Why I Quit My Life to Travel

Posted May 2, 2013 by Jamie Bowlby-Whiting in Inspirational Stories
The Search for Adventure

The Search for Adventure

As I approached the end of my teenage years, I was forced to answer a question that would affect the rest of my life. What should I study at university? Effectively, it asked what job and life I would have until the end of my days.

So I started thinking hard. I loved art, but ‘as everybody knows,’ there is no point in doing something creative because that doesn’t help you find a real job. As a competent (but not gifted) academic learner, on my first day of college I decided to drop my photography and media courses and instead, changed them for chemistry and mathematics. Several years later, I found myself walking out of university with a Masters in Mathematics and opportunities to venture into the world of finance or engineering. But I couldn’t do it. These were not the worlds that I wanted to travel.

Is this what I want to do?

Instead of walking the well-trodden path in life and aiming for a stable future founded upon a respectable job, I chose not to. It had taken me weeks to trawl through graduate positions and in all that time, I found only one position that interested me. I asked myself, why would I do a job that I don’t love? Why would I live a life that I don’t want to live?

We all have dreams that we hope to fulfill. We often talk about them with friends or people we feel close to but very rarely do we follow through on them. Many people may have dreams to visit a place and in their life they may spend a few days or weeks fulfilling that dream. In a whole lifetime of breathing, eating, living, and loving, following your dreams for a matter of days or weeks does not seem sufficient.

I Believe in You

Years before, someone said something that became clearer to me than ever before. “I believe in you,” he told me. With this in mind, I made it my mission to do exactly what I want to do. At that time, I wasn’t sure if I believed in myself or in anything at all. But if someone else believed in me, I thought I at least had to try and support their trust.

Jump and Dream and Dare to Fly

Jump and Dream and Dare to Fly

Walking Away

I walked away from all the comforts that I knew and instead, followed my desires. It’s been nearly three years since I made that decision and I don’t regret it at all.

I travel, I write, I take photos, I have started making videos too. So much of my time now is based upon creating. Even if I am only creating memories, I am still creating. I am sad that I didn’t study art but at the same time, I don’t regret studying mathematics. It has shaped me and made me the person that I am today.

Why did I quit my life to travel? Because it makes life taste so damn good. I hope that you can do the same.

Is this what you want to do? Would you ever consider quitting your life to travel the world?

About the Author

Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

Jamie is the creator of GreatBigScaryWorld where he shares his stories about his search for adventure and true happiness around the world. He recently wrote The Avant-Garde Life which helps others to do the same.

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