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3 Easy Steps To Quit Your Job For Travel

by Tony · 7 comments

…And Just Maybe Have A Job When You Return

The job market is brutal right now and it doesn’t look like it is getting better in the near future.

What a time to quit a good job!But guess what? There is never a perfect time to do anything. Always keep chasing the things that make you happy and trust that you are smart enough and diligent enough to make them work out for the better.But just because you are following your dreams to travel the world does not mean you have to wait until you return to start lining up employment… try these 3 steps now before saying your final goodbyes to the cubicle life:

1) Give Advance Notice

Somewhat risky so use your own judgement, but I highly recommend giving your work at least one month’s notice. They know traveling the world for an extended period of time is not something you typically do on a whim. That’s why just giving the standard two week’s notice can hurt you. The odds of them firing you once notice is given is remote compared to the bitter feelings you could cause by leaving them unprepared to fill your position.

Give your office advance notice so that you can potentially train your replacement and disrupt work as little as possible. When you come back, you might find an ex-boss who remembers you as that great team player instead of the dick that bailed and left him short-handed. The easiest job to get when you return from your RTW adventure is the one you left behind… you know the people, you know the role, and you know exactly what they are looking for in a hire.

2) Be Open About Your Plans

When you give your notice, share your plans. You will feel so much closer to your departure date and will gain supporters at work. While your reason for leaving is unique, it is also highly impressive. By telling them directly, you get to set the narrative as to why you wish to leave and even let them know you would be open to returning at the end of your trip.Just remember that nowadays, everyone has access to facebook, twitter, or knows someone who has access and they will see all of your exotic pictures once you are on the road. Don’t let them discover what you’re up to from anyone but you!

3) Think Longterm

“I hate my job which is half the reason I want to quit and travel… I don’t care who I piss off on my way out!”

Understandable, yet short sighted.

While you might not care about returning to your former workplace, wouldn’t a glowing review from a past employer go a long way to getting a new job when you come back? Be nice on the way out and you might find more doors open to you on your way back in.

So even if you don’t want to return to your previous workplace, you will still help yourself if you leave on the best terms possible.

So Quit Already!

Travelling the world is exciting, but you will have downtime during your adventure to reflect on what you want out of your life and your career. Spend some of that time figuring out what you want to do when you return and use the contacts you made through your former job to seek out new opportunities.  And by following these 3 simple tips, I guarantee that you will be confident when leaving for your RTW trip as well as confident when you return.

Happy quitting!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

JR September 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

This is excellent advice. As someone who has responsibility for close to 1000 people of all ages, if a person(s) came to me with the timeline you suggest, or even more than a month, for the adventure you have been describing, I would hate to lose them but would encourage them to take it!! Before you know it you wake up and you are growing pretty strong roots that you do not feel you can re-pot. It appears you are on your way. I am looking forward to staying connected through your RTW trip and beyond. Good luck

Tony September 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

As a lowly employee, I love hearing how a boss might view these steps. I’m glad to know they are boss-approved! Tremendous analogy with the roots and the pot… exactly how I feel and I couldn’t have said it better. Thanks for being such an active reader!

Bruce Jones December 6, 2011 at 2:03 am

For those who want to quit and have a great job abroad, try Teaching English as a Foreign Language. International TEFL Academy http://www.InternationalTEFLAcademy.com trains nearly 1,000 new students a year to teach English abroad and helps them find work in over 70 countries worldwide!

Amanda March 31, 2016 at 1:31 pm

This article really just cleared up my mind with senseless thoughts on job quitting. A lot of thanks to you!

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