I have noticed a misconception developing, especially online, that the best way to travel and see the world is to either take a career break or quit your job and become nomadic. We hear frustrated readers speak about how they can’t afford to quit their job or tell us they are hoping to see the world “one day” – after they have figured out a way to quit their job without going broke.
The main reason we started this blog was to show people that you can still live a “normal” life and travel the world. Scott works a full-time job and I have worked part-time for the past seven years for an amazing employer which allows me time to pursue multiple business ventures in addition to traveling.
We have goals that would not be as likely if we were permanent nomads. We are building our reputation as architectural photographers in San Diego county, we want to keep close ties with our friends and family and we both feel strongly about living somewhere where we can surf every day. San Diego is the perfect place for all of these things and it just so happens it’s a great hub for international travel as well.
Neither of our jobs have anything to do with travel (a field I initially thought I wanted to work in) but we are beginning to realize this is a blessing. For one, if we worked in the field of travel all day, every day, I fear it would become something we are no longer passionate about.
I think life is all about balance and I feel we have found our perfect balance between travel, pursuing creative endeavors and having a home life in San Diego. For us, it’s more important to own a business or work for an employer which allows us to have enough time to travel than to limit the other aspects of our lives. Scott enjoys the steady paycheck of working for someone else and I personally have always loved working for myself, supplementing my income with very flexible part-time work.
If you are unhappy where you work, I definitely don’t believe in staying somewhere where you feel miserable. However, most people love the security of a steady paycheck (which is completely okay!) and would find themselves unhappy living with the uncertainty of where their next dollar will come from. I think it’s important to know which one of these people you are before you decide which path to take.
On one hand, we know travel makes us extremely happy and on the other hand, we can’t imagine giving up our lives in San Diego. It’s been empowering to finally realize that we don’t have to choose just one of these things and we really can have it all.
Do you find yourself struggling with the notion that you have to give up other aspects of your life in order to fulfill your travel dreams?