I’ve asked a few questions to some fellow bloggers about how they got started travelling. In this mini-series, I’ll be sharing their answers as well as links to their pages so that you can follow along their journeys.
Our next stop is Christen of Agent Goes Rogue.
When did you first realize the 8-5 life wasn’t for you?
Pretty much the very second I started. Ugh. I dreaded entering the working world because I watched my parents do it and complain about it daily. I have always been unorganized, I make spontaneous decisions, and hate monotony. So the idea of stepping into a cubicle farm to begin with always petrified me. I studied arts and languages in school hoping that I could find something in the working world that would be more fun – more travel friendly. But in the end, because I didn’t know what else to do – society’s push to join the corporate world, get a mortgage, and “settle down” won over. I joined the zombified work force and crouched miserably in my cubicle where I watched the clock tick by slowly day after day after day.
How did you begin the transition from normal life to the traveling life?
Honestly, I didn’t. I mentioned before that I make rash decisions. I always have. I go with the whole “fly by the seat of your pants” theory in life. I honestly just had enough. I saved for about 6 months, bought a flight to India and then walked into my office and said, “See ya!” I had NO idea what I would do next. I had researched a few things and figured I’d make something work. Worst case scenario, I had enough saved up to last three months abroad. If, after three months, I didn’t have some sort of income I would have to go home and be a work zombie again. Luckily, I managed to make it work. Kind of. J
How did your family and friends react?
Exactly as I thought they would. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m insane. It’s a title I own with pride. So when I told them what I was doing they just kind of laughed and said something along the lines of, “It doesn’t even surprise me anymore.” I never really did fit the societal norm mold very well and they all know it.
Do you have any regrets?
Except maybe that I wish I had done it sooner. I won’t lie, this life isn’t all travel and fun and adventure. What you see in my pictures and read about on my blog are the highlights, of course. No one wants to read about the days I’m so lazy I never put on pants. So, I skip that. You’re welcome.
This life is harder than I thought it would be, but it’s worth all the stress. As I now work on my own, I have to be my own motivation. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. If I don’t get paid, I don’t get to travel and have fun. So I regularly have to kick myself in the butt to get moving. I also have to think on my feet. Finding an audience is easy – KEEPING the audience is a whole other kettle of fish (says the vegan). So I have to make sure that I’m constantly changing up what I’m doing and don’t let things get stale.
I also work like three jobs. They are all online which allows me the freedom to move as long as I have reliable internet (which in India is not always easy to come by!) but it can be a bit overwhelming from time to time.
So am I stressed? Yeah. But do I love it? Abso-freaking-lutely.
What advice do you have for someone who is just getting started?
Honestly, that first step of leaving the safety net of the salaried cubicle is the hardest one. So my advice is to just do it. Jump. Bite the proverbial bullet. Do the scariest thing you’ll ever do – buy a flight, and quit your job. Just make it work. If you sit around saving, planning, researching, and waiting for that magical moment when everything falls together and you will no longer have to worry – you’ll never do it. Because that moment doesn’t exist. If you want this life YOU have to make it work. So just go. Make that leap of faith and never look back.
More about Christen
Christen has always been an avid world traveler having traveled to over 20 countries and lived in 7! In early 2016 she ditched the corporate world and bid her cubicle ADIOS! Since, she has been teaching English as a Second Language Online, working the occasional odd job, and blogging about her worldly adventures. She documents her hilarious (and embarrassing) cultural faux-pas, takes photos of herself stuffing her face, and through the wonders of Instagram filters puts up photos of her surroundings that don’t stuck too much (except that they actually kind of do because she’s definitely NOT a photographer) for her subscribers entertainment.
If you would like to follow her insanity fueled travel you can do so by checking out one (or ALL) of the following!
If you would like a chance to be featured, please reach out to me at email@example.com with your answers to the above questions as well as a photo and short bio.