I listened to a career day lecture on athletic training and realized that I could help people return to their passion (sport) after injury or illness. Why was this important to me? Well, long story short, I have a heart condition that resulted in my removal from competitive athletics. Athletic training would allow me to help people in a way that I couldn’t be helped. This realization guided the next twelve years of my life. I attended a university with an athletic training program. While briefly toying with the idea of studying abroad, I decided against it because it would delay my entrance into the program (the school I attended was not cheap). I figured I’d travel after graduation. Well, after studying like crazy to pass the certification exam I decided to go straight into graduate school in upstate New York. I knew a master’s degree would enhance my skills and my job prospects and that I should take advantage of being in a school mindset. So, I would travel after I graduated with my masters. Instead, I graduated with a masters and secured my first full-time job in Detroit. Because I had school loans to pay back… I would travel someday. 6 years and two solo trips later, I decided to leave all of that hard work behind.
How Did I Know I Wanted to Travel if I Never Really Had?
Two years before quitting, I fulfilled another dream. I took my first solo trip to Ireland. Something changed within me during those 14 days in Ireland. I developed a yearning to see more of the world and believed that there had to be more to life than working 60+ hour work weeks. To confirm my desire for travel, I visited Costa Rica the following year. I figured this was a little bit further outside of my comfort zone and would test my ability to handle the rigors of travel. It did. My flight from Florida to Costa Rica was canceled due to a volcanic eruption. When I did arrive, a day later, I realized off-season travel in remote Costa Rica meant restaurants closed early and taxis to town were infrequent. I had to wait until noon the next day for my first meal in about 24 hours. Nothing like starting a vacay with a fast. The second thing I learned was that cash was king and I did not bring enough to pay for my accommodation. So after a few broken Spanglish conversations with the hotel owner, he gave me a grace period to go into town to use the ATM. The rest of the trip was smooth after these tiny bumps. And the remote location allowed quite a bit of time for introspection. It became clear that I didn’t want to return to my job. So, after 6 years of working in my former career, of living that dream I had as a 16 year old, the dream changed. Now, I couldn’t envision doing this career for the remainder of my life. And it was devastating.
Reflecting on the Decision in Front of Me
I took quite a bit of time to reflect on the past 12 years of hard work. Remembering all of those nights I questioned my medical evaluations. Those sleepless nights spent in the ER with a student-athlete because their parents weren’t around. And answering phone calls and text messages on my one day off per week. I also really liked my boss and coworkers which made this decision that much harder. It took a lot of soul searching and running through what-if scenarios t o come to terms with the fact that my dream job would not be how I continue to live out my purpose of helping people return to their passion. A very important decision lay in front of me, I could either:
- Accept it. The job was comfortable, I had medical benefits and a great retirement plan. I knew, more or less, what each day would bring. I may not be genuinely happy, but it’s safe.
- Change it. The unknown is uncomfortable. I had no clue what I would do and no guarantee that it would make me happy.
The best thing I did for myself during this period of reflection to get off of social media. I love those fabulous female travelers with their gorgeous photos on Instagram just as much as you do. That sandy white beach they’re on is even more appealing when you’ve been working 6 days per week for months. I unfollowed all of them. And got real with myself. I asked myself some fun questions such as: What kind of travel do I want to do? What did I want to get out of this? How could I make travel my reality? I also asked the hard questions such as: What if I hate it? How will I make money? Will I regret this? Once I realized that I needed to pursue this change, I started to find solutions to the hard questions… the “problems” this pursuit would create.
Factors to Consider Before Quitting
As a single woman with two cats and no kids, I didn’t have to worry about how this would affect a husband or child. Thankfully, the only debt I needed to pay off was on my credit cards; I’d paid off my student loans acquired when studying for the job I was planning to quit. Additionally, I had a just bought a home two years prior that I needed to decide whether to sell or rent. And Frankie and Jax, my two cats that I love dearly, would not make the best travel partners, so I struggled with finding a way rehome them. Finally, as someone with a heart condition, I can’t go without health insurance and need daily medication to keep it under control. So let’s break these down one by one to see what I did in hopes that it helps you determine your next step in each area.
As stated above, I owned a home so I had to decide whether to rent it out or sell it. This created a whole host of other items to consider, but without a steady income, I needed to ensure that I could still pay the mortgage. Ultimately, I decided to rent it out, which also provided a bit of monthly income. If you’re currently renting try to sublet your apartment for the remainder of your lease.
I was in a pretty stable place financially, with the exception of credit card debt. Also, since I decided to keep my home, I needed to ensure I had money saved in case I needed to replace anything and for general upkeep. This money would not be used for travel. Additionally, I had a number that I was comfortable spending on travel. Then I created a budget to get me to each goal. I worked out how to minimize monthly expenses and create additional revenues of income while still working my full-time job. I also starting learning how to make money online or work abroad.
I had to figure out what would happen to my retirement account once I quit. I learned that I can continue to pay into the account, but obviously, I won’t have an employer to match it.
Without employment, I would have to pay for the entire monthly premium for my health insurance coverage if I wanted to keep the same plan. Thankfully, I moved back to California and I was eligible for Medi-Cal a low-income health insurance plan.For coverage on the road, I purchased travel insurance through World Nomads . I know many people forgo this, but I’m a firm believer that this is not something to mess around with. I’ve read some crazy stories about travelers who had serious medical issues overseas but had health insurance so they didn’t lose all their money and could receive quality care. Some weren’t covered and had major financial issues because of it. It’s worth the upfront cost and peace of mind. Hopefully, I’ll never have to use it, but if I do, I have it!
Frankie and Jax
The cats. I was originally planning to “return” one of my cats to the shelter where I adopted him. The other cat would go back home with me and live with my Dad while I traveled. As I went to bed the night before I intended to give one of them up, my Dad called to say I could bring them both!
The Day I Quit
After a considerable amount of time finding solutions to the worst case scenarios that my brain created, I walked into my bosses office with a quivering voice and shaking knees to inform him that I would not be renewing my contract. I almost cried, but I held it together. Going into that conversation, I was unsure of how I’d feel walking out of it. But I left his office feeling lighter and as if I was stepping on to the right path. Since that day, I traveled for 10 months. I hiked to Machu Picchu, swam with hammerheads in the Galapagos, and backpacked through many of the major cities in Europe. I also revisited my favorite country, Ireland two times.
So, Do I Regret Quitting My Job to Travel?
Not once. I’m not sitting here writing this with rose colored glasses. I will be the first to admit deciding whether or not to quit my job proved to be a very difficult and emotional time in my life. And long-term travel has been even more challenging. Every day I wonder if I made the right decision, mostly in terms of my financial security. It’s difficult to maintain relationships when constantly on the move, or planning your next trip. And I miss my family, friends, and cats terribly when I’m on the road. But I don’t regret it. I’ve learned more about myself and the world in the past 10 months than in the other 29 years of my life. Traveling pushed open my physical, emotional, and mental boundaries. One of my coworkers used to make fun of my personal bubble. (I didn’t like it when people stood too close to me or even asked personal questions for that matter.) Traveling has popped that bubbled and forced me to confront my biggest fears. Quitting your job is not a pre-requisite to travel. You can travel while holding down a full-time job. It just wasn’t the path I wanted to take, nor could I as my profession is not remote work friendly. If you’re considering wandering down this path, I highly encourage you to create space for reflection. Analyze why you want to leave your job, create a plan that addresses all of the important factors (ie: finances, health, and family), and take action daily with your plan. At the time, I didn’t know if I’d regret this decision. But I did know that I would regret not giving it a chance.
Top 10 Reasons You Should Travel After Graduating College
As a recent college grad, a lot of people have asked me why I chose to go abroad. Some couldn’t even seem to fathom the idea of why I’d want to live elsewhere instead of starting my career and life in the States. But really, at 22 why would I want to jumpstart spending the next 40 years of my life working 40 hour weeks waiting for those 2 weeks of vacation to spend each year?
Don’t let the ‘American Dream’ get in the way of your dreams. You don’t have to wait until you’re 65 and retired to see the world—live while you’re young.
The best time to travel is right now and here’s why.
1. You’re Free!
You just spent the last 19 or so years of your life in school—take a breather. A new chapter of your life is about to start and it’s good to take a little time off before jumping right in. Most people think it’s important to get a job right after graduation otherwise you may never get one, but that’s not true. Jobs will still be here when you return.
2. Your Responsibilities are Minimal
It’s not easy to drop everything and travel the world when you have a bunch of responsibilities. As you get older you’ll only gain more bills, mortgages, a family, and more that’ll tie you down. Bills and debt know no boundaries—they won’t stop coming to your mailbox just because you’re not home. After college is the only time when you have the least responsibilities, so go now or never because the opportunity may never arise again.
3. You’ll Regret Choosing Money Over Experience
“I regret traveling around the world and having awesome experiences”—said no one, ever. Even if traveling may leave you in debt, it’ll only be short term. Eventually you come back, find steady income and settle down. Until then, go out and experience the world while you can. Sure you can go start work right away, hoping to save up money to someday afford that nice vacation. But really, will you ever feel that you have exactly enough money for that dream vacation? Probably not. And if you do, then chances are you’re too old to want to travel by then anyways. Which brings me to my next point…
4. You’re Healthy
You’re young; travel is only going to get more difficult with age. Not just because of piling on responsibilities, but because of your health as well. Your body can handle a lot more now than it will be able to later. Cliff jumping or scuba diving with sharks? No problem. Sleeping on a floor or rock-hard mattress in a hotel room that cost 30 cents? No problem! Even traveling across the world by plane becomes much more difficult for your body with age—blood clots anyone? So do yourself a favor and travel now while your body is still in it’s prime… it’ll actually make traveling cheaper.
5. You can Travel more Easily on a Budget
As I mentioned in my last point, while being healthy you can endure more and save money. Cheaper accommodation such as budget hotels, hostels and couch surfing only become less on an option with age. Who wants to sleep on a horrible bed or couch when they are developing back problems? And hostels are made for young travelers, so take advantage of this cheap accommodation while you can. You’re probably used to sleeping dorm style anyhow. And who knows, you might just meet some other awesome young travelers like yourself.
6. You won’t have Discounts for Another 25 Years
Most of the best travel discounts are given to those who are under 27 years of age. International Student IDs or unexpired universities IDs make you eligible for discounted airfare, train fare, tours, museum and park entry fees, meals and more. Some of these discounts can be at 50% off. You won’t see discounts like these until you’re a senior—and by then you probably won’t be backpacking across Europe.
7. You’ll Learn how to Handle Money and be Independent
In school you are surrounded by people your own age with similar interests. Your parents probably helped you out financially and maybe even did your laundry still. Now you’re out of college so it’s time to learn to be fully independent. Traveling will force you out of your comfort zone. You’ll be fending for yourself—having to figure out getting around, directions, schedules, budgeting and more– while in a new environment and quite possibly in another language. You’ll suddenly be surrounded by people who are not all in college and may not share the same culture or views as you. Regardless, these could be some of the best people you meet in your life.
Traveling also serves as a crash course in finance. You’ll learn rather quickly how to budget and manage your money because if you spend too irresponsibly, you won’t have money for necessities. This being said, you’ll also learn what’s a priority and what you can live without. That $400 designer Gucci bag? Yeah, you probably don’t need that.
8. You’re Still Moving Forward
A lot of people may think you’re just running away from getting a job or that if you take one abroad it won’t pay as well. But chances are if you’re getting paid less in a different country—the standard of living there is also a lot less. Especially for most English teaching opportunities, people are paid more than enough to be making ends meet. In fact, most people make enough to save and bring home money at the end or to spend traveling with on the side. And even if you’re not exactly “making bank” at least you’re gaining experiences or opportunities while making something. That’s a whole lot better than sitting on your parent’s couch for days on end waiting for that phone call.
9. You’ll Figure out what you Want out of Life
Going abroad will open your eyes to new cultures, lifestyles and maybe even new opportunities or potential careers. How can you find your place in the world and know exactly what you want to do in life without seeing the possibilities first? It’s better to experiment while you’re young rather than to realize your true calling once it’s too late. Suddenly things that never seemed that important before might start taking a higher priority.
10. Your Resume Will Thank You
Traveling will buff up your resume with all the interesting experiences you’ll have. Employers really do prefer hiring people who have spent time abroad; it shows you’re ambitious, resourceful and responsible. Plus, skills you learned abroad such as learning a new language or interacting with people from a different cultural background will come in handy. Between your resume and a person who hasn’t traveled, you’ll win.
You’ll also continue to get perks once you land that awesome career. Seeing as majority of American’s don’t travel abroad (only around 30% even hold a valid passport) if the company ever needs someone to travel on business, there’s a good chance you’ll get the gig. Need to close a deal with [insert country here]? Guess who’s traveled there before… This guy.
So there you have it, now go book your ticket and leave. You can thank me later.